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NEWSLETTER #12 301-599-2442 http://www1.pgcps.org/mattaponi/ November 18, 2016
WE LOOK AHEAD
22 Ms. Jackson’s Class to
Owens Science Center 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
23-25 Thanksgiving – Schools
and Offices Closed
28 2nd & 3rd
Grade Classes to the National Building Museum 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
29 Mrs. Mackall’s Class to
Owens Science Center 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1 Chess Wizards at
Mattaponi ES 1:55 – 2:45 p.m.
5-9 PTO Penguin Holiday Shoppe at
Mattaponi ES in the Media Center (see times under the PTO Corner)
6 PTO Meeting 6:15 p.m.
Development – 2 Hour Early Dismissal (11:55 a.m.)
8 Chess Wizards at
Mattaponi ES 1:55 – 2:45 p.m.
9 4th Grade
Chorus/Band to DAR Constitution Hall 9:30 – 12:30 p.m.
15 Winter Concert at
Mattaponi ES 7:00 p.m. for Family and Friends (8:45 a.m. for Students)
19 Picture Retake/Make-up
Day (Uniforms Must Be Worn)
21 2nd Quarter
23-30 Winter Break – Christmas
Holiday – Schools Closed for Students
2 Winter Break – New
Year’s Holiday – Schools and Offices Closed
Stephen I. Green, Jr., Principal
PARCC Student Score Report Online Webinar December 8, 2016
Learn about the
Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)
Individual Student (Home) Reports for your child.
If your child is enrolled
in Grades 3-12 and took a PARCC assessment last school year, you should have
received an Individual Student Report that provided information about his or
We are offering an online
webinar December 8, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. to help you
understand your child's report.
call 301.702.3860 or visit http://www1.pgcps.org/parcc/ or http://www1.pgcps.org/testing/
GIVING TOGETHER: #FillTheBowl Community Service Project Starts Today
Starting this holiday season, PGCPS is
inviting students, families and schools to collectively serve the community
through Giving Together, a new system-wide campaign. Giving
Together will focus on specific community needs through coordinated
service activities, such as donation drives and fundraisers.
Capital Area Food Bank will benefit from one
of our launch activities -- #FillTheBowl. When you purchase a $25 bowl or make
a $25 donation, you help Capital Area Food Bank provide 62 meals to struggling
children, seniors and families. Our goal is to purchase 200 bowls --
12,400 meals in support of the CAFB’s 200,000-meal target.
For more information about the #FillTheBowl challenge or to donate, click here. To view a video about the new Giving
Together system-wide campaign, click here.
Our next launch activity,
the United Way Giving Campaign, kicks off Nov. 21 through Dec. 19. Thanks
for your support!
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 (K-8), imaginemorningside.org
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
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 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 busses.
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 2016
Harvest for the Hungry Kids Helping Kids
Food Drive. I am happy to report
that we collected 420 items that
were donated to Maryland Food Bank. Your
generosity will be greatly appreciated by the many families who will benefit. I am excited to see how many pounds of food
and meals will be provided as a result of your compassion! The Maryland Food Bank distribute to food
assistance partners including shelters, soup kitchens, senior centers, child
care programs, food pantries and some well-known multi-service
organizations. 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 3 classes:
1st Place -Mrs. Gullion – 121 items, 2nd Place - Mrs.
Good – 60 items and 3rd Place - Mrs. Brandenburg – 44 items
Today ends a week-long celebration of “American Education Week.” In its 95th year, this yearly
event celebrates public education and honors individuals who are making a
difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. Congratulations to all of our Mattaponi young
scholars who received an award certificate on Monday at the 1st Quarter
Awards Assembly. We are proud of you all, and keep up the good work!
The final 2016 Spirit Wear
order has been submitted. The orders will be distributed at the December
6th PTO general body meeting. If you missed the opportunity to place your
Spirit Wear order, we will begin taking orders in Spring 2017.
The Penguin Holiday Shoppe is around the corner…Monday, December 5th –
Friday, December 9th. The Holiday Shoppe gives students
the opportunity to shop for family, friends and loved ones this holiday
season. A variety of gifts will be
available at inexpensive, kid-friendly prices. The Holiday Shoppe hours
of operation will be from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. each day
except Wednesday, 12/7 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. (early dismissal). The family
“shop til you drop” night will be held Tuesday, December 6th from 5
p.m. – 7 p.m. If you are interested
in volunteering by helping the children select appropriate gifts for their
loved ones, please contact the PTO at email@example.com.
Lastly, we want to wish you all a happy and