Weekly News

May 26-29

From the PTA:

Yearbooks

Last call for yearbooks! Pre-order by this Friday, May 29, to guarantee your copy. Quantities after this date will be limited.

Order online here. We are coordinating with the school on how to distribute the yearbooks at the end of the year. Stay tuned for details.

5th Grade Shirts

Families of 5th Graders: Shirt orders are due TODAY, Tuesday, May 26. Shirts can be ordered online here.

From SKES:

Dear Strawberry Knoll Families,

I hope you are enjoying your Memorial Day weekend. It’s always great to have some extra time to connect with friends and family regardless of the circumstances.

As we are now entering the end of May, we are preparing for the end of the school year. We will be coordinating a way for students to collect their belongings sometime in June. We want to remind you that with safety a top priority, you will not be allowed to enter the building. Staff wearing protective equipment will prepare items for pickup and items will be placed curbside for contactless pick-up. We appreciate your patience as we continue to prioritize safety. This will be a process that is coordinated with MCPS central office so once we have more specific information, we will share it with you.

Here is a message from the PTA. Make sure you never forget such an unforgettable school year, pre-order a yearbook by Friday, May 29. Quantities will be limited after this date. Orders can be placed online on the PTA's website.

We need your help spreading the news that Kindergarten Registration is taking place online for all children who will be turning 5 before September 1st. Visit the Strawberry Knoll Website and you can also email Ms. Robyn Bailey our attendance secretary.

We will be holding a virtual Kindergarten parent meeting on June 4th and 5th. More details coming soon.

Enjoy the long weekend.

Sincerely,

Ms. Hernandez and Mr. Scott

May 18-22

From the PTA:

Yearbooks

This is the last week to submit distance learning pics and Knight Notes for the yearbook. Please email your distance learning pictures to Sumi at photos@strawberryknollpta.org. Knight Notes can be submitted here: https://forms.gle/BjEeTvDAgTdSJU7u5

5th grade parents - We have room for more baby pics. If you missed the previous deadline, please submit your baby pic by this Friday to babypic@strawberryknollpta.org. Please include your child's name and home room teacher's name in the email.

Yearbooks can be ordered online here.

5th Grade Shirts

Families of 5th Graders: Shirts can be ordered thru May 26 here.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration is now open for children who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2020. Even though we do not yet know what learning will look like in the Fall, it is important to register now so that SKES has an idea of how many kids to expect and can begin planning. To start the registration process, please complete the MCPS Registration Form found here. Contact Ms. Robyn Bailey at Robyn_M_Bailey@mcpsmd.org with any questions.

Board of Education Election

You should have received your primary election ballot in the mail last week. All voters (regardless of party) vote for the Board of Education at-large and District 4 seats. The two candidates that receive the most votes will move on to the November election.

Please take some time to review the 13 candidates running for the at-large seat and the 3 candidates for District 4. They possess a wide-range of experience, views, and knowledge of the school-system. The PTA, as a non-partisan, non-profit organization, cannot recommend or endorse a candidate at risk of losing our 501(c)(3) status

MCCPTA has provided a voter's guide that can be found here.

The League of Women Voter's guide can be found here.

The deadline to register to vote is May 27 and can be done online here.

From SKES:

Dear Strawberry Knoll Families,

I hope this message finds you well. We are looking forward to connecting with students this week. New this week is science and social studies lessons. You will be able to find the lessons through the teachers Google Classroom or MyMCPS (canvas) classroom site. These lessons are optional for families to access and will be available starting May 18th.

We need your help spreading the news that Kindergarten Registration is taking place online for all children who will be turning 5 before September 1st. Visit the Strawberry Knoll Website and you can also email Ms. Robyn Bailey our attendance secretary.

We will be holding a virtual Kindergarten parent meeting, more details on that coming soon.

I want to thank you all once again for supporting Strawberry Knoll as we work together to continue learning for the 2020 school year. Have a great evening.

Sincerely,

Ms. Hernandez and Mr. Scott

May 11-15

From the PTA:

The PTA is still working hard on completing the 2019-2020 yearbook. We need your help with the last sections....

Distance Learning Pictures

We would like to add a section with pictures from parents and staff showing what distance learning looks like in your home. Please email your pictures to Sumi at photos@strawberryknollpta.org

Also if you have pictures of events, class parties, or field trips from earlier in the year, please feel free to email them to photos@strawberryknollpta.org for possible inclusion in the yearbook.

Knight Notes

It has been a tradition to include a section in the yearbook for you to leave a note of encouragement for your child or a thank you to staff. If you would like to include one or more notes, please complete this Google form: https://forms.gle/BjEeTvDAgTdSJU7u5 Please submit your note(s) by Friday, May 22.

Order a Yearbook

If you haven't ordered a yearbook yet, please do so now so that we know how many to order from our vendor. Yearbooks can be ordered online for $20 here: https://www.strawberryknollpta.org/store

If you don't recall if you placed an order, please email info@strawberryknollpta.org to confirm.

Thanks!

From SKES:

Dear Strawberry Knoll Families,

We are looking forward to another week of engaging with your children. New last week, Science experiences for students and families were made available in myMCPS classroom starting the week of May 4, 2020. Additional science experiences will be made available for families the week of May 11, 2020. The science experiences are designed to be extensions of learning for students and families. These experiences are for enrichment and will not be supported by classroom teachers at this time.

It is our sincerest hope that students and staff will be able to return to our school buildings in some form in the coming months. However, we know that it will be strikingly different than what we’ve always known school to be. The loss of face-to-face interactions, collaboration and celebrations is difficult for our students, staff and families. Please know that in addition to student learning, we will continue to support the physical, social-emotional and psychological needs of our students.

While much has changed, a few things remain the same. Our amazing students and staff continue to work hard to continue learning, and stay connected. Thank you for all of the notes and videos in support of staff appreciation week. We feel fortunate to serve the SKES community. Please contact us if you need anything.

Sincerely,

Ms. Hernandez and Mr. Scott

May 4-8

From SKES:

Good afternoon Strawberry Knoll Families,

This week, May 4-May 8 is recognized as National Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. Our staff at Strawberry Knoll works incredibly hard to positively impact the lives of our children, both academically and socially-emotionally. Recently, our teachers have taken on the huge challenge of continuing teaching and learning through virtual classrooms, often while caring for their children simultaneously.

It is in these challenging times that we truly need to recognize and appreciate how our staff plays such a pivotal role in our children's lives.

Please join me in virtually showering our teachers and staff in appreciation!

We are going to have spirit week. The schedule is below. Show your Knoll Pride each day and share it with your teacher via Zoom. Take some time to send your teacher or other staff members an email of appreciation.

Thank you in advance for making this week a special one for our Strawberry Knoll staff.

Ms. Hernandez and Mr. Scott

April 27-May 1

From the PTA:

Dear SKES Parents & Guardians,

Staff Appreciation Week is next week, May 4-8. Even though we won't be able to spoil our teachers and staff in person, we would still like to celebrate them. Submit a note, picture or video expressing your thanks using the link below by Friday, May 1. The PTA will compile the responses to create one ore more slideshow/videos to share on social media, the PTA website, and email.

https://forms.gle/6MDvmDyaeoAJsFr16

Thanks!

From SKES:

Dear Strawberry Knoll Families,

We are looking forward to another week of distance learning. We do not have any major updates of changes to instruction for this week. Please continue to let us know if you need assistance by communicating with your child’s teacher, by emailing me and Mr. Scott, or by calling our main office number 301-840-7112.

You may have already received your child’s report card. In an effort to ensure that grades were assigned with maximum flexibility, fairness and equity—parents may notice that sections of their child’s elementary report card do not show a grade or show an “M” for a missing grade. We believe this approach was necessary given the extended school closure and significant interruptions to the marking period. We want to assure you that a missing grade will have no impact on your child’s grade advancement, articulation or other academic matters moving forward.

If you or a family member has a child who will be turning 5 before September 1, please direct them to our school website so they can begin the kindergarten registration process online using this survey link: https://bit.ly/MCPS_Registration_Survey If you have any questions about the registration process you can email Ms. Bailey.

If you need to register and enroll your child in Pre-K or Head Start, you may begin the registration process online by visiting our school website. If you have questions, please contact Ms. Terri Harris.

Gaithersburg Middle School will remain a food distribution site. Printed packets will be available for elementary families to pick up every Wednesday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at GMS or the food distribution site closest to you.

Take care of each other and feel free to reach out to us if you need assistance.

Thank you for your support.

Have a good evening,

Ms. Hernandez and Mr. Scott

April 20-24

From the PTA:

Changes to MCPS Meal Service Schedule

Meal sites will now be closed on Thursdays. Two days’ worth of meals will be provided on Wednesdays. Pick up meals at the below sites closest to Strawberry Knoll from 11 AM – 1 PM. For the full list of sites visit https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/coronavirus/meals/

MCPS Grab-n-Go Meal Sites Closest to SKES

Weekend Meals for Families

Food sacks are distributed on Fridays, 11 AM – 1 PM

Other Food Assistance Options

PTA Business and Elections

Maryland PTA has issued an official position on conducting PTA business virtually. We are NOT allowed to hold general membership meetings and vote on PTA business virtually. This means we are not able to spend PTA funds on anything that wasn’t originally budgeted for. We are also not able to hold the election of officers that was to take place at our May PTA Meeting. The current PTA officers will remain in place until we are legally able, and it is safe to hold an in-person general membership meeting.

Yearbooks

2019-2020 yearbooks will still be printed. It is yet to be determined how they will be distributed. Stay tuned for ways to contribute photos.

Order a yearbook online here: https://www.strawberryknollpta.org/store

School Calendar

April 27 Report cards will be mailed.

April 28 is now a “school” day. This was originally a day off for the Primary elections that have been moved to June 2.

June 15 is the last day of school

Other Resources

If you need assistance, please reach out.

  • Mr. Romer’s Counseling Corner
  • Mental Health Assistance - Montgomery County 24/7 hotline offers supportive listening by phone, text, or chat. Phone/Text: 301-738-2255. Chat: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/
  • Domestic Violence Assistance – The Family Justice Center remains open Monday-Friday 8:30 AM – 5 PM. Anyone seeking domestic violence-related assistance can
    • Call​​240-773-0444
    • Email safe@montgomerycountymd.gov
    • Walk-in to 600 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 500 in Rockville
    • During non-business hours call the Crisis Center at 240-777-4000

From SKES:

Dear Strawberry Knoll Families,

We are looking forward to another week of distance learning. On Friday, April 17, Governor Larry Hogan and State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon announced that Maryland public schools would remain closed until May 15, 2020. Please visit the following link to access the community message: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/coronavirus.

The message features an overview of phase II of the continuity of learning plan as well as information on the grading and attendance for the 4th marking period. Make sure you stay in the know by signing up for community alerts at Alert MCPS:

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/emergency/alertmcps.aspx

Gaithersburg Middle School will remain a food distribution site. Printed packets will be available for elementary families to pick up every Wednesday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at GMS or the food distribution site closest to you.

If you or a family member has a child who will be turning 5 before September 1, please direct them to our school website so they can begin the kindergarten registration process online using this survey link: https://bit.ly/MCPS_Registration_Survey If you have any questions about the registration process you can email Ms. Bailey.

I encourage you to continue to take preventive measures to keep you and your families safe and healthy. Take care of each other and feel free to reach out to us if you need assistance. We look forward to phase II of distance learning. Thank you for your support.

Have a good evening,

Mr. Scott and Ms. Hernandez