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Back to School Nights 

Grades Head Start to 4: September 7, 2016 from 6:30PM - 8:00PM  

Grades 5 to 8: September 8, 2016 from 6:30PM - 8:00PM





3301 Regency Parkway
Forestville, MD 20747
301-669-6536 Fax

  Principal: Michelle H. Pegram

Assistant Principals: Erica Bennett & Sharon Hill


School Hours

 Staff: 7:15 - 2:55

 Students: 7:45 - 2:25  

 School Uniforms: Mandatory






August 2016 

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 2016 - 2017 Parent Welcome Letter

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s)

Our summer is speeding by and the school doors will open shortly. Hopefully everyone had a wonderful and rewarding summer and an opportunity to reenergize for the 2016-2017 school year. We would like to welcome our new students and say hello to our returning students for an exciting, successful, and educationally rewarding year. Our students’ accomplishments are perpetual sources of pride. Samuel P. Massie Academy will continue our commitment to excellence. Vital instructional changes have been made and some new staff members will greet students when they arrive on the first day of school. The staff at Samuel P. Massie Academy completely supports the Board of Education and realizes the significance and magnitude of our teaching responsibilities. We will continue our work by focusing on culture, performance and data to ensure the success of all students.


Our focus for the year is to improve student achievement in all academic areas utilizing Common Core Standards. We request that you partner with us to meet these goals by helping in the following ways:

➢ School Day Procedures: The first day of school for students is Tuesday, August 23, 2016. Every day the doors open at 7:20 a.m. for breakfast. Instruction begins punctually at 7:45 a.m. The school day ends at 2:25 p.m. Every child must be in their classroom at 7:45 a.m. in order for instruction to begin on time with no interruptions from late arrivals. This year we will increase incentives for students with perfect attendance and we will continue to hold after school detention for tardy students. We ask parents that drive their children to school, to leave home early enough to arrive by 7:20 a.m. Also, make sure students that walk to school leave at an appropriate time to reach the building by 7:20 a.m. for breakfast. Children arriving by private vehicles must be dropped off at our “Kiss and Ride” area. We ask that every driver be considerate of our request and adhere to our plan. Students are dismissed at 2:25 p.m. Vehicles are not allowed in the bus circle in front of the school for safety reasons.

➢ Class Assignments: Below you will find your child’s homeroom assignment. Students should report directly to their classroom below each day.

➢ Attendance: A well-rested student that consistently attends school is ready to actively participate in the instructional program. Arriving to school on time guarantees that the student is prepared to focus on instruction at 7:45 am. A tardy student interrupts instruction and the concentration of every student in the classroom.

➢ Homework: As a result of our Title 1 funding, this year students will have access to several programs to improve students’ reading, mathematics and vocabulary levels. Therefore, students will be assigned homework every night, Monday through Friday. Due to our early dismissal time, there is no excuse for incomplete homework assignments. Check each homework assignment for neatness and accuracy, quiz your child prior to assessments and sign your child’s agenda book. Your signature indicates you have reviewed the completed assignments.

➢ Agenda Books: Students in grades 2-8 will receive a complementary agenda book during the first week of school. It is the main means of communication about assignments and class activities. We encourage parents to write notes to the teacher about homework difficulties or questions that may arise. A $12.00 replacement fee will be assessed for lost agenda books.

➢ Take Home Friday Folders: Please check your child’s folder for graded papers and information pertinent to their classroom in addition to school information. This is another form or parent/teacher/school communication. A $6.00 replacement fee will be assessed for lost take home folders.

➢ Bus Schedules: The transportation office utilizes a computerized bus routing system to manage the transportation of students. If applicable, students will be assigned to an actual bus to and from school. This will allow the transportation department and school to have a detailed list of who is riding each bus. The 2016-2017 school year bus schedules are mailed from the Prince George’s County Public Schools’ Department of Transportation. Please review and help your child memorize their a.m. and p.m. bus numbers. Bus information is also available on the PGCPS website at

➢ Nightly Reading: It is fundamental that every child reads for at least 20 minutes every night and completes their reading log. Talk about the story and ask order questions pertaining to the characters, setting, main idea and/or plot. Reading logs will be collected for a grade. Daily reading is the greatest way to increase comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary.

➢ Weekly Assessments: Help your children prepare for tests by reviewing information in advance. Ask them questions about content and review vocabulary. Quiz them by having them solve math problems and drill their math facts.

➢ Orientation Meetings: On Thursday, August 18, 2016 an orientation meeting is scheduled at 2:00pm for parents and children in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. The orientation meeting will begin in the media center and then families will be escorted to the appropriate classroom. Since SPMA is an academy in which students move from elementary to middle school within the same building, we will not have a Middle School Orientation like a traditional middle school.

➢ School Uniforms: All students are required to wear their entire school uniform on the first day of school through the last day of school. Check your child’s uniform throughout the school year. Often students forget to wear their black belt. Also, when new school shoes/sneakers are purchased, black shoes fulfill the uniform requirement. Please remind your children to refrain from adding ornamental items or excessive necklaces or large earrings. These items are a distraction to learning. Sweaters or jackets must match the uniform shirt. Hoods are not allowed.

Head Start-Grade 5
Girls Boys
White/Light blue collared blouse White/Light blue dress shirt
White/Light blue polo style shirt White/Light blue polo style shirt
White socks/tights White socks
Navy blue socks/tights Navy socks
Navy blue sweater Navy blue sweater
Navy blue skirt/jumper Navy blue pants/shorts
Navy blue pants/shorts Black belt
Black Shoes/Sneakers/belt Black Shoes/Sneakers

Grade 6
Girls Boys
Navy polo style shirt Navy polo style shirt
White/black socks White/black socks
Khaki skirt/shorts/pants Khaki shorts/pants
Black or brown belt Black or brown belt
Black Shoes/Sneakers Black Shoes/Sneakers
Navy blue sweater Navy blue sweater
PE Black gym shorts/gray t-shirt Black gym shorts/gray t-shirt

Grade 7
Girls Boys
Burgundy polo style shirt Burgundy polo style shirt
White/black socks White/black socks
Khaki skirt/shorts/pants Khaki shorts/pants
Black or brown belt Black or brown belt
Black Shoes/Sneakers Black Shoes/Sneakers
Burgundy sweater Burgundy sweater
PE Black gym shorts/gray t-shirt Black gym shorts/gray t-shirt

Grade 8
Girls Boys
Red polo style shirt Red polo style shirt
White/black socks White/black socks
Khaki skirt/shorts/pants Khaki shorts/pants
Black or brown belt Black or brown belt
Black Shoes/Sneakers Black Shoes/Sneakers
Red sweater Red sweater
PE Black gym shorts/gray t-shirt Black gym shorts/gray t-shirt

➢ Headdresses can be worn indoors for religious and health reasons only. Students’ attire should reflect pride in our school and be appropriate for an academic setting. Students should dress appropriately to participate in physical education and recess.

➢ Breakfast/Lunch Information: School breakfast and lunches will be available on the first day. Breakfast in the classroom program will continue again this year. All students will eat breakfast free of charge from 7:20-7:40 am. Please make sure your child has money for lunch. Full price lunch has increased this year. Elementary lunch is $2.75 and secondary lunch is now $3.00; reduced lunch remains $0.40. A monthly menu will be sent home and can be viewed by visiting Students will use a personal identification number (PIN) to access the meal program. Students enrolled at a Prince George’s County Public School last year will use their same PIN. New students will be assigned a PIN during the first week of school. This number must be memorized immediately. Money should be deposited into the student’s account to prepay for meals. The computer maintains a declining balance as each meal is purchased. Parents are encouraged to deposit money regularly into their child’s account. You may also set up, review and add money to your child’s account on-line at All prepayments must be sent to the school in a sealed envelope with the following information printed on the outside of the envelope: student’s name, PIN, homeroom teacher, and amount enclosed.

Free and Reduced lunch applications are now available online at ONE APPLICATION PER FAMILY is required. Once applications are submitted, you will receive an approval notice confirming your child’s status. Please DO NOT ASSUME YOUR CHILD WILL RECEIVE FREE OR REDUCED LUNCH simply because the application has been turned in. You have to have received a response from the Free & Reduced Meals Program office to qualify. If your child was on free or reduced lunch last year, you need to submit a new form online by Friday, September 18th. Previous FARMS students will receive a grace period to receive free and reduced meals through September 30th. Families who do not submit a new application will be rolled over to regular lunch pricing at the end of the grace period.

The Prince George’s County Public School System has established a procedure for students that have lost or forgotten their lunch money. Students will be served a cheese sandwich at no charge. Therefore, no lunch money will be loaned to students from the office. Please make sure your child has enough money for lunch daily. Phone calls will not be made during the school day regarding lunch money. If the lunch changes, we will allow students to call home if there are dietary concerns that are documented in their health file or if the main office has been previously notified.

➢ School Supplies: When you purchase the supplies, consider buying extra items in order to replenish your child’s supplies during the year. Please label everything with a permanent marker. Sweaters, coats, book bags, pencil cases and lunch boxes can easily be returned to a child when their name is printed on each item. Class specific lists will be provided the first week of school.

➢ Student Information System: This telephone communication program will be used to inform you of absences, tardy arrivals, and special programs. Please make sure your home, cell, and work telephone numbers as well as e-mail address is current throughout the year.

➢ Discipline: Please send your child to school with the expectation that they will learn in a disciplined and positive classroom environment. Every child must cooperate by listening and following directions so the teacher can utilize every moment for teaching and learning. Teasing, bullying, fighting, using inappropriate language, or being disrespectful to teachers and classmates will not be tolerated. The Student Code of Conduct Handbook will be adhered to at all times. A school-wide discipline plan will be implemented and discussed with students. Thank you for supporting our endeavors to maintain a positive child centered learning environment.

➢ Fall Fundraiser: Fundraisers are critical to the support of the school. Our fall fundraiser kick-off date will be September 2nd. Additional information will be sent home with students.

➢ Fall Book Fair: Our Fall Book Fair will take place September 2nd - September 9th. The fair will be open during both Back to School nights for families to make purchases. Both cash and credit/debit payments will be accepted.

➢ PTA Membership: The PTA is an imperative component of our school. We strongly encourage every family to become a member of our PTA, which will sponsor many stimulating family oriented activities throughout the school year. The membership fee of $15 per person will be discussed at Back to School Nights. You are also encouraged to volunteer in the classroom with proper processing of fingerprints.

Please speak with your child’s teacher about your availability. We appreciate all that you do and are looking forward to working with you this school year.

➢ Testing: During the first few weeks of school, students will be assessed to determine their instructional level.

➢ Textbooks: Textbooks will be assigned to students and distributed during the first week of school. Board policy number 6161.1 states, “No pupil may be advanced to a higher grade unless the pupil, in addition to receiving a passing grade, returns these materials to the appropriate personnel, reimburses the school for lost or damaged materials or makes other satisfactory arrangements with the principal.” In June, textbooks must be returned in a similar condition as when issued.

➢ We hope you continue enjoying your summer break. Encourage your child to read daily and study their math facts. We look forward to meeting you at the Back to School Nights (September 7th: Head Start-4th grades and September 8th: Grades 5-8) at 6:30 PM and throughout the year when you are able to visit our school and support the various programs explicit to Samuel P. Massie Academy.

Throughout the year, we will provide you with monthly online newsletters, weekly call-outs, and/or text messages. Additional information will be shared at our Back to School Nights. We will begin the school year focused on our mission and vision, invigorated by our students, and working to build a positive partnership with all parents. Please be assured that our staff will be characterized by a perpetual commitment toward continual improvement during our journey to excellence.

Yours in education,

Michelle H. Pegram


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