Admin

Message to Students

April 1, 2020

Hello Mays Family,

As you are aware, Baltimore County Public Schools will begin remote learning on April 6, 2020. Below is an outline of the continuity of learning plan.

PreK – Grade 2 - Starting April 6, 2020

  • Print materials will be available in three-week learning cycles. All materials will be printed and mailed to students’ homes. Additionally, the print materials will be available on the website in printed form.
  • Students will have an opportunity to participate in weekly online class meetings.
  • Students will have opportunities to demonstrate their learning based on curriculum goals.

Grades 3-5 - Starting April 6, 2020

  • Each week, students will be exposed to new curriculum goals.
  • Students will have an opportunity to participate in weekly online class meetings.
  • Students will have opportunities to demonstrate their learning based on curriculum goals.
  • Due to the Governor’s most recent order on March 30, 2020, Baltimore County Public Schools is working through a revised plan to provide students with devices, as requested through the online survey, in compliance with that order. Consequently, the first three weeks of learning for students will use printed materials.  Those materials will be mailed to students’ home.

Grades 3 – 5 – Starting April 27, 2020 (in the event of an extended closure)

  • Each week, students will be exposed to new curriculum goals.
  • Students will have an opportunity to participate in weekly online class meetings.
  • Students will have opportunities to demonstrate their learning based on curriculum goals.

 

Dual Option for Students in Grades 3 - 5

Print Pathway

(Students without digital access)

Digital Pathway

(Students with digital access)

  • Print materials (three weeks at a time) will be posted on the website and in Schoology.
  • For students without internet access, a way to request materials will be provided.

New eLearning lessons posted each week to complete during that week as follows:

  • Two English Language Arts lessons
  • Two Math lessons
  • One Content lesson (Science, Social Studies, or Health) on rotation
  • Four Special Area lessons; one per special area class (Art, Music, Physical Education, Library)
  • One Read-Aloud lesson

 

As always, I want to thank you for your continued support of our school community.  We miss our students and hope that all of our families are well.

Sincerely,

Steve Coco

Principal







March 27, 2020

Dear Mays Family,

I hope that you are all well during these times.  Our school family continues to miss you and we have enjoyed engaging you in “virtual” ways through Schoology.

As you are aware, our school will be closed for a longer period of time.  As a result, beginning April 6, 2020, there will be new learning available for students.  The materials that are currently available on the BCPS website were designed to provide practice, reinforcement, and enrichment through April 3, 2020.  You are encouraged to continue using those materials through April 3, 2020. 

Beginning April 6, 2020, students in Preschool through Grade 2, will have print materials that can be accessed through the website. For families needing assistance with printing, support will be available.  Information regarding how to access that support will be forthcoming. 

Beginning April 6, 2020, students in Grades 3-5, will have the option of using a print or virtual pathway.  We are in the process of collecting information regarding the technology needs of students in Grades 3-5 to make informed decisions.  If you have a student(s) in Grades 3-5, please complete this survey for each of your students in those grades.   

As we continue to prepare for learning that will begin April 6, 2020, our administrative team will be remotely available to you.  We are reading and responding to emails daily. We will get through these times together! Thank you for your continued engagement. 

Sincerely, 

Steve Coco

Principal 

 





March 26, 2020


Good Day Mays Chapel Families and Staff,

This is Magan Chyko-Leigh, Assistant Principal. By now, I trust that you have heard of the extended closure of all Maryland schools. BCPS is busy making preparations for continuity of learning during this time and we will share updates with you as soon as we have them.

We would like to share a way that we can all stay connected and have a little fun during this next week. Mays Chapel Spirit Week! Each day will be another fun way to dress up and show your school spirit. Here’s what we have planned:

Monday – Mays Chapel Spirit Wear Day

Tuesday – Hat/Crazy Hat Day

Wednesday – Selfie with a Stuffy/Real Pet Day

Thursday – Twin Day (from afar!)

Friday – Book Character Day

Check posts in Schoology, on Twitter, Facebook, and the MCES Website for more information. Your teachers may also send it to you in their own way so be on the lookout. We are going to post some discussion threads in Schoology where you can post your pictures to share with all of Mays Chapel. See below for directions!

Have fun with Mays Chapel Spirit week and stay healthy! We can’t wait to see your pictures.

How to Find and Post to the Spirit Week Discussion Board


March 24, 2020


Greetings Mays Family,

First and foremost, I hope that this message finds you healthy from every perspective. While nothing official has been determined, or announced, in terms of school schedules for Maryland, we want to be prepared to provide continuity in instruction as our outside world continues to evolve.

You can support continuity in a few ways for now. First, stay connected with the district through the Coronavirus Updates link off the home page on the BCPS website. You may access that link directly at https://www.bcps.org/system/coronavirus/ . At this location, you’ll find timely centralized updates and access to school and community resources in multiple languages, including 46 locations where students 18 and under can access meals.  Additionally, instructional materials will continue to be accessible through BCPS One Schoology accounts. Materials and access to learning opportunities will continue to be updated as necessary.

This week, you may continue to access the three weeks of materials that are available in Schoology or within the K-5 ELA and Math Packets distributed on March 13th.  Currently, it is recommended, but not required, to complete these activities. Should you opt to complete these activities, be sure to pace your child’s instructional time and design a space unique to their learning. Be sure to build in breaks and make time for creativity and movement. It’s important to design something together so that everyone has a stake and your family can strike a balance between learning and downtime. Beginning tomorrow, our Mays Chapel TV studio crew that provides daily announcements while we are in session will begin to host morning announcements on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at 8 am. Announcements will be posted to Schoology and accessible when you’re ready. 

Finally, as a contingency plan with enthusiasm, we are planning a spirit week for next week that we may share digitally.  There will be more information to come if modifications to the school calendar are made.  Please know, that like your family, each of us are learning to navigate this new environment that we’ve come to know. We appreciate your support and understanding as we adapt this week. 

Until next time, stay healthy and stay engaged in learning with a focus on your overall wellness. If there is anyone in the community that may benefit from receiving this message, please share.

Take Care,

Steve Coco

Principal

March 18, 2020

Dear Students,

This is Mr. Coco and this message is for you!  Our entire school staff hope you and your family are staying healthy and well during this unusual time away from school.  Baltimore County Schools is working together with our local and state leaders to give us updates as they are available. I will do the same for anything that is unique to Mays Chapel. We all miss you and are thinking about you every day. While we are looking forward to our return to school, I wanted to share a few ideas to keep everyone thinking about their learning.  

The best place to start is simply create time and space for learning each day. It’s important to set a schedule for yourself with weekly and daily goals. You can create a schedule with your family and a space unique to you.  I can’t wait to hear and see all the different ways you will come up with to stay mentally and physically active…so journal those ideas and take some pictures you can share!

Hopefully, you’ve started with the on-line resources available through Schoology or the ELA and Math packets we provided last Friday. I know plenty of our library books are out and in your hands so use some of your “you” time to read!  Be proud to know that Mays Chapel had the largest single day checkout in all of Baltimore County last Friday with up to 10 books checked out by each of you.

Finally, don’t forget to build in time to be creative and get some exercise.  There are great resources and information available through BCPS One and the Baltimore County Public Library websites.  Be sure to check them out, and remember, a brain and body engaged in healthy learning and exploration is a happy brain. A happy brain is connected to a healthy body!

Until next time, be healthy…learn, create, and explore!

Mr. Coco

Principal