We are still looking for individuals interested in filling the three PTA board positions that became vacant in June. President, Vice President, and Secretary positions are all two year terms. As of now, no one has expressed interest. Unfortunately, if not filled by the end of this year, we will essentially be board-less. Members of the last year’s board are willing to stay in their positions for this coming year (which requires a public vote to amend by-laws), however it would be best to have at least one of the three positions filled now so that there will be carryover of administration next year. I know this is a stressful time for everyone right now but if you are at all interested in making Greenwood the best school it can possibly be, please contact Mary at President@greenwood-pta.org
immediately if you are interested. We will be having a public meeting in September to either amend the by-laws or vote in new board members.
***MCPS Just announced that all learning will be virtual for the first semester. 7/21/2020***
Plan to be reassessed in November 2020 for Second Semester
Fall 2020 Draft Recovery
***Note this is just a draft, the official plan will be announced by the BOE on August 25th.
School Supply Lists
Administration has provided school supply lists. Note that these are optimized for in person learning. Use lists as a reference when setting up your at home stations but teachers may have suggestions once classes begin. I would recommend earphones and a dry erase board of some sort (page protector works just fine). Click the link below to view lists.
School supplies for those in need:
The annual Give BACKpacks campaign is pivoting this year to respond to the needs of our students. For just $10, you can provide a student in need with supplies for virtual learning, which could include, paper, crayons, pencils/pens, white boards, dry erase markers, and more.
Not all students have the materials needed to learn at home. Your donation will help provide students with the necessary supplies to engage successfully in their lessons.
If you would like to donate to this program to help others in our community please visit here.
Plan to be reassessed in November 2020 for Second Semester
Dear Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff:
I am writing to provide an important update on our Fall 2020 recovery plans. MCPS has been working closely with county and state health officials on the potential reopening of schools. Yesterday (July 20), we received additional guidance from Dr. Travis Gayles, county health officer, in which he shared that “based upon the current state of surveillance and epidemiological data, I would not recommend in-person instruction for students inside school buildings at this time. I recommend investing in a virtual instruction model until, at earliest, the completion of the first quarter in November, with consideration for virtual instruction through the first semester.” As I have shared previously, our plan has always envisioned starting in a virtual-only model. However, given this updated guidance, the safest choice for our district is to remain in a virtual-only instructional model through the first semester—January 29, 2021; or until state and local health officials determine conditions in our county allow for students to return safely after the first semester. This decision includes the cancellation of all fall and winter sports. Working with Dr. Gayles and county elected officials, we will reassess at the end of the first quarter (November 9, 2020) to determine if we are able to implement a phased blended model in the second semester (beginning February 1, 2021). We will continue to engage with our community as we continue to navigate this incredibly complex situation.
We anticipate that Governor Larry Hogan and Dr. Karen Salmon, state superintendent of schools, will also provide an update on the state’s recovery plan for schools this week. We will review their guidance and make all necessary adjustments to align our plans.
We continue to explore creative ways to support students receiving special services and families with significant challenges in accessing curriculum through a virtual model. We also know that this decision to extend virtual instruction will significantly impact the work schedules of many parents in our county. We are seeking the ability to allow buildings to remain open in a limited capacity for essential purposes, including meal service; to support access to technology and other materials; and for use by some child care providers.
On August 6, 2020, we will provide an updated plan to the Board of Education. This update will reflect adjustments stemming from changes in guidance from local health officials and the important feedback we’ve received from students, staff and the community. The Board of Education will vote on this plan at that time.
We are building on what we learned during the spring to provide a robust and dynamic virtual learning experience for our students. Our staff is being provided additional professional development to enhance their instructional abilities in a virtual model; we have put systems in place to ensure all students have access to digital devices and access to the internet when they are away from school buildings; and we are building in additional time for student support and learning opportunities. We are also streamlining digital tools and platforms to make it easier for our students, staff and families to engage in teaching and learning.
Our students are the heart of what we do and why we exist. There is no doubt in my mind that we all want what’s best for students. This decision is incredibly difficult as we know how much students need school for their academic success and social-emotional well-being. We take the immense responsibility of ensuring staff and student safety, educating our students and creating opportunities for all seriously. Thank you for your continued support and collaboration as we work together to meet the needs of our students, staff and families.
Jack R. Smith, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Because of the state closures yearbooks were delayed. Unfortunately as of now we do not have a delivery date for yearbooks. As of early July we know that it will still be several weeks before yearbooks will be delivered. We will determine a distribution plan once we have a production date. Thank you for your patience.
Incoming Kindergartners Fall 2020
Due to the COVID-19 school closure, schools will no longer be conducting face-to-face kindergarten orientation or accept the kindergarten orientation documentation at the school. Instead, parents/guardians will need to complete the registration process and enroll their children by completing and submitting the below forms and documents via email or U.S. mail.
For your convenience these forms are attached. For translated versions of the forms click the link and save the forms to your computer. You may need to download and install a free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to complete the forms.
Forms required at the time of registration to qualify for enrollment:
- MCPS Form 560-24, New Student Information
- MCPS Form 565-1, Student Emergency Information
- MCPS Form 345-17, Maryland State Department of Education Prekindergarten Experience
The full letter containing information about our incoming kindergartners can be found here.
Home Enrichment Websites:
Boundary Analysis Update
The MCPS Boundary Analysis Interim report has been released. The full document can be found here:
I hope this newsletter finds you well. This is definitely a year for the books. Our final PTA meeting will be held virtually, Tuesday, June 2nd at 7pm. I will send out meeting information prior to next Tuesday. As a way to celebrate the end of the year please tune in for our final event on June 12th, Rock N Roll Recess Online! See below for more information.
Thank you volunteers!
Unfortunately we were unable to host a thank you gathering for all of our amazing volunteers this year. Therefore I’d like to take a minute to thank all of the wonderful parents who helped facilitate this years’ many activities. Each program was the work of many, from the event chairs that planned for months in advance to the day-of helpers who helped facilitate each of our successful activities. I especially want to thank the PTA board; Lindsay Vilardo (Vice President), Christina Conroy (Secretary), Mandy De Roo (Treasurer), Lauren Zarren (MCCPTA rep), and Kandi Barakat (MCCPTA rep) for all they have done this year. The year could not have been possible without the hardwork and dedication of all our amazing parent volunteers.
Rock N Roll Recess is going Virtual
Join us on Zoom for an end-of-year party led by a professional DJ from Everything Entertainment! There will be dancing, games, and prizes - you don’t want to miss it! The DJ will be taking requests and there will be activities throughout the event. Information on how to participate will be distributed soon.
Thank you to all who participated in this year’s teacher appreciation. Even in the midst of this challenging time, the Greenwood community came together to show love and appreciation for our awesome faculty. Thank you for all of your teacher messages and contributions for faculty gift cards. Both were much appreciated.
Unfortunately we have had to cancel the Variety Show for this year. Refunds from Showtix and BSN (tshirts) have been issued directly, and you should have already received a credit. Refunds for purchases made through the PTA (shout-outs, 5th grade participation fee, pictures, and DVD sales) will be issued in the coming weeks. If your address is not in the Memberhub directory you will be contacted to arrange check delivery. If you have any questions about refunds please contact either Mandy at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary at President@greenwood-pta.org.
We are working out distribution logistics and will know more once we have a definite delivery date. Since Lifetouch is not an “essential” business the timeline for production was significantly delayed. I anticipate delivery sometime after the end of the school year and will be in touch once I know more.
School Kits for 2020/2021 School Year Now on Sale
School supply kits for each grade are available for purchase from 1st Day School Supplies. These kits include all the items your teacher has determined will be needed for class next year (folders, pencils, etc). They come prepackaged and will be distributed at the beginning of the school year. Avoid the chaos of shopping for the supplies in person and order yours today:
https://1stdayschoolsupplies.com/kits.php?sid=46769. Order deadline is July 1st.
Communication Platform Change
Earlier this year MCCPTA mandated a switch to a uniform platform for all school PTAs. Therefore, we will be switching to Memberhub over the summer. As such, membership Toolkit will close on August 8th.
If you have made purchases on behalf of the PTA and wish to be reimbursed, please send copies of receipts and a description of the purchase to our treasurer Mandy de Roo at email@example.com by June 15th. We will be closing out this year’s books and want to make sure that you get paid.
5th grade recognition
- Virtual recognition ceremony
- Bags will be handed out Thursday with yard signs
- Balloon arch in front of Jen Campbell’s house for photo opportunities
- The percentage of students speaking English as a second language is substantially higher at the elementary school level (25%), as compared to the middle and high school level (11%).
- Of the 208 schools in Montgomery County, 109 are currently over capacity. On average, high schools are at 103% capacity, middle schools are at 97% and elementary schools are at 102%.
- Title I schools, with higher concentrations of students in poverty, are more often overenrolled than other schools.
- Most schools are considered diverse, with two or three racial groups making up at least 15% of a school’s students.
- The report says “schools near to one another are often very dissimilar … in terms of racial, ethnic, and socio-economic composition.” It also says cluster boundaries “may contribute to racial and/or socio-economic isolation to some degree.”
- School boundaries with irregular shapes have the most different levels of student body diversity compared to neighboring schools.
- In the Sherwood cluster 56.36% of students go to the closest elementary school, 88.32% middle school, and 73.98% high school. To note the elementary school statistic is the lowest percentage of all clusters in MC.
- About 66% of all students attend the school closest to their home. The rest are assigned to schools farther away.
- Consultants estimate that about 2,250 people attended the six community meetings held about the analysis. Most attendees were white and Asian parents of MCPS students, according to the WXY report. About 40% of attendees resided in the Bethesda area, while about 30% were from the Silver Spring area.
Final note: the boundary analysis study was supposed to be completed by now however with the pandemic they are putting off the final phase of the study until the fall and the report will not be published until December.
For those of you who have incoming kindergartners here is the information for registering your incoming student.
- Online, starting with this Registration Survey
- Over the phone by calling 240-740-5999
- By paper forms. Complete the Registration Survey or call 240-740-5999 to request forms to be mailed to your home.
As of now no one has reached out to our nomination committee. We cannot yet hold elections remotely but the county is actively working on solutions so that new boards can come together for next year. Anyone interested in running for PTA President, Vice President, or Secretary should contact Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org. These positions are a two year term. You must be available for monthly board meetings and public PTA meetings. Time commitment varies for each position. If you’d like more information about a position feel free to reach out to the current board member.
Mary Quirion, PTA President: email@example.com
Lindsay Vilardo, PTA Vice President: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christina Conroy, Secretary: email@example.com
As previously mentioned I would be willing to stay on for another year in order to help smooth the transition during this challenging time as well as even out the board rotation however that would need to be approved by the majority at an official meeting and should not prevent any interested individuals in running.
There will also be an available MCCPTA representative spot. Currently at Greenwood we have two representatives. MCCPTA reps are elected every year for a one year term. This individual attends county PTA meetings and reports back important information.
I hope you all have a wonderful summer even though it likely looks a lot different than you had originally planned. I look forward to hopefully seeing you all in person this fall. Thank you all for a wonderful year.
Lastly, congratulations to our graduating 5th graders. We are so very proud of you and wish you great success in middle school!!