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Student Hours - 7:30am to 1:55pm   

Office Hours - 7:15am to 3:15pm  

Teacher Hours - 7:15am to 2:45pm   





NEWSLETTER #5   301-599-2442  http://www1.pgcps.org/mattaponi/  September 23, 2016


September 2016

26-27     5th Grade to Camp Schmidt

27           2nd Grade MAP-R Testing 8:30 a.m.

28           4th Grade MI Testing 8:30 a.m.

29           3rd Grade MI Testing 8:30 a.m.

29           Popcorn Palace Fundraiser Orders and Money Are Due

30           Professional Development – Schools Closed for Students

October 2016

4              2nd Grade MI Testing 8:30 a.m.

4              PTO Meeting 6:15. 5th Grade Parent Meeting immediately following

5              3rd Grade OLSAT Testing 8:30 a.m.

5              5th Grade MI Testing 8:30 a.m.

6              3rd Grade OLSAT Testing 8:30 a.m.

6              1st Grade to Camp Schmidt 8:30 – 1:15 p.m.

10           Men Make a Difference Day 8:00 a.m.

12           Yom Kippur – Schools and Offices Closed

13-20     PTO Scholastic Book Fair

21           MSEA Convention – School Closed for Students

25           Fall Individual Pictures

26           5th Grade FAST Testing 8:30 a.m.

27           5th Grade FAST Testing 8:30 a.m.

28           End of 1st Quarter

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

31           Professional Day for Teachers – Schools Closed for Students

November 2016

8              General Election Day – Schools and Offices Closed

11           Veterans Day and Parent-Teacher Conferences – Schools Closed for Students

23-25     Thanksgiving – Schools and Offices Closed

December 2016

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

19           Picture Retake/Make-up Day

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

January 2016

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



Dr. Janice P. Hay, Principal

Mr. Stephen I. Green, Jr., Acting Principal


Men Make a Difference Day

Monday, October 10th

at 8:00 AM


Calling all dads, fathers, and father figures to come to school on Monday, October 10, 2016.  Come see how you make a difference. If you only have one opportunity this year to visit our school, make this the day to be here. More information will be forthcoming.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Mattaponi Elementary joins PGCPS in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15, 2016 to October 15, 2016.   The term “Hispanic,” as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, refers to a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central America, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.  According to the 2010 Census, more than 50.5 million people identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino.  Hispanics trace their heritage to the following countries that were colonized by Spain and continue to use Spanish as an official language:  Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela.  The recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month allows students from these countries to feel proud of their heritage and lets the rest of us learn an appreciation for their contributions to our society.

Kids Day in the Country

Are you looking for something to do on Saturday, September 24, 2016?  If so, consider the Kids Day in the Country sponsored by M-NCPPC Parks & Recreation.  Register at www.pgparks.com for this event at the Patuxent Rural Life Museums in Patuxent River Park.  This is a FREE admission, Rain or Shine, event from 10 am - 3 pm.   There will be hayrides, pony rides ($2 fee), pumpkin decorating, toy tractor making, woodworking demonstrations, blacksmith demonstrations, face painting ($2 fee), and much, much, more.  Take a picnic lunch or partake of the light refreshments that will be sold.

The Disney Summer of Service Grant

Parents and Students, want to make a difference for your school and community?  Youth Service America (YSA) and the Walt Disney Company invite children to apply for The Disney Summer of Service Grant by Sept. 30, 2016.  Have a creative idea that can be turned into a project that will positively impact your community?  Children between the ages of 5 and 18 can apply for a $500 grant.  Children under 13 require an adult to submit the grant application.  The award will go to the school to fund the project.   The website for application information is ysa.org/grants/youth-grants/Disney.    For more information, contact the Media Specialist, Ms. Cross-Briscoe, Marcia.crossbriscoe@pgcps.org.


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 students’ 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

SPIRIT WEAR IS COMING!  Mattaponi PTO is getting ready to kick off Spirit Wear 2016-2017.  Each grade level is represented by its own color that will follow each student as they matriculate through the grade levels at Mattaponi.  5th grade – Red; 4th grade – Green; 3rd grade – Orange; 2nd grade – Blue; 1st grade – Purple and Kindergarten – Black.  If you currently have your Spirit gear from last year, remember your Spirit Wear shirt or hoodie may be worn in place of your regular uniform shirt any day of the week.  Order forms will be sent home on September 29th.  


Mark your calendars.  Our next PTO meeting is Tuesday, October 4th at 6:15 p.m. in the Multi-purpose Room. There will be a 5th grade parent meeting immediately following the PTO meeting.





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