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NEWSLETTER #22 301-599-2442 http://www1.pgcps.org/mattaponi/ February 17, 2017
WE LOOK AHEAD
17 Valentine Friendship
Dance 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
20 Presidents’ Day – Schools
23 4th & 5th
Grade to the Publick Playhouse 8:30 – 1:00 p.m.
28 Black History Month
Program 9:00 a.m.
3 PTO Game Night 6:30 –
7 PTO Meeting 6:15 p.m.
22 1st Grade to
Owens Science Center
24 End of the 3rd
27 Professional Day for
Teachers – Schools Closed
3 Spring Individual and
5th Grade Pano Pictures
3-7 Scholastic BOGO Book
4 PTO Meeting 6:15 p.m.
10 3rd Quarter
Report Cards Released
13 Grandparents’ Day at
14-21 Easter and Spring Break – Schools
24 Office of Community
Engagement (Media Center) 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Stephen I. Green, Jr., Principal
Thank You Aaron Gilchrist for
Visiting Mattaponi Elementary School
Channel 4 News anchor Aaron Gilchrist
visited with the students, read a story to the First Graders, and brought the
office staff a delicious Panera lunch as part of National Random Acts of
Kindness Week. He shared his journey
from a young student to News anchor, and what an important role education
played in his success! Mattaponi was
honored to have such a positive role model share his time with them!
2017 - 2018 ONLINE APPLICATION Student Specialty Programs Lottery
Application Submission Deadline: 3/13/2017 at 5 p.m.
visit http://specialty.pgcps.org/ to apply
on-line. Lottery Brochures can be picked up from and PGCPS school.
PGCPS Public Charter School
School Office is now accepting online applications for the 2017-18 school year. All
Prince George’s County families can apply and applications are available
There are 10 PGCPS Public Charter schools with academic programs for students
in grades K-12, including:
Math, Information and Technology (K-5), cmitelementary.org
Information and Technology (6-12), www.cmitacademy.org
Information and Technology (6-10), cmitsouth.org
College Park Academy
EXCEL Academy(K-8), www.excelacademypcs.org
Imagine Andrews (K-8), imagineandrews.org
Imagine Foundations @ Leeland
Imagine Foundations @ Morningside
Imagine Lincoln (K-8), imaginelincoln.org
Turning Point Academy
To attend a Public Charter
Schools Open House Information Session, please click
a complete schedule. For more information, please contact 301-808-8150.
To learn more about all of our
specialty programs and their application deadlines, please click
We are pleased to announce the
launch of the official Mattaponi ES PTO Facebook page!
Now you can stay in the loop with the PTO on current events, get real-time
reminders, find resourceful tips and just get inspired. Click here to join our new
online community today!
Game On! Come out on Friday,
March 3rd from 6:30-8:30 in the Multi-Purpose Room
and enjoy our FREE Family Game Night. It will be a
night of fun with classmates, teachers and families! Games for all ages,
prizes, music and light refreshments will be provided. If you have any
questions and/or would like to volunteer to assist with this event, please
contact us at email@example.com.
This week’s feature in our
spotlight on selected African-Americans who profoundly impacted American lives
without little or no recognition is:
GERALD A. LAWSON (1940 - 2011), Engineer.
Born in Queens, New York, Mr. Lawson was inspired by George Washington
Carver. He created the first home video-game system that used
interchangeable cartridges, offering gamers a chance to play a variety of games
and giving video-game makes a way to earn profits by selling individual
games. So if you own a PlayStation, Wii or Xbox, thank Mr. Lawson for the
hours of entertainment! See http://www.biography.com/
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
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!
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 pm. No 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.
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
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.
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 out 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.