Weekly News

February 24-28

From the PTA:

Weekly Reminders:

Dogfish Head Restaurant Fundraiser, Tuesday, February 25, 11 AM-11 PM. No need to bring lunch to work or make dinner! Eat at Dogfish Head and 15% of all proceeds will be donated to SKES PTA. Participate in the raffle held that day ($2/ticket or 5 for $5) for a chance to win a Kicks Karate birthday package, one week of Kidsco summer camp, a Ledo Pizza gift card, Zava Zone passes, a Lessons in Your Home gift certificate, Butler’s Orchard Bunnyland passes or an American Girl doll.

Yearbooks – Yearbooks are now on sale! Reserve your copy for $20 online at https://www.strawberryknollpta.org/store or by completing this form. Yearbooks will be distributed in June.

5th Grade Baby Pics Due – For all students if 5th grade, if you would like to have your baby picture in the yearbook, please email it to babypic@strawberryknollpta.org by Friday. Please see attached flyer for more info.

Important Dates:

Feb 25 Dogfish Head Restaurant Fundraiser

Feb 25-27 Kids Heart Challenge

Feb 28 Early Dismissal

Feb 28 5th Grade Baby Pics Due

March 2 Gaithersburg Cluster Boundary Study Meeting#1

March 3 PTA Meeting - CANCELED

March 5 Class Picture Day

March 9-13 Book Fair

March 11 Muffins for Moms

March 12 Family Game Night

In Case You Missed It:

MCCPTA Presents: Early Childhood Education, Tuesday, February 25, 6 PM

From SKES:

Dear Strawberry Knoll Families,

We want to thank all of the families who came out to present and support the Science and Literacy Night last Thursday. It was a great event filled with fun and learning.

Here are a few events for this week:

On February 25, 26 and 27, our school will be holding our Kids Heart Challenge. The event will take place to raise funds for the American Heart Association. Your children will be jumping rope to raise awareness and money for this great cause.

Save the date! Dogfish Head Restaurant Fundraiser, Tuesday, February 25, All day. No need to bring lunch to work or make dinner! Eat at Dogfish Head Restaurant and 15% of all proceeds will be donated to SKES PTA. Also you will be able to participate in the raffle held that day for a chance to win great prizes like a free week of summer camp. Come dine at Dogfish Head Restaurant this Tuesday.

Also this week, there will be a half day on Friday, February 28th. Students will be dismissed at 12:55 PM.

Yearbooks are on sale. You can order a yearbook online or you can use the yearbook order form that is attached to the email that accompanies this message.

We thank you for your continued support.

Have a great evening.

Ms. Hernandez and Mr. Scott

February 17-21

From the PTA:

Weekly Reminders:

Science & Literacy Fair, February 20, 6:30-8 PM – Join us on Thursday to see what students have been discovering and reading about as they share their Science & Literacy projects. We will also have a Science demonstration. Snacks will be for sale and cake pops will also be available as a fundraiser for Mrs. Rivera’s medical expenses. The Parent Leadership Learning Party will be present to distribute Winter accessories on a first-come first-serve basis. We hope to see you there!

Save the Date! - Dogfish Head Restaurant Fundraiser, Tuesday, February 25, All day. No need to bring lunch to work or make dinner! Eat at Dogfish Head and 15% of all proceeds will be donated to SKES PTA. Participate in the raffle held that day ($2/ticket or 5 for $5) for a chance to win a Kicks Karate birthday package, one week of Kidsco summer camp, a Ledo Pizza gift card, Zava Zone passes, a Lessons in Your Home gift certificate, or an American Girl doll.

Yearbooks – Yearbooks are now on sale! Reserve your copy for $20 online at https://www.strawberryknollpta.org/store or by completing this form. Yearbooks will be distributed in June.

Important Dates:

Feb 20 Science & Literacy Fair, 6:30 PM

Feb 20 Autism Awareness Shirt Orders Due

Feb 25 Dogfish Head Restaurant Fundraiser

Feb 25-27 Kids Heart Challenge

Feb 28 Early Dismissal

Feb 28 5th Grade Baby Pics Due

March 2 Gaithersburg Cluster Boundary Study Meeting

March 3 PTA Meeting

March 5 Class Picture Day

March 9-13 Book Fair

Gaithersburg Cluster News:

A boundary study is being conducted to determine the service area for the new Gaithersburg Elementary School #8 at Kelley Park opening September 2022.

All Gaithersburg Cluster elementary schools (Strawberry Knoll, Gaithersburg, Goshen, Laytonsville, Rosemont, Summit Hall, and Washington Grove) will be included in the study. Both Gaithersburg Cluster middle schools (Gaithersburg and Forest Oak) will be included in the study.

The first Public Information Meetings will be held March 2, 7-9 PM, at Gaithersburg MS, and March 3, 7-9 PM, at Forest Oak MS. Please visit the PTA website for more info.

In Case You Missed It:

From SKES:

Dear Strawberry Knoll Families,

This is Ms. Hernandez with the weekly reminder.

There is no school for staff and students this Monday, February 17th in recognition of President’s Day. On this Thursday and Friday, February 20th and 21st, second grade classes will be going on a field trip to Imagination Stage. Please contact your child’s teacher for more information.

Come back to the Knoll Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. for the PTA sponsored Science and Literacy Fair. Students will have their presentations on display, and there will be snacks for sale. It’s going to be a great night of science and literacy.

We’re looking forward to another great week at Strawberry Knoll.

Have a great evening.

Ms. Hernandez and Mr. Scott

February 10-14

From the PTA:

Thank you to all the parents that attended last week’s PTA meeting. The slides are posted on our website and the video posted on Facebook.

Weekly Reminders:

GHS Basketball Cluster Night, Tuesday, February 11 – The GHS Trojans invite you to the Boys Varsity game at 5:30 PM and the Girls Varsity game at 7:15 PM at Gaithersburg High School. Children wearing school spirit wear or school colors get in free with a paying adult. Bring this flyer to receive free food at the concession stand.

Class Valentine’s Day Parties, February 14 – Classes will have parties on Friday at 2:15 PM. Please contact your child’s teacher for more information.

Volunteer! – There are many volunteer opportunities posted on our website. Please check them out and consider signing up: https://www.strawberryknollpta.org/volunteer/sign-ups

Important Dates:

Feb 11 GHS Basketball Cluster Night

Feb 14 Class Valentine’s Day Parties

Feb 17 No School

Feb 20 Science & Literacy Fair

Feb 20 Autism Awareness Shirt Orders Due

Feb 25 Dogfish Head Restaurant Fundraiser

Feb 25-27 Kids Heart Challenge

Feb 28 Early Dismissal

Feb 28 5th Grade Baby Pics Due

March 2 Gaithersburg Cluster Boundary Study Meeting

March 3 PTA Meeting

In Case You Missed It:

MCPS Communications Survey

From SKES:

Dear Strawberry Knoll Families,

This is Ms. Hernandez with the Weekly Reminder.

On Tuesday, February 11th, come enjoy some basketball at Gaithersburg High School for the Gaithersburg Cluster Elementary Night. Students who wear Strawberry Knoll spiritwear or school colors receive: Free admission with paying adult, free food and drinks, and recognition at halftime. Your child will also have a chance to win Gaithersburg High School spiritwear if you bring the flyer attached to this message. So come out to GHS on Tuesday night to support the Trojans.

All this week our fourth grade students will be selling Valentine’s Day lollipops to raise money for their field trip to Historic St. Mary’s City.

On Thursday, third grade students will be going on a field trip to The Maryland Science Center in Baltimore.

On Friday, we have two events. On Friday morning we will be hosting our Winter Instrumental Music Concert from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the gym. On Friday afternoon classes will be having their Valentine’s Day party to celebrate friendship in their classrooms starting at 2:15p.m. Traditionally, students pass out homemade or store bought Valentine’s Day cards, play games and have a snack.

Thank you in advance for your support this week.

Have a good evening.

-Ms. Hernandez and Mr. Scott

February 3-7

From the PTA:

We had a great time at the Winter Dance! Thank you to all the families that attended and the volunteers that helped make the night a success!

Weekly Reminders:

PTA Meeting – Join us on Tuesday, February 4, 6:30-8 PM, in the Media Center. We will provide information on county-wide PTA initiatives and updates on our events, budget, and volunteer opportunities. Mr. Scott and SKES staff will also give a presentation on Restorative Justice. Free light dinner and childcare.

After-School Sports Programs – The next session of Avanti Athletics Indoor Soccer starts Thursday (2/6) and Basketball starts next Tuesday (2/11). Register online at avantiathletics.com.

Save the Date: GHS Basketball Cluster Night, Tuesday, February 11 – The GHS Trojans invite you to the Boys Varsity game at 5:30 PM and the Girls Varsity game at 7:15 PM at Gaithersburg High School. Children wearing school spirit wear or school colors get in free with a paying adult. Bring this flyer to receive free food at the concession stand.

Raffle Items Needed – If you own a small business or know a business owner, we are collecting items and gift certificates for the raffle table at our annual Dogfish Head Restaurant Fundraiser on February 25. Please let us know if you can make a donation or know a business we should reach out to.

Important Dates:

Feb 4 PTA Meeting

Feb 4 Report Card Distribution

Feb 11 GHS Basketball Cluster Night

Feb 14 Class Valentine’s Day Parties

Feb 17 No School

Feb 20 Science & Literacy Fair

Feb 20 Autism Awareness Shirt Orders Due

Feb 25 Dogfish Head Restaurant Fundraiser

Feb 25-27 Kids Heart Challenge

Feb 28 Early Dismissal

In Case You Missed It:

MCCPTA & Montgomery County Planning Department Subdivision Staging Policy Parent/Student Roundtable, Saturday, February 8, 9 AM – 12 PM, Richard Montgomery HS

From SKES:

Dear Strawberry Knoll Families,

This is Mr. Scott with the weekly reminder. First I want to thank all of the families who came out to the PTA sponsored winter dance. Everyone had so much fun dancing, eating and playing games. It's always a great time when our community comes together. Thank you for your support.

Here are the reminders for this week:

On Tuesday, February 4th come to the PTA meeting from 6:30-8:00. There will be a presentation on Restorative Justice presented Mr. Scott and by Strawberry Knoll Staff. Also on Tuesday, report cards will be sent home via your child's backpack. We are at the halfway point in the school year. This is a great time to connect with your child's teacher if you have any questions or concerns about your child's performance. It's so important that we work together to make sure your child continues to be successful this school year.

Finally, our school website has gone through an upgrade. Please visit to see the new layout. The new website will allow for better access via mobile devices and it will be more user friendly. With the new system, we will be working to update our website with new pictures and information.

Enjoy your Sunday evening. We will see you tomorrow morning.

Sincerely,

Mr. Scott

January 27-31

From the PTA:

Weekly Reminders:

Winter Dance, Friday, January 31, 6:30-8:30 PM – Join us for a Winter Wonderland on Friday! Dancing, games, activities. Pizza and Rita’s Ice for sale. There are still volunteer slots available if you would like to help. Please sign up here.

Science & Literacy Fair Registration – If your child would like to participate please return the completed form to school by Friday, January 31. The Science & Literacy Fair is scheduled for Thursday, February 20, 6:30 PM.

Spirit Wear Orders Due – Last call for spirit wear! Spirit wear orders are due Friday, January 31st. Your order will be delivered to your child late February. We encourage you to order online. Otherwise, please print the order form to send to school with cash or check payable to SKES PTA (please enclose in an envelope labeled PTA).

PTA Officer Elections – All SKES PTA officer positions are up for election in May. We have parents that have already expressed interest in the President, Exec VP, VP of Volunteers & Outreach, and Treasurer positions. We are looking for parents or staff to fill the Secretary and VP of Membership roles. Position descriptions and timeline can be found here. Please contact any of the current officers if you have questions and email Sarah at president@strawberryknollpta.org by February 28 if interested.

Important Dates:

January 29 Parent Café

January 30 5th Grade Parent Meeting at Gaithersburg MS

January 31 Winter Dance

January 31 Spirit Wear Orders Due

January 31 Science & Literacy Fair Forms Due

Feb 4 PTA Meeting

Feb 17 No School

Feb 20 Science & Literacy Fair

Feb 25 Dogfish Head Restaurant Fundraiser

In Case You Missed It:

MCCPTA News:

TONIGHT - MCCPTA Presents: Keeping Our Schools Safe, January 28, 6:00 PM at Richard Montgomery HS, Cafeteria

Message from Chris Rutledge, Chair, MCCPTA Nominating Committee-

Want to serve kids and hang out with great people? Do you want to make sure that our schools have adequate funding for programs and positive conditions? Do you want to make sure your community's voice is heard in MCPS about the wants and needs of your kids and their schools?

Then join MCCPTA as a Cluster Coordinator! This is a volunteer role for a county organization focused on making every child's potential a reality.

Cluster Coordinators are the vital connection between local schools and the county. Each high school cluster including their middle and elementary school feeders, is entitled to three Cluster Coordinators, and many of ours don’t fill all of those roles, meaning many of our voices are not being heard.

This year, let's make that change! Please reach out to dcc@mccpta.org to learn more about becoming a Cluster Coordinator. Chris will put you in touch with the right people to show you the next steps to be sure that the voices of your schools and its communities are heard and counted. And, oh yeah, you will meet some amazing people and learn some dynamic things along the way!

National PTA News:

Did you know National PTA has resources for parents? https://www.pta.org/home/family-resources

From SKES:

Dear Strawberry Knoll Families,

We just completed the first half of the school year. There will be no school on Monday, January 27. Teachers will be completing their grades so that report cards can be printed and sent home on February 4th. ​

On Wednesday, January 29th, Mrs. Maribel De La Cruz will facilitate a Parent Café Workshop at 6:00p.m. Child care will be provided and a light dinner will be served. All parents are invited to attend.

Join us on Friday, January 31st at 6:30 p.m. for our school's winter dance- Winter Wonderland. Come dance to your favorite songs.

​Below are some reminders from the PTA:

This year’s SKES PTA-sponsored Science and Literacy fairs are scheduled for Thursday, February 20th from 6:30-8:00 PM. Please complete the registration forms and return to your child's teacher by Friday, January 31, 2020.

The last day to order SKES Spirit Wear is Friday, January 31st.

We are looking forward to another great week. We will see you on Tuesday, January 28. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a nice evening.

Ms. Hernandez and Mr. Scott

January 20-24

From the PTA:

Weekly Reminders:

Volunteers Needed: Winter Dance – Many volunteers are needed for this event on Friday, January 31. Student SSL hours available. Please sign up here.

Science & Literacy Fair – Registration forms were sent home and are available here. If your child would like to participate please return the completed form to school by Friday, January 31. The Science & Literacy Fair is scheduled for Thursday, February 20, 6:30 PM.

After School Programs – There is still time to register for the Winter Session. Some classes started last week and Big Learning starts tomorrow. Please review our website for more information. https://www.strawberryknollpta.org/after-school-programs More information on the next session of indoor soccer and basketball coming soon.

Spirit Wear – Spirit wear orders are due by Friday, January 31st. Your order will be delivered to your child late February. We encourage you to order online. Otherwise, please print the order form to send to school with cash or check payable to SKES PTA (please enclose in an envelope labeled PTA).

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!

Important Dates:

January 24 Early Dismissal

January 27 No School

January 29 Parent Café

January 30 5th Grade Parent Meeting at Gaithersburg MS

January 31 Winter Dance

January 31 Spirit Wear Orders Due

January 31 Science & Literacy Fair Forms Due

Feb 4 PTA Meeting

Feb 17 No School

Feb 20 Science & Literacy Fair

In Case You Missed It:

MCCPTA News:

Message from Lynne Harris-

On January 16, 2020, I filed as a candidate for the Montgomery County Board of Education. Accordingly, pursuant to Article VI, Section 4(f) of MCCPTA’s bylaws I am resigning the office of president.

Pursuant to Article VI, Section 6(a) of the bylaws, Vice President for Educational Issues Cynthia Simonson immediately assumes the office of Acting President. MCCPTA Nominating Committee chair Chris Rutledge and Board of Director’s Secretary Kellie Schoolar Reynolds will share the next steps with MCCPTA very soon.

On a personal note, it has been a great privilege to serve MCCPTA as president since April, 2017. I am a true believer in the power of MCCPTA to fulfill our mission – to make every student’s potential reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for (and with) all students, and that in service to that mission MCCPTA's work has improved our school system in substantive ways.

Collectively, MCCPTA is a wide and deep organization encompassing an enormous range of knowledge, passion, experience, and talent. Working to share our collective expertise in support of every student and every school is a great gift to this – the nation’s 13th largest school system. I am very proud of the work of MCCPTA and grateful to every one of you for every second you spend making our school system better.

From SKES:

Dear Strawberry Knoll Families,

This is Ms. Hernandez with the weekly reminder.

We have a busy week at Strawberry Knoll. This is the last week of the first semester. There is no school for students tomorrow, Monday, January 20th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. On Friday, we will have an early release day for report card preparation. Students will be dismissed at 12:55 p.m.

Attention Fifth-Grade Parents:

Gaithersburg Middle School will host a Rising 6th Grade Parent Meeting on Thursday, January 30th at 6:30 p.m. This event is an opportunity to meet GMS staff, learn about the instructional program, registration process, and ways to help your child make a smooth transition to middle school. We hope you can attend this important meeting.

We’ll see you bright and early on Tuesday morning.

Have a great evening,

Ms. Hernandez and Mr. Scott

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