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 NEWSLETTER #17   301-599-2442  http://www1.pgcps.org/mattaponi/  January 13, 2017


January 2017

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 Quarter

20           Professional Day for Teachers – Schools Closed

31           5th Grade to the National Building Museum 8:30 – 1:00 p.m.

February 2017

3              2nd Quarter Report Cards Released

7              Yearbook Group Pictures and Candids

7              PTO Meeting 6:15 p.m.

10           Professional Development Day – Schools Closed

20           Presidents’ Day – Schools Closed


Mr. 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.   


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 p.m.

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 Dates: 
Thursday, February 2, 2017 at Laurel High School 
Thursday, 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 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.

PTO Corner

        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 app. 

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 community.

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