Weekly Scoop for Jan. 18, 2016

It looks like snow is headed our way (although it’s not clear whether school will be disrupted.) Hopefully everyone knows where to look to get the latest news on whether school is cancelled, but just in case, here’s a run-down.

* Subscribe to QuickNotes (email): http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/info/quicknotes/subscribe/
* Get text alerts: http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/emergency/alertmcps.aspx
* Follow MCPS on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcps
* Call: 301-279-3673 for recorded emergency information
* Watch local news/listen to NPR or WTOP for announcements

A quick reminder to shovel your sidewalks within 24 hours of a snowstorm. (It’s the law!) Let’s work together to keep our children safe as they walk to school. If you have a neighbor who needs help shoveling their sidewalk, you can role model community service to your kids and bring them along to help out.

There’s still time to sign up for after school activities! Scroll down to the bottom for the full line up!

Monday: Basketball; Big Learning Science & Engineering
Tuesday: Karate (grades 2-5); Spanish (K-1)
Wednesday: Chinese (MORNINGS – 8 a.m.-9 a.m.); Audubon Nature Club (K-2)
Thursday: Karate (pre-K – 1st grade); Spanish (grades 2-5)
Friday: Soccer

What are you looking for from after school activities? Take our survey! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SPZLKPD

This Week:

Jan. 18: NO SCHOOL. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Jan. 22: Drama Club Carnival. 6:30-8:30 Support the Drama Club while playing games and winning prizes! $1 admission; tickets cost 25 cents each (The cost of games and food will vary) Cash only.

A Look Ahead:
Jan. 25: NO SCHOOL. Professional Day for teachers
Jan. 30: Attention skaters! Join us at Wheaton Ice Arena on January 30 for a “Skate For Your School” event from 12:30-2:30. More info to come!
Feb. 2: PTA Information Session
Feb. 12: Valentine’s Day class parties. Has your December holiday chocolate/candy run out? Good thing Valentine’s Day is around the corner!
Feb. 12: 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). 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

Community Events/Other News

* In a joint statement on the County Executive’s Capital Budget recommendation, the Board of Education President & MoCo Interim Superintendent said they were disappointed in the education budget and plan to work with the county council and state leaders to secure more funding for our schools.
* Wondering what’s been going on with PARCC recently? Here’s an update.
* County Exec Leggett will be hosting several forums to discuss the FY2017 operating budget: Jan. 20 at the Silver Spring Regional Services Center at One Veterans Place and Jan. 21 at the Mid-County Community Rec Center at 2004 Queensguard Rd.
* Does your child have a library card? MoCo Public Libraries and MCPS are teaming up to get the word out: every elementary school student should have their own library card. For more info, head here: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library.

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS!

Big Learning Science & Engineering
Do your kids like to build towers then destroy them? Would they like to design their own roller coaster or catapult? Then sign up now for Big Learning Science!
This winter the afterschool science classes focus on engineering. Grades K-2 will learn how to build tall towers, strong bridges, and much more. Grades 3-5 will find out about roller coasters, catapults, rockets, and other exciting projects.
Mondays starting 1/11 (8 weeks) YOU CAN STILL SIGN UP! **
$100 per child

Big Learning Introductory Spanish (K-1)
Tuesdays starting 2/2 (12 weeks)
$154 for 12 weeks – a special lower Title I rate of just $12.83 per class
Sign up at http://www.biglearning.org/fles

Big Learning Beginning Spanish (2-5)
Thursdays starting 2/4 (12 weeks)
$154 for 12 weeks – a special lower Title I rate of just $12.83 per class
Sign up at http://www.biglearning.org/fles

Big Learning Beginner Chinese (2-5)
Wednesday MORNING starting 2/3, from 8-9 AM (12 weeks)

A.S.K. Martial Arts
Tuesdays starting 1/19 for Grades 2-5 (9 weeks)
$89 per child
Belt test on 3/23
Thursdays starting 1/21 for Junior Dragons, Ages 4,5,6 (9 weeks)
$79 per child
Dragon test 3/10

Avanti Basketball
Mondays starting 1/11 through 3/21 (8 weeks)
$77 per child
No class on 1/18, 1/25 or 2/15
http://www.avantiathletics.com

Avanti Soccer
Fridays starting 1/22-3/18 (8 weeks)
$77 per child
No class 2/26
http://www.avantiathletics.com

Audubon Nature Club
Grades K-2
Wednesdays starting 1/13 (6 weeks)
$55 per child
Does your child love nature and animals? If so, he or she might enjoy Audubon Nature Club. For the Winter Session they will focus on how animals survive the cold. Each week, they will focus on one animal and discuss it in detail. The class plays games, does scavenger hunts, and explores the Winter wildlife of Maryland. Black bears, deer, squirrels, and owls are just a few of the creatures they will discover, along with LIVE ANIMAL presentations!

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