Eagle Original 5 NEWSLETTER #27   301-599-2442  http://www1.pgcps.org/mattaponi/  May 4, 2018   



    May 2018

    7-11                       Teacher Appreciation Week

    7                             3rd Quarter Awards Assembly (8:30 a.m. MPR)

    11                           3rd Grade to Patuxent River Park (8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

    11                           Lip Sync Battle (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. MPR)

    14                           PTO Women’s Tea in the Multi-Purpose Room (8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.)

    16                           Mrs. Madison’s and Mrs. Reed’s Classes to Bladensburg Waterfront Park (8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

    17                           Fundraiser Limo Ride to Cici’s Pizza (10:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.)

    18                           4th/5th Grade Band/Chorus Students to Six Flags Music Day (9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.)

    18                           2nd/3rd Grade to the National Air & Space Museum (8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

    18                           Mrs. Broadie’s Class to Bladensburg Waterfront Park (8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

    21                           TAG Coffee and Conversation (8:00 a.m. MPR)

    21                           4th Quarter Progress Reports Released

    25                           Field Day

    28                           Memorial Day – School and Offices Closed

    June 2018

    1                             5th Grade to Hershey Park

    5                             2nd Grade to the National Building Museum (8:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.)

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

    8                             5th Grade Picnic

    12                           5th Grade Promotion at Charles H. Flowers HS (5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)

    15                           5th Grade Dance (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. MPR)

    19                           2 Hour Early Dismissal for Students (11:55 a.m.)

    20                           Last Day of School for Students – 2 Hour Early Dismissal for Students (11:55 a.m.)

    July 2018

    12                           Final Report Cards Mailed

    August 2018

    30                           Kindergarten Orientation (9:00 – 11:00 a.m.)

    September 2018

    4                              First Day of School for Students for the 2018-2019 School Year



    Mr. Stephen I. Green, Jr.

    Last Day of School for Students

    The last day of school for students will now be Wednesday, June 20th. There will be a two-hour early dismissal on June 19th and June 20th. For more information, visit www.pgcps.org/school-calendar-process.

    PGCPS 2018 Summer Programs listing is now available on the school system's website.  See the Summer Programs tab for further information.

    East Area branches of Prince George's County Memorial Library System: 

    May programs for children and youth

    You can search the PGCMLS calendar of events and learn more about our services and programs at our website: www.pgcmls.info .

    South Bowie

    15301 Hall Road, Bowie, MD 20721

    (301) 850-0475


    9601 Capital Lane, Largo, MD 20774

    tel. (301) 336-4044

    Upper Marlboro

    14730 Main Street, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

    (301) 627-9330

    Special in May


    South Bowie:

    Free Comic Book Day

    Saturday, May 5, 10 am - 5 pm

    South Bowie Library celebrates literacy through comics with Free Comic book Day! Stop by the Information Desk to receive a free comic while supplies last. All Ages.


    Craft n' Creations: Mother's Day Edition

    Wednesday, May 9, 4 pm - 5 pm

    Of all the special joys in life, The big ones and the small, A mother’s love and tenderness Is the greatest of them all. Come join us as we celebrate our Mother's with a special craft we'll create! Age 5 - 12.


    Mother's Day Make and Take

    Monday, May 7 - Saturday May 12: All day.

    Join us for a make and take craft project celebrating your mom or other special person in your life!  Age 5 - 12.


    Mother's Day Sip and Paint

    Monday, May 7, 6:30 pm - 8 pm

    Come create your own masterpiece for your mom or other special person in your life! Supplies and instructions will be provided. Age 5 - 12.



    Saturday, May 19, 10 am - 4 pm

    Please come support the Friends of the Largo Kettering Library as they hold a booksale in the large meeting room. All proceeds will benefit the library! All ages.


    Story Explorers: From Books to the Big Screen

    Friday, May 25, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

    Come listen to a librarian read favorite stories aloud and do related activities and games. Age 5 - 12.

    Upper Marlboro:

    Mother's Day: Jewelry Making

    Saturday, May 12: 11:00am - 12:00pm

    Join us in creating jewelry gifts to give to your Mother on her special day!  Age 5 - 12.


    Drop Everything and Read

    Saturday, May 26, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

    Books are awesome! Wear your favorite comfy clothes and bring a blanket to curl up and read. Snacks will be provided and a bookmark will be given to all participants. Age 5 - 12.



    South Bowie:

    Chess for Kids

    Thursdays, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

    Learn to play chess or improve your game after school!

    Presented by Future Chess Champions. Ages 5 – 18.



    Thursdays, 7 pm - 8:30 pm

    Learn to play or improve your game. Presented by Eagle Chess Academy. All ages are welcome!


    Chess Club

    Mondays, 7 pm – 9 pm

    Learn to play or improve your chess game. All ages are welcome!  Presented by Eagle Chess Academy.


    Teen Game Night

    Tuesdays, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Come play board games at the library! Bring one of your own or play one of ours. Age 13 – 18.

    S. T. E. M.     --

    Science Technology Engineering  and Math

    South Bowie:

    Minecraft: Challenge

    Mondays, 4 pm - 5 pm

    Play Minecraft at the library! Ages 5 – 12.


    STEM for Families

    Tuesdays, 7 pm - 9 pm

    Join us as we explore science, technology, engineering and math.  Drop in for hands-on experiments and activities.

    Ages 5 – 12 with adult.


    Kids Coding Club

    Tuesday, May 15, 4 pm - 5 pm

    Think like a computer while programming with cool games and activities!  Perfect for beginner & experienced coders. Space is limited - please bring your own device if possible. Must register.  Ages 5 – 12.


    Arduino Basics

    Thursday, May 17, 3:30pm - 5:30pm

    Learn how coding and circuits work together with the Arduino processor. Ages 11 and up.


    STEM-tastic: Crazy 8’s Math

    Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30: 11 am - 12 pm

    Bring your preschooler and join us as we explore science, technology, engineering and math! Age 2 - 5.


    STEM-tastic: Crazy 8’s Math

    Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30: 4 pm - 5:30 pm

    Get your kids fired up about math with our Crazy 8's after-school math club! Every week participants will explore science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on experiments. Age 5 - 12.




    South Bowie:

    Ready 2 Read Storytime: 0 – 2 years

    Mondays at 10:15 and 11 am


    Ready 2 Read Storytime: 2 – 3 years

    Wednesdays, 10:15 and 11 am


    Sing, Sign, and Play

    Wednesday, May 9, 10:30 am - 11 am

    Wednesday, May 23, 10:30 am - 11 am

    This is for social communication with songs, books and signs between toddlers and their families. Presented by Prince George’s County Infant and Toddlers. Limit 12 community families.


    Ready 2 Read Storytime: 2 – 3 years

    Thursdays 10:15 – 10:45 am


    Ready 2 Read Storytime: 3 – 5 years

    Thursdays 11:15 – 11:45 am

    Upper Marlboro:

    Ready 2 Read Storytime: 0 – 2 years

    Mondays 11:15 – 11:45 am


    Ready 2 Read Storytime: 2 – 3 years

    Tuesdays 11:15 – 11:45 am


    In honor of National School Principal Day 2018, we want to recognize our Principal, Mr. Stephen Green, Jr. He wears many hats at Mattaponi, and we thank him for his time and dedication to the students (he knows each one by name), teachers and the Mattaponi Community.  The PTO presented Mr. Green with a balloon bouquet and gift cards to local area restaurants.

    Thank you to all who came out to our final business meeting of the 2017-2018 school year.  Congratulations to the new PTO Executive Board for 2018-2019:  President – Vernee Martin; Vice-President – Jan-Sheri Briscoe; Treasurer – Tia Jones; Secretary – Michelle Hicks and Parliamentarian – Catina Bridges.  Thank you to the Nomination Committee: Monekia Franklin, DeAnn Lumpkin and Robbin Oden and tellers: Kwaku Boah, Corissa Hepler and Nina Bostick for facilitating this process.  We appreciate all your efforts.  Lastly, a huge THANK YOU to our esteemed Parliamentarian, Dezmona Mizelle-Howard for executing and overseeing a flawless election.

    TEACHER’S APPRECIATION WEEK!  Next week is Teacher’s Appreciation Week, May 7th – 11th (Nationally recognized day, Tuesday, May 8th).  This week, the PTO sent home a sealed envelope with some important information.  For additional gift ideas, please visit the school office to see the “Teacher’s Favorite Things” binder located in the school office.

    Mattaponi PTO celebrates Women of Mattaponi: Planting Seeds in our Youth.  May 14th at 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  Join us for tea (and coffee) as we take this moment to honor the many women planting seeds of nurture, love, and wisdom in the youth of Mattaponi.  A light continental breakfast will be served.  Attendees will be required to check in with the front office to receive a visitor’s badge and a valid driver’s license is required to facilitate this process.  If you have any questions, please contact the PTO at mattaponipto@gmail.com with “Women of Mattaponi” in the subject line. 

    SAVE THE DATE….Volunteer Appreciation – the 2017-2018 PTO Board will close out the year with a volunteer reception on June 5th at 6:15 p.m. Please join us!


    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 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.

    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.