• MATTAPONI MATTERS NEWSLETTER

       Eagle Original 5 NEWSLETTER #19   301-599-2442  http://www1.pgcps.org/mattaponi/  February 16, 2018   

    WE LOOK AHEAD

    February 2018

    19                           Presidents’ Day – School and Offices Closed

    23                           2nd Quarter Awards Assembly at Mattaponi ES (8:30 a.m.)

                                   Popcorn Fundraiser Orders & Payments due (EXTENDED DATE)

    March 2018

    2                              Seuss-tastic Carnival

    6                              PTO Meeting (6:15 p.m.)

    8                              3rd Quarter Progress Reports Released

    20                            3rd Grade to Lisner Auditorium (9:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.)

    21                            Kindergarten and 1st Grade to Maryland Hall (8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)

    28                            End of 3rd Quarter

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

    30-April 6              Easter/Spring Break – School and Offices Closed

     

    PRINCIPAL’S CORNER
    Mr. Stephen I. Green, Jr.

    STEM Fair

    Congratulations to our STEM Fair Winners!

    1st Place – Courtney Smith
    2nd Place – Sienna Dillard
    3rd Place – Pelumi Bukoye
    4th Place – Kendall Lofton

    Honorable Mention

    Mrs. Brandburg’s class, Mrs. Hendley’s class, Mrs. Brady’s class, Mrs. Andreozzi’s class and Mrs. Virgil’s class
    Best in show
    Mrs. Broadie’s 5th grade class

    The Family and School Partnership Survey is open!

    Parent engagement is essential to empowering our students to learn, explore, and thrive. That’s why it’s critical we hear from every PGCPS parent, guardian, and employee in our Family and School Partnership Survey, which is open through Feb. 28.

    The survey asks for feedback on how well we exchange knowledge, build relationships, create links to learning, and more. We also want you to weigh in on our parent institutes and implementation of the Mapp Framework.

    Please check your email for an invitation and survey link, click the survey button on our district website, or go to http://tiny.cc/pgcpsfamilysurvey. The survey is offered in English, Spanish, and French. All responses are strictly confidential.

    For more information, please contact Sheila Jackson, Director of the Department of Family and Community Engagement, at 301-618-7356 and email pgcps.family@pgcps.org

    Daddy Daughter Dance

    Board of Education Member Curtis Valentine and #FatherhoodForum to Host Second Annual Daddy Daughter Dance for Elementary Schoolers on Friday, March 9th at 6:00 p.m. at Largo High School.  Click the link: https://goo.gl/forms/gsHarB1DH7wp5wCu2 or call 301-952-6115 to register. 

    PGCPS Specialty Programs Lottery Application (TAG Centers)

    2018 - 2019 ONLINE APPLICATION for the Student Specialty Programs Lottery Application
    Application Submission Deadline: 3/12/2018 at 5 p.m.
      Please visit:  http://specialty.pgcps.org/Application

     

    The Reader's Corner

    Read Across America is an annual literacy celebration that not only celebrates the joys of reading, but also honors the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.  On March 2nd, Read Across America promotes and focuses on the importance of motivating children to read. What a perfect time to bring children and books together! 

    Our students have been working diligently to complete reading response activities as discussed in a letter which was sent out several weeks ago.  Please check in with your child and/or your child's teacher to ensure they have been completing the activities as assigned.  Their engagement and completion of the activities enables them to earn tickets to participate in our Seuss-tastic Carnival games.

    Likewise, we will have a Seuss-ification Week where students and staff will be participating in a week of activities to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America.  These exciting events will take place during the week of Monday, February 26th through Friday, March 2nd.  During this special week, students and staff members will have the opportunity to showcase their many different personalities in a celebration of literacy!

    • Monday: Whoville (How the Grinch Stole Christmas) – Crazy Hair Day (with uniform)
    • Tuesday: Oh, the Places You’ll Go – College Shirt Day (with uniform bottoms)
    • Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday – Mismatch & Inside Out clothes and accessories
    • Thursday: Fox in Socks – Crazy Socks Day (with uniforms)
    • Friday: Seussify Yourself – Dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss book characters

    Our Seuss-tastic Carnival is scheduled for Friday, March 2nd in celebration of, both the birthday of the beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss, and of our students’ reading efforts.  This Carnival is going to be a big event and we are going to NEED the help and support of parents just like YOU in order to make this a memorable experience for our students!  If you are able to be of assistance, please contact Mrs. Smith as soon as possible.

    The Testing Corner

    Our testing schedule has been full since we returned back from our winter break.  Our students have recently completed the January administration of the NWEA MAP-R.  Kindergarten through second grade teachers have been diligently working to complete K-2 Literacy Assessments (DRA, dictations, word identification, etc.) with our students so that they are finished prior to the February 23rd closing of the administration window.  As well, students in all curriculum areas are taking SLO (Student Learning Objectives) benchmarks now until February 23rd.  We completed our ACCESS 2.0 testing last week with our English Language Learners and FAST assessment with our fifth grade students prior to the close of their administration windows.  We began our administration of Math Inventory (MI) to our second through fifth grade students.  We have a few classes to take the assessment next week.  Please ensure that your child is present and on time during that week. 

    PTO CORNER

    Are your kids still glowing? The Glow Dance was a sold out event with close to 200 students attending and glowing under spectacular lighting. We had a dream team: Thank you to Amilcar Mendez, Showtime Events for the giving us a lighting experience, DJ Sprang of Sprang International for providing the hits with an emphasis on clean content, teacher volunteers (Ms. Epps, Mrs. Madison, Mrs. Reed and Mrs. Wilson), parent volunteers (Mrs. Allen, Kellie Brown-Barnes, Sylvia Berry, Aliese Blunt, Tonya Bodrick, Nina Bostick, Terry Brown, Tobi Bukoye, Tanya Dillard, Monekia Franklin, Niccole Gonzalez, Christopher Gordon, Tamara Hall, Corissa Hepler, LaShae Jones, Renee Jones, DeAnn Lumpkin, Denise Perry, Zachary Richardson, and Monty Sutton), Mr. Allen, Mr. Brooks and Mr. Cauley.  Thank you for always answering the call.  We appreciate you all!!

    ***NOTICE TO GLOW DANCE GLOW PACK RECEIPTIENTS*** A notice was sent home yesterday regarding the LED shutter glasses.  A response is due by Wednesday, February 21st. Please indicate if your child(ren)’s glasses were inoperable or failed to function as expected.***

    SPIRIT WEAR, ROUND 2!  All orders are in, and will be delivered on March 6th at our March General Body meeting.

    In honor of Black History Month and the 2018 Winter Olympics, we are featuring the achievements of selected African-Americans Olympians.  This week’s feature is:

    Alice Coachman (1923 - 2014).  Alice Coachman was born in Albany, Georgia, the fifth of ten children.  Growing up in segregated southern, Ms. Coachman was not able to go to the YMCAs or training facilities nor participate in organized sports due to the color of her skin and being a female so she trained in empty field and dirt road, jumping over objects in her neighborhood and playground, often shoeless. In 1939, she received a scholarship to attend Tuskegee Preparatory School.  She broke high school and college high jump records while competing without shoes.  She dominated the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) outdoor high jump championship for a decade, from 1939 to 1948, winning ten national championships and 25 national titles.  In the prime of her athletic career, she was unable to compete in the 1940 and 1944 Olympic Games because they were cancelled due to World War II.  However, she had her day at the 1948 Olympic Games and broke a previous 16 year record in the high jump finals, earning a gold medal.  She became the first woman and only American woman to win a gold medal at the 1948 Olympic Games as well as the first African-American woman to win a gold medal (twelve years before Wilma Rudolph and the first televised Olympics).  In 1952, she became the first African-American woman to endorse an international product when she became a spokesperson for Coca-Cola. She is inducted in the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame (1975) and the United States Olympic Hall of Fame (2004).  Learn more about this extraordinary trailblazer at

    https://www.encyclopedia.com/people/sports-and-games/sports-biographies/alice-coachman.

    GENERAL 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.

    Flu Season

    Flu activity is widespread throughout the U.S.  It is predicted that this may be one of the most severe seasons in years.  Remember to encourage your children to wash their hands after using the bathroom, before and after meals, and after being outside and throughout the day.  Students with upper respiratory symptoms need to remain at home until they are fever free, without the use of any antipyretic medications, for a full 24 hours.  Any students with GI signs and symptoms are excluded from school immediately and are instructed to remain at home for a full 48 hours after all the GI symptoms have ended.  (This includes:  diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, etc.)  Do your best to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.  Also clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.

    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

    Clothing to Cash

    For those that may not know, we have a white recycling bin on our upper parking lot to collect textiles to raise funds for our Environmental Programs.  Bring in all your used and worn out textiles (clothing, shoes, towels, sheets, comforters, curtains, pillows, etc.)   They are accepted in ANY condition! Place items in a plastic bag and deposit in the white bin on the upper parking lot.  Once again, all profits help fund our environmental efforts.

    Math Matters

    Please be sure your students are working on their fluency facts on Mobymax.  This information helps us monitor and directs instruction for all our students in all grades.  In our efforts to promote math fluency, students in grades 2-5 have received fun math fact card games.  We hope your family will join in the fun that card games offer our Mattaponi family, with helping learn math facts in a fun way.

    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 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. 

    Mattaponi ES Lunch Schedules

    Kindergarten & 1st Grade 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

    2nd & 3rd Grade 11:15 – 11:45 a.m.

    4th & 5th Grade 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.