Originally delivered on 3/15/2021 2:47 pm

SUBJECT: SCES PTA Post March 15 - 19

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Week of March 15-19

Important Upcoming Dates:

March 22  Antiracism Parent Connection Meeting  
March 29  Spring Break  
March 30Spring Break  
March 31  Spring Break  
April 1  Spring Break  
April 2  Spring Break  
April 5  Spring Break  

Reminder: School remains virtual on Wednesdays for ALL students, including those who returned in-person this week. 

This is a weekly e-newsletter compiled by the SCES PTA to share current and upcoming school events and other information important to our school community. Please subscribe directly under your profile on the PTA website and encourage all SCES families to sign up. If you have questions, contact communications@scespta.org.

The PTA Post is online here: https://scespta.membershiptoolkit.com/pta-post-newsletter

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Para leer el boletin, de click con el boton derecho del raton (mouse). Elija "traducir" seleccionando "espanol". Use el navegador the internet Google Chrome o MIcrosof Edge.  

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።berarī werek’etuni be’āmarinya lemanibebi ye Chrome yebeyinemerebi āsashi bemet’ek’emi yikifetuti ፡፡ bek’enyi t’ek’i yadirigu ina “terigumi” ni merit’ewi kezīya āmarinyani yimiret’u።    

በራሪ ወረቀቱን በአማርኛ ለማንበብ የ Chrome የበይነመረብ አሳሽ በመጠቀም ይክፈቱት ፡፡ በቀኝ ጠቅ ያድርጉ እና “ተርጉም” ን መርጠው ከዚያ አማርኛን ይምረጡ  

Welcome Back

SCES students and families chalk "welcome back/bienvenue" and "thank you/merci" messages around the school for teachers and some students returning to the building today. Thanks to Jennifer Meyer, VP of Events, for planning a fun way to connect and enjoy some community spirit.

A group of parents and kids chalk messages welcoming teachers back to SCES
Two students in sun hats and sunglasses wearing masks write with chalk on the Sligo Creek Elementary School sidewalk
Father and daughter wearing masks write chalk messages in front of Sligo Creek Elementary School
A group of parents and students wearing masks write with chalk on the Sligo Creek Elementary School sidewalk
A group of students chalk colorful messages welcoming teachers back to SCES
Young girl chalks messages in English and French on the sidewalk in front of Sligo Creek Elementary School
A group of parents and kids chalk messages welcoming teachers back to SCES
A mom and her two children wearing masks carrying a bucket of chalk
Antiracism Parent Connection Group - March 22 @ 8 PM

The focus of this month's meeting:  

  • Strategies to support virtual learners.  

Meeting Zoom link:   

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89717901347?pwd=Z0U5TTFnT2tzMEw2bExFLzhqYU1yUT09

Prepping for In-Person School

Here's a checklist that went out over the weekend to help avoid the morning scramble, for those returning to in-person school:

  • Get the backpack ready. Help your child pack her/his backpack to include the Chromebook, charger, books, lunch, and anything else they will bring back and forth from school. See the last bullet point for a list of those items.  
    • Consider clipping an index card with your student's name, teacher, grade, and mode of transportation (car rider, bus, walker) to their backpack to assist in getting them to and from their classrooms during the first week back.  
  • Upgrade face masks. Students must wear one mask to school and bring a back-up mask with them. Masks should be washed frequently, if possible at the end of each day. Given this, it is important to have several well-fitting, comfortable masks for your child. 
    • Review the latest CDC guidance here on the recommended type of masks: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/mask-fit-and-filtration.html (scroll down to Types of Masks). Make sure you follow this CDC guidance for your child's health and safety:  
    • Aim for a mask made with multiple layers, and not just one layer. As a test, hold the mask up to bright light and see if the mask blocks the light. 
    • Aim for a nose wire, which helps with fit.  
    • Make sure there aren't gaps on the nose, cheeks, or chin. Masks need to fit snugly.  
    • Do not use masks with exhalation valves or vents. CDC capitalizes and bolds the word “NOT” in its guidance, so please consider this a very important point.  
  • Review with your child proper hand hygiene. You can ask your child to sing happy birthday 3x’s while washing hands, to be sure that they are washing for the proper amount of time.  
  • Send your child with a water bottle. There will be one water bottle refilling station near the gym, but water fountains will not be turned on.  
  • Send your child with a jacket or sweater. Windows will be opened in classrooms when feasible. Please be sure your child brings another layer of clothing like a sweatshirt/sweater/jacket so that they can be comfortable.  
  • Locate the lunchboxes! Hopefully there were no unpleasant surprises...  
  • Pack the necessary school supplies. Teachers have shared lists detailing what students in their class should plan to bring to school with them. 

These items may include:  

  • Chromebook and charger   
  • Headphones - provided at school, but pack your own if your student has a set they're comfortable using  
  • Ruler, 12”   
  • Whiteboard  
  • Pencil box  
  • Crayons or colored pencils  
  • Erasers  
  • Glue sticks  
  • Dry erase markers  
  • Pencils, sharpened  
  • Scissors, blunt tip  
  • Whiteboard Eraser  
  • Eureka math books  
  • Independent reading book of your choice, coloring book or book of puzzles, crosswords, etc. for breaks  
  • Composition notebooks  
  • Folders  
  • Reusable water bottle with name labeled on it  
  • Lunchbox or school will provide sack lunch*  
  • Sweater/sweatshirt   
  • Extra masks (at least 1, preferably 2-3)  
  • Hand sanitizer (will be available at school but having extra wouldn't hurt!)  
  • Some teachers have suggested including a small toy or bag of personal items your child can play with independently at their desk for breaks, such as Legos, small puzzles, or Rubix cubes.  


*In addition to free lunch for all students, all students can get bagged breakfast for free as well. Breakfasts will be eaten in the classroom. If you would like your child to take home a snack and dinner, please remind them to share that with their teacher at the beginning of each day.

Spring Break Travel

Please review this update from MCPS regarding travel, which was released on Monday, March 8, 2021:   https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/coronavirus/travel/  

Excerpt:  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) discourage nonessential travel, asking residents to travel only for essential or emergency reasons, and to restrict or delay travel for tourism or vacation purposes.  

In alignment with updated MDH directives, students who choose to travel outside of Maryland and its adjacent jurisdictions (Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Washington, D.C.) should take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of returning and self-quarantine while awaiting results. Please note there are specific exceptions for symptomatic students and students who have had COVID-19 in the 90 days prior to travel. Please read this guidance from the state carefully. This guidance applies to spring break and any other travel a student may take during the school year and it also applies regardless of vaccination status. These protocols will be regularly reviewed and updated as federal and state health guidance changes. 

We need YOU to make this Spring Special!
  • The GeoBowl planning committee hopes to hold this popular annual event in May 2021. Email events@scespta.org to support planning and preparation for the GeoBowl.  
  • World Culture Day is in the very early stages of planning. We have a committee leader and are looking for additional volunteers to help make an event happen sometime in April. It would be a Zoom based assembly. Email events@scespta.org if you’re interested in helping.  
  • SCES PTA seeks a Teacher Appreciation Committee chair. Contact communications@scespta.org if interested.  
Looking for Easy Ways to Support our School?

Several opportunities to earn $ for SCES include the Harris Teeter TIE program https://www.harristeeter.com/tie/school-earnings and Coco Cola Give https://us.coca-cola.com/give/schools/. You can also select Sligo Creek Elementary School as your AmazonSmile (https://smile.amazon.com/) beneficiary and download the BoxTops app to your phone. More information follows:  


Sign Up for AmazonSmile:  

1. http://smile.amazon.com

2. Sign in with your Amazon.com credentials.

3. Choose Sligo Creek Elementary School as your charity of choice.

4. Add a bookmark for http://smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

Turn on AmazonSmile in the Amazon Shopping app:

1. Open the App and find 'Settings' in the main menu.

2. Tap on 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile in the App.  

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Scan Receipts for BOX TOPS  

1. Download the BOX TOP$ for Education App  

2. Select Sligo Creek Elementary School (zip code 20910).  

3. Look for the BOX TOP$ logo when shopping.  

4. Scan your grocery receipts within 14 days of purchasing.

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Coca-Cola Give  

Through Coca-Cola Give, you can support SCES by donating your codes. SCES can use donated funds for extra-curricular activities including sports, technology, art and/or school supplies within our school. Search for Sligo Creek Elementary School at https://us.coca-cola.com/give/schools/. Scan code from your phone or enter code manually.  

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Harris Teeter  

Let the cashier know during check-out that you’d like to link SCES's account number (# 2010) to your Harris Teeter VIC card OR visit www.harristeeter.com to link your VIC card online. Once the account number (2010) is linked, every time you shop 5% of your Harris Teeter brand purchases will be contributed to our PTA.

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