Newsletter 9/27

DONUTS WITH DAD!

Don't miss the annual Donuts with Dad tomorrow, September 28th at 8:00 a.m.! Dads (or another special adult) are welcome to join their kids on the blacktop before school for donuts, coffee, and juice to start the day off with a smile!


Any moms who are willing to help out at this event would be greatly appreciated. Volunteers would need to arrive at 7:30 a.m. and the event runs from 8:00 -9:00 a.m.. If you can help, please contact Jen and Marika at donuts@fallsmeadpta.org.

BACK TO SCHOOL BASH - THIS SUNDAY!

The Back to School Bash is this Sunday, September 30th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Please bring blankets to sit and relax. We are staying flexible- we are hoping to use the blacktop or front of the school in the circle. If it's rainy, we will be inside in the APR or gym. Bring $$ for spirit wear and food.

Questions? Contact: bash@fallsmeadpta.org.

FIRST PTA MEETING WITH GUEST SPEAKER DR. RODMAN

Please join us for our first PTA meeting of the year on Tuesday, October 2nd at 7:00 p.m. We will have a fantastic speaker, Dr. Samantha Rodman, PhD, who will talk to us about childhood anxiety. For more information on Dr. Rodman, click here.

We will also discuss the MCPS Parent Portal, and how this new technology can help you connect with your child's progress in school.

COLUMBUS DAY OPEN HOUSE

Fallsmead Elementary's annual Columbus Day Open House will be held on Monday, October 8th, from 9:15-11:15 a.m.. Drop in on your kids' classes between 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. to get a glimpse into what your kids do every day at school!


If you are dropping your child off before 9:15 a.m., parents are invited to stop by the Media Center for a meet and greet until the Open House begins.


WOOTTON POMS PEE WEE POM CLINICS

The Wootton High Poms will be holding Pee Wee Pom Clinics on Wednesday & Thursday, October 17th and 18th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Wootton HS cafeteria.

There will be a performance on Friday, October 19th at 6:15 p.m. at the Wootton Varsity Football Game Half-time Performance.

This is open to students K-8th (and students will be grouped by grade). The cost is $45 per participant and a signed registration form is needed to participate. Questions? Contact PeeWeePoms@gmail.com.

Go Patriots!

TEACHER WISH LISTS

Many teachers are in need of items for their classrooms, from math, science, and site word games to flexible seating and lap desks. Please visit the Wish List to see what items you can purchase for your teachers.

UPDATE: FALL AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

The following fall after school activities from the initial list have been cancelled: Yoga, Kidsco Express sports, & Fashion.


Cooking is full.


Questions? Please contact Rebekah Jacobs at afterschool@fallsmeadpta.org.

VOLUNTEER TRAINING PROCEDURES

Whether you are a regular volunteer or go on a single field trip, there are strict MCPS guidelines to be followed which are developed to keep Fallsmead students safe in all school activities. All volunteers must complete the On-Line course for volunteers called, "Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect: for Volunteers and Contractors". The online training can be accessed by clicking here. After completion, print out your certificate of completion and email it to Patti Litwin at Patricia_A_Litwin@mcpsmd.org. You can also bring it to school on the day you volunteer.

You will also be asked to complete a quick PTA training every two years. This can be done in the Fallsmead front office or by attending a 15 minute training offered by the PTA. There are two upcoming trainings, September 30th before the Back to School Bash (5:15-5:30 p.m.) and October 2nd (from 6:00-6:15 p.m.). The trainings will be held in the Staff Lounge. Questions? Contact volunteer@fallsmeadpta.org.

JOIN THE PTA AND VERIFY YOUR DIRECTORY INFORMATION!

Congratulations to Carrie McGarvey who has won our 3rd membership raffle - two movie tickets and a basket of movie themed treats! Thank you so much for your support of the PTA this year.

There is one more raffle to be won! Join the PTA by Wednesday, October 3rd to be entered for the chance to win a basket full of Fallsmead spirit wear!

If you have not yet joined the PTA, it is not too late! Only PTA members will receive a printed directory. Visit A to Z Connect and log in with your username and password. If you do not have a username and password, you can create one to join the Fallsmead community. Follow the prompts at www.fallsmeadpta.org/join-the-pta to verify your directory information and join the PTA. If you would prefer to pay by cash or check, please download a paper form and return it to the school office.

Questions? Contact membership@fallsmeadpta.org.