Fallsmead PTA Newsletter 3/3

posted Mar 4, 2016, 10:42 AM by FallsmeadPTA Web Admin   [ updated Mar 4, 2016, 10:42 AM ]
UPCOMING EVENTS
3/4: KidsCo Kids Night In
3/5: International Night5:30 pm
3/7 - 3/11: Jump Rope for Heart Fundraiser
3/20: Dawson's 5% Day11 am - 5 pm
3/24 - 4/1: Spring Break
The full calendar of PTA events is located on thePTA Website.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
A big thank you to Vivian Xu and Phuong Pham for their hard work planning this weekend's International Festival! This Fallsmead favorite is sure to once again be a fantastic event, we hope to see you there!

SCHOOL BUDGET ACTION NEEDED
A few weeks ago, we included information regarding the importance of supporting the 2016 - 2017 Budget Proposal for Montgomery County Schools. It is critical that we receive the full funding requested to ensure that we do not see further cuts to resources and increased class sizes. You should have also received the attachedemail this week from the President of the Board of Education. 

We need parents to write to the County Executive and Council urging them to fully fund the budget, the future of our schools, and county overall, is at stake. 

The County Council is still holding several budget hearings in the coming weeks. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend and vocalize their support of the proposed budget. Each meeting will take place from 6:30 - 8 pm:

3/9 - Gaithersburg High School
3/16 - Magruder High School
3/23 - Wootton High School

For more information, please click here
KIDSCO KIDS NIGHT IN / PARENTS NIGHT OUT
Are you in need of a night out? KidsCo is sponsoring a DJ Dance Party this Friday, March 4th! Kids will enjoy a fun night in with their friends while their parents enjoy a night out! In addition to fun and games, a pizza dinner will be provided too! Please see the attachedflyer for more details and registration information. 
INTERNATIONAL NIGHT IS BACK!
International Night is set for thisSaturday, March 5th, from5:30 pm - 7:30 pmThe attached flyer includes more information. We hope to see you there. 

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Internal Night Co-Chairs here.

FALLSMEAD DAY AT DAWSON'S MARKET!
Please save the date for the 2nd Annual Fallsmead Community Day at Dawson's Market on Sunday 3/20 from 11 am to 5 pm

Dawson's will donate 5% of sales to Fallsmead ES. We need for 4th and 5th grade volunteers (and at least two parents) to bag groceries and help with the community table, please sign up hereLast year, we earned over $800 for our school!
JUMP ROPE FOR HEART FUNDRAISER
Next month, students will be participating in the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. Each student should have come home with information about the event. Not only does the money raised go to a great cause that effects millions of Americans, but the PE department earns gift certificates to purchase new equipment for the students at Fallsmead. It's a win-win situation! Parents can help by asking their employer to match their family's contribution or simply make flat, tax-deductible donations on your student's behalf.

The Jump Rope for Heart event will take place the week of March 7th - 11th during the students regularly scheduled PE class. For more information, click here or email Mr. Reid here.
FALLSMEAD CAREER DAY
 
This year's Career Day will take place Friday, April22nd 9:00 - 11:30 am. We need your help!! We need speakers!!

Speakers should plan to speak for about 25 minutes each to several groups of about 25 students. All grade levels will participate. Students will rotate classrooms. The structure of the day is subject to change depending on the number of speakers. 

Please sign up and support Fallsmead's Career Dayby completing the form (this week, an electronic copy was emailed to you and a hard copy was sent home in your child's backpack) and return to Mrs. Kotok by March 25thQuestions? Email Mrs. Kotok here or call her at301-279-4984.
SCHOOL DIRECTORY APP CONTEST
Want to help win $500 for our school or a $50 gift card from Bed Bath & Beyond for yourself?

Simply log in to the AtoZ Directories App between now and March 15th (using the same login and password that you used to verify your directory data). Not only will this allow you to access all of the great information from our school directory anywhere any time (plus the school lunch menu, calendar, and links to driving directions, phone numbers, and texts!), but AtoZ Directories will also award $500 to the school that has the highest percentage of parents using the App through March 15th, and five lucky parents who used the App during this time will win a $50 Bed Bath & Beyond gift card! 

If you don't have the App yet, click here to find out how to get it.  And although only PTA members can access the App, you can still join by clicking here. Let's all use the App to make our lives a bit easier and help our school win! 
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