Summer Journaling

The past couple of news posts have given you some ideas for reading, math, and geography activities to keep bored children engaged in learning over the summer months. This post’s focus is on writing and science. Writing is an important form of communication and a skill that needs practice in order to improve. Journaling is a great way to get children to practice writing in a fun and relaxed way. Need some ideas? Check out this list of journaling ideas and writing prompts, all focused on a summertime theme, from the Montgomery, MD schools: Journaling Ideas. Enjoy!

Solar Eclipse on August 21st!

There will be a solar eclipse on August 21st! Although New England won’t get a full view, we will be able to see a partial eclipse. This is a great opportunity for some science learning! The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has a website dedicated to this event with all sorts of ideas, tips for viewing the eclipse safely, events, and other interesting activities to explore. There are downloadable maps and other tools that can be used to learn more about this event for all ages – a great family resource! Check it out at

Introduction to Canvas

We are moving closer to getting student accounts up and running in Canvas, our new Learning Management System. Here’s a video that will introduce you to our new learning platform and give you a tour/overview of what the new system will look like. We hope you will find it informative.

A survey was emailed out today for families to request computer equipment. Please be sure to check your email for this important survey. We’d appreciate hearing back from you by Friday, August 4th. If you did not receive the email, send an email to and we’ll see to it that you get the link.

Just a reminder that school starts for students on August 30th. You can see our calendar for the school year by clicking on this link: MAVA 2017-18 Calendar_Board Approved.

Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer! Keep your eyes out for information on orientation sessions on our new systems for families coming in the next couple of weeks!

Regards, Dr. Judith Houle, Executive Director