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Monocacy Valley Montessori Public Charter School

Parent Newsletter
Fri., 12/6Keyboard Winter Recital, 6:00 p.m. Sanctuary Sat. & Sun., 12/7 & 12/8MVMPCS Iconic Chorus Performs, Joyful Jingles Celebration, Urbana Regional Library, 10:00 am 2:00 p.m. Tues., 12/10Drama auditions for 6th, 7th, 8th grade, 3:457:00 p.m., Sanctuary Fri., 12/13Prospective MVMPCS parent tour, 9:15 a.m. Fri., 12/202 hour early dismissal at 12:45 p.m., Pre-School/Pre-K dismiss at 11:30 a.m., Lunches served on an early schedule and No after care. Mon., 12/23Wed., 1/1School Closed for Winter Break! Fri., 1/10End of Term 2, Semester 1 Mon., 1/13No SchoolTeacher Work Day

December 05, 2013

Hello Families, Recently, I received information about the difference between conflicts and bullying from FCPS Student Services Office. How do you know if a behavior is bullying or not bullying (a conflict)? In the past weeks, I have seen an increase in the number of Bullying Reporting Forms that have been submitted to the front office. The investigations have shown these were one time incidents and/ or inappropriate behaviors. They did not meet the definition of bullying. I wanted to share this information with the MVMPCS community, so you are aware of what constitutes bullying. Definition of bullying: Bullying, harassment, or intimidation means
intentional conduct, including verbal, physical, or written conduct, or an intentional electronic communication, that: (I) creates a hostile educational environment by substantially interfering with a students educational benefits, opportunities, or performance, or with a students physical or psychological well -being and is: 1. motivated by an actual or a perceived personal characteristic including race, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ancestry, physical attribute, socioeconomic status, familial status, or physical or mental ability or disability; or 2. threatening or seriously intimidating; and (II) 1. occurs on school property, at a school activity or event, or on a school bus; or 2. substantially disrupts the orderly operation of a school. Electronic communication means a communication transmitted by means of an electronic device, including a telephone, cellular phone, computer, or pager.

KEYBOARD RECITAL FRIDAY, DEC. 6 AT 6:00 P.M. Mark your calendars to attend the Winter Keyboard Recital on Friday, December 6th at 6:00 p.m. in the MVMPCS Sanctuary. The performance will be by the students of the MMCI Afterschool Keyboard Program who are very excited to play a variety of tunes for an audience! Everyone is invited and the program is free! MVMPCS ICONIC CHORUS PERFORMS DEC. 7TH AT THE JOYFUL JINGLES CELEBRATION Everyone is invited to attend the Joyful Jingles Celebration at the Urbana Regional Library on December 7th and 8th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. This event is free and is an all-ages event. We are pleased to announce that our own MVMPCS Iconic Chorus will be performing on Saturday December 7th at 11:30 am. Please come out and show your support to these hard working students. This will be their only public performance for 2013. Ms. Shannon, Music Teacher DRAMA AUDITIONS FOR 6TH, 7TH & 8TH GRADERS! DECEMBER 10TH, 3:457:00 P.M., SANCTUARY

Come out and audition for C-Rhyme and Punishment! Sing your way into a world filled with all the nursery rhyme characters of your childhood! But, wait a minute! These are not the characters I remember! Little Bo Peep and Little Boy Blue are in therapy? Simple Simon has a rap sheet a mile long? Humpty Dumpty gets shattered? The C-Rhyme has been committed and two detectives have to find the perpetrator amidst the pranks and hilarity that ensues Once Upon a Time in Nursery Rhyme Land.
When Tuesday, December 10th Time 3:45 pm 7 pm Where The Sanctuary (Ms. Shannons classroom) What to bring Sneakers, Pants, Water, Snacks and Dinner

When do you know if a behavior is a conflict between students or when is it bullying? Please use the information below to determine if it is a conflict or bullying. Conflict Equal power Happens once or occasionally Not always intended to cause harm Not power or attention seeking Shows remorse Accepts responsibility Problem solves/work things out Equal emotional, possible physical reaction Bullying Imbalance of power Repeated behavior Purposeful and intended to inflict physical or emotional pain Seeking power, control or physical things Rarely shows remorse Blames the target No attempt to problem solve Serious threat of physical or emotional harm toward victim Please note that all reporting of bullying are taken seriously by the Principal, Assistant Principal and staff. After the investigation is completed, it is our practice at MVMPCS that all students meet separately with the guidance counselor, Ms. Green, in order to discuss strategies that are helpful for the alleged offender and the victim. Also, upon request by the classroom teacher, Ms. Green will do class lessons on topics such as: friendships, bullying, sharing and conflict resolution. Cita

CHECK THE LOST AND FOUND Now that the cooler weather is here, be sure to check the lost and found periodically for discarded jackets, hats, and other missing valuables. The lost and found is located in an alcove past the computer lab before going into the Sanctuary. In addition, we have small items such as a Cannon camera lens cover, jewelry and a gift card kept in the office.


Overstock clearance! MVMPCS keepsakes are available for purchase in limited quantity. If youve been meaning to purchase any of the following items, now is your chance!

DONATIONS WANTED ART ROOM: In addition to clipping box tops for MVMPCS, start saving the entire cardboard cereal and cracker boxes for our MVMPCS Art Room. The boxes can be folded flat to save space. In addition, Ms. Elizabeth can also use empty paper towel rolls and cleaned, empty yogurt containersboth small and large. HEALTH ROOM: Tissues are in high demand during this time of the year and the Health Room would appreciate any donations!

Vintage Blue School T-Shirts, $15available in sizes Youth X-Small, Youth Large and Adult SXL KidStuff Coupon Books 2013-14, $25 School Yearbooks 2012-13, $15 School Yearbooks 2011-12, 2010-11, 2009-10, 2006-07, $10 School Panoramic Photo 2012-13, $15

Checks should be made payable to MVMPCS. See Debbie Miller in the school office to purchase any of the items.


This December we are again collecting orders for our own MVMPCS Community Cup Coffee from Dublin Roasters. Orders can be sent to school through December 12th with delivery to the school prior to December 20th (look for more info on exact delivery dates in the near future via email).
If interested in ordering some of our very own coffee blend , please look for this form in Thursday folders this week. Please note that checks should now be made payable to: Dublin Roasters, not MVMPCS. Payment is due with the order. Please also note that MVMPCS Community Cup can be ordered year round at Dublin Roasters via their website or by phone/in person. All other coffee orders from Dublin Roasters will also benefit MVMPCS if the school is mentioned in the comment section of your order. Be sure to check out all the different grind and bag styles to customize the perfect gift this holiday season! Happy Holidays!

FCPS AUSHERMAN PLANETARIUM PRESENTS: MYSTERY OF THE CHRISTMAS STAR FCPS Earth and Space Science Lab's Ausherman Planetarium offers a variety of programs, open to the public for $5 each. Show times are 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 PM, with doors opening at 5 PM. An adult must accompany any child 8th grade and younger. Parents may read the online description to learn whether the 45-minute show is appropriate for their family, as there are no age recommendations for the shows. Tuesdays, December 10 and 17 and Thursdays, December 5, 12 and 19: Mystery of the Christmas Star Journey back over 2,000 years to Bethlehem as we seek to discover a scientific explanation for the star the wise men followed to find the baby Jesus. This modern retelling of the Christmas story is sure to charm and captivate audiences of all ages.

Jennifer Nichols Community Outreach Committee


TICKETS: Seating is limited. You may purchase tickets online at or call 240-2362694. The planetarium is in the Earth and Space Science Lab next to Lincoln Elementary at 210 Madison Street, Frederick, MD 21701, and has ample parking.

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DO YOU HAVE MVMPCS LIBRARY QUESTIONS? If you have questions regarding lost books, replacement costs, or book donations please email Kelly Robertson at: