Dear Maumee Valley,

It’s mid-April, and it’s snowing. Toledo never ceases to amaze me, in all sorts of wonderful ways. This week I had the pleasure of helping to deliver a few Kindergarten learning packets to families’ mailboxes, and though most were sequestered in their homes, it brought joy to my heart just knowing that I was near our kids and families. I miss our students, I miss our parents and guardians, I miss our faculty and staff; I even miss cold carlines where I was able to chat and wave to you all!

Did you know we have an astronaut on faculty who is teaching “tricky teen numbers” from outer space? I’ve always known that an MV education is out of this world, but now I have proof! Check out Mrs. Tassos who dodged asteroids while teaching math to her JK students this week. The creativity of our teachers continues to shine brightly in this period of remote learning.
As promised, we would like your feedback on the past two weeks of remote learning. Please take a moment to follow the links below and provide feedback on your family’s experience. The surveys will remain open through Wednesday. Maumee Valley will continue to adjust the program as needed to make this experience as positive as possible for our students, faculty, and families. Thank you for being a part of our process.

 
Wishing you peace and patience.
 
Lynn D. Casto
Head of School
lcasto@mvcds.org
419-469-0240

WHAT'S HAPPENING?

      

Upper School

Parent Survey
Please take a few minutes to complete this survey to help us understand how we can improve your child’s Upper School remote learning experience. We value your feedback! 

Coffee with Dr. Macek Zoom sessions on Thursdays
Please save the date for Thursday, April 23, from 3-4 pm for our next Coffee with Dr. Macek Zoom session. This coffee session, led by our Director of College Counseling, Ms. Georgette Small, will focus on the topic of college planning and will offer support to parents of juniors in particular. While all are welcome, parents of juniors are especially encouraged to attend in order to learn about ‘next steps’ in the college planning process and important resources that are available on the MyMV college counseling site.  

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. 

Parents of Seniors - Spring Intensives
Due to the current crisis and the recent enactment of Ohio law that permits schools to grant temporary flexibility in terms of graduation requirements, we have decided that any senior who has met graduation requirements by the completion of the spring rotation may be excused from the spring intensive or independent study. Any student who is interested in opting out of the spring intensive or independent study is asked to contact their advisor who will confirm the student’s eligibility for this exemption. Once they have received confirmation from their advisor, students should inform Mrs. Olivia Spencer (ospencer@mvcds.org) by May 4 of their decision to opt-out of the spring intensive or independent study. 

College Planning
Please know that our College Counselors, Georgette Small, and Brooke Schlageter, are here to support you and your children during this important time of finalizing college decisions. Should you or your children have any questions or need further assistance in the college decision process, please do not hesitate to contact Georgette (gsmall@mvcds.org) or Brooke (bschlageter@mvcds.org) at any time.

You can also contact them directly during their office hours:
Georgette Small - M-F, 10 am-5 pm & by appointment; please contact via email (gsmall@mvcds.org) or phone (202-820-0155)
Brooke Schlageter - M-F, 9:30-10:15 am & by appointment; please contact via email (bschlageter@mvcds.org) to set up a conversation via zoom or phone.

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

Middle School

This past week, Mr. Green's 8th grade Social Studies classes analyzed the following essential question: Why was slavery in 19th century America difficult to abolish?

Thanks to 8th grade parents who have emailed me their purple registration form if you have not done so yet please do!  Feel free to take a picture of the form and email it to me if you are unable to scan it. Thank You! 

We continue to adjust and improve with online instruction in the Middle School. Now that we have lived this schedule for about two weeks, we welcome your thoughts and input on our program and invite you to fill out our survey. As always, if you have additional questions, concerns or successes you would like me to know about, please reach out directly and let me know how things are going.  

Please take a few minutes to complete this Middle School Remote Learning Survey to help us understand how we can improve your child’s Middle School remote learning experience. We value your feedback.

Check out the attached video on how to maintain the Middle School pillars remotely, created by Emily Thompson, Michelle Li, Addie Henderson, Lila Weiner, and Sydney Abercrombie.

Have a great weekend!

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

Lower School

Parent Survey
Please take a few minutes to complete this Lower School Remote Learning Survey to help us understand how we can improve your child’s Lower School remote learning experience. We value your feedback!

Routines and Flexibility
I’m hearing from a number of Lower School families that students found week two to be more manageable than week one was. A big part of this is that children (and families) are learning the new routines of remote learning. Teachers are mindful that this takes time to establish these new routines and find balance at home. If your family is still struggling with the pace set by your child’s teacher, please reach out directly to let them know. Also, be sure to complete the survey linked above so we can hear your voice. We know this experience is vastly different from family to family, and we will be flexible in working with families. As always, you can reach me by email or on my cell phone. Messages or calls are fine. Use this link to schedule a call or a Zoom meeting with me.

Updates to Lower School Resource Board include:

  • SORA: a new resource to MV families looking for digital books
  • A Note from Nurse Sherrie about getting kids gardening
Jaime Lassman
jlassman@mvcds.org
859-806-9896

Early Learning Center

This week’s shout out belongs to YOU! On behalf of the ELC faculty, thank you for your partnership in this remote learning journey. I know it’s not easy to balance home, work, and school life. We appreciate the time you are taking to ensure your child is online for their live meetings and the work that you are doing with them according to the daily lessons. You are doing an awesome job and we appreciate you very much.  

Updates to the ELC Resource Board include a biweekly update from Nurse Sherrie and information about our new digital library platform SORA. You can access the SORA platform through this link on a desktop or by downloading the app. Your child’s username is grad year, first initial, first three letters of last name @mvcds.org. The password is birth month, birth date and the word "early".
 
I have made a tutorial on how to upload documentation/evidence of learning on Storypark. You can view that tutorial here.   

The link to Ms. Thomas’ Flipgrid storytime.
Your child’s login information is the same as their homeroom teacher’s Flipgrid.

Please take a few minutes to complete this Early Learning Center Remote Learning Survey to help us understand how we can improve your child’s ELC remote learning experience. We value your feedback!

Michelle Thomas
mthomas@mvcds.org
419-601-5611

School Resources

Technical Support
EMAIL TIPS FOR STUDENTS
During this time of remote learning, students are communicating through email much more than we ever have before! Here are some quick tips to help students make sure they are being heard loud and clear while still staying respectful and professional. 
  • Subject Line: Don't forget a clear and concise subject line to make sure the reader knows what the email is about 
  • Keep it Professional: Avoid text language (lol,:), brb) and colorful fancy fonts 
  • Proofread: Give your message a quick read before hitting send. 
    • Is it clear? 
    • Can the reader interpret your meaning? 
    • Is it respectful and professional?
HELP DESK
When submitting a help ticket to helpdesk@mvcds.org, please include a detailed explanation of your issue and what steps you have tried to resolve it on your own. Also if it is an issue that occurs during a remote class, include the teacher’s name, the class period and the specific assignment.

Student Support
Your student support team hopes you and your children are well and that you have found a few moments for self-care this past week. As we walk through this journey together, we continue thinking about ways to highlight the importance of fostering the social-emotional well-being of our families. We all know that children strongly benefit from positive family relationships and this is now true more than ever. The following article provides guidance on how to build strong family relationships that help your children feel secure and loved - BUILDING FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS. As a reminder, please visit the COVID-19 STUDENT SUPPORT webpage for additional resources to support you and your family during this time.

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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