Weekly News

Aug 18

Good evening SKES community!

Our aim is to keep you connected to what’s happening at school. We hope this information is helpful. There’s much more online at www.strawberryknollpta.org. All of these events will be listed on the calendar located on the homepage of our website.

We know everyone is anxious for information regarding schedules, virtual learning, teacher assignments and technology. There are several events over the next few days that will help answer many of your questions. All meetings are online and links or sign-ups are provided.

SUMMER PRINCIPAL'S MEETING: Wednesday, Aug 19, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

    • Mr. Scott will provide relevant updates and respond to questions from our community.

    • Google Meets: https://meet.google.com/mpg-rtvy-dwd

    • Join by phone (US) +1 218-481-1723 PIN: 476 968 658#

MCPS TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT PARENT WEBINAR SERIES

VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE: Thursday, Aug 27 Zoom

  • Families will sign up for a 15-minute time slot on SignUp Genius to meet the teacher and new classmates. Multiple time slots, in both morning and afternoon, will be available to accommodate schedules and families with more than one student. A link to a SignUp Genius will be provided by your child’s teacher.

KINDERGARTEN BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT: Thurs, Aug 27th Zoom, 6:30-7:30 pm

  • More information will be shared with kindergarten families soon! Back to School Night for families with children in PreK, 1st-5th, and Autism will be held on a later date in September.

SKES PTA PARENT DROP-IN SESSIONS: MONDAYS, Aug 31 - Oct 13 7-8pm

  • Please join us to ask any questions you may have about virtual learning. Please send your questions ahead of time by clicking HERE. We will do our best to answer all questions or take your questions to administration/technical support.

  • Google Meet: meet.google.com/aao-xtvg-kfa

  • Phone Numbers (‪US‬)‪+1 636-789-8024‬ PIN: ‪994 146 799#‬

ONLINE PTA MEETING: Wed, Sept 2, 7pm - 8pm

  • Join us for our first PTA meeting of the year. Meet our board members, learn about our plans to support our students, staff and families of SKES. Open discussion on other ways we can help our community.

  • Google Meed: meet.google.com/cgr-rngv-viv

  • Phone Numbers (‪US‬)‪+1 567-400-0320‬ PIN: ‪341 694 377#‬

PARKING LOT PTA MEETING: Wed, Sept 9, 7pm - 8pm

  • We are required to meet in person to approve the SKES PTA budget for this year. We will need a few parents to meet socially distanced so that we can continue to provide the support our students and staff need. We will meet outside the SKES gym.

2019-2020 Purchased Yearbooks

There are parents/students who have not picked up their paid yearbooks yet. Please contact us to schedule a pick up time.




Aug 13

Good evening SKES community!

Our aim is to keep you connected to what’s happening at school. We know you’re busy: working and caring for your family. We hope this information is helpful. There’s much more online at www.strawberryknollpta.org.

MCPS is preparing to distribute technology and instructional materials to all students for the 2020-2021 school year. Each student will be assigned a Chromebook. Many of our students already have a MCPS device they can continue to use for the school year. Some students are eligible for an upgrade as we phase out our older-model Chromebooks.

Our school will offer curbside pickup of devices and available instructional materials on Monday and Tuesday August 17th and 18th. On the 17th and 18th, we will provide curbside service to families from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. We ask you to follow the schedule provided below to limit crowds, wait times, and risks to the community. We have scheduled this time to distribute technology for students who may still need a device, need to exchange a device, or to provide an upgrade (see chart below for identification and upgrade eligibility). Please rest assured that there will be a device for every student.

Any school materials that were not returned at the end of last school year can also be returned at this time.

There will be additional curbside stations for Eureka Math Materials. The Benchmark Literacy workbooks will be distributed at a later date due to a delivery delay.

Students who will not be returning to MCPS should return their Chromebooks, chargers and any other materials.

Device Upgrade Eligibility:

Grade Level What device is available for SY 2020 - 2021

Pre-K to Grade 5 One Touchscreen Lenovo 300e is assigned to each student and ready for pickup*

* all old devices will need to be turned in when picking up a new device


Designated pickup times to help manage crowds:


Last Name Begins With Designated Pickup Time

A - E 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

F - J 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

K - O 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

P - T 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

U - Z or missed time above 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

If you are not able to visit the school on these dates, please contact the school to make other arrangements.

Schools will contact families to provide information for subsequent opportunities to pick up additional materials as inventory arrives and individual class or student needs are identified.

Curbside Pickup & Delivery Procedures:

  • All visitors must wear a face covering and have a VISIBLE SIGN with child’s first and last name, grade level, and student ID #.

  • MCPS staff will follow the CDC guidelines, maintain physical distancing, and wear face coverings.

  • Drivers and occupants are not permitted to exit the vehicle unless asked by staff to meet the needs of the student.

  • Accommodations will be made for walk ups.

Student login information and passwords:

Login and passwords will not be changed for the start of the school year. Later this fall, more information will be provided to families regarding the required password changes for students.

Student login information will be provided to all families via an email to the email address on record for the students’ guardians. If you need additional assistance with login information, please contact Mrs. Homayouni at Melissa_K_Homayouni@mcpsmd.org

MCPS issued MiFi for internet connection:

Due to limited supply, internet MiFis will not be available during school distributions. The device distribution team will take note of requests. Pick up arrangements will be made once inventory is received. As a reminder, the MiFis are intended for families who do not have home internet options. Those with weak or problematic internet connections should contact their service provider to ensure they are receiving the service for which they are entitled. Other issues may be solved by moving the home router to a more central location. Each MiFi device can support multiple connections.

Obligations:

MCPS will be enforcing user responsibility; the Chromebook login screen will be updated to reflect the expectations and costs associated with repair should a device be physically damaged by neglect, accident, or intent. Acceptance of the MCPS device implies consent of the policy which can also be viewed online. The login screen and MCPS website outline the process for return and repair.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Details to be provided soon

- MCPS VIRTUAL CONVERSATION - August 18 at 4 p.m. for our Spanish-speaking community.

- SUMMER PRINCIPAL'S MEETING: Wednesday, August 19th from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm via Google Meet.

- VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE: Thursday, August 27th via Zoom.

- KINDERGARTEN BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT: Thursday, August 27th via Zoom from 6:30-7:30 pm.

We want to HEAR FROM YOU! If you have any ideas on how the PTA can support our students, staff or families, please tell us! CLICK HERE to submit your ideas.

The SKES Administration and PTA are working together closely to ensure we address the needs of our community. If you have any questions or concerns, including questions about technology and distance learning, please submit them HERE. We will respond to you directly or include the information in our next communication.

Aug 4

Welcome to The Knoll and to the 2020 - 2021 school year. We hope this email finds you safe, healthy, and maybe even having a little fun this summer.

Our aim is to keep you connected to what’s happening at school. We know you’re busy: working and caring for your family. Use SKES PTA as a resource, and when something’s happening that affects your child, we’ll make sure you know about it. We hope this information is helpful. There’s much more online at www.strawberryknollpta.org.

The SKES PTA’s mission is to make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families & communities to advocate for all children. As we look towards our first semester of virtual learning, our mission is critical, now more than ever. It is also an opportunity for us to rethink how we support and serve our students, teachers, staff, and perhaps most importantly right now - our parents and caregivers.

We have plans for some of our traditional events, though now online: open house, spiritwear sales, talent show, book fair, PTA meetings, etc. We also have some new ideas including scavenger hunts, weekly challenges, and parent Q&A sessions about virtual learning and technology.

We want to HEAR FROM YOU! If you have any ideas on how the PTA can support our students, staff or families, please tell us! CLICK HERE to submit your ideas.

The SKES Administration and PTA are working together closely to ensure we address the needs of our community. If you have any questions or concerns, please submit them HERE. We will respond to you directly or include the information in our next communication.

We are going to get through this together. Stay safe. #TogetherApart

Warmest regards,

Sumi, Erin, DeShaun, Jaclyn, Tiffany and Diane

2020 - 2021 Strawberry Knoll PTA Board

July 26

From SKES:

Dear Strawberry Knoll Elementary School Families,

It is with excitement and honor that I write this letter to introduce myself as the new assistant principal of Strawberry Knoll Elementary School. I am thrilled to join the Strawberry Knoll community and support our school´s mission of serving our students and families. I firmly believe that with Mr. Scott´s leadership, and partnering with you and our teachers, we will continue to achieve great success with our students.

I am a proud alumni of Towson University, where I received my Bachelor's degree in Elementary and Special Education, and Johns Hopkins University, where I received my Master's of Science degree with a concentration in School Administration and Supervision. I have a total of ten years of experience with Montgomery County Public Schools, where I have served as a special education classroom teacher, special education resource teacher, and staff development teacher, working with students in pre-kindergarten through 5th grade. My diverse and rich experiences have afforded me the opportunity to better understand the elementary school experience for children, from their first day of schooling to their transition into middle school. I believe all students should have access to high quality instruction that is tailored to their unique learning needs and backgrounds. I look forward to supporting your children with their elementary school experience.

My husband and I live in Anne Arundel County, where we are raising our two children, Corey and Kaelyn. Our son Corey has a big personality and loves race cars and sports, while our daughter Kaelyn is enjoying mastering crawling and talking. We enjoy being outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and visiting the many great places around the Baltimore Washington metro area. With raising my own children I find the African proverb, ¨It takes a village to raise a child¨ to be completely true. I am honored to be part of the ¨village¨ at Strawberry Knoll elementary that supports the success of every student.

In addition, my teaching and leadership experiences have truly solidified my passion for achieving equity in education and have led me to defining my core values of relationships, integrity and continuous growth. As assistant principal, I am committed to our community's well being, and ensuring that all students have access to a safe learning space, where they experience growth and success. It is my distinguished honor to join Strawberry Knoll Elementary School and look forward to working with you as a partner in your child's education.

Sincerely,

Jenna Patterson