Weekly Parent Macaw Report
Our Mission Statement
Our mission is to create a collaborative environment that promotes lifelong learning by challenging, fostering, and empowering students to become productive global citizens.
It is important that we know how to help your child get home safely. Please partner with us in making this process as smooth and safe as possible. Below are the procedures for informing the school of dismissal routines.
LCPS requires photo identification of anyone picking up a child from school. Students will only be released to persons listed as an emergency contact listed on ParentVUE for that student.
“Diverse Additions to Classroom Libraries
This year Loudoun County Public Schools is celebrating its student population with an investment in diverse text collections for all K-12 English Language Arts classrooms. In describing the texts the Division of Teaching and Learning, Elementary and Secondary Reading, noted that, “Classroom and school libraries reflect our values and contribute to developing student identities; therefore, our collections must reflect and honor our student population and those around them. Access to books in the home, school, and classroom has a strong correlation with reading proficiency. Students who read more also have stronger vocabulary, background knowledge, and empathy.” Classroom libraries complement our robust school libraries.
The addition of these texts to classroom libraries is a reflection of Loudoun County Public Schools’ commitment to providing staff, students and parents with resources and opportunities for an equitable education. As Superintendent Eric Williams said in the equity statement he issued on August 19, 2019:
“LCPS is committed to providing a safe, empathetic, respectful and supportive learning environment in order to empower every student to make meaningful contributions to the world. When students and staff experience racial insults, slurs, and/or other hate speech, we lack the positive culture and climate that supports students’ growth.
LCPS calls for all students, staff, families, and other members of our community to engage in the disruption and dismantling of white supremacy, systemic racism, and hateful language and actions based on race, religion, country of origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, and/or ability. LCPS rejects racist and other hateful behavior and language, recognizing that it encourages discrimination, hatred, oppression, and violence.
Every individual is valued in Loudoun County Public Schools. Let’s celebrate the diversity that helps define us as a school division.”
The diverse classroom libraries were created through the collaboration of LCPS teachers, librarians, administrators, and classroom book collection specialist teams trained to identify culturally responsive and diverse texts in accordance to LCPS School Board Policy 5-7 Regulation, Selection and Review of Instructional Materials. Several criteria were considered including representation, authorship, relevance to students’ lives, authentic voice, and developmental appropriateness. Information regarding the libraries can be found at this link – Diverse Book Collections.”
Neil Slevin, Director
Teaching and Learning
Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15th through October 15th. Join us as we celebrate the history, culture, and contributions of Hispanic Americans. The term Hispanic or Latino refers to Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or any other Spanish culture, or origin regardless of race.
Thank you to the Equity Committee of Appreciation for creating and organizing our Hispanic Heritage Month showcase. We will be showcasing four Hispanic Americans during this month. Clues will be given each day with a reveal on Friday. This week was Sonia Sotomayor.
Parent Crunch Hour
Please RSVP by visiting this link: https://forms.gle/d5MhwKohonBkWkF49
While all parents are encouraged to attend- an RSVP is required
For more information, contact your School Counselors today!
Colleen.Mosley@lcps.org / Amanda.Morgan@lcps.org / Jennifer.Poteet@lcps.org
Mighty Moms & Watch D.O.G.S. Dads
We are excited to start our Parent Volunteer Programs for the 2019-2020 School Year. We look forward to our Parent Volunteer Kickoff Breakfast on Friday, September 27th at 8:30am. Please RSVP here: https://forms.gle/YZ5MbCMyqzRx5yj58
You are welcome to order your t-shirt now so that you have them before you come to volunteer at MTES. If you have one from last year, you are welcome to wear that shirt. Please see the link below for more information on ordering t-shirts for Mighty MOMs and WATCH D.O.G. DADS. Thank you for your support! If you have any questions, please contact us below.
Mrs. Mosley-Mighty Mom’s email@example.com
Ms. Morgan- WATCH D.O.G. DADS Amanda.firstname.lastname@example.org
**If you order your shirt before 9/10/19, we will have it for you at the Kickoff Event.
WATCH D.O.G. DADS. https://dadsofgreatstudents.com/general/cotton-short-sleeve-t-shirt.html
**To order a WATCH D.O.G. Dad t-shirt, please click on the link above, and have it shipped to your home.
Lunches - When you drop off your child's lunch box at school, it is labeled and placed in the cafeteria for the students to get when it is their lunch time.
15 MORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! (As a condition of receiving funds, each school is required to provide a minimum of 2% of their total enrollment as volunteers for the event)
REGISTER for Race by September 25 (for early bird rates)!
The next generation of Box Tops is here! Using the new Box Tops mobile app, you can easily scan your store receipt and instantly add Box Tops to our school’s earnings. Download the app and check out all the extra earnings they’re offering for back-to-school.
Traditional Box Tops clips are being phased out, but will be honored until their expiration date. So please keep clipping and saving them!
LINK your Harris Teeter VIC Cards to Madison's Trust Elementary School and each time you shop Harris Teeter brands, a percentage of your purchase is donated back to our school. MTES can earn a tremendous amount of FREE $ each year just by doing this!
Just fill out form HERE and we will take care of the rest!
*as a reminder, you must RE-LINK your Harris Teeter card each year.
Trunk or Treat Event Planning Meeting! Evening call or daytime meeting options:
EVENING CALL: This Thursday, September 19, 8-8:40 pm. Use this ZOOM link https://zoom.us/j/765789967
(You will be prompted to download the ZOOM app, once you have clicked on the link. You do not have to create a ZOOM account to participate.)
DAYTIME MEETING: This Friday, September 20. 9:30-10:10 at Jen Whittenberg's house (very close to school).
Please message Jen if you plan to come, and she will send her address! email@example.com
NOTE: This is separate from signing up for 'day-of' tasks -- those needs will be sent via Sign Up Genius in October! Thank you!