Fallsmead PTA Newsletter 2/25

Post date: Feb 25, 2016 8:23:26 PM

2/26: Early Release

3/1: PTA Meeting 7 pm

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.


A big thank you to Christina Bucsa for her work in managing this year's Box Tops program. Please keep clipping and sending them in!

Also, big thanks go out to Zara Brunner for her work on this year's grocery rewards program. Keep shopping and be sure to link all of your loyalty cards to Fallsmead!


The Yearbook Committee is in need of pictures of our great February events. Science Fair photos will be accepted through Monday, February 29th.


The next PTA meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 1st at 7 pm. We will have a Wootton HS student doing childcare who can help with homework and read books with the kids while parents are meeting.


Are you in need of a night out? KidsCo is sponsoring a DJ Dance Party 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 attached flyer for more details and registration information.


International Night is set forMarch 5th, from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. We are asking for volunteers to host a table representing your culture or country. Hosts set up and maintain their table with food and cultural artifacts. We are also looking for performers for our culture fair to be held during International Night. The attached flyer includes more information. If you are interested in hosting a table or volunteering, please contact the Internal Night Co-Chairshere.


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.


Coaching for GOTR is very rewarding! As a coach you will prepare and educate young girls in grades 3 - 5 for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living, and inspire them to realize their limitless potential! Coaches do not need to be runners or have experience working with youth. Please contact Randi Mack if you are interested in being a coach.

The GOTR Spring Session begins March 7th and the GOTR Montgomery County 5K will be held on May 22nd.


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 will be asking for 4th and 5th grade volunteers (and a few parents) to bag groceries and help with the community table, so please stay tuned! Last year, we earned over $800 for our school!


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 25th. Questions? Email Mrs. Kotok here or call her at301-279-4984.


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!


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. The County Council is 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.