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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