How to help those affected by the fire last week

From the Mayor:

Thank you to all of our community partners for your generous support during this tragedy. As, most of you may know, Friday Fireside Part Apartment located in Rockville, MD had a three alarm fire,33 families have been displaced. Fireside Park Apartments are owned by RHE.

The outpouring of support and generosity that the community has shown is unexplainable.

People are still looking for ways to help support those in this effort…



We also need volunteers to help receive, sort and transport donations.



Attention Ritchie Park!  The Board of Education meets THIS AFTERNOON and will soon be making a decision on the boundaries of the new elementary school (RMES #5) and it will affect Ritchie Park. UPDATED RECOMMENDATIONS WERE RELEASED BY THE SUPERINTENDENT YESTERDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH.

Immediate action is needed by ALL RITCHIE PARK FAMILIES, even if you do not live in the potentially affected zones.  These boundary change proposals affect our entire community and our cluster as a whole.  Ritchie Park voices need to be heard by the Board of Education TODAY and throughout the next two weeks. The BoE will make its final decision on 11/27.

All these options may be viewed at

How do you make your voice heard?

1.  Write letters to the BOE and email them to  (Do this now!) The BOE will be discussing boundaries at a meeting TODAY around 2 p.m., there is also a BOE hearing on Thursday night, and they will be making a decision by November 27th.)

2.  Sign up to speak to the BOE at the meeting this Thursday, November 16th.  The meeting is from 6:30pm – 10pm at the Montgomery County Board of Education, Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD 20850.    To sign up to speak:  Call 301-279-3617. Individuals calling to speak may reserve only one space. (Opportunity to sign up will end at 5:00 p.m., on November 15, 2017.) Each speaker will receive 3 minutes to provide testimony.

RM Cluster Testimony Tonight @ Board of Ed - PLEASE ATTEND 11.8.17

IMPORTANT: BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING TONIGHT: The Richard Montgomery Cluster is providing testimony on the Superintendent’s Recommended Capital Improvements Program (CIP) budget tonight at 6:30 pm at the Carver Educational Services Building, 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville. The CIP Budget DOES NOT INCLUDE FUNDING FOR THE RICHARD MONTGOMERY HIGH SCHOOL (RM) ADDITION even though the plan and feasibility study for the RM addition was completed and shared with the community year. Superintendent Jack Smith did not recommend funding an addition at RM. Yet, right now, RM is 211 students over capacity and is expected to be 438 students over in the coming six years of the CIP, when many of our students will be in high school.
Additionally, we also need your help to support the shell build out for Richard Montgomery Elementary School #5. The Superintendent recommended the shell build out in the CIP, and we now need the Board of Education (BOE) to move forward with increasing capacity at the new school from 602 to 740.

The time to act is now. It takes time for these projects to be developed and we want to ensure our students have an adequate and safe place to learn. Parents and students are encouraged to attend tonight's hearing between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm (when RM testimonies are likely to take place) to support our Cluster and our School. Wearing RPES Spirit Gear and making signs such as "RMHS - FUND THE ADDITION" or "RMES #5 – BUILD OUT THE SHELL" is also encouraged. The BOE does notice the show of support from individual schools and clusters at these meetings. Your presence makes a difference!

Thank you for your support. Please also consider sending an email to the Board of Education about the issues above and/or the RM ES #5 Boundary Study at:

Meeting on Thursday, November 9th for Presentation of New Boundary Options for RMES #5

MCPS has decided to introduce new boundary options for RM ES #5.  The maps and enrollment tables associated with these options will use the most recent enrollment data available for the current school year, as well as account for the increased capacity recommended for RMES #5. 

MCPS will reconvene the Boundary Advisory Group to review the updated information and the proposed alternatives, and provide additional feedback and comment on these options.  This meeting will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, November 9, in the auditorium of the Carver Educational Services Center (CESC), 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville.  This meeting is open to the public to listen to the discussion and ask questions following the committee’s meeting.


Reunión el 9 de noviembre para la presentación de las opciones de los límites para RMES #5

MCPS ha decidió introducir nuevas opciones de límites para RM ES #5.  Loa mapas y las tablas de suscripción asociados con estas opciones utilizarán la información disponible del corriente año lectivo y también tendrá en cuenta la sugerencia de capacidad recomendada para RMES #5. 

MCPS se juntará con el Grupo de Consejo de Límites (Boundary Advisory Group) para repasar la información y las alternativas propuestas y brindar feedback adicional y comentarios acerca de estas opciones.

Esta reunión se llevará a cabo de 6:00 pm a 8:00 pm el Jueves 9 de noviembre en el auditorio de Carver Educational Services Center (CESC), 850 Hungerford Drive en Rockville.  

Esta reunión está abierta al público para escuchar información sobre esta discusión y hacer preguntas luego de la discusión de la reunión del comité.

Pizza Bingo at Julius West 11.3.17

Join us in the Julius West cafeteria for hours of bingo fun with the possibility of winning some special prizes! Bingo numbers will be called out by our Ritchie Park teachers! Families will be able to purchase pizza from Armand's (cash only), and 5th Grade promotion will be selling delicious ice cream treats to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Pizza Bingo will run from 6-8:30 p.m. on Friday, November 3rd.

New this year is the addition of our Silent Auction. It will start online on Thursday, October 26th at 8 a.m. and continue through 7:30 p.m. on November 3rd. You'll get a chance to look over some of the exciting prizes in person during Pizza Bingo Night, but all of the bidding happens online (on your phone or computer). We have some fantastic prizes to bid on, including 4 Walt Disney Word Park Hopper Tickets, The American Girl Doll of the Year 2016 - Lea Clark, Ski Packages, a week at a luxury condo in Ocean City, and much more! To get a sneak peek at some of our fabulous auction items, visit: 100% of the proceeds (minus credit card fees) from the silent auction go back to the Ritchie Park PTA, so you can feel good about supporting this great cause while getting some amazing deals, too!

RM ES #5 Boundary Study - updates

Dr. Smith, the Superintendent of Schools, has released his recommendation for the new boundaries for RM ES #5 which is scheduled to open in Fall 2018.

The full report/recommendation can be found here:

For Ritchie Park, the recommendation includes moving RP 2 (Rockville Town Square area) and RP6 (Tower Oaks area) to the new school; those designated within walking distance will be reassigned. All other zones will stay at Ritchie Park. Children who will be in 5th grade in the 2018-2019 school year will stay at Ritchie Park even if their neighborhood is zoned for the new school.

This Board of Education meets in November and takes into account the boundary committee papers, Superintendent recommendation, and parent letters/testimony before making a final decision. There is also an opportunity for parents to write letters and testify before the Board of Education.  If you would like details on how to do this, please contact the boundary study reps listed below.

The Richard Montgomery Cluster will testify to the Board of Education on Thursday Nov. 8.  Parents and students may attend the hearing and show support for Ritchie Park.  We would love to have a large turnout so that the Board of Education will do what’s best for Ritchie Park and the Richard Montgomery cluster of schools.  Look for an update next week about the specific time of our cluster testimony. 

Please contact our Ritchie Park boundary study reps, Rodney Peele at, Stephanie Hilwig at, or Michelle Chang at with any questions, concerns, or opinions as soon as possible if you would like your views to be taken into account during the cluster testimony.

More information about the boundary study and the Superintendent's recommendations will also be given at our next PTA meeting on 11/7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Media Center. If you have questions, concerns, or opinions about the Superintendent's proposal, please bring them to our meeting

Silent Auction Open for Bidding!

The RPES PTA Online/Silent Auction is now open and will run through Friday, November 3rd at 7:30 p.m.

This is one of the PTA's big fundraising events for the year, so please show your support and get some amazing deals by bidding in our auction! The auction is open to everyone (even non-RPES families) so help us reach our fundraising goals by sharing the auction link with friends, grandparents, and neighbors, too!

Visit the auction site to view and bid on items:

Some of our amazing auction items include:

4 Park Hopper Passes to Walt Disney World Theme Parks

Disney Resort - One Night's Hotel Accomodations

Gold, Topaz, and Diamond Earrings

Be Principal for the Morning

Ocean City Vacation Home Rental


American Girl Doll of the Year 2016 - Lea Clark

Ski Packages

and much more!


PTA Meeting & Special Election 11.7.17

Our next general PTA meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Media Center.  Everyone is welcome!  You do not need to be a member to attend (though if you'd like to join the PTA, you can do so here).  


At this meeting we will:

- hold a special election to fill the board position of President-Elect

- review our PTA budget, expenses, and income (fundraising) so far this year

- receive updates from the MCCPTA delegates

- receive updates from the boundary study committee regarding RM ES #5

- have an open forum for questions and suggestions from PTA members


If you have any questions about the meeting, or would like to see other items added to the agenda, please email


We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Restaurant Night at Mamma Lucia's 10.24.17

Join the Ritchie Park PTA for our October Restaurant Night at Mamma Lucia's in Fallsgrove from 4-9 p.m.  A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit our PTA.  Please be sure to bring a flyer with you and tell your server that you are there for the Ritchie Park PTA restaurant night!

Pizza Bingo & Silent Auction 11.3.17

One of the most anticipated events of the year is just around the corner!  Pizza Bingo Night will be held on Friday, November 3 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Julius West Middle School cafeteria (please note the new location this year!).  Kids will enjoy hours of bingo fun with the possibility of winning some special prizes! Bingo numbers will be called out by their favorite Ritchie Park teachers!  5th Grade promotion will be selling delicious ice cream treats to satisfy your sweet tooth.  Pizza order forms will be going home in backpacks soon, so be on the lookout so you can order pizza for your family during this fun family event.


New this year is the addition of our Online/Silent Auction which will start online on Thursday, October 26th at 8 a.m. and continue through 7:30 p.m. on November 3rd.  You'll get a chance to look over some of the exciting prizes in person during Pizza Bingo Night, but all of the bidding happens online (on your phone or computer).  We have some fantastic prizes to bid on, including 4 Walt Disney Word Park Hopper Tickets, The American Girl Doll of the Year 2016 - Lea Clark, Ski Packages,  a week at a luxury condo in Ocean City, and much more!  To get a sneak peek at some of our fabulous auction items, visit:


More items are still being added, so keep checking the site daily for new prizes, and get ready to start bidding on October 26th!  This auction is open to EVERYONE, so be sure to let friends, grandparents, and neighbors know, too!  We're so happy that 100% of the proceeds (minus credit card fees) from the silent auction go back to the Ritchie Park PTA, so you can feel good about supporting this great cause while getting some amazing deals, too!

Back-To-School Picnic 9.15.17

Join the PTA for our Back-to-School Picnic this Friday, September 15th from 6:30-8 p.m.  Bring a picnic dinner or purchase food from one of our fabulous food truck vendors!  Activities will include facepainting, and after-school activity demos. 

5th Grade Promotion will be offering fun Carnival games and prizes including a prize wheel, water balloons, cup toss, pop-a-shot, cup stacking, fidget spinner prizes, and more!

RSVP on Facebook to let us know you're coming and stay up to date on all the exciting event details!

See you there, Panthers!



First PTA Meeting September 18th at 7:30 p.m.

The first PTA meeting of the 2017-2018 school year will be on MONDAY, September 18th from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Please join us in the All Purpose Room.

As always, free babysitting & pizza by Bar-T staff will be available for Ritchie Park students during the meeting.

Future PTA meetings will be:

Tuesday, November 7

Tuesday, December 5

Tuesday, February 6

Tuesday, April 3

Tuesday, May 1

Tuesday June 5


President's Welcome Letter


Dear Ritchie Park Parents & Guardians,

On behalf of our PTA, I would like to welcome you and your family to our 2017-2018 school year. For those who do not know me, I am Andrea Creel, and my son, Quinn, is in fourth grade at Ritchie Park this year.

There are so many great things about being part of the PTA this year. The PTA is planning many great activities to help enrich your child’s experience at Ritchie Park, including our brand new Back-to-School Picnic on Friday, September 15th from 6:30-8 p.m.  A full list of our PTA events can be found on our website:

The PTA intends to advocate to benefit not only your children at RPES, but all of the children in the Richard Montgomery cluster and throughout the County, with assistance from our Cluster Coordinator and RPES Parent, Rodney Peele, and our two MCCPTA Delegates, Shawn Eum and Ethan Baker.

We will also be undertaking fundraising efforts, led by Louis Leibowitz, to enrich the experience of our children, school, and entire Ritchie Park community. But perhaps, most importantly, simply joining the PTA is one of the easiest ways to support our teachers, our staff, and ultimately our children. This year, you can join the PTA online at

As PTA President, my primary goal this year is to make our PTA more inclusive, welcoming, and engaging. I would love to see the Ritchie Park proud panther pride be so great that it is evident not only at our school but in our community at large. I would also love to hear your suggestions, priorities, concerns, and especially solutions. You can contact me anytime at or by calling or texting me at 240.277.2683. There will also be time at every PTA meeting this year for your to voice your opinions, questions, and suggestions and hear ideas from other members as well. The entire PTA board would love to hear new ideas and suggestions to make our school and PTA the best it can be.  

Our first PTA meeting of the year will be on Monday, September 18th at 7:30 p.m. in the All Purpose Room.  As always, there will be free babysitting and pizza for the kids, and a few treats for adults who attend the meeting, too!  I would love to see our entire Ritchie Park community at our very first PTA meeting this year, and of course, at our other monthly meetings, too.

Our PTA Board is incredibly excited to work with you, our teachers, and staff to make this year the best school year yet!


Andrea Creel


Ritchie Park ES PTA


Hurricane Relief

Dear Ritchie Park Families,

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow, August 31st, at our Sneak Peek! Our New family Orientation, which is for parents and students in grades one through five, will be held at 8:45 in the All Purpose Room. From 9:15-10, parents and students are invited to our Sneak Peek where each student can meet his/her teacher.

In addition, Ritchie Park has organized a one-day fundraising effort to help those who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. Tomorrow at Sneak Peek, we will be collecting money that will be donated to the Houston Food Bank. To learn more about the Houston Food Bank, please visit

If you would like to donate, please bring a check (made payable to Ritchie Park) or cash donation to Sneak Peek tomorrow. There will be a collection table in the main lobby. Thank you in advance for your participation in this effort.

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!

RPES Teacher Appreciation Back-to-School Breakfast

Please join the PTA in welcoming back RPES teachers and staff with breakfast on September 8th, the first Friday of the school year. The staff has been working hard preparing for a great 2017-18 school year, and the breakfast was really appreciated last year, so we want to continue the tradition. Please sign up to bring an item to leave in the teachers' lounge. If you can plan to get it to school by 7:00 am that would be ideal since staff arrive early. You can also drop your items off in the staff refrigerator / staff lounge the day before.Remember to bring serving utensils for your dishes (and label them so that we can put them to the side for pickup). And please label anything homemade as several staff have allergies and won't eat food unless they know what's in it.

Looking forward to a great year!

Date: 09/08/2017 (Fri.) 
Time: 7:00am - 10:00am EDT
Location: Ritchie Park Elementary School Teachers' Lounge