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School Hours:   

Student Hours - 7:45am to 1:55pm   

Office Hours - 7:15am to 3:30pm  

Teacher Hours - 7:15am to 2:45pm   



NEWSLETTER #14   301-599-2442  November 20, 2015

Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, we will not have a Mattaponi Matters next week.



Dr. Janice P. Hay, Principal

Mr. Stephen Green, Acting Principal


Have a Blessed Thanksgiving

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends.  Please take the time to reflect on all of your blessings and to pray for our Military Troops and those who are less fortunate.


Eagles Soaring for Apples

Mattaponi ES would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the Apple Tree to raise the remaining balance for the classroom set of iPADs!!  There is still time to donate to the Apple Tree and help us reach our goal!!  November 30th is the last day to send in contributions.


Mattaponi has been afforded the opportunity to have a classroom set of 30 Apple iPADs, with mobile charging stations, which can be used by ALL classes.  Use of these iPADs will enrich the learning environment for our students.  The school has received donations from several sources, including Mattaponi’s Parent Teacher Organization, but we still need $2,000 more to be able to purchase these iPADs for our students. 


Please place your donation in an envelope and provide it to your child’s Homeroom Teacher.  Upon receipt of your donation, your child’s name will be written on an apple and hung on the Eagles Soaring for Apples Tree.  Please do not delay!  Your Donation Counts!


Shop and Drop at Mattaponi

As the holiday season approaches, so does the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping.  Do you need time to shop for that special someone?  Mattaponi Elementary School staff has a solution to help!  On Friday, December 4, 2015, the staff at Mattaponi has organized a FUN FILLED EVENING for your children as you shop.  Your child(ren) will have an opportunity to experience arts and crafts, movies, dancing, games, prizes, a $1.00 photo booth and more!  A meal is included and students may purchase from a variety of additional a la carte snack items for $1.00 each.  This event will begin directly after school from dismissal (1:55pm) until 8:30 pm, giving parents 6.5 hours to shop!!  All this and more for only $25 PER CHILDAll MONIES and PERMISSION slips are due by Monday, November 30, 2015 – CASH ONLY.                      



Rotary Club Literacy Project

The Rotary Club of Upper Marlboro recently distributed dictionaries to all of the third grade students at our school.  This literacy project is a community service that has been in place for many years.  Thank you for your continued dedication to the students at Mattaponi ES!


Classic Photography Orders and Make-up Picture Day

You can still order your child’s pictures by following these instructions:


·       Go to

·       On the home page click the order my school photos tab.

·       Click on the button titled order my school photos.

·       Type in your Picture access key code.  This is on the paper work that came home with your student. You must have your   access key code to view pictures.


Picture make-up day is Wednesday, December 2, 2015.  If you were absent on picture day, new to our school or are not satisfied with your photos, you will have your picture taken on this day.  If you are purchasing pictures you will need to send in the order and payment on December 2nd.  If you were not satisfied with your photos you will need to return your picture package and retake your picture on December 2nd.


If you have any questions or problems, please call Classic Photography customer service at 410-203-1003 or 800-869-9515.


Very Important Reminder for Change of 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 Member

Mattaponi’s 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 understanding.


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


Counselor’s Corner – Ms. Underdue

The students, parents and staff are commended for supporting our 2015 Kids Helping Kids Food Drive.  I am thrilled to report that we collected 940 food items making this year's Food Drive a huge success.  Your generosity was overwhelming and will be greatly appreciated by the many families.  I am excited to see just how many pounds of food and meals that were collected, will be provided as a result of your compassion!  The Capital Area Food Bank will be picking up food items and will be distributed to food assistance partners including shelters, soup kitchens, senior centers, child care programs, food pantries and some well-known multi-service organizations such as DC Central Kitchen, SOME, Bread for the City and Manna.  Ms. Underdue coordinated this effort, and classes competed to see which class would bring in the most items for this worthy school/community project.  Congratulations to the top three classes;


1st Place – Mrs. Brandenburg’s Class (203 items), 2nd Place – Mrs. Hendley’s Class (128 items) and 3rd Place - Mrs. Brady’s Class (117 items).

While 50 million individuals in the United States are food insecure, 17 million of the 50 million are children.  Food insecurity is defined as limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.


Thanks again for your help in giving back to those in need.  We couldn’t have done it without you.

PTO Corner – Mrs. Spencer, President

On Monday November 23, the 1st Quarter Awards Convocation will be held!  Congratulations to all of the students who will be awarded for their hard work!!


SPIRIT WEAR IS HERE!!  The Mattaponi PTO is happy to offer you the chance to show your school spirit with MATTAPONI SPIRIT WEAR!  Each grade level is represented by a unique color that will follow the children as they advance to each grade level here at Mattaponi.  If you have not purchased your spirit wear, a second order will be placed December 4, 2015.  Please forward any questions regarding Spirit Wear to the


The Holiday Season is upon us!  The PTO will be hosting a Holiday Gift ShopDecember 7th-11th for our students to purchase gifts for their family members!!  Mark your calendars and save your pennies!!  Volunteers are always welcome!!  Stay tuned...more information to come!!


The next PTO meeting will be held Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 6:15 p.m.  We look forward to your support!


As we all are thankful for many things, from our PTO family to yours...Happy Thanksgiving!!




 Bully Hotline - 240-606-1425    

 Are you or do you know someone who is being harassed, threatened or intimidated (bullied)? Do you know someone who has a weapon, drugs or alcohol in their possession? If you answered yes to any of these questions please call the “Bully Hotline” at 240-606-1425, explain the situation and provide the name of the individual that you are reporting. Remember, you do not have to leave your name.    



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