School Messages

April 29, 2021

Families,

Report Cards for students in grades 1 - 5 are now available through the FOCUS Student Portal.  These instructions  show how to access your child's report card through FOCUS. This video also shows how to access report cards through the FOCUS Student Portal. PreK and Kindergarten progress reports will be available, using this same process, on May 7.

  • All grade 1 - 5, in-person students (Cohorts A and B) will receive a hard copy of their report card between April 30 and May 7.
  • A hard copy of the report card will be mailed, via US Mail, to all virtual grade 1 - 5 students (Cohort C).

Thank you,

Rorrie Fortier

AP, Mays Chapel Elementary School





March 19, 2021

Dear Families,

Mays Chapel Elementary School’s Review and Referral Team is examining the academic progress of all third and fifth graders. Our team analyzes a variety of data from sources that include: classroom performance and products, grades, learning characteristics, teacher observation, and parent input. The purpose of gathering this data is to help us to determine instructional groups that best challenge your child’s abilities and address his or her learning needs appropriately.

Your input will provide us with a description of your child’s learning behaviors at home. This data will be analyzed by the team, along with the data listed above. 

If you would like to provide input, please return the two surveys linked below by Friday, March 25, 2021. One survey addresses English Language Arts and the other addresses Mathematics. The English Language Arts survey is also provided Spanish.

English Language Arts (English)

https://forms.gle/VJdaQgzJmnkkx8f19

MATH (English)

https://forms.gle/6YxvJgxF5UmxikQ4A

 English Language Arts (Spanish)

https://forms.gle/bPyKKavNmVoJ1AF2A

Please take a moment to provide examples that support your responses as this will give us greater insight into your child's learning behaviors at home. If you choose not to complete these surveys, the Review and Referral Team will use the other data sources to make a recommendation. The absence of a parent survey will not impact the team’s decision.  

We look forward to a continuing partnership with you in providing your child with a learning experience that is responsive to his or her needs. 

Sincerely, 

Rorrie Fortier

Assistant Principal

Stephanie Stefanik 

Review and Referral Team Facilitator  



February 22, 2021

COVID-19 and the Health Suite: What Parents and Caregivers Should Know

We understand that this is a stressful and concerning time for many parents, caregivers, and families. Rest assured that Mays Chapel is working closely with the Baltimore County Office of Health Services to establish protocols that keep everyone in our school building as safe as possible. If at any time you have concerns or questions, visit https://cos.bcps.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9046799/File/COVID-19_Family_Choice.pdf for COVID-19 concerns with the reopening of schools. We have also created the following informational sheet with our Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions to answer Mays Chapel-specific concerns:

1. Any student who displays any symptom of illness will be sent home. PLEASE do not send an ill child to school. In the past, it has been possible to care for students with certain low-level illnesses and have them remain in school. This is NOT the case at this time. Symptoms such as cough, runny nose, sore throat, headache, and nausea are all reasons to keep your child home and observe for 24 hours. If the symptoms continue or worsen, keep the student home and contact your child’s health care provider. If a student presents to a staff member with these complaints or symptoms, they MUST go home. Please have a backup plan in the event your child needs to be picked up from school – we CANNOT send an ill student home on the bus! Multiple symptoms will determine the need for you to take your student for a COVID-19 test.

If a student attending in-person learning needs to be absent due to health concerns, they MAY log in virtually to the classroom to participate instruction and be marked present for the day!

2. Please contact Mrs. Lanier at klanier@bcps.org or at 443-809-7954 if your student is being tested for COVID-19 or there is a positive test result in a household member. Direct contact quarantine must be followed. If a positive case is determined at Mays Chapel, Office of Health Services will assist for contact tracing and contacting affected families, as well as assist us in informing the school community.

3. Hand sanitizer will be readily available in the building, as well as having the opportunity to wash hands using soap and water. Students will wash their hands when entering the classroom upon arrival, as well as when returning from lunch, recess, and special areas. Students ARE permitted to bring their own hand sanitizer.

4. Students should pack extra masks when coming to school. If a mask gets soiled, wet, breaks, etc. the student will readily have a backup. Teachers will also have a small supply of replacement masks for students.

5. Water fountains will not be operational at this time; therefore we ask that all students bring a water bottle to school.

6. To maintain 6-feet social distancing, student lockers will not be in use. To reduce clutter, we ask that the only items brought to school be a necessity for you child’s school day. All items will remain at student desks.

7. Students leaving the classroom to use the bathroom will be monitored to assure that proper social distancing can take place. This also applies to assigned seating and distancing in the cafeteria.

8. If a student requires nursing intervention, a staff member will contact the nurse before sending the child to the health suite. Necessary care will be determined at that time. All teachers will have an advanced first-aid kit for basic needs that do not require an injury or illness assessment, thus reducing health suite visits and the chance of illness exposure.

9. Students WILL go outside, weather permitting. To prevent cross-contamination, we cannot allow students to borrow coats and outdoor gear. Please be sure your child is dressed appropriately! If your student needs a winter coat, please email Lori Counsell, our school counselor at lcounsell@bcps.org

10. Our Building Operations Supervisor and her team have been working tirelessly to maintain the highest level possible of cleaning and sanitation. Appropriate signs have been posted around the building, including markers on floors to maintain social distancing. Rooms will be cleaned every evening, and high-touch areas throughout the school will be cleaned on an ongoing basis throughout the day. Classroom materials, equipment, and plexiglass dividers will be cleaned daily.

We greatly appreciate the cooperation of everyone as we reopen schools for hybrid learning. With the collaboration of our school staff, administration, service providers, and our families, we look forward to a successful re-entry to Mays Chapel! Should you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Lanier at klanier@bcps.org or call the health suite directly at 443-809-7954.

Please forward this message to anyone you believe would benefit from its contents. A hard copy will be made available to your child during their first in-person learning experience. 

In health and safety,

Katie Lanier, School Nurse

Steve Coco, Principal




February 19, 2021

Greetings Mays Family,

Below you will find two very important links. First is the collaborative PTO/MCES Town Hall parent information presentation. This presentation will also be posted to the landing page of our MCES website. We were thrilled that so many came but not so thrilled that we hit our "room capacity" limit. Thankfully, through the quick action of Ms. Antony, our PTO lead, an "overflow" room was created to accommodate additional guests. If your access was still denied the information and a follow up communication is on the way.

I want to thank those who submitted questions in advance of our meeting so that we could not only share expectations for our return but further enhance the presentation by customizing it to meet your needs. Thoughtful questions were also asked during the presentation. Many we were able to get to, some we will be circling back on shortly. Currently, your MCES administrative team is working with our fabulous PTO to publicly publish all the questions/answers that arose during the meeting. 

The second document is the COVID screening document. If/when your child returns for hybrid instruction, please send this completed document with your child the first day of school and the first day of every month afterward. Reminders will be sent. These documents are referenced in the presentation for additional clarity. Additional languages are available by request and hard copies will be made available to your child at school. 

We continue to be grateful our community and the support between and among each other!

Your partner in education,

Steve Coco, Principal

scoco@bcps.org

PTO/MCES Town Hall Presentation 2.18.21 

COVID screening doc_ENGLISH 

COVID screening doc_SPANISH 

February 19, 2021

Message for primary students (Gr PreK - 2)

Dear Mays Chapel Families,

As we prepare to welcome primary student back into our school building on March 1st, we will have a modified schedule for students in PreK - Grade 2 for the week of February 22, 2021. 

  • Monday, February 22, will be an asynchronous learning day for students in grades PreK - 2 only. Teachers will leave independent assignments. This includes students' "special" classes such as Art, Music, Physical Education, and Library.
  • Wednesday, February 24, will be an asynchronous learning day for students in grades PreK - 2. As usual, small groups will occur in the morning of February 24.

  • Friday, February 26, will be an early dismissal for students in grades PreK - 2 only. Instruction will conclude by 12:50 p.m. on this day.

Message for intermediate families (Gr 3 - 5)

Dear Mays Chapel Families,

As we prepare to welcome primary student back into our school building on March 1st, we will have a modified schedule for students in Grade 3 - Grade 5 for the week of February 22, 2021. 

  • Monday, February 22: All special area classes (Art, PE, Music, and Library) will be held asynchronously on this day.  Teachers will leave independent assignments for students in grades K - 5. This will allow our special area teachers to prepare their classrooms for our students' return to school. 

  • Wednesday, February 24:  This day will be an asynchronous learning day for students in grades K - 5. As usual, small groups will occur in the morning of February 24.

  • Friday, February 26, will be an early dismissal for students in grades PreK - 2 only. Instruction will conclude by 12:50 p.m. on this day for students in grades PreK - 2. Grade 3 - 5 students will follow their regular schedule.

Thank you for your flexibility in terms of schedule changes as we prepare for our return to school.


February 12, 2021

Dear Mays Family,

 We are excited that your student will be joining us through a cohort model beginning March 1st. 

 Your child has been assigned to Cohort ____. If your child rides a bus, information concerning bus stops and times will be shared with families closer to the first day of reentry. Cohort assignments are based on your address and room capacity.

 

Cohort Overview

  • Cohort A: At school on Monday and Tuesday / Virtual on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
  • Cohort B: At school on Thursday and Friday / Virtual on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
  • Cohort C: All virtual learning

Grade K through 2

  • Cohorts A & B (Kindergarten – grade 2) begin in person instruction on March 1, 2021.
    • For the first 2 weeks (March 1-15th) K-2 students will dismiss 2 hours early at 1:50 pm with asynchronous assignments available in the afternoon.
  • Beginning March 15th, K-2 students will dismiss at the regular time of 3:50.

    Grade 3 through 5

  • Cohorts A & B students in Grades 3-5 begin on April 6th, 2021 and will follow their regular arrival and dismissal times of 9:05 to 3:50.

 

If you have selected “C” cohort and would like to change to in person, hybrid instruction, please follow the schedule and timelines for requesting a cohort change. I have included the survey link that is located on our school website with the schedule and timelines for changing your cohort.

 

You will be receiving a welcome letter prior to your students return to in person instruction with more detail.

 

Sincerely,

Steve Coco

Principal




February 5, 2021

Dear Mays Family, 

With the announcement of an opportunity to begin our phased in approach to hybrid learning on March 1st, I am thrilled to be able to provide another option to our families who choose to take advantage of an in-person learning experience. Our staff understands that it is a very important very personal choice for your family and will seek to provide a rich learning experience for everyone, regardless of your choice. For the in-person hybrid experience, our priorities will be three-pronged in approach: 

  • Health and Safety 

  • Social Emotional Support and Learning 

  • Engaging Instruction 

Understanding that our students and many of our staff haven't been in a school setting for almost a year, we will highly emphasize the first two so the third may continue to happen. We will be following the most current mitigation strategies to keep each other safe. We are family and when everyone does their part, everyone can safely learn. 

With the impending change, there will be bumps in the road as we get our programming off the ground. I call on our entire school community, whether you’re 4 years old or 104 to continue to support each other the way we have throughout this entire journey. We will get through this and come out stronger on the other end. 

Thank you for filling out our surveys along the way so that we may appropriately prepare for your student during hybrid. This link will be available on an ongoing basis to keep your options flexible following the enclosed schedule. 

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspxid=3cPDSRs_g0GOdLONSDpa_QZEeyXudF9KvHbEru22WBdURDRKTUpJTTUySjVBTUtVTVA5R1lCS1RPMy4u 

Our school reopening team and staff have been working tirelessly to prepare to greet our Pre-k through grade 2 cohorts on March 1st.  Grade 3 through 5 will have the same opportunity on April 6th.  Cohorts were assigned by address as a mitigation strategy and will be available soon!  

Preparations have included reimagining our school in terms of procedures and learning environments. Happy and safe children learn. While school may look and feel differently with our focus on health and safety, I can assure you that we’ll make the experience developmentally comfortable and fun. Learning will occur while providing an opportunity for children to safely move and socialize throughout the day.   

I will continue to provide you relevant updates regarding cohorts, schedules, and procedural matters as they become available. In the meantime, please mark your calendars for Thursday, February 18th @ 7pm.  I will be partnering live with our PTO president, Ms. Angela Antony to provide updates and answer questions around our reopening. More details will be coming next week about this event! 

As we continue to move through February, please join us in celebrating Black History Month! There are several ways that you can engage with your child throughout the month so that the learning becomes a part of the fabric of our community year-round.  

BLACK HISTORY MONTH  

This month we’re celebrating Black history month with 3 school-wide experiences for our students. Our students have been learning about these activities on our morning announcements and in the classroom. Please encourage your students to participate.  

The first recognizes and connects notable Black Americans to our yearly virtues project and each student participants personal life. Students will have the chance to read, hear, visualize, and voluntarily create projects in a variety of formats to share with our community. We will formally recognize all participants and identify the most inspiring projects at each grade level. These notable Americans include globally and historically recognized individuals to local figures who are making a difference in our community. Contact: Jason Rubin, school counselor. 

We will also be showcasing our Black Saga Club on morning announcements! This group has been putting in many hours studying the rich cultural history of the African American Experience in our country.  

We are also endorsing the BCPS Black History Month Writing Contest developed in partnership with the Office of ELA and SS. Details for all these activities are available to you and your students through Schoology.  

As always, should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. 

Your partner in education, 
Steve Coco 

Principal  

scoco@bcps.org 






February 3, 2021

 

Dear Mays Chapel School Families, 

As stated in the BCPS Reopening plan, families who have selected virtual learning or not responded to the return to school survey, will have ongoing opportunities to update their choices and choose in-person hybrid learning. Our staff will be able to accommodate requests, make necessary arrangements and work with transportation (if applicable) to ensure a smooth transition back to school.

If you would like to return to hybrid in-person learning, please submit your request athttps://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=3cPDSRs_g0GOdLONSDpa_QZEeyXudF9KvHbEru22WBdURDRKTUpJTTUySjVBTUtVTVA5R1lCS1RPMy4u 

Families must fill out a separate form for each student returning to hybrid learning using the school-specific form.  A member of our staff will contact you if we have any questions. Thank you and we look forward to your return!




December 15, 2020


DEVICE REIMAGING UPDATE

 

Due to the impending inclement weather, there will be no device reimaging on Wednesday, December 16, or Thursday, December 17, 2020.  BCPS will resume device reimaging on Friday, December 18, 2020.  In addition, BCPS is restructuring the device swap process to provide a better experience for students and staff.  Friday’s schedule will be a voluntary opportunity for elementary teachers to receive a swap device.  Student reimaging will resume on Monday, December 21, 2020.  The schedule for student and additional staff reimaging will be posted on Friday, December 18, 2020.


ACTUALIZACIÓN DE REIMAGING DEL DISPOSITIVO

 
Debido a las inminentes inclemencias del tiempo, no se realizarán nuevas imágenes de dispositivos el miércoles 16 de diciembre ni el jueves 17 de diciembre de 2020. BCPS reanudará la recuperación de imágenes de dispositivos el viernes 18 de diciembre de 2020. Además, BCPS está reestructurando el proceso de intercambio de dispositivos  para brindar una mejor experiencia a los estudiantes y al personal.  El horario del viernes será una oportunidad voluntaria para que los maestros de primaria reciban un dispositivo de intercambio.  La reproducción de imágenes de los estudiantes se reanudará el lunes 21 de diciembre de 2020. El horario para la reproducción de imágenes de estudiantes y personal adicional se publicará el viernes 18 de diciembre de 2020.

 

 

*Translated by Google Translate. This translation service is not endorsed by the Baltimore County Public Schools.


December 7, 2020

 

Greetings Mays Family,

I'd like to take this opportunity to provide a tremendous PAWS UP to our Mays Chapel students and families for your patience and understanding as we continue to work through our cyberattack challenges.  Our entire learning community has been nothing less than inspiring.  I'd like to provide a couple updates and calendar reminders. 

 

Office staff will be working remotely until further notice as internet connectivity at school is currently not available.  All calls are being forwarded for response. If you know the staff you need to reach, you may email them directly. 

  • Face to face to interactions will be scheduled and/or by appointment only until further notice.
  • Our Mays Chapel webpage is now fully functional. Please check our website for resources and the most current school related messages. https://mayschapeles.bcps.org/

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  • Please check the BCPS website and social media platforms for systemic updates daily. https://www.bcps.org/
  • Our pre-k computer distribution will occur on site, Monday, 12/7 from 3-5pm.
  • Our 2019 Art Show distribution will occur on site, Wednesday, 12/9 from 1-5pm. 

 

Your partners in education,

Steve Coco

Principal

scoco@bcps.org

 

Rorrie Fortier

Assistant Principal

rfortier@bcps.org

 

Lisa Balmages

Assistant Principal

lbalmages@bcps.org




November 24, 2020

 

Greetings Mays Family,

As we round out a short week, I want to provide a few reminders and updates for your family.

  • School will be closed Thursday (11/26) and Friday (11/27) for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Virtual classes resume, Monday, November 30th at normally posted times.
  • Tomorrow, Wednesday (11/25) is a live instructional day following Thursday’s schedule.
  • Quarter 1 Report Cards will be accessible through BCPS One on Monday, November 30th. Directions for access are forthcoming. Hard copies will be made available upon request.
  • An Elementary Conference Day has been set aside for Wednesday, December 2nd. Pre-K is December 1st and 2nd. If you are haven’t secured a conference with your child(s) teacher on this day(s). Please be sure to connect to set mutually convenient day and/or time. All conference will be held in a virtual environment.

In closing, in this season of gratitude, I’d like to share my ongoing appreciation for the entire Mays community. Our students, our families, our staff, provide daily inspiration in world that has brought so much change and tested the human spirit. This holiday weekend, I hope that everyone finds renewed hope in what’s most important to your family. While this year’s holiday will likely be recognized differently, there are good and wondrous things to appreciate that may otherwise go unrecognized. May you and your family find the joy and wonder in the small things that matter.

Most Sincerely,

Steve Coco,  Principal


November 20, 2020

Greeting Mays Family,

As you know, BCPS continues to plan for phased in face to face to instruction. At the conclusion of this message you will find a link to the Phase 2 Return to School Questionnaire which will provide the school system with data regarding the return to school decisions of parents of children in preschool through grade 2.  These data will assist BCPS staff in planning this phase of our current reopening plan. However, as with every phase of BCPS reopening plan, reentry of staff and students will be based on metrics being met and with the continued guidance and input of the Baltimore County Department of Health. 

If you have multiple children in these grades, please complete the survey once for each student in your home in preschool to grade 2 to ensure the most accurate data is collected.  The questionnaire is scheduled to close on November 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Families who do not complete the questionnaire will have their students automatically enrolled in full-time virtual learning, with the option to change that decision at a later designated time after students begin to return to a hybrid learning environment. 

Please share this information with any Pre-k to grade 2 family that you believe would benefit from receiving this information. If there are barriers to access for completing the form, please contact the school for support.

Click this link  for access to the survey. It is available in 12 languages.

Your partner in education,

Steve Coco, Principal

443.809.4134

scoco@bcps.org



November 14, 2020

Greeting Mays Chapel Family,

 

As we close out quarter one this Friday, November 13th, I want to express my continued gratitude to our school community. Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we continue to navigate our virtual learning environment. We know it's challenging for everyone. My respect for what our children, parents, caregivers, and teachers are accomplishing is immeasurable. Above all kindness and a genuine sense of support between and among one other has showcased the grit and determination that a strong community is built on.  As we look to continue to take care of one another and make progress in the face of adversity, I want to provide access to the most recent and relevant resources made available by BCPS surrounding our reopening plan.

At last nights Board of Education meeting, a revised Reopening Plan was shared that included the following:

  • Appendix A: Safety Is Our True North (health and safety guidelines)
  • Appendix I: Academic Support Centers
  • Appendix J: SAT Offered at BCPS High Schools
  • Appendix K: Athletics Fall Re-engagement Plan
  • Appendix L: Public Separate Day School Reentry Plan
  • Appendix M: Preschool – Grade 2 Reentry Plan (this portion has the most direct impact on our Mays Chapel Elementary community)

Appendix M is the detailed plan for returning small groups of students in Preschool through Grade 2 to school buildings for hybrid (at-school and at-home) learning. The date of return will depend on meeting both state and local metrics. The Preschool through Grade 2 Reentry Plan presented to the Board of Education of Baltimore County at last night’s meeting is organized into three parts: Health and Safety, System and School Operations, and Instructional Model.

  • The Health and Safety section refers to Safety Is Our True North and addresses health metrics, a variety of mitigation strategies, compliance monitoring, screening, personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilation, health services, safety, and social and emotional learning.
  • The System and School Operations section includes the parent questionnaire, which is how families indicate whether students will return for hybrid learning as well as cohort development, drop-off and pick-up, transportation, meals, attendance, and visitors.
  • The Instructional Model includes class assignments, how families change cohorts, schedules, the elementary model, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), special education, staffing, class layouts, and assessment.

Finally, all updates may now be found on a new Parent University InfoCenter that provides information for families about choosing hybrid or virtual learning when school buildings re-open. Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 crisis, updates will be posted within the Reopening Plan as they are available.

Your continued partner in education,

Steve Coco, Principal

November 13, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As part of our School Counseling Program, your child’s class will be participating in a counseling core curriculum lesson during the month of December on personal safety and decision-making. The lessons are based on Baltimore County Public Schools’ Personal Safety Program K-5: Making Healthy Decisions curriculum. This program includes age appropriate information on body safety and neglect and abuse prevention strategies and highlights the importance of telling a trusted adult about uncomfortable situations. Our goal is to help children be better able to handle the issues of personal safety should they arise.

Keeping your child safe is a priority to all of us at Mays Chapel Elementary. It is our hope that these lessons will help to reinforce the information and strategies that you have already given your children, and that your family can discuss together the important information presented in these lessons. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about the program. Our school counseling team can be reached via email (see below).

Sincerely,

Jason Rubin (Grades K/2/4)                                       Lori Counsell (Grades 1/3/5)

jrubin@bcps.org                                                         lcounsell@bcps.org

November 13, 2020

Greetings Mays Family,

In an effort to keep you informed on a variety of topics, please see the list below of relevant updates that impact our Mays Chapel family! As always, should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me!

GRADING AND REPORTING

November 13: First marking period ends. 
November 30: Report Cards accessible through BCPS One for Grades 1-5. Kindergarten progress reports available December 11 

December 1 and 2: Pre-K conferences
December 2: K through 5 conferences

*Conference scheduling info forthcoming.

AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK (November 16-20)

Everyone always plays a critical role in educating our students, particularly now! Here's how you can join us next week to celebrate our TEACHERS as well as YOU our families. Using social media, be sure to tag each other on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, using hashtag #bcpsAEW.  The school system has prompted Team BCPS to share favorite individual learning memories, messages of appreciation, and unique updates on what your child is learning. BCPS will also use various social media platforms to share haiku honoring educators that were submitted during the 2020 Team BCPS Haiku Contest, which had the theme “Hero.”  BCPS will also host Parent University workshops, a global performance, and much more.

The week will end with BCPS' first Celebrate Your School Day, next Friday, November 20, so let's show our school colors and school pride!

PTO SPONSORED SPIRIT WEAR

Spirit wear is more than just t-shirts and sweatshirts. It’s a connection, when students need it most.  Spirit wear gets kids excited about our school, it gets them feeling connected to their friends, and it gets them feeling grounded in the community. 

Please join us in spreading excitement about what this school year has to offer and order your spirit wear online today!  https://mays2020.itemorder.com

The Mays Chapel PTO sponsored Online Store is now open for business. The store be open 24 hours a day for the through 11/20/20.  Share the link to the store with your friends. Wear it loud! Wear it Proud! We are Mays Chapel Strong! Love...the PTO

COVID DASHBOARD

 

Baltimore County Public Schools has launched an online COVID-19 data dashboard that will be updated every Friday. The dashboard shows a school opening score and provides data on COVID-19 cases in Baltimore County Public Schools and Baltimore County based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maryland Department of Health.

 

Your partner in education,

Steve Coco, Principal


November 2, 2020

I am writing with two important reminders for next week. First, all BCPS schools and offices will be closed Tuesday, November 3rd for Election Day. Wednesday, November 4th will be a live virtual instructional day following Tuesday's schedule

Also, please be reminded that Tuesday, November 2nd will begin our modestly modified academic schedules according to the message sent last Monday to each grade level. Please refer the most recent communications from your child's teacher and those schedules for details. As always, you may also look to your child's Schoology welcome page for class specific schedules and access codes. 

Have a great weekend! 

Steve Coco, Principal




October 26, 2020


Dear Families,
We have nearly completed one quarter of virtual learning. As parents and caregivers, your partnership during these times has been invaluable. We appreciate your hard work supporting your child at home or other learning settings you have provided. While this work is not easy, visiting our virtual classrooms and talking to families, it’s clear our students are getting better at navigating this world as they develop an entirely new skill set that they will carry forward.

As we learn and grow together, it’s important to celebrate successes and recognize where growth and adjustments are needed. To that end, in order to better accommodate our students in special areas we are making some minor adjustments to your child’s academic schedule based on student, teacher, and family feedback.

As you may know, except for kindergarten, we currently pull our students together in larger groups by grade level for direct teaching in most of those areas. The original intention was to provide a space where students could collectively gather as a grade level community for direct instruction prior to more customized support. In short, we’ve learned we can provide those services more effectively. Additionally, changes to the Google Meet platform ultimately denied access to some as capacity limits were adjusted down.

Reading, math, and lunch/recess times have remained unchanged. While being cognizant of screen time, you will find adjustments were made largely within the time allocations provided at the start of the year.

Knowing that changes, even slight ones, have an impact, we have sought to make these adjustments student and family friendly. The changes to your child’s grade level schedule may be found here:

Grade K
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5

These changes will go into effect on November 2nd school-wide. Your child’s teacher will discuss those schedules with your child during class meetings this week and post/provide class specific schedules to families for each homeroom.  We trust that this will enhance the on-line learning experience your child has with us.

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or assistant principal, Ms. Fortier.

Your partner in education,

Steve Coco, Principal

scoco@bcps.org

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