November 2014 Beall News

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

Happy Halloween, Dragon Families! 

It's hard to believe we are two months into school already!! Please take a few minutes to read up on some highlights of what’s been going on at Beall, and more details about what's to come in November!

October Wrap Up and Accolades

October 1st brought out lots of folks for our first PTA Meeting! Thanks to all who attended.

Kimberly Heifetz dedicated her October to making the Beall Innisbrook fundraiser an outstanding success, reaching our goal of $3500 for the Media Center! Thank you to Kimberly, and to everyone who participated to make this a fabulous fall fundraiser. Orders will be delivered to the classrooms in mid November. Internet orders directly on the Innisbrook website are still being accepted through the end of the school year. 

A fantastic and fun Dine Out night was had at Five Guys and Marble Slab Creamery on October 9th. A huge round of applause to Beth Wisneski, Christy Koenig and the rest of the Dine Out team organizers - and major thanks to all the parents and kids who turned out!  Thank so much to everyone for your patience waiting in both lines that night - it led to a great benefit for the PTA!! The event raised over $660!!

Movie Night was a big screen success on October 16th when Mr. Peabody and Sherman traveled WABAC! Thanks to the tireless effort of our Secretary extraordinaire, Susan Gorant for getting this fantastic event organized, and thanks to everyone who attended!

Dr. Joshua Starr held a press conference on October 28th right here at Beall, complete with several area news teams, where he made his proposal for $221 million in additional construction funding for Montgomery County schools!

The Halloween parade and parties went off yesterday without a hitch! Thanks to all of our fantastic parents who came out to celebrate, especially our Room Parent Coordinator Xi Zhou and all the room parents who planned and organized the classroom parties for our little dragons! 

The Beall PTA Membership is already 304 members strong and growing! Not a member yet? WHY NOT???!! Join online now at or contact Patricia Ortizat [email protected]. Beall staff who are members of the PTA are allowed to submit up to $100/per school year for classroom supplies reimbursement!

Staff wish lists are online here. Upgrading your kitchen? The Staff Lounge is in need of a few good microwaves!

Also, Cathy Lease would like your feedback about after-school activities - please let her know what classes your children have particularly enjoyed, or if you have encountered any issues, etc. Comments can be sent to [email protected].

Painless Fundraising
 – We need to give a HUGE shout out to the meticulous Karen Folkart for her supremely tedious yet awesome efforts at getting Beall folks registered at Giant, Safeway and Harris Teeter. Her efforts have brought in thousands of dollars for Beall.  If you have not signed up yet - please take the time to do so. It's free money for the school, and worth a few minutes of your time. Everything you need is posted right here: 

Beall PTA will conduct a contest and reward cash prizes to the classrooms that collect the most Box Tops and Labels for Education. The contest will end in early 2015, so start collecting now! 

Check out how much your Club Card registrations have helped our school!

  • eScrip (Safeway, etc): $207.15 for September 2014
  • Giant A+ Rewards, thus far for school year 2014-2015: Not yet available
  • Harris Teeter, thus far for school year 2014-2015: $80.26

What’s ahead for November?

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!

The PTA is actively recruiting for volunteers for next school year. Sign up here to 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:

Upcoming Events

See the summary of upcoming November events below, and visit for more info! Or print out the November Calendar of events and activities at   

Also - FYI - the Cub Scouts from Pack 928 will be in the West End and New Mark Commons neighborhoods on November 1st (distributing bags) and November 8th (collecting food) for their Scouting for Food drive which benefits local food banks. Please consider donating to this worthy cause! Several of these cute little cubs are Beall boys. 

PTA Meeting: 11/5/2014

Wednesday, November 05, 2014 at 07:00 PM 

Come learn about what's happen in and around the school! We are so excited that we had such a great turn out in October so come back and see us again! Agenda will be posted shortly. If you would like to buy a Bella t-shirt (kid or adult sizing) or pick up a School Directory, you can also do it at this meeting : ) 

Free childcare provided by Global Children's Center. Please RSVP below.

RMES#5 Schematic Design Process

The public is invited to participate in the schematic design process for Richard Montgomery Elementary School #5. In the event that funding comes through early, then the construction will be ready to go. The dates and time are as follows:

  • Community Meeting No. 1: Wednesday Nov 5, 2014, at 7:00 pm at RMHS
  • Community Meeting No. 2: Thursday Nov 13, at 3:30 pm at Beall 
  • Community Meeting No. 3: Thursday Nov 20, at 3:30 pm at Richie Park
  • Community Meeting No. 4: Tuesday Dec 9, at 7:00 pm at RMHS

Click here for the invitation. Haga clic aquí para el español.

Dine Out Night at California Tortilla

Thursday, November 06, 2014 at 05:00 PM
California Tortilla in Rockville, MD

Get in school spirit and come out to Dine Out at California Tortilla from 5-8pm. Tell the cashier Beall! Or bring the flyer and you will bring 25% back to our school! Let all your neighbors know! 


Tea with Mr. Alter

Monday, November 10, 2014 at 09:15 AM
Beall Elementary School in Rockville, MD

Stop by for a chat with our dear Principal Alter for an informal session to talk about anything you want! Come to the APR, bring a cup of tea or coffee and a list of questions. 

Beall's Book Fair

Monday, November 10, 2014 through Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from 9AM- 6PM
Beall Elementary, Media Center in Rockville, MD

  • Preview days for students: Nov 6 & 7
  • Book Fair sale days: Nov 10, 11 & 12

The Scholastic Book Fair is an annual student favorite put on by the Beall PTA! Come visit after your teacher conferences, and stock up on holiday presents, donate to teacher classrooms. Credit cards accepted, checks can be made out to Beall PTA.

This is where we essentially bring a book store to our school. Everyone can come in to shop and a percentage of the profits comes back to Beall! However, we need YOU to volunteer! Please sign up here to volunteer:

For those new to the book fair - it's a lot of fun to work the cash register and is a great way to promote reading to your kids :-)!

Click on this link to sign up:

 ... P L E A S E consider signing up for more than one hour at a time if you can.

If you have any questions, please contact our wonderful Book Fair Coordinator, Amy Bulson at [email protected].  

Dragon Disco

Friday, November 21, 2014 at 07:00 PM
Beall Elementary School in Rockville, MD

Another student favorite! Dance the night away at the Dragon Disco!


Monday, November 24, 2014 at 07:00 PM
Gaithersburg High School, 101 Education Boulevard, Gaithersburg, MD

What are the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests? What do they mean for your child? Learn the answers to these questions, try your hand at a PARCC test item or two, and pick up grade-level information and resources at one of the this parent information night. Free child care (ages 4 and older) and foreign language interpretation  will be or call 301-309-MCPS (6277)  for more information.

Have a fantastic day! 

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