Join the PTA Executive Board in 2015-2016: Nominating Now
The 2015-2016 Executive Board for the TPES PTA will be elected at the May 5th PTA meeting, and we need you! Whether you are interested in a position yourself, or know someone who would be great for the job, please make a nomination. Most, if not all, of the current board will be unable to serve next year, so we really need your help. Read more about the board positions on the Volunteer page. And nominate someone right here.
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?
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
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
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
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!)Eat minestrone soup (with a gluten free option)
Make Paper Lanterns for winter.
Safe Routes to School Parent Survey and Teacher Tally
[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
2014 Dolphin Drive is Complete!
TPES School Directory Coming Soon!
Politics & Prose Fundraiser for TPES
Meet the TPES Teachers and Staff!
Joining the PTA: Members with Benefits
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: email@example.com
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.
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:
Children's Choices 2013
American Library Association's Notable Children's Book list for 2014
Coretta Scott King Book Awards (1970 to present)
Reading Rockets Book Lists organized by theme
A Mighty Girl Book List for 6-8
(Also check out Mighty Girl's Ultimate Guide to the Independent Princess list)
Anyone able to access this page can also read ebooks from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or best yet, our local libraries!