Eagle Original 5 NEWSLETTER #28   301-599-2442  http://www1.pgcps.org/mattaponi/  May 25, 2018   


    May 2018

    28                          Memorial Day – Schools and Offices Closed

    June 2018

    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.

    Sadly, on behalf of the entire Mattaponi Family, I offer condolences to Mrs. Kim Aaron, TAG Coordinator, whose husband passed away suddenly on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  We ask that you join us in lifting the Aaron family in your thoughts and prayers.  A Go Fund Me account has been set up to assist with funeral arrangements and to support their daughter which he leaves behind.   https://www.gofundme.com/mattaaron   

    An obituary can be viewed at http://www.raymondfuneralservice.com/obituaries/Matthew-Aaron/ .  Cards and written expressions can be forwarded to the Main Office.

    Understandably, Mrs. Aaron will be on leave for an undetermined period of time.  Questions or concerns related to the TAG program at Mattaponi Elementary can be directed to me.


    !!!Congratulations to Troy Jones, Jr.!!!

    Last Thursday our very own Troy Jones, Jr., 5th, was lauded as one of four finalists for the Student Leadership of the Year Award at the annual PGCPS Board Awards gala at Martin Crosswinds in Greenbelt, MD.  Students from across the school system were nominated and Troy was selected as a finalist.  We are very proud of him and we are excited for his future.


    Are you looking for something constructive for your child to do during the summer?  Well, check out the Summer Programs tab on the school system’s website, www.pgcps.org.

    A Huge Thank You

    Mattaponi had a special treat when members of Most Holy Rosary Outreach and Hospitality Committee and St. Mary Ladies Auxiliary No. 21, Knights of St. John International visited grades K-2 to read, donate books, and bring treats for our students!  We wish to extend a huge THANK YOU to the men and women who shared the joy of reading with our youngsters!  Joy is spread through reading, thank you so much!!!  

    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.


    Thank you to all the women who attended the “Women of Mattaponi: Planting Seeds in our Youth” event.  This event was two years in the making.  After hosting “Men Make A Difference Day” in 2016, we began to formulate the plan of doing something similar for all the mom, stepmoms, grandmother, aunties, and women inspiring young minds.  A big “thank you” to Kelli Brown Barnes who took our vision and brought it to fruition working with Jan-Sheri Briscoe and Vernee Martin.  It all came together beautifully! Thanks to Mr. Green for giving us the green light and our “Clap Out.” Ms. Cobo for the beautiful origami flowers, Flat Top Burgers for the food, Ms. Callier, Mrs. Worley, Mrs. Benjamin, Mr. Allen, Mr. Brooks, Mr. Cauley, and all the teachers and staff for adjusting their schedules to accommodate the event.  A special thank you to Ms. Virgil, whom without hesitation corralled the Golden Eagle Dance Ensemble to perform, and Pelumi Bukoye for the lovely poem.  Volunteers - Mrs. Swan, Ms. Jones, and the men who served the “Women of Mattaponi”:  Mr. Oden, Mr. Johnson, Mr. Briscoe and Mr. Dillard.  

    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!

    In the community – Prince George’s County Candidate Forum – June 2, 2018 at 10 a.m. – Oxon Hill High School Auditorium, 6701 Leyte Drive, Oxon Hill, MD 20748.  Invited Candidates:  COUNTY EXECUTIVE (Angela Alsobrooks, Sam Bogley, Billy Bridges, Donna Edwards, Lewis Johnson, Michael Kennedy, Jerry Mathis, Paul Montiero, C. Anthony Muse and Tommie Thompson) and BOARD OF EDUCATION, DISTRICT 9 (Matt Green, Don Massey, Arun Puracken, Sonya Williams).  Moderator: Tracee Wilkins, NBC4, Prince George’s County Bureau Chief. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear your candidates address the issues affecting Prince George’s County. Questions for the candidates may be submitted via email to: socoedforum@gmail.com.  


    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 busses. 

    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.