Weekly Scoop for Nov. 9, 2015

Do you have any old, dried out magic markers or highlighters in your house? Don’t just throw them away! Between Nov. 3 and 30, Glen Haven will be collecting markers as part of the Crayola Color Cycle program. There will be a box near the main office for the collection. This is a great way for students to be good citizens and explore eco-friendly practices.

Looking for a fun gift to give grandparents/aunts/uncles/family friends? Turn your child’s artwork into usable products and keepsakes while helping Glen Haven! Send in the artwork, order form and payment in by Thursday, Nov. 12. You will get the artwork back, and orders will be in before winter break. Want more info? Head to http://www.originalworks.com/

This Week:
Wednesday – Early Release/Parent-teacher conferences
Thursday– Early Release/Parent-teacher conference
Thursday – Report Card Day!
Friday – Principal’s Book of the Month Club/Merienda. What’s this? On the second Friday of the month, Dr. Ennis invites parents into the school to meet and then head into the classrooms to read to their child’s class (or another class that could use a reader). This month, PK-2 will be reading Miss Rumphius and 3-5 will be reading Who Would Win? Hornet vs. Wasp. Dr. Ennis asks parents to arrive at 9:15 for a meet/greet and everyone will head to the classrooms at 9:50. Interested? Contact Mrs. Jen Lucina at Jennifer_M_Lucina@mcpsmd.org

**In honor of Veterans Day, our students will be presenting thank you notes to soldiers with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research during the Principal’s Book of the Month Club.**

A Look Ahead:
November 19 – Didn’t like your kid’s pic? Nov. 19 is Picture Make Up Day
November 25 – Early release
November 26 – NO SCHOOL! Happy Thanksgiving!
November 27 – NO SCHOOL!

Community Events/Other News

* MoCo students are performing better than their peers across the state, according to the first results from the PARCC state assessment tests. That said, the Board of Education found that the tests demonstrate the “urgent need” to remain focused on closing the achievement gaps and improving student performance literacy and math. Learn more here.

* The Board of Education is already planning for the 2016 legislative session. Here is a blog post on their priorities and another on their meeting with the MoCo delegation.

* The NAACP Parents’ Council is hosting a Donuts for Dads event on Nov. 11 from 9:30-11. Head there to learn more about the importance of father involvement! More info here.

* Wheaton will be hosting at Art Festival at Chuck Levin’s Music Center on Nov. 13 from 3:30-9:30. The event is Free, although if you buy a patron ticket you are guaranteed seating. Head here for a schedule.

Although it’s my understanding that Festivus (a Festivus for the Rest of Us) is celebrated on Dec. 23, Downtown Silver Spring will be celebrating a little early – on November 14. The “Foodie Festivus” will start at 6 p.m. with the lighting of a 30-foot public art installation featuring illuminated take-out containers and a glass bottle star. The fun, which will include live music, food tastings and drink specials, will run from 6-8.

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