Preparing for 2020-2021 School Year

As the school year approaches, please continue to check this page for updates, links, and communication.

Beall Summer Newsletter- Click here to read
 

Announcements:

  • First Day Reminders-  This email was sent to all families on Sunday, August 30.
  • Chromebook Distribution by Appointment- We would like to invite families who still need to pick up a Chromebook and Instructional materials to sign-up for a time slot later this week. Please use this link to register for an appointment time.
  • Beall Schedule for Virtual Learning- Click here to read the August 26 message regarding our virtual schedule.  Click here to view a draft of a typical day for students.  Staff will provide additional information about grade level specific schedules.
  • Back to School Night-  View our Virtual Back to School Nights:
    Kdg Grade 1 Grade 2
    Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5
  • Parent Webinar Series- MCPS created classes and tutorials for parents.  Click here to see schedule.
  • Town Hall Meeting August 17- Click to hear the 45-minute Town Hall Meeting presented by Mr. Alter. 
  • Student Materials Distribution (part 1) scheduled for August 17 & 18.  Click here to read more.
  • Please let us know if you have not received the Test Communication Messages.  You should recieve both a phone call and email.  The phone call will only go to the identified primary phone number that was provided when you registered your child.  (Usually this is your home phone number.)  Please complete this form if you would like us to update contact information.

 

Will fall instruction be different then spring instruction?
Yes!  Learn more by clicking here. (espanol)

What will the schedule look like?
Students should expect to participate in live instruction daily!  The schedule will be similar to what a student would expect if we were reporting to the schoolhouse.  The student day will begin at 9:00 am each day.  The student day will end at 3:15 pm.  During the school day, students will have math and literacy daily.  They will also participate in science, social studies, art, music, and PE throughout the week.  Teachers will share specific schedules with all students and parents.

When do teachers return to work?
Teachers begin to return to work on August 24.  During this week, teachers are provided time to begin setting up their (virtual) classrooms, meeting with teammates to plan, reviewing student information, and participating in professional development.  Teachers may begin contacting families to introduce themselves. 

When will I find out who my child's teacher is?
Student schedules, including teacher assignments, will appear in the MCPS Parent Portal around August 26.  Please make sure you have activitated your parent account.  Additionally, as teachers begin to publish their virtual classrooms, students should recieve an email through their mcpsmd.net student accounts inviting them to join their 2020-2021 classrooms.  

Is the office open if I need to register or have other general questions?
Please feel free to call 240-740-1220.  If a staff member does not answer, leave a message and a phone number.  Although we may be working remotely, we are checking messages and responding by phone or email.  If you are enrolling a student, start the process by completing this survey or calling 240-740-5999.  One of our wonderful secretaries, Mrs. Gill (Gina_M_Gill@mcpsmd.org) or Ms. Hardy (Denise_J_Hardy@mcpsmd.org), will get back to you if we need additional information and/or to confirm registration.

 

What resources are available to help parents prepare for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year?

Resource
General Description
Join Us Online! 
How to help get your child online for learning and more!
MCPS Website
All systems updates, news, and community messages will be posted on the school system website.
MCPS Virtual Recovery Website
Review draft plans, elementary expectations, and answers to other questions related to technology, meal services, and supports.
MCPS: What to Expect Elementary School 
Explanation of learning experiences and sample schedules.
Fall 2020 Checklist
MCPS produced checklist that will continue to be updated.  Tabs include: The Basics; Get Ready to Learn; First Day of School; What's my Role; How to get help
MCPS Digital Backpack
This site includes announcements, parent letters, information about student classrooms and parent portals, and guides for accessing courses.
Synergy- Overview for Parents

 

Synergy is MCPS's new student information system.  Through the ParentVUE, parents will have access to student and classroom information, can update contact information, and can contact teachers directly.
Zoom:
Zoom will be the primary platform students will use for live instruction.  
We encourage all families to apply online.  This application must be re-submitted each year.