• MATTAPONI MATTERS NEWSLETTER

       Eagle Original 5 NEWSLETTER #5   301-599-2442  http://www1.pgcps.org/mattaponi/  October 13, 2017   

    WE LOOK AHEAD 

    October 2017 

    16           Fall Picture Day at Mattaponi ES – Individual Student Pictures/Uniforms Must Be Worn 

    20           Professional Development Day – Schools Closed for Students 

    27           PGCPS Orange Day- National Bully Prevention Awareness Month-Staff and Students can wear Orange today 

    30           Professional Development Day – 2 Hour Early Dismissal (11:55 a.m.) 

    31           Kindergarten to Montpelier Farms 9:00 – 1:15 p.m. 

    31           Storybook Character Parade at Mattaponi ES 

    November 2017 

    3              Professional Development Day – 2 Hour Early Dismissal (11:55 a.m.) 

    4              PTO Family Fall Festival at Mattaponi ES 11:00 – 4:00 p.m. 

    7              PTO Meeting 6:15 p.m. 

    9              End of the 1st Quarter 

    10           Veterans Day – Parent/Teacher Conferences – School Closed for Students  

    13           Professional Development Day – 2 Hour Early Dismissal (11:55 a.m.) 

    22-24     Thanksgiving – Schools Closed for Students 

    December 2017 

    5              PTO Meeting 6:15 p.m. 

    5-8          PTO Holiday Bazaar (Family Night is Tuesday) 

    8              Professional Development Day – 2 Hour Early Dismissal (10:50 a.m.) 

    11           Picture Make-up Day 

    19           Winter Concert at Mattaponi ES (7:00 p.m.) 

    25-29     Winter Break – Christmas Holiday – Schools Closed for Students 

    January 2017 

    Winter Break – New Year’s Holiday – School and Offices Closed 

      

    PRINCIPAL’S CORNER  

    Mr. Stephen I. Green, Jr. 

    Storybook Character Parade 

    In hopes of promoting a love for reading and building a culture of literacy, Mattaponi will host a Storybook Character Parade on Tuesday, October 31, 2017.  All students are expected to read a book of their choosing and create an “All About My Book” poster to share the elements of the students with their peers.  An extension of this assignment is that all students that desire are able to participate in the parade resembling their favorite character from this book.  While it is cute to see the different ideas, creativity in becoming and depictions of the characters, this part of the event is optional.  Please note, however the RELA task is required and will be graded.  If you have any questions, you can contact Mrs. Smith by email at ebony.smith@pgcps.org or via phone, as well as your child’s homeroom teacher. 

    Read for the Record 

    Jumpstart is a national early education organization that helps children develop language and literacy skills. Jumpstart began its Read for the Record campaign in 2006, with the yearly goal of setting a new world record for the most children reading the same book on the same day.  October 19, 2017 will mark the tenth year of Prince George’s County’s elementary schools participating in this one-day event that focuses on providing a solid foundation upon which all our children can build their educational future.  Here at Mattaponi, our kindergarten and first grade students will have the pleasure of hearing our principal, Mr. Green, read this year’s story, Quackers.  Following which, the students will have an opportunity to return to their classroom and engage in literacy activities. 

    Mattaponi ES Has a Facebook Page 

    Please 'Like'  Mattaponi's new Facebook Page.  We will be sharing important information, announcements and school-wide activities on this page.  Stay connected!  http://www.facebook.com/mattaponielementary 

    Good Character, Bully Prevention, and Red Ribbon Week Observances October 2017  

    Disclaimer: Any student not participating in the theme of the day must be in a regular school uniform. Good Character, Bully Prevention, Red Ribbon Week 

     

    Please Help 

    In addition to preparing our students to be academically prepared, we also strive to prepare them to be empathetic citizens of the world.  September 15th - October 15th is National Hispanic Heritage Month when we recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to our heritage and culture.  As you well know, Houston, Florida, and now Puerto Rico have been devastated by recent hurricanes.  We have members of the Mattaponi Elementary School community that have been impacted by the resulting devastation of these natural phenomena.  We are partnering with Kettering Baptist Church Legacy Center to collect much needed supplies that will aide in relief efforts to try and bring back some level of normalcy to the people impacted.  We will be collecting the following items here at the school and deliver them to Kettering Baptist Church Legacy Center by Tuesday, October 31, 2017.  We welcome and need your participation.  Whatever you can do to assist will be greatly appreciated. 

     ·         Adult diapers 

    ·         Baby wipes 

    ·         Children’s diapers 

    ·         Dog and Cat food 

    ·         Feminine Care Items 

    ·         First aid items 

    ·         Gatorade 

    ·         Hand sanitizer 

    ·         Large trash bags 

    ·         Paper towels 

    ·         Peanut butter & Jelly 

    ·         Sandwich baggies 

    ·         Sleeping bags 

    ·         Snacks (individually wrapped) 

    ·         Thin bed mats 

    ·         Toilet paper 

    ·         Toiletries 

    ·         Water (gallons/bottles) 

    National Bully Prevention Awareness Month 

    PGCPS will wear orange on Friday, October 27, 2017, as we celebrate National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and Unity Day.  Upload photos to social media using hashtag #PGCPSORANGE17 

    PTO Corner  

    What a week it was!  On Monday, October 10th, the PTO hosted and sponsored breakfast for 150+ men at the PGCPS “Men Make A Difference Day.”  This year’s theme was “Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader....Let’s “Book” Some Time with Our Mattaponi Kids.  And, did the men “booked” some time! The men dined on eggs, bacon, sausage links, turkey bacon, potatoes, fruit, biscuits, banana bread, cinnamon coffee bread, pumpkin bread, coffee & tea. Afterwards, they were treated to two performances by the 4th grade Mattaponi Readers under the direction of Mrs. Alexander, MTV Coordinator, Music Specialist and Chorus Director.  Before the men proceeded to their child’s classroom for engaging activities planned by our wonderful teachers.  Thank you to all the parent volunteers who help pulled this event together from set up to serving:  Kelli Barnes, Vickie Bovell, Ninamiya Bowden, Anthony Briscoe, Jan-Sheri Briscoe, Tobi Bukoye, Tanya Dillard, Monekia Franklin, Quanda Harrell, Corissa Hepler, Albrena Jefferson, John Lucas, DeAnn Lumpkin, Vernee Martin, Denise Perry, Alicia Richardson, and Diamond Torres. This event could not happen without you! More importantly, this is evidence of your PTO dollars at work! 

    Our Scholastic Book Fair was a HUGE success.  The Men of Mattaponi kicked off the book fair on Monday and made a DIFFERENCE!  The children enjoyed getting the lastest collection of books and fun accessories.  The book fair closed out today but our online book fair has commenced and continues until October 31st.  You may purchase books online at http://www.scholastic.com/bf/mattaponielemsch.  All purchases support Mattaponi Elementary.  Once again, a huge thank you to Mrs. Starlette Allen and Alicia Richardson for their continued support, and our parent volunteers:  Aliese Blunt, DeAnn Lumpkin, Terry Brown, Albrena Jefferson, Chris Gordon, Corissa Hepler, and Vivian Hough.  

    Save the date... the Family Fall Festival is on its way, on Saturday, November 4th on the school grounds from 11am-4pm.  More information to come! 

    Reminders… 

    Procedures for Students Without Funds for Lunch 

    Students who do not have sufficient funds for lunch will be provided a lunch that will be charged against the Principal’s account.  The administration of the school will communicate with the parents that their child did not have sufficient funds for that day and parents should repay those funds the next day.  After three (3) days of nonpayment, the student will receive the approved alternate meal for lunch until the unpaid balance is paid.  The alternate meal will consist of a cheese stick, crackers, fruit/vegetable, and milk.  Payment must be received to replenish the Principal’s account before other meals can be charged.  If there are no funds in the Principal’s account, then the student will receive the alternate meal. 

    Background Checks and School Volunteers 

    Please see Mattaponi’s website for the Top Frequently Asked Questions – Background Check and School Volunteers Administrative Procedure.  All volunteers are required to complete a fingerprint background check and child abuse/neglect clearance from CPS at least 14 days in advance of the activity/event.  For more information please visit http://www1.pgcps.org/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=235577 

    Student Attendance Policy 

    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 students’ success in school! 

    Student school hours are 7:45 am - 1:55 pmNo 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.  

    How 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 understanding.  

    School 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. 

    Dismissal 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 buses.