Dear Maumee Valley,

We are close to the end of the school year; I want to express my appreciation for your commitment to and confidence in Maumee Valley. I have watched our faculty and staff move from the relative comfort that comes with years of experience to redesigning teaching and learning and the business of education, essentially overnight. As a parent, I’ve witnessed the teachers tirelessly interacting with my children remotely. As head of school, I have never had a stronger belief in our Portrait of an Educator and the education that we are delivering, whether it is virtual or in person. I am grateful for everyone’s commitment, creativity, and belief in Maumee Valley.

I know you have many questions as Ohio starts to reopen. I want to acknowledge that there is much fear and anxiety with the unknown and our inability to answer questions comprehensively now. As shared in previous messages, we have a group working to determine what makes the most sense for Maumee Valley over the summer and into the fall, and we are extending the scope of this working group to create a task force that can more fully assess and make decisions regarding the sometimes competing needs of students and families for health and safety, growth, and education. We continue to explore and plan for different scenarios that we may experience in the fall: in person, remote, or some combination of both types of learning. Much will be determined by state and local governments and the progression of COVID-19.  

Although there are many questions, we simply do not have all the answers at this time. I want you to hear from me that we are committed to delivering a Personal, Experiential, and Global Maumee Valley education next fall. To that end, as stated in our enrollment contracts, your commitment to Maumee Valley for the 2020-2021 academic year becomes official on June 1, 2020. 

Because enrollment drives many decisions throughout the school, especially in planning for purchasing and staffing for next year, the June 1st deadline is a very important date and one we must remain committed to, even in uncertain times.

I understand this may present a challenge for some families. This may even mean that some of you are considering changing your commitment. If so, please email admissions@mvcds.org prior to June 1st to discuss your options. 

Despite school buildings remaining closed through June 30, 2020 per Governor DeWine, we learned Thursday at 2:30 that the Governor is permitting high school sports to begin non-contact team training following specific health protocols starting on May 26th. Leadership is meeting on Tuesday to assess whether or not it is feasible to do this for Maumee Valley given the stipulated guidelines. We are proceeding with caution knowing that the health and safety of our students, employees, and families are paramount. As of now, we are not resuming sports on May 26th, and you can expect further communication early next week with any updates. In the meantime, if you have thoughts or questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Athletic Director Rob Conover at rconover@mvcds.org.  

Don’t forget that our live auction will commence at 7:00 PM Saturday night on Maumee Valley’s YouTube Channel. This will conclude our week of fundraising for Maumee Valley. Please join us if you can and consider supporting MVCDS as we finish the school year. 

I hope you have a wonderful long weekend, and to our Muslim families, as the month of Ramadan comes to a close, I wish you Eid Mubarak.

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 pick-up/drop-off days (please see the pick-up/drop-off section of this newsletter for more information).

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.

Supply Pick-Up and Drop-Off
Families will have the opportunity to pick up their children’s belongings (e.g., those left in lockers) and to drop-off school supplies (e.g., Chromebooks, library books, and textbooks) on June 3 or June 4. Families will be invited to campus on one of these days according to their last name. Please refer to the Pick-Up and Drop-Off section of this newsletter for more detailed information and specific instructions that we ask families to follow in order to ensure a smooth and efficient pick-up/drop-off event.

Final Grades & Report Cards
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 have adopted a “credit / no credit” grading system in lieu of the traditional letter-grade system for the Spring Intensives and Independent Studies. If a student achieves the learning outcomes for the course, 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

Report Cards
Final grades will be posted and ready to view on June 10. A separate communication from the Registrar will be sent to parents when grades have been published.

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

Middle School


Hello Parents,

I hope you are doing well and are ready for a long weekend!

Please keep in mind that although we have a day off on Monday, May 25, we will keep our schedule consistent for the rest of the week: Tuesday will be a day 3, Wednesday day 4, Thursday Day 5, and Friday Day 1. 

Please note the following updates on upcoming Middle School events:

8th Grade Moving Up 
On Wednesday, June 3 at 7:00 pm, you will receive an email from me with a link to the Moving Up Ceremony.  

Starting Monday, June 1, advisors will be delivering an 8th-grade goodie bag to homes.  In the goodie bags, there will be an envelope with instructions.  The bags will also contain a Moving Up certificate and each student advisor’s speech.  Please do not open this envelope before the ceremony.  Advisors are very excited about their special deliveries!

Drop off and Pick-Up  
Many Middle School students brought home their belongings on the last day we were on campus; however, if your child still has belongings at school they will be available for pick-up on Wednesday, June 3, and Thursday, June 4.  Please note the details of the pick-up and drop-off schedule and the Chromebook shutdown process, detailed in this newsletter.  Additionally, please plan on returning any library books, or Middle School books that students borrowed from Mrs. Card in the Middle School Library.  

Last Days of School 
The Last day of Middle School classes will be Friday, May 29.  

Monday, June 1 and Tuesday, June 2 will be used for community building:
  • Monday, June 1:  Advisors will schedule their last meetings and the 7th grade will have a special meeting at 12:00 via Zoom.
  • Tuesday, June 2:  Final Middle School Meeting at 12:00 via Zoom.  Students will also be encouraged to “attend” the Upper School Intensive Fair.  (More details on the way for the fair.) 
Resources from the MS Meeting this Week
  1. PE video from Mr. Conover
  2. Presentation on Being Resilient from Mrs. Spiegel.
Have a great Memorial Day weekend!
 
Erik Graham
egraham@mvcds.org
419-450-9474

Lower School

Memorial Day makes the upcoming week a four day week. It looks like we have good weather on the way, and I hope your family spends time together outside. Remote learning will resume again Tuesday morning.

End of Year Events
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 (Families A-L)
Thursday, June 4 - Drop off & Pick up Day 2 (Families M-Z)

On Thursday, May 28 at 6:30 pm, the Lower School will celebrate our sixth graders moving up to Middle School. This event typically takes place in school and parents of sixth graders are invited to watch a few short videos about our sixth-grade students. This year, the event will be held virtually, so all are invited. Please use this link to attend. https://zoom.us/j/92085485985?pwd=QXVnWmpTelRXZ1M0NG9IdkdTdCtBZz09

On Friday, May 29 at 5:00 pm, the ELC, and Lower School teachers will be hosting a parade on campus. We are all missing seeing the students in school, and we are looking forward to this opportunity to say hello, thank you, and goodbye. Teachers will be on campus from 5:00 to 6:00 pm lined up (socially distant from each other) to see all of you. Family cars should enter MV’s campus at Reynolds Road and exit at Glendale. We hope to see you there! 

On the morning of Monday, June 1 at 9:00 am, I will be hosting the final Town Hall of the year. Students, teachers, and families are invited via zoom to celebrate the learning and fond memories of the 2019-2020 year. 

Field Day is a highlight of the end of the school year, and we have a plan to offer a virtual field day on the afternoon of June 1. This will (of course) be optional. Mrs. Herrmann has plans for activities children can do at home and ways we can all connect virtually by uploading videos of our remote fun and games! Please use this page to participate.

Tuesday, June 2 will be the last day of this academic year. The final school day is often set aside for children to say goodbye to friends leaving and look ahead to the next year. Each area of the Lower School typically plans a group event. Since those large gatherings are not possible this year, teachers will be finding other ways for students to look back at their growth and accomplishments, say goodbye to teachers and friends, and celebrate a year of hard work.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off
Families will have the opportunity to pick up children’s belongings left in lockers or classrooms and to drop-off Chromebooks, library books, and any other items borrowed from MV. Families are invited to campus on June 3 or 4 according to their last name. Please refer to the Pick-Up and Drop-Off section of this newsletter for more detailed information and times to facilitate a smooth and efficient pick-up and drop-off event.
 
Jaime Lassman
jlassman@mvcds.org
859-806-9896

Early Learning Center

I can’t believe we just completed our last full week of school for the 2019-2020 school year! As a reminder, next week is a four day week. It also serves as a review week for students in the ELC. Your child’s teacher will be providing the usual three lessons a day. However, the videos will be review lessons and activities just like we would do if we were on campus. This time allows children to solidify information gained over the school year and it allows teachers an opportunity to review their documentation of your child’s growth in preparation for report cards. Your child’s teacher may reach out to you next week asking to book a one on one session with your child or they may ask you to provide documentation on a certain skill. As a reminder, if a teacher does not have enough information to assess a skill there will be an NA (not assessed) mark on the report card. This indicator is not punitive.   

This week’s shout out goes to our student support team. They continue to collaborate with teachers to ensure our students’ needs are being met in this remote learning environment. Mrs. Spiegel continues to upload recordings to our resource board. Here is her latest storytime video. They are staying on top of educational and wellbeing trends and have a section in this newsletter below that is full of helpful information.  

Finally, we have a handful of fun end of year events planned for our ELC students. Please save the dates below. 

ELC & LS Parade - Friday, May 29th from 5:00-6:00 pm. We ask that you enter at Reynolds Road and exit at Glendale. Please stay in your car. The faculty and staff will be lined up along our campus road cheering you on as you drive through. We are looking forward to seeing you. 

Big/Little Buddies Gathering - The morning of June 1st (links coming soon). Students in Prekindergarten through Kindergarten were assigned a big buddy from the Lower School this year. We are giving students one last opportunity to meet with their big buddies via Zoom where we will play games together. 

Virtual Field Day - The afternoon of June 1st. Field Day is a highlight of the end of the school year, and we have a plan to offer a virtual field day on 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.
  
ELC End of Year Town Hall - ELC students will have an end of the year town hall (assembly) on the last day of school, Tuesday, June 2nd at 10:00 am. This will be a time for us to gather, listen to a story, and then break out into small groups where students can interact with students in different classrooms and grade levels. We hope your family can join us. https://zoom.us/j/92046484095?pwd=cjZXNzkwVFduOC9kb1RDRm82NDFBQT09
password: 2pcjvt


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.
 

 Advancement
The 42nd Annual Auction concludes tomorrow evening with the live auction live stream! Tune in tomorrow night at 7:00 PM on the MVCDS YouTube Channel to participate in the live auction. Ford Koles '82 will return as our auctioneer to guide us through each live auction item.

All silent auction items, leaderboard choices, and sign-up experiences will close shortly after we begin the live auction. So hurry and get those winning bids in! For what could be better than supporting the school and receiving gifts in return?

SummerTime Update 
We have decided to cancel all in-person SummerTime camps. Some academic camps will be able to run virtually and Daniel Garcia, our SummerTime Director,  is currently working with camp staff to determine these options and opportunities. Maumee Valley will automatically refund any registration fees to families for camps that are not running, and families will have the opportunity to decide if they wish to participate in any camps that shift to a virtual model. Refunds will be granted to any family who has already registered and wishes to withdraw. Please contact Daniel Garcia (dgarcia@mvcds.org) with any questions or concerns you may have.

Technology
If you borrowed a Chromebook from MV, the following steps MUST be performed before returning the device to school on June 3 or June 4.

Prepare Chromebooks for long-term storage:
  1. Charge your Chromebook so that the battery is at least 80% full. 
  2. Connect the device to a charger and turn it on.
    • Hold Refresh Refresh and Power at the same time.
    • While holding these keys, remove the power cable from device and then release the keys.
      The device should shut down and remain off.
    • Confirm the battery disconnect worked by pressing the power button.
      The device should not power on, despite having a battery charge. (The Chromebook won’t power on by touching the power button or opening the lid until you plug the device back to a power source)
  3. Return the Chromebook, power cord, and any other borrowed device (camera, mouse, keyboard) during your designated date/time.
Student Support
As we all look forward to enjoying a long three day weekend and seeing the weather continue to warm up and be more inviting - let’s take a moment to embrace this change! A balance between continuing to engage in the learning process these last few days of school and transitioning into a well-deserved summer break for all can be tricky. We encourage families to get your kiddos outdoors - this can be as simple as completing independent reading on the back porch or working on a passion project in the treehouse. This article highlights the importance of outdoor time - Getting Children and Teens Outside While Social Distancing for COVID-19. Allowing for further flexibility as children and teens grow eager for the summer months to come will continue to keep your child engaged. During those inevitable moments of tension or stress - encourage breaks and consider practices of mindfulness - How Mindfulness Can Help During COVID-19 (for both parents and kids). We continue to be so proud of the resiliency of our community and wish you all a wonderful weekend!

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