Weekly News

September 16 - 20

From the PTA:

Weekly Reminders:

Fun Run & Picnic – All SKES students, families, and staff are invited to the Physical Education Department's 12th Annual Fun Run & PTA Picnic, Friday, September 20! Fun Run registration begins at 5:45 PM and the run starts promptly at 6:15 PM with a 1.5-mile loop around Strawberry Knoll Field. Bring a picnic dinner for after the run or purchase food and drinks from the food trucks. Kona Ice will be there, and we will have music and dancing too! Volunteers are needed to make this event a success. Please sign-up here: https://www.strawberryknollpta.org/volunteer/sign-ups

After-School Programs - The PTA has organized several after-school programs for this Fall.

Flyers with registration information are available on our website: https://www.strawberryknollpta.org/after-school-programs

Claire’s Gourmet Fundraiser – September 13 – October 8

Cookies, cheesecakes, cinnamon rolls, pizzas, pretzels and more! Packets were sent home with your child last week. Funds earned will be used for the Science assembly, field trips, and other programs; classroom supplies; and family events, such as Donuts for Dads and Muffins for Moms. The top seller wins an Amazon Fire Tablet. Earn a Chance to Win One of Two $50 gift certificates to the March Book Fair for every 10 items sold!

Spirit Wear – Order an SKES 2019-2020 t-shirt or sweatshirt today! Orders are due October 4th and will be delivered to your child late October. We have a limited quantity of black short-sleeve shirts in stock. Orders for in-stock items will be delivered immediately. Order online (please include your child's name and teacher's name in the buyer's note at checkout) or print the paper order form.

Important Dates:

September 20 Fun Run & PTA Picnic, 5:45 PM

September 27 Science Assembly

September 30 No School

October 1 PTA Meeting, 6:30 PM

October 4 Spirit Wear Orders Due

October 4 Early Dismissal 12:55 PM

October 8 Claire’s Gourmet Orders Due

In Case You Missed It:

Ensuring Student Safety – A Message from MCPS Chief Safety Officer Edward A. Clarke

From SKES:

Dear Strawberry Knoll Parents,

I hope you’ve had a great weekend. I’m calling to share the Weekly Reminder. It was so great seeing so many parents at Back to School Night. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you were not able to attend. Regular communication with your child’s teacher is very important in making sure your child’s school year is a success.

We have a full week packed with teaching and learning. It is great to see students and teachers in their routines and working hard. We have one family event planned for next week.

Please join us on Friday September 20th for our Strawberry Knoll Fun-Run/walk and Picnic. This is a great event! Come run or walk and then enjoy music, food and fun. There will be a DJ, food trucks and spirit wear will be available for purchase. Registration starts at 5:45 and the run/walk starts at 6:15. We need a few volunteers so if you are available to sign up, please use this link https://bit.ly/2k4qWCM. Come on out on this Friday, September 20th for our SKES Fun-Run.

Have a great evening and I hope to see you soon.

Sincerely,

Mr. Scott

September 9 - 13

From the PTA:

We hope you had a great first week of school! Thank you to those that attended our first restaurant night at Ledo Pizza and Rita’s Italian Ice!

Weekly Reminders:

Back-to-School Night - We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, September 10, at 6:30 PM. The evening will begin with a short presentation in the gym by Principal Scott. Then there are two sessions set aside for you to visit your child’s classroom to meet their teacher and find out what they will be learning this year. The PTA will have information on membership and volunteering. Spirit wear will also be for sale and Rita's Italian Ice will be there too! Join or donate $10 to the PTA before October 1st for a chance to win an Amazon Fire Tablet or Echo Dot.

Claire’s Gourmet Fundraiser – September 13 – October 8

Cookies, cheesecakes, cinnamon rolls, pizzas, pretzels and more! Packets will be sent home with your child this week and samples will be available at Back-to-School Night. Funds earned will be used for the Science assembly, field trips, and other programs; classroom supplies; and family events, such as Donuts for Dads and Muffins for Moms. The top seller wins an Amazon Fire Tablet. Earn a Chance to Win One of Two $50 gift certificates to the March Book Fair for every 10 items sold!

Save the Date! Fun Run & Picnic – All SKES students, families, and staff are invited to the Physical Education Department's 12th Annual Fun Run & PTA Picnic, Friday, September 20! Fun Run registration begins at 5:45 PM and the run starts promptly at 6:15 PM with a 1.5-mile loop around Strawberry Knoll Field. Bring a picnic dinner for after the run or purchase food and drinks from the food trucks. Kona Ice will be there, and we will have music and dancing too! Volunteers are needed to make this event a success. Please sign-up here: https://www.strawberryknollpta.org/volunteer/sign-ups

After-School Programs - The PTA has organized several after-school programs for this Fall. Some programs start the week of September 16th. Flyers with registration information are available on our website: https://www.strawberryknollpta.org/after-school-programs. Please note your child may have received a flyer for Big Learning Science & Engineering that was for another school. Please review the information on our website for the correct dates, program fee, and flyer.

Spirit Wear – Order an SKES 2019-2020 t-shirt or sweatshirt today! Orders are due October 4th and will be delivered to your child late October. We have a limited quantity of black short-sleeve shirts in stock. Orders for in-stock items will be delivered immediately. Order online (please include your child's name and teacher's name in the buyer's note at checkout) or print the paper order form.

Important Dates:

September 10 Back-to-School Night, 6:30 PM

September 13 Claire’s Gourmet Fundraiser Begins

September 20 Fun Run & PTA Picnic, 5:45 PM

September 30 No School

October 1 PTA Meeting, 6:30 PM

October 4 Spirit Wear Orders Due

October 4 Early Dismissal 12:55 PM

In Case You Missed It:

MCCPTA Fall Training – Saturday, September 14, 9 AM – 3 PM, Blake HS. FREE and open to all PTA Members. There are sessions for officers and board members, plus membership, advocacy, family engagement, cultural arts, reflections, diversity and more. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Register online: http://bit.ly/2019FallTraining

The George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy kicks off its 2019-2020 season of Saturday School on Saturday, Sept. 21.

From SKES:

Dear Strawberry Knoll Families,

We had a wonderful first week of school. Your children are fantastic. It was great to see teachers and students working together to establish routines and begin a new year of learning. We’re off to a great start.

Here are the reminders for next week. Please join us on Tuesday, September 10th for Back to School Night. We welcome you back to the Knoll from 6:30 to 8:30 to hear a small presentation and visit your child’s classroom. This is a meeting for parents to receive important information about working with their child's teacher. We look forward to seeing you next Tuesday night!

Have a wonderful week,

Principal Scott

September 2 - 6, 2019

From the PTA:

Dear SKES Families & Staff,

Happy First Day of School!

Thank you to those who have already donated, joined or renewed their membership this year! If you have not had a chance or are unsure, here are 3 reasons --

  • Your Child – The PTA exists to enhance your child’s educational experience. The mission of all PTAs is “to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.”
  • Community – The PTA organizes evening family events, PTA meetings, and volunteer opportunities to give you a chance to meet and get to know other SKES parents that you may not otherwise meet.
  • Connection – One of the PTA’s goals is to be your go to source of information on what is happening at our school. We will also keep you informed of things that may affect your child at the county, state, and national-levels. See PTA Communication below for ways to connect with us.

What is required to be a PTA member? Payment of membership dues and that is it! You don’t have to go to PTA meetings or events. You aren’t required to volunteer or participate in fundraisers; though we would love to have you involved in all of them! Everything the PTA does is in support of our school. However, it’s up to you to decide what works best for you and your family. No judgment from us!

Join or Donate $10 to the PTA before October 1st to be entered for a chance to win an Amazon Fire Tablet or Echo Dot. Earn an extra chance to win for every additional membership or $10 donation.

To join, please visit our website https://www.strawberryknollpta.org/membership and fill out the online form OR print the paper form and return it with payment to the school. To donate, please visit our online store https://www.strawberryknollpta.org/store or send cash/check labeled PTA donation to the school. All donations are tax-deductible.

PTA Communication

Welcome Packet - We invite you to review the attached PTA Welcome Packet to learn more about the PTA. Any of the forms included in the packet can be returned to school with your child to be delivered to their teacher.

Website – Our website contains information about the PTA and SKES, upcoming events, volunteer signups, FAQs, digital backpack and more!

Social Media – Follow us on Facebook @skespta, Twitter @knollpta, and/or Instagram @strawberryknollpta.

Text Updates – subscribe to receive texts from the PTA by texting @skespta to 81010

Save the Date! Ledo Pizza and Rita’s Ice Restaurant Day – Our first restaurant fundraiser is Thursday, September 5. Dine in at Ledo Pizza all day, order online or take-out too!! Ledo will donate 10% of all proceeds to our PTA to support our programs and activities. After your pizza and calzones, walk next door and enjoy an Italian ice, Gelati or Misto!! Rita's will donate 10% of their proceeds for the day to our PTA. Ledo Pizza – 7213 Muncaster Mill Rd, Derwood; Rita’s Italian Ice – 7211 Muncaster Mill Rd, Derwood.

Spirit Wear – Order an SKES 2019-2020 t-shirt or sweatshirt today! Orders are due October 4th and will be delivered to your child late October. We have a limited quantity of black short-sleeve shirts in stock. Orders for in-stock items will be delivered immediately. Order online (please include your child's name and teacher's name in the buyer's note at checkout) or print the paper order form.

Important Dates:

September 5 Ledo Pizza & Rita’s Ice Restaurant Day

September 10 Back-to-School Night, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

September 13 Claire’s Gourmet Fundraiser Begins

September 20 Fun Run & PTA Picnic, 5:45 PM

September 30 No School

In Case You Missed It:

~ Your SKES PTA

Welcome Packet

From SKES:

Dear Strawberry Knoll Families,

I hope you are enjoying your labor day weekend. I’m calling to share our Weekly Reminder that will go out every Sunday evening. During these weekly phone calls I will share important information about the upcoming week. Here is the information for this week.

We’ll see you on Tuesday at 8:40 a.m. at Strawberry Knoll for the first day of school. Just a reminder that our school day will begin at 8:40 and end at 3:25. Please make sure that your child and your child’s teacher know how he or she is getting home the first day. They can either be a walker, bus rider, car rider or they can go to the Kid’s Co after care. Remember that if you park your car and come to the building to pick your child up, they are considered a walker. If you are picking your child up and remaining in your car, you are a car rider. Expect some delays on the first few days of school as we get everyone in the right place. Please see the attached email for more information about our dismissal routines. As always, our goal is to have a safe dismissal process.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us. We are going to have a great opening of school!

Sincerely,

Mr. Scott

Summer Packet FY19-20