Glen Haven Weekly Scoop: Week of October 14

This Week and Next:        

  • Oct 1-31 – Kids Helping Kids food drive!
  • Oct 14 – Columbus Day: Open house for parents & guardians (9 am – 11 am)
  • Oct 14-18 – Scholastic Book Fair; Reading Spirit Week!!
  • Oct 17 – Fall Academic Night (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Oct 23-31 – Red Ribbon week
  • Oct 24 – Bright Smiles, Bright Futures dental van visit! No school for Pre-K students (Pre-K Professional Development day)
  • Oct 25 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)

Announcements:

  • The Scholastic Book Fair is this week!  Join us Monday through Thursday 8:30am-3:15pm, Thursday during Academic Night and Friday 8:30am-12pm to find exciting books for your students. If you can’t make it to the fair in person, you can shop the online fair here and have books shipped directly to your home! Come look for books for your family or consider purchasing a book from your students’ class wishlists.  All purchases benefit our school!

 

  • October 14-18 – Reading Spirit week! Show your SOARing Eagle Spirit every day!
    • Oct 14: Read My Shirt day: Wear a shirt others can read.
    • Oct 15: Reading Will Knock Your Socks Off day: Wear crazy or mismatched socks.
    • Oct 16: Exercise Your Brain, Read a Book day: Wear your favorite workout or exercise gear.
    • Oct 17: Cozy Up to a Good Book day: Wear your favorite pajamas! No slippers, please.
    • Oct 18 – Glen Haven Reads Together day: Wear GHES gear or green/blue. Show that everyone reads at Glen Haven!

 

  • The community is invited to attend “Arrive Alive: A Safe Routes to School Forum,” hosted by the Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations (MCCPTA) and the Montgomery County Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee (PBTSAC). This free event will be held Saturday October 19 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, and will bring together stakeholders determined to ensure the walking and busing routes for students are safe. Sidewalks, cycling paths, bus stop locations, and parent drop-off loops are all important components of keeping kids safe as they walk and ride to school. We welcome parents, students, concerned neighbors, and anyone who wants to walk or ride a bike safely near a Montgomery County school. Community members, parents, students, teachers and Principals, MCPS Departments of Transportation and Curriculum staff, MCPD, staff from the Montgomery County Planning Department, Montgomery County Department of Transportation, Members of the Board of Education, Council members and the County Executive will have an opportunity for direct engagement and feedback.

 

  • We have a great opportunity coming up!  We are excited that the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures dental van will be visiting Glen Haven Elementary School on Thursday, October 24, 2019. The Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Program, The Junior League, and the Metropolitan Kappa Youth Foundation have formed a partnership to provide free dental screenings and education to children between the ages of 1-12 years old.  Your child will receive free dental screening and will be taught how to brush, floss, and the importance of eating healthy foods and visiting the dentist. Consent forms will be sent home next week. Please return the signed form to Rebecca Willis by Friday, October 18. Thank you!

 

  • Win an ice cream party and gift cards! It’s time for PTA’s annual class competitions- this year there are TWO!
    • The first is for a class ice cream party– The class with the most PTA members by the end of October will win an ice cream party!
    • The second competition is a parent raffle! This year, we will be doing a raffle for parents/guardians who become PTA members by the end of October! Possible prizes could include gift cards to a local grocery store, Glen Haven merchandise, or gift certificates for Glen Haven after school programs. Winners will be picked and announced at PTA meetings (no attendance required, though!)
    • Please help your children(s) class(es) win by submitting a membership and encouraging others to do so! Memberships are just $10 and they are not limited to parents: grandparents, other family members, friends, and neighbors can support the school by joining!       Simply complete and return the membership form with payment to your child’s teacher (click https://ghespta.org/2019/09/10/glen-haven-pta-membership-form-2019-2020/)

 

  • Kids Helping Kids food drive! For the entire month of October, our school will be collecting non-perishable food items to help fight hunger in Montgomery County. Donations go to Manna Food Center. Most needed items include:
    • Grains: instant oatmeal packets (original); brown rice; whole grain pastas
    • Proteins: tuna, salmon, chicken (in water); dry/canned beans (low sodium); natural nut butters
    • Fruits and veggies: canned vegetables (low sodium); canned fruit (in juice); fruit cups
    • Other healthy items: shelf-stable, individual milk boxes; cooking oils and spices; instant formula and baby food

 

  • Family Movie Night: Join us Friday November 15 for Toy Story 4! FREE admission and concessions will be for sale. Wear your PJs and bring a blanket to sit on! Doors open at 6:30 pm, movie starts at 7:00 pm. *This is not a drop off event, a parent or guardian must be present*

 

  • Positive Communication with Your Child. Is it difficult to interact with your child? During this workshop, you will learn strategies to strengthen family communication, explore techniques to understand verbal cues, and establish age appropriate expectations for behavior and consequences. Presented by Parent Assistant Resource (PAR). Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students. Join us Wednesday November 20 for Parent Academy: Positive Communication (GHES Media Center; 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm).

 

Reminders:

  • School Hours are 9:00 am – 3:25 pm (doors open at 8:40).       Please be mindful that instruction for students begins at 9 am. Because we want to assure that students have the entire school day to use for lessons and school work, parents who need to be in the building at or after 9 am will need a guest sticker.
  • MCPS provides meals for students with negative account balances through Dine with Dignity program. Launched in November 2018, the Dine with Dignity program allows students with negative account balances to enjoy traditional breakfast and lunch choices at no cost. Families will be asked to pay off, or to contribute within their means when they can, toward the outstanding balance on their student’s lunch account; the Dine with Dignity Fund pays the remainder.

 

Other ways to help out the PTA:

  • Help our PTA by purchasing items with the Box Tops for Education logo then clip and send them to school to be collected.  The classroom that submits the most Box Tops each month will celebrate with a popcorn party and an overall winner will get a class pizza party at the end of the school year!
  • Sign up for eScrip at escrip.com earn special savings for you and money for the Glen Haven PTA.
  • We now have a new way to support your Glen Haven PTA! If you shop on Amazon, use our Amazon Smile link (https://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-6018965) to donate some of the proceeds for your purchase to Glen Haven PTA. You’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to the Glen Haven PTA!
  • Register your Giant card at https://giantfood.com/school-rewards/.  For each purchase that you make, Giant will donate to Glen Haven Elementary.

Class Dojo:  Please make sure you set up a Class Dojo account for your child.  Your child’s teacher has the information regarding how to set this up or you can click on this link- https://classdojo.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/205417305-Create-a-Parent-Account#web. The school uses Class Dojo for most communications so it is very important for you to have access to your child’s account and check for announcements daily.

Like us on Facebook!  Glen Haven PTA @glenhavenpta (https://www.facebook.com/glenhavenpta/)

Community Events and News:

 Story Time at the National Postal Museum. Taking place every Monday, the program includes a book reading and activities for little ones in the museum’s education space. Stay to explore the rest of the museum, which is full of interactive exhibits that all ages can enjoy. Story Time is at 10:30am and repeated at 11am. Admission is free. Check out their calendar: https://postalmuseum.si.edu/visit/calendar.html

Montgomery Parks Programs and Activities – Montgomery County Recreation and Montgomery Parks have hundreds of exciting programs and classes to promote active and healthy lifestyles. For more information, visit ActiveMONTGOMERY (https://apm.activecommunities.com/montgomerycounty).

Local Libraries

(http://host.evanced.info/montgomerycountymd/evanced/eventcalendar)

Silver Spring Library

 Ongoing:

  • Chess Club (Tuesdays at 3:00 pm)
  • Baby Storytime (Tuesdays at 10:30 am and 11:30 am)
  • Preschool Story Time (Tuesdays 1:30 pm)
  • Pajama Story Time (Tuesdays 6:30 pm)
  • Toddler Story Time (Wednesdays at 10:30 am and 11:30 am)
  • Lego Weekend Play (Saturdays at 12:30 pm; Sundays at 1 pm)

 

Wheaton Library

Ongoing:

    • Toddler Storytime (Wednesdays at 10:30 am)
    • Building Block Time (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 am)

 

Kensington Park Library

Ongoing:

    • Pajama Storytime (Mondays at 7 pm)
    • Chess Club (Tuesdays at 6 pm)
    • Storytime for Babies (Wednesdays at 10:30 am)
    • Storytime for Toddlers and Preschoolers (Wednesdays at 11:15 am)
    • Homework Help (Thursdays at 5:30 pm)

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School Information for Parents:

Parent guides to the Elementary school curriculum: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/elementary/guides.aspx

The MCPS Parent Academy – The Parent Academy is designed to inform and empower families as advocates and partners in their children’s education. Workshops provide families useful information that will help them support their children’s academic and social-emotional well-being, as well as helping them to be college and career ready. Sign up for FREE workshops at www.mcpsparentacademy.org

  • Some great-sounding ones coming up include:
    • Effective Parent-Teacher Conferences workshop: Nov 6, 7-8:30 pm
    • MCPS Mental Health Fair: Nov 9, 10 am – 2 pm
    • Supporting LGBTQ Youth: Nov 14, 7-8:30 pm

Student safety: As parents and caregivers, we often have questions about student safety. You can find information about how Montgomery County Public Schools approaches student safety at https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2018-2019/Ensuring-Student-Safety.html

A Look Ahead:

  • Oct 31 – Class PTA membership contest ends!
  • November is Military Family month!!
  • Nov 5 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Nov 8 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm)
  • Nov 11 & 12 – Early release days for all students (12:55 pm); Parent-Teacher conferences
  • Nov 15 – Family Movie Night: Toy Story 4
  • Nov 20 – Parent Academy: Positive Communication (GHES Media Center 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm);Report cards distributed
  • Nov 22 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • Nov 25 – Coat Drive begins!!
  • Nov 26 – International Night (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Nov 27 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm)
  • Nov 28 & 29 – Thanksgiving; offices and schools closed
  • Dec 3 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Dec 12 – No school for Pre-K students (Pre-K Professional Development day)
  • Dec 16-20 – PBIS Spirit week
  • Dec 20 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am); Winter Sing-a-Long (Pre-K-2nd; 2 pm – 2:45 pm); Winter Wonderland class activities (2:45 pm – 3:15 pm)
  • Dec 23-31 – Winter break: No school for students and teachers; Offices closed Dec 24-2
  • Jan 1 – New Year’s Day: offices and schools closed
  • Jan 7 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Jan 10 – Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Pennies for Patients” kick-off assembly (Pre-K-2nd grades 9:30 am – 10 am; 3rd-5th grades 10:15 am – 10:45 am)
  • Jan 14 – Winter Concert (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Jan 20 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: offices and schools closed
  • Jan 24 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm); 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • Jan 27 – Professional day for teachers; no school for students
  • Jan 27-31 – The Great Kindness Challenge
  • Feb 4 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm); Report cards distributed
  • Feb 7 – Drama Club Carnival!! (6:30 pm – 8:30 pm)
  • Feb 12 – No school for Pre-K students (Pre-K Professional Development day)
  • Feb 17 – President’s Day: offices and schools closed
  • Feb 28 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm); 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • March is the Month of the Military Caregiver!!
  • Mar 3 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Mar 27 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm); 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • Mar 30-April 3 – College and Career Awareness week!!
  • April is the Month of the Military Child!!
  • April 2 – Light it Up Blue (Autism awareness)
  • April 3 – Career Day (9:15 am – 11:15 am); STEAM Day (1:15 pm – 3:15 pm)
  • Apr 6-13 Spring Break: No school for students and teachers; Offices closed April 10 and 13
  • April 14 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm); National Assistant Principal’s Day!!
  • April 15 – Drama Club parent meeting (7:30 pm – 8 pm); Report cards distributed
  • April 22 – Secretaries Day!!
  • April 23 – Take your Child to Work day!!
  • April 24 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am); Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast (9:45 am – 10:45 am)
  • April 28 – No school for students and teachers
  • April 30 – Spring Academic Night (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • May is National Military Appreciation Month and Children’s Mental Health Month!!
  • May 1 – School Principal’s Day!!
  • May 4-8 – Teacher Appreciation Week!!
  • May 5 ­- Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • May 6 – National School Nurse Day!
  • May 12 – Spring Concert (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • May 22 – Drama Club performance (7pm – 8:30 pm)
  • May 25 – Memorial Day: Offices and schools closed
  • May 29 – Drama Club performance (7pm – 8:30 pm)
  • June 2 – Pre-K-2nd Field Day; Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • June 3 – 3-5 Field Day
  • June 10 – Pre- K Promotion Celebration (9:30 am – 10:30 am)
  • June 11 – Grades 1 & 2 Awards Assembly (2 pm – 3 pm); Grades 3 & 4 Awards Assembly & Picnic (9:30 am – 10:30 am); Grade 5 Promotion (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • June 12 – Kindergarten Promotion & Picnic (10 am – 11 am)
  • June 15 – Last day of school for students!!! Early release day for all students (12:55 pm)
  • June 16 – Professional day for teachers
  • **June 23 – Report cards mailed home

 

 

Glen Haven Weekly Scoop: Week of October 7

This Week and Next:        

  • Oct 1-31 – Kids Helping Kids food drive!
  • Oct 9 – No school for students and teachers
  • Oct 14 – Columbus Day: Open house for parents & guardians (9 am – 11 am)
  • Oct 14-18 – Scholastic Book Fair
  • Oct 17 – Fall Academic Night (6:30 pm – 8 pm)

Announcements:

  • Kids Helping Kids food drive! For the entire month of October, our school will be collecting non-perishable food items to help fight hunger in Montgomery County. Donations go to Manna Food Center. Most needed items include:
    • Grains: instant oatmeal packets (original); brown rice; whole grain pastas
    • Proteins: tuna, salmon, chicken (in water); dry/canned beans (low sodium); natural nut butters
    • Fruits and veggies: canned vegetables (low sodium); canned fruit (in juice); fruit cups
    • Other healthy items: shelf-stable, individual milk boxes; cooking oils and spices; instant formula and baby food
  • Scholastic Book Fair: Mark your calendars, Glen Haven families! Our Scholastic Book Fair starts Oct 14 and runs through Oct 18. Come look for books for your family or consider purchasing a book from your students’ class wishlists.  All purchases benefit our school!
  • The community is invited to attend “Arrive Alive: A Safe Routes to School Forum,” hosted by the Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations (MCCPTA) and the Montgomery County Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee (PBTSAC). This free event will be held Saturday October 19 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, and will bring together stakeholders determined to ensure the walking and busing routes for students are safe. Sidewalks, cycling paths, bus stop locations, and parent drop-off loops are all important components of keeping kids safe as they walk and ride to school. We welcome parents, students, concerned neighbors, and anyone who wants to walk or ride a bike safely near a Montgomery County school. Community members, parents, students, teachers and Principals, MCPS Departments of Transportation and Curriculum staff, MCPD, staff from the Montgomery County Planning Department, Montgomery County Department of Transportation, Members of the Board of Education, Council members and the County Executive will have an opportunity for direct engagement and feedback.
  •  Win an ice cream party and gift cards! It’s time for PTA’s annual class competitions- this year there are TWO!
    • The first is for a class ice cream party– The class with the most PTA members by the end of October will win an ice cream party!
    • The second competition is a parent raffle! This year, we will be doing a raffle for parents/guardians who become PTA members by the end of October! Possible prizes could include gift cards to a local grocery store, Glen Haven merchandise, or gift certificates for Glen Haven after school programs.       Winners will be picked and announced at PTA meetings (no attendance required, though!)
    • Please help your children(s) class(es) win by submitting a membership and encouraging others to do so! Memberships are just $10 and they are not limited to parents: grandparents, other family members, friends, and neighbors can support the school by joining!       Simply complete and return the membership form with payment to your child’s teacher (click https://ghespta.org/2019/09/10/glen-haven-pta-membership-form-2019-2020/)
  • We have a great opportunity coming up!  We are excited that the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures dental van will be visiting Glen Haven Elementary School on Thursday, October 24, 2019. The Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Program, The Junior League, and the Metropolitan Kappa Youth Foundation have formed a partnership to provide free dental screenings and education to children between the ages of 1-12 years old.  Your child will receive free dental screening and will be taught how to brush, floss, and the importance of eating healthy foods and visiting the dentist. Consent forms will be sent home next week. Please return the signed form to Rebecca Willis by Friday, October 18. Thank you!
  • Glen Haven Family Movie Night: Be on the lookout for our Fall family Movie Night, date TBD!
  • Positive Communication With Your Child. Is it difficult to interact with your child? During this workshop, you will learn strategies to strengthen family communication, explore techniques to understand verbal cues, and establish age appropriate expectations for behavior and consequences. Presented by Parent Assistant Resource (PAR). Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students. Join us Wednesday November 20 for Parent Academy: Positive Communication (GHES Media Center; 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm).

Reminders:

  • School Hours are 9:00 am – 3:25 pm (doors open at 8:40).       Please be mindful that instruction for students begins at 9 am. Because we want to assure that students have the entire school day to use for lessons and school work, parents who need to be in the building at or after 9 am will need a guest sticker.
  • MCPS provides meals for students with negative account balances through Dine with Dignity program. Launched in November 2018, the Dine with Dignity program allows students with negative account balances to enjoy traditional breakfast and lunch choices at no cost. Families will be asked to pay off, or to contribute within their means when they can, toward the outstanding balance on their student’s lunch account; the Dine with Dignity Fund pays the remainder. Community members who would like to contribute to the Dine with Dignity Fund can donate online at: https://www.mcpsfoundation.org/pages/our-programs/dine-with-dignity-program

Other ways to help out the PTA:

  • Help our PTA by purchasing items with the Box Tops for Education logo then clip and send them to school to be collected.  The classroom that submits the most Box Tops each month will celebrate with a popcorn party and an overall winner will get a class pizza party at the end of the school year!
  • Sign up for eScrip at escrip.com earn special savings for you and money for the Glen Haven PTA.
  • We now have a new way to support your Glen Haven PTA! If you shop on Amazon, use our Amazon Smile link (https://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-6018965) to donate some of the proceeds for your purchase to Glen Haven PTA. You’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to the Glen Haven PTA!
  • Register your Giant card at https://giantfood.com/school-rewards/.  For each purchase that you make, Giant will donate to Glen Haven Elementary.

Class Dojo:  Please make sure you set up a Class Dojo account for your child.  Your child’s teacher has the information regarding how to set this up or you can click on this link- https://classdojo.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/205417305-Create-a-Parent-Account#web. The school uses Class Dojo for most communications so it is very important for you to have access to your child’s account and check for announcements daily.

Like us on Facebook!  Glen Haven PTA @glenhavenpta (https://www.facebook.com/glenhavenpta/)

Community Events and News:

Story Time at the National Postal Museum. Taking place every Monday, the program includes a book reading and activities for little ones in the museum’s education space. Stay to explore the rest of the museum, which is full of interactive exhibits that all ages can enjoy. Story Time is at 10:30am and repeated at 11am. Admission is free. Check out their calendar: https://postalmuseum.si.edu/visit/calendar.html

Montgomery Parks Programs and Activities – Montgomery County Recreation and Montgomery Parks have hundreds of exciting programs and classes to promote active and healthy lifestyles. For more information, visit ActiveMONTGOMERY (https://apm.activecommunities.com/montgomerycounty).

Local Libraries

(http://host.evanced.info/montgomerycountymd/evanced/eventcalendar)

Silver Spring Library

Special Events:

  • Early Learning with the Infants and Toddlers Program(10/07 at 10:30 am)
    • Does your child have difficulty following the activity of a typical storytime? Montgomery County Infants and Toddlers will present a special early learning program for 24 months- 4 years for a very limited group of families. Please register starting September 30th (8pm) for an eight week session. Families will be expected to attend all eight sessions. 5th floor program room.

Ongoing:

  • Chess Club (Tuesdays at 3:00 pm)
  • Baby Storytime (Tuesdays at 10:30 am and 11:30 am)
  • Preschool Story Time(Tuesdays 1:30 pm)
  • Pajama Story Time (Tuesdays 6:30 pm)
  • Toddler Story Time (Wednesdays at 10:30 am and 11:30 am)
  • Lego Weekend Play (Saturdays at 12:30 pm; Sundays at 1 pm)

Wheaton Library

Ongoing:

    • Toddler Storytime (Wednesdays at 10:30 am)
    • Building Block Time (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 am)

Kensington Park Library

Special Events:

  • Yoga and Mindfulness for Preschoolers (10/05 at 10:30 am)
    • For ages 2-5 and their families. Bring your own mat or towel as there will only be a limited supply available. Join us for 45 minutes of uninterrupted, tech-free family time in which every single person gets to stretch, move, laugh and relax. This Yoga event is presented by Starlight Family Yoga.
  • Yoga and Mindfulness for Elementary Age (10/05 at 11:30 am)
    • For ages 6-10 and their families. Bring your own mat or towel as there will only be a limited supply available. Join us for 45 minutes of uninterrupted, tech-free family time in which every single person gets to stretch, move, laugh and relax. This Yoga event is presented by Starlight Family Yoga.

Ongoing:

    • Pajama Storytime (Mondays at 7 pm)
    • Chess Club (Tuesdays at 6 pm)
    • Storytime for Babies (Wednesdays at 10:30 am)
    • Storytime for Toddlers and Preschoolers (Wednesdays at 11:15 am)
    • Homework Help(Thursdays at 5:30 pm)

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School Information for Parents:

Parent guides to the Elementary school curriculum: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/elementary/guides.aspx

The MCPS Parent Academy – The Parent Academy is designed to inform and empower families as advocates and partners in their children’s education. Workshops provide families useful information that will help them support their children’s academic and social-emotional well-being, as well as helping them to be college and career ready. Sign up for FREE workshops at www.mcpsparentacademy.org

Student safety: As parents and caregivers, we often have questions about student safety. You can find information about how Montgomery County Public Schools approaches student safety at https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2018-2019/Ensuring-Student-Safety.html

A Look Ahead:

  • Oct 25 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • Oct 23-31 – Red Ribbon week
  • Oct 24 – Bright Smiles, Bright Futures dental van visit!
  • Oct 31 – Class PTA membership contest ends!
  • November is Military Family month!!
  • Nov 5 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Nov 8 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm)
  • Nov 11 & 12 – Early release days for all students (12:55 pm); Parent-Teacher conferences
  • Nov 20 – Parent Academy: Positive Communication (GHES Media Center
  • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm);Report cards distributed
  • Nov 22 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • Nov 25 – Coat Drive begins!!
  • Nov 26 – International Night (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Nov 27 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm)
  • Nov 28 & 29 – Thanksgiving; offices and schools closed
  • Dec 3 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Dec 16-20 – PBIS Spirit week
  • Dec 20 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am); Winter Sing-a-Long (Prek-2nd; 2 pm – 2:45 pm); Winter Wonderland class activities (2:45 pm – 3:15 pm)
  • Dec 23-31 – Winter break: No school for students and teachers; Offices closed Dec 24-25
  • Jan 1 – New Year’s Day: offices and schools closed
  • Jan 7 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Jan 10 – Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Pennies for Patients” kick-off assembly (PreK-2nd grades 9:30 am – 10 am; 3rd-5th grades 10:15 am – 10:45 am)
  • Jan 14 – Winter Concert (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Jan 20 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: offices and schools closed
  • Jan 24 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm); 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • Jan 27 – Professional day for teachers; no school for students
  • Jan 27-31 – The Great Kindness Challenge
  • Feb 4 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm); Report cards distributed
  • Feb 7 – Drama Club Carnival!! (6:30 pm – 8:30 pm)
  • Feb 17 – President’s Day: offices and schools closed
  • Feb 28 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm); 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • March is the Month of the Military Caregiver!!
  • Mar 3 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Mar 27 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm); 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • Mar 30-April 3 – College and Career Awareness week!!
  • April is the Month of the Military Child!!
  • April 2 – Light it Up Blue (Autism awareness)
  • April 3 – Career Day (9:15 am – 11:15 am); STEAM Day (1:15 pm – 3:15 pm)
  • Apr 6-13 Spring Break: No school for students and teachers; Offices closed April 10 and 13
  • April 14 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm); National Assistant Principal’s Day!!
  • April 15 – Drama Club parent meeting (7:30 pm – 8 pm); Report cards distributed
  • April 22 – Secretaries Day!!
  • April 23 – Take your Child to Work day!!
  • April 24 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am); Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast (9:45 am – 10:45 am)
  • April 28 – No school for students and teachers
  • April 30 – Spring Academic Night (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • May is National Military Appreciation Month and Children’s Mental Health Month!!
  • May 1 – School Principal’s Day!!
  • May 4-8 – Teacher Appreciation Week!!
  • May 5 ­- Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • May 6 – National School Nurse Day!
  • May 12 – Spring Concert (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • May 22 – Drama Club performance (7pm – 8:30 pm)
  • May 25 – Memorial Day: Offices and schools closed
  • May 29 – Drama Club performance (7pm – 8:30 pm)
  • June 2 – PreK-2nd Field Day; Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • June 3 – 3-5 Field Day
  • June 10 – Pre- K Promotion Celebration (9:30 am – 10:30 am)
  • June 11 – Grades 1 & 2 Awards Assembly (2 pm – 3 pm); Grades 3 & 4 Awards Assembly & Picnic (9:30 am – 10:30 am); Grade 5 Promotion (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • June 12 – Kindergarten Promotion & Picnic (10 am – 11 am)
  • June 15 – Last day of school for students!!! Early release day for all students (12:55 pm)
  • June 16 – Professional day for teachers
  • **June 23 – Report cards mailed home

 

 

 

 

Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures dental van will be coming soon!

We have a great opportunity coming up!  We are excited that the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures dental van will be visiting Glen Haven Elementary School on Thursday, October 24, 2019. The Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Program, The Junior League, and the Metropolitan Kappa Youth Foundation have formed a partnership to provide free dental screenings and education to children between the ages of 1-12 years old.  Your child will receive free dental screening and will be taught how to brush, floss, and the importance of eating healthy foods and visiting the dentist. Consent forms will be sent home next week. Please return the signed form to Rebecca Willis by Friday, October 18. Thank you!

Glen Haven Weekly Scoop: Week of September 30

This Week and Next:    

  • Sept 30- No school for students and teachers
  • Oct 1 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Oct 1-31 – Kids Helping Kids food drive!
  • Oct 2 – National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day; Drama Club parent meeting (5:30 pm – 6:30 pm)
  • Oct 4 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm)
  • Oct 9 – No school for students and teachers

Announcements:

  • First Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting: Please join us this Tuesday October 1 for our first Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting of the year! We hope all families will be able to join us Tuesday evening- FREE pizza will be served at 6:30 PM and the presentation/meeting begins at 7:00 PM. Alphabest will provide supervision for school-age children from 7- 8 PM. ***PTA meetings are hosted by the PTA and OPEN TO EVERYONE- membership is not required to attend!!***
    • Wanna join the team? We are still looking for volunteers to lead Membership, Audit, or Read-a-Thon; and to serve as a Delegate to the larger regional PTA or bilingual volunteers for the Translation committee.
    • For your future planning: Parent Information Sessions/PTA Meetings convene on the first Tuesday of the month, unless otherwise noted.
      • Save the dates! Oct 1, Nov 5, Dec 3, Jan 7, Feb 4, Mar 3, Apr 14, May 5, Jun 2

 

  • Meet the new PTA Leadership for 2019-2020
Glen Haven PTA Leadership Team – 2019-20
Position Serving
Executive Committee
President Larry Finkelberg
Vice President Jessica Sniffin & John Nangle
Vice President – Communications Katie Campana-Scherer
Treasurer Catherine Beaudette
Secretary Heather Ginn
Delegates Doug Ryan & co-Delegate
Committee/Task Leads
Membership VACANT
Staff Appreciation Laura Ortiz
Translation Marco Molina et al.
Room Parents Amy Richardson & Liana Black-Knight
After School Activities Betsy Rakola
Fundraising and Community Events Heather Ginn & Catherine Beaudette
Fundraising. and Community Events activities:
Book Fairs Suzanne Feinspan & Roxana Finkelburg
Movie Nights Karin Fleschner & Marianne Toussaint
Spirit Wear Corinna Burnham
Dine Out Nights Olga Yakimakho
2nd Cup of Coffee Matthew Rakola
Box Tops Jeanane Pierre Louis
Election Day Bake Sale (2020 Primary) Scott MacRae
Sweep the Creek Matthew Rakola
Read-A-Thon VACANT

 

  • Kids Helping Kids food drive!  For the entire month of October, our school will be collecting non-perishable food items to help fight hunger in Montgomery County. Donations go to Manna Food Center. Most needed items include:
    • Grains: instant oatmeal packets (original); brown rice; whole grain pastas
    • Proteins: tuna, salmon, chicken (in water); dry/canned beans (low sodium); natural nut butters
    • Fruits and veggies: canned vegetables (low sodium); canned fruit (in juice); fruit cups
    • Other healthy items: shelf-stable, individual milk boxes; cooking oils and spices; instant formula and baby food
  • Scholastic Book Fair: Mark your calendars, Glen Haven families! Our Scholastic Book Fair starts Oct 14 and runs through Oct 18. Come look for books for your family or consider purchasing a book from your students’ class wishlists.  All purchases benefit our school!

 

  • The community is invited to attend “Arrive Alive: A Safe Routes to School Forum,” hosted by the Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations (MCCPTA) and the Montgomery County Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee (PBTSAC). This free event will be held Saturday October 19 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, and will bring together stakeholders determined to ensure the walking and busing routes for students are safe. Sidewalks, cycling paths, bus stop locations, and parent drop-off loops are all important components of keeping kids safe as they walk and ride to school. We welcome parents, students, concerned neighbors, and anyone who wants to walk or ride a bike safely near a Montgomery County school. Community members, parents, students, teachers and Principals, MCPS Departments of Transportation and Curriculum staff, MCPD, staff from the Montgomery County Planning Department, Montgomery County Department of Transportation, Members of the Board of Education, Council members and the County Executive will have an opportunity for direct engagement and feedback.

 

  • Win an ice cream party and gift cards! It’s time for PTA’s annual class competitions- this year there are TWO!
    • The first is for a class ice cream party– The class with the most PTA members by the end of October will win an ice cream party!
    • The second competition is a parent raffle! This year, we will be doing a raffle for parents/guardians who become PTA members by the end of October! Possible prizes could include gift cards to a local grocery store, Glen Haven merchandise, or gift certificates for Glen Haven after school programs. Winners will be picked and announced at PTA meetings (no attendance required, though!)
    • Please help your children(s) class(es) win by submitting a membership and encouraging others to do so! Memberships are just $10 and they are not limited to parents: grandparents, other family members, friends, and neighbors can support the school by joining! Simply complete and return the membership form with payment to your child’s teacher (click https://ghespta.org/2019/09/10/glen-haven-pta-membership-form-2019-2020/)

 

  • GHES Family Movie Night: Be on the lookout for our Fall family Movie Night, date TBD!

 

  • Positive Communication With Your Child. Is it difficult to interact with your child? During this workshop, you will learn strategies to strengthen family communication, explore techniques to understand verbal cues, and establish age appropriate expectations for behavior and consequences. Presented by Parent Assistant Resource (PAR). Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students. Join us Wednesday November 20 for Parent Academy: Positive Communication (GHES Media Center; 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm).

Reminders:

  • School Hours are 9:00 am – 3:25 pm (doors open at 8:40).  Please be mindful that instruction for students begins at 9 am. Because we want to assure that students have the entire school day to use for lessons and school work, parents who need to be in the building at or after 9 am will need a guest sticker.
  • MCPS provides meals for students with negative account balances through Dine with Dignity program. Launched in November 2018, the Dine with Dignity program allows students with negative account balances to enjoy traditional breakfast and lunch choices at no cost. Families will be asked to pay off, or to contribute within their means when they can, toward the outstanding balance on their student’s lunch account; the Dine with Dignity Fund pays the remainder.

Other ways to help out the PTA:

  • Help our PTA by purchasing items with the Box Tops for Education logo then clip and send them to school to be collected.  The classroom that submits the most Box Tops each month will celebrate with a popcorn party and an overall winner will get a class pizza party at the end of the school year!
  • Sign up for eScrip at escrip.com earn special savings for you and money for the Glen Haven PTA.
  • We now have a new way to support your Glen Haven PTA! If you shop on Amazon, use our Amazon Smile link (https://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-6018965) to donate some of the proceeds for your purchase to Glen Haven PTA. You’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to the Glen Haven PTA!
  • Register your Giant card at https://giantfood.com/school-rewards/.  For each purchase that you make, Giant will donate to Glen Haven Elementary.

Class Dojo:  Please make sure you set up a Class Dojo account for your child.  Your child’s teacher has the information regarding how to set this up or you can click on this link- https://classdojo.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/205417305-Create-a-Parent-Account#web. The school uses Class Dojo for most communications so it is very important for you to have access to your child’s account and check for announcements daily.

Like us on Facebook!  Glen Haven PTA @glenhavenpta (https://www.facebook.com/glenhavenpta/)

Community Events and News:

Story Time at the National Postal Museum. Taking place every Monday, the program includes a book reading and activities for little ones in the museum’s education space. Stay to explore the rest of the museum, which is full of interactive exhibits that all ages can enjoy. Story Time is at 10:30am and repeated at 11am. Admission is free. Check out their calendar: https://postalmuseum.si.edu/visit/calendar.html

Montgomery Parks Programs and Activities – Montgomery County Recreation and Montgomery Parks have hundreds of exciting programs and classes to promote active and healthy lifestyles. For more information, visit ActiveMONTGOMERY (https://apm.activecommunities.com/montgomerycounty).

 

Local Libraries

(http://host.evanced.info/montgomerycountymd/evanced/eventcalendar)

 

Silver Spring Library

Special Events:

  • Early Learning with the Infants and Toddlers Program (10/07 at 10:30 am)
    • Does your child have difficulty following the activity of a typical storytime? Montgomery County Infants and Toddlers will present a special early learning program for 24 months- 4 years for a very limited group of families. Please register starting September 30th (8pm) for an eight week session. Families will be expected to attend all eight sessions. 5th floor program room.

Ongoing:

  • Chess Club (Tuesdays at 3:00 pm)
  • Baby Storytime (Tuesdays at 10:30 am and 11:30 am)
  • Preschool Story Time (Tuesdays 1:30 pm)
  • Pajama Story Time (Tuesdays 6:30 pm)
  • Toddler Story Time (Wednesdays at 10:30 am and 11:30 am)
  • Lego Weekend Play (Saturdays at 12:30 pm; Sundays at 1 pm)

 Wheaton Library

Ongoing:

    • Toddler Storytime (Wednesdays at 10:30 am)
    • Building Block Time (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 am)

 

Kensington Park Library

Special Events:

  • Yoga and Mindfulness for Preschoolers (10/05 at 10:30 am) 
    • For ages 2-5 and their families. Bring your own mat or towel as there will only be a limited supply available. Join us for 45 minutes of uninterrupted, tech-free family time in which every single person gets to stretch, move, laugh and relax. This Yoga event is presented by Starlight Family Yoga.
  • Yoga and Mindfulness for Elementary Age (10/05 at 11:30 am)
    • For ages 6-10 and their families. Bring your own mat or towel as there will only be a limited supply available. Join us for 45 minutes of uninterrupted, tech-free family time in which every single person gets to stretch, move, laugh and relax. This Yoga event is presented by Starlight Family Yoga.

 Ongoing:

    • Pajama Storytime (Mondays at 7 pm)
    • Chess Club (Tuesdays at 6 pm)
    • Storytime for Babies (Wednesdays at 10:30 am)
    • Storytime for Toddlers and Preschoolers (Wednesdays at 11:15 am)
    • Homework Help (Thursdays at 5:30 pm)

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School Information for Parents:

Parent guides to the Elementary school curriculum: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/elementary/guides.aspx

The MCPS Parent Academy – The Parent Academy is designed to inform and empower families as advocates and partners in their children’s education. Workshops provide families useful information that will help them support their children’s academic and social-emotional well-being, as well as helping them to be college and career ready. Sign up for FREE workshops at www.mcpsparentacademy.org

Student safety: As parents and caregivers, we often have questions about student safety. You can find information about how Montgomery County Public Schools approaches student safety at https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2018-2019/Ensuring-Student-Safety.html

A Look Ahead:

  • Oct 14 – Columbus Day: Open house for parents & guardians (9 am – 11 am)
  • Oct 14-18 – Scholastic Book Fair
  • Oct 17 – Fall Academic Night (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Oct 25 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • Oct 23-31 – Red Ribbon week
  • Oct 31 – Class PTA membership contest ends!
  • November is Military Family month!!
  • Nov 5 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Nov 8 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm)
  • Nov 11 & 12 – Early release days for all students (12:55 pm); Parent-Teacher conferences
  • Nov 20 – Parent Academy: Positive Communication (GHES Media Center
  • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm);Report cards distributed
  • Nov 22 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • Nov 25 – Coat Drive begins!!
  • Nov 26 – International Night (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Nov 27 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm)
  • Nov 28 & 29 – Thanksgiving; offices and schools closed
  • Dec 3 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Dec 16-20 – PBIS Spirit week
  • Dec 20 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am); Winter Sing-a-Long (Prek-2nd; 2 pm – 2:45 pm); Winter Wonderland class activities (2:45 pm – 3:15 pm)
  • Dec 23-31 – Winter break: No school for students and teachers; Offices closed Dec 24-25
  • Jan 1 – New Year’s Day: offices and schools closed
  • Jan 7 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Jan 14 – Winter Concert (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Jan 20 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: offices and schools closed
  • Jan 24 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm); 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • Jan 27 – Professional day for teachers; no school for students
  • Jan 27-31 – The Great Kindness Challenge
  • Feb 4 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm); Report cards distributed
  • Feb 7 – Drama Club Carnival!! (6:30 pm – 8:30 pm)
  • Feb 17 – President’s Day: offices and schools closed
  • Feb 28 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm); 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • March is the Month of the Military Caregiver!!
  • Mar 3 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Mar 27 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm); 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • Mar 30-April 3 – College and Career Awareness week!!
  • April is the Month of the Military Child!!
  • April 2 – Light it Up Blue (Autism awareness)
  • April 3 – Career Day (9:15 am – 11:15 am); STEAM Day (1:15 pm – 3:15 pm)
  • Apr 6-13 Spring Break: No school for students and teachers; Offices closed April 10 and 13
  • April 14 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm); National Assistant Principal’s Day!!
  • April 15 – Drama Club parent meeting (7:30 pm – 8 pm); Report cards distributed
  • April 22 – Secretaries Day!!
  • April 23 – Take your Child to Work day!!
  • April 24 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am); Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast (9:45 am – 10:45 am)
  • April 28 – No school for students and teachers
  • April 30 – Spring Academic Night (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • May is National Military Appreciation Month and Children’s Mental Health Month!!
  • May 1 – School Principal’s Day!!
  • May 4-8 – Teacher Appreciation Week!!
  • May 5 ­- Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • May 6 – National School Nurse Day!
  • May 12 – Spring Concert (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • May 22 – Drama Club performance (7pm – 8:30 pm)
  • May 25 – Memorial Day: Offices and schools closed
  • May 29 – Drama Club performance (7pm – 8:30 pm)
  • June 2 – PreK-2nd Field Day; Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • June 3 – 3-5 Field Day
  • June 10 – Pre- K Promotion Celebration (9:30 am – 10:30 am)
  • June 11 – Grades 1 & 2 Awards Assembly (2 pm – 3 pm); Grades 3 & 4 Awards Assembly & Picnic (9:30 am – 10:30 am); Grade 5 Promotion (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • June 12 – Kindergarten Promotion & Picnic (10 am – 11 am)
  • June 15 – Last day of school for students!!! Early release day for all students (12:55 pm)
  • June 16 – Professional day for teachers
  • **June 23 – Report cards mailed home

 

 

 

Glen Haven Weekly Scoop: Week of September 23

This Week and Beyond:    

  • Sept 23- 27 – Start with Hello! Spirit week
  • Sept 27 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • Sept 30- No school for students and teachers
  • Oct 1 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Oct 1-31 – Kids Helping Kids food drive!
  • Oct 2 – National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day; Drama Club parent meeting (5:30 pm – 6:30 pm)
  • Oct 4 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm)

Announcements:

  • Start with Hello! Spirit week is September 23-27. Social isolation is the overwhelming feeling of being left out, lonely or treated like you are invisible. Young people who are isolated can become victims of bullying, violence and depression. As a result, many further pull away from society, struggle with learning and social development, or choose to hurt themselves or others. We can change this! Sandy Hook Promise’s Start With Hello Week is this September 23–27, 2019. Start With Hello brings attention to the growing epidemic of social isolation and empowers young people to create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within their school, youth organization and community.
    • Monday Sept 23: Say “Hello” day. Wear green! Students will receive a nametag. Make a point to greet everyone by name today.
    • Tuesday Sept 24: Random Acts of Kindness day. Teachers will be on the lookout for acts of kindness today! Examples could include: giving a compliment; inviting someone to play; helping someone with their things; holding the door for someone. What are some other ways you can be kind?
    • Wednesday Sept 25: Free to be Me day. Wear something that shows everyone what you love (i.e., a favorite team, favorite show or game, favorite animal, favorite color).
    • Thursday Sept 26: Mix It Up day. Wear “mixed up” clothes. Sit with someone new at lunch. Invite someone new to play at recess. Do something new!
    • Friday Sept 27: Glen Haven Community day. YOU are an important part of our community! Wear GHES gear or green/blue. Show that everyone belongs at GHES!
  • First Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting: Please join us Tuesday October 1 for our first Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting of the year! We hope all families will be able to join us Tuesday evening- FREE pizza will be served at 6:30 PM and the presentation/meeting begins at 7:00 PM. Alphabest will provide supervision for school-age children from 7-8PM. ***PTA meetings are hosted by the PTA and OPEN TO EVERYONE- membership is not required to attend!!***
    • Wanna join the team? We are still looking for volunteers to lead Membership, Audit, or Read-a-Thon; and to serve as a Delegate to the larger regional PTA or bilingual volunteers for the Translation committee.
    • For your future planning: Parent Information Sessions/PTA Meetings convene on the first Tuesday of the month, unless otherwise noted.
      • Save the dates! Oct 1, Nov 5, Dec 3, Jan 7, Feb 4, Mar 3, Apr 14, May 5, Jun 2

 

 

  •  Meet the new PTA Leadership for 2019-2020
Glen Haven PTA Leadership Team – 2019-20
   
Position Serving
Executive Committee  
President Larry Finkelberg
Vice President Jessica Sniffin & John Nangle
Vice President – Communications Katie Campana-Scherer
Treasurer Catherine Beaudette
Secretary Heather Ginn
Delegates Doug Ryan & co-Delegate
Committee/Task Leads  
Membership VACANT
Staff Appreciation Laura Ortiz
Translation Marco Molina et al.
Room Parents Amy Richardson & Liana Black-Knight
After School Activities Betsy Rakola
Fundraising and Community Events Heather Ginn & Catherine Beaudette
Fundraising. and Community Events activities:  
Book Fairs Suzanne Feinspan & Roxana Finkelburg
Movie Nights Karin Fleschner & Marianne Toussaint
Spirit Wear Corinna Burnham
Dine Out Nights Olga Yakimakho
2nd Cup of Coffee Matthew Rakola
Box Tops Jeanane Pierre Louis
Election Day Bake Sale (2020 Primary) Scott MacRae
Sweep the Creek Matthew Rakola
Read-A-Thon VACANT
  • Kids Helping Kids food drive! For the entire month of October, our school will be collecting non-perishable food items to help fight hunger in Montgomery County. Donations go to Manna Food Center. Most needed items include:

 

    • Grains: instant oatmeal packets (original); brown rice; whole grain pastas
    • Proteins: tuna, salmon, chicken (in water); dry/canned beans (low sodium); natural nut butters
    • Fruits and veggies: canned vegetables (low sodium); canned fruit (in juice); fruit cups
    • Other healthy items: shelf-stable, individual milk boxes; cooking oils and spices; instant formula and baby food
  • Positive Communication With Your Child. Is it difficult to interact with your child? During this workshop, you will learn strategies to strengthen family communication, explore techniques to understand verbal cues, and establish age appropriate expectations for behavior and consequences. Presented by Parent Assistant Resource (PAR). Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students. Join us Wednesday November 20 for Parent Academy: Positive Communication (GHES Media Center; 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm).

Reminders:

  • School Hours are 9:00 am – 3:25 pm (doors open at 8:40).       Please be mindful that instruction for students begins at 9 am. Because we want to assure that students have the entire school day to use for lessons and school work, parents who need to be in the building at or after 9 am will need a guest sticker.
  • MCPS provides meals for students with negative account balances through Dine with Dignity program. Launched in November 2018, the Dine with Dignity program allows students with negative account balances to enjoy traditional breakfast and lunch choices at no cost. Families will be asked to pay off, or to contribute within their means when they can, toward the outstanding balance on their student’s lunch account; the Dine with Dignity Fund pays the remainder. Community members who would like to contribute to the Dine with Dignity Fund can donate online at: https://www.mcpsfoundation.org/pages/our-programs/dine-with-dignity-program

Other ways to help out the PTA:

  • Help our PTA by purchasing items with the Box Tops for Education logo then clip and send them to school to be collected.  The classroom that submits the most Box Tops each month will celebrate with a popcorn party and an overall winner will get a class pizza party at the end of the school year!
  • Sign up for eScrip at escrip.com earn special savings for you and money for the Glen Haven PTA.
  • We now have a new way to support your Glen Haven PTA! If you shop on Amazon, use our Amazon Smile link (https://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-6018965) to donate some of the proceeds for your purchase to Glen Haven PTA. You’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to the Glen Haven PTA!
  • Register your Giant card at https://giantfood.com/school-rewards/.  For each purchase that you make, Giant will donate to Glen Haven Elementary.

Class Dojo:  Please make sure you set up a Class Dojo account for your child.  Your child’s teacher has the information regarding how to set this up or you can click on this link- https://classdojo.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/205417305-Create-a-Parent-Account#web. The school uses Class Dojo for most communications so it is very important for you to have access to your child’s account and check for announcements daily.

Like us on Facebook!  Glen Haven PTA @glenhavenpta (https://www.facebook.com/glenhavenpta/)

Community Events and News:

Story Time at the National Postal Museum. Taking place every Monday, the program includes a book reading and activities for little ones in the museum’s education space. Stay to explore the rest of the museum, which is full of interactive exhibits that all ages can enjoy. Story Time is at 10:30am and repeated at 11am. Admission is free. Check out their calendar: https://postalmuseum.si.edu/visit/calendar.html

Montgomery Parks Programs and Activities – Montgomery County Recreation and Montgomery Parks have hundreds of exciting programs and classes to promote active and healthy lifestyles. For more information, visit ActiveMONTGOMERY (https://apm.activecommunities.com/montgomerycounty).

Local Libraries

(http://host.evanced.info/montgomerycountymd/evanced/eventcalendar)

Silver Spring Library

Special Events:

 

  • Early Learning with the Infants and Toddlers Program (10/07 at 10:30 am).  Does your child have difficulty following the activity of a typical storytime? Montgomery County Infants and Toddlers will present a special early learning program for 24 months- 4 years for a very limited group of families. Please register starting September 30th (8pm) for an eight week session. Families will be expected to attend all eight sessions. 5th floor program room.

 

 

Ongoing:

 

  • Chess Club (Tuesdays at 3:00 pm)
  • Baby Storytime (Tuesdays at 10:30 am and 11:30 am)
  • Preschool Story Time (Tuesdays 1:30 pm)
  • Pajama Story Time (Tuesdays 6:30 pm)
  • Toddler Story Time (Wednesdays at 10:30 am and 11:30 am)
  • Lego Weekend Play (Saturdays at 12:30 pm; Sundays at 1 pm)

 

 

Wheaton Library

Ongoing:

    • Toddler Storytime (Wednesdays at 10:30 am)
    • Building Block Time (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 am)

 

Kensington Park Library

Special Events:

 

  • Yoga and Mindfulness for Preschoolers (10/05 at 10:30 am). For ages 2-5 and their families. Bring your own mat or towel as there will only be a limited supply available. Join us for 45 minutes of uninterrupted, tech-free family time in which every single person gets to stretch, move, laugh and relax. This Yoga event is presented by Starlight Family Yoga.
  • Yoga and Mindfulness for Elementary Age (10/05 at 11:30 am).  For ages 6-10 and their families. Bring your own mat or towel as there will only be a limited supply available. Join us for 45 minutes of uninterrupted, tech-free family time in which every single person gets to stretch, move, laugh and relax. This Yoga event is presented by Starlight Family Yoga.

  • Ongoing:
      • Pajama Storytime (Mondays at 7 pm)
      • Chess Club (Tuesdays at 6 pm)
      • Storytime for Babies (Wednesdays at 10:30 am)
    • Homework Help (Thursdays at 5:30 pm)

 

 

 

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School Information for Parents:

Parent guides to the Elementary school curriculum: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/elementary/guides.aspx
The MCPS Parent Academy – The Parent Academy is designed to inform and empower families as advocates and partners in their children’s education. Workshops provide families useful information that will help them support their children’s academic and social-emotional well-being, as well as helping them to be college and career ready. Sign up for FREE workshops at www.mcpsparentacademy.org

Student safety: As parents and caregivers, we often have questions about student safety. You can find information about how Montgomery County Public Schools approaches student safety at https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2018-2019/Ensuring-Student-Safety.html

A Look Ahead:

  • Oct 9 – No school for students and teachers
  • Oct 14 – Columbus Day: Open house for parents & guardians (9 am – 11 am)
  • Oct 17 – Fall Academic Night (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Oct 25 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • Oct 23-31 – Red Ribbon week
  • November is Military Family month!!
  • Nov 5 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Nov 8 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm)
  • Nov 11 & 12 – Early release days for all students (12:55 pm); Parent-Teacher conferences
  • Nov 20 – Parent Academy: Positive Communication (GHES Media Center
  • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm);Report cards distributed
  • Nov 22 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • Nov 25 – Coat Drive begins!!
  • Nov 26 – International Night (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Nov 27 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm)
  • Nov 28 & 29 – Thanksgiving; offices and schools closed
  • Dec 3 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Dec 16-20 – PBIS Spirit week
  • Dec 20 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am); Winter Sing-a-Long (Prek-2nd; 2 pm – 2:45 pm); Winter Wonderland class activities (2:45 pm – 3:15 pm)
  • Dec 23-31 – Winter break: No school for students and teachers; Offices closed Dec 24-25
  • Jan 1 – New Year’s Day: offices and schools closed
  • Jan 7 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Jan 14 – Winter Concert (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Jan 20 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: offices and schools closed
  • Jan 24 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm); 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • Jan 27 – Professional day for teachers; no school for students
  • Jan 27-31 – The Great Kindness Challenge
  • Feb 4 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm); Report cards distributed
  • Feb 7 – Drama Club Carnival!! (6:30 pm – 8:30 pm)
  • Feb 17 – President’s Day: offices and schools closed
  • Feb 28 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm); 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • March is the Month of the Military Caregiver!!
  • Mar 3 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Mar 27 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm); 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • Mar 30-April 3 – College and Career Awareness week!!
  • April is the Month of the Military Child!!
  • April 2 – Light it Up Blue (Autism awareness)
  • April 3 – Career Day (9:15 am – 11:15 am); STEAM Day (1:15 pm – 3:15 pm)
  • Apr 6-13 Spring Break: No school for students and teachers; Offices closed April 10 and 13
  • April 14 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm); National Assistant Principal’s Day!!
  • April 15 – Drama Club parent meeting (7:30 pm – 8 pm); Report cards distributed
  • April 22 – Secretaries Day!!
  • April 23 – Take your Child to Work day!!
  • April 24 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am); Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast (9:45 am – 10:45 am)
  • April 28 – No school for students and teachers
  • April 30 – Spring Academic Night (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • May is National Military Appreciation Month and Children’s Mental Health Month!!
  • May 1 – School Principal’s Day!!
  • May 4-8 – Teacher Appreciation Week!!
  • May 5 ­- Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • May 6 – National School Nurse Day!
  • May 12 – Spring Concert (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • May 22 – Drama Club performance (7pm – 8:30 pm)
  • May 25 – Memorial Day: Offices and schools closed
  • May 29 – Drama Club performance (7pm – 8:30 pm)
  • June 2 – PreK-2nd Field Day; Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • June 3 – 3-5 Field Day
  • June 10 – Pre- K Promotion Celebration (9:30 am – 10:30 am)
  • June 11 – Grades 1 & 2 Awards Assembly (2 pm – 3 pm); Grades 3 & 4 Awards Assembly & Picnic (9:30 am – 10:30 am); Grade 5 Promotion (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • June 12 – Kindergarten Promotion & Picnic (10 am – 11 am)
  • June 15 – Last day of school for students!!! Early release day for all students (12:55 pm)
  • June 16 – Professional day for teachers
  • **June 23 – Report cards mailed home

Glen Haven Weekly Scoop: Week of September 16

This Week and Beyond:    

  • Sept 21 – Glen Haven Beautification/ Friends of Sligo Creek Annual Sweep the Creek
  • Sept 27 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • Sept 30- No school for students and teachers
  • Oct 1 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)

Announcements:

  • Glen Haven Beautification/ Friends of Sligo Creek Annual Sweep the Creek:  This Saturday September 21, we will meet at the end of Windham Lane by the footbridge (behind Glen Haven Elementary School) and work our way back to Glen Haven Park and the school grounds. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Event will be from 9am to 11am – rain or shine. Let’s help pick up the area around our school and work on building our community! Students will receive 25 Dojo Points for a minimum of 25-30 minutes of clean up! Please sign in upon arrival.
  • First Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting: Please join us Tuesday October 1 for our first Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting of the year! We hope all families will be able to join us Tuesday evening- FREE pizza will be served at 6:30 PM and the presentation/meeting begins at 7:00 PM. Alphabest will provide supervision for school-age children from 7-8PM. ***PTA meetings are hosted by the PTA and OPEN TO EVERYONE- membership is not required to attend!!***
    • Wanna join the team? We are still looking for volunteers to lead Membership, Audit, or Read-a-Thon; and to serve as a Delegate to the larger regional PTA or bilingual volunteers for the Translation committee.
    • For your future planning: Parent Information Sessions/PTA Meetings convene on the first Tuesday of the month, unless otherwise noted.
      • Save the dates! Oct 1, Nov 5, Dec 3, Jan 7, Feb 4, Mar 3, Apr 14, May 5, Jun 2
  • Meet the new PTA Leadership for 2019-2020
Glen Haven PTA Leadership Team – 2019-20
Position Serving
Executive Committee
President Larry Finkelberg
Vice President Jessica Sniffin & John Nangle
Vice President – Communications Katie Campana-Scherer
Treasurer Catherine Beaudette
Secretary Heather Ginn
Delegates Doug Ryan & co-Delegate
Committee/Task Leads
Membership VACANT
Staff Appreciation Laura Ortiz
Translation Marco Molina et al.
Room Parents Amy Richardson & Liana Black-Knight
After School Activities Betsy Rakola
Fundraising and Community Events Heather Ginn  & Catherine Beaudette
Fundraising. and Community Events activities:
Book Fairs Suzanne Feinspan & Roxana Finkelburg
Movie Nights Karin Fleschner & Marianne Toussaint
Spirit Wear Corinna Burnham
Dine Out Nights Olga Yakimakho
2nd Cup of Coffee Matthew Rakola
Box Tops Jeanane Pierre Louis
Election Day Bake Sale (2020 Primary) Scott MacRae
Sweep the Creek Matthew Rakola
Read-A-Thon VACANT

Reminders:

  • School Hours are 9:00 am – 3:25 pm (doors open at 8:40).  Please be mindful that instruction for students begins at 9 am.  Because we want to assure that students have the entire school day to use for lessons and school work, parents who need to be in the building at or after 9 am will need a guest sticker.
  • MCPS provides meals for students with negative account balances through Dine with Dignity program.  Launched in November 2018, the Dine with Dignity program allows students with negative account balances to enjoy traditional breakfast and lunch choices at no cost. Families will be asked to pay off, or to contribute within their means when they can, toward the outstanding balance on their student’s lunch account; the Dine with Dignity Fund pays the remainder. Community members who would like to contribute to the Dine with Dignity Fund can donate online at: https://www.mcpsfoundation.org/pages/our-programs/dine-with-dignity-program

Other ways to help out the PTA:

  • Help our PTA by purchasing items with the Box Tops for Education logo then clip and send them to school to be collected.  The classroom that submits the most Box Tops each month will celebrate with a popcorn party and an overall winner will get a class pizza party at the end of the school year!
  • Sign up for eScrip at www.escrip.com earn special savings for you and money for the Glen Haven PTA.
  • We now have a new way to support your Glen Haven PTA!  If you shop on Amazon, use our Amazon Smile link (https://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-6018965) to donate some of the proceeds for your purchase to Glen Haven PTA.   You’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to the Glen Haven PTA!
  • Register your Giant card at https://giantfood.com/school-rewards/.  For each purchase that you make, Giant will donate to Glen Haven Elementary.

Class Dojo:  Please make sure you set up a Class Dojo account for your child.  Your child’s teacher has the information regarding how to set this up or you can click on this link- https://classdojo.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/205417305-Create-a-Parent-Account#web. The school uses Class Dojo for most communications so it is very important for you to have access to your child’s account and check for announcements daily.

Like us on Facebook!  Glen Haven PTA @glenhavenpta (https://www.facebook.com/glenhavenpta/)

Community Events and News:
Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly & Caterpillar exhibit (until 9/22)
at Brookside Gardens (1800 Glenallan Ave). Brookside Gardens is fluttering with butterflies at the seasonal Wings of Fancy Butterfly and Caterpillar exhibit. Interact with hundreds of native and exotic butterflies North America, Costa Rica, Africa, and Asia. 10 am – 5 pm Daily.

Annual Children’s Day Festival (9/21 at 11 am – 4 pm). at Brookside Gardens (1800 Glenallan Ave).  Join us for a fabulous family fun-day! The annual event is held each year to offer the community an active and engaged experience in Montgomery Parks. Focused on children’s games, crafts and education, you can explore Brookside Gardens and participate in numerous different activities throughout the day. With live music, food trucks and plenty of green space, you are sure to enjoy a full day of entertainment. This event is free.

Wheaton Arts Parade & Festival (9/22 at 10 am – 5 pm).  The Wheaton Arts Parade is a day for citizens, artists, businesses, and civic organizations to come together, walking to celebrate art and the Wheaton community. At the end of this March for Art, the community gathers at a festival to continue the celebration. The day is inspired by the parade and the closure of roadways to motor vehicles so that people can walk and dance, play music and show off their art. The parade liberates the community’s creative spirit from the confines of everyday life. Freed from their cars, people can appreciate Wheaton at a slower pace, as a walkable community. The highway becomes a path toward creativity and the arts parade calls the community to follow.  The parade leads to a festival that continues the celebration of art and Wheaton’s diversity. It is a time to gather in one place and eat together, to listen to music and readings, watch dance, view paintings and sculpture, to talk to each other and even make art. It is a chance for artists to exhibit and sell their work, but most importantly it is a time for local artists to be appreciated by the community and each other and for the community to see Wheaton’s potential as an arts destination.

Story Time at the National Postal Museum. Taking place every Monday, the program includes a book reading and activities for little ones in the museum’s education space. Stay to explore the rest of the museum, which is full of interactive exhibits that all ages can enjoy. Story Time is at 10:30am and repeated at 11am. Admission is free.  Check out their calendar: https://postalmuseum.si.edu/visit/calendar.html

Montgomery Parks Programs and Activities – Montgomery County Recreation and Montgomery Parks have hundreds of exciting programs and classes to promote active and healthy lifestyles. For more information, visit ActiveMONTGOMERY (https://apm.activecommunities.com/montgomerycounty).
Local Libraries (http://host.evanced.info/montgomerycountymd/evanced/eventcalendar)
Silver Spring Library
Special Events:

  • Early Learning with the Infants and Toddlers Program (10/07 at 10:30 am)
    • Does your child have difficulty following the activity of a typical storytime? Montgomery County Infants and Toddlers will present a special early learning program for 24 months- 4 years for a very limited group of families. Please register starting September 30th (8pm) for an eight week session. Families will be expected to attend all eight sessions. 5th floor program room.

Ongoing:

  • Chess Club (Tuesdays at 3:00 pm)
  • Baby Storytime (Tuesdays at 10:30 am and 11:30 am)
  • Preschool Story Time (Tuesdays 1:30 pm)
  • Pajama Story Time (Tuesdays 6:30 pm)
  • Toddler Story Time (Wednesdays at 10:30 am and 11:30 am)
  • Lego Weekend Play (Saturdays at 12:30 pm; Sundays at 1 pm)

Wheaton Library
Ongoing:

  • Toddler Storytime (Wednesdays at 10:30 am)
  • Building Block Time (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 am)

Kensington Park Library
Special Events:

  • How to Prepare for a Disaster (9/19 at 4:30 pm)
    • September is National Preparedness Month. Please join us as Joe Corona, Outreach Coordinator from the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, helps children ages 5-9 learn how to prepare for a potential disaster.
  • Yoga and Mindfulness for Preschoolers (10/05 at 10:30 am)
    • For ages 2-5 and their families. Bring your own mat or towel as there will only be a limited supply available. Join us for 45 minutes of uninterrupted, tech-free family time in which every single person gets to stretch, move, laugh and relax. This Yoga event is presented by Starlight Family Yoga.
  • Yoga and Mindfulness for Elementary Age (10/05 at 11:30 am)
    •  For ages 6-10 and their families. Bring your own mat or towel as there will only be a limited supply available. Join us for 45 minutes of uninterrupted, tech-free family time in which every single person gets to stretch, move, laugh and relax. This Yoga event is presented by Starlight Family Yoga.

Ongoing:

  • Pajama Storytime (Mondays at 7 pm)
  • Chess Club (Tuesdays at 6 pm)
  • Storytime for Babies (Wednesdays at 10:30 am)
  • Storytime for Toddlers and Preschoolers  (Wednesdays at 11:15 am)
  • Homework Help (Thursdays at 5:30 pm)

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School Information for Parents:
Parent guides to the Elementary school curriculum:
https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/elementary/guides.aspx

The MCPS Parent Academy – Sign up for FREE workshops at www.mcpsparentacademy.org

Student safety: As parents and caregivers, we often have questions about student safety.  You can find information about how Montgomery County Public Schools approaches student safety at https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2018-2019/Ensuring-Student-Safety.html

A Look Ahead:

  • Oct 2 – National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day; Drama Club parent meeting (5:30 pm – 6:30 pm)
  • Oct 4 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm)
  • Oct 9 – No school for students and teachers
  • Oct 14 – Columbus Day: Open house for parents & guardians (9 am – 11 am)
  • Oct 17 – Fall Academic Night (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Oct 25 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • Oct 23-31 – Red Ribbon week
  • November is Military Family month!!
  • Nov 5  – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Nov 8 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm)
  • Nov 11 & 12 – Early release days for all students (12:55 pm); Parent-Teacher conferences
  • Nov 20 – Report cards distributed
  • Nov 22 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • Nov 25 – Coat Drive begins!!
  • Nov 26 – International Night (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Nov 27 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm)
  • Nov 28 & 29 – Thanksgiving; offices and schools closed
  • Dec 3 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Dec 16-20 – PBIS Spirit week
  • Dec 20 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am); Winter Sing-a-Long (Prek-2nd; 2 pm – 2:45 pm); Winter Wonderland class activities (2:45 pm – 3:15 pm)
  • Dec 23-31 – Winter break: No school for students and teachers; Offices closed Dec 24-25
  • Jan 1 – New Year’s Day: offices and schools closed
  • Jan 7 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Jan 14 – Winter Concert (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Jan 20 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: offices and schools closed
  • Jan 24 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm); 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • Jan 27 – Professional day for teachers; no school for students
  • Jan 27-31 – The Great Kindness Challenge
  • Feb 4 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm); Report cards distributed
  • Feb 7 – Drama Club Carnival!! (6:30 pm – 8:30 pm)
  • Feb 17 – President’s Day: offices and schools closed
  • Feb 28 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm); 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • March is the Month of the Military Caregiver!!
  • Mar 3 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Mar 27 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm); 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • Mar 30-April 3 – College and Career Awareness week!!
  • April is the Month of the Military Child!!
  • April 2 – Light it Up Blue (Autism awareness)
  • April 3 – Career Day (9:15 am – 11:15 am); STEAM Day (1:15 pm – 3:15 pm)
  • Apr 6-13 Spring Break: No school for students and teachers; Offices closed April 10 and 13
  • April 14 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm); National Assistant Principal’s Day!!
  • April 15 – Drama Club parent meeting (7:30 pm – 8 pm); Report cards distributed
  • April 22 – Secretaries Day!!
  • April 23 – Take your Child to Work day!!
  • April 24 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am); Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast (9:45 am – 10:45 am)
  • April 28 – No school for students and teachers
  • April 30 – Spring Academic Night (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • May is National Military Appreciation Month and Children’s Mental Health Month!!
  • May 1 – School Principal’s Day!!
  • May 4-8 – Teacher Appreciation Week!!
  • May 5 ­- Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • May 6 – National School Nurse Day!
  • May 12 – Spring Concert (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • May 22 – Drama Club performance (7pm – 8:30 pm)
  • May 25 – Memorial Day: Offices and schools closed
  • May 29 – Drama Club performance (7pm – 8:30 pm)
  • June 2 – PreK-2nd Field Day; Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • June 3 – 3-5 Field Day
  • June 10 – Pre- K Promotion Celebration (9:30 am – 10:30 am)
  • June 11 – Grades 1 & 2 Awards Assembly (2 pm – 3 pm); Grades 3 & 4 Awards Assembly & Picnic (9:30 am – 10:30 am); Grade 5 Promotion (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • June 12 – Kindergarten Promotion & Picnic (10 am – 11 am)
  • June 15 – Last day of school for students!!! Early release day for all students (12:55 pm)
  • June 16 – Professional day for teachers
  • **June 23 –  Report cards mailed home

Glen Haven Weekly Scoop: Week of September 9

More beginning-school-year stuff going on!

This Week and Beyond:    

  • Sept 10- Back to School night for grades Pre-K to 2nd (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Sept 12- Back to School night for grades 3 to 5 (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Sept 27 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • Sept 30- No school for students and teachers
  • Oct 1 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)

Announcements:

  •  School Hours are 9:00 am – 3:25 pm (doors open at 8:40).       Please be mindful that instruction for students begins at 9 am. Because we want to assure that students have the entire school day to use for lessons and school work, parents who need to be in the building at or after 9 am will need a guest sticker.
  • First Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting: Please join us Tuesday October 1 for our first Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting of the year! We hope all families will be able to join us Tuesday evening- FREE pizza will be served at 6:30 PM and the presentation/meeting begins at 7:00 PM. Alphabest will provide supervision for school-age children from 7-8PM. ***PTA meetings are hosted by the PTA and OPEN TO EVERYONE- membership is not required to attend!!***
    • Wanna join the team? We are still looking for volunteers to lead Membership, Translation, Audit, Read-a-Thon, and to serve as a Delegate to the larger regional PTA.
    • For your future planning: Parent Information Sessions/PTA Meetings convene on the first Tuesday of the month, unless otherwise noted.
      • Save the dates! Oct 1, Nov 5, Dec 3, Jan 7, Feb 4, Mar 3, Apr 14, May 5, Jun 2
  •  Meet the new PTA Leadership for 2019-2020
Glen Haven PTA Leadership Team – 2019-20
Position Serving
Executive Committee
President Larry Finkelberg
Vice President Jessica Sniffin & John Nangle
Vice President – Communications Katie Campana-Scherer
Treasurer Catherine Beaudette
Secretary Heather Ginn
Delegates Doug Ryan & VACANT
Committee/Task Leads
Membership VACANT
Staff Appreciation Laura Ortiz
Translation VACANT
Room Parents Amy Richardson & Liana Black-Knight
After School Activities Betsy Rakola
Fundraising and Community Events Heather Ginn & Catherine Beaudette
Fundraising. and Community Events activities:
Book Fairs Suzanne Feinspan & Roxana Finkelburg
Movie Nights Karin Fleschner & Marianne Toussaint
Spirit Wear Corinna Burnham
Dine Out Nights Olga Yakimakho
2nd Cup of Coffee Matthew Rakola
Box Tops Jeanane Pierre Louis
Election Day Bake Sale (2020 Primary) Scott MacRae
Sweep the Creek Matthew Rakola
Read-A-Thon VACANT

Reminders:

  • MCPS provides meals for students with negative account balances through Dine with Dignity program. Launched in November 2018, the Dine with Dignity program allows students with negative account balances to enjoy traditional breakfast and lunch choices at no cost. Families will be asked to pay off, or to contribute within their means when they can, toward the outstanding balance on their student’s lunch account; the Dine with Dignity Fund pays the remainder.

Other ways to help out the PTA:

  • Help our PTA by purchasing items with the Box Tops for Education logo then clip and send them to school to be collected.  The classroom that submits the most Box Tops each month will celebrate with a popcorn party and an overall winner will get a class pizza party at the end of the school year!
  • Sign up for eScrip at escrip.com earn special savings for you and money for the Glen Haven PTA.
  • We now have a new way to support your Glen Haven PTA! If you shop on Amazon, use our Amazon Smile link (https://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-6018965) to donate some of the proceeds for your purchase to Glen Haven PTA. You’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to the Glen Haven PTA!
  • Register your Giant card at https://giantfood.com/school-rewards/.  For each purchase that you make, Giant will donate to Glen Haven Elementary.

 

Class Dojo:  Please make sure you set up a Class Dojo account for your child.  Your child’s teacher has the information regarding how to set this up or you can click on this link- https://classdojo.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/205417305-Create-a-Parent-Account#web. The school uses Class Dojo for most communications so it is very important for you to have access to your child’s account and check for announcements daily.

Like us on Facebook!  Glen Haven PTA @glenhavenpta (https://www.facebook.com/glenhavenpta/)

Community Events and News:

Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly & Caterpillar exhibit (until 9/22) at Brookside Gardens (1800 Glenallan Ave). Brookside Gardens is fluttering with butterflies at the seasonal Wings of Fancy Butterfly and Caterpillar exhibit. Interact with hundreds of native and exotic butterflies North America, Costa Rica, Africa, and Asia. 10 am – 5 pm Daily.

Annual Children’s Day Festival (9/21 at 11 am – 4 pm). at Brookside Gardens (1800 Glenallan Ave). Join us for a fabulous family fun-day! The annual event is held each year to offer the community an active and engaged experience in Montgomery Parks. Focused on children’s games, crafts and education, you can explore Brookside Gardens and participate in numerous different activities throughout the day. With live music, food trucks and plenty of green space, you are sure to enjoy a full day of entertainment. This event is free.

Wheaton Arts Parade & Festival (9/22 at 10 am – 5 pm). The Wheaton Arts Parade is a day for citizens, artists, businesses, and civic organizations to come together, walking to celebrate art and the Wheaton community. At the end of this March for Art, the community gathers at a festival to continue the celebration. The day is inspired by the parade and the closure of roadways to motor vehicles so that people can walk and dance, play music and show off their art. The parade liberates the community’s creative spirit from the confines of everyday life. Freed from their cars, people can appreciate Wheaton at a slower pace, as a walkable community. The highway becomes a path toward creativity and the arts parade calls the community to follow. The parade leads to a festival that continues the celebration of art and Wheaton’s diversity. It is a time to gather in one place and eat together, to listen to music and readings, watch dance, view paintings and sculpture, to talk to each other and even make art. It is a chance for artists to exhibit and sell their work, but most importantly it is a time for local artists to be appreciated by the community and each other and for the community to see Wheaton’s potential as an arts destination.

Story Time at the National Postal Museum. Taking place every Monday, the program includes a book reading and activities for little ones in the museum’s education space. Stay to explore the rest of the museum, which is full of interactive exhibits that all ages can enjoy. Story Time is at 10:30am and repeated at 11am. Admission is free. Check out their calendar: https://postalmuseum.si.edu/visit/calendar.html

Montgomery Parks Programs and Activities – Montgomery County Recreation and Montgomery Parks have hundreds of exciting programs and classes to promote active and healthy lifestyles. For more information, visit ActiveMONTGOMERY (https://apm.activecommunities.com/montgomerycounty).

Local Libraries

(http://host.evanced.info/montgomerycountymd/evanced/eventcalendar)

Silver Spring Library

Special Events:

  • Ethiopia Day and Coffee Ceremony (9/14 at 11:30 am).Join us for a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony to celebrate Ethiopian New Year. National clothes, arts, musical instruments will be on display as well. 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All ages. September is also African Heritage month. 3rd floor meeting room.
  • Early Learning with the Infants and Toddlers Program (10/07 at 10:30 am). Does your child have difficulty following the activity of a typical storytime? Montgomery County Infants and Toddlers will present a special early learning program for 24 months- 4 years for a very limited group of families. Please register starting September 30th (8pm) for an eight week session. Families will be expected to attend all eight sessions. 5th floor program room.

Ongoing:

  • Chess Club (Tuesdays at 3:00 pm)
  • Baby Storytime (Tuesdays at 10:30 am and 11:30 am)
  • Preschool Story Time (Tuesdays 1:30 pm)
  • Pajama Story Time (Tuesdays 6:30 pm)
  • Toddler Story Time (Wednesdays at 10:30 am and 11:30 am)
  • Lego Weekend Play (Saturdays at 12:30 pm; Sundays at 1 pm)

Wheaton Library

Ongoing:

    • Toddler Storytime (Wednesdays at 10:30 am)
    • Building Block Time (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 am)

Kensington Park Library

Special Events:

  • How to Prepare for a Disaster (9/19 at 4:30 pm).September is National Preparedness Month. Please join us as Joe Corona, Outreach Coordinator from the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, helps children ages 5-9 learn how to prepare for a potential disaster.
  • Yoga and Mindfulness for Preschoolers (10/05 at 10:30 am). For ages 2-5 and their families. Bring your own mat or towel as there will only be a limited supply available. Join us for 45 minutes of uninterrupted, tech-free family time in which every single person gets to stretch, move, laugh and relax. This Yoga event is presented by Starlight Family Yoga.
  • Yoga and Mindfulness for Elementary Age (10/05 at 11:30 am).  For ages 6-10 and their families. Bring your own mat or towel as there will only be a limited supply available. Join us for 45 minutes of uninterrupted, tech-free family time in which every single person gets to stretch, move, laugh and relax. This Yoga event is presented by Starlight Family Yoga.

Ongoing:

    • Pajama Storytime (Mondays at 7 pm)
    • Chess Club (Tuesdays at 6 pm)
    • Storytime for Babies (Wednesdays at 10:30 am)
    • Storytime for Toddlers and Preschoolers (Wednesdays at 11:15 am)
    • Homework Help (Thursdays at 5:30 pm)

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School Information for Parents:

Parent guides to the Elementary school curriculum: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/elementary/guides.aspx

The MCPS Parent Academy – Sign up for FREE workshops at www.mcpsparentacademy.org

Student safety: As parents and caregivers, we often have questions about student safety. You can find information about how Montgomery County Public Schools approaches student safety at https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2018-2019/Ensuring-Student-Safety.html

A Look Ahead:

  • Oct 2 – National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day; Drama Club parent meeting (5:30 pm – 6:30 pm)
  • Oct 4 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm)
  • Oct 9 – No school for students and teachers
  • Oct 14 – Columbus Day: Open house for parents & guardians (9 am – 11 am)
  • Oct 17 – Fall Academic Night (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Oct 25 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • Oct 23-31 – Red Ribbon week
  • November is Military Family month!!
  • Nov 5 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Nov 8 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm)
  • Nov 11 & 12 – Early release days for all students (12:55 pm); Parent-Teacher conferences
  • Nov 20 – Report cards distributed
  • Nov 22 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • Nov 25 – Coat Drive begins!!
  • Nov 26 – International Night (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Nov 27 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm)
  • Nov 28 & 29 – Thanksgiving; offices and schools closed
  • Dec 3 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Dec 16-20 – PBIS Spirit week
  • Dec 20 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am); Winter Sing-a-Long (Prek-2nd; 2 pm – 2:45 pm); Winter Wonderland class activities (2:45 pm – 3:15 pm)
  • Dec 23-31 – Winter break: No school for students and teachers; Offices closed Dec 24-25
  • Jan 1 – New Year’s Day: offices and schools closed
  • Jan 7 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Jan 14 – Winter Concert (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Jan 20 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: offices and schools closed
  • Jan 24 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm); 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • Jan 27 – Professional day for teachers; no school for students
  • Jan 27-31 – The Great Kindness Challenge
  • Feb 4 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm); Report cards distributed
  • Feb 7 – Drama Club Carnival!! (6:30 pm – 8:30 pm)
  • Feb 17 – President’s Day: offices and schools closed
  • Feb 28 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm); 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • March is the Month of the Military Caregiver!!
  • Mar 3 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Mar 27 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm); 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • Mar 30-April 3 – College and Career Awareness week!!
  • April is the Month of the Military Child!!
  • April 2 – Light it Up Blue (Autism awareness)
  • April 3 – Career Day (9:15 am – 11:15 am); STEAM Day (1:15 pm – 3:15 pm)
  • Apr 6-13 Spring Break: No school for students and teachers; Offices closed April 10 and 13
  • April 14 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm); National Assistant Principal’s Day!!
  • April 15 – Drama Club parent meeting (7:30 pm – 8 pm); Report cards distributed
  • April 22 – Secretaries Day!!
  • April 23 – Take your Child to Work day!!
  • April 24 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am); Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast (9:45 am – 10:45 am)
  • April 28 – No school for students and teachers
  • April 30 – Spring Academic Night (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • May is National Military Appreciation Month and Children’s Mental Health Month!!
  • May 1 – School Principal’s Day!!
  • May 4-8 – Teacher Appreciation Week!!
  • May 5 ­- Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • May 6 – National School Nurse Day!
  • May 12 – Spring Concert (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • May 22 – Drama Club performance (7pm – 8:30 pm)
  • May 25 – Memorial Day: Offices and schools closed
  • May 29 – Drama Club performance (7pm – 8:30 pm)
  • June 2 – PreK-2nd Field Day; Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • June 3 – 3-5 Field Day
  • June 10 – Pre- K Promotion Celebration (9:30 am – 10:30 am)
  • June 11 – Grades 1 & 2 Awards Assembly (2 pm – 3 pm); Grades 3 & 4 Awards Assembly & Picnic (9:30 am – 10:30 am); Grade 5 Promotion (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • June 12 – Kindergarten Promotion & Picnic (10 am – 11 am)
  • June 15 – Last day of school for students!!! Early release day for all students (12:55 pm)
  • June 16 – Professional day for teachers
  • **June 23 – Report cards mailed home

Glen Haven Weekly Scoop: Week of September 2

Lots of beginning-school-year stuff going on!

This Week and Beyond:    

  • Sept 2 – Labor Day; offices and schools closed
  • Sept 3 – First day of school for students!!!
  • Sept 3 – 6 – Spirit week! Show your SOARing Eagle Spirit every day!)
  • Sept 10- Back to School night for grades Pre-K to 2nd
  • Sept 12- Back to School night for grades 3 to 5

Announcements:

  •  First Day of School- School begins on Tuesday, September 3, 2019!
  • School Hours are 9:00 am – 3:25 pm (doors open at 8:40).  Please be mindful that instruction for students begins at 9 am.  Because we want to assure that students have the entire school day to use for lessons and school work, parents who need to be in the building at or after 9 am will need a guest sticker.
  •  Sept 3 – 6 – Spirit week! Show your SOARing Eagle Spirit every day!
    • Sept 3: Dress for Success: Show how successful you will be this year by dressing for success.
    • Sept 4: Rainbow Day: Show your organization by dressing in the same color as the rest of your grade level
      • 5th: Purple
      • 4th: Blue
      • 3rd: Green
      • 2nd: Yellow
      • 1st: Orange
      • PreK/K: Red
    • Sept 5: Sports Day: Show good sportsmanship and always make  safe choices.
    • Sept 6: GHES day: Show you are kind and respectful by showing your school spirit. Wear Glen Haven attire or green or blue.
  • First Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting: Please join us Tuesday October 1 for our first Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting of the year! We hope all families will be able to join us Tuesday evening- FREE pizza will be served at 6:30 PM and the presentation/meeting begins at 7:00 PM. Alphabest will provide supervision for school-age children from 7-8PM. ***PTA meetings are hosted by the PTA and OPEN TO EVERYONE- membership is not required to attend!!***
    • Wanna join the team? We are still looking for volunteers to lead Membership, Translation, Audit, and (co-lead) Room Parents!.
    • Welcome to new (and returning) Kindergarten parents! As both a PTA rep and a parent of another incoming Kindergartener, it was great to meet so many of you during the orientation and summer playdates at the park.  Our weekly newsletter, The Scoop, will have plenty of timely information, but please feel free to reach out if you have any other questions!
      • For your future planning: Parent Information Sessions/PTA Meetings convene on the first Tuesday of the month, unless otherwise noted.
        • Save the dates! Oct 1, Nov 5, Dec 3, Jan 7, Feb 4, Mar 3, Apr 14, May 5, Jun 2

 

  • Meet the new PTA Leadership for 2019-2020
Glen Haven PTA Leadership Team – 2019-20
Position Serving
Executive Committee
President Larry Finkelberg
Vice President Jessica Sniffin & John Nangle
Vice President – Communications Katie Campana-Scherer
Treasurer Catherine Beaudette
Secretary Heather Ginn
Delegates Doug Ryan & Henriot St. Gerard
Committee/Task Leads
Membership VACANT
Staff Appreciation Laura Ortiz
Translation VACANT
Room Parents Amy Richardson & VACANT co-lead
After School Activities Betsy Rakola
Fundraising and Community Events Heather Ginn  & Catherine Beaudette
Fundraising and Community Events activities:
Book Fairs Suzanne Feinspan & Roxana Finkelburg
Movie Nights Karin Fleschner & Marianne Toussaint
Spirit Wear Corinna Burnham
Dine Out Nights Olga Yakimakho
2nd Cup of Coffee Matthew Rakola
Box Tops Jeanane Pierre Louis
Election Day Bake Sale (2020 Primary) Scott MacRae
Sweep the Creek Matthew Rakola
Read-A-Thon VACANT

Reminders:

  • MCPS provides meals for students with negative account balances through Dine with Dignity program.  Launched in November 2018, the Dine with Dignity program allows students with negative account balances to enjoy traditional breakfast and lunch choices at no cost. Families will be asked to pay off, or to contribute within their means when they can, toward the outstanding balance on their student’s lunch account; the Dine with Dignity Fund pays the remainder. Community members who would like to contribute to the Dine with Dignity Fund can donate online at: https://www.mcpsfoundation.org/pages/our-programs/dine-with-dignity-program

Other ways to help out the PTA:

  • Help our PTA by purchasing items with the Box Tops for Education logo then clip and send them to school to be collected.  The classroom that submits the most Box Tops each month will celebrate with a popcorn party and an overall winner will get a class pizza party at the end of the school year!
  • Sign up for eScrip at www.escrip.com earn special savings for you and money for the Glen Haven PTA.
  • We now have a new way to support your Glen Haven PTA!  If you shop on Amazon, use our Amazon Smile link (https://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-6018965) to donate some of the proceeds for your purchase to Glen Haven PTA.   You’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com,  with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to the Glen Haven PTA!
  • Register your Giant card at https://giantfood.com/school-rewards/.  For each purchase that you make, Giant will donate to Glen Haven Elementary.

Class Dojo:  Please make sure you set up a Class Dojo account for your child.  Your child’s teacher has the information regarding how to set this up or you can click on this link- https://classdojo.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/205417305-Create-a-Parent-Account#web. The school uses Class Dojo for most communications so it is very important for you to have access to your child’s account and check for announcements daily.

Like us on Facebook!  Glen Haven PTA @glenhavenpta (https://www.facebook.com/glenhavenpta/)

Community Events and News:
Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly & Caterpillar exhibit (until 9/22)
at Brookside Gardens (1800 Glenallan Ave). Brookside Gardens is fluttering with butterflies at the seasonal Wings of Fancy Butterfly and Caterpillar exhibit. Interact with hundreds of native and exotic butterflies North America, Costa Rica, Africa, and Asia. 10 am – 5 pm Daily.

Annual Children’s Day Festival (9/21 at 11 am – 4 pm). at Brookside Gardens (1800 Glenallan Ave).  Join us for a fabulous family fun-day! The annual event is held each year to offer the community an active and engaged experience in Montgomery Parks. Focused on children’s games, crafts and education, you can explore Brookside Gardens and participate in numerous different activities throughout the day. With live music, food trucks and plenty of green space, you are sure to enjoy a full day of entertainment. This event is free.

Wheaton Arts Parade & Festival (9/22 at 10 am – 5 pm).  The Wheaton Arts Parade is a day for citizens, artists, businesses, and civic organizations to come together, walking to celebrate art and the Wheaton community. At the end of this March for Art, the community gathers at a festival to continue the celebration. The day is inspired by the parade and the closure of roadways to motor vehicles so that people can walk and dance, play music and show off their art. The parade liberates the community’s creative spirit from the confines of everyday life. Freed from their cars, people can appreciate Wheaton at a slower pace, as a walkable community. The highway becomes a path toward creativity and the arts parade calls the community to follow.  The parade leads to a festival that continues the celebration of art and Wheaton’s diversity. It is a time to gather in one place and eat together, to listen to music and readings, watch dance, view paintings and sculpture, to talk to each other and even make art. It is a chance for artists to exhibit and sell their work, but most importantly it is a time for local artists to be appreciated by the community and each other and for the community to see Wheaton’s potential as an arts destination.

Story Time at the National Postal Museum. Taking place every Monday, the program includes a book reading and activities for little ones in the museum’s education space. Stay to explore the rest of the museum, which is full of interactive exhibits that all ages can enjoy. Story Time is at 10:30am and repeated at 11am. Admission is free.  Check out their calendar: https://postalmuseum.si.edu/visit/calendar.html

Montgomery Parks Programs and Activities – Montgomery County Recreation and Montgomery Parks have hundreds of exciting programs and classes to promote active and healthy lifestyles. For more information, visit ActiveMONTGOMERY (https://apm.activecommunities.com/montgomerycounty).

Local Libraries

(http://host.evanced.info/montgomerycountymd/evanced/eventcalendar)

Silver Spring Library
Special Events:

  • Ethiopia Day and Coffee Ceremony (9/14 at 11:30 am)
    • Join us for a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony to celebrate Ethiopian New Year. National clothes, arts, musical instruments will be on display as well. 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All ages. September is also African Heritage month. 3rd floor meeting room.
  • Early Learning with the Infants and Toddlers Program (10/07 at 10:30 am)
    • Does your child have difficulty following the activity of a typical storytime? Montgomery County Infants and Toddlers will present a special early learning program for 24 months- 4 years for a very limited group of families. Please register starting September 30th (8pm) for an eight week session. Families will be expected to attend all eight sessions. 5th floor program room.

Ongoing:

  • Chess Club (Tuesdays at 3:00 pm)
  • Baby Storytime (Tuesdays at 10:30 am and 11:30 am)
  • Preschool Story Time (Tuesdays 1:30 pm)
  • Pajama Story Time (Tuesdays 6:30 pm)
  • Toddler Story Time (Wednesdays at 10:30 am and 11:30 am)
  • Lego Weekend Play (Saturdays at 12:30 pm; Sundays at 1 pm)

Wheaton Library
Ongoing:

  • Toddler Storytime (Wednesdays at 10:30 am)
  • Building Block Time (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 am)

Kensington Park Library
Special Events:

  • How to Prepare for a Disaster (9/19 at 4:30 pm)
    • September is National Preparedness Month. Please join us as Joe Corona, Outreach Coordinator from the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, helps children ages 5-9 learn how to prepare for a potential disaster.
  • Yoga and Mindfulness for Preschoolers (10/05 at 10:30 am)
    • For ages 2-5 and their families. Bring your own mat or towel as there will only be a limited supply available. Join us for 45 minutes of uninterrupted, tech-free family time in which every single person gets to stretch, move, laugh and relax. This Yoga event is presented by Starlight Family Yoga.
  • Yoga and Mindfulness for Elementary Age (10/05 at 11:30 am)
    •  For ages 6-10 and their families. Bring your own mat or towel as there will only be a limited supply available. Join us for 45 minutes of uninterrupted, tech-free family time in which every single person gets to stretch, move, laugh and relax. This Yoga event is presented by Starlight Family Yoga.

Ongoing:

  • Pajama Storytime (Mondays at 7 pm)
  • Chess Club (Tuesdays at 6 pm)
  • Storytime for Babies (Wednesdays at 10:30 am)
  • Storytime for Toddlers and Preschoolers  (Wednesdays at 11:15 am)
  • Homework Help (Thursdays at 5:30 pm)
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School Information for Parents:
Parent guides to the Elementary school curriculum:
https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/elementary/guides.aspx

The MCPS Parent Academy – Sign up for FREE workshops at www.mcpsparentacademy.org

Student safety: As parents and caregivers, we often have questions about student safety.  You can find information about how Montgomery County Public Schools approaches student safety at https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2018-2019/Ensuring-Student-Safety.html

A Look Ahead:

  • Sept 27 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • Sept 30- No school for students and teachers
  • Oct 1 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Oct 2 – National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day; Drama C;lub parent meeting (5:30 pm – 6:30 pm)
  • Oct 4 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm)
  • Oct 9 – No school for students and teachers
  • Oct 14 – Columbus Day: Open house for parents & guardians (9 am – 11 am)
  • Oct 17 – Fall Academic Night (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Oct 25 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • Oct 23-31 – Red Ribbon week
  • November is Military Family month!!
  • Nov 5  – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Nov 8 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm)
  • Nov 11 & 12 – Early release days for all students (12:55 pm); Parent-Teacher conferences
  • Nov 20 – Report cards distributed
  • Nov 22 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • Nov 25 – Coat Drive begins!!
  • Nov 26 – International Night (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Nov 27 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm)
  • Nov 28 & 29 – Thanksgiving; offices and schools closed
  • Dec 3 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Dec 12 – Winter Concert (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Dec 16-20 – PBIS Spirit week
  • Dec 20 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am); Winter Sing-a-Long (Prek-2nd; 2 pm – 2:45 pm); Winter Wonderland class acticvties (2:45 pm – 3:15 pm)
  • Dec 23-31 – Winter break: No school for students and teachers; Offices closed Dec 24-25
  • Jan 1 – New Year’s Day: offices and schools closed
  • Jan 7 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Jan 20 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: offices and schools closed
  • Jan 24 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm); 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • Jan 27 – Professional day for teachers; no school for students
  • Jan 27-31 – The Great Kindness Challenge
  • Feb 4 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm); Report cards distributed
  • Feb 7 – Drama Club Carnival!! (6:30 pm – 8:30 pm)
  • Feb 17 – President’s Day: offices and schools closed
  • Feb 28 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm); 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • March is the Month of the Military Caregiver!!
  • Mar 3 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • Mar 27 – Early release day for all students (12:55 pm); 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
  • Mar 30-April 3 – College and Career Awareness week!!
  • April is the Month of the Military Child!!
  • April 2 – Light it Up Blue (Autism awareness)
  • April 3 – Career Day (9:15 am – 11:15 am); STEAM Day (1:15 pm – 3:15 pm)
  • Apr 6-13 Spring Break: No school for students and teachers; Offices closed April 10 and 13
  • April 14 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm); National Assistant Principal’s Day!!
  • April 15 – Drama Club parent meeting (7:30 pm – 8 pm); Report cards distributed
  • April 22 – Secretaries Day!!
  • April 23 – Take your Child to Work day!!
  • April 24 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am); Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast (9:45 am – 10:45 am)
  • April 28 – No school for students and teachers
  • April 30 – Spring Academic Night (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • May is National Military Appreciation Month and Children’s Mental Health Month!!
  • May 1 – School Principal’s Day!!
  • May 4-8 – Teacher Appreciation Week!!
  • May 5 ­- Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • May 6 – National School Nurse Day!
  • May 14 – Spring Concert (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • May 22 – Drama Club performance (7pm – 8:30 pm)
  • May 25 – Memorial Day: Offices and schools closed
  • May 29 – Drama Club performance (7pm – 8:30 pm)
  • June 2 – PreK-2nd Field Day; Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • June 3 – 3-5 Field Day
  • June 10 – Pre- K Promotion Celebration (9:30 am – 10:30 am)
  • June 11 – Grades 1 & 2 Awards Assembly (2 pm – 3 pm); Grades 3 & 4 Awards Assembly & Picnic (9:30 am – 10:30 am); Grade 5 Promotion (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
  • June 12 – Kindergarten Promotion & Picnic (10 am – 11 am)
  • June 15 – Last day of school for students!!! Early release day for all students (12:55 pm)
  • June 16 – Professional day for teachers
  • **June 23 –  Report cards mailed home