Mr. Machi’s Message… (November)
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday season, I would like to take a moment to thank our wonderful students, teachers, and staff for everyone’s hard work. I would also like to express my gratitude for getting to know your children. We have really enjoyed getting to know our students and new families this fall.
The Month of October was busy around Moncure. Throughout the month, we had our fall clothing sale, our first field trips, fall picture day, Parent/Teacher Conferences, Literacy Night, and our first Design Challenge Day. Thank you, parents, for your donated items. We have already begun to prepare for our next Design Challenge Day in December.
Flu season is here! At Moncure, although we’ve been relatively healthy thus far. This is just the beginning. Parents, please continue to help us by making sure your children are fever and vomit free for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school. One contagious child can make numerous others sick. Thanks for your help! Please remember to contact the office when your child is sick.
As most of you are aware, the state has created unexcused absence sanctions for children and families. Although we ultimately want all children at school, illnesses, family emergencies, and other reasons will arise from time to time. Please keep us informed! By accessing the Parent tab on our website, you will find 3 important notification forms. Whether you use the “A Note to School” form, the “Report an Absence” link, or the “Pre-Arranged Absentee Request” form,” your communication matters. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office. We are happy to assist.
Moncure’s PTO Fun Run will take place on November 15th. Thanks to multiple sponsors, Including Sheehy Toyota’s $5,000 donation, our PTO is able to provide each of our students with a Fun Run / House Shirt. This year’s Fun Run donations will be put towards classroom libraries and learning tools such as Legos and STEM materials. We cannot wait for this event! We hope you can join us. Volunteer spots are still available.
The month of November has many things in store for Moncure. This month, students are off November 5th for Election Day, we will host our traditional Veteran’s Day tribute and have a spirit night at Buffalo Wild Wings on November 6th, and schools are closed November 11th in to honor Veteran’s Day. Looking further at the month, interims go home and our PTO Fun Run will take place November 15th, students will participate in another House Celebration on November 18th, and we will have a McDonald’s Spirit Night on November 21st. Wrapping up the month, we will celebrate another Student of the Month Breakfast and host a Fall Festival on Friday, November 22nd, and enjoy family during our Thanksgiving Break beginning November 27th. We have a busy month ahead! I’m looking forward to many memorable Moncure moments.
Finally, as we approach our first holiday break of the year, I would like to wish everyone a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving. Although homework should NOT be assigned over the break, I hope everyone finds a good book to read. Thanks again for sharing your children with Anne E. Moncure’s staff and community. It is truly a pleasure working with each of you and your children. Have a wonderful month and Happy Thanksgiving!
Mr. Machi’s Message… (OCTOBER)
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,
What a great start to the year! We have truly enjoyed getting to know our new and familiar faces throughout the months of August and September. To our parents… thanks for sharing your children with us. Now that we have adjusted to our new building, we are looking forward to an amazing fall.
Throughout the months of August and September, Moncure’s staff has established classroom rules, procedures, and routines as well as conducted language arts and mathematics fall assessments. Should you visit our school, you would see evidence of Responsive Classroom (a social-emotional management approach) throughout our building. Over the past four summers, 32 of our teachers have attended a week of Responsive Classroom training. Overall, this approach is amazing to witness! Some of the Responsive Classroom components you may hear about at home include morning meetings, quiet time, closing circles, or my favorite… energizers. With this being our fourth year of implementation, our students are demonstrating higher levels of respect and empathy for each other than ever before. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask our staff. We look forward to eventually having our entire staff formally trained.
Each year, schools are required to develop School Improvement Plans for the upcoming year. Over the past few months, several of our staff members have dedicated multiple days to review data and draft Moncure’s 2019-2020 School Improvement Plan. As a staff, we have identified three goals for the year. To learn more about the key strategies we will implement to reach these goals, I encourage you to access our website tab for our School Improvement Plan.
Goal 1: By the end of the 2019-20 school year, Moncure will develop partnerships with outside organizations to host a minimum of eight community engagement events (four with food) to provide ongoing resources and supports for our students and community.
Goal 2: By the end of the 2019-2020 school year all students and staff will address Social-Emotional & Physical Support with the implementation of our house system and responsive classroom approaches.
Goal 3: By June 2020, Moncure will exceed all SOL accreditation benchmarks by a minimum of 5%. Targets: (English 80%, Math 75%, VA Studies 75%, and Science 75%).
The month of October has a lot to offer our children and community. The month begins with our LEP conferences on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. The 4th and 5th will also mark the first location change for our Fall Clothing Sale in approximately 40 years. If you have not visited our clothing sale in the past, now is a good time to visit. We hope to see you there!
In addition, this month we have our Fall Picture Day scheduled for the 8th, a county-wide early dismissal will kick-off the Columbus Day weekend on the 11th, we have no school on the 14th while Parent-Teacher conferences are held, and report cards go home on the 18th. Thanks to our PTO, the Virginia Repertory Theatre is visiting on October 17th for two performances of Pocahontas and our students will participate in our second House Celebration on the 18th. Looking towards the end of the month, we have a Student of the Month Breakfast and our Fun Run scheduled for the 25th, the Book Fair will run from the 25th-31st, Literacy Night will take over our building on the 29th, and we will wrap up the month with our first Design Challenge Day of the year and another early dismissal on the 31st. We have so many fun things planned for the month! We hope to see you around!
Thanks to the effort of our Stafford County Board of Supervisors, Stafford County School Board, and our Sheriff’s Department, Moncure is one of three elementary schools to have a School Protection Officer (SPO) this year. Specifically, Moncure is fortunate to introduce Deputy Michael Todd to our community. Throughout the day, you should expect to see Deputy Todd on the bus ramp, by car riders, roaming our halls, speaking with students in the cafeteria, monitoring our playground, supporting our office, and the list goes on. In his short time with us, we have found Deputy Todd to be a great addition to our building. Should you drop by our building, please do not hesitate to welcome Deputy Todd to our school. We are very fortunate to have him.
As always, throughout the month, there will be several occasions to recognize our student’s accomplishments, provide our children with valuable learning experiences, and welcome visitors to our building. Thanks again for sharing your children with Anne E. Moncure’s staff. It has truly been a pleasure spending time in all classrooms this past month. Have an Outstanding October!
Mr. Machi’s Message… (AUGUST / SEPTEMBER)
Hello Parents, Guardians, and Students,
As our short summer comes to an abrupt end, I hope everyone has found time to relax with family, spend time with friends, go on vacation, or unpack in a new home. Between summer school, hiring new staff, learning about our many new students, and preparing for the opening of our new building, the summer has been very busy.
In the education profession, summer is a time for change. Specifically, since the end of the 2018-19 school year, Moncure wished farewell to several staff members and welcomed many new teachers and support staff to our growing building. With the hiring of new staff comes fresh ideas and immense energy. While we have a final addition or two to go, I would like to welcome the following staff members to our school and/or new positions. This group of individuals is highly talented and deeply devoted to children and learning. Moncure’s staff is 119 strong! We cannot wait to work with your children!
For those of you new to Moncure, I would like to take a moment to share a little about my background. I have spent the first 22 years of my career with Stafford County Public Schools. After relocating from Pittsburgh to Stafford County with my wife in 1997, we quickly became part of the community we now call home. My wife is currently a first grade teacher with Stafford County and our three children have all attended Stafford County Public Schools (my oldest son is currently a senior at JMU, my daughter is a senior North Stafford High School, and my youngest son is a student at H.H. Poole Middle School).
The first chapter of my career began as a fifth grade teacher at Hartwood Elementary School. After 6 1/2 years, I was given the opportunity to serve as the assistant principal at Rocky Run Elementary for the following 3 1/2 years. As we prepare for the 2019-20 school year, I am serving my thirteenth year as Moncure’s principal. I am a teacher first! With that being said, as a school administrator, I strongly believe in the importance of supporting individual student strengths and addressing specific challenges. Each day, I look forward to helping children reach their dreams. I love my job and especially enjoy witnessing similar enthusiasm from my students and staff. I'm looking forward to an AMAZING year!
A few years ago, Moncure followed several other county schools by initializing a late afternoon no pick-up policy. Although this change caused an initial adjustment, the reduction of instructional time disruptions and the decrease in office chaos resulted in fewer dismissal confusions for staff and students. We look to continuing this policy for the 2019-20 school year. With the emphasis of maintaining the focus of this initiative, we ask all families, to refrain from office pick-ups between 3:20 and 3:50 each day. Additionally, we ask all car rider families to respect Moncure’s fire lane prior to 3:15. If you do not wish to wait in Moncure’s car rider line, please arrive around 3:45 for a quick car rider pick-up or simply allow your children to ride the school bus home. For student safety, we are extra cautious during the first few weeks of school as we dismiss car and bus riders. It is common for dismissal to be extremely slow during the first few days of school. Please be patient! Our number one goal is for all students to arrive home safely each day. Thanks for your cooperation and understanding!
Stafford County Public Schools would like to encourage families to log on to Online Registration to register your new to Stafford County student(s) and to update information for your returning Stafford County students who attended in the 2018-2019 school year. If you are a returning ParentVUE user, you will notice a new system interface, designed to be easier to use.
Parents who are new to Stafford County Public Schools or who have not created a ParentVUE account should create a ParentVUE account by clicking on the “Create ParentVUE Account” on the Online Registration page and complete the steps for creating your account. Directions can also be accessed at the following link: Frequently Asked Questions. This will allow you to register your new student for the 2019-2020 school year. Once registration is complete, please contact the student’s school to finalize the student’s registration. ParentVUE will also allow you to receive updates about your student such as class placement, attendance, and secondary students can access assignments and grades.
Parents who have students returning to Stafford County Public Schools and have a ParentVUE account can register new students and also update their returning student’s information for 2019-2020 school year. Parents should go to online registration, login with your username and password. Once logged in parents can either register a new student and/or select a returning student’s name to update information for the 2019-2020 school year. Parents can update information such as phone numbers and emergency contacts, etc. Parents will also need to accept the 2019-2020 Code of Conduct and update opt-out/opt-in information requested for the 2019-2020 school year.
Student schedules/class placement will be available via ParentVUE. Due to privacy concerns, class lists will not be posted publicly. If the schedule/class placement is not accessed via ParentVUE, the information will be provided during your student’s back-to school night. Schedules/class placement will not be provided over the phone or before your school’s back to school night.
Anne E. Moncure’s Back-to-School night has been scheduled for Thursday, August 8th. To avoid parking lot and hallway congestion, we have divided the evening into three sessions. For the first session, all Kindergarten students are asked to join us promptly at 4:45 for classroom introductions and a tour of Moncure (ONLY Kindergarten teachers will be available for the 4:45 session). The second session will run from 5:30–6:30 for children and families with last names beginning with letters A-M. Our third session will run from 6:30–7:30 for children and families with last names beginning with letters N-Z. After meeting teachers, students will be given a ticket for an ice cream sundae in the cafeteria. We cannot wait to see everyone. In addition to meeting our teachers, Moncure’s PTO will be selling Bear Wear and welcoming volunteers, our cafeteria will be available for making deposits into lunch accounts, and registrations will be available for our afternoon car rider pick-up. We look forward to seeing you!
Moncure’s PTO still has several positions available to support our students and community for the 2019-20 school year. If you have not volunteered with a PTO in the past, I ask you to give it a try. Moncure’s PTO organizes amazing school events, provides assemblies for our students, supports classrooms, and coordinates spirit nights at various restaurants. Currently, we are looking for PTO Board Members, and Volunteers to assist with our fundraising and popular Fall and Spring Clothing Sales (October 5th and April 18th). If you are interested in helping our PTO, please access our PTO board through their web page http://moncurepto.digitalpto.com/. We would love to work with you!
As many of you will soon learn, Moncure offers several clubs and activities for our children. A few examples include: Tutoring, Chorus, a Percussion Group, Art Club, Math Club, Running Club, SCA (Student Government), WMES (our daily broadcast studio), our annual Spelling Bee, Science Clubs, STEM "Design Challenge Days", and many more. As a staff, we strongly believe in the importance of keeping our school spirited and united. To honor our Bear Mascot, we celebrate "Bear Season" each fall and spring. In addition, this fall, we are rolling out an AWESOME “House System” to build unity across our school. I cannot wait to share this system! Look for more information to follow!
As a school, we are proud of our accomplishments and excited about our future. Stafford County's commitment to Moncure is evident through our fabulous new building. I look forward to the many memories to be made with our students, community, and staff. As a school, we are continuously striving to improve. If you have any ideas you would like to share, we welcome your input. Please stop by, we would love to hear from you.
Finally, throughout the year, we will have various occasions to recognize our student’s accomplishments and welcome visitors to our building. To stay up-to-date with our events, I invite you to follow the list of events below. I look forward to celebrating the opening of our new building and the beginning of an amazing journey together on August 8th. See you soon!
Mr. Greg Machi