MVMPCS Monday eNews 5/23/16

Community news, updates, reminders, & events

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What's going on this week?

This Week:

  • Wednesday, May 25: Moms and Muffins, 7th Grade to FCC for Future Links
  • May 26: Kindergarten visit to Lower Elementary, 3rd Graders visit Upper Elementary, 6th Graders visit MS
  • Friday, May 27: Read-a-Thon, 2-Hour Early Dismissal 12:47


  • Monday, May 30: No School-Memorial Day
  • Tuesday, May 31: 6th Graders take IOWA
  • Wednesday, June 1: Chorus Concerts (see details below)
  • Thursday, June 2: Field Day!
  • Friday, June 3: 8th Grade to Sandy Spring
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If you haven’t had the chance to make your donation to Annual Fund this year, please consider using the BLUE ENVELOPES that came home in Thursday folders to SEND IN YOUR CONTRIBUTION.

Can't find your blue envelope? Donate online!

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Fire Up YOUR Feet!

If you'd like to participate, enter your activities: swimming, biking, walking, running, hiking, soccer...the list goes on! Rumor has it we're in 2nd place...

MVM's Annual 6th Grade Camping Trip

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MVMPCS Students & Urban Gardening!

Under guidance by Jen Leader Anderson and the Building and Grounds Committee, our urban gardens are taking shape. Lower Elementary has planted vegetables in the soil in front of the sanctuary/Dill Ave. side of the building. Upper Elementary is cultivating a plot of land on the parking lot side of the building.

Hard work, amazing results.

Ask your child about gardening, and consider planting a few vegetables this spring at home!


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Carline Help Needed!

Are you looking for a volunteer position that can be consistent all year long? Do you have a few minutes in the morning to help out your school?

MVMPCS is looking for a few more carline volunteers for the end of this year and for the 2016-17 school year.

If you can help please sign up on our sign up genius online calendar. If you have any questions please contact

READ-A-THON! May 27-30

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Music, Chorus, Concerts!

Wednesday, June 1

  • 11:00 am-Chorus Concert for all MVMPCS students and staff
  • 5:30 pm-Chorus Concert for all parents and friends of Chorus members. This concert includes performances by Ms. Shannon's private voice and instrumental students.

Monday, June 6

  • MVMPCS Chorus holds a recruitment evening for prospective members. Students currently in 5th, 6th, or 7th grade interested in Chorus are invited to attend.
  • 4:00-5:00 in the Sanctuary
  • Those interested should email Ms. Shannon at prior to June 6 to receive additional information.

Wednesday, June 8

  • MVMPCS Concert presented by Primary, UE, and MS music students
  • 1:00 Concert for MVMPCS students and staff
  • 2:30 Concert presented by Primary, UE, and MS music students for all family and friends of MVMPCS.

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We need you! and your photos!

1. Lifetouch design-helpers will be here Thursday, May 26th at 9:15 in the computer lab to help us create, edit and compete the yearbook for this year. We will use their online software to edit and create the book - if you are available and have an interest, please RSVP that you can attend next Thursday for a few hours.

2. If you have high resolution, quality photos of special events that happened over the last school year and you would like to share them, please send an email to

with which events you have and an approximate number.


Jennifer Waldo

Communications Chair

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Important: Pick Up Medications!

Please read the letter below from our school nurse regarding pick up of your child's medications.
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Field Day!

Dear MVMPCS Parents,

Since there are many new families to our community I thought it would be nice to let everyone know about the wonderful Field Day that our school experiences. It is unlike any other in Frederick County.

It has become a tradition at MVMPCS for Middle School students to plan and execute Field Day for Primary, Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary students. This is a cross-curricular project in which the Middle School students demonstrate all that they have learned in Physical Education over the years. I would like to share with you what has been going on during PE since our return from Spring Break.

1. The students made a list of possible themes and voted for their top choice.
2. The students have a partner with whom they have been working.
3. Students’ brain stormed with their partner and decided upon a station to share with the rest of the student body.
4. Each team of students had to research the importance of their station and make it understandable for students of all ages.
5. Each team of middle school students had to design their station that would allow the rest of the student body to experience the chosen theme.
6. The students then had to write up their station in the following manner:

a. Choose a name for their station

b. Write and edit a background about their station

c. What is the objective of their station (what are the participants supposed to do)

d. What are the physical benefits for participating in their station

e. What materials are needed

f. How is the station to be set up

g. How to play

All Middle School Students had to role-play in each other’s station. They had to give and receive critiques on each other’s work. This process enabled all of us to make sure the vision of each pair of students’ stations came to be, that the stations were safe, and that the station could be adaptable for all ages to enjoy. This process can be long and tedious however with all of the detail involved, this project takes the place of the written CRES exam.

The students are nervous but they are doing a great job. If you come to Field Day or see a Middle School student let’s rally around their efforts. Please be kind to the Middle School Students because they have poured their creative energies into this day. I believe everyone will have a good time.

Thank you for your support,

Darlene Overholtzer

P.E. Teacher

Eat at Chipotle, Support our School!

Tuesday, June 14, 5-8

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Missing a container?

There are a few serving/storage containers and utensils that were left in the teachers' lounge after Teacher Appreciation week. Please feel free to stop in and pick up any containers that you may have left with your food contributions.

Thank you again for your generous donations,
Adrienne Sanker

Check it out: Natasha Bowens!

Natasha talked to MVM students about urban gardening, worms, and poop! And she's Frederick's #1 Person to Watch. How neat is that?
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Last Day for Library: June 6

For this school year, the last day the library will be open is Monday, June 6.

Please make sure all books are returned to the library. If the library is closed, you can drop books off in the blue box outside the library.

If you are interested in volunteering in the library for the 2016-17 school year, please contact Jill Renkey at

Thanks to all the parents who have volunteered in the library over the past year--the library simply could not function without you!

Earth Space Science Lab Camps!

Summer Drama Camps Information