Fallsmead ES PTA News & Notes


O new Communications VP, new Communications VP, wherefore art thou new Communications VP? Alas, your PTA is still in need of a VP of Communications for the 2019-2020 school year. We need to fill this position ASAP so we can continue to keep you updated on all of the important PTA and school information for the year.

This job is done almost completely from home, so it is very flexible and a great fit for anyone. The email program is easy to use and training will be provided. It is also a great position for more than one person, so you can find a friend (or two) and do it as a team. Please click here to find out more information about this position.

Will you be our new PTA bard (we hopest so!)? Action is eloquence, so please volunteer now! If you have any questions or want to volunteer, please contact Jackie Renfrow at president@fallsmeadpta.org.


The PTA's Back to School Bash is coming up on Friday, September 20th, from 5:30-7:30pm! There will be moon bounces, a petting zoo, food trucks, a DJ and dancing, and lots of family fun!

We need both adult and SSL volunteers for the Back to School Bash. Click here to sign up to be an adult volunteer. Click here to sign up to be an SSL volunteer.

Need more information? Contact bash@fallsmeadpta.org.


After School Activities for the Fall 2019 session are now open for registration for grades 1-5 (Kindergarten can start in the winter). There are so many different options, including Video Game Programming, Hip Hop, Gym Games, Drawing, Chess, and more! Click here for registration information and a full schedule of class offerings. Questions? Contact afterschool@fallsmeadpta.org.


Need to do your PTA training to be a volunteer? You are a click or call away!

Video conference trainings will be held on the following dates/times:

  • September 19th from 8:30-8:45pm
  • September 26th from 12:30-12:45pm

To log in you can either:

1. Join via video using your computer by clicking here (online meeting ID: malvis_tarney)


2. Dial-in using your phone by dialing (712) 451-0676 (Access code: 859618#).

NOTE: All classroom volunteers must also complete an MCPS online Child Abuse and Neglect training course which can be accessed by clicking here.

Questions? Contact volunteer@fallsmeadpta.org.


Don't miss our brand new Sweets With Someone Special on Friday, September 27th, at 8am! Moms, dads, or any other special adults are welcome to join their kids on the blacktop before school for donuts, coffee, and juice. Start your day with delicious donuts and put a smile on your child's face! Questions? Please contact donuts@fallsmeadpta.org.


It is time to join the PTA for the 2019-2020 school year! Visit our Join or Donate page to find out how to sign up!


The Fallsmead Wish List is up and running for this year! There are many items listed that the teachers would love for their students but that the school is unable to fund. Items include indoor recess games, incentives, flexible seating, rugs, lighting, laptop desks, and more. Last year, the Wish List brought in a little over $6,000 to the school. It would be amazing if we could meet and/or exceed that this year! Almost all grades (as well as Mrs. Kotok for Counseling) have items on it. 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.


Welcome all 5th grade parents! Please join us if you want to be a part of the 5th Grade Celebration planning committee. We will meet October 3rd from 6:45-7:45pm in the Media Center. Questions? Please contact fifthgradecelebration@fallsmeadpta.org.


Attention all Fallsmead students! Enter your drawings to be considered for our school yearbook! Winning art will be selected by a panel to be displayed on the cover and inside the yearbook.

All art should include the words “Fallsmead Elementary” or “Fallsmead Falcons” and the date “2019-2020.” All art should be submitted on an 8.5" x 11" sheet of white paper and be in a vertical orientation.

Here are some tips for a good entry:

  • Don’t leave a lot of white space. Try to use the whole sheet of paper.
  • Create a strong composition by drawing large and detailed, overlapping, and considering the entire picture plane.
  • Use lots of color (especially marker).
  • Drawing kids? Show diversity in gender and ethnicity.
  • Check your spelling before adding color.

Turn your art into Mrs. Touchette by November 8th. All entries must include artist’s full name, grade, and teacher on the back in pencil. If you have any questions, please contact yearbook@fallsmeadpta.org.


Take photos of your kids at the Back to School Bash (or any Fallsmead ES event) and then upload the photos directly from your smart phone into the Fallsmead ES 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.


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.


Mrs. Touchette is seeking two parent volunteers. She is in need of a weekly parent volunteer to help with all things art at Fallsmead. She is also 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!


This year's Fallsmead Elementary Columbus Day Open House is on Monday, October 14th, from 9:15-11:15am. There will be a brief meet and greet in the Media Center from 9:00-9:15am. Starting at 9:15am, visitors will proceed to classes to observe their child during the morning. Please be sure to sign in at the main office and obtain a visitor's sticker before proceeding. We also ask that you park on the street due to limited parking. Lastly, please place all cell phones on vibrate while visiting our classrooms. Our children cannot wait to show off their great work habits! We look forward to seeing you soon!


Please join us at our first PTA meeting of the year on Tuesday, October 15th, from 7-8:30pm in the Media Center. We will host a myMCPS Parent Portal training session delivered by Mr. Ryan McNavage, technology specialist from the MCPS technology office. The myMCPS parent portal will provide parents access to view their child’s grades and update student emergency information.

Upcoming Events

PTA Volunteer Opportunities!

We need volunteers for the 2019-2020 PTA:

VP of Communications

Festival of the Arts Coordinator

and more!

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