Weekly News

January 13-17

From the PTA:

We had a great turnout at Chuck E. Cheese on Friday. Thanks to all who came out!

Weekly Reminders:

Dry Erase Markers Needed – Our classrooms need black dry erase markers that students can use during math. Upper grades prefer the thin size markers and lower grades the thicker size. You can easily order from our Amazon Wishlist with shipping directly to the school or pick some up while out shopping this week to send in with your child. Thanks!

After School Programs – Registration is now open for the Winter Session. Classes are starting on 1/15, 1/16 and 1/22. Please review our website for more information. https://www.strawberryknollpta.org/after-school-programs

Spirit Wear – Spirit wear orders are due by Friday, January 31st and all orders will be delivered to your child late February. We encourage you to order online. If that does not work for you, please print the order form to send to school with cash or check payable to SKES PTA (please enclose in an envelope labeled PTA).

Important Dates:

January 20 No School

January 24 Early Dismissal

January 27 No School

January 29 Parent Café

January 30 5th Grade Parent Information Meeting at Gaithersburg MS

January 31 Winter Dance

In Case You Missed It:

From SKES:

Dear Strawberry Knoll Families,

Last week was our first full week of school of 2020, and it was a great one. I want to thank all of the families who came out to the PTA-sponsored fundraiser at Chuck E. Cheese. We had a great time. The next PTA event will be the Winter Dance, Friday, January 31st at 6:00 p.m.

Attention 3rd Grade Parents:

Information regarding the Centers for Enriched Studies (CES) was recently mailed to all parents of third grade students. There will be a parent information meeting about the CES on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. at Gaithersburg High School.

I just have one reminder for the coming week. Please make sure your child has warm weather clothing for outdoor recess: hats, gloves, and winter coats. We’re going to have a great week of teaching and learning this week.

Thank you.

January 6-10

From the PTA:

Weekly Reminders:

Chuck E. Cheese’s Spirit Night – Join us on Friday, January 10, 3 – 9 PM at Chuck E. Cheese, 516 N. Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg. All students will receive a sticker good for 10 FREE play points. Teachers and staff receive a FREE meal. Up to 20% of ALL event sales will be donated to the PTA in support of SKES. Find more information here.

After School Programs – Registration is now open for the Winter Session. Classes are starting on 1/16 and 1/22. Please review our website for more information. https://www.strawberryknollpta.org/after-school-programs

Spirit Wear – Did you miss out on ordering spirit wear this Fall? Good news! We are accepting orders again. Your order must be placed by Friday, January 31st and all orders will be delivered to your child late February. Order online or print the order form to send to school with cash or check payable to SKES PTA.

Classroom Donations – It’s the time of year that your child’s teacher may be running low on disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, paper towels, etc. If you are able to make a donation, please check in with your child’s teacher to see what items they may need. Teachers & Staff, there is a large supply of tissues in the copy paper storage room that was provided through the City of Gatihersburg’s school supply drive.

Important Dates:

January 10 Chuck E. Cheese’s Spirit Night

January 20 No School

January 24 Early Dismissal

January 27 No School

January 29 Parent Café

January 30 5th Grade Parent Information Meeting at Gaithersburg MS

January 31 Winter Dance

In Case You Missed It:

From SKES:

Dear Strawberry Knoll Families,

This is Ms. Hernandez with the weekly reminder. There are two events taking place this week.

Come show your Strawberry Knoll School spirit at the PTA sponsored, Chuck E. Cheese Night on Friday, January 10th from 3:00 to 9:00 PM. It will be at Chuck E. Cheese in Gaithersburg.

Up to 20% of all proceeds will be donated to SKES and all students will receive a sticker good for 10 FREE play points. Just tell the cashier that you are supporting the Strawberry Knoll Fundraiser. Come on out next Friday night and show your school spirit at Chuck E Cheese.

On Saturday, January 11th MCPS will be holding it’s third Annual MCPS-MCCPTA Mental Health and Wellness Forum. It will take place at Wood Middle School from 1-5 pm. This event will provide great information on mental health strategies and resources. Please register by accessing the link that is in the email that will accompany this message.

Register: https://bit.ly/2P0P3iw

Have a great evening.

Ms. Hernandez and Mr. Scott

January 2-3

From SKES:

Dear Strawberry Knoll Families.

This is Mr. Scott with the weekly reminder. Happy New Year! We’ll see you tomorrow morning at 8:40 for a full day of school. I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful winter break. We are looking forward to starting the year 2020 off on a positive note.

Have a great evening,

Mr. Scott

December 16-20

From the PTA:

Weekly Reminders:

Staff Breakfast – The PTA will be serving breakfast to our teachers and staff on Wednesday, December 18, before school. Parents are welcome to help with set up at 7:45 AM.

After School Programs – Registration is now open for the Winter Session. Basketball and Indoor Soccer started last week; however, you can still register at a pro-rated rate. All other programs start in January. Please review our website for more information. https://www.strawberryknollpta.org/after-school-programs

Spirit Wear – Did you miss out on ordering spirit wear this Fall? Good news! Orders are now being accepted again. Your order must be placed by Friday, January 31st and all orders will be delivered to your child late February. Order online or print the order form to send to school with cash or check payable to SKES PTA.

Important Dates:

December 18 Staff Holiday Breakfast, 8:15 AM

December 20 Winter Sing-a-long, 2 PM

December 21 Winter Break Starts

January 2 Back to School

January 10 Chuck E. Cheese’s Spirit Night

In Case You Missed It:

FY 2021 Superintendent's MCPS Recommended Operating Budget Live Presentation, December 18

Maryland PTA Legislative Agenda 2020

From SKES:

Dear Strawberry Knoll Families,

This is Ms. Hernandez with the Weekly Reminder.

We are going to celebrate school spirit this week before winter break. Each day of the week has a theme. On Monday, wear your favorite sports team or jersey. Then we will have Tacky Tuesday. Wear mixed up clothes or a wacky hairdo. Wednesday is Hat Day. Thursday is Pajama Day. On Friday we are going to rock the red, so please wear red to celebrate Strawberry Knoll. It will be a great time.

The Strawberry Knoll office will be closed over break, except for December 27th and 30th. Our first day back will be Thursday, January 2nd. Please enjoy a restful and relaxing winter break.

Sincerely,

Ms. Hernandez and Mr. Scott

December 9-13

From the PTA:

Weekly Reminders:

After School Programs – Registration is now open for the Winter Session. Basketball and Indoor Soccer start this week. All other programs start in January. Please review our website for more information. https://www.strawberryknollpta.org/after-school-programs

Principal’s Coffee – Wednesday, December 11, 8:45 AM in the Media Center - Hear from Mr. Scott about the Maryland School Report Card and other academic measures. There will also be time for questions and conversation. We hope to see you there!

Talent ShowJoin us for the SKES talent show on Thursday, December 12, 6:30 PM. There will be singing, dancing, piano playing and more! Snacks will be available for purchase. Performers should arrive by 5:45 PM.

Important Dates:

December 11 Principal’s Coffee, 8:45 AM

December 12 Talent Show, 6:30 PM

December 18 Staff Holiday Breakfast

December 20 Winter Sing-a-long, 2:15 PM

December 21 Winter Break Starts

January 2 Back to School

In Case You Missed It:

BOE Sets Calendar for 2020-2021 School Year

FY 2021 Superintendent's Recommended Operating Budget Live Presentation

Applications due December 13 to Join the Family Engagement Advisory Team

Boundary Study to Determine the Service Area for the Gaithersburg Cluster Elementary School #8 (Kelley Park site)

From SKES:

Dear Strawberry Knoll Families,

This is Ms. Hernandez with the Weekly Reminder.

On Tuesday, December 10th there will be an opportunity for school picture retakes. Students can have their pictures retaken and new students will have the opportunity to have their pictures taken for the first time. Just send a note to your child’s teacher if you would like them to have their picture taken. Order forms will be sent home after the picture day.

Please join us for the Principal’s Coffee on Wednesday, December 11th from 8:45 am to 10:00 am. Drop your children off at school and stay for a presentation in the media center on our Maryland School Report Card and other academic measures that we are using this year to focus our school improvement efforts. We will also have opportunities for questions and conversation. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday morning.

On Thursday night, come back to the Knoll and enjoy our PTA sponsored Talent Show. The show will begin at 6:30 pm. There will be singing, dancing and a good time. Snacks will be available for purchase. Come on out on Thursday night to see our talented students.

Have a great evening,

Ms. Hernandez and Mr. Scott

December 2-6

From the PTA:

Weekly Reminders:

Talent Show Rehearsal – All students participating in the talent show must attend rehearsal after school on Tuesday, December 3. If your act requires music for singing, dancing, etc. please email it ASAP to talentshow@strawberryknollpta.org.

Ledo Pizza Spirit Day – Ledo Pizza in Derwood is donating 10% of all sales in support of PTA programs on Thursday, December 5. Join us in dining in or order take out.

After School Programs – Registration is now open for the Winter Session. Basketball and Indoor Soccer start next week. Please review our website for more information. https://www.strawberryknollpta.org/after-school-programs

Important Dates:

December 3 Talent Show Rehearsal, 3:30 PM

December 5 Ledo Pizza Spirit Day

December 11 Principal’s Coffee, 8:45 AM

December 12 Talent Show, 6:30 PM

December 18 Staff Holiday Breakfast

In Case You Missed It:

MCPS Districtwide Boundary Analysis Public Meetings – First Meeting December 4, 7 PM, Gaithersburg High School

MCCPTA News:

Please Review - From MCCPTA President, Lynne Harris: The MCCPTA committee on School Climate and Safety has crafted a forward thinking, evidence-based resolution urging MCPS to implement specific best practices to protect our students from gun violence. This is not the first time PTA and MCCPTA have spoken to this issue - MCCPTA's March 2013 resolution on gun violence is attached, as is the current version of National PTA's gun violence resolution -- please note when people look askance at PTA, asking 'what does it do?' -- National PTA has been speaking out substantively on gun violence since 1999.

The MCCPTA Board of Directors voted at our November Board meeting last Thursday to move the Gun Violence resolution forward as an emergency resolution -- we will bring it to a vote at the December 4 Delegates Assembly, instead of waiting until January 28, 2020.

Please review the resolution and provide comments to president@strawberryknollpta.org prior to December 4.

From SKES:

Dear Strawberry Knoll Families,

I hope you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend. It will be great to see your children bright and early Monday morning. Here are the weekly reminders.

On Tuesday, December 3rd, 4th grade students will go on a field trip to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Students should pack a lunch in a disposable bag.

Also on Tuesday, there will be a practice for students who are participating in the talent show. The practice will be in the gym from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

On Thursday, enjoy some pizza and support Strawberry Knoll. Have dinner at the Ledo’s Pizza on Muncaster Mill in Derwood and 10% of the proceeds that day will go to Strawberry Knoll. We hope to see you there.

And finally, I want to invite you to the Principal’s Coffee on Wednesday, December 11th. Come join us in the media center from 8:45 to 10:00 a.m. We’ll have a brief presentation and then a question and answer period.

Have a great Sunday evening.

-Mr. Scott and Ms. Hernandez