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


MCCPTA Area Meeting

DID YOU KNOW? Even over the summer, the PTA continues to meet and advocate for our Ritchie Park students at area meetings with the MCCPTA and elected officials.  PTA President, Andrea Creel, RM Cluster Coordinator and Ritchie Park parent, Rodney Peele, and our MCCPTA delegate Ethan Baker attended the MCCPTA area meeting on July 20th where they got to speak with the Mayor of Rockville, members of the County Council, BoE, state delegates, and MCPS representatives to share the priorities for our school and the schools in our cluster for the upcoming year.

Volunteer Training

Before you can volunteer at the school,

  • you have to do volunteer orientation.  You can go to the school Media Center (library) and ask to watch the video, or you can go to a live session on Tuesday, October 4 at 7pm, right before the first PTA meeting of the year.  
  • you also have to take the online MCPS Child Abuse and Neglect training (link below).  When you're done, you will get an email which tells you to print a certificate -- give the certificate to Ms. Zegarra or Mrs, Baum in the front office.

You have to do both if you plan to volunteer or spend time at RPES in any capacity (room parent, field trip, lunch room, recess, etc.)  Thank you for putting in the time to help our community!