The Viewpoint 12/3/21

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 9:54am

The Viewpoint

December 3. 2021

The Kindness Club was hard at work this week cleaning up our MVMS campus!  Members participated in an hour trash pick-up that took place in the building and around the entire exterior and parking lot.  Thank you to our fabulous club members for your time and hard work!

The Kindness Club will be making bag lunches/sandwiches for the GRASSROOTS CRISIS CENTER OF HOWARD COUNTY twice in December.  Our first sandwich-making will take place on 12/13.
If you would like to contribute a food item, please click on this link.
All items can be dropped off in the front office on 12/10 or 12/13.  Please mark your item: GRASSROOTS. Contact Kindness Club Sponsors/Counselors Trish Marton or Kathy O'Ferrall if you have a question.

Congratulations to Our Reflections Winners!

The Results are In! Judging is complete and the PTA is excited to announce the 1st Place Winners of the 2021 Reflections Arts Contest.

  • Dance Choreography - Julianna Gibson
  • Music Composition - Samantha Pickett
  • Literature - Deborah (Hope) Han
  • Visual Arts - Belle Li
  • Film Production - Samantha Pickett

We would also like to applaud our gifted 2nd and 3rd Place Winners:
Jude Ro and Mohammed Raihan Hasan (Literature), Samantha Pickett (Film Production), Kayla Kim, and Sree Saranya (Visual Arts).

All of these submissions will be awarded a trophy or a plaque and continue on to the Howard County PTA Council competition. 1st Place Winners will also receive a $25 Michael's Gift Card and have their works of art touted on the PTA website and the PTA Facebook page. Please check them out!

We are truly grateful for the engagement of so many students this year and thank everyone for their record-breaking participation!

Live Music is Back!

MVMS Winter Concerts are coming up soon! All concerts will be held at MRHS.

  • Wednesday, December 8 – Band Concert
  • Friday, December 10 – Orchestra Concert
  • Friday, December 17 – Choir Concert

Your child’s music teacher will be sending out information regarding the concerts and we hope you will be able to attend. In accordance with HCPSS policy, masks are required for everyone while inside MRHS. In addition, please do not congregate in the lobby, restrooms, or hallways, and in order to allow for proper distancing, each ensemble will perform at a separate time and we are asking that all families leave the building at the conclusion of their child’s performance. We also require that all non-performing students be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times while attending any of the concerts.
If you have any questions, please contact your child’s music teacher. Thank you!

Intramural Volleyball Coming in February

MS. Burrows, our FACS teacher, will provide an opportunity for students to learn/play volleyball. No experience is necessary. Please pick up a permission slip from the front office. This activity will run from January 31 to February 17.

Outdoor Lunch Option

Many families have asked whether outdoor seating will remain an option for students who wish to eat lunch outside during the colder months. Outdoor lunch will continue to be an option for any student who wishes to do so, as the weather allows. Please note that the decision to allow for outdoor lunch is at the discretion of each school administrator while considering the following criteria:

  • Temperature and humidity
  • Wind chill
  • Heat index and air quality
  • Length of time outdoors
  • Adequacy of the children’s clothing
  • Falling precipitation 
  • Thunder and lightning
  • Sufficient staffing and supervision

If your child plans to eat outside, please encourage them to dress appropriately for the temperatures, including wearing a coat, hat, and/or gloves each day. 

The opportunity for outdoor eating has been one of several effective COVID-19 mitigation strategies we have employed to keep our school community healthy and safe. Please visit the HCPSS website regarding health and safety measures, including what is being done to ensure indoor dining safety (Links to an external site.). 

In addition, parents/guardians are to perform a COVID-19 health check every day before the student leaves home. Parents/guardians should keep their children home if they are experiencing symptom(s) associated with any communicable disease, including COVID-19.

Dressing for Cooler Weather

We are having a beautiful fall and now the temperatures are getting cooler. Please be sure your child is dressed warm enough for outdoor recess and outdoor lunch if they eat outside. Please be sure you label your child's jackets and sweatshirts. We already have many items in the lost and found.

Lost and Found Items

We have a lot of WATER BOTTLES, LUNCH BOXES, and CLOTHING ITEMS in the lost and found bins. We have an Apple Watch and Air Pods (one full set, one single) in the front office. Please have your Falcon look for and grab any items they are missing. We will use the stage in the cafeteria on Thursday, December 9  to display any missing items as a "last call" before we donate clothing items on Friday, December 10.

Gently Used Book Collections

The Falcon & Quill Book Club is collecting used books for grades pre-K through 5 to donate to the Mary Ann Winterling Elementary School.  The final donation day is 12/15 since books will be delivered with Giving Tree gifts. Students can bring books to the library media center.  Thank you for sharing the gift of reading.

Community News and Events

Please visit the Community News and Programs page for announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.

MRHS Winter Music Department Concerts

Please join us at the MRHS Auditorium to hear our wonderful student musicians.  Tickets are $5 and good for both nights. Ask about the family rate!
Wednesday, Dec 15 - Winter Music Concert I 7:00 pm
Percussion Ensemble, Concert Choir, Vocal Ensemble GT, Madrigals/Chamber Choir, Concert Strings, Concert Band
Thursday, Dec 16 - Winter Music Concert II 7:00 pm
Mustang Chorale, Symphony Strings, Symphonic Winds, Combined Finale

The MRHS Holiday Jazz Cabaret is Back!
Tuesday, December 21 @ 7 pm
MRHS Atrium & Cafeteria

The Annual Holiday Jazz Cabaret will be held Tuesday, December 21st at 7 pm.  Join friends and family for a relaxing and joyful evening.  Enjoy fabulous treats, appetizers, and beverages while listening to some amazing holiday music performed by the MRHS Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, Vocal Ensemble GT, Madrigals, and several amazing soloists.

Tickets are $12 and sold at the door; family pricing is $40 for 4 or more.

Upcoming Dates

  • December 15    Schools close 3 hours early
  • December 15    PTA Meeting
  • Dec. 23-31        Schools closed for Winter Break