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September 7, 2020

Greetings Mays Family,

In preparation for our remote learning environment to start the year tomorrow, Tuesday, September 8th, I want to ensure that everyone has quick access to tech support as needed. BCPS has developed a robust support model that may be accessed through the following link or directly from the BCPS website: https://bcpsone.bcps.org/support/ 

We've also developed an enhanced customized technology support grid to assist your family with troubleshooting. 

Also, as a continued reminder, BCPS One accounts are an integral part of having access to your child's Schoology learning platform, BCPS resources, and school communications. Please be sure you, and every MAYS family you know, are connected!

BCPS One Access Directions (ENGLISH) 

BCPS One Access Directions (SPANISH) 

We recognize that we may likely experience challenges as we begin. Our goal is to accommodate and help your family navigate this new experience. Together, we will turn obstacles into opportunity. Please share this message with anyone that you believe may benefit from its content.

Your partner in education,

Steve Coco

Principal

September 4, 2020

Greetings Mays Family,

We are closing in on 3 days to the start of school year on Tuesday, Sept 8th. We hope that you are as excited as we are about the new learning journey we will take together this Fall! We know this new environment will present some challenges as we get started. We are here to support your family and we appreciate your input and patience as we open our VIRTUAL doors. 

Please take the opportunity join us for our VIRTUAL Meet and Greet this afternoon through your child's Google Meet classroom between 3 and 4pm. This is an opportunity for students to practice joining their class and meet their teacher before the start of school. In keeping with our annual tradition, this is an open house style event. Teachers will not have formal presentations, so please stop by for a few minutes to join the class anytime between 3-4 p.m to say "Hi". As with each year, this is not an opportunity for individual conferences. Communication early and often is important so if there is something unique to your child's learning experience you'd like to share, please feel free to reach out to your child's teacher. 

Have questions about how to join? Please take a look at the following links for support: 

BCPS One (English) BCPS One (Spanish). Access directions

Google Meet Access directions

Together we are stronger! We are Team Mays!

Steve Coco

Principal 



September 3, 2020

Greetings Mays Family,

Due to severe weather conditions, we had to postpone a portion of our kindergarten and 1st grade material distribution event tonight, 9/3.  As an update, I am happy to report that we are able to host kindergarten and 1st grade ONLY tomorrow, Friday, 9/4 from 1-3 p.m. Due to very limited staff with such short notice, we kindly request that only K and 1 families that didn't have an opportunity because of the weather arrive tomorrow for distribution of materials. In order to accommodate all others that missed one of our three events this week, we have created an additional material distribution event from 12-6 p.m on Thursday, September 10th.  

We appreciate your consideration and flexibility,

Steve Coco

Principal 



September 1, 2020

Greetings Mays Family,

We hope that you are looking forward to the start of school as much as we are here at school. Our staff are busily preparing their virtual classrooms in anticipation of the first day of school on Tuesday, September 8th.  Please see the information below for important updates from school and your PTO!

Staffing Update: As I previously informed you, Ms. Magan Chyko-Leigh was recently appointed as principal of Sparks Elementary School, effective August 12, 2020. 

I am pleased to announce that Ms. Lisa Balmages has been selected as the new assistant principal of Mays Chapel Elementary School.  Ms. Balmages will serve in an “acting” capacity pending Board of Education approval on September 15, 2020.

Ms. Balmages most recently served as a Staff Development Teacher in Baltimore County Public Schools.  She is excited for this new opportunity and looks forward to meeting the staff and students at Mays Chapel as soon as possible. I am eager to provide opportunities for staff and families to meet Ms. Balmages and I will share more information when it becomes available.  In the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out with warm Mays Chapel welcome!

Student Material Distribution begins today based on the following schedule. Families are asked to remain in your vehicles as you pass through 3 stations in our front car loop. In order to keep you and our staff safe, please follow safety protocol as outlined in our previous email regarding distribution. Please wear a face covering at all times during the distribution process and maintain an appropriate distance during the exchange.

  • Tuesday (9/1) 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Materials Distribution for students in grades 2 and 3.
  • Wednesday (9/2) 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Materials Distribution for students in grades 4 and 5.
  • Thursday (9/3) 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Materials Distribution for students in grades K and 1.

If you have children in multiple grade levels, simply select a date that aligns to one of those grade levels and you will receive all needed materials for your children. 

Virtual Meet and Greet: We are proud to announce that we will maintain our annual Meet and Greet tradition in a VIRTUAL capacity this Friday, September 4th from 3 – 4 p.m.  As with our face to face event, this is an informal opportunity designed specifically for students to practice logging into their classes and meet their teachers before our first day of school, Tuesday September 8th. Teachers will not have formal presentations during this event as it not designed for a review of expectations. Each teacher will communicate throughout this week the directions for his/her homeroom’s  Google Meet and Greet. Access begins with Schoology so be sure you are connected to BCPS One. Directions may be found here in English and Spanish

Virtual Back to School Night: Please hold Tuesday, September 22nd between the hours of 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Specific times will be forthcoming.

PTO still have a need for a Communications Lead for the PTO committee. Please reach out to Angela Antony for info on how you can get involved at angela.antony@ais-llc.biz . Also, looking to stay connected with all the latest PTO info? Please register/update your contact info for the PTO via this link: https://mayschapelpto.membershiptoolkit.com/

This message, as with all our summer communications, are being posted to our school website at this direct link: https://mayschapeles.bcps.org/for_parents/back_to_school_resources/school_messages. Please forward this info to anyone you believe would benefit from it's content. As always, please feel free to reach out me, our assistant principals, or our staff!

Your partners in education,

Steve Coco, Principal                       Rorrie Fortier, Assistant Principal                  Lisa Balmages, Assistant Principal

scoco@bcps.org                               rfortier@bcps.org                                          lbalmages@bcps.org





August 27, 2020

Dear Mays Family, 
In order to ensure a successful start to the school year, we recognize that there are materials that students will need in order to engage in virtual instruction.  That distribution will occur next week in accordance with the schedule below. Students without devices will receive a device during this process. Due to the large amount of materials that will be distributed, we will not be able to accommodate distributing materials for multiple families to one person.  
 
Tuesday (9/1) 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Materials Distribution for students in grades 2 and 3. 

Wednesday (9/2) 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Materials Distribution for students in grades 4 and 5. 
 
Thursday (9/3) 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Materials Distribution for students in grades K and 1. 
If you have children in multiple grade levels, simply select a date that aligns to one of those grade levels and you will receive all needed materials for your children.  
In order to protect yourself and our staff, please be sure to wear a face covering when you come to school.  If you drive to the school, remain in your vehicle unless you are directed to exit.  Please follow the designated signs to pick-up the materials.  Do not bring friends with you; please do your best to leave elementary children at home under the supervision of other family members, if possible.  Finally, if you are ill or under isolation or quarantine because of your own illness or close contact with an individual with COVID-19, please do not come to school.  Please contact the school to make alternative arrangements. 
The drive-through distribution site will be located in our car loop and mirror our spring drop off process.   Our pick-up/distribution will be divided into three stations: Check-in, Materials pick-up, and device distribution.  There will be staff and signage to help guide you through this process.   
Stations may vary slightly, but the general guidelines for each station are listed below: 
STATION #1 – Check-In
• Please have the first and last name(s) of your student(s) and grade clearly written on a piece of paper.  A staff person will check your name and direct you to the next station. 

STATION #2 – Materials pick-up
• Families will retrieve student materials/resources. 
• Remain in your car.
• If you are able to open your trunk without getting out of your car, our staff will place your child’s materials in the trunk of the car. (preferred) • If you are unable to open your trunk without getting out of your car, our staff will place your child’s materials on the back seat. 
STATION #3 – Device Distribution (as needed)
• Families will retrieve student devices if they have not already received one and need one.
• Remain in your car.
• If you are able to open your trunk without getting out of your car, our staff will place your child’s materials in the trunk of the car. (preferred)
• If you are unable to open your trunk without getting out of your car, our staff will place your child’s materials on the back seat. Thank you for your patience and cooperation with this process. 

Should you have any questions please contact me or our assistant principal, Ms. Fortier by email. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!  
Mr. Steve Coco. Principal 
scoco@bcps.org 
Ms. Rorrie Fortier, Assistant Principal 
rfortier@bcps.org 





August 26, 2020

Welcome Kindergarten Families!
Please tap/click the following link to the 2020 Kindergarten Welcome Letter .

This communication includes important updates on kindergarten orientation and the gradual entry schedule leading up to your full day virtual kindergarten schedule. We're excited to get to know you and assure you that our dynamic staff will make the very best of your families learning experience to start the virtual school year! A hard copy will follow shortly in the mail. Teacher assignments are available on BCPS One and in the hard copy mailing. Additionally every kindergarten family will be able to stop by school and pick up a computer next week. Computer distribution information will be sent via email Thursday, August 27th. 

Most Sincerely,

Steve Coco

Principal 



August 21, 2020

Greetings Mays Family,

I hope this message finds you well in anticipation of the coming school year. As referenced in an earlier communication, attached you will find academic schedules for Kindergarten through Grade 5.  Each reflects the upcoming virtual learning experience to begin on September 8th and extending through January 29, 2021.  Beginning the week of August 31st, teachers will begin communicating more specifics about access to your child's scheduled learning.

Next week, our traditional hard copy mailing will be sent to your home.  It will include updates on getting started this year as well as teacher assignments which are now available through BCPS One. BCPS One is our digital platform that allows you to stay connected with your school, your child's teachers, resources, grades, attendance, and so much more! If you're not connected to BCPS One, click the next link and/or see the attachments for support.

https://mybcps.bcps.org/ManageProfile.aspx

Please check back soon as information and updates will become more frequent; including recommended supplies and three material distribution dates to be determined between August 31st and September 11th. All email correspondences and helpful resources are also being posted to our school website. Please bookmark it!

https://mayschapeles.bcps.org/

Please kindly share this information with anyone that you believe may benefit from this communication.

Your partner in education,

Steve Coco

Principal

Kindergarten Schedule 

Grade 1 Schedule 

Grade 2 Schedule  

Grade 3 Schedule 

Grade 4 Schedule 

Grade 5 Schedule 

GET CONNECTED with BCPS One: Helpful Resources

BCPS One (connection support) 

BCPS One (connection support: SPANISH) 

 

 



August 14, 2020

Greetings Mays Family,

Our school’s leadership team had an opportunity to collaborate regarding our virtual bell schedule for the fall. We carefully considered student social emotional and academic needs, BCPS stakeholder input and the impact of COVID-19 on our school community. As indicated in a prior message, our school hours are 9 to 4.  These hours mirror our regular bell school and provide guidance as to when instructional delivery will occur throughout the week. As an additional update, individual student schedules will be available through Schoology and a School Messenger email on August 21st.  We will also be doing a postal mailing on or about the 24th.

School will begin for students on September 8, 2020. Teachers will be on duty Monday through Friday with Wednesday held as a day for targeted student intervention, asynchronous (anytime) instruction, individual and collaborative planning, and professional learning. Teachers will take student attendance daily and will adhere to traditional grading and reporting procedures as outlined in the BCPS Grading and Reporting Procedures Manual.

As always, we are stronger together! Our ultimate goal is work collaboratively to support our students, families and staff during these challenging times. Please continue to provide ongoing feedback to teachers, counselors and school administrators about your student’s experience and needs throughout the first semester.

For more information, please view the BCPS Reopening Plan.

https://www.bcps.org/reopen/pdf/Reopening-Plan.pdf

Your Partner in Education!

Steve Coco

Principal




August 12, 2020


Dear Mays Chapel Family:

I hope this message finds you well as we head into August. Following the Board of Education meeting last night there are some important highlights I’d like to share with you.

Staffing Update:

First, our assistant principal, Ms. Magan Chyko-Leigh, has been appointed as principal of Sparks Elementary School, effective August 12, 2020.  While Ms. Chyko-Leigh is excited for the new opportunity, she will miss the Mays Chapel students, staff, and families with whom she has built relationships and fond memories with over the years.  I wish Ms. Chyko-Leigh the very best in her new position and thank her for her incredible service to our students, families, and staff.

I will send another communication once a new assistant principal is appointed by the Board of Education. I am eager to provide opportunities for staff and families to meet our new assistant principal once it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we will seek a virtual opportunity as soon as we are able. 

BCPS Re-Opening Plan:

While this initial message is not heavy on details. It is intended to provide some guidance on specifics to come. The information is provided in bullets for succinctness and clarity. Specifics on the BCPS re-opening plan are available here: https://www.bcps.org/reopen/pdf/Reopening-Plan.pdf

  • Teachers will provide live, virtual content specific instruction on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, in addition to independent student work and small group instruction. Wednesdays are reserved for targeted student intervention and independent student work. Specific school schedules will be shared upon approval.
  • Our virtual daily schedule will follow a “bell” schedule with instructional services being delivered between the hours of 9 and 4.
  • Teachers will take daily attendance based on student log-in to the Schoology learning management system each Wednesday and Google Meet on other days of the week.
  • Screen time, breaks, and movement will be designed to be developmentally appropriate and sustainable for students.
  • Chromebook distribution for students will continue until a 1:1 student-to-device ratio is achieved. BCPS will continue to provide mobile hot spots for students without home Internet connectivity, including students who are experiencing homelessness. If your family remains in need of a laptop or a hotspot for learning additional information will be forthcoming.
  • Our annual hard copy summer mailing is planned for distribution the last week in August. It will include general school information and specifics on class assignments, schedules, and teacher contact information.
  • Virtual back to school meetings will be scheduled, communicated through email, and posted to our school website.
  • School supply list are being modified to reflect recommendations in a virtual environment.

While this list is not inclusive of everything you’d like to know at this point, please know that we will continue to provide additional details as they become available.  We understand that these are challenging times. We will remain steadfast in our commitment to providing timely communication, rigorous instructional experiences and social emotional learning supports for our school community.

We are stronger together. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at scoco@bcps.org with questions or updates surrounding your family’s needs.

Your Partner in Education,

Steve Coco

Principal