NEWSLETTER #14 301-599-2442 http://www1.pgcps.org/mattaponi/
November 20, 2015
Due to the
Thanksgiving Holiday, we will not have a Mattaponi Matters next week.
Janice P. Hay, Principal
Stephen Green, Acting Principal
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.
Soaring for Apples
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
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 CHILD! All
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 www.classic-photo.com
· On the home page click the order my school
· Click on the button titled order my school
· 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
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.
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 – 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;
Place – Mrs. Brandenburg’s Class (203 items), 2nd Place – Mrs.
Hendley’s Class (128 items) and 3rd Place - Mrs. Brady’s Class (117
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
Thanks again for your help in giving back to those in need. We couldn’t have done it without you.
Corner – Mrs. Spencer, President
November 23, the 1st
Quarter Awards Convocation will be held! Congratulations
to all of the students who will be awarded for their hard work!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Holiday Season is upon us! The PTO will be hosting a Holiday Gift Shop, December
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