April 2014 Beall News

Click here to read the 2014 "March Wrap-Up, and What's Ahead for April?!" newsletter.

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Hello Dragon Families! I hope you are enjoying the long awaited Spring. Go Nats! Please take a few minutes to read up on some highlights of what’s been going on at Beall this past month, and what's to come in April, and I look forward to seeing you at tonight's PTA Meeting - Officer Nominations! No April fooling here!

March Wrap Up and Accolades

The second annual Race to Nowhere movie screening was on March 5th - thanks to Tida Violante for organizing this showing!

And yet another round of thanks to Tida Violante for her all-star advocacy efforts this month, especially in bringing folks together to Get on the Bus to Annapolis on March 6th to lobby our state legislators for much needed MCPS funding! Thank you Tida for all your hard work! 

A fantastic and fun Dine Out night was had at Five Guys and Marble Slab Creamery on March 13th. Made to order burgers and craft ice cream on the Square? What's not to love?! A huge round of applause to Christy Koenig and the rest of the Dine Out team – and major thanks to all the parents and kids who turned out!

Lots of Beall folks turned out to Meet the Members of the Board of Education on March 20th! Thanks to everyone who attended!

Thanks to Meg Page for organizing our 3rd Annual Raffle! Kindergarten teacher extraordinaire and proud Beall parent Keryn Saffell won the iPad Air! There were tons of other prize winners - we'll get them posted soon!

All those winners were announced at yet another extraordinary March Madness on March 21st! We extend our thanks to the amazing efforts of Doug LunenfeldRob Healy, and the Beall staff and parent teams for this fantastic event! Our deepest gratitude to this hard-working group for organizing this very special biannual event! Thanks to Rob Gibbs, who led the unBEARably cute Cub Scout Pack 928 in marching the colors out to center court and having the audience to rise for the singing of the national anthem. Halftime entertainment was provided courtesy of our incredibly talented Beall students, including Janice Lunenfeld's Hip Hop Dance teams! And let’s certainly not forget all the fantastic families who came out to root for their teachers and families!

The Beall PTA Membership is now 330 members strong and growing! Not a member yet? Join online now at https://beall.nationbuilder.com/join_form or contacting Zhen Tao at [email protected]. Beall staff who are members of the PTA are allowed to submit up to $100/per school year for classroom supplies reimbursement!

Painless Fundraising – check out how much your Club Card registrations have helped our school!

  • eScrip (Safeway, etc): $ 1,311.72  from September 2013 - February 2014
  • Giant A+ Rewards, thus far for school year 2013-2014: $3,790.19
  • Harris Teeter, thus far for school year 2013-2014: $359.92

What’s ahead for April?

After School Programs

The Spring schedule is out! We have lots of fantastic after-school activities for actors, artists, chess players, dancers, scientists, sports stars and more! Please visit http://www.beallpta.org/after_school_activities to check out all the opportunities – additions and updates are being made regularly. i9 Sports Flag Football was delayed until 4/10/2014 due to our never ending Winter, so hurray for you - you can still sign your little running backs up!!

Kindergarten Orientation

This is scheduled for May 1st and 2nd, and the school's Kindergarten team and Beall PTA need your help in welcoming our newest little Dragons! Please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0B4BAEAA23A46-kindergarten3

PTA Officer Opportunities

Nominations for the 2014-2015 PTA will be in April - TONIGHT! - and voting in June. 

We are actively recruiting for next school year - many positions are open! Delegate (2), Fundraising Chairperson, Directory, Bulletin Boards, as well as coordinators for many events. Be a part of our Dragon team!

Interested parties should contact [email protected] with questions. 

Staff Wish Lists

Teacher and other Beall staff wish-lists are online here: http://www.beallpta.org/staff_wish_lists. Desktop copiers may be especially appreciated with the recent copier issues at school. If you have an extra copier in good condition, you may want to see if your child's teacher could put it to good use.

Volunteer Opportunities

Beall is always happy to have Lunch and Recess volunteers! Come every day, or just drop in when you can - just don’t forget to sign in at the front office!

Kindergarten Orientation is scheduled for May 1st and 2nd, and the school's Kindergarten team and Beall PTA need your help in welcoming our newest little Dragons! Please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0B4BAEAA23A46-kindergarten3

The PTA is actively recruiting for volunteers for next school year for many positions like Delegate (2), Fundraising Chairperson, Directory, Bulletin Boards Master and Coordinators for many events. Be a part of our Dragon team!

Many teachers are happy to have classroom assistance – please email your child’s teacher directly to find out more. Teacher emails are listed on the Beall ES website: http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/bealles/staff/directory.aspx

Upcoming Events

See the summary of upcoming April events below, and visit http://www.beallpta.org/events for more info! Or print out the April Calendar of events and activities at http://www.beallpta.org/google_calendar.   

PTA Meeting: Officer Nominations

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 at 07:00 PM

Babysitting provided by Global Children Center for PTA members. Please RSVP with the number of Beall students who need babysitting.

Dine Out Night - Hard Times Cafe and Carmen's Italian Ice

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 at 05:30 PM
Hard Times Cafe and Carmen's Italian Ice

County Council Testimony

Thursday, April 9, 2014 at 07:00 PM
100 Maryland Avenue in Rockville, MD

Although funding from the state for school construction looks dim, we must continue to impress the County Council the needs of MCPS students. Please support Tida Violante, RM Cluster Coordinator, while she provides Testimony for FY 2015 Operating Budget on April 9th at 7:00 pm at 100 Maryland Avenue in Rockville. 

Tea with Mr. Alter

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 02:00 PM
Beall E.S. in Rockville, MD

Open your heart and mind to Principal Alter! Here's your chance to ask questions, discuss general issues and get some answers. Please RSVP so we can sure your tea is hot!

Dragon Men at VisArts

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 06:00 PM
VisArts in Rockville, MD

More to follow!

Have a fantastic day! 

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