Fallsmead ES PTA News & Notes

2019-2020 YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE NOW

Fallsmead Elementary 2019-2020 yearbooks are on sale now. Don't miss a single memory from this year! Yearbooks are $23 for soft cover and $30 for hard cover. Click here to purchase yours online. Questions? Email yearbook@fallsmeadpta.org.


GET READY FOR THE FALLSMEAD SCIENCE FAIR!

Calling all Fallsmead scientists! The Fallsmead Science Fair will take place on Friday, March 20th, from 6-8pm. Students in all grades (K-5) are able to participate. Students can enter themselves, or with a group. Participants will be treated to an Exciting Science Activity, medals, pizza, and fun! This year, Science Fair registration is online. Please click here to register your child and submit their Science Fair project. The deadline to register is Sunday, March 13th. Click here for more information about how to pick a topic, register online, and approach a science fair project. We are also looking for some volunteers to help! Please use your child's registration form to indicate that you're able to help out at the Science Fair. Questions? Contact sciencefair@fallsmeadpta.org.


CAREER DAY AT FALLSMEAD

Attention parents and community members! Fallsmead's annual Career Day is coming up on Friday, March 20th, from 9-11am. The school is in need of volunteer speakers to talk to our students about your career. If you are interested in taking part of this fun and informative day, please click here to sign up. Mrs. Kotok, our school counselor, will follow up shortly with more details to those who have completed the form. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Kotok at rebecca_s_kotok@mcpsmd.org or 240-740-3557.


FALLSMEAD WISH LIST

There are still a number of items on the Fallsmead Wish List that your children can use for the second half of the year! The Fallsmead Wish List includes many items that the teachers and staff would love to have. Every item on the list will directly benefit your kids. Please visit www.FallsmeadWishList.com to make a donation. Thank you all, in advance, for your generosity! If you have questions, please contact wishlist@fallsmeadpta.org.


FALL 2020 KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION

Orientation for incoming Fall 2020 Fallsmead Elementary kindergartners will be held on Thursday, April 16th, and Friday, April 17th. Please click here for more information. Students must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2020, to attend kindergarten. Parents should contact Mrs. Lisa Lynch, attendance secretary, in the main office. Mrs. Lynch can share information about the orientation process and will begin to set appointments for your child’s session. Please note that there will also be a parent information session on Monday, March 16th, from 9:30-10:30am in the school Media Center to share preliminary information about all things Kindergarten orientation.


FIFTH GRADE LEGACY PROJECT

Please help our 5th graders leave a lasting legacy at Fallsmead Elementary School. The students will be designing and creating sculptures and mosaics for a "sculpture garden" in the Fallsmead courtyard. In order to withstand the elements and last the test of time, we are asking for funds to purchase materials for this project. Visit the Fallsmead Wish List to make your donation today. Please contact Mrs. Touchette at Patricia_P_Touchette@mcpsmd.org with any questions.


NEXT PTA MEETING

Our next PTA meeting will he held on Tuesday, March 3rd, from 7-8:30pm in Media Center. Our guest speaker will be Mrs. Veronic Garbic, Fallsmead Reading Specialist, who will speak on the topic of how to support your child with literacy at home.


DECEMBER PTA MEETING NOTES

At our December PTA meeting, we discussed the ongoing MCPS Boundary Analysis process, the Maryland State Report Card for Schools, PTA and school updates, and had a discussion about student social-emotional wellness presented by Mrs. Kotok. In case you were unable to attend, check out the meeting slides for more details!


IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO JOIN THE PTA!

It's never too late to join the Fallsmead Elementary PTA! Click here to find out how to join the PTA. Your membership enables all the wonderful activities that the PTA supports throughout the school year! Questions? Please contact membership@fallsmeadpta.org.


SUBMIT PHOTOS FOR THE YEARBOOK

Take photos of your kids at any Fallsmead Elementary event and then upload the photos directly from your smart phone into the Fallsmead Yearbook software! Just download the ReplayIt App and choose Fallsmead as your school. It's easy, streamlined, and will ensure that your child is featured in candid photos within the yearbook. The app will prompt you to "tag" the individuals pictured, so correct names and grades will be attributed to your photos as well. Any questions? Want to help out with Yearbook? Email yearbook@fallsmeadpta.org.


SIGN UP TO BE A RECESS VOLUNTEER

Volunteers are needed to help with school recess. Help our teachers support our kids as they play outside and create new friendships. As a recess volunteer, you will actively supervise children during recess and support staff on duty. Offer 35 minutes of your time to get to know the children of Fallsmead and keep them safe. Once you’ve participated in the PTA Volunteer Training, you are good to go! Click here to sign up to volunteer. Please note we ask that you leave your cell phones in your cars before you come to volunteer. Additionally, support is most needed during outdoor recess, so check in with the office before you come on rainy days. Questions? Contact recess@fallsmeadpta.org.


FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS COORDINATOR NEEDED

Mrs. Touchette is in need of a Festival of the Arts Coordinator who can recruit volunteers to assist with the display and take down of student art work for Fallsmead's annual Festival of the Arts, held in mid-May each year. Total hours to display and take down the art show is approximately 30 hours spread out between the months of April and May. Please contact Mrs. Touchette at Patricia_P_Touchette@mcpsmd.org if you can help out!



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