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November PTA meeting

Tuesday, November 07, 2017 at 06:30 PM · 2 rsvps
Beall Media Center

 

Join us for our monthly PTA meeting!  There is a LOT to discuss.   Meet the PTA Board, join us to talk about upcoming events, planning, and ask questions from the PTA, other parents, and school leadership.  We'll try to adjourn by 8 pm.

If you have not joined the PTA yet this year, you can also do that either online, or at the PTA meeting.  As usual, child care during the meeting will be available through Global, but you must RSVP.

We hope to see you there!

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RMES#5 Boundaries to be decided this month!

As hopefully most of you know, a new elementary school is under construction in the Richard Montgomery cluster (i.e., near you), and is due to open next August.  Children starting grades K-4 in the fall will be affected by the new school's opening.  MCPS has been engaged in a yearlong process of Committee and planning meetings to determine the boundary changes for all the schools in the RM cluster: College Gardens, Ritchie Park, Beall, Twinbrook, and now RMES#5. The Committee made its report, the PTAs of the existing local schools sent in their opinions, public meetings were held, and public comments were accepted.  The next step was for the Superintendent of Schools Jack Smith to make his recommendation to the Board of Education. He published his recommendations on October 23, 2017.  His recommendation was different from any of the 8 previously considered options. The Board of Education is slated to vote on the new school's boundaries on November 27th.  The Mayor and Council of Rockville met with the BOE to discuss issues and concerns on October 30th. At its work session on Nov 2nd, the BOE requested the Superintendent's office to explore further options. You can read the documents here  There will be public hearings at the BOE Carver Auditorium on Nov 6 at 6:30 pm, Nov 8 at 6:30 pm, and Nov 16 at 6:30 pm.

 Even if your particular house is not within the moving zone, your child will feel the change next year.  It is our responsibility to advocate for the best possible educational opportunities not only for our own children, but for our neighbors' children as well.  It is our collective responsibility to advocate to give the new school the best possible chance for success. 

We STRONGLY encourage you to get involved, talk to and mobilize your neighbors, write to the Board of Education at boe@mcpsmd.org  


Contact Rockville's Mayor and Council, the Superintendent of Schools, and your local elected representatives.  Plan to attend the Board's public hearings on Facilities and Boundaries on November 6th, 8th, and 16th
(http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/boe/meetings/)  There is less than a month to make our voices heard, so the time to speak up is now!

Beall Book Fair 2017

Come out and support the Scholastic Book Fair and nurture your little dragon's love for reading!  Preview days are November 6-7, and sales begin November 8-10!  Keep your eyes open, as flyers will be coming home via backpacks soon.  The Book Fair is a great opportunity to purchase books for your home library, as gifts, or for your child's classroom.  Every purchase supports the PTA.

Volunteers are needed to make this event a success!  PLEASE consider signing up to help by clicking here!

The Book Fair will be open for sales Nov 8th 9am-5pm, Nov 9th 9am-6pm, and Nov 10th 9am-6pm.

Come, volunteer, shop, browse... everyone is welcome.

Advocacy re: MCPS 2018-19 school calendar discussion

For those families that may have missed the PTA meeting or e-mail from MCPS, it is important to be aware that the Board of Education is currently evaluating options for the 2018-2019 school year calendar, with BIG CHANGES. 
Due to:
  • Governor Larry Hogan's requirement that the school year start AFTER Labor Day (first Monday in September), and end no later than June 15th,
  • while still achieving the required 180 minimum instructional days and holidays required by law,
there is a real possibility that the next school year calendar will remove certain days off and professional days, AND possibly even shorten or entirely remove Spring Break. How do you feel about your kids having fewer days off next year?  How about no Spring Break??  Planning to travel over Spring Break in 2019?  Maybe you'll need to reconsider.
A good overview of the issues and options is here:
The link above gives the option of leaving feedback for the BOE at the bottom of the page.  However, if you would like to comment to the Governor directly about the hard start and end times he has set, or to the General Assembly about the mandated number of days built in, NOW is the time to express your opinions about this matter. The time to communicate those opinions is NOW.  Consider asking the Governor to rescind his executive order mandating hard start and end dates, and let the public school systems make their own calendar decisions.
If it's important to you, it's time to speak.  Here is a link to write to the governor about this issue:

 

Volunteer with the PTA!

We need your help! The Beall PTA organizes many activities throughout the year as well as helping out at the school for regular activities (e.g., translators, recess volunteers, etc...) and we rely on the PTA membership to coordinate and run the activities. You can help out in big ways, or really tiny ways, and any little bit is appreciated.  Please see the signup genius link below for a list of the posts still needing to be filled for the 2017-2018 school year. If you have any questions about the positions please feel free to reach out to Jonathan Schwalbe, the VP of Programs/Plans (programs@beallpta.org).

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