PTA General Meeting October 2020

PTA Meeting Minutes

2nd PTA General Meeting: October 6, 2020

Call to Order: The PTA Executive Board met on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 VIRTUALLY via Zoom video conferencing. President Jessica Sniffin called the meeting to Order at 7:04 pm.

Present: Jessica Sniffin, John Nangle, Roxana Finkelberg, Catherine Beaudette, Shahrzad Spieler, Katie Campana-Scherer, Principal Heifetz, Vice Principal Mackall, Prospective and current PTA Members

– Quorum of 10+ members present; 18 sign-ins via Zoom.

Minutes:

  • Call to order from PTA President (Jessica Sniffin)
    • Introduction of officers
    • Positions still needed
      • Fundraising
      • Room parent coordinator
  • Announcements from Glen Haven staff (Principals Heifetz and Mackall)
    • No Interim reports will be sent for Marking Period #1
    • GHES received a Safeway Nourishing Neighbors grant to provide food assistance for families in our community (Contact Mrs. Willis for grocery gift cards)
    • Mental Health Mondays: free Parent Academy online training
    • Parent VUE accounts: families need to update information to access information about grades
      • Contact Ms. Cuya or Ms. Burger to get activation letter
  • President’s announcements (Jessica Sniffin)
    • What does the PTA do?
    • How you can get involved
    • Initiatives:
      • Room parents
      • GHES directory (spearheaded by room parents)
  • Treasurer’s report (Catherine Beaudette)
    • Box Tops for Education
      • Unexpired clipped points can be sent to Catherine Beaudette
      • Current and future points can be submitted with app (Google Play & Apple store)
  • Order of business: Vote on By-Laws 2020-2023
    • Motion proposed: John Nangle and Katie Campana-Scherer
    • Second:  Catherine Beaudette
    • Vote: All in Favor; No Nays
  • President’s announcements (Jessica Sniffin)
    • Suggestions can be sent to Jess Sniffin or uploaded to Suggestion Box via Google Forms
      • Contacting PTA President: president@ghespta.org
  • Staff announcements (Principal Heifetz)
    • Recent Twitter update regarding Board of Edication proposals to Academic calendar changes
      • November 4 is now a Professional Day (no school November 3-4)
      • Early release days for conferences have shifted to November 23-24
        • Full/typical days November 11-12
    • Materials for Marking Period 2 will need to be distributed (tentative plan for first week of November)
  • Interactive
    • Parent questions & concerns
      • What are room parent tasks?
        • President response: developing a class contact list; touching base with teachers about needs; liaison with teachers
      • What are challenges that staff are seeing?
  • President’s announcement (Jessica Sniffin)
    • Spiritwear has been ordered and will be available for purchase on MemberHub site
  • Adjournment
    • Meeting adjourned at 7:53 pm

Minutes prepared by Kathryn Campana-Scherer, Secretary

PTA General Meeting September 2020

PTA Meeting Minutes

1st PTA General Meeting: September 8, 2020

Call to Order: The PTA Executive Board met on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 VIRTUALLY via Zoom video conferencing. President Jessica Sniffin called the meeting to Order at 7 pm.

Present: Jessica Sniffin, John Nangle, Roxana Finkelberg, Catherine Beaudette, Shahrzad Spieler, Katie Campana-Scherer, Doug Ryan, Principal Heifetz, Vice Principal Mackall, Prospective and current PTA Members (Ms. Willis; Rakola family; Hawaz family; Hornung family; Halpin family).

– Quorum of 10+ members present; 46 sign-ins via Zoom.

Minutes:

  • Introduction to executive committee from PTA President (Jessica Sniffin)
Glen Haven PTA Leadership Team – 2020-2021
  
PositionServing
Executive Committee 
PresidentJessica Sniffin
Vice PresidentJohn Nangle
Vice President – CommunicationsRoxana Finkelberg
TreasurerCatherine Beaudette
Treasurer ElectShahrzad Spieler
SecretaryKatie Campana-Scherer
DelegatesDoug Ryan
  • Introduction and welcome from Glen Haven staff (Principals Heifetz and Mackall)
  • President’s presentation
    • Mission statement
    • What does the PTA do?
    • How you can get involved
  • Treasurer’s report (Catherine Beaudette)
    • 2020-2021 Membership Goals: 150 members 
    • Budget for 2020-2021
      • Reviewed: Catherine Beaudette
      • Motion proposed: Katie Campana-Scherer
      • Second:  Doug Ryan
  • MAP testing presentation by Glen Haven staff (Ms. Lucina)
  • Announcements
    • Upcoming events
      • Instrumental Music information sessions: 9/10 at 12 pm and 6 pm
      • Back to School Night: 9/17 at 6 pm and 6:55 pm
      • Principal’s Book of the Month: 9/25
      • No school 9/28
      • Early release 10/02
    • Contacting PTA President: president@ghespta.org
    • Reminders
      • Activate Synergy Parent VUE
        • Contact Ms. Cuya or Ms. Burger to get activation letter
    • Next PTA meeting: October 6
  • Interactive
    • Parent questions & concerns
      • What can we do to cheer kids up? Engender a sense of connection?
        • President response: Hoping to use class directories; will need room parent support to help parents connect
      • How can we use Zoom for kid and family support?
        • Principal response: have been considering support staff for Zoom lunches; need to use directory for additional parent support
    • President request for emailing additional ideas for family and child support
    • PTA meeting ideas?
      • Using Class Dojo
  • Adjournment
    • Meeting adjourned at 8:23 pm

Minutes prepared by Kathryn Campana-Scherer, Secretary

REVISED Weekly Scoop for Oct 26

REVISED Glen Haven Weekly Scoop: Week of October 26th

Getting into Fall Now!

This Week and Beyond:    

IMPORTANT SCHOOL CALENDAR CHANGES:

  • Oct 26 – Oct 30 – RED (Really Excellent Decisions) Week

Monday – A Goodnight’s Rest is Key for Success.  Wear your pajamas. 

Tuesday – Exercise for Healthy Bodies and Healthy Hearts.  Wear your favorite team jersey/shirt or sports attire to promote exercise and being active. 

Wednesday – Learning is Vital to Making Excellent Decisions.  Wear red to show that RED (Really Excellent Decisions) are vital to learning. 

Thursday – Dress for Success.  Dress as your future career. 

Friday – GHES Eagles Make Really Excellent Decisions.  Wear GHES gear or green or blue. 

  • ADDED:  Nov 4 – No school for students; professional day for teachers
  • NO LONGER HAVE:  Nov 11 & 12 – Early release days.  Instead ADDED:  Nov 23 & 24 – Early release days for all students. (11:30am)
  • PTA MEETING MOVED from Election Day on Nov. 3rd to Nov 10th from 7-8pm  – For the next PTA meeting, the first 7 nonmembers to join the Zoom PTA Meeting will get a FREE membership!!

Announcements:

  • School Hours are 8:45 am – 3:15 pm (connect, attendance, announcements at 8:45 am).  Please be mindful that instruction for students begins at 9 am, and signing in to class Zoom meetings might take a bit of time! 
  • Please note that Wednesday afternoons are scheduled for student support and teacher planning.
  • Attendance and Absence Form:  Attendance is taken each morning and each afternoon.  Students are expected to attend all live virtual leaning classes in which they are enrolled.  If they cannot attend due to illness or extenuating circumstances, they may then access the recording of the class to engage in the daily learning during an alternate time within 72 hours of the absence.  Parents/Guardians may then submit a Live Virtual Lesson Absence Form (link on school website or at:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfI682JHZy_aI1i9t1CigBdDsj6K48bIjxzMeuJ-QTu-Qw-WA/viewform?entry.255371218=Glen+Haven+ES ) to document that they engaged in the lesson and to request the unexcused absence to be reconciled to “Present”.  If extenuating circumstance exist, parent/guardians are encouraged to communicate with the school’s administration ahead of time.  The Live Virtual Lesson Absence Form must be completed for each documented absence. 
  • FREE MEALS:  Until further notice, meals will continue to be free for all families regardless of FARMS status.  This is due to a grant from USDA. 

PTA: Request to join GHES PTA MemberHub for PTA communication

https://glenhavenelementary.memberhub.com/join/uwjuo5

Access our store to pay for your PTA membership

Use link https://glenhavenelementary.new.memberhub.store/store?category=Memberships

  • ***PTA meetings are hosted by the PTA and OPEN TO EVERYONE- membership is not required to attend!!***
  • Welcome to new and returning parents! 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.
  • Meet the new PTA Leadership for 2020-2021 
Glen Haven PTA Leadership Team – 2020-2021
  
PositionServing
Executive Committee 
PresidentJessica Sniffin
Vice PresidentJohn Nangle
Vice President – CommunicationsRoxana Finkelberg
TreasurerCatherine Beaudette
 Treasurer ElectShahrzad Spieler
SecretaryKatie Campana-Scherer
DelegatesDoug Ryan

Other ways to help out the PTA:

Help our PTA by purchasing items with the Box Tops for Education logo.  There are two ways to submit them.   

Sending in Box Top Clippings by Mail

1.Join for free at:

https://www.boxtops4education.com/About

Find our school & sign up.

2. Go to Submit Box Tops and follow the steps for how to organize the clippings for mail and  fill out submission form.

3.SEND YOUR BOX TOPS TO:

    Box Tops for Education
    350 Victor St.
    Highland Park, MI 48203

THERE ARE 2 SUBMISSION DEADLINES FOR THIS YEAR NOV. 2nd and MARCH 1st.

Digital Submission of Box Tops 

1. Download the Box Tops app & create a free account

2. Shop as you normally would

3. Then simply scan your store receipts and to find participating products (it doesn’t have to be the same day you shopped)

4. The app will automatically credit your school’s Box Tops earnings online

  • 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/)

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School Information for Parents:

Extracurricular Activities at Glen Haven:

  • Chorus Grade 4 and 5 students are encouraged to register for chorus with Ms. O’Brien.  The students will strengthen their singing skills and learn how to create a virtual choir. Meeting Dates/Times:  Wednesday – 9/30/2020-11/04/2020 from 1:00-1:30 (5th grade), 2:00-2:30 (4th grade) Sponsor Email:  Meghan.K.O’Brien@mcpsmd.net
  • Drama Club (Grades 1-5) – Students learn about all aspects of drama, including acting, singing, and dancing, as well as how to be a good team member.  Grades 1-3 will meet for Semester 1 (1x per week), Grades 4-5 will meet all year (1 x per week Semester 1, 2 x per week Semester 2).  Meeting Dates/Times:  Grades 1-3 Wednesdays 4:00-4:45 (Semester 1 only), Grades 4-5 Thursdays 4:00-5:30 (Semester 1) and Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 and Thursdays 4:00-5:30 (Semester 2), Grades 4-5 Semester 2 subject to change. Sponsor Emails:  Heather.M.Williams@mcpsmd.net

Stephanie.R.Talley@mcpsmd.net

  • Safety Patrol Grade 5 – This leadership opportunity for Grade 5 students will begin virtually to train students how to serve as role models for younger students and promote safe arrival and dismissal of students.  Meeting Dates/Times to be determined.  Sponsor Emails:  laura.c.tun@mcpsmd.net

travis.a.payne@mcpsmd.net

ParentVUE:  If you have not activated your ParentVUE account and need your activation code, please email rebecca.h.willis@mcpsmd.net to have it emailed to you. 

Parent guides to the Elementary school curriculum:

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/elementary/guides.aspx

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

Family Resources / Recursos para la familia

Financial Assistance Programs Accepting Applications NOW

Emergency Assistance Relief Payment (EARP) – https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/HHS/RightNav/Coronavirus_EARP.html

The County’s EARP Program is expanding and now more people may qualify.  The EARP Program provides financial assistance to: 

*low-income households who do not qualify for other types of federal and state support

*low-income families with an adult who has lost income due to a household member having COVID-19

Visit the County’s website (link above) to learn more about the new eligibility  guidelines and to apply online – https://montgomerycountymd.seamlessdocs.com/f/ojn3zzdkoz6q

Immigration status is not required for this program. 

This program does not count as public charge.

COVID-19 School-Age Subsidy Program (CSSP) –

https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/get-help/cargivers.html

*For low-income families with children at MCPS schools who attend a qualifying full-day childcare program.

*Short term program which may provide assistance paying for childcare between October and January.

*Childcare providers must be licensed and participating in the program.

*If you are eligible for other childcare subsidy programs, you must apply for those first. 

*See program website (above) and Instructions for Parents (English / Espanol) for more information and to apply online – https://forms.montgomerycountymd.gov/f/SchoolAgeChildCare

*Can provide assistance to families with undocumented children.

Parent Academy workshops are free workshops that provide information, resources, and tools & tips to support student success. The Parent Academy is designed to inform and empower families as advocates and partners in their children’s education.  Workshops provide families with useful information and resources to support their children’s academic and emotional well-being, as well as helping them to be college and career ready. Through a variety of learning opportunities, we hope to strengthen our engagement with families and the community. We recognize that behind every successful student are supportive families, teachers, school staff and community members who take an active role in educating our students.

We want our families and students to remain engaged throughout the school year. While we may not be able to meet face-to-face, Student, Family and School Services is excited to provide “Parent Academy TO GO ,” a series of virtual workshops for families to view at home.

Families can access additional information about social emotional support on the

following websites:

Office of Student and Family Supports and Engagement:

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/studentservices/

Be Well 365:

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/studentservices/wellbei

ng/index-new.aspx

Mindful Moments Video Series:

5

Waymaking Video Series:

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/waymaking/specials/

Virtual Parent Academy Series:

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/parentacademy/worksh

ops.aspx

Los talleres de la Academia Para Padres son talleres gratuitos que brindan información, recursos, herramientas y consejos para apoyar el éxito de los estudiantes. La Academia Para Padres está diseñada para informar y empoderar a las familias como defensores y aliados en la educación de sus hijos. Los talleres brindan a las familias información y recursos útiles para apoyar el bienestar académico y emocional de sus hijos, además de ayudarlos a estar preparados para la universidad y la vida profesional. A través de una variedad de oportunidades de aprendizaje, esperamos fortalecer nuestro compromise con las familias y la comunidad. Reconocemos que detrás de cada estudiante exitoso hay familias, maestros, personal escolar y miembros de la comunidad que lo apoyan y que toman un papel activo en la educación de nuestros estudiantes.

A Look Ahead:

  • Oct 22 – No school for PEP students
  • Oct 23 – Principal’s Book of the Month (9 am – 10 am) – Lilian’s Right to Vote:  A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • Oct 26 – Oct 30 – Red Ribbon Week
  • November is Military Family Month!
  • Nov 3 – ELECTION DAY!!!! Schools and offices closed
  • Nov 4 – No school for students; professional day for teachers
  • Nov 9 – No school for students; professional day for teachers (first marking period ends)
  • Nov 10 – PTA Meeting (7 pm – 8 pm)
  • Nov 20 – Principal’s Book of the Month (9 am – 10 am)
  • Nov 23 & 24 – Early release day for all students (11:30 am)
  • Nov 25 – Early release day for all students (11:30 am)
  • Nov 26 & 27 – Thanksgiving; offices and schools closed
  • Dec 17 – No school for PEP students
  • Dec 18 – Principal’s Book of the Month (9 am – 10 am)
  • Dec 24-31 – Winter break: No school for students and teachers; Offices closed Dec 24-25
  • Jan 1 – New Year’s Day: offices and schools closed
  • Jan 18 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: offices and schools closed
  • Jan 22 – Principal’s Book of the Month (9 am – 10 am)
  • Jan 25 – 28 – The Great Kindness Challenge
  • Jan 29 – No school for students; professional day for teachers
  • Feb 12 – No school for students; professional day for teachers
  • Feb 15 – President’s Day: offices and schools closed
  • Feb 17 – No school for PEP students
  • Feb 26 – Principal’s Book of the Month (9 am – 10 am)
  • Mar 12 – Early release day for all students (11:30 am)
  • Mar 26 – Principal’s Book of the Month (9 am – 10 am)
  • Mar 29 – Apr 5 – Spring Break: No school for students and teachers; Offices closed April 2 and 5
  • April is Month of the Military Child!!
  • Apr 16 – No school for students; professional day for teachers
  • Apr 30 – Principal’s Book of the Month (9 am – 10 am)
  • May is the Month of the Military Caregiver AND Children’s Mental Health Month!
  • May 3 – 7 – Teacher Appreciation week!!
  • May 13 – No school for students; professional day for teachers
  • May 28 – Principal’s Book of the Month (9 am – 10 am)
  • May 31 – Memorial Day: Offices and schools closed
  • June 16 – Last day of school for students!!! Early release day for all students (11:30 am)
  • June 17 – Professional day for teachers

Check out this Week’s Scoop!

Glen Haven Weekly Scoop: Week of October 26th

Getting into Fall Now!

This Week and Beyond:    

IMPORTANT SCHOOL CALENDAR CHANGES:

  • Oct 26 – Oct 30 – Red Ribbon Week

Monday – Say “Hello” Day – Wear Green.  Make a point to greet everyone by name today.

Tuesday – Choose Kindness – Be kind today (i.e. Give a compliment or help another student).  Teachers will be on the lookout for acts of kindness today.

Wednesday – Free to be Me Day – Wear something that’s shows everyone what you love (i.e. a favorite team, favorite show or game, favorite animal, favorite color).

Thursday – Mix It Up Day – Wear “mixed up” clothes.

Friday – Glen Haven Community Day – YOU ARE PART OF OUR COMMUNITY – Wear GHES gear or green or blue.  Show that everyone belongs at GHES.

  • ADDED:  Nov 4 – No school for students; professional day for teachers
  • NO LONGER HAVE:  Nov 11 & 12 – Early release days.  Instead ADDED:  Nov 23 & 24 – Early release days for all students. (11:30am)
  • PTA MEETING MOVED from Election Day on Nov. 3rd to Nov 10th from 7-8pm  – For the next PTA meeting, the first 7 nonmembers to join the Zoom PTA Meeting will get a FREE membership!!

Announcements:

  • School Hours are 8:45 am – 3:15 pm (connect, attendance, announcements at 8:45 am).  Please be mindful that instruction for students begins at 9 am, and signing in to class Zoom meetings might take a bit of time! 
  • Please note that Wednesday afternoons are scheduled for student support and teacher planning.
  • Attendance and Absence Form:  Attendance is taken each morning and each afternoon.  Students are expected to attend all live virtual leaning classes in which they are enrolled.  If they cannot attend due to illness or extenuating circumstances, they may then access the recording of the class to engage in the daily learning during an alternate time within 72 hours of the absence.  Parents/Guardians may then submit a Live Virtual Lesson Absence Form (link on school website or at:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfI682JHZy_aI1i9t1CigBdDsj6K48bIjxzMeuJ-QTu-Qw-WA/viewform?entry.255371218=Glen+Haven+ES ) to document that they engaged in the lesson and to request the unexcused absence to be reconciled to “Present”.  If extenuating circumstance exist, parent/guardians are encouraged to communicate with the school’s administration ahead of time.  The Live Virtual Lesson Absence Form must be completed for each documented absence. 
  • FREE MEALS:  Until further notice, meals will continue to be free for all families regardless of FARMS status.  This is due to a grant from USDA. 

PTA: Request to join GHES PTA MemberHub for PTA communication

https://glenhavenelementary.memberhub.com/join/uwjuo5

Access our store to pay for your PTA membership

Use link https://glenhavenelementary.new.memberhub.store/store?category=Memberships

  • ***PTA meetings are hosted by the PTA and OPEN TO EVERYONE- membership is not required to attend!!***
  • Welcome to new and returning parents! 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.
  • Meet the new PTA Leadership for 2020-2021 
Glen Haven PTA Leadership Team – 2020-2021
  
PositionServing
Executive Committee 
PresidentJessica Sniffin
Vice PresidentJohn Nangle
Vice President – CommunicationsRoxana Finkelberg
TreasurerCatherine Beaudette
 Treasurer ElectShahrzad Spieler
SecretaryKatie Campana-Scherer
DelegatesDoug Ryan

Other ways to help out the PTA:

Help our PTA by purchasing items with the Box Tops for Education logo.  There are two ways to submit them.   

Sending in Box Top Clippings by Mail

1.Join for free at:

https://www.boxtops4education.com/About

Find our school & sign up.

2. Go to Submit Box Tops and follow the steps for how to organize the clippings for mail and  fill out submission form.

3.SEND YOUR BOX TOPS TO:

    Box Tops for Education
    350 Victor St.
    Highland Park, MI 48203

THERE ARE 2 SUBMISSION DEADLINES FOR THIS YEAR NOV. 2nd and MARCH 1st.

Digital Submission of Box Tops 

1. Download the Box Tops app & create a free account

2. Shop as you normally would

3. Then simply scan your store receipts and to find participating products (it doesn’t have to be the same day you shopped)

4. The app will automatically credit your school’s Box Tops earnings online

  • 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/)

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School Information for Parents:

Extracurricular Activities at Glen Haven:

  • Chorus Grade 4 and 5 students are encouraged to register for chorus with Ms. O’Brien.  The students will strengthen their singing skills and learn how to create a virtual choir. Meeting Dates/Times:  Wednesday – 9/30/2020-11/04/2020 from 1:00-1:30 (5th grade), 2:00-2:30 (4th grade) Sponsor Email:  Meghan.K.O’Brien@mcpsmd.net
  • Drama Club (Grades 1-5) – Students learn about all aspects of drama, including acting, singing, and dancing, as well as how to be a good team member.  Grades 1-3 will meet for Semester 1 (1x per week), Grades 4-5 will meet all year (1 x per week Semester 1, 2 x per week Semester 2).  Meeting Dates/Times:  Grades 1-3 Wednesdays 4:00-4:45 (Semester 1 only), Grades 4-5 Thursdays 4:00-5:30 (Semester 1) and Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 and Thursdays 4:00-5:30 (Semester 2), Grades 4-5 Semester 2 subject to change. Sponsor Emails:  Heather.M.Williams@mcpsmd.net

Stephanie.R.Talley@mcpsmd.net

  • Safety Patrol Grade 5 – This leadership opportunity for Grade 5 students will begin virtually to train students how to serve as role models for younger students and promote safe arrival and dismissal of students.  Meeting Dates/Times to be determined.  Sponsor Emails:  laura.c.tun@mcpsmd.net

travis.a.payne@mcpsmd.net

ParentVUE:  If you have not activated your ParentVUE account and need your activation code, please email rebecca.h.willis@mcpsmd.net to have it emailed to you. 

Parent guides to the Elementary school curriculum:

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/elementary/guides.aspx

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

Family Resources / Recursos para la familia

Financial Assistance Programs Accepting Applications NOW

Emergency Assistance Relief Payment (EARP) – https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/HHS/RightNav/Coronavirus_EARP.html

The County’s EARP Program is expanding and now more people may qualify.  The EARP Program provides financial assistance to: 

*low-income households who do not qualify for other types of federal and state support

*low-income families with an adult who has lost income due to a household member having COVID-19

Visit the County’s website (link above) to learn more about the new eligibility  guidelines and to apply online – https://montgomerycountymd.seamlessdocs.com/f/ojn3zzdkoz6q

Immigration status is not required for this program. 

This program does not count as public charge.

COVID-19 School-Age Subsidy Program (CSSP) –

https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/get-help/cargivers.html

*For low-income families with children at MCPS schools who attend a qualifying full-day childcare program.

*Short term program which may provide assistance paying for childcare between October and January.

*Childcare providers must be licensed and participating in the program.

*If you are eligible for other childcare subsidy programs, you must apply for those first. 

*See program website (above) and Instructions for Parents (English / Espanol) for more information and to apply online – https://forms.montgomerycountymd.gov/f/SchoolAgeChildCare

*Can provide assistance to families with undocumented children.

Parent Academy workshops are free workshops that provide information, resources, and tools & tips to support student success. The Parent Academy is designed to inform and empower families as advocates and partners in their children’s education.  Workshops provide families with useful information and resources to support their children’s academic and emotional well-being, as well as helping them to be college and career ready. Through a variety of learning opportunities, we hope to strengthen our engagement with families and the community. We recognize that behind every successful student are supportive families, teachers, school staff and community members who take an active role in educating our students.

We want our families and students to remain engaged throughout the school year. While we may not be able to meet face-to-face, Student, Family and School Services is excited to provide “Parent Academy TO GO ,” a series of virtual workshops for families to view at home.

Families can access additional information about social emotional support on the

following websites:

Office of Student and Family Supports and Engagement:

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/studentservices/

Be Well 365:

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/studentservices/wellbei

ng/index-new.aspx

Mindful Moments Video Series:

5

Waymaking Video Series:

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/waymaking/specials/

Virtual Parent Academy Series:

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/parentacademy/worksh

ops.aspx

Los talleres de la Academia Para Padres son talleres gratuitos que brindan información, recursos, herramientas y consejos para apoyar el éxito de los estudiantes. La Academia Para Padres está diseñada para informar y empoderar a las familias como defensores y aliados en la educación de sus hijos. Los talleres brindan a las familias información y recursos útiles para apoyar el bienestar académico y emocional de sus hijos, además de ayudarlos a estar preparados para la universidad y la vida profesional. A través de una variedad de oportunidades de aprendizaje, esperamos fortalecer nuestro compromise con las familias y la comunidad. Reconocemos que detrás de cada estudiante exitoso hay familias, maestros, personal escolar y miembros de la comunidad que lo apoyan y que toman un papel activo en la educación de nuestros estudiantes.

A Look Ahead:

  • Oct 22 – No school for PEP students
  • Oct 23 – Principal’s Book of the Month (9 am – 10 am) – Lilian’s Right to Vote:  A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • Oct 26 – Oct 30 – Red Ribbon Week
  • November is Military Family Month!
  • Nov 3 – ELECTION DAY!!!! Schools and offices closed
  • Nov 4 – No school for students; professional day for teachers
  • Nov 9 – No school for students; professional day for teachers (first marking period ends)
  • Nov 10 – PTA Meeting (7 pm – 8 pm)
  • Nov 20 – Principal’s Book of the Month (9 am – 10 am)
  • Nov 23 & 24 – Early release day for all students (11:30 am)
  • Nov 25 – Early release day for all students (11:30 am)
  • Nov 26 & 27 – Thanksgiving; offices and schools closed
  • Dec 17 – No school for PEP students
  • Dec 18 – Principal’s Book of the Month (9 am – 10 am)
  • Dec 24-31 – Winter break: No school for students and teachers; Offices closed Dec 24-25
  • Jan 1 – New Year’s Day: offices and schools closed
  • Jan 18 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: offices and schools closed
  • Jan 22 – Principal’s Book of the Month (9 am – 10 am)
  • Jan 25 – 28 – The Great Kindness Challenge
  • Jan 29 – No school for students; professional day for teachers
  • Feb 12 – No school for students; professional day for teachers
  • Feb 15 – President’s Day: offices and schools closed
  • Feb 17 – No school for PEP students
  • Feb 26 – Principal’s Book of the Month (9 am – 10 am)
  • Mar 12 – Early release day for all students (11:30 am)
  • Mar 26 – Principal’s Book of the Month (9 am – 10 am)
  • Mar 29 – Apr 5 – Spring Break: No school for students and teachers; Offices closed April 2 and 5
  • April is Month of the Military Child!!
  • Apr 16 – No school for students; professional day for teachers
  • Apr 30 – Principal’s Book of the Month (9 am – 10 am)
  • May is the Month of the Military Caregiver AND Children’s Mental Health Month!
  • May 3 – 7 – Teacher Appreciation week!!
  • May 13 – No school for students; professional day for teachers
  • May 28 – Principal’s Book of the Month (9 am – 10 am)
  • May 31 – Memorial Day: Offices and schools closed
  • June 16 – Last day of school for students!!! Early release day for all students (11:30 am)
  • June 17 – Professional day for teachers

Check out this week’s Scoop!

Glen Haven Weekly Scoop: Week of October 19th

Getting into Fall Now!

This Week and Beyond:    

IMPORTANT SCHOOL CALENDAR CHANGES:

  • ADDED:  Nov 4 – No school for students; professional day for teachers
  • NO LONGER HAVE:  Nov 11 & 12 – Early release days.  Instead ADDED:  Nov 23 & 24 – Early release days for all students. (11:30am)
  • PTA MEETING MOVED from Election Day on Nov. 3rd to Nov 10th from 7-8pm  – For the next PTA meeting, the first 7 nonmembers to join the Zoom PTA Meeting will get a FREE membership!! 

Announcements:

Don’t feel like cooking tonight? Glen Haven PTA’s week long fundraiser with Angel’s Pizza and Pasta (located in the Wheaton Mall Food Court) is from Friday, Oct 16th – Oct 23rd !!

Please support our school and a local business! Order over the phone (301-949-3000) & pick up (no delivery apps or discount specials/coupons allowed).

www.angelspizzaandpasta.com

Don’t forget to mention that this is for the Glen Haven Fundraiser!

We will get 15% of pizza sales and 10% of everything else for all Glen Haven orders between Friday Oct. 16-Oct. 23rd

  • School Hours are 8:45 am – 3:15 pm (connect, attendance, announcements at 8:45 am).  Please be mindful that instruction for students begins at 9 am, and signing in to class Zoom meetings might take a bit of time! 
  • Please note that Wednesday afternoons are scheduled for student support and teacher planning.
  • Attendance and Absence Form:  Attendance is taken each morning and each afternoon.  Students are expected to attend all live virtual leaning classes in which they are enrolled.  If they cannot attend due to illness or extenuating circumstances, they may then access the recording of the class to engage in the daily learning during an alternate time within 72 hours of the absence.  Parents/Guardians may then submit a Live Virtual Lesson Absence Form (link on school website or at:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfI682JHZy_aI1i9t1CigBdDsj6K48bIjxzMeuJ-QTu-Qw-WA/viewform?entry.255371218=Glen+Haven+ES ) to document that they engaged in the lesson and to request the unexcused absence to be reconciled to “Present”.  If extenuating circumstance exist, parent/guardians are encouraged to communicate with the school’s administration ahead of time.  The Live Virtual Lesson Absence Form must be completed for each documented absence. 
  • FREE MEALS:  Until further notice, meals will continue to be free for all families regardless of FARMS status.  This is due to a grant from USDA. 

PTA: Request to join GHES PTA MemberHub for PTA communication

https://glenhavenelementary.memberhub.com/join/uwjuo5

Access our store to pay for your PTA membership

Use link https://glenhavenelementary.new.memberhub.store/store?category=Memberships

  • ***PTA meetings are hosted by the PTA and OPEN TO EVERYONE- membership is not required to attend!!***
  • Welcome to new and returning parents! 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.
  • Meet the new PTA Leadership for 2020-2021 
Glen Haven PTA Leadership Team – 2020-2021
  
PositionServing
Executive Committee 
PresidentJessica Sniffin
Vice PresidentJohn Nangle
Vice President – CommunicationsRoxana Finkelberg
TreasurerCatherine Beaudette
 Treasurer ElectShahrzad Spieler
SecretaryKatie Campana-Scherer
DelegatesDoug Ryan

Other ways to help out the PTA:

Help our PTA by purchasing items with the Box Tops for Education logo.  There are two ways to submit them.   

Sending in Box Top Clippings by Mail

1.Join for free at:

https://www.boxtops4education.com/About

Find our school & sign up.

2. Go to Submit Box Tops and follow the steps for how to organize the clippings for mail and  fill out submission form.

3.SEND YOUR BOX TOPS TO:

    Box Tops for Education
    350 Victor St.
    Highland Park, MI 48203

THERE ARE 2 SUBMISSION DEADLINES FOR THIS YEAR NOV. 2nd and MARCH 1st.

Digital Submission of Box Tops 

1. Download the Box Tops app & create a free account

2. Shop as you normally would

3. Then simply scan your store receipts and to find participating products (it doesn’t have to be the same day you shopped)

4. The app will automatically credit your school’s Box Tops earnings online

  • 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/)

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School Information for Parents:

Extracurricular Activities at Glen Haven:

  • Chorus Grade 4 and 5 students are encouraged to register for chorus with Ms. O’Brien.  The students will strengthen their singing skills and learn how to create a virtual choir. Meeting Dates/Times:  Wednesday – 9/30/2020-11/04/2020 from 1:00-1:30 (5th grade), 2:00-2:30 (4th grade)
  • Drama Club (Grades 1-5) – Students learn about all aspects of drama, including acting, singing, and dancing, as well as how to be a good team member.  Grades 1-3 will meet for Semester 1 (1x per week), Grades 4-5 will meet all year (1 x per week Semester 1, 2 x per week Semester 2).  Meeting Dates/Times:  Grades 1-3 Wednesdays 4:00-4:45 (Semester 1 only), Grades 4-5 Thursdays 4:00-5:30 (Semester 1) and Thursdays 4:00-5:30 (Semester 2), Grades 4-5 Semester 2 subject to change
  • Safety Patrol Grade 5 – This leadership opportunity for Grade 5 students will begin virtually to train students how to serve as role models for younger students and promote safe arrival and dismissal of students.  Meeting Dates/Times to be determined. 

ParentVUE:  If you have not activated your ParentVUE account and need your activation code, please email rebecca.h.willis@mcpsmd.net to have it emailed to you. 

Parent guides to the Elementary school curriculum:

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/elementary/guides.aspx

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

Family Resources / Recursos para la familia

Financial Assistance Programs Accepting Applications NOW

Emergency Assistance Relief Payment (EARP) – https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/HHS/RightNav/Coronavirus_EARP.html

The County’s EARP Program is expanding and now more people may qualify.  The EARP Program provides financial assistance to: 

*low-income households who do not qualify for other types of federal and state support

*low-income families with an adult who has lost income due to a household member having COVID-19

Visit the County’s website (link above) to learn more about the new eligibility  guidelines and to apply online – https://montgomerycountymd.seamlessdocs.com/f/ojn3zzdkoz6q

Immigration status is not required for this program. 

This program does not count as public charge.

COVID-19 School-Age Subsidy Program (CSSP) –

https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/get-help/cargivers.html

*For low-income families with children at MCPS schools who attend a qualifying full-day childcare program.

*Short term program which may provide assistance paying for childcare between October and January.

*Childcare providers must be licensed and participating in the program.

*If you are eligible for other childcare subsidy programs, you must apply for those first. 

*See program website (above) and Instructions for Parents (English / Espanol) for more information and to apply online – https://forms.montgomerycountymd.gov/f/SchoolAgeChildCare

*Can provide assistance to families with undocumented children.

Parent Academy workshops are free workshops that provide information, resources, and tools & tips to support student success. The Parent Academy is designed to inform and empower families as advocates and partners in their children’s education.  Workshops provide families with useful information and resources to support their children’s academic and emotional well-being, as well as helping them to be college and career ready. Through a variety of learning opportunities, we hope to strengthen our engagement with families and the community. We recognize that behind every successful student are supportive families, teachers, school staff and community members who take an active role in educating our students.

We want our families and students to remain engaged throughout the school year. While we may not be able to meet face-to-face, Student, Family and School Services is excited to provide “Parent Academy TO GO ,” a series of virtual workshops for families to view at home.

Families can access additional information about social emotional support on the

following websites:

Office of Student and Family Supports and Engagement:

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/studentservices/

Be Well 365:

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/studentservices/wellbei

ng/index-new.aspx

Mindful Moments Video Series:

5

Waymaking Video Series:

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/waymaking/specials/

Virtual Parent Academy Series:

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/parentacademy/worksh

ops.aspx

Los talleres de la Academia Para Padres son talleres gratuitos que brindan información, recursos, herramientas y consejos para apoyar el éxito de los estudiantes. La Academia Para Padres está diseñada para informar y empoderar a las familias como defensores y aliados en la educación de sus hijos. Los talleres brindan a las familias información y recursos útiles para apoyar el bienestar académico y emocional de sus hijos, además de ayudarlos a estar preparados para la universidad y la vida profesional. A través de una variedad de oportunidades de aprendizaje, esperamos fortalecer nuestro compromise con las familias y la comunidad. Reconocemos que detrás de cada estudiante exitoso hay familias, maestros, personal escolar y miembros de la comunidad que lo apoyan y que toman un papel activo en la educación de nuestros estudiantes.

A Look Ahead:

  • Oct 22 – No school for PEP students
  • Oct 23 – Principal’s Book of the Month (9 am – 10 am) – Lilian’s Right to Vote:  A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • Oct 26 – Oct 30 – Red Ribbon Week
  • November is Military Family Month!
  • Nov 3 – ELECTION DAY!!!! Schools and offices closed
  • Nov 4 – No school for students; professional day for teachers
  • Nov 9 – No school for students; professional day for teachers (first marking period ends)
  • Nov 10 – PTA Meeting (7 pm – 8 pm)
  • Nov 20 – Principal’s Book of the Month (9 am – 10 am)
  • Nov 23 & 24 – Early release day for all students (11:30 am)
  • Nov 25 – Early release day for all students (11:30 am)
  • Nov 26 & 27 – Thanksgiving; offices and schools closed
  • Dec 17 – No school for PEP students
  • Dec 18 – Principal’s Book of the Month (9 am – 10 am)
  • Dec 24-31 – Winter break: No school for students and teachers; Offices closed Dec 24-25
  • Jan 1 – New Year’s Day: offices and schools closed
  • Jan 18 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: offices and schools closed
  • Jan 22 – Principal’s Book of the Month (9 am – 10 am)
  • Jan 25 – 28 – The Great Kindness Challenge
  • Jan 29 – No school for students; professional day for teachers
  • Feb 12 – No school for students; professional day for teachers
  • Feb 15 – President’s Day: offices and schools closed
  • Feb 17 – No school for PEP students
  • Feb 26 – Principal’s Book of the Month (9 am – 10 am)
  • Mar 12 – Early release day for all students (11:30 am)
  • Mar 26 – Principal’s Book of the Month (9 am – 10 am)
  • Mar 29 – Apr 5 – Spring Break: No school for students and teachers; Offices closed April 2 and 5
  • April is Month of the Military Child!!
  • Apr 16 – No school for students; professional day for teachers
  • Apr 30 – Principal’s Book of the Month (9 am – 10 am)
  • May is the Month of the Military Caregiver AND Children’s Mental Health Month!
  • May 3 – 7 – Teacher Appreciation week!!
  • May 13 – No school for students; professional day for teachers
  • May 28 – Principal’s Book of the Month (9 am – 10 am)
  • May 31 – Memorial Day: Offices and schools closed
  • June 16 – Last day of school for students!!! Early release day for all students (11:30 am)
  • June 17 – Professional day for teachers

Check out this Week’s Scoop!

Glen Haven Weekly Scoop: Week of October 12th

Getting into Fall Now!

This Week and Beyond:    

IMPORTANT SCHOOL CALENDAR CHANGES:

  • ADDED:  Nov 4 – No school for students; professional day for teachers
  • NO LONGER HAVE:  Nov 11 & 12 – Early release days.  Instead ADDED:  Nov 23 & 24 – Early release days for all students. (11:30am)

Announcements:

  • School Hours are 8:45 am – 3:15 pm (connect, attendance, announcements at 8:45 am).  Please be mindful that instruction for students begins at 9 am, and signing in to class Zoom meetings might take a bit of time! 
  • Please note that Wednesday afternoons are scheduled for student support and teacher planning.
  • Attendance and Absence Form:  Attendance is taken each morning and each afternoon.  Students are expected to attend all live virtual leaning classes in which they are enrolled.  If they cannot attend due to illness or extenuating circumstances, they may then access the recording of the class to engage in the daily learning during an alternate time within 72 hours of the absence.  Parents/Guardians may then submit a Live Virtual Lesson Absence Form (link on school website or at:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfI682JHZy_aI1i9t1CigBdDsj6K48bIjxzMeuJ-QTu-Qw-WA/viewform?entry.255371218=Glen+Haven+ES ) to document that they engaged in the lesson and to request the unexcused absence to be reconciled to “Present”.  If extenuating circumstance exist, parent/guardians are encouraged to communicate with the school’s administration ahead of time.  The Live Virtual Lesson Absence Form must be completed for each documented absence. 
  • FREE MEALS:  Until further notice, meals will continue to be free for all families regardless of FARMS status.  This is due to a grant from USDA. 

PTA: Request to join GHES PTA MemberHub for PTA communication

https://glenhavenelementary.memberhub.com/join/kg23wa

Access our store to pay for your PTA membership

Use link https://glenhavenelementary.new.memberhub.store/store?category=Memberships

  • ***PTA meetings are hosted by the PTA and OPEN TO EVERYONE- membership is not required to attend!!***
  • Welcome to new and returning parents! 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.
  • Meet the new PTA Leadership for 2020-2021 
Glen Haven PTA Leadership Team – 2020-2021
  
PositionServing
Executive Committee 
PresidentJessica Sniffin
Vice PresidentJohn Nangle
Vice President – CommunicationsRoxana Finkelberg
TreasurerCatherine Beaudette
 Treasurer ElectShahrzad Spieler
SecretaryKatie Campana-Scherer
DelegatesDoug Ryan

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/)

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School Information for Parents:

Extracurricular Activities at Glen Haven:

  • Chorus Grade 4 and 5 students are encouraged to register for chorus with Ms. O’Brien.  The students will strengthen their singing skills and learn how to create a virtual choir. Meeting Dates/Times:  Wednesday – 9/30/2020-11/04/2020 from 1:00-1:30 (5th grade), 2:00-2:30 (4th grade)
  • Drama Club (Grades 1-5) – Students learn about all aspects of drama, including acting, singing, and dancing, as well as how to be a good team member.  Grades 1-3 will meet for Semester 1 (1x per week), Grades 4-5 will meet all year (1 x per week Semester 1, 2 x per week Semester 2).  Meeting Dates/Times:  Grades 1-3 Wednesdays 4:00-4:45 (Semester 1 only), Grades 4-5 Thursdays 4:00-5:30 (Semester 1) and Thursdays 4:00-5:30 (Semester 2), Grades 4-5 Semester 2 subject to change
  • Safety Patrol Grade 5 – This leadership opportunity for Grade 5 students will begin virtually to train students how to serve as role models for younger students and promote safe arrival and dismissal of students.  Meeting Dates/Times to be determined. 

ParentVUE:  If you have not activated your ParentVUE account and need your activation code, please email rebecca.h.willis@mcpsmd.net to have it emailed to you. 

Parent guides to the Elementary school curriculum:

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/elementary/guides.aspx

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

Family Resources / Recursos para la familia

Financial Assistance Programs Accepting Applications NOW

Emergency Assistance Relief Payment (EARP) – https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/HHS/RightNav/Coronavirus_EARP.html

The County’s EARP Program is expanding and now more people may qualify.  The EARP Program provides financial assistance to: 

*low-income households who do not qualify for other types of federal and state support

*low-income families with an adult who has lost income due to a household member having COVID-19

Visit the County’s website (link above) to learn more about the new eligibility  guidelines and to apply online – https://montgomerycountymd.seamlessdocs.com/f/ojn3zzdkoz6q

Immigration status is not required for this program. 

This program does not count as public charge.

COVID-19 School-Age Subsidy Program (CSSP) –

https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/get-help/cargivers.html

*For low-income families with children at MCPS schools who attend a qualifying full-day childcare program.

*Short term program which may provide assistance paying for childcare between October and January.

*Childcare providers must be licensed and participating in the program.

*If you are eligible for other childcare subsidy programs, you must apply for those first. 

*See program website (above) and Instructions for Parents (English / Espanol) for more information and to apply online – https://forms.montgomerycountymd.gov/f/SchoolAgeChildCare

*Can provide assistance to families with undocumented children.

Parent Academy workshops are free workshops that provide information, resources, and tools & tips to support student success. The Parent Academy is designed to inform and empower families as advocates and partners in their children’s education.  Workshops provide families with useful information and resources to support their children’s academic and emotional well-being, as well as helping them to be college and career ready. Through a variety of learning opportunities, we hope to strengthen our engagement with families and the community. We recognize that behind every successful student are supportive families, teachers, school staff and community members who take an active role in educating our students.

We want our families and students to remain engaged throughout the school year. While we may not be able to meet face-to-face, Student, Family and School Services is excited to provide “Parent Academy TO GO ,” a series of virtual workshops for families to view at home.

Families can access additional information about social emotional support on the

following websites:

Office of Student and Family Supports and Engagement:

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/studentservices/

Be Well 365:

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/studentservices/wellbei

ng/index-new.aspx

Mindful Moments Video Series:

5

Waymaking Video Series:

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/waymaking/specials/

Virtual Parent Academy Series:

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/parentacademy/worksh

ops.aspx

Los talleres de la Academia Para Padres son talleres gratuitos que brindan información, recursos, herramientas y consejos para apoyar el éxito de los estudiantes. La Academia Para Padres está diseñada para informar y empoderar a las familias como defensores y aliados en la educación de sus hijos. Los talleres brindan a las familias información y recursos útiles para apoyar el bienestar académico y emocional de sus hijos, además de ayudarlos a estar preparados para la universidad y la vida profesional. A través de una variedad de oportunidades de aprendizaje, esperamos fortalecer nuestro compromise con las familias y la comunidad. Reconocemos que detrás de cada estudiante exitoso hay familias, maestros, personal escolar y miembros de la comunidad que lo apoyan y que toman un papel activo en la educación de nuestros estudiantes.

A Look Ahead:

  • Oct 22 – No school for PEP students
  • Oct 23 – Principal’s Book of the Month (9 am – 10 am) – Lilian’s Right to Vote:  A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • Oct 26 – Oct 30 – Red Ribbon Week
  • November is Military Family Month!
  • Nov 3 – ELECTION DAY!!!! Schools and offices closed
  • Nov 4 – No school for students; professional day for teachers
  • Nov 9 – No school for students; professional day for teachers (first marking period ends)
  • Nov 20 – Principal’s Book of the Month (9 am – 10 am)
  • Nov 23 & 24 – Early release day for all students (11:30 am)
  • Nov 25 – Early release day for all students (11:30 am)
  • Nov 26 & 27 – Thanksgiving; offices and schools closed
  • Dec 17 – No school for PEP students
  • Dec 18 – Principal’s Book of the Month (9 am – 10 am)
  • Dec 24-31 – Winter break: No school for students and teachers; Offices closed Dec 24-25
  • Jan 1 – New Year’s Day: offices and schools closed
  • Jan 18 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: offices and schools closed
  • Jan 22 – Principal’s Book of the Month (9 am – 10 am)
  • Jan 25 – 28 – The Great Kindness Challenge
  • Jan 29 – No school for students; professional day for teachers
  • Feb 12 – No school for students; professional day for teachers
  • Feb 15 – President’s Day: offices and schools closed
  • Feb 17 – No school for PEP students
  • Feb 26 – Principal’s Book of the Month (9 am – 10 am)
  • Mar 12 – Early release day for all students (11:30 am)
  • Mar 26 – Principal’s Book of the Month (9 am – 10 am)
  • Mar 29 – Apr 5 – Spring Break: No school for students and teachers; Offices closed April 2 and 5
  • April is Month of the Military Child!!
  • Apr 16 – No school for students; professional day for teachers
  • Apr 30 – Principal’s Book of the Month (9 am – 10 am)
  • May is the Month of the Military Caregiver AND Children’s Mental Health Month!
  • May 3 – 7 – Teacher Appreciation week!!
  • May 13 – No school for students; professional day for teachers
  • May 28 – Principal’s Book of the Month (9 am – 10 am)
  • May 31 – Memorial Day: Offices and schools closed
  • June 16 – Last day of school for students!!! Early release day for all students (11:30 am)
  • June 17 – Professional day for teachers

PTA Meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, October 6th from 7:00-8:00PM

Join us for the second PTA meeting of the school year! The agenda includes discussing membership, volunteer opportunities, setting up a directory, ideas for virtual social events, and voting for the approval of the GH PTA Bylaws.

President GHES PTA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: GHES PTA Meeting
Time: Oct 6, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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