PTA meeting - 6/5

Please join us for the final PTA meeting of the 2017-2018 school year!

The meeting will include;

- a vote on a preliminary/summer PTA budget for the 2018-2019 school year
- updates on school safety & security at Ritchie Park and MCPS
- open forum to share ideas for PTA events and fundraisers during the 2018-2019 school year - please share your views and provide input for next year!! 

Free childcare will be available during the speaker and the PTA meeting (6:30-8:30 p.m.)

The speaker will run from 6:30-7:15 p.m. Our last PTA meeting of the 2017-2018 school year will be from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on 6/5

Everyone is welcome - even if you are not a PTA member!

529 College Savings Plan speaker coming on 6/5

Please join the RPES PTA for a special information session before our June 5th PTA meeting.

Lizabeth Wagger, a local financial advisor (and parent of three boys), will go over the ins and outs, ups and downs, pros and cons of Maryland 529 college savings plans. And if that isn't enough, she will also touch on the whys and wherefores of other savings strategies.

Free childcare will be available during the speaker and the PTA meeting (6:30-8:30 p.m.)

The speaker will run from 6:30-7:15 p.m. Our last PTA meeting of the 2017-2018 school year will be from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on 6/5

Questions? Email: president@ritchieparkpta.org

Book Swap is coming!

The Annual PTA BOOK SWAP is coming to Ritchie Park on May 31 and June 1.

Collection for the PTA Book Swap will begin on MONDAY, MAY 14, 2017.  The PTA will collect books through May 30.  Please bring gently used chapter books to donate to the swap.  Classrooms that meet donation goals can win a POPSICLE PARTY.  During the swap, everyone will get the opportunity to pick one book to keep and take home for summer reading.  Thank you in advance for cleaning out your bookshelves and donating books to the Ritchie Park Book Swap.   


Volunteers are Needed!  Please sign up here: 
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B084DA5A62CA20-book2

Important RM Cluster Meeting with the Board of Education 5/17 - PLEASE RSVP AND ATTEND!!

On May 17th parents, teachers, administrators, and PTA Leaders in the RM Cluster have the opportunity to meet with the Board of Education and ask questions/provide feedback to the Board. This is a very important event and rare opportunity to dialogue directly with the Board of Education on issues of importance to our school and community.  Each school cluster has the opportunity to meet directly with the Board of Education only once every 4 years, so this is a very important and rare chance to ask your questions directly to the Board as well as share issues of concern.

During the meeting, there will be an opportunity for a town hall style question and answer session - the RM Cluster PTA leaders are looking for some questions to be submitted in advance if possible, but questions may also be asked without previously submitting them.

Possible topics for discussion include: school safety and security, curriculum updates, special education, overcrowding, school facility repairs/renovations, special programs

 Please RSVP (below) and submit your questions in advance if you are interested in attending. Free childcare will be available for children (must be potty-trained).

 

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May 1 PTA Meeting - Important Reminders

At our May PTA meeting, all members will be voting on the proposed bylaws which were updated by our Bylaws Committee. We are required to update our bylaws every 3 years, as per the MDPTA guidelines.All PTA members are requested to read through the bylaws and the proposed changes in advance of the vote.  Please click here to download the bylaws for review.If you have any questions or feedback about the proposed changes, please contact the members of the Bylaws committee: Laurie Brooks, Lauriebrks@gmail.com, and Amy Wilkinson-Hagen, amywilkh@gmail.com

 

We will also be voting on the 2018-2018 RPES PTA Board! 

Current Slate of candidates are as follows:

President - Ruth Futrovsky

President Elect - Jenny Tordoff

Treasurer - OPEN AND MUST BE FILLED

Programs - Sonali Parry

Communications - Katie Bennett and Kerrie Larosa

MCCPTA Delegate - Ambereen Baker

Membership - Louis Leibowitz

Proposed Bylaws Updates - Please Review!

At our May PTA meeting, all members will be voting on the proposed bylaws which were updated by our Bylaws Committee. We are required to update our bylaws every 3 years, as per the MDPTA guidelines.

All PTA members are requested to read through the bylaws and the proposed changes in advance of the vote.  Please click here to download the bylaws for review.

If you have any questions or feedback about the proposed changes, please contact the members of the Bylaws committee: Laurie Brooks, Lauriebrks@gmail.com, and Amy Wilkinson-Hagen, amywilkh@gmail.com.

RPES Bylaws Update - Please Provide Feedback!

At the April 3rd PTA meeting, we will be reviewing any proposed revisions to PTA bylaws. The current bylaws are available here. Any proposed changes can be sent to our bylaws committee members: Laurie Brooks, Lauriebrks@gmail.com, and Amy Wilkinson-Hagen, amywilkh@gmail.com.  We welcome any ideas and will incorporate them when possible for review at the April 3 meeting.  The deadline for suggested revisions is March 30.  PTA membership will vote on the new bylaws at the May PTA meeting.  

RMES#5: Your input is requested!

The Richard Montgomery Elementary School #5 is in development and there is now an opportunity to provide input on the new name. The MCPS Board of Education has shared 4 names for consideration. The School Naming committee comprised of parents of the new school is charged with soliciting community feedback, researching the names, and sharing a prioritized list with the board. Community members are encouraged to vote on these names, and also have an opportunity to suggest additional names. Please vote by March 13 at: https://goo.gl/forms/Ggn55hsvk2Zk4dIt2. The Board of Education will then make its official selection at their April 12th meeting. All meeting notes and community feedback will be posted on the RMES #5 website. http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/rmes/

ORDER SPRING SPIRIT WEAR!!

It's that time again -- buy spirit gear and show off your Panther Pride!

This spring, we have lots of new styles and items including pants, jackets, bags, and more!!  Check out the website for all of the product options and fun styles!

There is FREE SHIPPING on all orders placed online between March 9-26!!  All items are available in youth and adult sizes, so make sure the children and adults in your family can show off their Panther Pride with their favorite shirt or hoodie.  Place your order online today at 

It's that time again -- buy spirit gear and show off your Panther Pride!

This spring, we have lots of new styles and items including pants, jackets, bags, and more!!  Check out the website for all of the product options and fun styles!

There is FREE SHIPPING on all orders placed online between March 9-26!!  All items are available in youth and adult sizes, so make sure the children and adults in your family can show off their Panther Pride with their favorite shirt or hoodie.  Place your order online today at http://www.ritchieparkspiritwear.com

Download order form here

 

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…

RHE WILL BE TAKING DONATIONS FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE FIRESIDE PARK APARTMENTS FIRE. YOU MAY DROP OFF YOUR GENTLY USED ITEMS TO THE DAVID SCULL COMMUNITY CENTER AT 1251 FIRST ST, ROCKVILLE MD 20850 FROM 12-3PM.

ITEMS NEEDED: TOILETRIES, CLOTHING, BEDDING, BASIC HOUSEHOLD SUPPLIES.

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION YOU MAY CONTACT TOSHA DYSON AT (301)424.6265 X107

RM ES #5 Boundaries - CALL TO ACTION - MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!

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 http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/planning/rmes.aspx

How do you make your voice heard?

1.  Write letters to the BOE and email them to BOE@mcpsmd.org.  (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 la...st 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: boe@mcpsmd.org.

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.

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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: www.32auctions.com/ritchieparkpta. 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: http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/planning/rmes.aspx

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 rpeele@aoa.org, Stephanie Hilwig at jhsg@comcast.net, or Michelle Chang at michelle@thehouseofchang.com 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