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Preschool Weekly Update

Week of May 23 – 27

Monday, May 23: Parent University: Strong is the New Pretty with Kate Parker
9:00 – 10:00 am 
Upper School, Learning Stairs
Kate T. Parker, a professional photographer with two daughters at MV, was fed up with the media’s prevailing imagery of girls as demure and overly feminine. “I wanted to show my girls that beauty isn’t about being a certain size or having your hair done (or even brushed, in their cases), or wearing a fancy outfit. I wanted to combat the messages the media sends to women every day. I wanted my girls to know that being themselves is beautiful and that being beautiful is about being strong.” But what about boys? Kate soon realized that their voices needed to be heard as well – not just fearless and confident and wild but also curious and kind and vulnerable. The Heart of A Boy, published in 2019, was a New York Times bestseller and shows the richness and diversity of boyhood from all across the country. “It’s time to discuss how to raise our sons to become good people and to talk about defining masculinity in a way that is less narrow and limiting.” 

Wednesday, May 25: Final Chapel
8:05 – 8:30 am
Lower Campus Courtyard
We will gather as a full community one last time before we head into summer. All students PK3-Grade 5 will join in singing and receive a summer blessing. We invite parents to be a part of our final chapel on the Lower Campus Courtyard after morning carpool.

Thursday, May 26: Last Day of School
11:15 am Dismissal & No Extended Play 
Your child’s teacher will communicate the plans for the Final Days of Preschool Fun including End of Year Celebrations. Please checkout your Veracross page for those class-specific details. 

 

SAVE THESE DATES

Week of June 6: Summer ePacket Information
Be on the lookout for an email with links to important information including summer learning, uniform requirements, medical forms and summer workouts.

Mid- Late July: 22/23 ePacket Information
Be on the lookout for an email with links to orientation information and other back to school information.

 

A WORD FROM YOUR HEAD OF LOWER CAMPUS

Yet again, we find ourselves processing the news of traumatizing events that are happening in our own country and paying careful attention to our young children who may have seen or heard of the tragic shootings. I am grateful to be part of a faith-based community who will pause and pray through these times. We don’t have all the answers, but we are here to partner with you and your family.

As we look ahead into the final days of the school year, Preschoolers are focused on their friendships, celebrating their learning, and Mount Vernon pride. From water day to PK3 smiley faces to the Alpha+Omega tradition, children are soaking up the fun and looking forward to summer. We are committed to making this time special, and we look forward to seeing you on campus to celebrate with us.

Kind regards,
Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus

Communication Archive

May 16, 2022

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Thursday, May 19: Wear Alpha+Omega T-shirts
PK3-PK5 students will participate in our Senior Salute. Please wear your Alpha+Omega t-shirts.

Thursday, May 19: Upper Campus Spring Instrumental Concert
4:30 – 5:30 pm
US Cafe
MS Music Department (strings, band, and drums) will be performing their final concert for the 2021-2022 school year in the US Cafe beginning at 4:30 pm. Families and friends are invited to join us to enjoy the continued work of our young musicians.

SAVE THESE DATES

Monday, May 23: Parent University: Strong is the New Pretty with Kate Parker
9:00 – 10:00 am
Upper School, Learning Stairs
Kate T. Parker, a professional photographer with two daughters at MV, was fed up with the media’s prevailing imagery of girls as demure and overly feminine. “I wanted to show my girls that beauty isn’t about being a certain size or having your hair done (or even brushed, in their cases), or wearing a fancy outfit. I wanted to combat the messages the media sends to women every day. I wanted my girls to know that being themselves is beautiful and that being beautiful is about being strong.” But what about boys? Kate soon realized that their voices needed to be heard as well – not just fearless and confident and wild but also curious and kind and vulnerable. The Heart of A Boy, published in 2019, was a New York Times bestseller and shows the richness and diversity of boyhood from all across the country. “It’s time to discuss how to raise our sons to become good people and to talk about defining masculinity in a way that is less narrow and limiting.” 

Wednesday, May 25: Final Chapel
8:05 – 8:30 am
Lower Campus Courtyard
We will gather as a full community one last time before we head into summer. All students PK3-Grade 5 will join in singing and receive a summer blessing. We invite parents to join.

Thursday, May 26: Last Day of School
11:15 am Dismissal & No Extended Play
Your teacher will communicate the plans for the FInal Days of Preschool Fun including End of Year Celebrations. Please checkout your Veracross page for those class-specific details.

A WORD FROM YOUR HEAD OF LOWER CAMPUS

Thank you to all of our families who attended the Rise Up Parent Meetings for PK2, PK3, PK4, PK5, and Kindergarten last week. It was so nice to gather together, reflect on this past year, and take a peek at the exciting opportunities ahead. It was great to hear from our Chief of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Action as she explained Mount Vernon’s definition of those words and commitment to the work. Additionally, we heard from Program Directors and even the students who shared their favorite parts of Kindergarten! Finally, it was a blessing to have so many parents join us for chapel. Please come again this week if you are available.

Preschool is intentional about designing fun experiences to celebrate all the success of this school year, so please pay careful attention to your class-specific events as we have fun, fun, fun in these final days.

Kind regards,
Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus

May 9, 2022

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Monday, May 9: PK2 – PK5 Rise Up Meeting
8:15 – 9:00 am
Lower Campus, Fellowship Hall
Curious what next year will look like for your child? Meet us in Fellowship Hall to learn about the major focus areas of each age group. You will hear from Shelley Searcy, Head of Lower Campus and Sonja Knighton, incoming Director of Preschool. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to meet other families in our Preschool program. We can’t wait to see you!

Tuesday, May 10: Kindergarten Rise Up Meeting
8:15 – 9:00 am
Lower Campus, Fellowship Hall
Are you ready for Lower School? Come learn what to wear, where to drop off, and most importantly what learning will be like for your child. You will hear from Shelley Searcy, Head of Lower Campus, Molly Hudson, Director of Lower School, and some members of the kindergarten team. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to meet other families in our Lower School. We can’t wait to see you!

Wednesday, May 11: Parents are welcome to join Preschool-Grade 1 Chapel
8:10 – 8:40 am
Lower Campus, Sanctuary Building
Wednesday morning Chapel services are a long-standing tradition at Mount Vernon. We are excited to be able to invite parents back to join us again for our short service where we focus on praise, worship, and Bible study as we learn how to live a life grounded in Christian values. Preschool-G1 chapel begins at 8:10 in the Sanctuary Building.

Meet our Incoming Preschool Director Sonja Knighton
Thursday, May 12: 12:00 pm ZOOM https://bit.ly/3y2viOD As Sonja joins us, her highest priority is building relationships with our community. If you have not yet met her, please make plans to connect virtually on Thursday to share your story and learn more about her.

Friday, May 13: Yearbook Distribution

SAVE THESE DATES

Thursday, May 19: Upper Campus Spring Instrumental Concert
4:30 – 5:30 pm
US Cafe
MS Music Department (strings, band, and drums) will be performing their final concert for the 2021-2022 school year in the US Cafe beginning at 4:30 pm. Families and friends are invited to join us to enjoy the continued work of our young musicians.

Monday, May 23: Parent University: Strong is the New Pretty with Kate Parker
9:00 – 10:00 am
Upper School, Learning Stairs
Kate T. Parker, a professional photographer with two daughters at MV, was fed up with the media’s prevailing imagery of girls as demure and overly feminine. “I wanted to show my girls that beauty isn’t about being a certain size or having your hair done (or even brushed, in their cases), or wearing a fancy outfit. I wanted to combat the messages the media sends to women every day. I wanted my girls to know that being themselves is beautiful and that being beautiful is about being strong.” But what about boys? Kate soon realized that their voices needed to be heard as well – not just fearless and confident and wild but also curious and kind and vulnerable. The Heart of A Boy, published in 2019, was a New York Times bestseller and shows the richness and diversity of boyhood from all across the country. “It’s time to discuss how to raise our sons to become good people and to talk about defining masculinity in a way that is less narrow and limiting.” 

Wednesday, May 25: Final Chapel
8:05-8:30
Lower Campus Courtyard
We will gather as a full community one last time before we head into summer. All students PK3-Grade 5 will join in singing and receive a summer blessing. We invite parents to join.

Thursday, May 26: Last Day of School, 11:15 Dismissal & No Extended Play


A WORD FROM YOUR HEAD OF LOWER CAMPUS

It has been so good to have parents on campus this week. I hope you have seen the deep inquiry, exciting expeditions, and detailed observational drawings that document our students’ learning journeys displayed in the hallways. From maps and music to instruments and forts, students’ curiosities and passions are integrating language, literacy, social-emotional learning, and the six Mount Vernon Mindsets into some great project work.

We appreciate all of you who joined Sonja for a cup of coffee or sweet tea, as she is eager to get to know our preschool families. Thank you also for attending your spring conferences to celebrate success and set goals for continued growth over the summer.

As you know, May is an exciting time, so please pay careful attention to the dates above and your class Veracross page so that you are aware of all the special events.

Kind regards,
Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus

May 2, 2022

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Monday, May 2 – Saturday, May 7: MV Allstars Presents: The Spongebob Musical
All are invited to join Spongebob and all his friends in this musical phenomenon! With five chances to catch the show, you don’t want to miss out! Reserve your tickets here.

Thursday, May 5: Parent-Conference Day, No School for Students
We invite parents to come to the School, meet with your child’s teachers, and see the work displayed in the hallway at our Spring Parent Conference. There is no school for students on this day. Please refer to your class’s Veracross page for the sign-up genius. We are committed to beginning and ending each conference on time to ensure all families have an opportunity to connect with your child’s teacher.

SAVE THESE DATES

Monday, May 9: PK2 – PK5 Rise Up Meeting
8:15 – 9:00 am
Lower Campus, Fellowship Hall
Curious what next year will look like for your child? Meet us in Fellowship Hall to learn about the major focus areas of each age group. You will hear from Shelley Searcy, Head of Lower Campus and Sonja Knighton, incoming Director of Preschool. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to meet other families in our Preschool program. We can’t wait to see you!

Meet our Incoming Preschool Director Sonja Knighton
As Sonja begins next week, her highest priority will be building relationships with our community. Please make plans to join one of the times offered below to meet Sonja, share your story, and learn more about her.

Tuesday, May 3: 4:00 pm in the Kirk Center
Thursday, May 5: 8:15 am in the Kirk Center
Friday, May 6: 8:15 am in the Kirk Center
Thursday, May 12: 12:00 pm ZOOM https://bit.ly/3y2viOD

Friday, May 13: Yearbook Distribution

Thursday, May 19: Upper Campus Spring Instrumental Concert
4:30 – 5:30 pm
US Cafe

MS Music Department (strings, band, and drums) will be performing their final concert for the 2021-2022 school year in the US Cafe beginning at 4:30 pm. Families and friends are invited to join us to enjoy the continued work of our young musicians.

Monday, May 23: Parent University with Kate Parker
9:00 – 10:00 am
Lower Campus, Fellowship Hall Quad B
Kate T. Parker, a professional photographer with two daughters at MV, was fed up with the media’s prevailing imagery of girls as demure and overly feminine. “I wanted to show my girls that beauty isn’t about being a certain size or having your hair done (or even brushed, in their cases), or wearing a fancy outfit. I wanted to combat the messages the media sends to women every day. I wanted my girls to know that being themselves is beautiful and that being beautiful is about being strong.” But what about boys? Kate soon realized that their voices needed to be heard as well – not just fearless and confident and wild but also curious and kind and vulnerable. THE HEART OF A BOY, published in 2019, was a New York Times bestseller and shows the richness and diversity of boyhood from all across the country. “It’s time to discuss how to raise our sons to become good people and to talk about defining masculinity in a way that is less narrow and limiting.” 

A WORD FROM YOUR HEAD OF LOWER CAMPUS

We came, we saw, we Rallied! What a fun day we had on Friday! From the minute the Seniors came over to connect with our MV Littles, we saw smiles, heard laughter, and enjoyed the sweet moments. Our littles were fierce in the field races. We are proud of their sportsmanship and the way they cheered for each other. We hope you all enjoyed the family picnic and carnival games. It was great to bring back this long standing Mount Vernon tradition.

As we welcome May next week, we are also welcoming our incoming director, Sonja Knighton. Sonja’s first priority will be to engage with our students, teachers and families. She is offering four times to share a cup of coffee with you, and we hope you will join us. There are lots of opportunities for families to be on campus in May, and we are excited to see you.

Kind regards,
Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus

April 25, 2022

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Monday, April 25 – Thursday, April 28: Spring PlayMaker Makeup Class Week
If your students’ PlayMaker class requires a makeup, it will take place at its regularly scheduled time during this week. The PlayMaker teacher or a member of our PlayMaker staff will let you know if your students’ class will take place during makeup week.

Wednesday, April 27: All-School Late Start
9:10 am Carpool begins
9:30 am School begins
*Childcare is not available before school begins

Wednesday, April 27: Mustang Rally T-Shirt Swaps and Sale
9:10 – 10:10 am
Lower Campus Courtyard
If you received a Mustang Rally t-shirt and would like to exchange it for a different size, you may do so during this time. Additionally, if you did not purchase a shirt, extra youth and adult sizes will be sold for $20.00 per shirt.

Friday, April 29: Mustang Rally
Check out the Rally schedule, fun facts, and frequently asked questions here. Let’s get ready to Rally!!!

SAVE THESE DATES

Monday, May 2 – Saturday, May 7: MV Allstars Presents: The Spongebob Musical
All are invited to join Spongebob and all his Bikini Bottom friends in this musical phenomenon! With five chances to catch the show, you don’t want to miss out! Reserve your tickets here.

Thursday, May 5: Parent-Conference Day, No School for Students
We invite parents to come to school, meet with your child’s teachers, and see the work displayed in the hallway at our Spring Parent Conference. There is no school for students on this day. Please refer to your class’s Veracross page for the sign-up genius. We are committed to beginning and ending each conference on time to ensure all families have an opportunity to connect with the teacher.

Monday, May 9: PK2 – PK5 Rise Up Meeting
8:15 – 9:00 am
Lower Campus, Fellowship Hall
Curious what next year will look like for your child? Meet us in Fellowship Hall to learn about the major focus areas of each age group. You will hear from Shelley Searcy, Head of Lower Campus and Sonja Knighton, incoming Director of Preschool. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to meet other families in our Preschool program. We can’t wait to see you!

Pending New Date in Late May: Parent University with Kate Parker
9:00 – 10:00 am
Lower Campus, Fellowship Hall Quad B
Kate T. Parker, a professional photographer with two daughters at MV, was fed up with the media’s prevailing imagery of girls as demure and overly feminine. “I wanted to show my girls that beauty isn’t about being a certain size or having your hair done (or even brushed, in their cases), or wearing a fancy outfit. I wanted to combat the messages the media sends to women every day. I wanted my girls to know that being themselves is beautiful and that being beautiful is about being strong.” But what about boys? Kate soon realized that their voices needed to be heard as well – not just fearless and confident and wild but also curious and kind and vulnerable. THE HEART OF A BOY, published in 2019, was a New York Times bestseller and shows the richness and diversity of boyhood from all across the country. “It’s time to discuss how to raise our sons to become good people and to talk about defining masculinity in a way that is less narrow and limiting.” 

A WORD FROM YOUR HEAD OF LOWER CAMPUS

Our Preschool students have been busy creating this week. If you walk down the hallway, you might find students in Ms. Ashley and Ms. Katherine’s room designing and building forts using cardboard and straws as well as observational drawings, blueprint models, and even a food fort to learn about weight, shapes, patterns, and what makes a strong base. Their ultimate goal is to build a fort for the toddlers on the iExplore play area. And speaking of toddlers, In Ms. Kelley and Ms. Janell’s Toddler class, students are learning about seeds and making booklets about growing plants from seeds. Fine motor muscles are in action as they choose their small seeds, glue them on their booklet, and decorate with a crayon drawing.

As we move into our final month of school, we welcome our incoming Director of Preschool Sonja Knighton and can’t wait for you to meet her. We are offering several times in hopes that everyone will have an opportunity to welcome her and share what you love about our Preschool program.

Tuesday, May 3: 4:00 pm in the Kirk Center
Thursday, May 5: 8:15 am in the Kirk Center
Friday, May 6: 8:15 am in the Kirk Center
Thursday, May 12: 12:00 pm Virtual (Zoom Link)

Kind regards,
Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus

April 18, 2022

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Monday, April 18: No School for Students and Faculty

Thursday, April 21: New Family Coffee
7:45 – 9:00 am
Upper Campus Green
MVPN’s New Family Chairs Amanda Woodall and Amanda Richmond invite new families who joined MV for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years to the Upper Campus Green to build community among our newest Mustangs. Come as you are, bring your morning caffeine or grab a cup from the Ground Floor coffee shop in the US Cafe. We can’t wait to see you! RSVP here.

Friday, April 22: MV Cares: MV Parent Prayer Group
8:00 – 9:00 am
Upper Campus, Upper School Patio
All are welcome to attend the last Prayer Group gathering of the school year. We will be meeting on the Upper School Patio and take a walk around the football field as we pray for our School, students, and faculty. If the weather does not allow for an outdoor gathering, we will meet in the Church Sessions Room on Lower Campus. Prayer requests may be made here.

Friday, April 22: Final Day of Spring PlayMaker Classes

Saturday, April 23: Lower Campus PlayMaker Dance Recital
3:00 pm
Upper Campus Gym
Come support dancers from the PlayMaker program as they showcase their talents in the annual Dance Recital. Admission is free and all ages are welcome to attend. This year, dancers will be celebrating the past 50 years of music, performing to songs from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s, and now.

SAVE THESE DATES

Monday, April 25 – Thursday, April 28: Spring PlayMaker Makeup Class Week
If your students’ PlayMaker class requires a makeup, it will take place at its regularly scheduled time during this week. The PlayMaker teacher or a member of our PlayMaker staff will let you know if your students’ class will take place during makeup week.

Wednesday, April 27: All-School Late Start
9:10 am Carpool begins
9:30 am School begins
*Childcare is not available before school begins

Wednesday, April 27: Mustang Rally T-Shirt Swaps and Sale
9:10 – 10:10 am
Lower Campus Courtyard
If you received a Mustang Rally t-shirt and would like to exchange it for a different size, you may do so during this time. Additionally, if you did not purchase a shirt, extra youth and adult sizes will be sold for $20.00 per shirt.

Friday, April 29: Mustang Rally
Check out the Rally schedule, fun facts, and frequently asked questions here. Let’s get ready to Rally!!!

Tuesday, May 2 – Saturday, May 7: MV Allstars Presents: The Spongebob Musical
All are invited to join Spongebob and all his Bikini Bottom friends in this musical phenomenon! With five chances to catch the show, you don’t want to miss out! Reserve your tickets here.

Thursday, May 5: Parent-Conference Day, No School for Students
We invite parents to come to school, meet with your child’s teachers, and see the work displayed in the hallway at our Spring Parent Conference. There is no school for students on this day. Please refer to your class’s Veracross page for the sign-up genius. We are committed to beginning and ending each conference on time to ensure all families have an opportunity to connect with the teacher.

Friday, May 6: Parent University with Kate Parker
9:00 – 10:00 am
Lower Campus, Fellowship Hall Quad B
Kate T. Parker, a professional photographer with two daughters at MV, was fed up with the media’s prevailing imagery of girls as demure and overly feminine. “I wanted to show my girls that beauty isn’t about being a certain size or having your hair done (or even brushed, in their cases), or wearing a fancy outfit. I wanted to combat the messages the media sends to women every day. I wanted my girls to know that being themselves is beautiful and that being beautiful is about being strong.” But what about boys? Kate soon realized that their voices needed to be heard as well – not just fearless and confident and wild but also curious and kind and vulnerable. THE HEART OF A BOY, published in 2019, was a New York Times bestseller and shows the richness and diversity of boyhood from all across the country. “It’s time to discuss how to raise our sons to become good people and to talk about defining masculinity in a way that is less narrow and limiting.” 

A WORD FROM YOUR HEAD OF LOWER CAMPUS

Egg hunts, bunny trails, and the Easter chapel made this a bright week in the Preschool. We learned about God’s love and the gift of his son Jesus. We celebrated that He is risen with shouts of “Hosana” and “Hallelujah!” Please check out your class’s Seesaw page for precious pictures of the celebration of Easter.

Ms. Bryanna and Ms. Alex’s PK3 class learned lots with seeds this past week. Understanding that life grows from seeds, children made observations, conducted experiments, and explored different fruits. Their final project was the creation of a giant fruit salad. Additionally, Ms. Sarah and Mrs. Kim’s PK2 class learned similar lessons about the life cycle through the study of butterflies. After watching the cocoon’s, their butterflies were released this week!

I hope you all enjoy a restful long weekend. We plan to return recharged and committed to finishing strong. Happy Easter!

Kind regards,
Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus

April 11, 2022

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WEEK OF APRIL 11 – 15

Wednesday, April 13: Deadline to Purchase Mustang Rally Chick-fil-A Lunch
The deadline has passed for Mustang Rally t-shirts, but there’s still time to order your Chick-fil-A lunches and pre-sale carnival tickets. With just three weeks to go until this highly anticipated event, be sure to place your orders by Wednesday at noon. Parent volunteers are still needed to make Rally a success – learn more and sign up here.

Thursday, April 14: Parent University with Essential Partners Part 2: Dialoguing Across Difference
8:30 – 9:30 am
Virtual: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87140045705?pwd=SmQ3VTVLTkUyemNIb2h4U0ZvR2JSUT09
Meeting ID: 871 4004 5705
Passcode: D8nghL
Essential Partners returns in conjunction with Mount Vernon faculty/staff and students to share ways in which our community has absorbed and implemented learning connected to dialogue and effective communication. With the support of faculty facilitators, students will have had the opportunity to engage in the practice of dialogue through Upper School Advisory and Middle School Community gatherings to learn more about themselves and one another. This work reflects our belief that we are #bettertogether and directly supports the advancement of IDEA. Join us to hear stories of growth and curiosity as we share moments and ways in which we’ve achieved deeper understanding across differences.

Friday, April 15 – Monday, April 18: No School for Students and Faculty

SAVE THESE DATES

Thursday, April 21: New Family Coffee
7:45 – 9:00 am
Upper Campus Green
MVPN’s New Family Chairs Amanda Woodall and Amanda Richmond invite new families who joined MV for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years to the Upper Campus Green to build community among our newest Mustangs. Come as you are, bring your morning caffeine or grab a cup from the Ground Floor coffee shop in the US Cafe. We can’t wait to see you! RSVP here.

Friday, April 22: MV Cares: MV Parent Prayer Group
8:00 – 9:00 am
Gailey Hall on Lower Campus
MV parents and grandparents are invited to lift up our Mount Vernon community in prayer. Prayer requests

Saturday, April 23: Lower Campus PlayMaker Dance Recital
3:00 pm
Upper Campus Gym
Come support dancers from the PlayMaker program as they showcase their talents in the annual Dance Recital. Admission is free and all ages are welcome to attend. This year, dancers will be celebrating the past 50 years of music, performing to songs from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s, and now.

Wednesday, April 27: All-School Late Start
9:10 am Carpool begins
9:30 am School begins
*Childcare is not available before school begins

Friday, April 29: Mustang Rally
Check out the Rally schedule, fun facts, and frequently asked questions here. Let’s get ready to Rally!!!

Thursday, May 5: Parent-Conference Day, No School for Students
We invite parents to come to school, meet with your child’s teachers, and see the work displayed in the hallway at our Spring Parent Conference. There is no school for students on this day. Please refer to your class’s Veracross page for the sign-up genius. We are committed to beginning and ending each conference on time to ensure all families have an opportunity to connect with the teacher.

A WORD FROM YOUR HEAD OF LOWER CAMPUS

Did you see some fun characters in carpool last week? Harry Potter, Snow White, Woody, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” and unicorns all joined the Preschool to promote reading and the Book Fair! It was great to see so many children and parents at our on-campus Book Fair. A highlight of the week was a book reading by author and Mount Vernon fifth grader, Ona Oli. Our littles loved hearing her story. We want to offer a special thanks to all of the volunteers who made Book Fair Week happen. We hope your child came home with some new books and an excitement to explore stories.

Our chapel message focused on the story of Palm Sunday. Complete with a cardboard donkey and construction paper palm branches, children heard the story of Jesus’s trip to Jerusalem and learned about the word Hosanna. We are looking forward to Easter Egg Hunts and our Easter Chapel next week.

Kind regards,
Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus

April 4, 2022

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Monday, April 4 – Friday, April 8: Lower Campus Book Fair
7:30 am – 3:30 pm, daily
Lower Campus, Fellowship Hall
The Book Fair is back! Come foster your student’s love of reading with some new exciting titles. We will be celebrating their love of reading all week with administrators dressing up as their favorite book characters, mystery readers, and additional reading time. Classes will have opportunities to visit the book fair during the week to make purchases through ewallet. Parents are also welcome to stop by the fair from 7:30 – 3:30 during this week to make purchases. Please visit our Book Fair homepage for more information.

Monday, April 4: Grandparent Reception & Tour
4:00 – 6:00 pm, Upper School Cafe Patio
Encourage your child’s grandparents to attend a reception and tour of the Upper Campus, led by incoming Head of School Kristy Lundstrom. Light refreshments will be served. Grandparents can RSVP here.

Tuesday, April 5: Last Uniform Resale of the Year
7:30 – 9:00 am
Administration Building 2, Upper Campus
Stop by for the last Uniform Resale of the year to purchase gently used uniform and spirit wear items: shirts/$5, bottoms/$10, sweatshirts, jackets, sweaters/$10. To donate gently used items, please drop off at the Administration Building on Upper Campus.

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Tuesday, April 12: All-School Open Mount Vernon Parent Network (MVPN) Meeting
The purpose of the MVPN is to build community through engagement and volunteerism, amplifying Mustang pride. The newest of the 15 committees, MV Connection, will focus on the full-circle relationships built at Mount Vernon School. Join us at either meet up to learn more about engaging in one or more of the 100+ opportunities and hear from Chief of Community Development Anne Katz and her special guest, Mustang Alum Alex Alba, Class of 2015.

Join us in person or via Zoom to learn more about the 15 committees that make up the MVPN.

In-person: 9:00 – 10:00 am, Lower Campus Fellowship Hall
Virtual: 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Zoom Link, ID: 89197797205, Passcode: Rxhcc8

Thursday, April 14: Parent University with Essential Partners Part 2: Dialoguing Across Difference
8:30 – 9:30 am
Virtual: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87140045705?pwd=SmQ3VTVLTkUyemNIb2h4U0ZvR2JSUT09
Meeting ID: 871 4004 5705
Passcode: D8nghL
Essential Partners returns in conjunction with Mount Vernon faculty/staff and students to share ways in which our community has absorbed and implemented learning connected to dialogue and effective communication. With the support of faculty facilitators, students will have had the opportunity to engage in the practice of dialogue through Upper School Advisory and Middle School Community gatherings to learn more about themselves and one another. This work reflects our belief that we are #bettertogether and directly supports the advancement of IDEA. Join us to hear stories of growth and curiosity as we share moments and ways in which we’ve achieved deeper understanding across differences.

Friday, April 15 – Monday, April 18: No School for Students and Faculty

A WORD FROM YOUR HEAD OF LOWER CAMPUS

Oh the places we will go!

Did you notice car seats being installed in minibusses last week and pulling off campus for children to go out into our city and make discoveries? As Preschool has launched our spring projects, we are eager for children to have real-world experiences. PK5 is curious about how to improve our own Frontier. So, they are researching natural and traditional play spaces. On their expedition to Morgan Falls, they were able to observe, climb, swing, spring, and collect data as they compare and contrast play spaces. Mrs. Ashley and Ms. Katherine’s class is passionate about forts, so they loaded up the buses to head to Big Trees Forest Preserve to find natural forts! Upon returning to campus, students built representations of their observations!

We know that when children are engaged with a topic of interest, like playgrounds and forts, communicative and linguistic experiences increase. Children are more likely to share ideas, ask questions, and have meaningful conversations. We are looking forward to the language, math, science, fine and gross motor development, and social-emotional learning that will transpire through all of our classroom projects over the next couple of months.

Our chapel message last week continued to focus on the fruit of the spirit of patience and the verse from Colossians 3:12 Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. As we await Easter Sunday, we are learning about God’s love and His gift.

Finally, thank you, thank you for all the warm notes, beautiful flowers and delicious teacher appreciation luncheon. Our teachers enjoyed all of the special treats and really feel appreciated.

All good things,
Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus

March 28, 2022

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Monday, March 28 – Friday, April 1: Teacher Appreciation Week
MV’s Appreciation Committee has a baseball-themed week of events planned, culminating in a tailgate luncheon on Thursday, March 31. Please sign up to provide class coverage and monitor the Preschool lunch during the luncheon. There are also volunteer spots to help with luncheon set up, tear down, and serving lunch to the teachers. Sign-up to help set, serve, and breakdown

Room Parents will be detailing how your individual classroom will celebrate your teacher during the week, in conjunction with the school-wide events.

Thursday, March 31: Deadline to Purchase Mustang Rally T-Shirts
*Sponsors Do Not Need to Order
T-shirts for Rally are now available for purchase. Additionally, Chick-fil-A lunches and carnival tickets are now available for purchase until Wednesday, April 13. Submit your Mustang Rally order here.

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Monday, April 4 – Friday, April 8: Lower Campus Book Fair
7:30 am – 3:30 pm, daily
Lower Campus, Fellowship Hall
The bookfair is back! Come foster your student’s love of reading with some new exciting titles. We will be celebrating their love of reading all week with administrators dressing up as their favorite book characters, mystery readers, and additional reading time. Classes will have opportunities to visit the book fair during the week to make purchases through ewallet. Parents are also welcome to stop by the fair from 7:30 – 3:30 during this week to make purchases. Please visit our Book Fair homepage for more information.

Monday, April 4: Grandparent Reception & Tour
4:00 – 6:00 pm, Upper School Cafe Patio
Encourage your child’s grandparents to attend a reception and tour of the Upper Campus, led by incoming Head of School Kristy Lundstrom. Light refreshments will be served. Grandparents can RSVP here.

Tuesday, April 5: Last Uniform Resale of the Year
7:30 – 9:00 am
Administration Building 2, Upper Campus
Stop by for the last Uniform Resale of the year to purchase gently used uniform and spirit wear items: Shirts/$5, Bottoms/$10, Sweatshirts, jackets, sweaters/$10. To donate gently used items, please drop off at the Administration Building on Upper Campus.

Tuesday, April 12: All-School Open Mount Vernon Parent Network (MVPN) Meeting
The purpose of the MVPN is to build community through engagement and volunteerism, amplifying Mustang pride. MVPN leads the charge to support learning, innovation, creativity, and fun for our entire community. From Special Events and MVXperts to Campus Engagement and MV Cares, there are 100+ ways for MV parents and grandparents to get involved at the School.

Join us in person or via Zoom to get a peek into next year and learn more about the 15 committees that make up the MVPN.
In-person: 9:00 – 10:00 am, Lower Campus Fellowship Hall
Virtual: 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Zoom Link, ID: 89197797205, Passcode: Rxhcc8

Friday, April 15 – Monday, April 18: No School for Students and Faculty

A WORD FROM YOUR HEAD OF LOWER CAMPUS

It was great to see so many Preschool families at the 1972 Society Appreciation Reception on Saturday evening. What a great event!

Next week is Teacher Appreciation week, and we have the most wonderful teachers in the business. In addition to the incredible luncheon you all are planning, let’s do all we can to show our Preschool teachers how much we value them this week. Happy emails, hugs, and thank-you’s mean so much to the incredible men and women that pour into your children each day.

All good things,
Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus

March 21, 2022

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Week of March 21: MV Serves Solidarity Pantry Food Drive
MV’s spring athletes will be at carpool this week to collect items for Solidarity Pantry. Lower Campus specific collection: pineapple, corn, mixed vegetables, canned tuna, canned chicken, and jelly. Sign up to help at carpool.

Tuesday, March 22: Deadline to Sponsor Mustang Rally
Mustang Rally (April 29) is a free family event, but there are extra perks for family/corporate sponsorships (unlimited wristbands, lunch, tshirts). Pre-sale of t-shirts, Chick-fil-A lunch tickets, and carnival tickets, will begin on March 23. Learn more here.

Wednesday, March 23: All-School Late Start
9:10 am Carpool begins
9:30 am School begins

*Childcare is not available before school begins

Friday, March 25: MV Cares: MV Parent Prayer Group
8:00 – 9:00 am in Gailey Hall on Lower Campus
MV parents and grandparents are invited to lift up our Mount Vernon community in prayer. Prayer requests

Saturday, March 26: 1972 Society Appreciation Party
More than 200 Mount Vernon families and organizations have contributed to the 1972 Society in honor of the School’s founding year. Every family that makes an initial gift, or increases their gift, to the $1,972 level or above is invited to attend.

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Monday, March 28 – Friday, April 1: Teacher Appreciation Week
MV’s Appreciation Committee has a baseball-themed week of events planned, culminating in a tailgate luncheon on Thursday, March 31. Please sign up to provide class coverage and monitor the Preschool lunch during the luncheon. There are also volunteer spots to help with luncheon set up, tear down, and serving lunch to the teachers. Sign-up to help set, serve, and breakdown

Room Parents will be detailing how your individual classroom will celebrate your teacher during the week, in conjunction with the school-wide events.

Monday, April 4: Grandparent Reception & Tour
4:00 – 6:00 pm, Upper School Cafe Patio
Encourage your child’s grandparents to attend a reception and tour of the Upper Campus, led by incoming Head of School Kristy Lundstrom. Light refreshments will be served. Grandparents can RSVP here.

Tuesday, April 12: All-School Open Mount Vernon Parent Network Meeting
Connect with fellow MV Parents during our next All-School Open MVPN Meeting. We look forward to seeing you at one of the meetings.
In-person: 9:00 – 10:00 am, Lower Campus Fellowship Hall
Virtual: 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Zoom Link, ID: 89197797205, Passcode: Rxhcc8

A WORD FROM YOUR DIRECTOR OF PRESCHOOL

What a fun week back from Spring Break! We enjoyed the cool mornings, warm afternoons, and even rain showers. We wanted to share a few highlights:

  • Children were adjusting to the time change and back-to-school routine on Monday, but they were eager to tell stories of their adventures during Spring Break.
  • On Wednesday morning, students filled the Sanctuary with praise and worship music singing, “Father Abraham.” Ms. Hayes shared a lesson on patience with us through the stories of Abraham and Sarah as well as her own family.
  • Everything was rainbows, leprechauns, and green on Thursday as preschoolers walked into messy classrooms! Our creative thinkers had fun building traps and trying to catch the naughty leprechauns who were responsible for those messes.
  • Fifth graders in the Lower School have been working on a design challenge to build toys for our littles, and they delivered those on Friday. It was awesome to see the Lower School students’ proudly presenting their products and the excitement of the Preschoolers to receive them. Designs included a lemonade stand, grocery story, musical instruments, and ramps.

We hope to get great participation in our collection drive next week!

All good things,
Caroline Diaz
Director of Preschool

Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus

March 14, 2022

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Preschool COVID Update
Effective March 14, the Preschool will shift the face covering protocol from required to recommended for faculty/staff members. While not required, the School will recommend wearing a face covering, in classrooms and hallways. Supporting all members of our community, we will continue to have available KN95 and standard face coverings and will offer vaccine clinics on both campuses at periodic times throughout the spring. During Chapel and other divisional large gatherings, students will be required to wear face coverings.

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Wednesday, March 23: All-School Late Start
9:10 am Carpool begins
9:30 am School begins
*Childcare is not available before school begins

Friday, March 25: MV Cares: MV Parent Prayer Group
8:00 – 9:00 am
Gailey Hall, Lower Campus
Our MV community is invited to lift up our students and others who have needs, in prayer. At this meeting, we will reflect on our community, and pray for individuals – students and staff members by name – offering gratitude for where we are as a school and ask for grace as we build something exceptional, together. Prayer requests may be made here.

Saturday, March 26:1972 Society Appreciation Party

A WORD FROM YOUR DIRECTOR OF PRESCHOOL

We hope that everyone enjoyed family time filled with rest, adventures, and fun over Spring Break. As we return, we are ready to see your MV Littles and hear all of the stories of the past week. We are also looking forward to what lies ahead for the remainder of the school year. What should you expect? Growth! Your little one is growing, growing and you are going to see evidence of that physical growth when you pull out the warm weather clothes. Empathy muscles are growing too. Our students have established a strong bond with their classes and are learning how to care for one another. They are also ready to apply their foundational skills to some exciting project work. You’ll hear your little one using more complex language and new vocabulary as well as recognizing patterns, quantities, comparisons, and spatial relationships. Celebrate this growth with your child, and enjoy teachable moments at home. See you tomorrow!

All good things,
Caroline Diaz
Director of Preschool

Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus

February 28, 2022

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Preschool COVID Landscape
The following reflects the COVID landscape as of Friday, February 25.

Preschool Students Lower Campus & Upper Campus Employees
C19 Positive  0 out of 118 0 out of 265

 

Tuesday, March 1: Uniform Resale
7:30 – 9:00 am
Administration Building 2, Upper Campus
Stop by the Uniform Resale to purchase gently used uniform and spirit wear items: Shirts/$5, Bottoms/$10, Sweatshirts, jackets, sweaters/$10. The Uniform Resale is open the first Tuesday of each month. If you are able and interested, please consider becoming a Uniform Resale volunteer. Bring your friends or make new ones at this fun and easy one-time volunteer opportunity. As a bonus – parent volunteers will have the first pick of inventory! Sign up here.

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March 7 – March 11: Spring Break, No School

A WORD FROM YOUR DIRECTOR OF PRESCHOOL

As the month of February comes to a close, we are reflecting on God’s love and how we love one another. Our children have studied the contributions of African Americans and learned about traditions surrounding the Lunar New Year. One of our favorite experiences was hearing Upper School students read books about the contributions of African Americans through American history. You may view videos at home with your family by clicking here.

In visual arts, the students studied Faith Ringold, a black author and illustrator who is best known for her story quilts. Students made their own quilt squares from cardstock and fun foam.

Their creations will be on display in the STEAM wing of the Activities Building. Next time you are on campus we encourage you to check them out.

All good things,
Caroline Diaz
Director of Preschool
Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Engage as an MVPN Parent Volunteer in 2022-23
The Mount Vernon Parent Network (MVPN) relies on family volunteers to help the School build connections through community, while enhancing the student experience. Make a school-wide impact through athletics, arts, social events, service, MVXperts, and more, from home or on campus. Sign up for specific positions/committees for the 2022-2023 school year. Please contact Director of Community Impact Hunter Pierce for more information – [email protected].

Made in MV Spirit Shop
Engage in the Upper School with students, teachers, and other parents by volunteering for a short shift in the Made in MV Spirit Shop. Be some of the first to see the newest spirit wear and gear. Training is quick and easy! Contact Teresa Campbell at [email protected] with questions.

  • Tuesday mornings, 7:30 – 9:00 am
  • Wednesday afternoons, 2:30 – 4:00 pm
  • Thursdays at lunch, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

February 21, 2022

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Monday, February 21: No School 

Tuesday, February 22: Jazz Night, All Ages Welcome
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Upper School Cafe
Join us for Jazz Night featuring live music, dancing, and food. This event is free to all. Swing dance lessons begin at 6:30 pm with live music from Middle School students, the Upper School Fabulous Mustangs, and professional jazz musicians starting at 7:00. Reserve your free tickets here.

Friday, February 25: MV Cares: MV Parent Prayer Group
8:00 – 9:00 am
Gailey Hall, Lower Campus
Our MV community is invited to lift up our students and others who have needs, in prayer. At this meeting, we will reflect on our community, and pray for individuals – students and staff members by name – offering gratitude for where we are as a school and ask for grace as we build something exceptional, together. Prayer requests may be made here.

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Tuesday, March 1: Uniform Resale
7:30 – 9:00 am
Administration Building 2, Upper Campus
Stop by the Uniform Resale to purchase gently used uniform and spirit wear items: Shirts/$5, Bottoms/$10, Sweatshirts, jackets, sweaters/$10. The Uniform Resale is open the first Tuesday of each month.

March 7 – March 11: Spring Break, No School for Students

A WORD FROM YOUR DIRECTOR OF PRESCHOOL

Last week was filled with acts of kindness and expressions of love. Thank you to all of our families who shared words of encouragement and gifts of appreciation.

This week in chapel, Ms. Mavi shared her Nigerian heritage with us, dressed in a gele (a traditional headdress) and iro (long wrap skirt) all made out of Nigerian silk. She told the story of “The Tortoise, the Leopard, and the Bush Rat” and celebrated the richness of her african-american heritage while sharing God’s love. Together, students sang along and danced to a video of “Be Exalted” by the Watoto Children’s Choir, seeing children their age praising their same God on a completely different continent.

On Friday, while you all began your long weekend, our Preschool and Kindergarten teachers participated in an in-depth project approach training to enhance our robust learning experiences for our students this spring. The project approach prioritizes students’ curiosities and passions, optimizes deep learning, and sets the conditions for collaboration, creative thinking, and impact making.

We hope you all enjoyed your long weekend. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

All good things,
Caroline Diaz
Director of Preschool
Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus

February 14, 2022

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Preschool COVID Landscape

The following reflects the COVID landscape as of Friday, February 11.

Preschool Students Lower Campus & Upper Campus Employees
C19 Positive  0 out of 118 0 out of 265

As a reminder, effective February 14, the School will shift the face covering protocol from required to recommended for all students and faculty/staff members in Preschool through Grade 12. While not required, the School will recommend wearing a face covering, in classrooms and hallways. Supporting all members of our community, we will continue to have available KN95 face coverings and will offer vaccine clinics on both campuses at periodic times throughout the spring. For the time being, Preschool teachers will continue to wear face coverings in classrooms and hallways while caring for Preschool students inside facility spaces. During Chapel and other divisional large gatherings, students will be required to wear face coverings.

Friday, February 18 – Monday, February 21: No School for Students

 

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Friday, February 25: MV Cares: MV Parent Prayer Group
8:00 – 9:00 am
Gailey Hall, Lower Campus

We invite all parents, grandparents, and caregivers to help lift up our Mount Vernon community in prayer. At each meeting, we reflect on a very relevant and timely devotion and pray for different MV students, faculty, and staff members by name. Prayer requests may be made here.

March 7 – March 11: Spring Break, No School for Students

 

A WORD FROM YOUR DIRECTOR OF PRESCHOOL

What an incredible night of community and fun at our MVat50 Benefit Gala. Thanks to the generous donations at this event, our Preschool Mustangs will be able to enjoy field experiences and expeditions to complement their learning on new Mount Vernon buses!

This past week our Preschool students enjoyed continuing the chapel message that God teaches us to show love and kindness to all friends by celebrating specific characteristics of their classmates through card writing; thank you to our parents who joined in the fun! Our students also innovated the card-making process using the new medium of oil pastels, as well as stamping and building new shapes, to celebrate those they love. Be sure to swing by the STEAM wing of the Activities building the next time you are on campus to see our exhibitions of student-designed stained glass.

All good things,
Caroline Diaz
Director of Preschool

Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus

 

COMMUNITY UPDATES

Mount Vernon Parent Network (MVPN)
As members of the Mount Vernon community – parents and grandparents are automatically a part of the MVPN, which works to promote a strong sense of community by encouraging MV families to Learn, Serve and Give. We provide our families the opportunity to support each other, as well as faculty and staff in an informed, welcoming environment. Our success is grounded in a shared mission, supportive community and strong parent participation.

Please complete this form to indicate your interest in getting more involved in the MVPN next school year. Please contact Director of Community Impact Hunter Pierce – [email protected] – with any questions.

Made in MV Spirit Shop
Located in the Upper School Building
Store Hours:

  • Tuesday, 7:30 – 9:00 am
  • Wednesday, 2:30 – 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Apple Pay, Credit Card, or electronic invoice via email available. In the Made in MV shop you can find men’s and women’s apparel, youth and toddler apparel, winter hats, leather goods, water bottles, umbrellas, aluminum MV car badges, and more.

Contact Teresa Campbell at [email protected] with any questions.

Uniform Resale
Located in Administration Building 2, Upper Campus
First Tuesday of every month, 7:30 – 9:00 am

Purchase gently used uniform and spirit wear items:

  • Shirts/$5
  • Bottoms/$10
  • Sweatshirts, Jackets, Sweaters/$10

February 7, 2022

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Wednesday, February 9: Virtual Grandparent Coffee
10:00 – 11:00 am
Zoom Link
ID: 87266610410
Passcode: wCDk9c
Please invite your students’ Grandparents & Special Friends to join us from the comfort of their own homes for this virtual event. Director of Visual and Performing Arts Matt Neylon will be joining the call to share more about the School’s integrated art strategy across all four divisions.

Wednesday, February 9 – Friday, February 11: Middle School Sketch Show
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Middle School BlackBox
The Mustang Musical Sketch Show is a hilarious mash-up of short student-written comedy sketches and some musical numbers – it’s like “Saturday Night Live” meets “Studio C” meets “Glee.” Don’t miss out!

Thursday, February 10: All-School Open Mount Vernon Parent Network Meeting
Two opportunities to participate – in person or virtual
Connect with fellow MV Parents during our All-School Open MVPN Meeting. Our incoming Head of School, Kristy Lundstrom will share her vision for next year, and Chief Community Development Officer Anne Katz will update us on our growing community and share more about how to get involved. You will also hear from several of the School’s most engaged parent volunteers who inspire us to Learn, Serve, and Give every day. From boots on the ground to behind the scenes support, MV parents are the core of our community. We look forward to seeing you at one of our meetings. Please RSVP for the meeting(s) that you will attend.

IN PERSON
9:00 – 10:00 am
Lower Campus Fellowship Hall

VIRTUAL
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Zoom Link, ID: 89972634786 / Passcode: 806488

 

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Friday, February 18 – Monday, February 21: No School for Students

 

RECAP

PARENT UNIVERSITY RECAP: Courage, Connection, and Resilience with Rachel Simmons
Watch the full recording in the Veracross Parent Portal. Rachel is a bestselling author, educator and executive coach helping people to be more authentic, assertive and resilient. As a regular on Good Morning America, she shares her expertise with MV families on how to navigate parenting tweens and teens through times that are more turbulent than ever.

This was such a relevant Parent University for daily conversations in our home. I feel better equipped to empower my Kindergartener to communicate and self-advocate as she faces friendship challenges now and in the future.” – Kindergarten parent Jacki Fink

 

A WORD FROM YOUR DIRECTOR OF PRESCHOOL

It is a time of continued celebration in the Preschool. Some of our students are sharing about how their families celebrate Lunar New Year and others are describing Mardi Gras traditions. We are all celebrating Black History Month, and we will talk about love and friendship on Valentine’s Day. Finally, it was great to see so many parents at the Gala to celebrate Mount Vernon’s 50th year. Thank you for all of your support.

Thank you for entrusting us with the care of your children. We see each child loving school, learning, and growing. Our Preschoolers are mastering foundational skills, building relationships, and increasing their curiosities, and last week three Upper School students signed athletic letters of intent on #NationalSigningDay to play in college. Their coaches spoke about each athlete’s character, effort, and heart. It’s great to be a Mount Vernon Mustang!

All good things,

Caroline Diaz
Director of Preschool

Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus

January 10, 2022

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Thursday, January 13: Parent University with Dr. Lisa Damour: Helping Children and Teenagers Manage Challenging Emotions in Challenging Times
9:00 – 10:00 am
Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85081015382?pwd=cytxT1N3Z1VmNm03U1FsTXI2Y3VXUT09
Meeting ID: 850 8101 5382
Passcode: GiN3Hf
Dr. Lisa Damour explains the psychological science key to understanding how stress and anxiety operate, both under everyday conditions and at times of heightened concern and disruption. Join us to learn more about how we can:

  • help kids develop adaptive strategies for managing intense emotions
  • address the specific challenges which come with each stage of development

Recognized as a thought leader by the American Psychological Association for her work on stress and anxiety, Dr. Lisa Damour is the author of two New York Times best-selling books, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood and Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls.

 

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Monday, January 17: No School for Students

Wednesday, January 19: MV Cares, Parent Prayer Group
8:45 – 9:30 am
Gailey Hall, Lower Campus
We invite all parents, grandparents, and caregivers to help lift up our Mount Vernon community in prayer. At each meeting, we reflect on a very relevant and timely devotion and pray for different MV students, faculty, and staff members by name. Prayer requests may be made here.

Monday, January 24 – Monday, February 7: Perennial Enrollment Period
More information to come.

Saturday, February 5: The MVat50 Benefit
}7:00 – 11:00 pm
Guardian Works
755 Echo St NE
The MVat50 Benefit Gala will be here before we know it on Saturday, February 5 at Guardian Works in Midtown. Volunteers are planning a spectacular night for our community and you will not want to miss it – dress is cocktail attire. Dance to live music by the band Yacht Rock Schooner, enjoy heavy appetizers followed by dinner, and bid on unique experiences and items through both a silent and live auction. Get your tickets now! 

More event information.

Wine/Bourbon Drive for MVat50 Benefit Gala
The MVat50 Benefit event Parent Co-Chairs are looking for donations of high-end quality bottles of bourbon and/or wine for the MVat50 Benefit Gala. The donations will be used at the event in the Wine/Bourbon Toss game.

If you would like to donate a bottle of wine or bourbon they are looking for a variety of labels that range at $50/bottle and above.

The event chairs will be at the morning and afternoon carpools on Lower Campus on Thursday, January 13 to collect any donated bottles. On Upper Campus they will be at morning and afternoon carpool on Friday, January 14 to collect donations.

Please reach out to the co-chairs with questions:
Ashley Giardino
Marci Ehrlich
Ashly Cox 

 

A WORD FROM YOUR DIRECTOR OF PRESCHOOL

Our preschoolers are growing, growing. They returned from Christmas break inches taller and with exciting stories of adventure and wonder. We have enjoyed reuniting with our friends and revisiting our classroom norms and routines. Expectations will increase during this second semester, and your children have shown they are ready for new academic challenges, additional responsibilities, and more opportunities to make an impact.

While we see school locally and around the world going back to virtual learning, we are grateful that Mount Vernon remains open for on-campus learning. We know the importance of being in the classroom with teachers for social-emotional development, multisensory approaches to learning, and having fun. Thank you for supporting the School’s protocols, which enable us to keep our doors open.

Finally, there are two events we want to make sure you do not miss. We encourage you to attend Dr. Damour’s Parent University on Thursday. With the health and well-being of our youngest at the forefront of our attention, she has great insight and tools for parenting during these stressful times. Also, the MVat50 Benefit Gala will be on Saturday, February 5 at Guardian Works in Midtown. This is a great opportunity to connect as a community and have fun!

All good things,

Caroline Diaz
Director of Preschool

Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus

January 3, 2022

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COVID Landscape

Due to the current COVID surge present in the Mount Vernon community, all faculty/staff members and students are required to wear face coverings, as the School temporarily shifts the protocols for the health and well-being of our entire community. For more information, be sure to read the email from December 28.

Monday, January 3: No School for Students

 

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Thursday, January 13: Parent University with Dr. Lisa Damour: Helping Children and Teenagers Manage Challenging Emotions in Challenging Times
8:30 – 9:30 am
*Zoom Information to come 
Upper School Blackbox Theater
Dr. Lisa Damour explains the psychological science key to understanding how stress and anxiety operate, both under everyday conditions and at times of heightened concern and disruption. Join us to learn more about how we can:

  • cultivate and protect kids’ psychological health
  • help kids develop adaptive strategies for managing intense emotions
  • address the specific challenges which come with each stage of development

Recognized as a thought leader by the American Psychological Association for her work on stress and anxiety, Dr. Lisa Damour is the author of two New York Times best-selling books, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood and Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls.

Monday, January 17: No School for Students

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: LEARN, SERVE, GIVE

MVFund
Through the month of December, more than 250 families answered the call to contribute to the MVFund, joining the 450 families already participating in the School’s annual giving campaign. All families are asked to participate to help the School meet its commitment to enhance the experience for every student at MV through a variety of projects to improve the fields our students compete on, the stages they perform on, the unique spaces they learn in, and even the buses they travel in. Every student on both campuses benefit from this year’s Mount Vernon Fund.

MV Impact
Did you know that if each MV Family serves at least 50 hours, we will exceed our goal of 50,000 volunteer hours during our 50th anniversary of Mount Vernon School! To date, the heart of service in our MV Community has reached individuals and organizations in Georgia, Alabama, Missouri, and California and have accumulated 32,081.75 of volunteer impact hours! Thank you for sharing your time, talent, and treasure with worthy causes all over the world.

Engagement
There are many opportunities to get involved throughout the second half of this school year. Volunteer your time and talent while you make new friends! View all of our current volunteer opportunities or contact Hunter Pierce at [email protected] to learn more.
Currently, we are looking for volunteers to help in Lower School through the end of the year, weekly or bi-weekly. The teachers could use a break at lunchtime and parents could join their children in the cafeteria. This is a great way to show appreciation to our teachers…just a short block of time per week! Lunchtime Support for LS Teachers

Events

Thursday, February 10: Open Mount Vernon Parent Network (MVPN) meeting
9:00 – 10:00 am in person
7:00 – 8:00 pm on Zoom
All MV community members including parents, grandparents, faculty, and staff are invited to join this open meeting to hear from existing Network Chairs to learn how the Parent Network operates, how to get involved and engaged from helping at events to participating in the MVXperts program, and what the Network with look like in the 2022-2023 school year.

Saturday, March 26: 1972 Society Appreciation Social
In honor of Mount Vernon’s founding year, those families who contribute gifts of $1,972 and higher to the MVFund become members of the 1972 Society, reflecting our Mount Vernon community’s strong legacy of giving. We look forward to celebrating all 1972 Society members at the 1972 Society Appreciation Social on Saturday, March 26.

Saturday, February 5: The MVat50 Benefit
7:00 – 11:00 pm
Guardian Works
755 Echo St NE
Tickets and sponsorships are going fast for the MVat50 Benefit – be sure to reserve yours today. You can find more detailed information about the Benefit here, as well as on Instagram and Facebook.

A WORD FROM YOUR DIRECTOR OF PRESCHOOL

Happy New Year! We hope your family enjoyed a restful and happy holiday season. The Christmas Arts Showcase certainly put us in the spirit, and we hope to continue to be filled with joy all year long.

As a reminder, there is no school for students tomorrow. Teachers will be back on campus engaged in professional learning as well as making exciting plans to welcome students back and capitalize on the routines and foundations that were established in the first semester. January and February provide a long stretch of uninterrupted instructional time, and we look forward to seeing exponential growth in our students’ achievement during these months. Please continue to ask your child, “What did you learn today?” “Did you try something new?” and “How were you a good friend today?” Additionally, look for posts on Seesaw to give you a glimpse into your child’s progress. Let’s make 2022 a year to remember!

All good things,

Caroline Diaz
Director of Preschool

Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus

December 6, 2021

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COVID LANDSCAPE
The following reflects the COVID landscape as of Friday, December 3, 2021.
Preschool COVID Positive: 1 out of 114
Lower & Upper Campus Employees: 0 out of 257

Monday, December 6 – Wednesday, December 15: Toys for Tots Drive
Students are encouraged to donate a new, unwrapped toy to Toys for Tots in partnership with the United States Marine Corps. On Wednesday, December 15, the drive will culminate with a special Toys for Tots chapel on each campus where members of the USMC are expected to be present to accept the donated toys. Lower Campus toy collection will take place in each classroom, while Upper Campus collections will take place at each respective front desk.

Wednesday, December 8: All-School Late Start
9:10 am Carpool begins
9:30 am School begins
*Childcare is not available before school begins 

Thursday, December 9: Parent University – Parenting in a Tech World: Live Q&A
8:15 – 9:15 am
Fellowship Hall, Lower Campus
Please join Chief Parent Officer Titania Jordan and Vice President of Business Development Matt McKee, co-authors of Parenting in a Tech World and leaders at Bark.us, as they answer families’ questions live and in-person. Although Preschool through Upper School families are invited to attend, this event is most applicable for families of children in grades 4-12.

Friday, December 10: Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic for ages 5-11
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Fellowship Hall
MV has partnered with a local pediatrician’s office and pediatric nurses from CHOA to offer a Pfizer COVID vaccine clinic for students ages 5 – 11. Prior to the clinic, please sign up here.

 

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Tuesday, December 14: Christmas Arts Showcase
6:00 – 9:30 pm
Upper Campus
Join us for our 10th Annual Christmas Arts Showcase on Tues, Dec 14. Visitors will be guided on a 90-minute immersive tour with short performances, visual art installations, showcases of learning, virtual reality, hot cocoa and more. Mount Vernon’s creativity will be on full display as our instrumental and vocal ensembles, dance teams, theatre troupes, VR club, and iDiploma programs join forces to create a truly unforgettable experience. Get your tickets today here.

Wednesday, December 15: MV Cares, Parent Prayer Group
8:45 – 9:30 am
Gailey Hall, Lower Campus
We invite all parents, grandparents, and caregivers to help lift up our Mount Vernon community in prayer. At each meeting, we reflect on a very relevant and timely devotion and pray for different MV students, faculty, and staff members by name. Prayer requests may be made here.

Thursday, December 16: Lower Campus Christmas Arts Showcase
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Lower Campus, Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church Sanctuary
Mount Vernon Lower Campus parents, grandparents, and special friends are invited for a morning of performances. Check out the schedule below to see when your student(s) will be performing.
8:30 – 9:00 am – Preschool
10:00 – 10:30 am – Grades 2-3
12:15 – 12:45 pm – Kindergarten & Grade 1
1:30 – 2:00 pm – Grades 4-5

Friday, December 17 – Monday, January 3: School Break

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: LEARN, SERVE, GIVE

Make an End-of-Year Impact: MVFund
With the end of the calendar year fast approaching, we invite you to make an impact with a year-end gift! Thank you to these 400+ families that have already contributed to the MVFund, the School’s annual giving campaign.

Please make a gift or pledge to the MV Fund to provide additional learning opportunities and expedite key projects. As a reminder, you have until June 30, 2022, to fulfill your pledge for 2021-22. Thank you in advance for your generosity and participation!

The MVat50 Benefit
Tickets and sponsorships are going fast for the MVat50 Benefit – be sure to reserve yours today. You can find more detailed information about the Benefit here, as well as on Instagram and Facebook. Proceeds from ticket sales, as well as both the silent and live auctions, will benefit our entire community by providing the opportunity to purchase a new fleet of buses for the School. Don’t miss your chance to attend this event!

A WORD FROM YOUR DIRECTOR OF PRESCHOOL

Last week was a festive week in the Preschool as we entered into December. We appreciate the parent volunteers who decked our halls as everything is looking jolly and bright. Thank you. In addition to the trees, lights, and reindeer, Mr. Greg’s Musical Madness came to campus to host a concert on our Frontier. This special program provided music, movement, and laughter to promote kindness, teamwork, and belonging. Be sure to ask your preschooler about it.

All good things,

Caroline Diaz
Director of Preschool

Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus

October 25, 2021

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COVID LANDSCAPE
The following reflects the COVID landscape as of Friday, October 22.
Lower School COVID Positive: 0 out of 351
Lower & Upper Campus Employees: 0 out of 257

Tuesday, October 26
Parent University, 8:30 – 9:30 am – Affinity and Alliance Program at Mount Vernon School (virtual only) Join via Zoom

Mount Vernon norms call upon community members to start with questions and to share the well. These actions make a difference for individuals, and research shows that when individuals are able to gather in groups where they see themselves reflected, the questions and sharing take on new meaning and deeper impact toward positive ends. In this academic year, the Mount Vernon School will begin hosting Affinity Group gatherings for members of our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community. As a school grounded in Christian values, we draw upon sound research, stories, and experiences of our students, alumni, and families in the action of convening these affinity groups. Join Stacey Lee, Mount Vernon’s Chief IDEA Officer to experience, first-hand, the ways in which the design of Affinity Groups will enhance our school community.

Wednesday, October 27
New Family Drop-In Coffee, 7:45 – 9:15 am

MVPN’s New Family Chairs Amanda Woodall and Amanda Richmond invite new families who joined MV in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 to the Upper Campus Green to build community among our newest Mustangs. Come as you are, bring your morning caffeine, or grab a cup of coffee at the Ground Floor Coffee Shop in the US Cafe.

Thursday, October 28
Veracross Parent Portal Hands-on Workshop for Lower Campus, 11:45 – 12:45 pm

Families are invited on-campus to learn more about the Veracross system, including a hands-on tutorial on the many capabilities of the platform: subscribe to your student’s class schedule, update your profile information, find families within a 10-mile radius, donate to the MV Fund, link to key resources, and much more. Meeting will take place in the Lower Campus Church Session Room.

Thursday, October 28
Preschool Costume Parade, 10:00 am

Preschool parents are invited to join in the fun as young Mustangs parade around the Lower Campus courtyard in their Halloween costumes. The parade happens quickly, so please be in place by 10:00 am, and have your cameras ready.

Thursday, October 28
Portrait Retakes RESCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2
On October 28, School Portrait Retakes will be taken on Lower Campus from 8:20-11:20 am and on Upper Campus from 8:20 am – 3:30 pm. If you would like your student to retake photo, sign up at mountvernonschool.org/retakes. If your student was absent on the original Portrait Day, you should have received a separate email from the School and do not need to sign up using the above form. Should you have any questions, please contact Reagan Langston at [email protected].

Friday, October 29
No School for Students/Lower Campus Fall Parent Conference Day

As we near the end of the first trimester, we look forward to the opportunity to share your child’s progress with you at our Fall Parent Conference. There is no school for students on this day, but save the date. If you have not already signed up, please refer to your class’s Veracross page for the sign-up genius. We are committed to beginning and ending each conference on time to ensure all families have an opportunity to connect with the teacher.

SAVE THESE DATES

Friday, November 5: Early Dismissal
The Mustang Varsity Football Team is hosting their final regular season game of the year. Since we don’t have field lights, games typically start earlier, later in the season. With a 3:00 pm start time, carpool, parking, guests, and other logistics impact both campuses. On November 5, the Preschool will have an early dismissal at 1:30 pm. Extended Play will also be available until 6:00 pm.

  • 1:30 Preschool and Lower School Dismissal
  • 1:45 Upper School Dismissal
  • 2:00 Middle School Dismissal

Thursday, November 11: Vaccine Clinic

Friday, November 12: Managing and Monitoring K-12 Children’s Online Presence
Hosted by Katie Cain and Bark
Register for webinar here
From 9:00 – 10:00 am, Katie Cain and our partners at Bark will share strategies and resources for managing children’s online presence. From school-issued iPads to personal cell phones, from web filters to parental controls, we aim to equip families with resources to confidently approach technology use with their children/teenagers.

Friday, November 19: Grandparents/Special Friends Day
This is an early release day prior to Thanksgiving break. The invitation and schedule for the event will be sent in late October. The School is sending personal invitations to each student’s grandparents and/or special friends based on the information you provided.

 

A WORD FROM YOUR DIRECTOR OF PRESCHOOL

We appreciate those of you who participated in our Parent University last week: CBE: How might we better understand what assessment looks like at Mount Vernon. First of all, it was just great to be together on campus. Secondly, with parent conferences and progress reports right around the corner, we thought it was important to explain the why, how, and when of the Preschool’s approach to assessment in our Competency-Based Education model.

As shared in the Parent U, Mount Vernon focuses on foundational knowledge, developmental skills, and the dispositions of learners, thinkers, and designers at school. To learn more about this, we compared traditional report cards to the competency-based reports that Preschool uses which reveal more detailed information about each child’s development, position students for growth, and have high expectations for mastery. We are excited for you to meet with your child’s teacher next week and to review the progress report. We hope you use both experiences as a catalyst for a conversation with your child about goals for the next trimester.

All good things,
Caroline Diaz

Director of Preschool
Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus

November 12, 2021

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COVID LANDSCAPE
In case you missed it, be sure to review November 3 COVID letter to PS-Grade 6. The following reflects the COVID landscape as of Friday, November 5.
Preschool COVID Positive: 0 out of 114
Lower & Upper Campus Employees: 0 out of 257

Thursday, November 11: Vaccine Clinic
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Middle School Lightbox
The next vaccine clinic is scheduled for Thursday, November 11 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm located on the Upper Campus, MS Lightbox. This clinic will be available to employees and students ages 12+ wanting the Pfizer vaccine or booster.

Friday, November 12: Managing and Monitoring K-12 Children’s Online Presence
9:00 – 10:00 am
Hosted by Katie Cain and Bark
Register for webinar here
Back by popular demand, Katie Cain and our partners at Bark will share strategies and resources for managing children’s online presence. From school-issued iPads to personal cell phones, from web filters to parental controls, we aim to equip families with resources to confidently approach technology use with their children/teenagers.

 

SAVE THESE DATES

Tuesday, November 16 – 18: Upper Campus Production of Little Women the Musical
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Mount Vernon Studios is thrilled to bring you Little Women. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from her life experiences. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their lives growing up in Civil War America. Reserve your tickets here.

Thursday, November 18: MV Grandparents Reception at the Night of the Arts
All Grandparents have received an invitation to a Grandparents only reception from 5:30-6:30. This will take place prior to the performance of Little Women. Please RSVP and reserve your tickets through the Paperless Post Invitation.

Friday, November 19: Early Release for Students
11:15 am
Please note that G2 – G5 carpool begins at 11:30, and older students who carpool with a PS – G1 student will be released at 11:15 to join younger siblings. Extended Play will not be available.

Friday, November 19: Grandparents/Special Friends Day
The invitation and schedule for the event was sent in late October. The School sent personal invitations to each student’s grandparents and/or special friends based on the information parents provided.

Help Needed for Grandparents and Special Friends Day
With so many moving parts, parent assistance is needed to make this event a success. Please sign up to be a parent volunteer the morning of November 19, indicating the role that best suits you. Volunteers will help by greeting and guiding our visitors around Lower Campus during the event. All parent volunteers will receive a green MV Volunteer t-shirt to wear for the event.

November 29: Authentic Connections: Virtual Lunch and Learn
11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Join Zoom Here
The Mount Vernon School is advancing its mission by engaging all students – through stories, experiences, data, and research serving as guides. As a result of the pandemic, MV students have had to adjust to a variety of circumstances, learn to be agile, and develop resilience. Partnering with Authentic Connections to collect and analyze data, we will be able to strengthen our focus on supporting well-being and resilience within our students. Join us virtually to hear from experts regarding trends and best practices for supporting adolescents through these unique times.

Wednesday, December 1: Rising PK5 & Kindergarten Information Meeting
8:15 – 9:00 am
Fellowship Hall
Do you ever wonder what happens after Preschool? We would like to invite our Preschool families to come to the Lower School and get a glimpse of Mount Vernon’s kindergarten program. Many things will look familiar like a child-centered, curiosity-driven experience. However, some things look different, like uniforms, the cafeteria, and more connections classes. We will gather in the Fellowship Hall at 8:15 then set out on a Learning Walk to see the faces and spaces of the Lower School.

Wednesday, December 1: Vaccine Clinic
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Middle School Lightbox

 

A WORD FROM YOUR DIRECTOR OF PRESCHOOL

It has been fun to host so many parents on campus recently. From our Frontier Playdate to Parent-Teacher Conferences to Parent University, thank you for your support and partnership. As requested, here is the slide deck from the Birds and the Bee’s Presentation. It is always wonderful to have parents on campus seeing the learning that is happening.

Additionally, we hope you have all had an opportunity to review your child’s trimester one progress report. As a reminder, to access the progress report, navigate to the Parent Portal: https://portals.veracross.com/mountvernon/parent. Then scroll down to the My Children section and click the reports tab for your student, then click the link to launch the report.

Finally, please ask your child about the Cardboard Challenge! On Friday all Preschoolers had the opportunity to complete a lap in design thinking. After making observations of their world to identify needs, children were given cardboard materials and tools to sketch, design, prototype and build. We worked on giving and receiving feedback, and, of course, having fun! It was a great way to close out the first week in November.

All good things,

Caroline Diaz
Director of Preschool

Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus

October 10, 2021

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COMING UP THIS WEEK IN PRESCHOOL: OCTOBER 11 – 15
HOMECOMING WEEK

Monday, October 11: NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, October 12
Superhero Tuesday (no masks or accessories)

Wednesday, October 13
Jersey Wednesday (wear your favorite team’s jersey or tshirt)
8:10-8:30 Chapel

Thursday, October 14
Tacky Thursday (wear mismatched clothing, fun patterns, turn things inside out/ or backward)

Friday, October 15

Tropical Friday (wear island getaway gear)
10:30 – 11:00 am Pep Rally

Homecoming Football Game and Activities
4:00 pm Varsity Mustangs take on Providence Christian Academy for Homecoming 2021
Join 50 years of families, 14 years of Alumni, 1200+ current students including 117 seniors, 900 current families, and 250 faculty and staff members for the largest collection of Mustangs in one place, ever, as our entire community celebrates the School’s 50th year. Past performers and athletes, along with active service members, will be recognized. Former Homecoming Kings and Queens will participate in the halftime tradition of honoring this year’s Homecoming Court and the crowning of our new King and Queen.

Grade-Level Tents: Families are welcome to gather with grade-level peers for snacks and connection at their respective tents:

PS – Grade 1 Tent
Grades 2 – 5 Tent
Grades 6 – 8 Tent
Grades 9 and 10 Tent
Grades 11 and 12 Tent

Silent Online Auction: Visit the MVHOCOAuction online to bid on school-related experiences, including carpool VIP, front row seats at student performances, out-of-uniform days, and more. Text MVHOCOAuction to 76278. Bidding ends at 11:00 pm on Friday, October 15.

Putt the Vern – A Journey Through Time 9-Hole Golf Course: This student-conceived, planned, designed, and executed mini-golf course on the Upper Campus Green will be available for all ages to play during Homecoming. Relive iconic MV-places, spaces, and events, while learning more about the School’s history. Every structure on this course was created or repurposed in the Upper School maker space by the Innovation Diploma (ID) Grade 10 Cohort. Thoroughly and intentionally crafted, every hole has a story. Innovation Diploma – where age does not indicate capability.

Join us to participate in all of the Homecoming festivities, meet up with long-term Mustangs, and continue the celebration of our School’s 50th year.

COVID LANDSCAPE

The following reflects the COVID landscape as of Friday, September 24.

Preschool

COVID Positive

0 of 114

Lower Campus & Upper Campus Employees

0 of 257

SAVE THESE DATES

Wednesday, October 20: Vaccine Clinic for Adults and Students who are 12 or older

11:00 -1:00 in the MS Lightbox – Required forms:
1) Briarcliff Health Mart Vaccine Immunization Form
2) MV School Consent, Waiver & Release Form

Thursday, October 21: Parent University – Understanding Your Child’s Progress
8:15 am Lower Campus Fellowship Hall
Mount Vernon uses a comprehensive and balanced approach to assessment and progress reporting. Come hear from our Lower Campus Leadership Team to learn more about our approach to assessing and reporting on student achievement.

Tuesday, October 26: Parent University – Affinity and Alliance Program at Mount Vernon School (virtual only) Join via Zoom

8:30 – 9:30 am Mount Vernon norms call upon community members to start with questions and to share the well. These actions make a difference for individuals, and research shows that when individuals are able to gather in groups where they see themselves reflected, the questions and sharing take on new meaning and deeper impact toward positive ends. In this academic year, the Mount Vernon School will begin hosting Affinity Group gatherings for members of our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community. As a school grounded in Christian values, we draw upon sound research, stories, and experiences of our students, alumni, and families in the action of convening these affinity groups. Join Stacey Lee, Mount Vernon’s Chief IDEA Officer to experience, first-hand, the ways in which the design of Affinity Groups will enhance our school community.

Wednesday, October 27: New Family Drop-In Coffee
7:45 – 9:15 am MVPN’s New Family Chairs Amanda Woodall and Amanda Richmond invite new families who joined MV for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 to the Upper Campus Green to build community among our newest Mustangs. Come as you are, bring your morning caffeine, or grab a cup of coffee at the Ground Floor Coffee Shop in the US Cafe.

Thursday, October 28: Veracross Parent Portal Hands-on Workshop for Lower Campus

Preschool Costume Parade: Homeroom teachers will share more information
11:45 – 12:45 Families are invited on-campus to learn more about the Veracross system, including a hands-on tutorial on the many capabilities of the platform: subscribe to your student’s class schedule, update your profile information, find families within a 10-mile radius, donate to the MV Fund, link to key resources, and much more. 

Friday, October 29: No School for Students/Fall Parent Conference Day

As we near the end of the first trimester, we look forward to the opportunity to share your child’s progress with you at our Fall Parent Conference. There is no school for students on this day, but save the date. A sign-up will be posted on your class Veracross Page.

Thursday, November 11: Vaccine Clinic

Friday, November 19: Grandparents/Special Friends Day 
This is an early release day prior to Thanksgiving break. The invitation and schedule for the event will be sent in late October. Please fill out this form completely so a personal invitation can be sent to each student’s grandparents and/or special friends.

Wednesday, December 1: Vaccine Clinic 

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

MVCares
MVCares is a part of the Mount Vernon Parent Network (MVPN) created to serve our community through appreciation, service, and support. If interested in participating on a committee, please contact Telisha Jackson, MVCares Chair.
Appreciation: Help with faculty/staff appreciation days in the fall and winter, snack donations for monthly faculty meetings in each division, assist with gifts, meals, and other classroom activities per grade.

Service:  Impacting our local and global community through community service, participating in community outreach. 

Support: Join the Parent Prayer Group, organize meal trains, send care cards, video cards, and other special expressions that best meet the needs of our MV families going through challenging times. Support Request Form

A WORD FROM YOUR DIRECTOR OF PRESCHOOL

We had a great short week in the Preschool. Our rain boots have come in handy, and we are continuing to get outside to learn and play every day. The fall garden is in full bloom and students’ science, math, language, and physical development skills are growing right alongside the plants. 

Seasons and holidays are an important part of the Preschool. Teachers are asking, “How might we make the familiar fall fruit of a pumpkin spark imaginations and wonder in our children?” When we return from fall break, students will find pumpkin provocations in their classrooms. It’s time to get excited about the approaching holiday season.

We hope everyone enjoyed a restful fall break. We encourage you to continue playing outside and exploring the sights, smells, and sounds of fall.

All good things,

Caroline Diaz
Director of Preschool | x2329

Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus | x2001

November 1, 2021

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Tuesday, November 2: Parent University — Talking to Children about the Birds and the Bees
8:15 – 9:15 am
Hosted by Mary Flo Ridley
Lower Campus, Fellowship Hall
Mary Flo Ridley is an expert in discussing sex with children in a healthy way. If you want your child to learn about sex from you – not their friends or the internet, to handle this differently than your parents did, but don’t know how, want CLEAR direction and a PLAN to tackle this topic, to build open and safe communication in your family, and/or to protect your kids from the sex saturated culture, you will want to hear what Mary Flo advises. Her program, Birds & Bees, will empower you, as parents, to have difficult conversations about basic biology.

Tuesday, November 2 – Uniform Resale
7:30 – 9:00 am
Administration Building 2, Upper Campus
Stop by Uniform Resale on the first Tuesday of each month to pick up lightly used uniform and spirit wear items.

Tuesday, November 2: School Portrait Makeup Date
Due to the forecast for rain, we will be moving Retake Picture Day to Tuesday, November 2. School Portrait Retakes will be taken on Lower Campus from 8:20-11:20 am. If you would like your student to retake their photo, sign up here. If your student was absent on the original Portrait Day, you should have received a separate email from the School and do not need to sign up using the above form. Should you have any questions, please contact Reagan Langston at [email protected]

Thursday, November 4: PlayMaker Registration Opens
Registration for PlayMaker (after school enrichment classes) for spring opens November 4 in Veracross. Registration will take place on the Veracross Parent Portal. Classes fill quickly, so registering early is encouraged. Prior to registration, you can review the PlayMaker course selection catalog here. The deadline to register is November 18.

Thursday, November 4 – Saturday, November 6: Middle School Production of Puffs
The School of Magic is coming to Mount Vernon – Don’t miss an opportunity to see PUFFS or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic. For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs… who just happened to be there too. A tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world. This show is appropriate for all ages. Reserve your tickets here. 

Friday, November 5: Early Dismissal
The Mustang Varsity Football Team is hosting their final regular season game of the year. Since we don’t have field lights, games typically start earlier, later in the season. With a 3:00 pm kickoff, carpool, parking, guests, and other logistics impact both campuses. On November 5, the Preschool will have an early dismissal at 1:30 pm. Extended Play run 1:30 pm until 6:00 pm. No PlayMaker classes will be held on this day. Rather, classes will be made up on Friday, December 10.

  • 1:30 Preschool and Lower School Dismissal
  • 1:45 Upper School Dismissal
  • 2:00 Middle School Dismissal

 

SAVE THESE DATES

Thursday, November 11: Vaccine Clinic

Friday, November 12: Managing and Monitoring K-12 Children’s Online Presence
9:00 – 10:00 am
Hosted by Katie Cain and Bark
Register for webinar here
Back by popular demand, Katie Cain and our partners at Bark will share strategies and resources for managing children’s online presence. From school-issued iPads to personal cell phones, from web filters to parental controls, we aim to equip families with resources to confidently approach technology use with their children/teenagers.

Friday, November 19: Grandparents/Special Friends Day
This is an early release day prior to Thanksgiving break. The invitation and schedule for the event was sent in late October. The School sent personal invitations to each student’s grandparents and/or special friends based on the information parents provided.

Help Needed for Grandparents and Special Friends Day
With so many moving parts, parent assistance is needed to make this event a success. Please sign up to be a parent volunteer the morning of November 19, indicating the role that best suits you. Volunteers will help by greeting and guiding our visitors around Lower Campus during the event. All parent volunteers will receive a green MV Volunteer t-shirt to wear for the event.

November 29: Authentic Connections: Virtual Lunch and Learn
11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Join Zoom Here
The Mount Vernon School is advancing its mission by engaging all students – through stories, experiences, data, and research serving as guides. As a result of the pandemic, MV students have had to adjust to a variety of circumstances, learn to be agile, and develop resilience. Partnering with Authentic Connections to collect and analyze data, we will be able to strengthen our focus on supporting well-being and resilience within our students. Join us virtually to hear from experts regarding trends and best practices for supporting adolescents through these unique times.

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: LEARN, SERVE, GIVE

Connect to and with our MV Community through volunteer engagement, impact projects, and service learning. The Mount Vernon Parent Network (MVPN) works to promote a strong sense of community by encouraging families to Learn, Serve and Give. Our success is grounded in a shared mission, supportive community, and strong parent participation.

The MV Fund: Make a significant impact in the School’s 50th year by supporting our annual giving campaign, Mount Vernon Fund, with a gift or pledge. Your contribution helps the School provide additional learning opportunities, while accelerating key projects this school year.

In honor of the School’s 50th year, please consider contributing a $5050 anniversary gift. Learn more about how to make an impact in our 50th year.

The MVat50 Benefit
Plan to join us on Saturday, February 5, for an evening of fellowship with a purpose. Tickets will go on sale next week. All proceeds from sponsorships and auctions will benefit our entire community by providing the School the ability to purchase a new fleet of buses, allowing students to take advantage of expeditionary learning, athletes to travel to away games, and artists to take shows on the road. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities for The Benefit here.

 

A WORD FROM YOUR DIRECTOR OF PRESCHOOL

The fall season has officially kicked off our holiday learning experiences in the Preschool. Exploring falling temperatures, the changing Frontier garden, different clothing choices, and a variety of holidays allow children to understand more about their own identity. Holidays also prompt conversations around similarities and differences.

Throughout October, children have observed pumpkins, shucked corn, planted seeds, and, of course dressed up for the Annual Preschool Costume Parade. Literacy, math, science, social studies, creating thinking, innovation, and art have all been taught the real-world context of fall and Halloween. Thank you to all of our families who attended the Halloween parade. You were our sunshine! We hope you have a fun and safe weekend.

All good things,

Caroline Diaz
Director of Preschool

Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus

October 3, 2021

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COMING UP THIS WEEK IN PRESCHOOL: OCTOBER 4 – 8

Monday, October 4
Global Read Aloud Kickoff

Tuesday, October 5

Wednesday, October 6
8:10-8:30 Chapel

Thursday, October 7

Friday, October 8: NO SCHOOL

SAVE THESE DATES

Monday, October 11: No School 

October 12 – 15: HOMECOMING
Spirit Days

  • Tuesday: Superhero Tuesday (no masks or accessories)
  • Wednesday: Jersey Wednesday (wear your favorite team’s jersey or tshirt)
  • Thursday: Tacky Thursday (wear mismatched clothing, fun patterns, turn things inside out or backward)
  • Friday: Tropical Friday (wear island getaway gear)

Friday, October 15
Homecoming Game and Activities
Fourteen years of Alumni, New Mustang Families, Grandparents, and our entire MV community are invited to celebrate the School’s 50th year by drawing the largest collection of Mustangs in one place, ever. We will recognize past performers and athletes, active service members, and former Homecoming Kings and Queens while honoring this year’s court and crowning our new King and Queen. Varsity football kicks off at 4:00 pm against Providence. Be there to participate in the festivities, meet up with long-term Mustangs, and continue the celebration of our School’s 50th year.

Homecoming Tents by Grade-Level
Providing an opportunity for families to gather together at Homecoming, grade-level tents and tables will be set up behind the stadium seating. If interested in participating, please sign up to bring food and beverages to share.
PS – Grade 1 Tent
Grades 2 – 5 Tent
Grades 6-8 Tent
Grades 9 and 10 Tent
Grades 11 and 12 Tent

Homecoming/Fall Silent Auction
Celebrate Homecoming by bidding on school-related experiences. This online silent auction will open for live bidding at 8:00 am on Thursday, October 7. Bidding will end on Friday, October 15. Register today to preview the auction items or text MVHocoAuction to 76278. Be the next Carpool VIP, reserve your seating for performances, or buy an out-of-uniform day.

Thursday, October 21: Parent University – Understanding Your Child’s Progress

8:15 am Lower Campus Fellowship Hall
Mount Vernon uses a comprehensive and balanced approach to assessment and progress reporting. Come hear from our Lower Campus Leadership Team to learn more about our approach to assessing and reporting on student achievement.

Tuesday, October 26: Parent University – Affinity and Alliance Program at Mount Vernon School (virtual)
8:30 – 9:30 am Join via Zoom
Mount Vernon norms call upon community members to start with questions and to share the well. These actions make a difference for individuals, and research shows that when individuals are able to gather in groups where they see themselves reflected, the questions and sharing take on new meaning and deeper impact toward positive ends. In this academic year, the Mount Vernon School will begin hosting Affinity Group gatherings for members of our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community. As a school grounded in Christian values, we draw upon sound research, stories, and experiences of our students, alumni, and families in the action of convening these affinity groups. Join Stacey Lee, Mount Vernon’s Chief IDEA Officer to experience, first-hand, the ways in which the design of Affinity Groups will enhance our school community.

Friday, October 29 – Fall Parent Conference Day
As we near the end of the first trimester, we look forward to the opportunity to share your child’s progress with you at our Fall Parent Conference. There is no school for students on this day, but save the date. A sign-up will be posted on your class Veracross Page.

Friday, November 19 – Grandparents/Special Friends Day
This is an early release day prior to Thanksgiving break. The invitation and schedule for the event will be sent in late October. Please fill out this form completely so a personal invitation can be sent to each student’s grandparents and/or special friends.

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Parent Volunteers Needed for the ARTS
Do you enjoy designing, building, making, or creating? Would you like to use the design skills you have or gain experience learning new skills? The MV Arts Alliance is looking for parent volunteers to support Arts and Design. There are hundreds of opportunities from making robots and building sets, to painting Christmas trees and designing experiences. Chase your passion.

MVCares
MVCares is a part of the Mount Vernon Parent Network (MVPN) created to serve our community through appreciation, service, and support. If interested in participating on a committee, please contact Telisha Jackson, MVCares Chair.
Appreciation: Help with faculty/staff appreciation days in the fall and winter, snack donations for monthly faculty meetings in each division, assist with gifts, meals, and other classroom activities per grade.

Service:  Impacting our local and global community through community service, participating in community outreach.

Support: Join the Parent Prayer Group, organize meal trains, send care cards, video cards, and other special expressions that best meet the needs of our MV families going through challenging times. Support Request Form

A WORD FROM YOUR DIRECTOR OF PRESCHOOL

Our Preschoolers are writing (or prewriting) amazing pieces this fall. In order to support the growth of our strong communicators, teachers are setting the conditions for writing readiness across all grade levels. PK2 students engage in sensory and fine motor experiences. They also explore meaningful letters like the ones in their name or M and V! PK3 students still love sensory play, and their fine motor skills are being further developed. They are coloring with intentional crayon grips and are starting concrete tracking. PK4 students enjoy tracing and focus on correct arm posture to write their whole names. All of this builds for PK5 students to begin writing upper and lowercase letters in their journals. It is amazing to see this progression, and we encourage you to spend time writing or prewriting with your children at home.

All good things,

Caroline Diaz
Director of Preschool | x2329

Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus | x2001

October 17, 2021

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Tuesday, October 26
Parent University, 8:30 – 9:30 am – Affinity and Alliance Program at Mount Vernon School (virtual only) Join via Zoom

Mount Vernon norms call upon community members to start with questions and to share the well. These actions make a difference for individuals, and research shows that when individuals are able to gather in groups where they see themselves reflected, the questions and sharing take on new meaning and deeper impact toward positive ends. In this academic year, the Mount Vernon School will begin hosting Affinity Group gatherings for members of our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community. As a school grounded in Christian values, we draw upon sound research, stories, and experiences of our students, alumni, and families in the action of convening these affinity groups. Join Stacey Lee, Mount Vernon’s Chief IDEA Officer to experience, first-hand, the ways in which the design of Affinity Groups will enhance our school community.

Wednesday, October 27
New Family Drop-In Coffee, 7:45 – 9:15 am

MVPN’s New Family Chairs Amanda Woodall and Amanda Richmond invite new families who joined MV in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 to the Upper Campus Green to build community among our newest Mustangs. Come as you are, bring your morning caffeine, or grab a cup of coffee at the Ground Floor Coffee Shop in the US Cafe.

Thursday, October 28
Veracross Parent Portal Hands-on Workshop for Lower Campus, 11:45 – 12:45

Families are invited on-campus to learn more about the Veracross system, including a hands-on tutorial on the many capabilities of the platform: subscribe to your student’s class schedule, update your profile information, find families within a 10-mile radius, donate to the MV Fund, link to key resources, and much more. Meeting will take place in the Lower Campus Church Session Room.

Thursday, October 28
Preschool Costume Parade, 10:00 am

Preschool parents are invited to join in the fun as young Mustangs parade around the Lower Campus courtyard in their Halloween costumes. The parade happens quickly, so please be in place by 10:00 am, and have your cameras ready.

Thursday, October 28
Portrait Retakes

On October 28, School Portrait Retakes will be taken on Lower Campus from 8:20-11:20am and on Upper Campus from 8:20am – 3:30pm. If you would like your student to retake photo, sign up at mountvernonschool.org/retakes. If your student was absent on the original Portrait Day, you should have received a separate email from the School and do not need to sign up using the above form. Should you have any questions, please contact Reagan Langstonat [email protected]

Friday, October 29
No School for Students/Lower Campus Fall Parent Conference Day

As we near the end of the first trimester, we look forward to the opportunity to share your child’s progress with you at our Fall Parent Conference. There is no school for students on this day, but save the date. If you have not already signed up, please refer to your class’s Veracross page for the sign-up genius. We are committed to beginning and ending each conference on time to ensure all families have an opportunity to connect with the teacher.

SAVE THESE DATES

Friday, November 5: Early Dismissal
The Mustang Varsity Football Team is hosting their final regular season game of the year. Since we don’t have field lights, games typically start earlier, later in the season. With a 3:00pm start time, carpool, parking, guests, and other logistics impact both campuses. On November 5, the Preschool will have an early dismissal at 1:30 pm. Extended Play will also be available until 6:00.
1:30 Preschool and Lower School Dismissal
1:45 Upper School Dismissal
2:00 Middle School Dismissal
Thursday, November 11: Vaccine Clinic

November 12, 2021 – 9:00 – 10:00 am
Managing and Monitoring K-12 Children’s Online Presence
Hosted by Katie Cain and Bark
Register for webinar here
Back by popular demand, Katie Cain and our partners at Bark will share strategies and resources for managing children’s online presence. From school-issued iPads to personal cell phones, from web filters to parental controls, we aim to equip families with resources to confidently approach technology use with their children/teenagers.

Friday, November 19: Grandparents/Special Friends Day
This is an early release day prior to Thanksgiving break. The invitation and schedule for the event will be sent in late October. The School is sending personal invitations to each student’s grandparents and/or special friends based on the information you provided.

A WORD FROM YOUR DIRECTOR OF PRESCHOOL

We appreciate those of you who participated in our Parent University last week: CBE: How might we better understand what assessment looks like at Mount Vernon. First of all, it was just great to be together on campus. Secondly, with parent conferences and progress reports right around the corner, we thought it was important to explain the why, how, and when of the Preschool’s approach to assessment in our Competency-Based Education model.

As shared in the Parent U, Mount Vernon focuses on foundational knowledge, developmental skills, and the dispositions of learners, thinkers, and designers at school. To learn more about this, we compared traditional report cards to the competency-based reports that Preschool uses which reveal more detailed information about each child’s development, position students for growth, and have high expectations for mastery. We are excited for you to meet with your child’s teacher next week and to review the progress report. We hope you use both experiences as a catalyst for a conversation with your child about goals for the next trimester.

All good things,
Caroline Diaz

Director of Preschool
Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus

September 26, 2021

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COMING UP THIS WEEK IN PRESCHOOL: September 27 – October 1

Monday, September 27

12:00 – 1:00 Parent Admissions Ambassadors – live webinar
Learn more about how you can be an extension of MV’s Admissions team and make an impact as a Parent Admissions Ambassador. Engagement opportunities include engaging with prospective families during admissions events, assisting with direct outreach, submitting online reviews, and discussing your creative ideas with us. Be an integral part of our School’s future.

Tuesday, September 28

Wednesday, September 29
11:00 -1:00 Vaccine Clinic for adults and students who are 12 or older. The clinic will be held in the MS Lightbox. Required forms to complete: 1) Briarcliff Health Mart Vaccine Immunization Form; 2) MV School Consent, Waiver & Release Form

11:30 – 12:00 Chapel

Thursday, September 30

Friday, October 1: Spirit Day

SAVE THESE DATES

Friday, October 8 and Monday, October 11: No School

October 12 – 15: Homecoming Week Dress Up Days
Tuesday: Superhero Tuesday (no masks or accessories)
Wednesday: Jersey Wednesday (wear your favorite team’s jersey or tshirt)
Thursday: Tacky Thursday (wear mismatched clothing, fun patterns, turn things inside out or backwards)
Friday: Tropical Friday (wear island getaway gear)

Friday, October 15: Homecoming Game and Activities
Fourteen years of Alumni, New Mustang Families, Grandparents, and our entire MV community are invited to celebrate the School’s 50th year by drawing the largest collection of Mustangs in one place, ever. We will recognize past performers and athletes, active service members, and former Homecoming Kings and Queens, while honoring this year’s court and crowning our new King and Queen. Varsity football kicks off at 4:00 pm against Providence. Be there to participate in the festivities, meet up with long-term Mustangs, and continue the celebration of our School’s 50th year.

 A WORD FROM YOUR DIRECTOR OF PRESCHOOL

Are you curious what goes on at school on a late start day? Our teachers took off their teacher hats and put on their learner, thinker, and designer hats for a morning of rich professional learning and collaboration across grade levels. This year’s RDI focus is on foresight and strategic planning as well as the School’s four priorities: Competency-Based Education, Inquiry-Based learning, IDEA, and Wellness & Resilience.

We are excited to engage all the voices of our Mount Vernon community as we design our future strategic plan. Be on the lookout for updates in this important work.

All good things,

Caroline Diaz
Director of Preschool | x2329

Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus | x2001

September 19, 2021

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COMING UP THIS WEEK IN PRESCHOOL: September 20-24

Monday, September 20
Student Portraits, PK2 – PK5  (Rescheduled to September 23 due to rain forecast)

Tuesday, September 21

Wednesday, September 22
All-School Late Start
9:10 am Carpool begins
9:30 am School begins

*Childcare is not available before school begins

Thursday, September 23
Student Portraits, PK2 – PK5 (rescheduled from Monday)

Friday, September 24: Spirit Day

SAVE THESE DATES

Friday, October 15: Homecoming
Fourteen years of Alumni, New Mustang Families, Grandparents, and our entire MV community are invited to celebrate the School’s 50th year by drawing the largest collection of Mustangs in one place, ever. We will recognize past performers and athletes, active service members, and former Homecoming Kings and Queens, while honoring this year’s court and crowning our new King and Queen. Varsity football kicks off at 4:00 pm against Providence. Be there to participate in the festivities, meet up with long-term Mustangs, and continue the celebration of our School’s 50th year.

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
MV Serves: Year of Impact

Year of Impact is a year-long integration of service. Beginning on September 11, our MV Community committed to logging 50,000 hours of selfless service through May 11, 2022. This impactful opportunity will give us the chance to collectively give back while commemorating Mount Vernon’s 50th year. We ask our community to log every hour served, to reach our goal of 50,000 hours this year. Together we give back. #MVImpact

A WORD FROM YOUR DIRECTOR OF PRESCHOOL

During afternoon pick-up, when you ask your children what their favorite part of the day was, do you often hear, “the Frontier!”? Our teachers know the importance of outdoor play for our healthy bodies, creative minds, and community building. Interacting with nature sparks new learning and aids in physical, sociological, psychological, and social development. Unlike the static, flat, and plastic structures on a typical playground, Mount Vernon’s Frontier was designed to be an extension of the classroom that encourages our students to take risks, make their own choices, design their own adventures, and build their muscles and coordination. Math happens as we notice patterns in the garden. Public speaking skills are primed on the stage. The water feature sparks science lessons. The uneven terrain, trees, and tree fort all promote gross motor development. Of course, children use their language and social-negotiation skills to play, play, play! Teachers, on the other hand, are watching, listening, planning, and prompting to provoke new learning. Don’t tell your children though; we love that to them… it is just play!

All good things,

Caroline Diaz
Director of Preschool | x2329

Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus | x2001

September 12, 2021

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September 12, 2021

COMING UP THIS WEEK IN PRESCHOOL: SEPTEMBER 13-17

Monday, September 13

Tuesday, September 14

Wednesday, September 15
8:10 – 8:30 am PK3 – G1 Chapel

8:30 – 9:30 am MV Cares Parent Meeting via Zoom: Join the Community Development team to learn how, with your help, we can better support our MV community and make a strong impact through appreciation, prayer, and service. (ID: 95415716123 Passcode: YDOD9UoK)

Thursday, September 16

Friday, September 17: Spirit Day

COVID LANDSCAPE

The following reflects the COVID landscape as of Friday, September 10.

Preschool

COVID Positive
2 of 112

Lower Campus & Upper Campus Employees
0 of 257

SAVE THESE DATES

Monday, September 20: PK2 – PK5 Student Portraits

Wednesday, September 22: Late Start
Mount Vernon will implement a late start across all divisions five times this year to allow faculty and staff to participate in cross-divisional professional learning prior to students arriving on campus. On these select days, carpool will begin at 9:10 am and the school day will start at 9:30 am. Childcare will not be available before carpool on either campus. (Remaining four late starts: December 8, January 6, March 23, April 27)

Friday, October 15: Homecoming 
Varsity football kicks off at 4:00 pm against Providence for 2021-2022 Homecoming. Join the festivities as we welcome 14 years of alumni back to campus, crown a new Homecoming King and Queen, and continue the celebration of our School’s 50th year. 

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

MV Serves: Year of Impact
Year of Impact is a year-long integration of service. Beginning on September 11, our MV Community committed to logging 50,000 hours of selfless service through May 11, 2022. This impactful opportunity will give us the chance to collectively give back while commemorating Mount Vernon’s 50th year. We ask our community to log every hour served, to reach our goal of 50,000 hours this year. Together we give back. #MVImpact

Mustang Athletic Club and MV Arts Alliance
Joining the Mustang Athletic Club and/or the MV Arts Alliance is a great way to support Mount Vernon students outside of the classroom – on the court, track, and field, or on the stage, in the recording and art studios. 

  • The Mustang Athletic Club is your guide to all things athletics. Whether you have a student-athlete participating or you’re just a Mustang fan, learn more about supporting MV athletes and joining the Mustang Athletic Club.
  • The MV Arts Alliance provides an opportunity for families to support artists – students, faculty, and staff – while building a community of parents and grandparents at the School. Your membership to the MV Arts Alliance helps celebrate all of the School’s artists from Preschool through Upper School. 

A WORD FROM YOUR DIRECTOR OF PRESCHOOL

Do you ever wonder what math instruction looks like in Preschool? Early math skills are seen in daily routines as young children are learning about attributes and patterns, counting with Rekenreks, and positional words like next to, under, above, top, middle, and below. All of the foundational skills are integrated into language development, fine and gross motor skills, social skills, and developing solution seekers. It is amazing to see how much progress your children are making in building a strong sense of numbering, based on the mathematical-inspired provocations, play, and explicit instruction that is happening in Preschool. We encourage you to look for opportunities to discover patterns in your home, count favorite objects, and talk about relative locations. 

All good things,

Caroline Diaz
Director of Preschool | x2329

Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus | x2001

September 5, 2021

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September 5, 2021

Dear Preschool Mustangs,

We loved hosting our families on campus for Curriculum Morning last week. It was fun to have you back on campus, seated in the Kirk Center, building relationships with other parents, sharing your wonders and engaging in a Visible Thinking Routine, just like your children do. The Preschool leadership team talked about Mount Vernon’s mission, The Project Approach, adventures on the Frontier, and the intentional schedule to help your children master foundational skills, build independence, and cultivate an innovative mindset. Please continue to celebrate your child’s learning by observing the documentation displayed outside of the classroom and by logging into Seesaw. 

The fun is just beginning, so please pay careful attention to all that is happening at Mount Vernon in September. Our PlayMaker classes are back for kids, and our Rock the Block Social for adults will have an 80’s theme this year! We would also love to see your whole family cheering on the Mustangs at any softball, volleyball, football, or cross country events.

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 6-10

Monday, September 6: NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, September 7
Fall PlayMaker classes begin

Wednesday, September 8
PK3 – G1 Chapel

Thursday, September 9 
8:30 – 9:30 am Parent University: Essential Partners Virtual Zoom
Equipping Mount Vernon to Dialogue Across Difference: Why do conversations get stuck? Why do discussions sometimes leave participants feeling misunderstood and attacked for their perspective? Essential Partners will lead families through an experiential session designed to equip participants with an understanding of how to shift the dynamics of a stuck conversation to support effective communication. At Mount Vernon, dialogue across difference directly advances the work of IDEA by supporting an environment of listening and inquiry to further understanding—where students are partners in cultivating a community that acknowledges and communicates across differences. Thus, they are prepared to effectively engage with complex issues in their future beyond Mount Vernon, whether at a university campus, in the workplace or boardroom, or on the international stage.

Friday, September 10: Spirit Day
6:30 – 9:30 pm Rock the Block Adult Social (80’s Theme)
Our MV community is ready to socialize! Connect with parents, faculty, staff, grandparents, and alumni (21 and older) to celebrate the School’s 50th year. Join us on campus, dress up in full-on 80’s attire, and relive the neon decade with The Breakfast Club band playing on the Upper Campus lawn from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Purchase tickets prior to September 7.

SAVE THESE DATES

Wednesday, September 22: Late Start
Mount Vernon will implement a late start across all divisions five times this year to allow faculty and staff to participate in cross-divisional professional learning prior to students arriving on campus. On these select days, carpool will begin at 9:10 am and the school day will start at 9:30 am. Childcare will not be available before carpool on either campus. (Remaining four late starts: December 8, January 6, March 23, April 27)

Friday, October 15: Homecoming 
Varsity football kicks off at 4:00 pm against Providence for 2021-2022 Homecoming. Join the festivities as we welcome 14 years of alumni back to campus, crown a new homecoming King and Queen, and continue the celebration of our School’s 50th year. 

Mustang Athletic Club and MV Arts Alliance
Joining the Mustang Athletic Club and/or the MV Arts Alliance is a great way to support Mount Vernon students outside of the classroom – on the court, track, and field, or on the stage, in the recording and art studios. 

  • The Mustang Athletic Club is your guide to all things athletics. Whether you have a student-athlete participating or you’re just a Mustang fan, learn more about supporting MV athletes and joining the Mustang Athletic Club.
  • The MV Arts Alliance provides an opportunity for families to support artists – students, faculty, and staff – while building a community of parents and grandparents at the School. Your membership to the MV Arts Alliance helps celebrate all of the School’s artists from Preschool through Upper School. 

Parent Engagement Opportunities
As a member of the Mount Vernon community – parents and grandparents are automatically a part of the Mount Vernon Parent Network (MVPN), which works to promote a strong sense of community by encouraging MV families to Learn, Serve, and Give. We provide our families the opportunity to support each other, as well as faculty and staff in an informed, welcoming environment. Our success is grounded in a shared mission, supportive community and strong parent participation. If you haven’t already determined how you would like to share your time and talent with the School, please complete this engagement interest form and you will hear back from Hunter Pierce, Director of Community Impact.

Parent University: Wellness Jumpstart Recap
Recently, our parent community joined together on Zoom to learn more about Wellness at Mount Vernon – how students and families are holistically supported throughout the School. The work and the progress being made in every department is focused on the betterment of our community, developing character, empathy, confidence, and safety, in addition to expanding on the foundation of academic growth.Hear from representatives of Community Development, IDEA, Athletics, Arts, Counseling, and Technology Safety.

We hope you are all enjoying your Labor Day Weekend. Did you know the first Labor Day was celebrated in 1882 and continues to be a day dedicated to celebrating the contributions and achievements of American workers? We are certainly celebrating our teachers and encouraging them to rest from their work tomorrow. As a matter of fact, Mrs. Lee led our Preschool chapel last week and reminded us that even God rested on the seventh day. Ask your child if they can remember what Mrs. Lee said about REST and try her four tips as a family:

Relax
Exercise
Silence
Thankfulness

We look forward to seeing everyone back on campus on Tuesday and hearing about the ways you all rested.

All good things,

Caroline Diaz
Director of Preschool | x2329

Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus | x2001

August 29, 2021

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August 29, 2021

Dear Preschool Mustangs,

After the first two weeks back, our Preschoolers have made big adjustments to a different pace of life, new teachers, and new routines. Building on the skills from the previous year and the adventures of the summer, our students’ curiosities are sparked and they are ready for rich learning experiences. Our teachers of the youngest Mustangs are setting the conditions for learning with print and numeracy-rich classrooms, multisensory experiences, intentional play, and lots and lots of love. We have had the opportunity to see your children at morning carpool, be in their classrooms, and observe them on the Frontier, so we want to highlight some of the rich learning going on.

Morning Meetings have been established in all classrooms as an essential part of our students’ day. This routine helps students experience belonging and significance as they see themselves as part of a bigger community. We are all focused on Getting to Know You. As our MV Littles are becoming strong communicators, some will be practicing introducing themselves while others will learn to read and write their full names. 

Morning Meeting supports these skills as a time to welcome each other, share our stories, and learn what we will be doing for the day. Morning Meetings are when we build relationships and take care of our social and emotional needs as learners. 

COVID Landscape
The following reflects the COVID landscape as of Friday, August 27.

Preschool

COVID Positive
0 of 112

Lower Campus & Upper Campus Employees
0 of 257

WEEK OF AUGUST 30 – SEPTEMBER 3

Wednesday, September 1
8:15 – 8:45 am Preschool Curriculum Morning: PK2, in the Kirk Center

Thursday, September 2
8:15 – 8:45 am Preschool Curriculum Morning: PK3, in the Kirk Center

Friday, September 3
8:15 – 8:45 am Preschool Curriculum Morning: PK4/PK5, in the Kirk Center

11:15 am Early Release: Please note that PS-G1 carpool begins at 11:15, and older siblings will also be released at this time to join younger siblings. Extended Play will not be available. 

Save These Dates

Friday, September 10: Rock the Block Adult Social (80’s Theme)
The School’s 5th Rock the Block evening social will be hosted on campus for the first time as we celebrate our parents, grandparents, special guests, faculty, staff, and alumni (21 and older) for our 50th year. The Breakfast Club – an 80’s tribute band – will be playing on the Upper Campus lawn from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Wear your totally tubular 80’s attire. Purchase your tickets today!

Friday, October 15: Homecoming 
Varsity football kicks off at 4:00pm against Providence for 2021-2022 Homecoming. Join the festivities as we welcome 14 years of alumni back to campus, crown a new homecoming King and Queen and King, and continue the celebration of our School’s 50th year. 

As a reminder, Curriculum Morning is an opportunity for parents to come to campus to talk about the big picture ideas for the year from our Preschool Leadership team as well as the knowledge, skills, and dispositions on which each grade level will focus. Please make plans to attend.

We are excited to host our parents on campus. See you in the Kirk Center! 

All good things,

Caroline Diaz
Director of Preschool | x2329

Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus | x2001

August 22, 2021

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August 22, 2021

Dear Preschool Mustangs,

What a great second week of school for our Preschoolers! Two big highlights were chapel on Wednesday in the Sanctuary and Convocation on Friday in the Upper Campus gym. Our PK4 and PK5 students walked over to the Upper Campus to hear Dr. Jacobsen’s message at Convocation. It was exciting to make the walk and sit among our Lower Campus friends. We will continue to explore Dr. Jacobsen’s charge for us all year. Considering questions and ideas like:

  • How might we build bridges between different classes within the Preschool and with other grades in Lower to Upper School?
  • How might we connect to our local community in moments of service, to share our talents and to learn in real and relevant ways?
  • How might we build connections to students around the world that lead to real collaboration around designing solutions to problems?

We appreciate those of you who were able to join us to hear the message, feel the energy, and be inspired to be a part of a community that is making an impact. 

Carpool Tip
Have you noticed afternoon carpool getting quicker? Thanks for working with your child(ren) to learn your family’s carpool number. Additionally, when exiting onto Mt. Vernon Highway in the afternoons, please use your turn signal. This will help our officer direct you and keep carpool moving. 

WEEK OF AUGUST 23-27

Monday, August 23
8:30 – 9:30 am Parent University: Wellness Jumpstart (via Zoom)
Parents are invited to join a Zoom meetup to learn how Mount Vernon is developing relationships and furthering the School’s mission by getting to know each child and family through work related to Academics [Bo Adams], IDEA [Stacey Lee], Athletics [Brad Dehem], Arts [Matt Neylon], Counseling [Kelli Bynum], Technology Safety and Integration [Katie Cain], and Community Engagement [Anne Katz]. 

Join Zoom Meeting

ID: 84259200873 / Passcode: 6n82D9QF

Wednesday, August 25
8:10-8:30 am PK3-G1 Chapel in the Church Sanctuary
We are excited to be back in the Sanctuary for weekly worship. Please note that we are not able to accommodate parents for chapel at this time. 

Friday, August 27: Spirit Day
4:30 pm All-School BBQ at the 1st Varsity Football Home Game
Join our entire community to kick off the football season with a complimentary BBQ tailgate and special gathering spots for new families, grandparents, and alumni. Admission is free for all Mustangs for this first game. Future home game admission is $7.

Save The Date

Friday, September 10: Rock the Block Adult Social (80’s Theme)
The School’s 5th Rock the Block evening social will be hosted on campus for the first time as we celebrate our parents, grandparents, special guests, faculty, staff, and alumni (21 and older) for our 50th year. The Breakfast Club – an 80’s tribute band – will be playing on the Upper Campus lawn from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Wear your totally tubular 80’s attire – more details to come.

Coming Up

Preschool Curriculum Mornings

September 1: PK2, 8:15 – 8:45 am in the Kirk Center
September 2: PK3, 8:15 – 8:45 am in the Kirk Center
September 3: PK4/PK5, 8:15 – 8:45 am in the Kirk Center

We know that your Preschoolers tell you a lot about their brilliant teachers, interactive classrooms, and innovative school, but they may not tell you everything! Curriculum Morning is an opportunity for parents to come learn the rest of the story. You will hear about the big picture ideas for the year from our Preschool Leadership team as well as the knowledge, skills, and dispositions on which each grade level will focus. Please make plans to attend and stick around afterward for a cup of coffee.

We are dedicated to reconnecting and staying connected this year. If available, we encourage you to virtually join the Parent University on August 23. We also hope to see you in person at the varsity football opening game and the Rock the Block Social. We are Mustangs! 

All good things,

Caroline Diaz
Director of Preschool | x2329

Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus | x2001

August 8, 2021

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August 8, 2021

Dear Preschool Mustangs,

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! We are back and excited to begin this school year looking and feeling like the Mount Vernon that we all know and love.

At Mount Vernon, we start with questions, and we know you have many as a new year is upon us. We hope you all took advantage of the opportunity to share a little bit about your child and your family with your new teachers through our Preschool Parent-Share Conferences last Friday. Also, please make sure to attend Orientation on Monday, August 9. As a reminder, please review the School’s COVID Protocols & Mitigation Strategies released last week. We look forward to welcoming you and your little ones back on campus to meet your teachers, explore new rooms, and reunite with friends.

WEEK OF AUGUST 9-13

Monday, August 9
PK2 and PK3 Orientation 9:00-10:00 am in the Sanctuary Building
PK4 Orientation 10:30-11:30 am in the Education Building
PK5 Orientation 10:30-11:30 am in the Sanctuary Building

Tuesday, August 10
First Day of School
Preschool Tears and Cheers Coffee 8:00-10:00 am

Friday, August 13
Spirit Day

Carpool
Preschool morning carpool begins at 7:30 am and the school day starts at 8:00 am. Students will be released at 3:00 for afternoon carpool. While there will be assistance during both morning and afternoon carpools, please take a moment to review and become familiar with carpool details for PK2-PK5.

Save the Date
Monday, August 16: Vaccine Clinic for 12+
Providing an additional layer of protection within the MV community, the School will offer a vaccine clinic free of charge for students who are 12 years old, faculty, parents, and grandparents. More details will be shared later this week regarding times, process, and required forms.

Coming Up
Did you know that Mount Vernon is turning 50 this year? From a Preschooler’s perspective, that is really old! We will be doing a lot to celebrate the School’s birthday, so be on the lookout for fun celebrations coming your way.

Our teachers have been working hard this summer to plan an engaging first week of school for your little ones. We will focus on relationship and community building to build your student’s confidence and excitement about returning to the School. The Preschool leadership team facilitated robust training this past week to further equip our teachers with the latest research about student development, neuroscience, competency-based learning, and creating a culture of belonging. Meet our newest Preschool faculty.

Important Preschool Contacts
Terence (TJ) Sanders, Preschool Executive Assistant | x2303
Angie Bush, Lower Campus Head of Learning and Innovation l x2012
Elisse Hayes, Lower Campus Head of Community and Culture | x2022
Samantha Flowers, Director of Academic Resources l x2007
Anna Stoller, Lower Campus School Nurse | x2010
Stephanie Corbett, Lower Campus Counselor | x2021

We can’t wait to see familiar faces and welcome new ones.

All good things,

Caroline Diaz
Director of Preschool | x2329

Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus | x2001

August 15, 2021

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August 15, 2021

Dear Preschool Mustangs,

Going back to school evokes so many emotions – excitement, jitters, cheers, and even a few parent tears. However, the start of this school year has been truly magical in the Preschool. Our little Mustangs jumped right back into asking bold questions, making big observations, and connecting with old and new friends. Our Infants-PK2 students have all enjoyed music with Mrs. Kim. Our PK3-PK5 students visited the new early childhood visual arts studio with Mrs. Cheryl in the Activities Building STEAM wing. Ms. Shay has a new early childhood performing arts studio in the Activities Building as well, and all of our students maintained their dancing skills over the summer.

Within each homeroom, we focused on building a united community, setting norms, and establishing routines for a successful year. Of course, all children have enjoyed time on the Frontier, the School’s natural playground that promotes fine and gross motor development, social skills, and imaginative play.

COVID Landscape
As communicated in the July 30 COVID announcement, the School has designed a set of thorough and thoughtful COVID protocols and mitigation strategies influenced by, among other things, the interdependence of the following factors: recommendations from public health officials; consulting with experts within the Mount Vernon community; proven effectiveness of multiple layers of mitigation strategies; analysis of COVID positive cases and transmission data at the School; real-time COVID data in counties surrounding the School; strong vaccination rates for age-eligible adults and students (12+); maintaining as many students on campus as possible and preventing extended periods of being sent home; affect on social-emotional health of students and faculty/staff members; and impact on the quality of teaching and learning between teachers and students.

After the first week of school, the following reflects the COVID landscape as of Friday, August 13.

Preschool

COVID Positive

0 of 113

Direct Exposure

0 of 113

Upper Campus Lower Campus Faculty/Staff

0 of 257
0 of 257

Carpool reminders

  • The first week of school has the longest carpools. Thank you for being patient with us as everyone learns the system.
  • Students will be released once their respective car is in the carpool line. For everyone’s safety, please do not park and walk up to retrieve your student. If you walk to school, please let us know.
  • Carpool numbers are important. For families who participate in afternoon carpool, please work with your child to learn your carpool number. Additionally, please clearly display your carpool number in your car. The best way to expedite afternoon carpool is for students to know and parents to show their carpool numbers.

WEEK OF AUGUST 16-20

Monday, August 16
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Vaccine Clinic in the Black Box Theatre in the Upper School Building
Mount Vernon is offering a COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine clinic, free of charge, administered by Briarcliff Health Mart Pharmacy on Monday August 16, 2021 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Upper School Building for all age-eligible students (12 or older), employees, and parents that would like to participate. In order to receive a COVID-19 vaccine please complete both forms below and bring them to the vaccine clinic. 1) Briarcliff Health Mart Vaccine Immunization Form, and 2) Mount Vernon School Consent, Waiver & Release Form

Wednesday, August 18
8:10-8:30 PK3-G1 Chapel in the Church Sanctuary
We are excited to be back in the Sanctuary for weekly worship. Please note that we are not able to accommodate parents for chapel at this time.

Friday, August 20
Spirit Day: MV spirit shirt with uniform bottom or jeans

8:45 am Convocation for PK4-Grade 5: Students, parents and faculty/staff are invited to the Upper Campus gym to hear Dr. Jacobsen and Head Prefect Jaden Ward set the tone for the 2021-2022 school year, the School’s 50th.

Save These Dates

Friday, August 27: All-School BBQ at the 1st Varsity Football Home Game
Join our entire community to kick off the football season with a BBQ tailgate and special gathering spots for new families, grandparents, and alumni.

Friday, September 10: Rock the Block Parent Social
The School’s 5th Rock the Block evening social will be hosted on campus for the first time as we celebrate our parents, grandparents, special guests, and alumni during our 50th year. More details coming soon.

Important Preschool Contacts
Terence (TJ) Sanders, Preschool Executive Assistant | x2303
Angie Bush, Lower Campus Head of Learning and Innovation l x2012
Elisse Hayes, Lower Campus Head of Community and Culture | x2022
Samantha Flowers, Director of Academic Resources l x2007
Anna Stoller, Lower Campus School Nurse | x2010
Stephanie Corbett, Lower Campus Counselor | x2021

Ask your child to share some of their favorite moments from their first week of school with you. We encourage you to ask open-ended questions and use prompts such as, “tell me more…”

All good things,

Caroline Diaz
Director of Preschool | x2329

Shelley Searcy
Head of Lower Campus | x2001

Divisional Updates

Preschool Updates
Lower School Updates
Middle School Updates
Upper School Updates

 

COVID Contact Information

COVID Information Line: 678.515.4891
COVID Information Email:
[email protected]
COVID eFax Line: 404.591.1441

 

Community Development:
Learn, Serve, Give

The MV Fund
The MVat50 Benefit
MVCares
Mount Vernon Parent Network
MV Serves

 

Quick Links

Veracross Parent Portal
Parent Portal Presentation
Seesaw
COVID Protocols
School Calendar
Faculty/Staff Directory