Weekly News

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