PTA Updates - December 5, 2021

Events & Updates:

  • December PTA Meeting Tuesday 12/7: (this week) Join us at 6:30pm on Zoom by clicking hereMeeting ID: 665 233 2642, Passcode: zx5hA0. View the minutes from November's meeting here
  • Staff Appreciation Luncheon - Thursday 12/9: (this week) Help us celebrate our amazing Beall teachers & staff with a holiday luncheon on Thursday, December 9. The PTA is providing a catered lunch from Fontina Grill but we need your help supplementing the catered lunch with items like tablecloths, flowers and salad with toppings! Please also consider offering your time by helping with set up, clean up or serving. See the Sign Up hereAll donations must be dropped off at the school no later than 10:00am on Thursday, December 9th.
  • Dine Out Fundraiser - Tuesday 12/14: Five Guys in Rockville Town Center from 5 - 9pm. See the flyer here
  • Beall COVID Committee Resource: In response to the recent Beall PTA COVID Survey and the questions raised by Beall families, the PTA COVID Committee created this document to help families better understand the school’s COVID-related policies and procedures.  This document is not a comprehensive compilation of all COVID-related policies and procedures, is subject to change, and is to be used only for informational purposes. Vea el documento en Español aquí.
  • Yearbook: Help us memorialize this unprecedented school year through the yearbook! If you are interested in leading these efforts as the Yearbook Coordinator OR by helping out on the yearbook committee, please email [email protected] to find out more! 

MCCPTA Updates:

  • Last call!  Impact Aid Survey due Dec. 10.
  • Parents May Contact MCPS’s Ombudsman with School-related Problems: MCPS’s ombudsman, Ryvell Fitzpatrick, is an independent party appointed by the Board of Education who seeks to resolve school-related problems. He is available to assist parents when they cannot resolve problems informally at the school level. Contact the ombudsman at (240) 740-3030 or [email protected]Learn more.
  • MSBE Votes to Draft New Masking Policy: The Maryland State Board of Education voted this past Wednesday to direct the Maryland State Department of Education to draft a new mask policy to give school districts flexibility in whether to require masks in schools. Earlier,  Montgomery County Council of PTAs delegates voted 85-7 to send a letter to the MSBE, urging the Board not to lift the mask mandate in Maryland public schools until at least Feb. 28. Both Beall MCCPTA delegates voted in favor of sending the letter.
  • Free Parenting Group to Help Address Trauma and Stress: Sheppard Pratt — a nonprofit provider of mental health and social services — is offering a parenting group, with six weekly Zoom sessions, to provide information about psychological impact of trauma and stress. Read moreRegister here.
  • Third Community Work Session on Physical Plans for the New Crown High School; Fourth Session Scheduled for Thursday, December 16: As noted before, MCPS is building a new high school—Crown—near Shady Grove Road and Research Boulevard, with planned opening in Aug 2026. A new school boundary study (involving RM, Gaithersburg, Wooton, Quince Orchard, and Northwest clusters) will kick off Fall 2024. Richard Montgomery’s boundaries are very likely to be affected by Crown. Beall’s boundaries could be affected. Planning meetings have started for the physical design of Crown, with three concepts presented to stakeholders via a series of virtual meetings. The third meeting in the series was held Thursday. The presentation from the meeting is not yet posted. A final session on the physical plans for Crown will take place Thursday, December 16. Community members are encouraged to attend and participate. See background and Zoom information here.
  • Save the Date! Thursday, January 13 at 8:00 p.m - Special Education Committee presents: “Solving IEP Meeting Disagreements: Legal Paths for Resolving Special Education Issues” - Presentation by Brian Gruber and Kimberly Glassman, Law Office of Brian K. Gruber - will address dispute resolution options including state complaints, mediation, due process, information on resolution processes within MCPS, and the ins and outs of bringing legal representation to an IEP meeting while preserving your school relationships.

Community Information:

  • MCPS is hosting a coat drive for Pre-Kindergarten & Headstart students. Find out more here
  • During its Dec. 2 business meeting, the Board of Education approved a modified school calendar for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year. See details here.
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