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NEWSLETTER #17 301-599-2442 http://www1.pgcps.org/mattaponi/ January 13, 2017
WE LOOK AHEAD
16 Martin L. King, Jr. Day
– Schools Closed
18 Mattaponi ES Science
Fair (Family Viewing 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
19 End of the 2nd
20 Professional Day for
Teachers – Schools Closed
31 5th Grade to
the National Building Museum 8:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Quarter Report Cards Released
7 Yearbook Group
Pictures and Candids
7 PTO Meeting 6:15 p.m.
Development Day – Schools Closed
20 Presidents’ Day – Schools
Stephen I. Green, Jr., Principal
Important Dates for Next Week
Please make note that Schools
are closed for students on Monday,
January 16th and Friday, January 20th next week. Please come out on Wednesday, January 18th from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. to view
Mattaponi’s Science Fair projects. Also,
Thursday, January 19th in
the last day of the 2nd Quarter.
PGCPS PARCC Night
Prince George’s County Public
Schools will host two events in January to help parents learn more about the
Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, known as the
PARCC test, and Maryland College and Career Ready Standards.
PARCC Night will include
sessions to help you prepare your child, identify resources and understand how
the standards inform instruction. Sessions will be held from 6 p.m. to 9
January 17, 2017 Oxon Hill
High School 6701 Leyte Drive Oxon Hill, MD 20745
January 26, 2017 Laurel
High School 8000 Cherry Lane Laurel, MD 20707
Inclement Weather Make-up
February 2, 2017 at Laurel High School
February 16, 2017 at Oxon Hill High School
Participants must register to
attend. Click here to register. For more
information on PARCC Night and to view the agenda and topics, click here or call 301-702-3860.
PGCPS Public Charter School
School Office is now accepting online applications for the 2017-18 school year. All
Prince George’s County families can apply and applications are available
There are 10 PGCPS Public Charter schools with academic programs for students
in grades K-12, including:
Math, Information and Technology (K-5), cmitelementary.org
Information and Technology (6-12), www.cmitacademy.org
Information and Technology (6-10), cmitsouth.org
College Park Academy
EXCEL Academy(K-8), www.excelacademypcs.org
Imagine Andrews (K-8), imagineandrews.org
Imagine Foundations @ Leeland
Imagine Foundations @ Morningside
Imagine Lincoln (K-8), imaginelincoln.org
Turning Point Academy
To attend a Public Charter
Schools Open House Information Session, please click
a complete schedule. For more information, please contact 301-808-8150.
To learn more about all of our
specialty programs and their application deadlines, please click
Box Tops for Education
Mattaponi is collecting Box Tops for Education. Please ask friends, neighbors, co-workers and
family members to clip and save these box tops from hundreds of participating
products and send them to school. Each
one is worth 10 cents when our school redeems them to use toward valuable
school resources and materials. Thank
you for your support!
School achievement begins with regular attendance. Parents/guardians must ensure that all
school-age children in their care are in school on time, daily. Whenever absent from school,
parents/guardians must provide the child with a written note upon their
return to school. The following are
considered lawful absences; death in the immediate family; hazardous weather
conditions; illness of the student; lack of authorized transportation;
quarantine; court summons or other emergency approved by the Chief Executive
Officer or his designee. Once
your child returns to school with an excused absence note, he/she will receive
their missed classwork and assignments. Please remember, regular, punctual attendance
is one of the many key factors that determines a student’s success in school!
Student school hours are 7:45 am - 1:55 pm. No students are to enter the building
until 7:30 am. Please do not drop
your child off until you see a staff member on duty in the kiss-n-ride. If you are picking up your child after school
as a car rider, you must be here no later than 2:00 pm. Thank you for your cooperation.
to Contact a Staff Member
Mattaponi’s school office hours are 7:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Teachers are available for phone calls
from 7:15 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Calls will be sent directly to voicemail
during instructional time and staff members are asked to return phone calls
within 24 - 48 hours, if possible. All
conferences must be scheduled with teachers before coming to the school to
discuss your child’s academic program or any issues that may need to be
resolved. Thank you for your
Security and Student Safety
Please help us
keep our students and school safe at all times by entering only through the
front door, signing in at the front office with your ID and wearing a visitor’s
sticker at all times while on school property.
In addition, parents/students/visitors should not be in classrooms
unless a teacher is present. Items
needing to be dropped off should be left in the office. Please note: Neither students or parents
are permitted to enter classrooms before 7:30 a.m. or after 1:55 p.m. Children are reminded to take all necessary
supplies home to complete assignments.
Each student is allowed ample time to gather all belongings at the end
of the school day. Forgotten items will
have to be retrieved the next day. This
policy was implemented to ensure the safety of our students, as they must be
under adult supervision at all times. We
appreciate your cooperation with complying with this policy.
Students are expected to complete a full day of school, and the
instructional day ends at approximately 1:50 p.m. to ensure a prompt dismissal
at 1:55 p.m. Please allow your
child(ren) to remain in class for the entire day. Early dismissal to facilitate parent convenience
not only disrupts the class, but also deprives the student of valuable
instruction. Also, parents are
encouraged to make medical appointments after school hours. When an early departure is necessary, a note
indicating the time, date, and reason for departure must be presented to the
teacher at the beginning of the school day.
This enables the teacher to provide the student with any homework or
class assignments that should be completed.
To ensure a safe, orderly and efficient dismissal process, we have made
several changes to our dismissal policy.
Parents are not allowed to sign our their child(ren) for early dismissal
after 1:30 p.m. Parents who need to pick
up their child(ren) must do so before this time. We will not remove students from school buses
once dismissal has begun. This is an
unsafe practice and interrupts the bus schedules for our school and all
subsequent schools serviced by our busses.
The cost for lunch is $2.75 and $1.60 for breakfast. If a student does not have lunch money,
the cafeteria will provide a cheese sandwich and a drink. Parents may pre-pay for school meals and
monitor account balances at www.myschoolbucks.com.
A note of “thanks” to the parents and teachers who braved the bitter cold
this past Tuesday to attend our first meeting of 2017. We appreciate your commitment. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, February 7th at 6:15 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose
Room. Please note, as a point of clarification, in the event of inclement
weather, if PGCPS dismisses early or cancels afternoon activities, subsequently
any PTO event will also be cancelled.
Mark your calendar!
The BOGO Spring Scholastic Book Fair is coming April 3rd – April 7th. Family
night will be held April 4th.
More information will be forthcoming.
Please consider utilizing
MySchoolBucks, owned and operated by Heartland Payment Systems, to securely pay
and fund student meals and monitor student cafeteria purchases.
MySchoolBucks payments can be made 24/7 using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover,
credit or debit card at https://www.myschoolbucks.com and mobile
This Monday, as we observe
the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, we celebrate our Nation’s great
advances toward a more inclusive and just society, and we continue to be
inspired by Dr. King’s vision, leadership and heroic day-to-day struggle for
civil rights and equality. His life and legacy continue to guide our
country forward in the expansion of freedom and opportunity for all. As
the only Federal holiday observed as a National Day of Service, Dr. King’s
birthday is an opportunity to honor his sacrifice and accomplishments by
joining others in civic, community and service project that help meet local
needs. Please visit www.MLKDay.gov to find a project in your