Mrs. Cheryl A. Bunyan, Principal-Greenwood Elementary School
Where Students Are Respectful, Responsible and Ready to Learn!
FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
(Parents please note for your convenience, this information is also archived weekly on the Greenwood Elementary School Website)
# 12: NOVEMBER 6 - 10, 2017
GRATEFUL TO YOU: Thanks to all of the members of our school community who made Halloween very special for our boys and girls by coming out for the parade, providing party refreshments, playing games and everything in between. A grand time was had by all!
FALL BACK TIME: On the first Sunday of November, daylight savings time ends and clocks revert back one hour to standard time. While it’s a great opportunity to catch up on some extra sleep, please set your clocks so that students arrive for school on time
GATORS GET MOVING: There are still a few remaining slots in the 4/5 group so we have extended the deadline to next Wednesday November 8! Please complete the attached flyer and return it to the home room teacher if your son or daughter would like to participate in this recess activity.
‘FALL 2017 SOCIAL SERVICES SCHOOL PROJECTS
CARE PACKAGES: Greenwood’s Grade 5 Student Ambassadors, in keeping with our Kindness theme, will be sponsoring the school wide drive to collect personal items for donation to the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless. These items will be given to people as they move out of the homeless shelters and out on their own. We will be collecting items starting November 1 through November 17. We will be collecting the following items: toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, bars of soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and deodorant. Please make sure all items are full sized and new. We thank you for your support in helping those in need in our community!
TROPHY RECYCLING: There will be collection boxes inside the main entrance where community members can place soccer trophies (only) for donation and reuse at DC Scores, a nonprofit that "creates neighborhood [soccer] teams that give kids in need the confidence and skills to succeed on the playing field, in the classroom, and in life." The organization reuses these trophies, so it really is a great opportunity for families to support a local program and clear out some clutter at the same time. The trophy collection will end November 17th this year.
It's time again for the Scholastic Book Fair! The Wild West Book Fair runs from November 6 - 10 with Setup on November 3. We can't make it happen without your help! Cashiers, floor runners, and set-up & take-down volunteers are needed. Evening Hours are Wednesday night during other school events -- that is one of our busiest times so consider lending a hand. Can't wait to see you there!
Scholastic Book Fair at Greenwood. Volunteers needed. Please contact Mrs. Jenny Corrado, our media specialist if you would be willing to help.
After you visit the Book Fair treat yourself to dessert at the Kona Ice truck at Greenwood Elementary School
Wednesday, November 8th from 6-8 pm
20% of sales will be donated to our school!
Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences are just around the Corner!
If you have not already done so, please contact your child’s teacher to arrange for yours. To assist you with your planning, please review the checklist of items that should be covered at the conference (it is archived on our website). Keep in mind too that if your child is taught by multiple teachers and you have questions for them you should email them individually or let the home room teacher know in advance.
GUIDES TO MEASURES SUPPORTING EVIDENCE OF LEARNING FRAMEWORK: Guides to Measures Supporting the Evidence of Learning Framework for parents/guardians are now available. There are three versions of the document: for Parents/guardians of students in Kindergarten to Grade 2, and for Parents/guardians of students in Grade 3 to Grade 5 and one for Parents/guardians of students in Middle School. These guides are provided as a resource to help parents/guardians understand the Evidence of Learning Framework and how readiness and successful transition are used as indicators of each student’s performance as he or she advances through the instructional levels. •Printed guides are provided to you in English and Spanish. Versions in Amharic, Chinese, French, Korean, and Vietnamese are available on the Montgomery County Public Schools web site at http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/learning-journey/.
KINDLY MARK YOUR CALENDARS: November, December and January Dates. (Please note: Updates are continuously added as information becomes available)
Early November: Parent Teacher Conferences: Sign-ups occurred at BTSN. Please contact your child’s teacher if you did not already sign up for your November conference!
November 5: Clocks are turned back one hour marking the end of Daylight Savings time for this year.
Nov. 6 – 13: Wild West Book Fair (Additional info above)
Nov. 7: PTA Meeting in Media Center 7:30 to 9:00 PM
Nov. 9: First Marking Period Ends
Nov. 9: Flu Clinics -Sign Up for the 2017 Influenza (Flu) Vaccine Clinics
Flu season is upon us. There are simple steps you and your child can take to stay healthy and help prevent the flu. That includes getting a yearly flu vaccine. The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will conduct free, injectable flu vaccine clinics on November 9, 2017, for children ages 3 to 18 at three MCPS high schools. The clinics will be held at John F. Kennedy, Northwest, and Rockville high schools from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. All clinics are free; however, registration is required due to limited vaccine supplies. For more information about these and other upcoming clinics, please visit the following website: www.montgomerycountymd.gov/flu.
Register your child at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/resident/flu.html or call 311 for assistance. The Flu vaccine may also be available from your health care provider.
Nov. 10: Second Marking Period Begins
Nov. 13: Mental Health Fair Set: As part of School Psychology Awareness Week (November 13‒17), the Montgomery County School Psychologists’ Association is presenting the first School Psychologist Mental Health Fair on Monday, November 13. Students and families are invited to participate as school psychologists from MCPS share skills and information on a variety of topics, including yoga and mindfulness, early childhood development, sleep hygiene, pet therapy, and coping skills. The event will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on November 13 in the Carver Educational Services Center Auditorium, 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville. A blurb is provided below.
Nov. 14 and 15: SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP/CRAFT NIGHT 6:30 to 8:30PM
Nov. 17: Early Release Day
Nov. 19: Girls on the Run of Montgomery County Fall 5K on Sunday, November 19th at 9 AM at the Westfield Montgomery Mall. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the girls at your school who participate in our program!
Nov: 22: Early Release Day/Report Card Distribution.
Lunch Schedule for Early Dismissal:
11:00 – 11:30 Kindergarten & First Grade Lunch – (there will five minutes between the first and second lunch to allow for the K and First to return to their classes) -No Recess
11:35 – 12:05 Second & Third Grade Lunch- No Recess
12:05 – 12:35 Fourth & Fifth Grade Lunch -No Recess
Nov. 23/24: Holiday – Schools and Offices Closed
Dec. 5: PTA Meeting in Media Center 7:30 to 9:00 PM
Dec. 25: Holiday- School Closed
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Winter Break
Jan. 2: Students return to school
Jan. 15: National Holiday – School closed
Jan. 25: First semester ends
Jan 26: Professional Day for Teachers. No school for students
Jan. 29: Second semester begins
OTHER NEWS AROUND MCPS
Operating Budget and CIP
Superintendent Recommends $1.818 Billion School Construction Plan
Superintendent Jack Smith is recommending a $1.818 billion six-year school construction plan for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) to address enrollment growth and aging infrastructure. The plan includes 30 capacity projects to address space deficits system wide, including several new schools and schools addition projects. Read the superintendent’s recommended FY 2019-2024 Capital Improvements Program. Provide comment at the Capital Improvements Program hearings.
Setting the 2018–2019 MCPS School Calendar
It’s that time of year again when the district develops the school calendar for the following school year. Since last year, school districts across Maryland have been discussing how best to design their school calendars given the new time constraints placed on the length of the school year. The current 2017–2018 school year is the first school year operating under these new rules, which are that school cannot start before Labor Day and must end before June15.
MCPS has been meeting with focus groups of parents, staff, and other stakeholder groups and is seeking your feedback on how best to design the 2018–2019 school calendar. Next year, the district will have even fewer days to work with than in years past to accommodate instructional and non-instructional traditions.
For a more detailed explanation of the calendar, as well as to see various examples of how the calendar could be developed, please visit the school calendar webpage. If you would like to offer comment on the calendar, please do so using the drop box provided on the calendar webpage.