Originally delivered on 11/2/2020 10:16 am

SUBJECT: SCES PTA Post Nov 2 - 6

Week of Nov. 2 - Nov. 6

Important Upcoming Dates:

Nov. 2-5
Virtual Book Fair
Nov. 3No School (Election Day)
Nov. 4No School (Professional day for teachers)
Nov. 4
Materials Pick-Up from 9:30 AM-3 PM
Nov. 9No School (Professional day for teachers)
Nov. 9
Antiracism Book Club @ 8 PM
Nov. 9-Nov. 13
Salamander Stride & Spirit Week
Nov. 10
Meeting of Antiracism Parent Group
Nov. 11PTA Meeting @ 8 PM

This is a weekly e-newsletter compiled by the SCES PTA to share current and upcoming school events and other information of import 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.

Salamander Stride Update

Getting Ready to Stride?

The Salamander Stride is right around the corner and today is a great day to get your fundraising page setup or hit the trail for a training run (or walk, stroll, ride, or hop)! 

For those of you new to Sligo Creek ES, The Stride is our largest, most important fundraiser of the year. It is typically a fun afternoon spent on our track running laps for pledges, but as we all know this year is a little different! 

This year's 'Stride will be a VIRTUAL EVENT held the week of November 9-13th. 


We are only 10% of the way towards our goal of $30,000 as of Friday, Oct. 30.  

These are the current grade level standings:

  • 1st Place- Kindergarten
  • 2nd Place- 4th Grade
  • 3rd Place- 1st Grade
  • 4th Place- 5th Grade
  • 5th Place- 2nd Grade
  • 6th Place- 3rd grade

The first place grade gets a movie afternoon, the classroom in each grade that raises the most gets a choice of virtual field trip, dance party, or virtual scavenger hunt, and the top fundraiser in each grade wins lunch with Mr. Rand or Teacher of their choice!  

Remember if we meet our goal of raising $30,000 Mr. RAND WILL SLIME HIMSELF!

Find all the information you need about Spirit Week, Prizes, and Setting up your Fundraising Page HERE!

Virtual Book Fair until Nov. 5

The SCES Virtual Book Fair is open until Thursday, November 5.  

Get your French and English books online and benefit Sligo Creek while you're shopping!  

All books will be mailed directly to your home.  

Shop for English Books

Book-only orders over $25* receive FREE shipping

*Free Standard Shipping is available on book-only orders of $25 or more, after all discounts are applied. Free Standard Shipping (books) must be selected during Checkout. Orders containing products other than books are not eligible for this shipping promotion.

-Over 6,000 items to choose from 



Shop for French Books

1. SHOP IN PERSON at Bonjour Books: 3758 Howard Ave, Kensington, MD 20895 

**Be sure to mention SCES Book Fair at checkout!**

COVID RESTRICTIONS: Face masks required at all times. Per Montgomery County Covid regulations, the store can only accommodate ONE FAMILY AT A TIME. As weekends tend to be very busy, we encourage in-person shopping during the weekdays. Bonjour Books has reserved the afternoon of Wednesday, November 4 for private shopping appointments exclusively for SCES families. You may book an appointment here.  


Closed Monday 

Tuesday 10 am-5 pm  (closed 11:30-12:30) 

Wednesday  10-11:30 am  (closed 11:30am-5pm for private shopping) 

Thursday  10 am-5 pm  (closed 11:30-12:30) 

Friday  10 am-5 pm  (closed 11:30-12:30) 

Saturday 10 am-5 pm

Sunday 12-5 pm 


2. SHOP ONLINE at https://bonjourbooksdc.com/   

You can order any item available for purchase on the site. There are various recommendations for French immersion by grade: 

Beginning French Immersion Resources / Kindergarten / Grade 1 / Grade 2 / Grade 3 / Grade 4 / Grade 5  as well as additional collections.  


At checkout, in the "Discount Code" box, enter SCES-2020. 

Continue to payment method and complete your checkout. Free shipping for orders over $25

Need help? Email bonjourbooksdc@gmail.com or send a text message to 240-383-9163.

**Important Survey**

Looking for a chance to provide feedback on your experience with SCES and distance learning? 

This survey asks some important questions. We strongly encourage you to take a few minutes to respond so the school can make accurate assessments. 


Antiracism Book Club—Nov. 9

For our November antiracist book selection we’re reading Caste by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson. She examines the laws and practices that created what she describes as a bipolar, Black and white caste system in the United States. 

Whether you've finished the book, just started reading it, or haven't gotten your hands on it yet and would prefer to listen to a podcast discussion with the author-- we encourage everyone to come and be in community with other SCES parents. 

A couple questions to mull over as you read/listen:

  • Caste and race are not the same thing; what is the difference between the two? 
  • How do casteism and racism support each other?
  • How does caste show up in our school community?
  • How has the book made you think differently about systems of oppression and your own background as a citizen of the US?

Here is a link to a podcast with Isabel Wilkerson and Ezra Klein: 

November 9th, 8pm on Zoom

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 874 3534 3765
Passcode: 570183

Toward an Antiracist SCES Parent Group Meeting—Tuesday, Nov 10 @ 8pm

We aim to be an inclusive group of parents and guardians with many different backgrounds and lived experiences, who are interested in reinvigorating work to identify and dismantle all forms of racism within the Sligo Creek community. This meeting will serve as a space to connect with each other and strategize about the soon-to-be-released school climate survey for all parents/guardians and 3rd-5th graders, as well as several other portions of our group's strategic plan. 

All are welcome! 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 897 6324 0115
Passcode: 623925

T-Shirts are in! *Every Kindergartener Gets a T-Shirt*

Show your SCES Spirit for the Salamander Stride! Reminder: ALL kindergarteners get a t-shirt. We ordered extras; if you missed this go-round, orders can still be placed here: 

https://scespta.membersh iptoolkit.com/form/m/129793

We're offering a few different options for pick up. Individual orders will be labeled, and kindergartners receive a size S shirt and need to note their student and teacher name at porch pick up. 

* Wednesday Nov 4, 9:30 am-3:00 pm - SCES Pick Up 

* Friday Nov 6, 2:00-6:00 pm - Porch Pick Up 714 Dartmouth Ave 20910 

* Saturday Nov 7, 10:00-noon Nolte Park (masks required) 

Need a different time?  Email Jolyn at jlsenne@yahoo.com

Wednesday Nov. 4—Materials Pick-Up

SCES will distribute Quarter 2 curriculum materials on Wednesday, November 4th from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm


  1. French Immersion Pick Up - All French Immersion materials will be picked up in the school car circle.  Please follow the procedures that we have used in the past. 
  2. Academy Pick Up - All Academy Materials will be picked up in the back lot next to our cafeteria. There will be a person guiding traffic. 
  3. Those who are walking will have designated spots in both areas to pick up materials.


  • Have a sign in the car displaying the names and grade levels of the students for whom you are picking up materials. 
  • Stay in your vehicle. 
  • Materials will be brought to your vehicle.
  • No Chromebooks will be distributed at this time. If you require a Chromebook, please contact the main office for assistance.
  • We will not designate times for class sections for this pick-up (all families are welcome to come when it is most convenient within the scheduled time).

If a family is unable to pick up on this date, please email Ms. Terry, at Vanessa_l_Terry@mcpsmd.org or Ms. Saunders, at robyn_n_saunders@mcpsmd.org.

PTA Meeting—Wednesday, Nov. 11 @ 8 PM

Zoom Meeting 


Meeting ID: 441 142 5904

Passcode: 3e0iqL