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