Moorefield Station Elementary PTO

Moorefield Station Elementary PTO Parent Teacher Organization supporting Moorefield Station Elementary School (MSES) in Ashburn, Loudoun County, Virginia.
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06/11/2020
05/21/2020
Loudoun County Public Schools

Loudoun County Public Schools

Superintendent's Update for May 20, 2020

I am writing to share information regarding how Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) is approaching our planning for the next school year, which is scheduled to start on August 27, 2020. We will be ready for the 2020-2021 school year, and I believe it is important for the community to understand the process we are implementing, with guidance and support from the Loudoun County School Board, to achieve that goal.

First, I want to express my hope that you and your family members are okay. COVID-19 dramatically changed all of our lives, with some members of our community experiencing strong challenges to their physical, mental and economic well-being. Nonetheless, members of the Loudoun community are stepping up, and as School Board members have commented, our community has earned a sense of pride for the tremendous level of community care that we continue to show one another. Within LCPS, staff members are embracing new roles and responsibilities, continuing to improve their craft every day. Parents inspire us as they work to support their children’s education while fulfilling numerous other responsibilities, and students amaze us with their resilience in the face of unprecedented challenges. I am grateful for each of your acts of community care.

Looking ahead, LCPS, under the leadership of the School Board, is planning how we will continue to fulfill our educational mission during the 2020-2021 school year, even in the face of continued uncertainty and challenges. We are preparing for the 2020-2021 school year with multiple COVID-19 scenarios in mind. Importantly, decisions regarding when and how to reopen school, and whether to extend distance learning will be condition-based, not time-based. Pre-defined, science-based metrics and re-opening metrics articulated by public health officials and other government authorities guide our decisions. This approach can reassure community members who recognize that our decisions must be fact-based and not driven by arbitrary timelines OR unfounded fears.

We are planning for three scenarios, as well as many possible variations of each.
• Reopen schools with 100% in-person learning (Scenario 1): In-person learning in this scenario would occur without physical distancing or other public health mitigation strategies.
• Reopen schools with a combination of in-person and distance learning (Scenario 2): In-person learning would occur with physical distancing and other public health mitigation strategies.
• Extend distance learning without in-person learning (Scenario 3): Distance learning would be extended with a revised approach, building on the strengths of the current distance learning approach and making good use of opportunities for improvement.
We also recognize that after starting the 2020-2021 school year in one scenario, we need to be agile enough to shift back and forth among scenarios, if necessitated by conditions.

In the Forward Virginia Reopening Blueprint, Governor Northam set forth a multi-phase blueprint for easing public health restrictions that includes metrics to guide progress through the reopening phases. This blueprint will significantly affect which scenario we are in at the start of the new school year. Officials have not yet provided information that specifically connects the operation of public schools to the phases of the Forward Virginia Reopening Blueprint. Also, the Virginia Department of Health has not yet provided recommendations regarding physical distancing and other mitigation strategies that are specific to schools serving students in kindergarten through grade 12. With Virginia releasing additional details on an ongoing basis, we look forward to greater clarity regarding state guidance on the reopening of schools, including how public health recommendations should be applied in school settings.

The scenario we are in at the start of the new school year will also be greatly influenced by which phase of reopening Northern Virginia is in at the start of the school year. Northern Virginia is currently scheduled to enter Phase 1 of reopening at midnight on Thursday, May 28. We do not yet know when Northern Virginia will enter a phase of the blueprint that allows us to reopen schools with 100% in-person learning or to reopen schools with a combination of in-person and distance learning.

As noted above, LCPS will be ready for the 2020-2021 school year. To prepare, we are developing prototype approaches for each of the three scenarios. Each prototype includes modules, or components, relating to particular topics. Some modules apply to one scenario, while others apply to multiple scenarios, including iterations of the three primary scenarios. Here are examples of modules that we anticipate being included in the prototypes for one or more scenarios:
• student and teacher schedules, including the amount of time in live, interactive, face-to-face (“synchronous”) distance learning;
• serving the needs of students with disabilities and English learners;
• the social-emotional needs of students and adults;
• assessment and grading;
• cleaning protocols; and
• enhanced 100% distance learning options for parents who choose not to send students back to school, even if LCPS is offering in-person learning
We are revising our prototypes based on feedback and evolving information in order to work toward detailed plans for the start of the new school year.

We recognize that the way in which we start the new school year will have major implications for students, parents, staff members, employers and the broader community. For example, take the scenario in which we might reopen schools with a combination of in-person and distance learning. The need for physical distancing and other public health mitigation strategies in this scenario would affect many aspects of school operations, including:
• The number of students that can be present in a classroom or a school at any one time;
• Bus transportation;
• Procedures for entering school, moving within schools, and departing schools;
• Meal service within schools;
• and many others.

Consequently, in a scenario in which we reopen schools with a combination of in-person and distance learning, on any given day some students would likely attend school for in-person learning while other students participate in distance learning. I underline the preceding sentence because of the significant implications for the community if not all students attend school on days when schools are open for in-person learning. Addressing the effects created by each scenario and identifying approaches to manage them is a substantial part of the work we are undertaking in our planning, and a high priority for the School Board.

Moving ahead, in early June we will solicit feedback from a variety of internal and external stakeholders to inform the ongoing revisions and enhancements to our scenario plans. We will conduct focus groups with multiple parent, employee, and community groups. Prototypes of individual school plans will be developed that apply division-wide prototypes to the unique situations at individual schools. Planning groups will develop new modules to address requirements not previously considered. And in every case, we will evaluate scenarios and modules for viability and safety. And throughout the process, the School Board will review our work, while also revising policies and allocating resources, as needed, to support success.

We plan to update the community by the end of June regarding our plans for the new school year. By then, we anticipate having additional information regarding how the phases of the Forward Virginia Reopening Blueprint and how the recommendations of public health experts will apply to schools.

Given the ambiguity we all face, LCPS remains committed to communicating frequently regarding the information that we do know. For example, we anticipate providing additional details regarding summer school soon. And while we do not know when conditions will permit us to hold in-person graduation ceremonies, we will provide additional information, once it is available, and stand firm in our commitment to hold in-person graduation ceremonies. As I said to seniors in my letter last month, it is heartbreaking that graduation ceremonies will not be held on their originally scheduled dates. Seniors have earned a joyous celebration.Their families, their teachers, their friends and the community look forward to celebrating seniors’ accomplishments.

I want to close by again acknowledging the significance of the decisions we will make regarding the 2020-2021 school year. It is an understatement to say that this is a difficult situation for every member of our community. With that in mind, our commitment to community care includes continuing to work to meet the academic, physical health, and mental wellness needs of our students. Community care also involves striving to help parents, employees, and the broader community thrive, not just endure, as we meet our challenges. We will be #ReadyTogether for the new school year.

Warm regards,
Eric Williams, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Governor Ralph Northam announces Virginia Schools to close through academic year.
03/23/2020

Governor Ralph Northam announces Virginia Schools to close through academic year.

It’s the start of our virtual spirit week and today is PAJAMA DAY! Share a photo of everyone in their pajamas.
03/23/2020

It’s the start of our virtual spirit week and today is PAJAMA DAY! Share a photo of everyone in their pajamas.

A note from our Principal, Karen Roche:Dear Moorefield families,As I write this, I am hopeful everyone is adjusting to t...
03/20/2020

A note from our Principal, Karen Roche:

Dear Moorefield families,

As I write this, I am hopeful everyone is adjusting to this new “normal”. Please know that teachers and staff continue to work to provide activities for your child. It is important to note that currently the Virginia Department of Education is not permitting teachers to assign new learning activities. Currently teachers are providing resources that your child is already familiar with, as a review. Do not worry if your family doesn’t have internet or a device, we simply ask that your child read, you read to your child, create math facts or math problem solving tasks for your child at this time.

Many of you might not be aware that in addition to having been a former elementary school teacher, I also taught middle school English and social studies. As history is a passion of mine, I have decided to follow in the footsteps of Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt and provide a weekly “chat”. FDR referred to his weekly chats as fireside chats, so I will adopt the same title.

Please know that as I sit in the office and write this, I can’t express how much I miss our SHARKS, the halls are empty and quiet, it is not how a school should sound. I hope we are back together soon, however that does not seem likely at this point. Please know that Moorefield Station is not just a school, we are a family and although we are not together, you and your families are in my thoughts. In this time, we need to keep routines, so I am providing some simple activities and I am attaching a virtual spirit week that I encourage your family to participate in, I will be!! If you want, take a picture and tweet it out - @MoorefieldES

Some simple activities you might consider:

Reading - use digital resources that have been available all year. Read a book to your child, have your child read to you or the family pet. Practice letters and sight words. Have your child start a journal.

Math – create word problems, measure objects and rooms in your house. Create math facts sheets for your child. Have your child create math problems for you to solve.

PE – Go for a walk, keep social distance but get out and enjoy the nice weather. Find an exercise program online or create your own. Go for a family bike ride.

Music – share your favorite music with your child and share why. If your child is older, have them share their favorite music with you.

Art – Sidewalk chalk art, get out the old and broken crayons and create artwork for around the house.

Family time – play board games, do puzzles, enjoy this time with your loved ones. Create your own family games

As always, please let me know if I can answer questions, stay safe and I will “see” you next Friday for our second fireside chat. Remember be a SHARK and keep moving forward!!!

Thinking of you all,

Karen D. Roche

All Loudoun County friends - Help the 5th Grade with their fundraiser while schools are closed!  Thanks!Samantha
03/15/2020

All Loudoun County friends - Help the 5th Grade with their fundraiser while schools are closed!
Thanks!
Samantha

MSES Parents - While we're all homebound due to COVID-19, please help the 5th Grade with their Spring Fundraiser selling LoCo Saver Cards. The cards offer a great savings throughout Loudoun County. If interested, please visit our School Store and order a card online. Cards will be delivered as soon as we are cleared to return to school. The 5th Grade Promotion Committee thanks you for your support!

PTO Website: http://www.msespto.org/

PTO School Store: http://www.msespto.org/content.asp?PageID=6

LoCo Saver PDF: http://www.msespto.org/News/getdocument.asp?ContentIndex=0&NewsID=162&Source=S

MSES Parents - While we're all homebound due to COVID-19, please help the 5th Grade with their Spring Fundraiser selling...
03/15/2020

MSES Parents - While we're all homebound due to COVID-19, please help the 5th Grade with their Spring Fundraiser selling LoCo Saver Cards. The cards offer a great savings throughout Loudoun County. If interested, please visit our School Store and order a card online. Cards will be delivered as soon as we are cleared to return to school. The 5th Grade Promotion Committee thanks you for your support!

PTO Website: http://www.msespto.org/

PTO School Store: http://www.msespto.org/content.asp?PageID=6

LoCo Saver PDF: http://www.msespto.org/News/getdocument.asp?ContentIndex=0&NewsID=162&Source=S

03/12/2020
Loudoun County Public Schools

Loudoun County Public Schools

Dear LCPS Families and Staff:

I sincerely apologize for sending you a message regarding school closure with minimal time to make adjustments; however, given the rapidly evolving situation with the COVID-19 virus, Loudoun County Public Schools are closed today, Thursday, March 12th through Friday, March 20th. All activities are also cancelled at this time. Administrative Offices will open at twelve today with regular office hours on other days during the school closure.

As you may know, the World Health Organization declared the novel Coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic yesterday, travel between the United States and Europe was recently suspended, and some events and large gatherings have been postponed or cancelled in our region, state, and nation. Loudoun County has experienced at least one presumptive positive case of COVID-19. While Loudoun County has not experienced the extent of presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 as some other areas within our nation or globally and has not had cases that meet the definition of community transmission, we are making this decision out of an abundance of caution. We plan to announce next steps by the end of next week.

The safety and well-being of Loudoun County Public Schools’ students, staff, and families is our highest priority; therefore, we need time as a school system to reassess this rapidly evolving situation by taking time to:

•continue our daily consultation with the Loudoun County Health Department to consider the latest information regarding presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Loudoun County as well as recommendations based on that information to determine whether to reopen schools on March 23;

•review recommendations from other experts, such as the Virginia Department of Health and the CDC;

•consider the community mitigation strategies for school systems recently set forth by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as well as any related follow-up recommendations; and

•develop specific mitigation strategies to implement when schools reopen, as early as March 23.

While we are unaware of any presumptive positive cases of individuals connected to schools, schools will be thoroughly cleaned before they reopen.

Please continue to exercise proper hand washing with soap and other universal preventive actions such as covering your cough, sneezing into your elbow or tissue (throw away tissue), avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth, and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces at home.

We will provide you with multiple updates during the closure. Among numerous issues, we are considering different ways of supporting students who rely on our school meals program due to food insecurity. We are also developing guidance to principals and teachers regarding potential distance learning options and expectations in the event that the closure is extended.

Thank you for your support and understanding as we balance proactive measures of caution and timely communication.

Eric Williams, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Don’t forget Cultural Heritage Night is tonight 5:30-7:00.
02/20/2020

Don’t forget Cultural Heritage Night is tonight 5:30-7:00.

Help the 5th grade earn money for their EOY Promotion Party!  The 5th graders are now running their annual Valentine's f...
01/29/2020

Help the 5th grade earn money for their EOY Promotion Party! The 5th graders are now running their annual Valentine's fundraiser.

Send a special gift to your child, teacher, principal, staff member, or your child’s friend, delivered in school on 2/14

Complete the order form and Valentine Gram(s): http://www.msespto.org/Content/261_8/Files/5th%20Grade/2020ValentinesDayFlyer.pdf.

Click here to print more Valentine Grams:http://www.msespto.org/Content/261_8/Files/5th%20Grade/Valentine%20Grams.pdf

Cut out the Valentine Gram(s) (which will attach to the gift) and send in with form & payment in an envelope labeled: MSES – PTO Valentine's Fundraiser by MONDAY FEBRUARY 10TH

Thank you for your support!
The 5th Grade Promotion Committee

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Thank you PTO & Admin for the surpise gifts when I stopped into school today! I appreciate your thoughtfulness with the gift card and shark mask. Most of all, thank you for your support all year 🦈❤️🖤
Thank you for continued support and for making us feel very appreciated and special, especially during Teacher Appreciation Week! I know that these signs put a smile on many of our faces! I am very proud to be a Moorefield Station shark! Thanks again!
Thank you for the amazing sign! Feeling very lucky to be a Shark!
I am days late but I have not forgotten!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to make us feel special!!! We are so very blessed to have such a amazing PTO!
Thank you so much for the fabulous Moorefield Station Teacher sign! It was such a fun surprise. Thanks for all you do for us!!! ❤️
Love, love, love the sign!! A big shout out to Mrs. Tate and J for the delivery 🥰
how do I get the complete problem statements of the odyssey of the mind problems of this year ?
Any teachers we can help #clearthelists?
Thank you!! We love it!!
Thank you for the delicious cookies. My boys are loving the plate of cookies I brought home 😋
Thank you to all the families who participated in the candy give back! 2nd place isn't too shabby.
NEST is excited to launch its new program “NEST Tutors”! NEST Tutors is a free tutoring program for kids in Pre-K and Elementary school. The goal is to teach kids to love learning! Students will be matched up with a high school tutor and will be taught all subjects. Starting November 4th, we will meet Sundays from 5 pm to 6 pm @ CJR Martial Arts. Register now as it's a fun way to stay ahead in school! Registration Link: https://bit.ly/2OJYljt Get Involved: http://nest4us.org/volunteer/ Future Events: http://nest4us.org/calendar/ Follow NEST on: Instagram- Join Nest Facebook- NEST Twitter- @joinnest4 www.nest4us.org