Back-to-School Details

Dear EMS students and parents,

At EMS we embrace daily the vision to reflect Christ's light as a learning community where every student belongs, thrives, and lives God's call. For over 102 years EMS faculty, staff, and students have worked together to call students to faith, academic excellence, integrity, and compassionate service in our community and around the world.

Our mission and vision have taken on new meaning. Yet despite the uncertainty, we are excited about the many new things that have been happening and we are looking forward to a successful year of learning and growing together.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns about anything relating to upcoming year.

Warmly,

Justin King (HS Principal) and Maria Archer (K-8 Principal)

EMS anticipates an “Every Student, Every Day” plan to open for the 2020-21 academic year beginning on Tuesday, August 25.

This decision comes after consultation with medical advisors, faculty, parents, the EMS Board of Directors, and the Virginia Department of Health. The VDH believes our advantages of a smaller community, use of mostly private transportation, conscientious families for home health screening, and mitigation plans that meet or exceed state requirements for schools allows for operating in person.

See the COVID-19 Announcements page for the latest regarding schedule and details.

These documents are important for keeping our community safe this fall:

2020-21 Calendar

Please note that the downloadable pdf calendar below is subject to change and will not be updated after the start of the school year. Any changes to events will appear on the website calendar. Updates and reminders will also appear in the weekly email newsletters (EMES Notes and the EMS Blazin' Bulletin).

Daily Schedule

Please note that the downloadable pdf schedule below may be adjusted occasionally during the school year to accommodate special events. Please refer to the weekly email newsletters, EMES Notes (Elementary) and Blazin' Bulletin (Middle & High), for upcoming schedule changes.

EMS Student Handbook - This is our guide for working and learning together! Please review it with your student before the start of the school year. Hard copies are available upon request.

The following online forms must be filled out prior to the beginning of the school year. All of these forms are optional. Complete them based on your family's needs. Contact the front office with any questions.

School supplies lists:

From Joanna Moyer Diener, Health Cooridinator

Please make sure your student's required health forms/immunizations are up to date and submitted (especially important for new students).

Immunizations:

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) encourages school divisions to communicate the importance of getting immunizations and physicals required for school enrollment to parents or guardians of school-age children. For the parents of rising 6th and 7th graders, required immunizations include Human Papillomavirus (HPV) for girls entering sixth grade; and a Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (Tdap) booster for entry into seventh grade.”

Medications and required forms for Epi-pens and Inhalers

If your student will need to take any medications during the school day, please note that these must be stored in the Counseling Office, where students can come as needed to take them. All medications must be clearly labeled, in their original container and a Medication Authorization Form must be completed. A physician /provider signature is required on this form if  the medication is to be given longer than 10 working days, if the package states “Consult Physician,” or if there is a discrepancy between parents’ instructions and label/packaging instructions. A physician signature is always required for Epipens, inhalers, and medications for diabetes.

Additionally, as required by law, any students who have asthma and have an inhaler at school, or who have a severe/life-threatening allergy and carry an Epi-pen, must also complete an Action/Emergency Care Plan, including a provider's signature. This form must be completed annually. If applicable to your student, please submit these completed forms to school along with the prescription inhaler or epinephrine auto-injector: Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan, Asthma Care Plan.

Parent & Student Account Access & Information - The following links and services are accessable through the Parent Portal, which is available year-round from the school's home page. Bookmark and familiarize yourself with it for quick access whenever you need to check on your students’ assignments, grades, tuition information, and more.

  • PowerSchool Unified Classroom - All parents created accounts in PowerSchool during the spring registration process. PowerSchool allows you to monitor your student’s school activity including assignments, grades, attendance, and more. You may also set preferences for how often and what type of notifications you wish to receive. Students will use PS Unified Classroom to view assignments, due dates, grades, and more.
  • FACTS - EMS uses FACTS Management Company to manage all tuition accounts, financial aid processing, and billing. You can view your tuition plan, details of incidental charges and school fees, copies of email correspondence, and change or update your bank information and notification settings. All parents were directed to create a FACTS account during the spring registration process. For questions regarding FACTS or if you have trouble logging in, please contact Susie Hardy in the business office (hardys@easternmennonite.org).
  • MealTime - EMS uses MealTime to maintain lunch accounts. MealTime balances are imported monthly into our FACTS billing system so that you do NOT need to add money to your student’s MealTime account. Creating an account is OPTIONAL, but allows you, the parent, access to see all the lunch activity for your student in one place (meals eaten, a la carte items purchased, and balance accrued). Students are charged only for the lunches they eat. Students who are absent or who pack lunches will not be charged for lunch. EMS offers a discount if you pay for the whole year of lunches. $612 for the year which works out to 10 FREE lunches! To take advantage of this option, please contact Chris Eberly in the business office eberlyc@easternmennonite.org.