News and Updates

First PTA Meeting is tomorrow evening: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

We’re trying a slightly new format: starting earlier, with childcare (Bar-T) and pizza for the kids, and refreshments for adults. Come straight from work or home, and be back in time for a stylishly late supper.

Hear a brief update from Ms. Long, find out how you can get involved and meet your fellow PTA members.


Is your kid a star? there’s still room in the Performing Arts Club

The Performing Arts after-school club still has room for a few more students. The start date is being moved back to accommodate new participants. See more details on the club’s flyer, and register here.


October’s Restaurant Night is at Chuy’s!

Mark your calendars for October 18! Eat in or take out, enjoy some fabulous Tex Mex food and support the school at the same time.


Learn CPR in one evening: October 17, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm at RPES

Everyone should be prepared and up to date with these life-saving skills taught by ASHI professional instructors. Participants will receive ASHI (American Safety and Health Institute) certification in Adult CPR/AED. Find out more and register here.

New MakerSpace Coming to Ritchie Park

The Media Center is creating a MakerSpace, where students create, invent, tinker, and explore using a variety of everyday materials. 

You can help get ours up and running by donating some everyday items lying around your house: cardboard, Play-doh, pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks and more. Or you can purchase one of the kits from their wish list on Amazon Smile.

For a full list of items that are needed and for more information, see the Ritchie Park Media Center’s website.


List-serves for Gifted and Talented (GT) Education

If you are interested in staying up to date on GT education, you can subscribe to two list-serves dedicated to that topic.

·       MCCPTA Gifted Child Committee:  to subscribe, send an email to

·       GTA Letters (Gifted and Talented Association of Montgomery County). Email:


New kindergarten class update from ms. long

On 9/13, Ms. Long sent the following update:

I was very optimistic that we could have a long term substitute in place quickly, but we will not have someone this week. There is a great deal of demand for teachers and long term substitutes so it is taking more time than I would like.  All of the students currently have a strong teacher, and I will only move them to a new class when I am confident I can provide a strong teacher.

We began interviewing for the permanent position today and we are spreading a wide net to find a qualified substitute.

As soon as I have additional information to share, I will contact you.  In the meantime, I've been visiting the kindergarten classrooms and I can assure you that great learning is happening all day!

Catherine Long


After-school Activities are filling up fast. enroll today!

RPES is offering an amazing array of After-school Activities this fall.  Don’t wait to enroll, as programs are filling up fast, with some already full. Programs include yoga, chess club, karate, robotics, basketball skills and more.



Performing arts

Karate…and more!

These programs are a great way for your child to expand his or her thinking, get some exercise, try something new or pursue an interest—and meet friends and have fun while doing it.

To view all the programs and links to enroll, see the Activities page.


Join the PTA

Just by joining the PTA you are helping the school. Once you join, there are no obligations. However you choose to participate, we welcome you to the PTA.

Click an option below to join now.  Membership dues are listed below. (You'll select your membership type in the next step.)

Our preferred method. Please help us go paperless by joining online.

If you cannot pay the dues, click "join by check or cash" above and select "no payment" on the form.

Membership Rates for PTA 2018-19

single membership:  $30

Family Membership (2 mor more): $45

teacher or staff membership: $15


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Support the PTA Whenever You Shop

Earn money for the Ritchie Park PTA by shopping for groceries or purchasing on Amazon. Just sign up once and the donations continue throughout the school year.

For more information about each of these programs, see our page Give When You Shop.

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