Dear Maumee Valley,

I want to acknowledge that this week has been hard for families in many ways. We’ve come back from “spring break,” started remote learning, and are trying, at least in my household, to find a sense of normalcy and routine. Our community is feeling the human impact of isolation, of illness and death across the country, of work and homelife colliding. There is much uncertainty in our world right now. Amid it all, I hope you can find strength in our community. We are in this together and here to support one another. I daily seek to find beauty in the small things: sunshine in Toledo, an extra hug during the day from my child, family lunches, and board games, to name a few.

I’d like to send an enormous thank you to our teachers for their incredible work this week sending our Maumee Valley education into homes. Equal kudos go out to parents who have supported their children’s learning plans. I’ve heard the following from parents:

“From what I’ve seen this week, I think MV could teach kids no matter where they are in the world!”

“My children were engaged, enthusiastic, and truly involved, for the entire day. I had no expectations as to how the day would go and was honestly a little bit apprehensive…. I was amazed by MVCDS already and was not really sure how much more grateful I could be ... until today. Onwards everyone! We got this!”

Our teachers are quickly learning what works well and what might need amended moving forward. At the end of next week, we will gather feedback from you all to determine changes that might need to be made. In the meantime, if you would like to share how your family is managing remote learning, we invite you to share directly with your child’s division head.

Thank you for your partnership during this separation. We are #MVStrong!
Lynn D. Casto
Head of School
lcasto@mvcds.org
419-469-0240

WHAT'S HAPPENING?

      

Upper School

Yesterday, I hosted my first “Coffee with Dr. Macek” session via Zoom and very much enjoyed the opportunity to chat with those of you who were able to attend. I plan to host virtual US parent “coffee” sessions at least twice per month on Thursdays from 3-4 pm. I will also offer some different times in order to accommodate those of you who are unable to meet during the 3-4 pm time frame. I would like to use these sessions to hear about your child’s remote learning experience thus far and how well our program is supporting their emotional well-being and learning needs. In addition, these sessions will be a great opportunity for the parent community to stay connected while we all endure this period of social isolation. 

I will be sure to send email reminders each week that I plan to host a “Coffee with Dr. Macek” session. The email reminders will also be posted to the Remote Learning | Gr. 9-12 page of the school’s website.  If there are specific topics that you would like to discuss at a coffee session, please email those to me in advance so that I can plan accordingly. For example, if you would like to discuss college planning for juniors, please let me know in advance and I will be sure to invite our college counselors to that session. Otherwise, I will do my best to answer your questions and address your concerns during these sessions. In the future, I also plan to host Zoom sessions that target specific groups (e.g., the senior class and their parents). Stay tuned for more information on these more focused group sessions.

New Online Learning Consortium Partnership - Constellation Learning
In a recent parent newsletter, I shared that the HLC (Hybrid Learning Consortium), an online program with which Maumee Valley partnered for many years, will no longer be offering online courses. However, I am pleased to share that Maumee Valley has partnered with Constellation Learning, a new blended and online learning consortium co-founded by the former directors of the HLC. Through our partnership with Constellation Learning, we will continue to offer a variety of online courses that complement and enhance our MV curriculum. In particular, you can rest assured that the online courses that historically were most popular among our students will continue to be offered via our Constellation Learning partnership. Please refer to the 2020-21 Course Catalog on the MyMV US Resource page for the list of online courses to be offered next year. 

Please note that the fee structure for enrolling in online courses will be different than the HLC fee structure given the terms of the new partnership. Please refer to the 2020-21 Course Catalog for the updated fee structure for enrolling in online courses offered through Constellation Learning. Also, please inform Mrs. Olivia Spencer (ospencer@mvcds.org) if you wish to change your course selections for next year given this updated information. 

Senior Spring Events
Unfortunately, the current coronavirus situation has impacted many school events this spring and will require us to alter our plans for important senior events that were scheduled to take place in April and May. I will be meeting (via Zoom) with student leaders next week to hear their thoughts on two very special senior events, the Senior Celebration (scheduled for 4/28) and Senior Prom (scheduled for 5/2). Neither of these events will be able to take place in person on these dates. Therefore, in my meeting with students, we will brainstorm ideas for holding these events either virtually or on a later date. We will also discuss other creative ways to celebrate the seniors remotely during this challenging time. I will keep you informed of any changes to the senior event plans in my future communications.

Faculty & Staff Office Hours
Please refer to this document for US faculty and staff office hours and contact information during this period of remote learning.

Molly Macek
mmacek@mvcds.org
443-286-9773

Middle School

Congratulations, parents! You did it! And, the students did it too! 

This week, together, we successfully transformed our Middle School experience to remote learning. By utilizing our newly-designed schedule and student remote learning expectations and resources, we have transported learning from the Middle Ground to the comfort of home. Middle School teachers have done an outstanding job this week of providing thoughtful, fun, and engaging lessons. Please note that the next weekly outline of classes and corresponding assignments will be posted on MyMV by 5:00 pm this Sunday. 

We also conducted our first Middle School meeting today!  The highlight was a student-created video about what they did (or didn’t do) over spring break. Student Support and Technology Support team members were also at our meeting to explain to students that support and resources are available to them during this time.  Our Middle School meeting will be a weekly event to maintain our sense of community. 

We are looking forward to another great week in Middle School!  As always, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns, and enjoy this video created by Middle School students Lila Weiner, Chari Thompson, Michelle Li, Addie Henderson, and Sydney Abercrombie. It is sure to bring a smile to your face!

Erik Graham
egraham@mvcds.org
419-450-9474

Lower School

Remote learning brings extra responsibilities and surprising joys. Thank you for your flexibility and your time spent this week supporting learning from home. For my family, worrying about making sure our Lower School child is on time for class is a new reality, and it is balanced by the opportunity for our family to be together for snacks, lunch, and recess! For many, you are trying to coordinate a school schedule, a family schedule, and even a work schedule. I’ve heard from a number of parents, and I know we are all working hard to make this time meaningful and valuable for learners. This work will continue to get easier as we all (students and adults) begin to internalize some of the new routines of remote learning. We hope you have enjoyed seeing school from a new perspective. Learning can be fun, engaging, and challenging all at the same time—even from home!

This weekend brings an opportunity for us all to reflect on the first week of remote learning and look ahead to next week as well. Please remember that our top priority will continue to be the mental and physical well being of our children. We know that academics are important, and we know that children learn best when we are mindful of their immediate needs first.

As we did last week, by 5:00 pm Sunday afternoon, teachers will post weekly schedules with lesson plans, links, and more. These detailed schedules are designed to engage and challenge students, but we know one size cannot fit all. Teachers have planned each learning opportunity with flexibility in mind. Please continue to let teachers know when your child is unable to attend live lessons. We are recording live lessons and posting the recorded videos as soon as possible.

Teachers are mindful of the needs of students and families, and they want to connect with you. Email continues to be the best way to reach teachers. For teachers, remote learning means a huge increase in daily emails, and they will do their best to reply back to you within one business day. If you have an urgent technical need, please continue to reach out for tech support by using the helpdesk@mvcds.org email address. You can reach me by email or on my cell phone. (859-806-9896) Messages or calls are fine. Use this link to schedule a call or a Zoom meeting with me.

Jaime Lassman
jlassman@mvcds.org
859-806-9896

Early Learning Center

Thank you for being patient and flexible with us this week as we navigate remote learning for young children. You are doing a great job of supporting your child and thank you for your feedback thus far. You have been shouting out our teachers and assistants, for their hard work and I couldn’t agree more!  I encourage you to watch my video below, but if you don't have enough time here are the topics covered:
  • I’m working to problem solve the organization of our plans and live links.
  • Click here for a Storypark tutorial on how to filter stories and change your notification settings. 
  • Here is the ELC curriculum for Mathematics, Language Arts and Social-Emotional Learning. This will also be posted to Storypark. 
  • Recording of Navigating Parenting and Learning in a Remote Environment.  You might find this webinar useful. It is geared towards remote learning with younger children (ELC& LS) but they also speak to working with teens as well. 
  • Optional ELC Parent Night is tonight at 8:00 pm. Click here for the zoom link.
  • Storytime with Miss Thomas will start next week. This optional storytime will be on your child’s homeroom teacher’s Flipgrid so you can view it at your leisure. I will post one story a day.   
  • Keep up the great work, give your child lots of praise and remind them of how much you love them.
Michelle Thomas
mthomas@mvcds.org
419-601-5611


School Resources

Technical Support
HELP DESK
The quickest and most efficient way to receive assistance for technology concerns and requests is to email the technology team at HELPDESK@MVCDS.ORG.  Please remember to include as many details as possible and check your email for a response from the team.

ZOOM VIDEO CONFERENCING
Zoom continues to update its security features and recommendations for the use of their product. Their most recent guidelines can be found HERE. We are following the settings guidelines and have added a few of our own to lock things down. Having our Zoom links behind a password-protected environment (MyMV), a Google classroom or MVCDS.ORG domain calendar invite helps ensure an additional level of security and privacy for our teachers and students.

Please continue to visit the TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT SECTION of the COVID-19 page on our website for additional tutorials, links, and helpful tips.

Student Support
The student support team has been busy working with students, parents, and teachers throughout this first week of remote learning! We are committed to providing resources to support you and your family during these challenging times. As has been previously communicated, the social-emotional well being of Maumee Valley children and families is our number one priority. As we collect resources, it is clear that children's well-being depends on the well-being of their parents and caregivers. We gently remind parents and caregivers to be kind to yourselves during this time. The following article highlights the importance of SELF-CARE. We have also added additional resources to our COVID-19 WEBPAGE under the student support section and encourage you to reference these articles. Additionally, please do not hesitate to reach out to your student support team!

Athletic Information
Please visit the OHSAA site for the latest update from Jerry Snodgrass, Executive Director at THIS LINK.

Admission Office

The admission team is actively working with families interested in learning more about our school. If you know anyone considering Maumee Valley, please encourage them to reach out so we can schedule a personalized virtual meeting, or encourage them to attend one of our scheduled VIRTUAL ADMISSION MEETINGS.

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