July “The Scoop” Edition

Happy July! We hope you’re having a wonderful summer whether you’re traveling or staying in the area. This Scoop is full of fun and useful information including action items, ways to make a differencehelpful resources,  save the date events and a fun extra.

Kindergarten Registration is Open: Do you have a child who will be starting kindergarten? Make sure to register! Know a neighbor or friend with a child entering kindergarten? Encourage them to register! Schools use registration numbers to justify hiring teachers so it is important to register early. Registration is easy and can be completed online or by contacting the school.  

Free and Reduced Meal Sign-ups: Funding to provide free breakfast and lunch for schools is set to expire at the end of the summer. Families will need to register here to get free or reduced meals for the 2022-2023 year. 

End of Year Survey: The county has extended the deadline to provide feedback about what school issues to prioritize. You have until July 29th to fill out this survey.

Help Kids Walk to School Safely: Children walking to Glen Haven often lack sidewalk access making their commute dangerous. How can you help? If you know of an area lacking sidewalks be sure to request one using this form. You can also review the county’s recommendations to increase and expand sidewalks and share your thoughts here.

Donate a Backpack: For $15, you can provide a MCPS student in need with a backpack filled with school supplies. Learn more and donate to this MCPS program here.

School Volunteer Training: Want to volunteer in your child’s school in the upcoming school year? Make sure you take the mandatory training and are vaccinated against COVID-19.

Free Summer Meals: Free meals are being served at approximately 175 sites throughout the county every weekday. All children 18 and younger, as well as persons with physical and mental disabilities up to 21 years old, are eligible to receive meals.

xMinds: This is a collaborative partnership of parents, educators, and service providers working together to improve the educational experience and outcomes for autistic students in Pre-K–12 education in MoCo. They host free conversations, playdates, resources, support groups etc. Learn more here.

School Wellness Services: The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) operates 14 MCPS school-based health and wellness centers located in schools across the county. They offer everything from vaccination to required physical exams for sports activities to mental health services. Learn more and find a location here. Glen Haven families can also reach out to the school counselor Mrs. Rebecca H Willis Rebecca_H_Willis@mcpsmd.org

School Related EventsJuly PTA Playdate: Join new and returning Glen Haven Elementary families and students on July 31st for a fun morning of play! 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET at Evans Parkway Neighborhood Park. Free drinks and light snacks.  All grades welcomed.

PLEASE NOTE: the August playdate is cancelled due to a scheduling conflict with the Back-to-School Fair.

MCPS Back-to-School Fair: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27 at Westfield Wheaton mall. Learn about MCPS programs and resources, enjoy family friendly fun, and get your COVID-19 vaccine. Free shuttles are available.

Fun Community ActivitiesAfro Latino Festival: Music, food, dancing, and art festival celebrating Afro-Latino culture that is free for all ages. Sunday, July 31 from 1PM-9PM ET at Veterans Plaza in downtown Silver Spring. Free tickets here.

Wheaton Summer Concert Series: Every other Friday this summer from 6:30-8:00 PM ET enjoy a free concert at the Marian Fryer Town Plaza. Learn more here.

Salsa in the Park: All ages are welcomed to enjoy free dance lessons from Salsa with Silvia and live music. Drinks and food available for purchase.Thursday, August 4, 2022 | Wheaton Forest Local Park | 5:00 pm to 8:00 pmThursday, September 15, 2022 | Long Branch-Arliss Neighborhood Park | 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Learn About the Cell: A new free adventure and puzzle game called Microscopya takes players on a journey through the inside of the cell, exploring its fantastical world and solving puzzles based on real molecular mechanisms. Created by Dr. Beata Mierzwa who is a microbiologist and artist. Android, iOS and browser options. Learn more and download it for free here.

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