Thursday, April 30, 2009
William R. Hite
Superintendente Interino de Colegios
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Lorena Garrido, Parent Liaison (is pictured on the left)
Recently, to my surprise, my colleagues at Hollywood Elementary wrote letters of support to nominate me for Outstanding Support Employee of the year. I was selected by the County to receive the honor during an awards ceremony on May 13, 2009. It is truly an honor and I am so humbled by it!
I have been working at Hollywood Elementary for three years as a Parent Liaison and my job here has been fulfilling and rewarding. It really feels great to be recognized for coming to work and doing the important job of helping parents feel welcomed and helping them to be involved in their children’s education. After all, a parent is a child’s first teacher and we are here to support the parent in this important role.
In my three years at Hollywood I have participated in some great programs for families, such as Family Night at the Library, the Second Cup of Coffee program, the ABC Club, and English classes. The Second Cup of Coffee Program has been a great way to inform parents on a variety of issues, as well as a time for parents to make friends and feel like they are part of the school community.
I know that many Parent Liaisons work hard and do the same great work as I do, so I feel as if I am accepting this award on our behalf!
Free Activities for Families this weekend!
Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea and the ArtsSaturday, May 2, 10 am-4 pm Free Family Fun featuring the stories, songs, and teas of China! Rousing dragon dance on the grounds at 12 noon! Artist Demonstrations in the arts center; Chinese Folk music in the Main Gallery; 2-4 pm Gallery Receptions for Alonzo Davis , resident sculptor and for students in the Montpelier class program exhibition. Herbs, Plants, Crafts, Gardening tips, Gourmet food, Projects for kids on the grounds of the Montpelier Mansion.
Celebrating Seat Pleasant, Berwyn Heights, and Langley Park
There are celebrations featuring plenty of fun throughout the county this weekend. Seat Pleasant Day is being celebrated at Goodwin Park (311 68th Place, Seat Pleasant)on Saturday, May 2, from 11 am-5 pm. Admission is FREE; nominal fees charged for food and rides. Berwyn Heights Day will be celebrated at Berwyn Heights Town Hall and Sports Park on Saturday, May 2, from 12 noon-5 pm; Admission is FREE; nominal charges for food and rides. And, Langley Park Day will be celebrated at Langley Park Community Center on Sunday, May 3, from 12 noon-5 pm. Admission is FREE! For information, call 301-699-CALL(2255).
Tucker Road Ice Rink has special offers this week.
Visit Tucker Road Ice Rink for a day of family fun! Skate for a discounted fee at a Super Saver Skate session (either 12-2 pm or 3-5 pm) on Friday May 1. May is National Military Appreciation Month and on Friday, May 1 (8-10 pm) and Saturday, May 2 (1-3 pm & 8-10 pm) those who show a military ID can ice skate for a discounted rate. Sunday, May 3 (1-3 pm) offers a special Family Ice Skating session; up to two children admitted FREE with a paid parent admission. Enjoy riding in a bumper car on ice on Sunday, May 3, from 1-3 pm. (Riders must be 5 years or older, and riders under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.) Sunday, May 3, from 1-3 pm features our Teacher Appreciation Super Saver Ice Skating Special; teachers ice skate for a discounted rate. We're also celebrating National Two Different Colored Shoes Day on Sunday, May 3 from 1-3 pm; wear mix-matched shoes and skate for a discounted rate. For information and fees, call 301-265-1525.
It's time for the Harlem Renaissance Festival 2009!
(One Time): 23%
(Two Times): 23%
(Three Times): 7%
(Four Times): 7%
Friday, April 24, 2009
Report cards will be distributed in elementary schools today (Friday, April 24), and for middle and high schools by Tuesday, April 28. Parents can view grades sooner by logging on to the School Max Family Portal, located at the bottom of the school district's Web site (www.pgcps.org). A password for the Family Portal can be obtained at each child's school.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
· Over-the-Counter Medicines
· Prescription Drugs
· X-rays & Laboratory Tests
· Diabetes Screening & Care
· Mammograms, PAP Tests & Prostate Exams
· Vision & Podiatry Services For Diabetics
· Routine Dental Care
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Unquestionably, sexting can reap consequences.......................Read the full story at http://www.essence.com/relationships/sexual_health/articles/the_new_age_of_sexting
Wendy L. Wilson Sirdeaner Walker, 44, is ferociously protective of her four children. So when her 11-year-old son Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover complained to her last September of being bullied by students at the New Leadership Charter School in Springfield, Massachusetts, for "acting gay," she did something about it. She spoke to his principal, teachers and guidance counselor and became more active in the Parent Teachers Organization. But the teasing and threats .........Read full story » at http://www.essence.com/news_entertainment/news/articles/carl_walker_hoover_suicide
- A description of the act constituting the harassment or intimidation (bullying)
- The age of the victim and alleged perpetrator
- The allegation of the alleged perpetrator’s motive
- A description of the investigation of the complaint and any corrective action taken by the appropriate school authorities
- The number of days a student is absent from school, if any, as a result of the incident and
The number of false allegations reported
The following definition of harassment and intimation (bullying) is included on the Harassment or Intimidation (Bullying) Form to guide students and parents when completing this form, and to guide LSS staff when investigating incidents.
Harassment and intimidation (bullying) means conduct, including verbal conduct, that creates a hostile educational environment by substantially interfering with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities, or performance, or with a student’s physical or psychological well-being, and is motivated by an actual or a perceived personal characteristic such as race, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or disability or is threatening or seriously intimidating.
Investigation Form: http://www.pgcps.org/~guidance/safeschoolinvestigationform.pdf
By: Esthela Camacho-Vinueza
Laurel Elementary School needs volunteers on May 30, 2009, to assist in building our new playground. In order for this playground to be built in 1 day, 200 volunteers are needed. Volunteers will be divided into teams of 10 or 15 to accomplish this task. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school at 301-497-3660 and leave your name and contact number with Ms. Camacho. The following team descriptions can be used as a guide to decide which volunteer opportunity best suits you. There are jobs for everyone! Fundraising: helping to offset costs associated with our build. Food: helping to secure and serve food for the volunteers on build day . Recruitment: helping to spread the word that we need volunteers, will also help with organizing/registering volunteers on build day. Construction: actually putting the structure together, we still need about 5 more build captains and members for all teams. Team members will also help in securing tools for build day.
List of tools we need:
· 10 Shovels (pointed end)
· 2 - 6’ step ladders
· 40 rock rakes
· 8 wheel barrows
· 10 regular rakes
· 4 digging bars
· 3-4 corded drills
· 4 - 100’ extension cords
· 10 hoes
· 10 pitch forks
· 4 sledge hammers
· 3 manual post hole diggers
· 4 garden hoses
· 5 large tarps
· 1 large tent
· 200 - 80 lb bags of cement
Send an email to email@example.com with “playground” in the subject line to be included in our informational email blasts.
Continental breakfast, lunch and water will be provided on Build Day for our volunteers.
Even with rising food prices, it's possible to shop for healthy foods without spending a fortune.
By Elaine Magee, MPH, RDWebMD Feature
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
Most of us don't need to hear it or read it ... we have felt it in our wallets every time we've gone to the grocery store. But just because food prices are rising doesn't mean you can't make healthy food choices. The good news is that many foods that are good for you are also cheap. Here is our list of the top healthy foods you can find in your grocery store for under a dollar. Prices may vary based on the store, location, and time of year.
1. Apples Great for: Snacks, green salads, main dish salads, and fruit salads. What's a serving? 1 large apple. Price per serving: About $1. Apples sell for about $1.99 per pound, and an extra large crisp apple weighs about 1/2 pound. Nutrition Info per serving: 117 calories, 5 grams fiber, 17% Daily Value for vitamin C, and 7% Daily Value for potassium.
2. Bananas Great for: Snacks and fruit salads, yogurt parfaits, and smoothies. What's a serving? 1 banana. Price per serving: About 45 cents. Bananas sell for about $0.89 per pound, and a large banana weighs about 1/2 pound Nutrition Info per serving: 121 calories, 3.5 grams fiber, 14% Daily Value for potassium (487 mg), 20% Daily Value for vitamin C.
3. Baby Carrots (in bags) Great for: Snacks, casseroles, stews, veggie platters, and side dishes.
What's a serving? About 1/2 cup or 2 ounces raw. Price per serving: 19 cents. A 16-ounce bag costs about $1 on sale and contains about 8 servings (2 ounces each). Nutrition Info per serving: 27 calories, 2 grams of fiber, 200% Daily Value for vitamin A, and 7% Daily Value for vitamin C.
4. Canned Beans Great for: Green salads, casseroles, stews, and chili. Types of beans range from 50% less sodium kidney beans and black beans to white beans and garbanzo beans. What's a serving? Each can contains about 3.5 (1/2-cup) servings. Price per serving: About 28 cents. You can buy a 15-ounce can for about $1 on sale. Nutrition Info per serving: About 120 calories (for kidney beans), 7 grams protein, 6 grams fiber, and 6% Daily Value for calcium, and 10% Daily Value for iron.
5. Canned Tomatoes Great for: Italian and Mexican recipes, chili, stew, and casseroles. Flavor options range from no-salt-added sliced stewed tomatoes to diced tomatoes with garlic and olive oil. What's a serving? One can contain about 3.5 (1/2-cup) servings. Price per serving: About 28 cents. You can buy a 14.5-ounce can for about $1 on sale (often less for store brands).
Nutrition Info per serving: About 25 calories, 1 gram fiber, 10% Daily Value of vitamin A, and 15% Daily Value of vitamin C.
6. Oranges (extra large navel oranges) Great for: Snacks, green salads, and fruit salads. What's a serving? 1 large or extra large orange. Price per serving: 40 cents for a large orange and 79 cents for an extra large orange. Oranges sell for around $0.79 per pound, and a large orange is about 1/2 pound, whereas an extra large orange is about 1 pound. Nutrition Info per serving: (for an 8 ounce orange): 106 calories, 5.5 grams fiber, 10% Daily Value for vitamin A, 200% Daily Value vitamin C, 17% Daily Value for folate, 9% Daily Value for calcium, and 12% potassium.
7. Pears Great for: Snacks, as an appetizer with cheese, green salads, and fruit salads. What's a serving? 1 large pear Price per serving: about 45 cents for a large pear. Pears sell for about $0.90 per pound, and a large pear weighs about 1/2 pound. Nutrition Info per serving: 133 calories, 7 grams of fiber, 16% Daily Value for vitamin C, and 8% for potassium.
9. Pearl Barley (dry) Great for: Soups and stews, cold salads, and casseroles. What's a serving? 2 ounces (dry) Price per serving: About 12 cents. A 16 ounce bag of dry pearl barley sells for about $0.94 and contains about 8 servings. Nutrition Info per serving: 199 calories, 9 grams fiber, 2.5 grams soluble fiber, 6 grams protein, 8% Daily Value for iron, and 11% Daily Value for magnesium.
10. Yogurt (plain, low fat, or fat-free) Great for: Smoothies, yogurt parfait, dips, and dressings.
What's a serving? An 8-ounce or 6-ounce container is usually a serving. Price per serving: 60 cents. This is usually the price for an 8-ounce container of plain yogurt. Nutrition Info per serving: (for 8 ounces of fat-free plain yogurt): 130 calories, 13 grams of protein, 45% Daily Value for calcium, plus active cultures such as acidophilus and bifidus.
- greater pride and respect for nature and all living things
- greater achievement in math, reading, writing, science and social studies
- reduced discipline issues
- greater pride and ownership in accomplishments
And if that doesn't convince you of all of the rewards and benefits, then how about this: being a Green School is a blast! Here at Robert Goddard, we have begun to transform our battered schoolyard and students into a tremendous habitat for wildlife, learning and budding environmentalists.
Last year we built a butterfly garden in our courtyard. The students wrote a grant, designed the structure, researched appropriate plants for the space, and executed the construction.We built a rain garden to help with drainage problems on campus, built a bluebird trail, have a recycling program, and have planted hundreds of plants, flowers, and trees. Our school is quite a site to behold.
On Friday, April 24, Robert Goddard Montessori will hold our second annual Earth Day Festival. This is a school wide event. During the day the students will rotate through outside stations receiving lessons from the community on environmental issues. We will have many wonderful presenters such as The Patuxent River 4-H Center, Camp Schmidt, Solar Connections, NASA, U.S. Park Services, just to name a few. We will also be welcoming many dignitaries that will be visiting our school. Additionally, every student will be planting, playing environmental games, and celebrating our glorious planet.
Being a Green School is a real commitment to the students, community, and the earth. It is not to be entered into lightly as it is a tremendous commitment and responsibility. If you are interested in becoming a Green School, check out http://www.maeoe.org/ for more information.
PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY GREEN SCHOOLS
Arrowhead Elementary School: 1999
Berwyn Heights Elementary School: 2006
Charles Flowers High School: 2001
Eleanor Roosevelt High School: 1999
High Point High School: 2004, 2008
John Hanson French Immersion: 2004
John Hanson Montessori: 2004, 2008
Patuxent Elementary School: 2004
Queen Anne School (I): 2007
Robert Goddard French Immersion: 2007
Robert Goddard Montessori School: 2007
Scotchtown Hills Elementary School: 2005
Tanglewood School: 2002
SOURCE: The Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
State Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick and Comcast today announced the 24 semifinalists for the 2009 Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Awards. Among the semifinalist is Kristen Ruiz – Bond Mill Elementary School, Prince George’s County Public Schools.
The 2009 Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Awards will be presented in a special celebration on May 8th. Five finalists and a statewide winner, selected from the 24 semifinalists named today, will be announced at the award ceremony.
“I am truly humbled by the commitment and dedication to Maryland’s public schools that these 24 semifinalists have displayed,” said Dr. Grasmick. “The partnership with Comcast allows us the opportunity to celebrate and honor these inspirational parents, who continue to find innovative and creative ways to make our schools stronger through parent involvement.”
“Comcast is committed to fostering healthy, vibrant communities, with a focus on creating opportunities for youth leadership and development,” said Fred Graffam, senior vice president of Comcast’s Beltway Region. “We recognize the important role that parents play in nurturing our future leaders, and we’re proud to work with the Maryland State Department of Education to honor them for their spirit, dedication and inspiration to others.”
The Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Awards program recognizes parents from local school systems across the state of Maryland who were nominated in five areas of parental involvement: Communication, Volunteering, Learning, Decision Making, and Community Collaboration. The statewide winner and five finalists will be awarded a cash prize to further their efforts to improve the public schools they represent.
Many of last year’s semifinalists have become parent involvement advocates on the statewide level, serving as members of task forces, presenters at statewide meetings, and participants in education events, such as the recent Summit on School Safety Solutions. “I am honored to be the first statewide Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Award winner," said Larry Walker, 2008 award recipient. “To be acknowledged by those who believe the education of America's future rests on the involvement of parents and community members alongside our professional educators is a privilege I will always cherish.”
The Walk-or-Ride Marathon (The W.o.R.M.) is a three-mile walk to promote wellness and raise funds toward after-school enrichment programs at Glenn Dale Elementary. The walk will start at the Glenn Dale Community Center (11901 Glenn Dale Blvd, Glenn Dale, MD) and go along the WB&A Trail. On-site Registration starts at 8:00am and costs $4.00/person. The Walk/Ride will start at 8:15am. (Pre-registration is $2/person and ends Wednesday, April 15th). *Children may ride their bikes, but MUST wear a helmet.
Monday, April 6, 2009
National and state statistics confirm that children who are mentored are more likely to improve in school and in their relationships with family and peers. These same students are 52% less likely to “skip” school and 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs. Students who are successful in school are less likely to drop out, become pregnant, abuse drugs or become involved in criminal activity. Additionally, students who have a mentor benefit in other ways:
- Exposure to diverse perspectives and experiences
- Exposure to an additional loving and caring adult
- Improved attitude regarding school and careers
- Improved in school behavior
- Willingness to accept challenges
To learn more about the "Connecting Generations" mentoring program or to sign up to become a mentor, please click on the following link http://www.kpscholars.com/become_a_mentor.php and enter your name and contact information into our mentor database.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
- # of Participation Events Held at Schools (344)
- # of Men participating in non-sports related events at school (3,175)
- # of Women participating in non-sports related events at school (6,526)
- Total # of Parents participating in non-sports related events at school (9,706)
- # of Classroom Observations (3,564)
- Total # of Workshops (225)
- # of Men participating in Workshops (757)
- # of Women participating in Workshops (2,201)
- Total # of Workshop Participants (2,958)
- Increase the number of stakeholders participating on advisory councils/steering committees and becoming goodwill ambassadors for Prince George’s County Public Schools
- Increase the number of Parents/Guardians participating on school decision-making committees and interacting with teachers, staff, and the local school community
- Increase the number of Parents/Guardians participating with the PTSAIncrease the number of Parents/Guardians participating in the Systemic Training Program
- Increase the number of Parents/Guardians observing their child’s class at least twice per year
- Increase the numbers of Parents/Guardians using the website to access their child’s data and homework assignments
- Sponsor Parental Development Sessions
- Increase parent involvement/participation in After School and Extended-Learning experiences
We look forward to a great year with family and community partnerships. Together we will make a difference!
From 3/16/2008- 3/16/2009, more than 574 food clients were served. The distribution of food to families in need was value at $24,094.00. The state of the economy has left our local pantry shelves in critical levels, and our vision is to be able to serve our clients every 30 days. Currently, because we are at a shortage of funding & food we have to place clients on 60 and 90 day food pantry visits.
Catholic Charities of Prince George’s County Center receives one food grant for $10,000.00, though this money is very appreciated by Catholic Charities. Catholic Charities also relies heavily on other donations in order to continue its mission of providing supplemental food assistance to families in Prince George’s County.
With the help of Prince George’s County Public Schools and the more than 200 Parent Liaisons located in every school, the demand for food can be met. Catholic Charities will provide participating schools with boxes or large bags for collection and will be responsible for picking up food on the dates scheduled. Because the end of the year is rapidly approaching we have scheduled the food drive to begin April 15, 2009 until May 15, 2009. If you are interested in donating please contact your neighborhood school’s Parent Liaison and for more details on when and where to drop off your donations.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Adelphi Elementary School
April 2, 2009
Bond Mill Elementary School
SchoolMax Family Portal
April 16, 2009
Carmody Hills Elementary School
Strategies for Children with Challenging Behaviors
April 24, 2009
Charles H. Flowers High School
April 21, 2009
DuVal High School
April 21, 2009
Forestville Military Academy
Stress Management Family Guide
April 23, 2009
Indian Queen Elementary School
Financial Support and Tips
How to Manage Your Money
April 16, 2009
Seat Pleasant Elementary School
School Max Family Portal
April 1, 2009
Seat Pleasant Elementary School
April 15, 2009
To find out information regarding other parent workshops in schools near you, visit our website at: http://www1.pgcps.org/familyandcommunityoutreach/ and click on the tab Parent Liaison Workshops.
12 Warning Signs That Your Child May Be Overscheduled
There may not be a "right" number of activities for every child, but ask yourself these questions to check if your child's getting enough downtime (Scholastic.com, 2008).
- Does he act grouchy, mopey, or irritable?
- Can she fall asleep at bedtime?
- Are his grades slipping? Does he finish his homework?
- Has she started overeating?
- Does he zone out in front of the TV?
- Is she complaining of stomachaches, headaches, or mysterious illnesses?
- Does he grumble about being bored?
- Is she over-anxious about getting approval from authority figures?
- When you're heading out the door, does he throw a tantrum or "lose" equipment?
- Does she pick fights with her siblings or complain you don't love her as much?
- Can he keep track of where's he's supposed to be?
- Is her schedule draining you or your family members?
If your child exhibits a few of these behaviors on an ongoing basis, you may want to re-examine his after-school schedule (Scholastic.com, 2008).
Deployment is not easy for children; research indicates children of deployed parents have a myriad of emotional and social reactions to separation (Surles, 2004). Their responses can range from withdrawal, to behavioral disruptions in the classroom. Understanding the emotional and social implications to children due to parental deployment is key to providing the comprehensive services needed to assist in their academic success. The development of services, programs and resources will have increase effectiveness if they are framed around nationally accepted definitions and stages of deployment:
1. Pre-deployment: PGCPS understand that this stage can last several weeks or just a matter of hours. Regardless of the time frame, the focus on providing immediate support to children will be paramount
2. Deployment: Research has indicated one of the most important things educators can do for children while their parents are deployed are to develop ways to keep the parent connected to their child’s education and life
3. Reunion: In this phase, it is understood that the reunification process begins long before the parent arrives. It is during this time the child may experience mixed emotions. Realizing these emotions, the professional staff at each school will meet to discuss the parent homecoming and what it means to the child and the family
Children are affected in a variety of ways by the deployment of parents and it is imperative that at this crucial stage in their lives, support is both relative and accessible. Prince George’s County Public Schools are prepared and willing to assist in providing a safe and secure environment for this special population of our students.
The program provides awards and special incentives to students who earn either a 3.0 GPA, Honor Roll, or other significant achievement status at each report card period. Students will receive a Discount Certificate for savings at local retailers, as well as chances to receive other prizes including gift cards and airline tickets. Students earning improved attendance status will also be recognized. Through academic achievement students have the opportunity to earn discounts that will improve the quality of life for their families.
The Scholar Dollar Program began at the Mall at Prince Georges three years ago, but has expanded to all seven major malls in Prince George’s County.
Entitles students who qualify to receive a Scholar Dollar Certificate that gives the student and family 10%, 15%, or 20% off total purchases at all participating malls for a specific time period after report cards have been distributed each quarter.
Enter-to-Win a $100 and $250 Mall at Prince George's Gift Card
With each report card period, all students that earn a 3.0 GPA, Honor Roll, or other significant achievement status will be eligible to be entered into a drawing to win a $100 and $250 Mall Gift Card. The drawing will be held after each report card period and will be drawn for each school segment (elementary, middle, high schools, and special centers).
At the end of the school year, students that have received a 3.0 GPA, Honor Roll, or other significant achieve¬ment status for at least 1 report card period will be eligible to be entered into a drawing to win a $250 Mall at Prince George's Gift Card and (4) Roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines. Eligible students will be entered into the drawing each time that they qualified during the year (maximum 4 entries). The winner will be announced in a ceremony. A Grand Prize package will be awarded to a student in each school segment (elementary, middle, high schools, and special centers).
Scholar Dollar Eligibility and Participation
Scholar Dollar Program Special Events
Various programs will be held throughout the year at The Mall at Prince Georges to promote the program and encourage academic excellence.