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School Hours:    

Student Hours - 7:30am to 1:55pm   

Office Hours - 7:15am to 3:15pm   

Teacher Hours - 7:15am to 2:45pm    


NEWSLETTER #8   301-599-2442  http://www1.pgcps.org/mattaponi/  October 14, 2016 



October 2016 

13-20     PTO Scholastic Book Fair 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

19 & 20 Book Fair Family Nights 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. 

21           MSEA Convention – School Closed for Students 

24-27     Mattaponi’s Dance Ensemble Auditions 1:55 – 4:00 p.m. Room 16 

25           Fall Individual Pictures (Students must be in Uniform) 

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

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

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

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

8             General Election Day – Schools and Offices Closed 

10           Navy Band Assembly 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. 

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

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

23-25     Thanksgiving – Schools and Offices Closed 

December 2016 

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

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 


Prince George's County Public Schools will host three community forums on balancing enrollment. 

Families will learn about the sixth-grade to middle school transition being implemented in 2018 and have the opportunity to share their ideas on how the district should address overcrowding and long term facility needs.  

The Community Discussions will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the following dates: 

Thursday, October 20 
James Madison Middle School 
7300 Woodyard Road 
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Wednesday, October 26 
Accokeek Academy 
14400 Berry Road 
Accokeek, MD 20607

Thursday, October 27 
Bladensburg High School 
4200 57th Avenue 
Bladensburg, MD 20710

For more information, please visit http://www1.pgcps.org/discussions/ or call the Department of Pupil Accounting and School Boundaries at 301-953-6300 

Haunted H'Owls Open House at Prince George’s Community College
Prince George’s Community College is providing a safe place to trick-or-treat and learn about the great academic programs the college has to offer! 

Thursday, October 20, 2016 

6 – 7:30 PM 

Largo Campus (301 Largo Road, Largo, MD 20774) 

Bladen Hall Breezeway 

A night of fun, games, and an opportunity to interact and connect with Prince George’s Community College!  Bring your little ones for face painting, activities, and goodies!  This event is sure to be a HOOT!  It’s a great opportunity for Early College Exposure for students K-8.  For more information email enroll@pgcc.edu, call 301-546-PGCC (7422) or visit https://www.pgcc.edu/hauntedhowls/ 

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.   

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  

        On Monday, we celebrated the “superheroes” in our student’s lives with “Men Make A Difference Day.”  We welcomed close to 200 fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers and other male role models to Mattaponi with a catered breakfast, a poem honoring fathers, encouraging words by the Honorable Joseph L, Wright, Associate Judge, District Court, District 5, a beautiful rendition of “Hero” by Mariah Carey sung by Pelumi Bukoye & Darby McCoy along with the 4th grade chorus under the direction of  

Mrs. Alexander, Chorus Director who received a standing ovation, and our very own “superhero” Acting Principal, Mr. Stephen Green, led the men in the annual MES “Clap Out.”  The children eagerly lined the hallways of Mattaponi and honored these everyday superheroes with resounding applause of appreciation for being the difference in their lives.  A special thanks to Councilman Mel Franklin for serving as “Master of Ceremonies” for the event, and to many who were an integral part of marking this event a success:  Mr. Stephen Green, Jr., Ms. Callier, Mrs. Worley, Ms. Benjamin, Mrs. Alexander, Mr. Edward Allen, Mr. Nelson Brooks, Mr. Herbert Cauley, all the teachers and staff at Mattaponi ES , the Honorable Melanie Shaw Geter, Kelli Barnes, Jan-Sheri Briscoe, Tobi Bukoye, Monekia Franklin, Shikeya Hayes, Lakeesha Hope, Tia Jones, Sharon Keels, DeAnn Lumpkin, and Quanda Harrell.   




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