Weekly News

November 11-15

From the PTA:

Weekly Reminders:

Claire’s Gourmet Delivery – If you participated in the Claire’s Gourmet fundraiser, orders must be picked up by an adult or responsible older sibling on Monday, November 11, 1 – 4 PM, in the school office conference room. All orders must be kept frozen or refrigerated so we cannot store them overnight. Thanks!

Volunteers Needed – Many volunteers are needed for the Fall Festival on Thursday, November 21, 6:30-8 PM. This is a perfect opportunity for SSL hours. Please signup here: http://bit.ly/363qYxX

Talent Show –The SKES Talent Show will be, Thursday, December 12, 6:30 PM. If your child would like to participate, permission slips are due Friday, November 15. All acts must attend a mandatory dress rehearsal on Tuesday, December 3 after school. Talent Show Permission Slip Link.

Important Dates:

November 11 Early Dismissal & Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 11 Pickup Claire’s Gourmet Orders, 1 – 4 PM

November 12 Early Dismissal & Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 15 Talent Show Permission Slip Due

November 20 Report Cards Come Home

November 21 Fall Festival

November 22 Town Hall

In Case You Missed It:

Virtual Community Conversation on New Curriculum, November 14, 6 PM

NAACP Parents’ Council Kickoff “Championing Equity and Excellence in Education,” November 19, 5:30-9 PM, Northwest HS

From SKES:

Dear Strawberry Knoll Families,

On Monday and Tuesday, we will have early release days for parent-teacher conferences. Dismissal will be at 12:55 p.m. Please contact your child’s teacher if you need to schedule a conference or if you would like to make any changes. During the conferences, teachers will be sharing a preliminary report card, work samples and other information related to your child’s progress. It’s also a good time for parents to share and ask questions so that everyone is on the same page. We are committed to working with you to make sure your child is successful academically and socially. Report cards will be sent home on November 20th.

Here are a few updates from the PTA:

Claire's Gourmet orders will be delivered to the school on Monday. If you participated in the fundraiser, please pick up your order in the conference room between 1 - 4 p.m. All orders must be picked up on Monday as items must be refrigerated and we cannot store them overnight. Thanks for your understanding and support of the PTA!

And lastly, the SKES Talent Show will be held Thursday, December 12. If your child would like to participate, please return the signed permission slip that is attached to the email that accompanies this message. Permission slips are due on Friday, November 15.

Have a great evening.

November 4-8

From the PTA:

Weekly Reminders:

Adventure Zone Spirit Day, November 8, 3-8 PM - It’s a half-day for MCPS so come on out to Adventure Zone for SKES Spirit Day. 50% of all sales go to SKES PTA (please show flyer to associate when paying). Discounted prices available. Adventure Zone Flyer Link

Claire’s Gourmet Delivery – If you participated in the Claire’s Gourmet fundraiser orders must be picked up by an adult or responsible older sibling on Monday, November 11, 1 – 4 PM. All orders must be kept frozen or refrigerated so we cannot store them overnight. Thanks!

Volunteers Needed – Many volunteers are needed for the Fall Festival on Thursday, November 21, 6:30-8 PM. This is a perfect opportunity for SSL hours. Please signup here: http://bit.ly/363qYxX

Talent Show – Permission slips are coming home in your child's backpack for this year’s Talent Show. If your child would like to participate, permission slips are due Friday, November 15. All acts must attend a mandatory dress rehearsal on Tuesday, December 3 after school. The Talent Show will be held, Thursday, December 12 at 6:30 PM. Talent Show Permission Slip Link

Important Dates:

November 8 Early Dismissal

November 8 Adventure Zone Spirit Day, 3 – 8 PM

November 11 Early Dismissal & Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 11 Pickup Claire’s Gourmet Orders, 1 – 4 PM

November 12 Early Dismissal & Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 15 Talent Show Permission Slip Due

In Case You Missed It:

PTA Podcast: Notes from the Backpack – Episode 9 Partnering with Your Child’s Teacher

MCPS Mental Health Fair, Saturday, November 9, 10 AM – 2 PM, Gaithersburg HS

GHS POM Camp, Saturday, November 16, 1 – 4:30 PM

From SKES:

Dear Strawberry Knoll Families,

Here are a few reminders for the upcoming week.

On Wednesday, November 6th we invite you to participate in a Parent Leadership Learning Party at 6:30 p.m. in the media center sponsored by Maribel De La Cruz, Parent Community Coordinator. Dinner and childcare will be provided.

On Friday, November 8th we will have an early release day for report card preparation. Students will be dismissed at 12:55 p.m.

Please do not forget to schedule and attend parent-teacher conferences with your child’s teacher. Parent-teacher conferences will take place on November 11th and November 12th.

Have a great evening.

Ms. Hernandez and Mr. Scott

October 28-November 1

From the PTA:

Weekly Reminders

Halloween Parade & Parties – Join us on the upper field for the annual Halloween parade at 2:15 PM then return to your child’s classroom for a small celebration. Costumes should be sent to school in your child’s backpack. Alternate activities are available for those who do not want their child to participate. Please return the form sent home or send a note to your child’s teacher. Please contact your child’s teacher or the school office with any questions.

Save the Date! November 8, 3-8 PM. It’s a half-day for MCPS so come on out to Adventure Zone for SKES Spirit Day. 50% of all sales go to SKES PTA. See flyer for more information.

Important Dates:

November 8 Early Dismissal

November 8 Adventure Zone Spirit Day

November 11 Early Dismissal & Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 11 Pickup Claire’s Gourmet Orders, 1 – 4 PM

November 12 Early Dismissal & Parent-Teacher Conferences

In Case You Missed It:

From SKES:

Dear Strawberry Knoll Families,

Picture Day was last week. Don’t worry if you weren’t able to order. You will have opportunities to order online. If your child missed Picture Day, we will have a Retake Day and we will also take pictures in the spring.

Here are the events for this week:

On Tuesday, October 29th, Kindergarten students will go to Sharp's at Waterford Farm.

Please join us for our Halloween festivities on Thursday, October 31st.

We will have a parade around 2:00 p.m. and class parties will follow the parade. This is a fun event; please send students with costumes that are appropriate for everyone. Students should bring their costumes and everything they need in their backpacks. They will get dressed after lunch. If you do not want your child to participate in the Halloween festivities, please send a note so that we can include them in the alternate activities. Halloween activities will only happen in the afternoon. We will have a full morning of teaching and learning that day, so we hope to see all students in attendance.

On Friday, November 1st, First grade students will go to Meadowside Nature Center.

Thank you in advance for a great week.

October 21-25

From the PTA:

Thank you to all who participated in the Claire’s Gourmet Fundraiser (or made a donation), purchased books from the Book Fair, and attended Donuts for Dads and Math Night!

Weekly Reminders:

Picture Day – All students will have their pictures taken for the yearbook on Wednesday, October 23. Orders for portraits may be placed via the form sent home or online at www.classic-photo.com. (Click Schools & Pre-Order Now; access key: strawberryknoll19).

Spirit Wear – Spirit wear orders will be distributed by the end of this week. Orders will be sent home with your child.

GHS Football Game, October 25 – Gaithersburg High School Trojan Football invites you to the Gaithersburg Cluster – Elementary School Night, Friday, October 25, 6:30 PM. Your GHS Trojans will host Watkins Mill HS. All students that wear their school shirt or colors will receive free admission with a paying adult. See attached flyer for more information and concessions coupon.

Amazon Wish List - Have you checked out the PTA Wish List? We are currently seeking snack donations for SKES Staff run after-school programs, such as ESOL homework club and Leadership club, and items for the Berry Cents store.

Important Dates:

October 23 Individual Picture Day

October 25 Gaithersburg Cluster Night @ GHS Football Game

October 30 Parent Leadership Learning Party 1

November 8 Early Dismissal 12:55 PM

November 8 Adventure Zone Spirit Day

In Case You Missed It

From SKES:

Dear Strawberry Knoll Families,

Last week was a busy week. Thank you so much for spending your valuable time with us. It was great to see so many of you at the Open House, Donuts for Dads, the book fair and Math Night. A special thank you to all of our volunteers and the PTA who made these events possible.

Here are the events for this week:

On Wednesday, October 23rd, we have our Individual Picture Day. Order forms have been sent home. You may order after picture day; extra order forms will be available in the front office.

Also, on Wednesday, 5th graders will be going on a field trip to Strathmore Music Hall. Students will have an opportunity to go on the field trip and take their fall pictures.

Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Ms. Hernandez and Mr. Scott

October 14-18

From the PTA:

Weekly Reminders:

Book Fair, October 14-18 – The book fair is open all week from 9 AM to 4 PM in the Media Center. Students will visit the book fair with their class to make a wish list to bring home. Please send cash or check back in the provided envelope or set up an eWallet account for your child. More information on eWallet, a digital payment option, can be found here. You may also shop the book fair online. All online orders will ship to your home. Receive free shipping on orders over $25. If you would like to volunteer for the fair, please visit our volunteer signup page on our website.

Donuts for Dads, October 16Dads, step-dads, uncles, grandfathers and all other father figures, please join us for Donuts for Dads on Wednesday at 8:15 AM in the cafeteria. Enjoy a donut and coffee with your child and then shop the book fair in the Media Center.

Math Night, October 17 - Come back to the Knoll at 6 PM, grab a slice of pizza and learn about Eureka Math and how to support your child's learning. The book fair will be open until 8 PM. SSL Volunteers are still needed to help with dinner. Please visit our volunteer signup page on our website.

Pink Out Day, October 18Friday is SKES’s Inaugural Pink Out Day. Students are invited to wear pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Prizes will be awarded to the best dressed pinked out students!

Important Dates:

October 14-18 Book Fair

October 14 Open House, 9 AM – 12 PM

October 16 Donuts for Dads, 8:15 AM

October 17 Math Night, 6 PM

October 18 Pink Out Day

October 23 Individual Picture Day

October 25 Gaithersburg Cluster Night @ GHS Football Game

In Case You Missed It:

5th Grade Parents: Information Meeting about Magnet Programs at Roberto Clemente MSand Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. MS, Monday, Oct. 14, 6 PM at Gaithersburg HighSchool English presentation will be live-streamed on the MCPS webpage.

From SKES:

Good evening. Here are this week's reminders. We have a busy week at the Knoll and I hope that you will be able to spend some time with us this week.

The Scholastic Book Fair is at the Knoll all week long. The book Fair will be set up in or media center and will provide your child the opportunity to purchase a book to take home. The Book Fair is sponsored by the PTA and is a great fundraiser to support future programs at the Knoll.

On Monday, please join us for our Open House. Come visit your child's classroom from 9:00 to 12:00 to see them in action.

On Wednesday, Dad's, Grandfather's, Uncles, Friends and any positive role model, please join us for our Dad for Donuts at 8:15 am. Come have a donut with your student, visit the book fair and have a good visit.

On Thursday night, join us for Math Night from 6:00pm -8:00pm. Come back to the Knoll, grab a slice of pizza and learn about Eureka Math and how to support your child's learning. The book fair will also be open during math night.

We are looking forward to another great week at the Knoll.

Please see the attached Principal's Newsletter for October for additional information and important updates.

Have a great evening,

Mr. Scott and Ms. Hernandez

October 7-11

From the PTA:

Thank you to all who attended the PTA meeting last week. We had a fantastic turnout!

Weekly Reminders:

Volunteers Needed – The Fall Book Fair is next week (Oct 14-18). We still have some volunteer slots to fill during the school day; before school on Wednesday, Oct 16 during Donuts for Dads; and the evening of Thursday, Oct 17, during Math Night. Volunteers are also needed to help with Donuts for Dads and we are looking for SSL volunteers to help with serving dinner at Math Night. Please visit our volunteer signup page on our website.

Claire’s Gourmet FundraiserClaire’s Gourmet orders are DUE TOMORROW, October 8. Please turn in payment with the summary order sheet in the envelope provided in the Claire’s brochure. Orders will be delivered Monday, November 11.

Social Media Raffle - Like or follow any (or all) of our social media accounts by FRIDAY, October 11 for a chance to win a 2019-2020 spirit wear shirt. Facebook @skesPTA | Instagram @StrawberryKnollPTA | Twitter @knollPTA

Digital Backpack – Did you know that the flyers sent home in your child’s backpack are also available on our website? Check out the Digital Backpack page.

Important Dates:

October 8 Claire’s Gourmet Orders Due

October 9 No School

October 14-18 Book Fair

October 16 Donuts for Dads, 8:15 AM

October 17 Math Night, 6 PM

October 23 Individual Picture Day

October 25 Gaithersburg Cluster Night @ GHS Football Game

In Case You Missed It:

From SKES:

Dear Strawberry Knoll Families,

We want to thank all of you who came to the PTA meeting last Tuesday night. It was a great turn out. Mr. Scott shared information about our academic and social and emotional programming. We also had a discussion about school safety. Please come out to the next PTA meeting or event. It is a great opportunity to meet other parents and learn more about Strawberry Knoll and Montgomery County Public Schools.

Here are the reminders for this week. On Wednesday, October 9th there is no school for students. The PTA has two reminders: On Monday, October 7th, SKES spirit wear orders are due. An order form is attached to the email that accompanies this message. On Tuesday, October 8th, all orders for the Claire’s Gourmet fundraiser are due. Thank you for supporting the PTA and Strawberry Knoll.

We’re looking forward to another great week of teaching and learning. Enjoy your evening.

September 30-October 4

From the PTA:

The Science Machine put on another fantastic assembly! Pictures and video have been posted on our social media accounts.

Weekly Reminders:

PTA Meeting – Join us Tuesday at 6:30 PM for our first PTA meeting of the year and the State of the Knoll Address from Principal Scott! Free light dinner and Kidsco childcare will be provided. Spanish interpretation will be available. You do not need to be a PTA member to attend. We hope to see you there!

PTA Raffles – Don’t forget to join the PTA or donate $10 before October 1st for a chance to win an Amazon Fire Tablet or Echo Dot! Like or follow any (or all) of our social media accounts for a chance to win a 2019-2020 spirit wear shirt. Facebook @skesPTA | Instagram @StrawberryKnollPTA | Twitter @knollPTA

Spirit Wear – Orders are DUE FRIDAY and will be delivered to your child late October. 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.

Claire’s Gourmet Fundraiser - The Fundraiser continues until October 8. Extra packets are available in the office. 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!

Important Dates:

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

October 9 No School

October 14-18 Book Fair

October 16 Donuts for Dads

October 17 Math Night

In Case You Missed It:

From SKES:

Dear Strawberry Knoll Families,

This is Ms. Hernandez with the Weekly Reminder. We had a great week last week. We are getting into a rhythm with our new math curriculum and students are following routines and sharing their thinking. One of our highlights was a visit from the Science Machine on Friday morning. Ask your child about the green-haired scientist who came to the Knoll for a visit.

Here are the reminders for the week. There is no school for students on Monday, September 30th. Classes will resume at the normal time on Tuesday, October 1st. Please come to Strawberry Knoll on Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. for the first PTA meeting of the year. Mr. Scott will present “The State of the Knoll.” He will be sharing pertinent data from last school year and provide some updates. On Friday, October 4th we will have an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 12:55 p.m.

Thank you so much for all of your support.

Have a great evening.

-Ms. Hernandez

September 23-27

From the PTA:

Thanks to all the families and staff that attended the Fun Run & Picnic! Pictures and videos have been posted on our social media accounts. If you have pictures of the event that could be considered for the yearbook, please email them to photos@strawberryknollpta.org.

Weekly Reminders:

Science Assembly – The PTA sponsored school-wide Science assembly, Science for Everyone presents the Science Machine, is this Friday morning, September 27. Grades will be split into separate sessions for age-appropriate hands-on experiments. Be sure to ask your child about it after-school Friday.

PTA Meeting – Save the Date! Tuesday, October 1, 6:30 PM. Join us for our first PTA meeting of the year and the State of the Knoll Address from Principal Scott! Free light dinner and Kidsco childcare will be provided. Spanish interpretation will be available. You do not need to be a PTA member to attend. Please RSVP online or return the flyer to school by 9/27. We hope to see you there!

After-School Programs - The PTA has organized several after-school programs for this Fall. Many are starting soon and need a few more students to not be canceled due to low enrollment. Register today if interested! Flyers with registration information are available on our website: https://www.strawberryknollpta.org/after-school-programs

PTA Raffle – Don’t forget to join the PTA or donate $10 before October 1st for a chance to win an Amazon Fire Tablet or Echo Dot!

Spirit Wear – Orders are due October 4th and will be delivered to your child late October. 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.

Claire’s Gourmet Fundraiser - The Fundraiser continues until October 8. Extra packets are available in the office. 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!

Important Dates:

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

October 9 No School

In Case You Missed It:

From SKES:

Dear Strawberry Knoll Families,

We had a great week of teaching and learning. It was great to see all of you who could come out to our fun-run and picnic. A great time was had by all. I want to give a big shout out to Mr. Matesa and the PTA for organizing such a great event.

We do not have any parent events planned for this week but I do want to share some information with you. Every year we practice several different emergency preparedness drills. We conduct fire drills, severe weather drills and lockdown drills. On Monday, we are going to practice a lockdown drill. During this drill we practice securing our selves in the classrooms and safe areas. Before and after these drills we assure students that they are safe and reinforce the importance of following directions. We know that some of our friends may worry about safety but we assure them that by practicing our drills, we make Strawberry Knoll a safer place. Below is link to more information about our safety drill that can be found on the MCPS website:

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/uploadedFiles/departments/security-new/MCPS-Emergency-Preparedness.pdf

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

We are going to have another great week. Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Mr. Scott

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

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