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Student Hours - 7:45am to 1:55pm
Office Hours - 7:15am to 3:30pm
Teacher Hours - 7:15am to 2:45pm
News Release: Classes In
Session for All PGCPS Students and Staff on February 12
The Prince George's County Board of Education
approved the revision of the 2015-16 school calendar that will change Friday, February 12, 2016 to a regular
school day for all staff and students. The day was previously scheduled as a
professional development day for teachers.
The change was made due to the six inclement
weather days that were used from January 21, 2016 through January 29, 2016 due
to extreme weather conditions.
While the existing calendar currently has
built in four (4) inclement weather make-up days, this request will assist us
in limiting the number of additional days added to the end of the school year.
Dr. Janice P. Hay, Principal
Mr. Stephen I. Green, Jr., Acting
We are now half way through our journey of the 2015 -
2016 school year. The 3rd quarter began on Tuesday, February 2nd.
As we look to completing the latter half of the school year, it is necessary to
review the uniform policy, check for the need to replenish school supplies, and
set goals for personal and academic achievement. I encourage you to
discuss these matters with your children.
The 2nd quarter report cards were due to be
released on February 4th but have been delayed due to the Blizzard
of 2016. The new release date is Thursday, February 11, 2016. Our 2nd Quarter Awards
Assembly will be held on Friday, February 19, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.
The month of February not only brings us Black History
Month but in 2016 we will also have the pleasure of celebrating Leap Year on Monday,
February 29th. Look for the upcoming announcements on how Mattaponi
Elementary will acknowledge both.
for Students in Grades 3rd-5th
Wednesday, January 20, 2016, Mattaponi had its 7th Annual Science
Fair for students in grades 3-5.
We would like to commend the Science Fair participants for their hard
work throughout this process. The
winners for this year’s Science Fair are as follows:
Honorable mention Honorable
334-Oluwapelumi Bukoye 409-Leilani Underwood 547-Tahira Johnson
Walker 432-Janae Curtis
3rd place-335-Stephen Green 3rd
place-439-Micah Massey 3rd
2nd place-347-Gianna Ozurumba 2nd
place-406-Damontae’ Ashton 2nd
1st place-340-Jamel Franklin 1st
place-419-Cody Poisel 1st
PGCPS Now Accepting Applications for It’s Specialty Programs
Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) is now
accepting online applications for the following specialty programs for the
2016-2017 school year:
Immersion: Kindergarten only
and Gifted: Grades 2 to 8 and student must be TAG identified or in
Pre-K; K-8 only with current, full-time cert. Mont. exp.
· Creative and
Performing Arts: K-5 only; Grades 6-8 must audition
Immersion/Dual Language: Kindergarten only
Interested families can submit an online application by
visiting https://forms.pgcps.org/specialty/. Families with children in grades 6-8
interested in the Creative and Performing Arts Program at Thomas Pullen,
Benjamin Foulois or Hyattsville Middle, must apply here.
Applications are due by March 14 at 5:00 p.m. For
additional information, please contact the Department
of Pupil Accounting and School Boundaries at 301-952-6300. PGCPS’ Charter
School Office is also accepting online applications for the
2016-17 school year. All Prince George’s County families can apply to a Public
Charter School and must complete an online application at http://lottery.pgcps.org by January 29, 2016.
County Memorial Library System is excited to partner with the National Institute
of Neurological Disorders and Stroke/NIH to present fun hands-on programs
promoting neuroscience education and awareness to students in Prince George’s
County. Please see the link with
dates and times on our web page. http://www1.pgcps.org/mattaponi/
Dress for the Weather –
As the cold
weather arrives, we stand by our belief that children need fresh air and
physical activity even during the winter months. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for
recess and P.E. class. Remind your
children to wear hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and thermal undergarments. It is also advantageous to dress in
layers, so students may adjust clothing according to the temperature at the
time of the outdoor activity.
Generally, the students have outdoor recess when the temperature is
between 35° to 40° or above. The
wind chill factor will be considered in the decision to have indoor/outdoor
recess or P.E.
Box Tops for Education
We continue to
raise money for our school by collecting Box Tops for Education! Please remember to send in your Box
arrive at school no earlier than 7:30 a.m. to enter the school building
for breakfast or to report to class to prepare for the school day. School begins at 7:45 a.m.
Very Important Reminder
for Change in Dismissal Plans
Any changes in your child’s
regular dismissal plan MUST be in writing. We will no longer accept a phone call to make a dismissal
change. Also, no students will be called for
early dismissal after 1:40 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. Thank you for your
support in keeping all our students safe!
How to Contact a Staff
school office hours are 7:15 a.m. - 3:30 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
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.
Counselor’s Corner, Lucille Underdue
This week we celebrated National School Counseling Week. The focus of the week was on “The Recipe for Success.” I have been talking with students about
the ingredients for building a successful future, the challenges that many
students will face, and what students can achieve if they believe in
Mattaponi‘s School Counseling Program is
built on the principles of advocacy, leadership, collaboration and systematic change. It is my goal to help develop
confident, self-directed lifelong learners. This happens through a comprehensive developmental guidance
and counseling program that addresses academic, career and social emotional
development of all students to ensure college and career readiness. This occurs in a variety of ways with
the support of teachers, administration and parents
Some of the Program
Parent and Teacher Conferences and
and monitor 504-Plans
for Patients Projects
and Fund Drives
thank you for the opportunity to impact the lives of your children. I welcome your calls and visit.
Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS) Pennies for
Your Child has the power to make a
positive impact on the lives of kids with blood cancer! Mattaponi Elementary School has joined
450 schools across the DC Metro Area in a program that will be instrumental in
raising funds for lifesaving cancer research. The project will kick off Monday, February 8th.
During a 2 week period (February 9-23), students will collect spare
change to support LLS’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease
and myeloma to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.
Your child will receive his or her own
box for collecting spare change around the house and a parent letter explaining
the project and how to set up your child’s own webpage to increase the number
of donations they can collect. Blood cancer education will occur through
morning announcements, posters, the sharing of a local youth patient story and
an educational video. The Pennies
for Patient’s project helps students learn about service, leadership and
to you and your child in advance for helping LLS create a world without blood
PTO Corner – Mrs. Spencer, President
Back by popular demand is our "All Things Glow Dance". On Friday, February 19th, from 6-830 p.m.,
students can come out and glow along with their favorite music. More details to come, so stay tuned.
It is now time to allow other parents the opportunity to serve as the
Mattaponi ES PTO Board Officer.
Nominations are due today, Friday February 5th. We look forward to electing new faces
to continue the excellence and success already established at Mattaponi. For questions or comments please email
the PTO at email@example.com.