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 NEWSLETTER #22   301-599-2442  http://www1.pgcps.org/mattaponi/  February 17, 2017


February 2017

17           Valentine Friendship Dance 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

20           Presidents’ Day – Schools Closed

23           4th & 5th Grade to the Publick Playhouse 8:30 – 1:00 p.m.

28           Black History Month Program 9:00 a.m.

March 2017

3              PTO Game Night 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

7              PTO Meeting 6:15 p.m.

22           1st Grade to Owens Science Center

24           End of the 3rd Quarter

27           Professional Day for Teachers – Schools Closed

April 2017

3              Spring Individual and 5th Grade Pano Pictures

3-7          Scholastic BOGO Book Fair

4              PTO Meeting 6:15 p.m.

10           Kindergarten Registration Begins

10           3rd Quarter Report Cards Released

13           Grandparents’ Day at Mattaponi ES

14-21     Easter and Spring Break – Schools Closed   

24           Office of Community Engagement (Media Center) 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.


Mr. Stephen I. Green, Jr., Principal


Thank You Aaron Gilchrist for Visiting Mattaponi Elementary School

NBC's Channel 4 News anchor Aaron Gilchrist visited with the students, read a story to the First Graders, and brought the office staff a delicious Panera lunch as part of National Random Acts of Kindness Week.  He shared his journey from a young student to News anchor, and what an important role education played in his success!  Mattaponi was honored to have such a positive role model share his time with them!

2017 - 2018 ONLINE APPLICATION Student Specialty Programs Lottery Application
Application Submission Deadline: 3/13/2017 at 5 p.m.

Please visit http://specialty.pgcps.org/ to apply on-line. Lottery Brochures can be picked up from and PGCPS school. 

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.

PTO Corner

We are pleased to announce the launch of the official Mattaponi ES PTO Facebook page! Now you can stay in the loop with the PTO on current events, get real-time reminders, find resourceful tips and just get inspired.  Click here to  join our new online community today!

Game On! Come out on Friday, March 3rd from 6:30-8:30 in the Multi-Purpose Room and enjoy our FREE Family Game Night. It will be a night of fun with classmates, teachers and families! Games for all ages, prizes, music and light refreshments will be provided. If you have any questions and/or would like to volunteer to assist with this event, please contact us at mattaponipto@gmail.com.

This week’s feature in our spotlight on selected African-Americans who profoundly impacted American lives without little or no recognition is:

GERALD A. LAWSON  (1940 - 2011), Engineer.  Born in Queens, New York, Mr. Lawson was inspired by George Washington Carver.  He created the first home video-game system that used interchangeable cartridges, offering gamers a chance to play a variety of games and giving video-game makes a way to earn profits by selling individual games.  So if you own a PlayStation, Wii or Xbox, thank Mr. Lawson for the hours of entertainment! See http://www.biography.com/ people/jerry-lawson-21330375# synopsis


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.

***Principal's Lunch Loan Account*** Parents are welcome to donate to this account from which students can borrow in the event of not having any lunch money or being short of the required payment.  The amount of funds borrowed will be automatically repaid to the Principal's Lunch Loan Account upon the next time funds are again placed in the student's account.

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 out 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 buses. 

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