MES Communication

December 18 - January 6

Hello BEAR Nation!

With our winter break and the New Year upon us, I would like to begin by wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season. It’s hard to believe that Tuesday, December 20th marks the midway point of our school year. The second half of the year will begin with a fury as our 3rd-5th Grade students will participate in the mid-year SOL growth assessment and all of our ESOL students will take their annual WIDA assessments. We will also restart our Bear Talk series in Mid-January and focus on topics such as Digital Citizenship, Managing Emotions, an evening of Live Science Experiments, One Book, One School, Sixth Grade Registration assistance, Multicultural Night, and a few more. I am super proud of our Bears for their effort and citizenship over the past few months. Thank you for sharing your children with us.

Happy Holidays!

Mr. Machi

Lunch Menu (Dec. 19 – Jan. 13)

FREE Breakfast and Lunch is available daily.

Students may decline a meal at any time.

Available Everyday: Yogurt Meal, Hummus, or Sunbutter & Jelly

Specials Rotation (Dec. 19 – Jan. 13)

Moncure is operating on a six-day rotation this year. Please look for specific Specials information from your child’s teacher!

SCPS 2022-23 Calendar

To help you to prepare for the year ahead, I encourage families to access the SCPS 2022-23 School Calendar. Please print or keep this link handy, as it will help you to prepare for holidays or periodic days off.

Lost and Found – (Donation Day, December 20th)

Final Reminder! It’s that time of year when we bag up and donate our Lost and Found from the first half of the year. Please either have your student check our cabinets or you are welcome to come in to our building to check, before we leave for winter break. Our office will be glad to help. Good Luck!

Mid-Year Growth Assessments (Grades 3-5)

When we return in January, our 3rd-5th Grade students will participate in their mid-year SOL Reading and Mathematics Growth Assessments. Please, encourage your students to take their time on these assessments. Students who race to finish do not display their true ability. Together, I am hoping we can encourage all students to shine! Look for reports to be sent home after these assessments conclude. Thanks for your help!

School Calendar of Events

December 20: House Celebration

December 20: End of Second Quarter

December 21- January 4: Winter Break

January 11: Report Cards go Live in ParentVue

REMINDER: National School Lunch Program Application (School and Family Benefits)

As a Title 1 school, Federal funds are allocated to Moncure to support our students. These funds can be used to hire staff, purchase supplies, pay for professional development, as well as provide funds to support our families and community. One way funding is determined for Stafford County and Moncure Elementary School is through the National School Lunch Program. With Moncure currently offering free meals for all students, it is easy for our families not to apply for this support. However, if your family has received financial meal support in the past, or if you believe you would need this support to provide school meals to your children, we ask that you use the link below to complete a National School Lunch Program Application. Applications for the National School Lunch Program must be completed annually. Should you have any questions, please contact our school or Stafford County’s Nutrition Department. Free School Lunch Application Link

A Note to School - Communication

Plans change and communication makes everything easier. Should you need to report an absence or adjust your BEAR’S dismissal plan, please contact our school. One way to communicate is by completing our “A Note to School” form and sending it through email to our office and your student’s teacher or by simply sending the form or a note to school. To access digital forms of this note, you can go to the parent portion of our webpage or simply use the link below. Thanks for keeping us informed. The earlier the better.

How to communicate with Moncure: -or- "A Note To School"

Please include in all emails:

Student's Name, Teacher's Name, and your name

Office Dismissal Hours (“No Student Office Dismissals” after 2:30PM)

It is not uncommon for our office and elementary schools across our county to receive multiple emails each day with dismissal changes from parents. The notifications require our office to contact teachers to prevent students from being dismissed incorrectly. Student office dismissals after 2:30PM only add to this confusion. Please understand that our “No Student Office Dismissal” restriction after 2:30PM is based on student safety. Thanks for your understanding!

“Pawsitive” and “Caught Ya” Citations

“Pawsitive” and “Caught Ya” Citations are great ways to recognize students and staff for being awesome! Staff members are responsible for submitting “Pawsitive” Citations for students and students and parents are welcome to submit “Caught Ya” Citations for staff. Check your email for these citations! They are a highlight of our day to send and often a highlight for students and families to receive. They also provide students with an opportunity to earn House points. Everyone wants to be a member of the “House of the Year!” If you would like to recognize one or more of our staff members, simply use this link. “Caught Ya”–Staff Citation Link Thank you so much!

Time to do More Great Things! #BEARNATION!
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