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NEWSLETTER #12   301-599-2442  http://www1.pgcps.org/mattaponi/  November 18, 2016


November 2016

22           Ms. Jackson’s Class to Owens Science Center 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

23-25     Thanksgiving – Schools and Offices Closed

28           2nd & 3rd Grade Classes to the National Building Museum 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

29           Mrs. Mackall’s Class to Owens Science Center 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

December 2016

1              Chess Wizards at Mattaponi ES 1:55 – 2:45 p.m.

5-9          PTO Penguin Holiday Shoppe at Mattaponi ES in the Media Center (see times under the PTO Corner)

6              PTO Meeting 6:15 p.m.

7              Professional Development – 2 Hour Early Dismissal (11:55 a.m.)

8              Chess Wizards at Mattaponi ES 1:55 – 2:45 p.m.

9              4th Grade Chorus/Band to DAR Constitution Hall 9:30 – 12:30 p.m.

15           Winter Concert at Mattaponi ES 7:00 p.m. for Family and Friends (8:45 a.m. for Students)

19           Picture Retake/Make-up Day (Uniforms Must Be Worn)

21           2nd Quarter Progress Reports

23-30     Winter Break – Christmas Holiday – Schools Closed for Students

January 2016

2              Winter Break – New Year’s Holiday – Schools and Offices Closed



Mr. Stephen I. Green, Jr., Principal

Understanding PARCC Student Score Report Online Webinar December 8, 2016

Learn about the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Individual Student (Home) Reports for your child.

If your child is enrolled in Grades 3-12 and took a PARCC assessment last school year, you should have received an Individual Student Report that provided information about his or her results.

We are offering an online webinar December 8, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. to help you understand your child's report.

Register Now

For information, call 301.702.3860 or visit http://www1.pgcps.org/parcc/ or http://www1.pgcps.org/testing/

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GIVING TOGETHER: #FillTheBowl Community Service Project Starts Today

Starting this holiday season, PGCPS is inviting students, families and schools to collectively serve the community through Giving Together, a new system-wide campaign. Giving Together will focus on specific community needs through coordinated service activities, such as donation drives and fundraisers. 

Capital Area Food Bank will benefit from one of our launch activities -- #FillTheBowl. When you purchase a $25 bowl or make a $25 donation, you help Capital Area Food Bank provide 62 meals to struggling children, seniors and families. Our goal is to purchase 200 bowls -- 12,400 meals in support of the CAFB’s 200,000-meal target.

For more information about the #FillTheBowl challenge or to donate, click here. To view a video about the new Giving Together system-wide campaign, click here.

Our next launch activity, the United Way Giving Campaign, kicks off Nov. 21 through Dec. 19. Thanks for your support!

PGCPS Public Charter School Applications

The Charter 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 at http://lottery.pgcps.org.

There are 10 PGCPS Public Charter schools with academic programs for students in grades K-12, including:

North Elementary-Chesapeake Math, Information and Technology (K-5), cmitelementary.org

North-Chesapeake Math, Information and Technology (6-12), www.cmitacademy.org

South-Chesapeake Math, Information and Technology (6-10), cmitsouth.org

College Park Academy (6-11), collegeparkacademy.com

EXCEL Academy(K-8), www.excelacademypcs.org

Imagine Andrews (K-8), imagineandrews.org

Imagine Foundations @Leeland (K-8), imagineleeland.org

Imagine Foundations @ Morningside (K-8), imaginemorningside.org

Imagine Lincoln (K-8), imaginelincoln.org

Turning Point Academy (K-8), www1.pgcps.org/turningpoint

To attend a Public Charter Schools Open House Information Session, please click here for 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 here.

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!

Student Attendance Policy

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 pmNo 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.

How 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 understanding.

School 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.

Dismissal 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. 

Lunch Accounts

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.

Counselor’s Corner – Ms. Underdue

The students, parents and staff are commended for supporting our 2016 Harvest for the Hungry Kids Helping Kids Food Drive.  I am happy to report that we collected 420 items that were donated to Maryland Food Bank.  Your generosity will be greatly appreciated by the many families who will benefit.  I am excited to see how many pounds of food and meals will be provided as a result of your compassion!  The Maryland Food Bank distribute to food assistance partners including shelters, soup kitchens, senior centers, child care programs, food pantries and some well-known multi-service organizations.  Ms. Underdue coordinated this effort, and classes competed to see which class would bring in the most items for this worthy school/community project. 

Congratulations to the top 3 classes:

1st Place -Mrs. Gullion – 121 items, 2nd Place - Mrs. Good – 60 items and 3rd Place - Mrs. Brandenburg – 44 items

PTO Corner

        Today ends a week-long celebration of “American Education Week.”  In its 95th year, this yearly event celebrates public education and honors individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education.  Congratulations to all of our Mattaponi young scholars who received an award certificate on Monday at the 1st Quarter Awards Assembly.  We are proud of you all, and keep up the good work!

The final 2016 Spirit Wear order has been submitted.  The orders will be distributed at the December 6th PTO general body meeting.  If you missed the opportunity to place your Spirit Wear order, we will begin taking orders in Spring 2017.

The Penguin Holiday Shoppe is around the corner…Monday, December 5th – Friday, December 9th.  The Holiday Shoppe gives students the opportunity to shop for family, friends and loved ones this holiday season.  A variety of gifts will be available at inexpensive, kid-friendly prices.  The Holiday Shoppe hours of operation will be from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. each day except Wednesday, 12/7 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. (early dismissal).   The family “shop til you drop” night will be held Tuesday, December 6th from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.  If you are interested in volunteering by helping the children select appropriate gifts for their loved ones, please contact the PTO at mattaponipto@gmail.com  

Lastly, we want to wish you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving!!


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