Coming up

**DecemberPTA meeting**

December's PTA meeting will be Tuesday, December 3rd from 7-8pm. Babysitting will be available.

Hope to see you there!!!

You do not need to be a member to attend.

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Get Involved in the Boundary Analysis

All residents of Montgomery County are invited to attend to learn more about the Boundary Analysis process and give feedback on opportunities and challenges with our public schools. The dates and 

locations of the meetings are as follows: 

  • December 4 at Gaithersburg High School December 11 at Julius West Middle School 
  • December 14 at White Oak Middle Oak 
  • January 7 at Walter Johnson High School 
  • January 11 at Montgomery Blair High School 
  • January 14 at Northwest High School 

Contact the Board of Education and tell them your opinion as a parent/resident of the SHERWOOD CLUSTER boe@mcpsmd.org or call 240-740-3030 

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MCCPTA GUn Violence Amendment

Due to the recent events in California the MCCPTA Board of Directors voted at their November Board meeting to move the Gun Violence resolution forward as an emergency resolution -- they will bring it to a vote at the December 4 Delegates Assembly, instead of waiting until January 28, 2020.

The draft of the amendment as well as National PTA Resolution on Gun Safety and Violence Prevention and the 2013 Amendment can be found here.

To assist in making the December meeting efficient, please share comments on the Draft resolution with MCCPTA School Climate and Safety committee chair Gillian Huebner at climateandsafety@mccpta.org.

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Order your Yearbook Today!

The early bird price for yearbooks is $20! Go to Lifetouch and order yours today. Our school code is 14087620.

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Greenwood ROCKS! Variety Show

It's about that time of year again, the Greenwood Variety Show is around the corner! The 2020 Greenwood Variety Show will take place on May 16 at 2pm @ Sherwood High School. To sign up your 5th grader, please click here and complete the form. To sign up your child in grade K-4, please click here. The signup deadline is January 5, 2020.
The Variety Show store is now available in Membership Toolkit. There you can purchase photos, advertising, shout outs and the DVD.
In addition, we're in need of parent volunteers. Please email varietyshow@greenwood-pta.org
More information will be shared in the upcoming weeks.
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****New this year at lunch**** Children have been given assigned seats at lunch. Tables are comprised of 4 benches, two per side. Students are assigned a particular bench. Each bench can hold up to 4 students. Bench assignments may change throughout the year. This new plan is to help make everyone feel included and help build the student sense of community.

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Volunteer Training!

Remember to update your Child Abuse Training for Volunteers. Training is good for 3 years. If it has been more than 3 years or if you are unsure if you are up to date, go ahead and do it again. Click here for training.

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Upcoming dates

November 18        Dining Night Out: Panera

November 27        Early Release, Holiday

November 28-29    No School, Holiday

December 3            PTA meeting

December 6           Spirit Day: Wear your Greenwood gear and show Greenwood spirit!

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Greenwood Spirit Gear

Good gravy,it's a great time for a Thanksgiving Sale!

For a limited time only, visit your school spiritwear store and get 20% off when you spend $50 or more using coupon code TURKEY20 at checkout. Certain restrictions apply. Offer expires 11/30/2019

Please email Dawn Daly dawnnelsondaly@gmail.com with any spiritwear questions. Check out some exciting new products and designs updated for the 2019-2020 school year. www.greenwoodspiritwear.com

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MCPS is Conducting a School Boundary Analysis

The survey began this Spring and will continue until the end of Spring of 2020. While MCPS is unsure how the data collected will be used, redistricting students/changing school clusters, including Sherwood (ours), is a possible outcome.

On November 18, 2019 at 6pm the Board of Education will hold a districtwide boundary analysis hearing at Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, Maryland, 20850.You do not need to sign up to attend.  Individuals wishing to testifty at this hearing can sign up online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd3Cq6C9c08s8sup_gZCRDx2kRGOTF1XNk7SErCmUb1SYygEg/viewform.  You will be given three minutes to provide testimony. You are not  allowed to cede time to another speaker.

The Board of Education is open to feedback. If you have an opinion on redistricting please let it be known. Be sure to include that you are a resident/parent of the SHERWOOD cluster. Contact boe@mcpsmd.org

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Register

Please join the Greenwood PTA!

Why? Because being involved in the PTA will benefit your children, keep you in the know, and you'll get to play a role in improving our school for our children!

JOIN NOW!

Volunteer

Got 1 minute or 1 month to spare? We can always use your help.

There are small jobs and there a big jobs. Jobs that last an afternoon/evening and jobs that last all year. All of the amazing, fun, and educational things we do cannot possibly happen without YOU!

 

Volunteer Now!

Calendar

We have a fun-filled year ahead of us. Click below to see our calendar with all planned events for each month!

Upcoming important dates:

November 5    PTA meeting 7pm media center

November 13+14 Craft Night at Greenwood

November 18 DNO: Panera

 

Calendar of Events

Welcome

10/30/2019

Happy Fall Gators!  

Thanks to all that contributed to our Fall Fundraiser. It was great to see so many families participating in such a fun community event. We anticipate a net of over $10,500 raised!  This money will be used by the PTA to provide educational assemblies during school, reimburse teachers for out-of-pocket educational enrichment costs, continue updating indoor and outdoor recess equipment, and sponsor free or low cost programs and events for the Greenwood community throughout the year. Way to glow Gators!!! And thank you to the Glow Run and Fall Festival committee who worked extremely hard to put together such an amazing evening. 

Our next PTA meeting will be Tuesday, November 5th in the media center from 7-8pm.  You are welcome to join even if you are not yet a member of the PTA, we’d love to see you there and have your input. Prior to the PTA meeting there will be a Variety Show volunteer meeting from 6:30-7:00pm in the media center. The Variety Show coordinator is looking for volunteers to help run this years event. Also, for individuals interested in discussing a proactive role for Greenwood and the larger Sherwood cluster during the boundary analysis there will be an informal meeting after November’s PTA meeting.

Kids Holiday Craft Night   

If you haven’t had a chance to sign your student up to participate in Craft Night, now is the time! The deadline to register has been extended to Monday, November 4th.  Holiday Craft Night is a fun event that provides Greenwood students time to create special gifts for their family, friends, and teachers! Students can choose one or more of the craft projects. Projects are $5 a piece and must be purchased ahead of time. The event flyer and registration sheet can be found on the PTA website: http://greenwood-pta.org/portfolio/ 

Parent Craft Night

Crafts aren’t just for kids! The Urban Pallet Company is coming to Greenwood Wednesday, November 13 and Thursday, November 14 for the parents. While your kids are crafting in the APR, come paint a custom sign down the hall in the art room. There are over 40 styles to choose from. Sign up to participate and choose your design here: https://www.theurbanpalletcompany.com/register/greenwood. Projects take roughly 30 minutes to complete.

Take Your Child To School Day

In conjunction with the NAACP and Greenwood’s administration the PTA will be serving coffee by the flagpole in front of the school for all parents that walk their children to school on Monday, November 11th from 8:30-9:00am. This amazing opportunity helps remind your children of your commitment to their education. 

NAACP Annual Kick Off Event

On Tuesday, November 19th the NAACP Parents’ Council kickoff meeting will be held from 5–9 p.m. at Northwest High School. This event will bring together parents, MCPS teachers, principals and administrators to share ideas on how to champion equity and excellence in education. Participants will have an opportunity to attend a resource fair and various breakout sessions. John B. King Jr., former U.S. Secretary of Education, will be the keynote speaker. Northwest High School is located at 13501 Richter Farm Road in Germantown. Further information can be found at https://news.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/quicknotes/naacp-parents-council-kickoff-event-set-for-nov-19/

Yearbook

Gators, let’s capture memories together! New this year we’d love your help gathering pictures for the yearbook. Email yearbook@greenwood-pta.org photos from Greenwood events along with your child’s grade level and teacher’s name OR go to  https://greenwoodmcps.shutterfly.com/ to upload your school event photos directly. When the yearbook rolls around in June, you’ll see your photos there!

Boundary Analysis

On November 18, 2019 at 6pm the Board of Education will hold a districtwide boundary analysis hearing at Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, Maryland, 20850.You do not need to sign up to attend.  Individuals wishing to testifty at this hearing can sign up online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd3Cq6C9c08s8sup_gZCRDx2kRGOTF1XNk7SErCmUb1SYygEg/viewform.  You will be given three minutes to provide testimony. You are not  allowed to cede time to another speaker.

Recently the MCPS boundary analysis was discussed on MyMCMedia. To view the discussion visit: https://www.mymcmedia.org/21-this-week-mcps-school-boundary-study-may-address-community-segregation/

MCCPTA news

At the last MCCPTA meeting, people discussed amendments to the advocacy priorities.

Some of the amendments included: 

1) providing more consistent support to students of special needs; 

2) developing a comprehensive county real estate strategy to serve both immediate and long term mcps needs; and 

3) reestablishing as necessary final exam policies.  

Amendments to the advocacy priorities will be discussed at November’s PTA meeting.

Volunteers needed

All of our amazing programs and activities cannot happen without your help. To view open positions or to sign up to volunteer go to : https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0B4AA9A62BA20-programs

If you have questions regarding the positions please contact our volunteer coordinator.

Please feel free to contact the PTA with any questions or comments.  Your insights are invaluable to our school. If you have not done so already Like our Facebook page “Greenwood Elementary School PTA” and be sure to visit http://greenwood-pta.org/ for up to date information. Hope to see you at our next PTA meeting, Tuesday, November 5th from 7-8pm. 

Sincerely,

Mary Quirion

PTA President

President@Greenwood-PTA.org