August 22, 2011
Welcome to a brand, new school year! I hope
you have all had a fun, relaxing summer!
We all have been working hard to prepare for our students’ return – we
can’t wait to see them! It is going
to be an amazing year!
Every two weeks you will
receive a Wednesday folder. (We
are sending the first one home today instead of Wednesday!) Inside you will find our parent
newsletter, “The Eagle Express,” as well as a letter from your child’s teacher/grade
level team. We will also include
information from the PTA and other flyers from the community. Please take the information out, sign
the folder, and send it back. Many
thanks to Tona Hauser for stuffing the envelopes every two weeks!!
Please always feel free to walk your child to class on
any day, we are glad to have you! Before the first bell rings, PreK – 3rd
graders wait quietly in lines out front, and 4th – 6th
graders do the same out back. They
may enter when the bell rings at 7:45 a.m. When the second bell rings at 7:55 a.m., we start our
instructional day, and that is a good time for you to scoot. We want all of our students, especially
our young ones, to learn to be independent and follow our morning class
By the way, we believe that instruction is GOLDEN. Our goal
is not to interrupt lessons as much as possible. If you bring an item for your child during the school day,
(lunch, instrument, homework, etc.), we will ask you to leave it in the
office. We will call your child to
retrieve it at an appropriate time.
If you plan to stay at school to observe, volunteer, meet with a
teacher, etc., please always sign in and obtain a visitor’s sticker. This is for the safety of our children
and staff. But please know, you
are always welcome!!
At 1:50 p.m., we start to load the buses out
front. At 1:55 p.m., walkers are
dismissed – Kindergarten through 3rd
will exit through the side door on
the right of the building; grades 4-6 will exit through the back door. PreK students will be
dismissed right outside of their classroom door. Please wait outside to pick up your child, and pay close
attention to the cars and buses moving when you leave! Only the buses are allowed to use the
circle in the morning and afternoon.
We always have staff members on duty to ensure everyone’s safety. The University Park Police Department
often has an officer here to assist us, and we are very grateful! Please try to not pick up your child
between the times of 1:30 and 1:55 p.m.
Teachers are finishing up the day, students are packing up, and the
office becomes very busy. Thank
Meal prices for this year are $1.50 for
breakfast and $.30 for the reduced price. If students want to have
breakfast, they must arrive between 7:30-7:45 a.m. Lunch is $2.60 for full price and $.40 for reduced price. The price of milk is $.55 for ½ pint
carton. Please be sure your child
has money in their lunch account or brings a lunch to school. Students who attended University Park
last year will have the same PIN number.
New students will be issued a PIN number and may deposit money into
their account. This will begin on
the first day of school. You can
deposit money in your child’s account on-line at www.paypams.com. The office cannot loan lunch money. Students who do not bring lunch or have
money will be given a cheese sandwich and milk by the cafeteria. There will be no exceptions; this is
the school system’s policy. You may also go to www.pgcps.org
and click on “Parents, then “Lunch Menus.” There you will find options to pay online. Applications for free or reduced meals
are there as well. If your child
had free or reduced lunch last year, you must still apply for this year. If your child has food allergies, our
nurse must have a letter from your child’s doctor on file. Then the cafeteria manager, Anita
Bookhultz, can put the allergy into the PIN system so that they are reminded of
the allergy every time your child buys lunch.
We have a school-wide discipline plan to ensure the best learning and teaching environment
for our students. Our school rules
- Follow directions the first time they are given.
- Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
- Be respectful by being a good listener and using
- Walk silently in the hallway.
- Raise your hand before speaking and wait to be
- Leave gum and toys at home.
The consequences for not following
these rules are (for 1st – 6th grade):
Name on board – Warning
One check – Lose 10 minutes of recess
Two checks – Lose 20 minutes of recess
Three checks – Lose 20 minutes of recess
and parent is notified by teacher
Four checks – Lose 20 minutes of recess,
visit the principal, and
letter to be signed.
Severe misbehavior (fighting,
bullying, foul language, weapon, insubordination) results in an immediate four
checks and a Discipline Referral.
There are specific forms to be filled out for reports of bullying, and
they can be found in the office.
Consequences for Pre-K,
kindergarten and first grade are slightly different and appropriate for those
age groups. Consequences are given
quietly with as little attention as possible. Positive reinforcement is given frequently and with great
emphasis! The staff fosters an
encouraging, positive, and caring environment so that all of our students will
feel motivated to do their best!
We appreciate your support!
Many parents have asked how they can volunteer at
school, and that is fantastic!
We appreciate all of the amazing things that our volunteers do for our
kids! The teachers have written
about volunteer opportunities in their first letters to you. Our PTA is another way to become involved! Our PTA is the BEST! They will be sending you information
soon! Our PTA officers are:
- Gayatri Varma
- Suzanne Whelton, Executive Vice President
- Sarah Treado, Vice President
- Dana Campbell, Secretary
- Kristin McCue, Treasurer
the information on fingerprinting ($66) and commercial background checks ($10)
for volunteers. Please feel free to call the
Fingerprinting Office at 301-952-6775 for additional information.
- Volunteers working in a capacity where they would
work with students in an unsupervised capacity are required to be
fingerprinted and complete a full fingerprint background check.
- Volunteers who work on a one time basis only, or
on a sporadic basis, (such as Career Day, book fairs, school dances, or
other one time events), do not need to be fingerprinted.
- Parents and volunteers who volunteer in a
classroom on a regular basis in a supervised setting must obtain a
commercial background check through PGCPS on an annual basis.
- Chaperones who participate in a day field trip or
an overnight school trip are considered to be volunteers and MUST undergo
a commercial background check initiated by PGCPS through the
Fingerprinting Office before performing duties.
Unfortunately, we do not have a parent liaison this
year. If an interpreter is needed, we will have to ask for
one from the county two days in advance.
We will translate all communication into Spanish using Google – please
forgive the errors!
We are having a World’s Finest Chocolate Bar
fundraiser! Please see the information flyer included in this
envelope. This is a fantastic
opportunity to help us raise funds to replace the computers stolen from our
school during this summer, as well as support student activities and purchase
teacher supplies. We really need your support!! Every participant returning the
slip to order a box of chocolate bars to sell has a chance to win a 5 lb
Below is our entire staff list. Please
do not hesitate to contact any of us if you need help in any way.
Principal: Nancy Schickner
Assistant Principal: Massa Freeman
Main Office: Marcie Ramsey (Principal’s Secretary), Devilan
Nurse: Anu Abraham
Pre-Kindergarten: Vicki Guardado
Pre-K Paraprofessional: Aurelia Blake
Kindergarten: Rhonda Coon, Lauren Martin, Jennifer
Woodberg, Nadia Rolon
First Grade: Barbara Duffy, Jennifer Tyler, Alison
Second Grade: Autumn Camper, Wally Young, Kathy Baer,
Third Grade: Kitty Moore, Cindy Nell, M. Michele
Fourth Grade: James Booker, Anthony Clark, Meredith
Fifth Grade: Robert Carter, Annique Roy, Erica Berry
Sixth Grade: Heather Bidjou, Dawna Phillips, Geoff
Special Education: Anita Byham, Brandy Bradford, Keith
Paraprofessionals: Margaret Balducci,
Nakita Adams, Susan Alston
Special Ed Dedicated
Assistants: Teresa Puma, Martha
Martinez, Teresa Trozzo
Speech: Janice Creamer
School Psychologist: Jeff Chen
ESOL: Mary Brogi, Mary Slaninka, Sandra Tsai
Reading: Joyce Jackson
PE: Christy Neff, TBA (Part Time)
Media/TAG: Nicole Green
Counselor: Marlene Bennett
Vocal Music: Christopher Fominaya, TBA(Part Time)
Instrumental Music: David Spitzberg
Art: Liza Linder (Itinerant), Aaron Springer
Pupil Personnel Worker: TBA
Cafeteria: Anita Bookholtz (Manager), Libia
Martinez, Ann Jones
Custodians: Kevin Brown (Building Supervisor), Miguel
Garcia-Maceda (Night Lead), Sherry Johnson, Victor Gilkes, Maria Alvarado Perez
Before and After Care: Cheryl Axenfeld (Director), Jovany
Hurdle, Delante Morton,
Juanita Morton, Loretta Pittarelli, Betty Thompson, Teresa
Trozzo, Ruth White
Many thanks to the PTA for the fantastic Ice Cream Social this Saturday – it
was a major success! Also, thank
you for the delicious staff lunch!
Aug. 25th -Play date for
Kindergarteners and First Graders at the Gazebo on UPES’Playground,
Aug. 26th – Chocolate Fundraiser Forms Due
Sept. 1st – Talented & Gifted
Information Mtg for Parents, 7 p.m.
Sept. 2nd – Choir and UP Singers sign at Bowie
Baysox Game, 6:15 p.m.
Sept. 5th – No School – Labor Day
Sept. 9th – Remembering 9/11 – Wear Red,
White and Blue
Sept. 14th – Back To School Night For Gr. PreK
- 3, 7 p.m.
Sept. 15th – Back To School Night For Gr. 4
Sept. 19th – Turn in money from Chocolate
Sept. 29th – No School – Rosh Hashanah
Sept. 30th – No School – Inservice Day for