Dear Maumee Valley,

It is auction week! Join us tomorrow night, Saturday, May 16th, at 7:00 pm for the launch of SOAR: A Blue and White Benefit, our annual auction that will be held virtually this year. The event will be live-streamed on Maumee Valley’s YouTube channel and will be hosted by Ford Koles, MV Class of 1982, and Jaden Jefferson, MV Class of 2026. Special guests on Saturday night will include Jim and Nancy Fish, former Maumee Valley teachers and administrators, who will help introduce our Raise the Paddle portion of the auction. 

Make sure you register for the auction ahead of time and preview the auction items so that you are set and ready to bid on Saturday night!  Over the next week, you will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items and help us Raise the Paddle for our MVCares initiative, a fund dedicated to helping families who have been affected by COVID-19 remain in our community next year. The silent auction and leaderboard items will close on Saturday, May 23rd at 7:15 pm, and streaming of our live auction event will begin at 7:00 pm, once again hosted on Maumee Valley’s YouTube channel. 

Do you wonder why the auction is important to Maumee Valley? Tuition proceeds cover only 85% of the cost to educate our students. The remaining 15% is covered through fundraising. The auction is our greatest fundraising effort for the year, and the proceeds raised are used throughout the school to impact academics, the arts, athletics, facilities, and faculty and staff. Your generosity at our annual auction directly impacts each Maumee Valley student and family. We need your support!

Thank you for supporting SOAR: A Blue and White Benefit. See you online Saturday!

Lynn D. Casto
Head of School
lcasto@mvcds.org
419-469-0240

WHAT'S HAPPENING?

      

Upper School

Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony
On Tuesday, May 12, all senior parents should have received an email invitation to attend the Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony, scheduled for Tuesday, June 2 at The Sundance Kid Drive-In Theater in Oregon, Ohio. Please be sure to carefully read the invitation as it includes important information for those who plan to attend the event. Please contact Melissa Kuhl (mkuhl@mvcds.org) with any questions about the event or venue. 

Awards Ceremony
The Awards Ceremony will be presented in a virtual format on Friday, May 29. The faculty and staff have carefully selected the awards recipients and are in the process of preparing and recording their speeches for each recipient. The awards videos will be posted to the school’s private YouTube channel and available to view on May 29. In addition, a special Awards Ceremony tradition is the presenting of books personally selected by the faculty for each award recipient. The award certificates and books will be ready for pick-up on June 3 and 4 at the school-wide drop-off/pick-up days (please see the end-of-year drop-off/pick-up section of this newsletter for more information).

Spring Intensives 

Virtual Intensive Fair
In lieu of an in-person Intensive Fair, we plan to showcase the students’ project work from their Intensives and Independent Studies via an online platform. The students’ final projects and presentations will be available for viewing on June 2. Future communication will provide additional information about how to access and view the projects via the online platform.

Grading Procedures
Because of the nature of the Intensive courses and the challenge of thoroughly, fairly, and accurately evaluating student progress on experiential learning in the remote environment, we will use a “credit / no credit” grading system in lieu of the traditional letter-grade system for the Spring Intensives and Independent Studies. In order to maintain rigorous course expectations under this alternative grading system, each Intensive teacher will clearly define the competencies and outcomes that students must demonstrate in order to receive credit for the course. If a student achieves the desired learning outcomes, then they will receive credit for the course but no grade will be indicated on the report card. If you have any questions about grade reporting, please contact Olivia Spencer, US Registrar, at ospencer@mvcds.org.

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

Middle School

Another successful week of remote learning in the books, and teachers and students continue to grow and thrive with engaging remote classroom experiences!  As an example, take a look at what will be happening in Julie Shuman’s Math classes: 

Next week Geometry kids will be applying formulas to find the volume of various candies such as jawbreakers, smarties, and starbursts as well as the surface area of wrappers to go around them. Algebra kids will be using what we have learned about quadratic equations and applying it to the world of golf to create a function and interpret the special parts of the function as it relates to the path a golf ball travels. Video

Plans for our Moving Up Ceremony
Our 8th to 9th grade moving up ceremony will take place on Wednesday, June 3rd at 7:00 pm. Families will receive an official email with the link to the pre-recorded ceremony and it will be linked to the Maumee Valley website.  Families are encouraged to watch the ceremony together once the official email and link go out.

Pick Up Drop off Plan  
Please note the pick-up drop off-plan has changed!  We will be participating in the whole school plan on June 3rd and 4th.  Please start to take an inventory of items such as Library books, Chromebooks and other materials to return.  Please refer back to the route and plan that has a special section in this email.

Coffee with Mr. Graham
I will host another coffee for parents to get everyone on the same page heading into the last stages of the school year. Friday, May 22nd from 1:00-2:00 please expect an email with Zoom invite next week.
 
Erik Graham
egraham@mvcds.org
419-450-9474

Lower School

The final weeks of the school year are in sight, and while we are still learning from home, there are some events for the Lower School community that will bring us together. Please add the following to your calendars.
 
Thursday, May 28 at 6:30 pm - 6th-Grade Moving Up
Friday, May 29 at 5:00 pm - ELC/Lower School Reverse Parade
Monday, June 1 at 9:00 am - Lower School Town Meeting
Tuesday, June 2 - Last Day of School
Wednesday, June 3 - Drop off & Pick up Day 1 (please see above schedule)
Thursday, June 4 - Drop off & Pick up Day 2 (please see above schedule)

On Thursday, May 28, at 6:30 pm, the Lower School will celebrate our 6th graders moving up to Middle School. This event typically takes place in school, and parents of 6th graders are invited to watch a few short videos about our 6th-grade students. This year, the event will be held virtually, so all are invited. A zoom link and additional details will be sent via email to Lower School families.

On Friday, May 29, at 5:00 pm, the ELC, and Lower School teachers will be hosting a reverse parade. We are all missing seeing the students in school, and teachers are looking forward to this reverse parade. Teachers will be on campus from 5:00 to 6:00 pm lined up (socially distant from each other) to see all of you. Parents can drive on campus, roll down windows and waive to teachers as they drive through. More details about the parade route will be announced next week. We hope you will join us! 

On the morning of Monday, June 1, at 9:00 am, I will be hosting the final Town Hall of the year. All students, teachers, and families are invited via zoom to celebrate the learning and fond memories of the 2019-2020 year. A zoom link and additional details will be sent via email to Lower School families.

Field Day is a highlight of the end of the school year, and we have a plan to offer a virtual field day in the afternoon of June 1. This will (of course) be optional. Mrs. Herrmann has plans that are fun, safe, and can be done from home without any fancy equipment. Information will be sent via email to Lower School families.

Before spring break, we urged students to check out books from the MV Media Center. We knew at that time that local libraries would temporarily close, and we wanted every child to have access to books at home. It is time to return those books and any items borrowed from school. Also before the break, many students took home most or all of their belongings from their lockers. A few items were left in the hopes that students would return to campus. We will bag up the belongings of each student, including any supplies or belongings left in the classroom. When possible, we are also sending student artwork home in these bags. Every Lower School family should plan to come to campus on June 3 or June 4 to pick up items from us and drop off books and anything else borrowed from school. Please see the pickup/drop off plan above and save the date (June 3 or 4th depending on the last name of your child). 
 
Jaime Lassman
jlassman@mvcds.org
859-806-9896

Early Learning Center

Continuing to build and maintain relationships has been at the core of our remote learning plan in the ELC. As a result, we are planning an end of year parade to celebrate the children’s growth and give closure to the school year. This parade will include LS faculty and staff as well as our beloved ELC teachers and assistants. Please save the date, Friday, May 29th from 5:00-6:00 pm. More details about the parade route will be announced next week. We hope you will join us! 

Furthermore, if your child has a summer birthday and you would like them to celebrate with their classmates, then please contact your child’s homeroom teacher. We usually celebrate summer birthdays in the classroom during the month of May and we don’t want this year to be any different. 

This week’s shout out goes to our admin team. We have been busy keeping up with all of the recommended health and safety guidelines at the national, state, and local level. Here is a great article about the importance of children wearing face masks. The admin team is also attending webinars and reading research about best practices for the reopening of schools. Rest assured we are deep into the planning stages of what the fall could look like. We are also creating a plan for parents to drop off school materials like Chromebooks and library books and pick up their children’s belongings. Please see the pick up/drop off plan below and save the date (June 3 or 4th depending on your last name). 

The 42nd annual action kicks off this weekend! Click here for more information. Be sure to check out the ELC Director for the Day experience for ELC students. 

Finally, Colleen Sieberg’s legacy will be recognized on Sunday, May 17, when she will be celebrated as a 2020 TSO Outstanding Music Educator as part of WGTE, Presents TSO in HD. The show will be on cable from 6 PM-8 PM on Sunday, May 17 on the WGTE channel. Tom Sieberg, her husband, will accept this award on her behalf. In addition to the WGTE broadcast, the Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts will post on their Facebook page as well.
 
Michelle Thomas
mthomas@mvcds.org
419-601-5611

School Resources

Student Materials - Drop Off & Pick Up
We have organized a plan to ensure a safe and smooth approach to dropping off school supplies like Chromebooks, library books, art materials, and other loaned equipment and for picking up personal belongings. More details will come next week but for now please save the following dates.  

Families with children with different last names should choose the earliest time that matches one of their children’s last names.
 
Dates: 
June 3rd families of all divisions with last names from A-L.
10:00 am -12:00 pm (group 1 A-C)
12:00pm - 2:00 pm (group 2 D-H)
2:00pm - 4:00 pm (group 3 I-L)
 
June 4th families of all divisions with last names from M-Z.
10:00 am -12:00 pm (group 1 M-P)
12:00pm - 2:00 pm (group 2 Q-S)
2:00pm - 4:00 pm (group 3 T-Z)
 
Route
Cars will enter at the Glendale entrance and head to the circle where we will have a drop off supplies zone. If we are backed up, then we will utilize the south lot just as we would for the car line. After dropping off borrowed supplies from the school (Chromebooks, library books, art materials, etc.), cars will drive over to the Smead lot pick up zone. This is where you will be able to pick up your children’s belongings. We ask that all cars exit at the Reynolds Road exit.
 


SOAR: A Blue & White Benefit
I hope you will join the MVCDS community tomorrow, May 16th, at 7:00 P.M. for the kick-off to our school’s first-ever virtual auction. Our team has been working hard to cultivate items and experiences you will not find anywhere else, and we hope you will join in the festivities to help raise money for our school and its students.
 
Jaden Jefferson ‘26 and Ford Koles ‘82 are teaming up to host the Livestream event at 7:00 P.M. on the school’s YOUTUBE CHANNEL. It will be a night of entertainment with performances, games, competitions, and special guest speakers. The silent auction will open at the same time and will remain open until May 23rd. If you plan to participate in the auction, the team suggests that you register ASAP on the ONLINE BIDDING SITE to ensure that you are able to begin bidding as soon as the items are made available. I hope to see you all tune in for a night of fun, community, and connection during this difficult time.
 
Technology
Please remember to routinely power down and restart your devices in order to ensure that Zoom functions properly.  Zoom recently released version 5.0 of its software, designed to increase video communications security.  If you have not downloaded and installed the new version, please complete the process when you are prompted to do so. End of year device maintenance and turn-in procedures are being fine-tuned and will be communicated as soon as possible.

Student Support
Recently we celebrated Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week and were able to see the outpouring of gratitude from our community to our MV Hawk Heroes.  It was heartwarming to see the community come together and celebrate one another, especially during this unforeseen time where school and our lives are different from what we have known in the past.  As we continue with uncertainty and loss in these times, we want to remind you to acknowledge the hard feelings, but also to engage in healthy coping practices.  One way is to practice gratitude, and thankfully, we do not have to wait for a dedicated week in the year to do so!  It’s something that can be done anytime and in which everyone has the resources to participate. This article on MINDFULNESS AND GRATITUDE speaks to the benefits of being grateful for what we do have even in times of uncertainty and is almost bizarrely prophetic when it talks about worlds being upside down since it was written last year. Additionally, this VIDEO on gratitude explains the brain science of how gratitude biologically contributes to our happiness. So, thank YOU for being a part of our community, and we hope you are able to find gratitude wherever you are this week.

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