Record-breaking Readathon!

During last year's Readathon, TPES students read a grand total of 125,000 minutes. This year, we read 173,000 minutes! That's an improvement of 800 hours, or over an hour per kid in the whole school! Way to go kids! Way to go parents who helped with read-to-me minutes!

Sponsor pledges are due by April 2, and we'll hold the raffle drawing for free weeks of camp next week, too.

**If your child participated in the Readathon but was absent or forgot their reading log last Thursday, please send in their minutes to the PTA so we can include their name in the raffle.**

Ready to make your pledge?

You can send donations via the Dolphin Folder, or just click the Donate button below! (Please leave a memo indicating that you are pledging to a Readathon student).

Whew, the Book Fair is over, what's next?

After-school clubs are starting up, the month-long READATHON will begin March 2, and it's already time to start collecting materials for Science Inquiry Night on March 11! Please save any small clean recyclables that could be used artistically, like magazines, paper, bottle caps, yogurt cups, and small boxes, and clean spray bottles for making a homemade green cleaner.

Shop Local! Scholastic Book Fair, February 2-February 9
Support a pop-up local bookstore at Takoma Park Elementary School.
Update from the Book Fair Chair!

The online fair has been extended to Monday, February 9th - you can keep buying books this weekend! Here is our website where you can find a link to our online book fair:

Store Hours
    • The book fair will be open to the public on Monday and Tuesday evening, from 3:30 to 8pm.
    • Snuggle up at a special TPES story time Tuesday at 7pm hosted by Takoma Park children's librarian Karen MacPherson!
    • Early birds can visit and shop on Thursday and Friday morning--join your peers for Parents and Pastries between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m.!
    • The TPES Book Fair is also online, and open all hours--but only through Friday, February 6! Go the TPES Scholastic Book Fair Online Store to shop.

Books for Everyone

The book fair features fiction and non-fiction, award-winners, favorite series, books in Spanish, and graphic novels. The catalog includes books for everyone, from infants to high schoolers. Most books are under $10, and many are under $5. There are also boxed sets and "megapacks" for all ages.

Why Shop the Book Fair?
All profits from the book fair are invested right back into books for Takoma Park Elementary, providing new library books and guided reading books for the classroom. It is one of the best opportunities to shop local and directly benefit your community. Stock up for the March Readathon, take care of your holiday shopping (very) early, and enjoy talking about and choosing books with your children.

Go on, Indulge Your Inner Librarian!
Kids in all classes need help making their wish lists, and the Book Fair committee needs help setting up shop, and taking it down at the end of the week, as well as store-keepers during the week. Most shifts are just two hours. Find out more, and sign up, on the Book Fair Volunteer Page. (Younger siblings are welcome at TPES before and after school, but not during school hours).

TPES School Meal Satisfaction Survey
from the PTA Wellness Committee

The Takoma Park Elementary School Health and Wellness Committee urges parents to complete this short survey on the TPES meal program. You'll be able to provide input on parent satisfaction with the meal program, and include suggestions for topics the Wellness Committee can address. Take the survey here!

We’re especially interested in hearing from parents whose children eat school meals regularly!

Did you miss the PTA Meeting?
Read the Meeting Minutes from the last meeting, and all other meetings held this year. December meeting minutes posted.

Winter Social, Thursday, December 18
Join TPES families for a warm winter meal, holiday crafts, and charitable giving:

    Make toys for dogs and cats in shelters (Please bring that sock that never found its match, or an old t-shirt you can part with!)
    Make Paper Lanterns for winter. 
                               Eat minestrone soup (with a gluten free option)

Safe Routes to School Parent Survey and Teacher Tally
from Lucy Neher

[Surveys are now closed. Thank you!] Twice a year we are required to collect data from parents on the Takoma Park Safe Routes to School program. Out of the 4,000 students served by the Safe Routes program in Takoma Park, only 20 (twenty!) parents have responded. 

School Directory Notes
The print copies are out, and the PDFs are emailed. Read more about the 2014-2015 Directory here.

2014 Dolphin Drive is Complete!

You can donate via the Dolphin Drive envelope that came home in the Dolphin Folder, or by clicking the Donate button below! (Please leave a memo indicating you are donating to the drive).

TPES School Directory Coming Soon!
This year the TPES School Directory, made possible by the TPES PTA, will be available in paper and digital formats. Please choose paper or digital here! Soon you will receive a proof of your student's information as it will appear in the directory). You will be able to correct any errors by filling out a quick online form, right here.

Politics & Prose Fundraiser for TPES
The annual TPES fundraiser at Politics and Prose bookstore is happening Sunday, October 26, from 10am to 6pm. Request a TPES voucher when you check-out, and 20% of your purchase will be donated to TPES. Volunteers are needed! If you would like to spend part of your Sunday in a snuggly bookshop, please contact coordinator Loretta Ullrich-Ferguson.

Meet the TPES Teachers and Staff!
The staff of Takoma Park Elementary put together a wonderful PDF directory of everyone at TPES including photographs! Get to know your teachers!

(Download the PDF for best quality)

Joining the PTA: Members with Benefits
Of course the biggest benefit to joining the PTA is supporting your children and their school. But, there is more! The National PTA partners with other organizations and companies to offer special member benefits and discounts. The list includes Hertz, Staples, and Sylvan Learning. Find out all the ways your membership dues can save you money, here.

After-school Club Volunteers needed! from Leslie Sluger

Hello! A big, hearty thank you to the TPES community for all the suggestions for classes and clubs this year! Your recommendations have been so positively fantastic (and numerous) that we need to move some of them to Winter/Spring! We are finalizing the list of classes and clubs and hope to start sending the selection forms home soon. 

We have a great, wide ranging selection of programs (art, science, dance, karate, languages, Lego) for which we are seeking Parent Coordinators (liaise with instructors/parents, help with enrollment forms), Kindergarten Escorts (meet Kindergarteners at their classrooms upon dismissal and walk them to their class/club), and Parent Volunteers (help with clubs). 

Click here to read description of the roles (and benefits - like priority enrollment for your child(ren) in the class/club of their choice) for Parent Coordinators. Kindergarteners can only participate in after school programs if they can be walked from their Kindergarten classroom upon dismissal to the after school program classroom. Children of Parent Volunteers (for clubs) can join the club at no cost or receive priority for other clubs/classes. Please let Leslie know if you're interested in helping! Email:

Lunch Menus are Posted
Download copies, in English and Spanish, on the MCPS website, or browse them on the TPES PTA Facebook page.

School Supply Kit pick-up

If you ordered a School Supply Kit from the PTA, pick up your kit on Thursday evening, August 21 (during the Kindergarten Back to School Night) or Friday afternoon, August 22 (during the Open House for all students). Unclaimed school kits will be delivered to the child's classroom.

Composition books available from the PTA
Developmentally-appropriate composition books for Kindergarteners and First graders can be hard to find. The PTA placed a bulk order to assure availability and affordability. You can buy individual composition books (also included in the School Supply Kits) at cost from the PTA during the Kindergarten Back to School Night, All-Student Open House, or via the PTA's School Supplies page throughout the year. Shop Composition Books.

Summer Homework Packets
Summer homework assignments are available on the school website, in English and Spanish, here.

2014-15 School Year Info
Find the supply lists for each grade and more helpful information for the 2014-2015 school year on the School Info page.

Not yet a member? You can join online here or print the membership form and return in your child's Dolphin Folder!


  • It was an awesome Parents vs. Teachers Basketball Game!
    Thursday evening, April 24, the Parents vs. Teachers basketball game was held in the Blair HS gym!
    Check out the Program: Takoma Park Elem. 3rd Annual Parents vs. Teachers Basketball Game
  • The TPES field is getting a make-over. Follow the improvements (and get a heads-up on temporary obstacles) here: TPES field pictures.
  • Volunteers needed for the TPES Art Show!  The art show will be on May 6, and art installation will be ongoing in the week leading up to the big day. Please sign up here to help out! Contact Ms. Ward for more information:
  • Live Outside the Box! TPES will be participating in a screen-free week, coming soon! Keep your eyes peeled for more information, and check out this classic (updating "TV" to TV, phones, iPads, games...): The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV.

(March 2014) 

Ready, Set, Read! TPES is holding its first ever Readathon! When it's too cold to go back out in the snow, and the socks are still drying, it's a GREAT time to curl up with a book and log some marathon minutes. Reading time is counted as reading, OR being read to. Snuggle up!
See how the Readathon works, read the letter to parents, and download copies of the Readathon Calendar and Sponsor form here!

Every Friday children will bring in their Reading Calendars, and a volunteer will add up how many minutes the whole grade has read. When grades reach milestone numbers, they get rewards like extra recess and dance parties!

What to read?

If your child is in any danger of running out of books to read, consider selections from these great lists:
Reading Rockets Book Lists organized by theme
ebooks available free or cheap
    Anyone able to access this page can also read ebooks from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or best yet, our local libraries!
Takoma Park Library Freading site for young readers (requires library card)
Maryland Digital eLibrary Consortium young reader section (requires library card)
Amazon books for readers 6-8, sorted by cost (starting at free)
Barnes & Noble books for readers 6-8, sorted by cost (starting at .99 cents)
  • Thank you for a fantastic Scholastic Book Fair!
  • Weigh in on the issue of new Bell Times in Montgomery County. Learn more about Superintendent Joshua P. Starr's recommendations and the Bell Times Working Group, then contribute to the conversation by email.
  • Watch Principal Gadsden's presentation to parents on the reading curriculum at TPES.
  • Explore the incredible works of TPES artists! Bookmark the TPES art rooms on Artsonia and ShutterFly today (see the TPES PTA listserv for details).
  • Watch Principal Gadsden's math presentation to parents! Click here, and turn on your audio: TPES Math.
  • Check out the current TPES PTA Newsletter!
  • Room Parent sign-up! Sign up here to volunteer as a room parent with your child's teacher, or favorite specialist.
  • TPES Summer Parent Letter.  The school posted its letter to parents and other important information about the next school year on its website.
  • Quick Reference for School Contact Information
  • President's Letter, 2013
  • Join the PTA 
  • Volunteer!

Spring 2013

  • Thanks for Three Spectacular Events!  April was a jam-packed month for TPES, with International Night, the Second Annual Parent vs. Teacher Basketball Game, and the TKPK 5K Safe Routes to School Challenge.  Thanks to MANY volunteers, we learned about other cultures, got some exercise, danced, raised money, and had a blast watching the basketball game of the year! The PTA would also like to thank two local small businesses, Roger Miller Restaurant (donated wonderful African food!) and Pizza Roma (provided big discounts on their pizza for many of our school functions).  
  • New Dolphin Gear is here.  
    The PTA is excited to introduce two new high-quality Dolphin Pride products - BPA-free water bottles and hot/cold drink tumblers.  We've also replenished our supply of TPES T-shirts, so if your child's size was missing before, we have it now!   You can order online here - delivery through Dolphin Mail.
  • The PTA's Social Services Committee is sponsoring a gift card drive to help families in the TPES community. Gift cards allow a family to purchase the food, toiletries, clothes, and other items that they need the most. Our school counselor, Ms. Golden, will distribute the cards on an as-needed basis. See the flyer for more information on how to help.
  • Thanks to the PTA Development Committee 
    (Jessica Kessler, Natascha Blain, Caroline Fernandez, and Fred Azcarate), TPES has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Takoma Foundation for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) activities.

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