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
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.
Fundraiser for childhood cancer: September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Mrs. Pykosh’s School Energy and Recycling Team (SERT) is asking students and parents to collect your spare change and send it in for the Coins4Kids program (https://www.coins4kids) benefitting the Children’s Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation (http://www.cncfhope.org/).
Giant A+ School Rewards programs has started! From September 7 to March 16, 2019, you can support Glen Haven Elementary School (up to two schools can be supported!):
o Visit www.giantfood.com and click REGISTER at to create your new online account, or
- Click on SIGN IN –> MANAGE MY ACCOUNT –> SAVINGS & REWARDS, to log on to your existing online account
o Once you are logged in to your account, you can select a school for A+ Rewards.
o You need your 12-digit GIANT CARD number found on the back of the card. If you have a GIANT CARD but do not know your number, call the GIANT CARD HOTLINE at 1-877-366-2668 and select Option #1. The representatives will be able to provide you your GIANT CARD number.
o If you need a GIANT CARD, please visit your local store to obtain one or visit www.giantfood.com and click on I NEED A GIANT CARD.
Other ways to help out the PTA – Box tops, Amazon Smile, CertifiKid, eScrips, and Giant. Please see the link below to see more information on how YOU and these organizations can help the GHES PTA.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/hni70rrfmunsxof/Copy of PTAFundraisingFlyer.pdf?dl=0
- 9/19 – No school for students and teachers
- 9/21 – 2nd Cup of Coffee; Merienda; Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
Community Events and News:
- Saturday, September 22
14th Annual Museum Day. All ages (family-friendly event). Times and locations vary. The theme of this year’s Museum Day is “Women Making History,” honoring women in society who are trailblazers in the arts, sciences, innovation and culture, and emboldening others to be pioneers as well. Smithsonian Magazine spearheads this initiative in which participating museums across the United States open their doors for free to those who download a branded ticket. Details online. FREE Various locations, MD, VA and DC.
Check It Out: A Library + Art Pop-up Program. Kids 10 and under. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check it out! Find our cart in the gallery and check out a kit to use inside the Museum. Kits include a children’s book, suggested artworks for viewing and hands-on materials. This program is a partnership between Smithsonian Libraries and the Hirshhorn. FREE Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC.
Family Saturdays. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. In recognition of Constitution Week, create an original mobile about the three branches of government. Meet in the entrance to Exhibition Hall. FREE Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DC.
Montgomery County Education & Activities Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring a picnic and a blanket or purchase lunch from our food trucks. SSFS is on a beautiful 140 acre campus. Enjoy the serenity whild you “digest” the best education and activity resources in the county. Indoors and outdoors, weather permitting. FREE Sandy Spring Friends School, Sandy Spring, MD.
- Sunday, September 23
KIDfest: Find Your Spark!. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 5 p.m. KIDfest is part of KID Museum’s ongoing effort to expose children and adults alike to the power of hands-on maker learning and inspire the next generation of creative and confident innovators. Along with two stages of live musical performances and entertainment, the festival also features dynamic talks by local inventors, as well as exhibits and activities that include both fun, off-the-wall inventions and serious science innovations. FREE Silver Spring Civic Building, Silver Spring, MD.
ZooFiesta. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can kick off the Smithsonian-wide Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at “ZooFiesta: Un dia de diversion animal para toda la familia!” There will be a variety of fun-filled family activities, including live music and educational activities about conservation in Central and South America. FREE National Zoo, Washington, DC.
Local Libraries (http://host.evanced.info/montgomerycountymd/evanced/eventcalendar)
Silver Spring Library
Children’s Author Sue Fliess (Saturday September 22 at 11 am)
American Sign Language Bilingual Storytime, Ages 2-5 ( Saturday September 29 11 am)
Lego Weekend Play (Saturdays at 12:30 pm; Sundays at 1 pm)
English Conversation Club (Mondays at 11:30 am)
Baby Storytime (Tuesdays at 10:30 am and 11:30 am)
Preschool Story Time (Tuesdays 1:30 PM)
Toddler Story Time (Wednesdays at 10:30 AM and 11:30 am)
Homework Help (Thursdays at 6 pm)
Me and You-kulele Sing-a-long (Thursdays 4 pm)
Pajama Storytime (Mondays 6:30 pm)
Toddler Storytime (Tuesdays at 10:30 am)
Building Block Time (Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:30 am)
Kensington Park Library
English Conversation Club for Non-Native Speakers (Monday September 17 at 1 pm; Monday September 24 at 11:30 am)
Celebrating Classical Music (Saturday September 22 at 1:30 pm). Musical sidewalk chalk art, Make Your Own Egg Shaker, and a concert by percussionist Luis Garay at 3 pm.
Storytime for Babies (Wednesdays at 10:30 am)
Storytime for Toddlers and Preschoolers (Wednesdays at 11:15 am)
Pajama Storytime (Mondays at 7 pm)
Parent guides to the Elementary school curriculum:
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).
The MCPS Parent Academy – Sign up for FREE workshops at www.mcpsparentacademy.org
A Look Ahead:
- September 27 – English Class starts for parents (9 am – 11 am)
- October 2 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
- October 3 – Drama Club parent meeting (5:30 pm – 6:30 pm)
- October 5 – Early release day for all students
- October 8 – Open House for parents and guardians
- October 12 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
- October 18 – Fall Academic Night (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
- October 22 to 26 – Red Ribbon week
- October 26 – Fall Fest 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
- November – Military Family month!
- November 6 – General Election Day— School closed
- November 7 – Early release day for all students; end of quarter planning
- November 8 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
- November 9 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
- November 12 – Parent conferences; Early release day for all students; Take-a-Flake begins
- November 13 – Parent conferences; Early release day for all students
- November 15 – International Night (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
- November 20 – Report card distribution
- November 21 – Early release day for all students
- November 22 and 23 – Thanksgiving—Offices and schools closed
- November 23 – Coat Drive begins
- December 4 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
- December 7 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
- December 14 – Take-a-Flake gifts due
- December 17-21 – PBIS Spirit Week!
- December 20 – Winter Concert (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
- December 21 – Winter Concert/Sing-A-Long (9:30 am – 10:30 am); Winter Wonderland class parties (2 pm – 3:15 pm)
- December 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31 – Winter Break—No school for students and teachers2019
- January 1 – New Year’s Day—Offices and schools closed
- January 4 – First semester SSL hours due
- January 8 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
- January 18 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
- January 21 – Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Day—Offices and schools closed
- January 25 – Early release day for all students; end of quarter planning
- January 28 – Professional day for teachers; Coat Drive ends
- January 29- February 1 – The Great Kindness Challenge week
- February 4-8 – School Counseling week
- February 5 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
- February 6 – Report cards distributed
- February 8 – Drama Club Carnival (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
- February 14 – Valentine’s Day parties (2:30 pm – 3:15 pm)
- February 15 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
- February 18 – Presidents’ Day—Offices and schools closed
- March 1 – Military Caregiver month; Early release day for all students
- March 5 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
- March 15 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am)
- March 21 – Spring Academic Night/STEM Fair (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
- April 1 – Military Child month
- April 2 – Light It Up Blue (Autism Awareness Day); Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
- April 3 – Paraprofessional Appreciation Day; Early release day for all students; end of quarter planning
- April 8-12 – PBIS Spirit Week
- April 10 – Drama Club parent meeting (7:30 pm – 8 pm)
- April 12 – Career Day (9:15 am – 11:15 am) ; STEAM Day (1:15 pm – 3:15 pm)
- April 16 – Report cards distributed
- April 17, 18, 19, 22 – Spring Break—No school for students and teachers; offices closed April 19 and 22
- April 24 – Secretaries’ Day
- April 25 – Take Your Child to Work Day
- April 26 – 2nd Cup of Coffee- Merienda- Principal’s Book of the Month (8:40 am – 9:40 am); Volunteer Appreciation Brunch (10 am – 11 am)
- May 1 – National Military Appreciation month begins; School Principal’s Day
- May 6-10 – Children’s Mental Health Matters week; Teacher Appreciation week
- May 7 – Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
- May 8 – National School Nurse Day
- May 16 – Spring Concert (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
- May 24 – Drama Club performance (7 pm – 8:30 pm)
- May 27 – Memorial Day—Offices and schools closed
- May 31 – Drama Club performance (7 pm – 8:30 pm)
- June 4 — Parent Information Session/PTA Meeting (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
- June 5 – Professional day for teachers
- June 6 – Field Day grades K-2
- June 7 – Field Day grades 3-5; second semester SSL hours due
- June 10 – PreK/PEP Promotion/Celebration (9:30 am – 10:30 am)
- June 11 – Kindergarten Promotion/Picnic (10 am – 11 am)
- June 12 – Grades3-4 Awards/Picnic (9:30 am – 10:30 am); Grades 1-2 Awards (2 pm -3 pm); Grade 5 Promotion!
- June 13 – Last day of school for students! Early release day for all students
- June 14 – Professional day for teachers
- June 24 – Report cards mailed