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 NEWSLETTER #26   301-599-2442  http://www1.pgcps.org/mattaponi/  March 17, 2017 


March 2017

22           1st Grade to Owens Science Center

24           End of the 3rd Quarter

24           PTO Glow Dance 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

27           Professional Day for Teachers – Schools Closed

April 2017

3              Spring Individual Personality and 5th Grade Pano Pictures

3-7          Scholastic BOGO Book Fair

4              PTO Meeting 6:15 p.m. and Book Fair Family Night

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.

May 2017

2              PTO Meeting 6:15 p.m.

12           Career Day at Mattaponi ES

18           Last Day for Transitional Registration (Registration for Middle School)

23           4th Quarter Progress Reports Released

25           K & 1st to Maryland Hall 8:30 – 12:15 p.m.

29           Memorial Day – Schools Closed

June 2017

6              5th Grade Promotion, Wise HS 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

September 2017

6              First Day of School



Mr. Stephen I. Green, Jr., Principal

Smile!  It’s Picture Day on Monday, April 3rd

Personality individual and class pictures will be taken on Monday, April 3rd.  Please note, if you want a class picture and/or individual pictures you must send in the order form and check made payable to Classic Photography on or before picture day.  Only students with order forms will have individual pictures taken.  All students will be photographed in the class picture. Picture order envelopes will be sent home next week.  If you have any questions you may contact Classic Photography at 800-869-9515 or visit www.Classic-Photo.com.  Picture order envelopes will be sent home next week.    

Students may dress down in their favorite outfit and bring an appropriate prop of their choice on picture day.  All clothing and props must be appropriate for school.  Students who wear inappropriate clothing or have an offensive prop will not be allowed to take a photo.

Clothing To Cash Recycling Program

Please remember to send in your New and Used Clothing, Shoes, Sneakers, Towels and Textiles – each and every item counts!!!  Place the donated items in a bag, tie it up, and drop it in our Recycling Bin.  All monies earned will help to defer cost for other programs and events at our school.

PGCPS Family Institute – Growing Together


Family courses are from 6-7:30 PM  Click here to download the flyer!

REGISTRATION AND INFO:  www.pgcpsfamily.org


www.pgcpsfamily.org • 301-618-7356 • family.institute@pgcps.org


Los cursos para las familias son de 6-7:30 PM  Haga click aquí para descargar el folleto!



www.pgcpsfamily.org • 301-618-7356 • family.institute@pgcps.org

PTO Corner

It's time to "Keep Calm and Glow".  Our Glow Dance will be held on Friday, March 24th from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room.  Cost: $10 (includes glow party pack, (1) cheese pizza, chips, juice box and/or water, additional cheese pizza slice, $1).  RSVP with payment has been extended to Monday, March 20th (payments via PayPal® will be accepted up until midnight 3/20) to guarantee receipt of Glow Party Pack.  We do not guarantee receipt of a Glow Party Pack for rsvp and payment received after 3/20 or at the door on the day of the event.  Kindergarten and 1st grade parents or guardians must remain on site to chaperone their child/ren.  This is the last PTO dance for this school year!

Listen up PTO Gold Members!  If you have not yet used your membership benefit of (1) free ticket to a PTO sponsored event, the “Keep Calm and Glow” Dance is your last opportunity to do so.  The benefit is not transferrable to the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.  Please submit your RSVP with the name and homeroom teacher of your child to mattaponipto@gmail.comwith “Glow Dance – Gold Member” in the subject line.

Want to capture the school year? Don’t miss out!  Pre-order your yearbook for $20 before they sell out. Yearbooks may be pre-ordered until May 12th by cash or via PayPal® at paypal.me/mattaponischoolpto (the PTO will cover the service charge).  Please note the PayPal® payment email address is mattaponipto@gmail.com.  If you have a yearbook question, please email the yearbook committee at mattaponiyearbook@gmail.com.  

Spring Scholastic “Happy Camper” Book Fair is coming April 3rd – April 7th.  This is the BOGO book fair you have been waiting for!  All items, buy one, get one free (of equal or lesser value)!!  Your little camper gets to choose from hundreds of books featuring great titles and popular series.  Family night will be held on April 4th (same evening as the April PTO General Body Meeting).  If you are interested in volunteering to help, please email us at mattaponipto@gmail.com.

As we continue celebrating Women’s History Month, this week’s feature is:  Maya Lin (1959 - ).Architect, Artist, Sculptor, Educator.  Maya Lin was born in Athens, Ohio and her parents migrated to the United States from China.  Maya Lin studied architecture and sculpture at Yale University, graduating in 1981.  At the age of 21, in her senior year at Yale, Maya Lin won a nationwide contest to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.  Her design was selected from over 1,400 entries.  In 1988, Maya Lin was commissioned to design the Civil Right Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama which features the major events of the Civil Right Movement.  Maya Lin has designed over 40 works including the Langston Hughes Library in Clinton, Tennessee.  In 2016, she was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. 



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 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 buses. 

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