MCCPTA Delegates Assembly Notes

10/6/2021 8:01 pm

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KpwqJowId8Hm2j9HHNTixgaRi4TGqe4awN9rwJMlud0/edit


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October 2021 PTA Meeting Notes

10/6/2021 7:49 pm

Takoma Park Elementary School(TPES)

Piney Branch Elementary School (PBES) 

Parent & Teacher Meeting (PTA)

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 from 7-8pm on Zoom 

Please mark your calendar for our next PTA meeting on Tues, Nov 2 7-8pm when we’ll hear from Ms East and Ms Faulk, our TPES and PBES math specialists about our math curriculum and resources available to students and families 

7:00 Welcome & Introduction of Interpreters 

(Chris Campbell, TPES PTA VP Communications)

Upcoming Dates and Announcements from the MCPS Calendar

Emma Cheuse, PBES PTA VP Communications 

-- PTA is looking for volunteers who speak Spanish or Amharic to assist with   translating and and interpreting PTA notices and events.  Please contact Shellyhill711@gmail.com 

-- Starting in October, TPES and PBES are allowing volunteers in school. Please see Dr Gadsden and Ms Oberdorff’s notices re requirements for volunteers, which include COVID-19 vaccination documentation, a background check and completion of a 1-1.5 hour training around identifying child abuse and neglect. Forms can be found here: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/student-leadership/volunteer.aspx?fbclid=IwAR3LcxGTkVE_zgiTrKqzhuFJAXdDsKY5vLdIefhL7Mb5TaP6hnhP0Axjrmg (will include link in meeting chat)

Click Below for more in English, Spanish and Amharic.

Escuela Primaria Takoma Park (TPES)

Escuela Primaria Piney Branch (PBES)

Reunión de padres y maestros (PTA)

Martes, 5 de octubre de 2021 de 7 a 8 p. M. En Zoom

Marque su calendario para nuestra próxima reunión de la PTA el martes 2 de noviembre de 7 a 8 p. M. Cuando escucharemos a la Sra. East y la Sra. Faulk, nuestras especialistas en matemáticas de TPES y PBES, sobre nuestro plan de estudios de matemáticas y los recursos disponibles para estudiantes y familias.

7:00 Bienvenida e introducción de intérpretes

(Chris Campbell, Vicepresidente de Comunicaciones de TPES PTA)

Próximas fechas y anuncios del calendario de MCPS

Emma Cheuse, VP Comunicaciones de PBES PTA

- La PTA está buscando voluntarios que hablen español o amárico para ayudar a traducir e interpretar los avisos y eventos de la PTA. Póngase en contacto con Shellyhill711@gmail.com

- A partir de octubre, TPES y PBES permitirán voluntarios en la escuela. Consulte los avisos del Dr. Gadsden y la Sra. Oberdorff sobre los requisitos para los voluntarios, que incluyen la documentación de la vacuna COVID-19, una verificación de antecedentes y la finalización de una capacitación de 1-1.5 horas sobre la identificación de abuso y negligencia infantil. Los formularios se pueden encontrar aquí: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/student-leadership/volunteer.aspx?fbclid=IwAR3LcxGTkVE_zgiTrKqzhuFJAXdDsKY5vLdIefhL7Mb5TaP6hnmg reunión de chathP0


Haga clic a continuación para obtener más información en inglés, español y amárico.

የታኮማ ፓርክ አንደኛ ደረጃ ትምህርት ቤት (TPES)

የፒኒ ቅርንጫፍ አንደኛ ደረጃ ትምህርት ቤት (PBES)

የወላጅ እና የአስተማሪ ስብሰባ (PTA)

ማክሰኞ ፣ ጥቅምት 5 ቀን 2021 ከ7-8pm በ Zoom ላይ

ለሚቀጥለው የፒኤቲኤ ስብሰባዎ ማክሰኞ ፣ ኖቬምበር 2 ከ 7 እስከ 8 ከሰዓት ከኤምስት ኢስት እና ከወይዘሮ ፋልክ ፣ የእኛ TPES እና PBES የሂሳብ ስፔሻሊስቶች ስለ ሂሳብ ሥርዓተ ትምህርታችን እና ለተማሪዎች እና ቤተሰቦች ስለሚገኙ ሀብቶች ስንሰማ እባክዎን የቀን መቁጠሪያዎን ምልክት ያድርጉ።

7:00 እንኳን ደህና መጡ እና የተርጓሚዎች መግቢያ

(ክሪስ ካምቤል ፣ TPES PTA VP Communications)

ከ MCPS የቀን መቁጠሪያ መጪ ቀኖች እና ማስታወቂያዎች

ኤማ Cheuse ፣ PBES PTA VP ግንኙነቶች

- PTA የ PTA ማስታወቂያዎችን እና ዝግጅቶችን ለመተርጎም እና ለመተርጎም ለመርዳት ስፓኒሽ ወይም አማርኛ የሚናገሩ በጎ ፈቃደኞችን ይፈልጋል። እባክዎን Shellyhill711@gmail.com ን ያነጋግሩ

- ከጥቅምት ወር ጀምሮ ፣ TPES እና PBES በትምህርት ቤት ውስጥ በጎ ፈቃደኞችን ይፈቅዳሉ። የሕፃናትን በደል እና ቸልተኝነትን በመለየት ዙሪያ የ COVID-19 የክትባት ሰነድ ፣ የኋላ ምርመራ እና የ1-1.5 ሰዓት ሥልጠናን ያካተቱ ለበጎ ፈቃደኞች የሚያስፈልጉትን የዶ / ር ገድስደን እና የወ / ሮ ኦበርዶርፍ ማሳሰቢያዎችን ይመልከቱ። ቅጾች እዚህ ሊገኙ ይችላሉ- https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/student-leadership/volunteer.aspx?fbclid=IwAR3LcxGTkVE_zgiTrKqzhuFJAXdDsKY5vLdIefhL7Mb5TaP6hnhP0Axr


በእንግሊዝኛ ፣ በስፓኒሽ እና በአማርኛ ተጨማሪ ለማግኘት ከዚህ በታች ጠቅ ያድርጉ።


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September 2021 Meeting Minutes

9/21/2021 8:11 pm

PBES PTA Meeting Minutes: September 2021

TPES/PBES PTA Meeting

Monday, September 13, 2021

Slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1FXidVvZc5VT2HMRwnpQY1-Tf8uo3gvEmnyUKZbQyDm8/edit#slide=id.g9bfb622949_0_0

–       Chris Campbell welcomed everyone and shared instructions for Spanish room interpretation and reviewed agenda

–       Welcome and Introductions by TPES and PBES PTA Presidents Margaret McDonnell and Jaslynn Laurence (5 minutes)

– Quick overview of PTA and how to “Build an Effective Family and School Partnership”- Jaslynn Laurence and Joyce McDonough (10 minutes)

– Presentation and Q&A with Dr Kawsar Talaat, a Takoma Park parent, PBES PTA Executive Committee member and Infectious Disease and International Health specialist about the latest science on COVID-19, the delta variant, and the approval process/timeline for vaccine approval for kids under 12 (20-25 minutes)

– Principals Dr Gadsden and Ms Oberdorf to share and answer questions re COVID-19 protocols and otherwise (20 minutes)


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June 1, 2021 Meeting Notes

8/13/2021 6:22 pm

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 PTA Meeting Minutes

7:05     Upcoming Dates and Announcements from the MCPS Calendar 

Wed, Jun 16: Last Day of School for students! Virtual half day.

   

Pick-up some new books for summer reading!

Our last book distribution of the school year will be Wednesday June 2nd, 11-3.  We will be in front of Piney Branch Elementary and will have a mix of new and gently used books. Come grab a couple books for summer reading! If you have any last-minute donations of gently used recreational reading books for grades K-7, please drop them off at 841 Linden Circle in Takoma Park before 10am on Wednesday, June 2. There is also  a collection box outside PBES near the entry doors, if it is easier to drop books at the school. Thank you!

 

Kindergarten registration may be completed here:

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/info/enroll/kindergarten.aspx

 

Please join us for Sharing Our Stories, Monday, June 7 at 7:00pm on Zoom. 

We invite all our elementary scholars to come with a poem, picture, book, or item around their house (such as a special holiday outfit or decoration, a family picture) to share with each other. Spanish interpretation is provided. Zoom details will be posted on the PTA listservs and in messages from the Principal. If you would like to be a guest storyteller or educator, please email Shana at sabbathshana@gmail.com.  

 

7:15     TPES PTA Summer Budget 

    TPES PTA Treasurer, Kelley Skelton

 

Summer budget will provide for foodbank to continue it’s work for the summer. Budgeted 7,500/mo

Also classroom set up fees for the teachers

And  paypal fees to cover donations

Budget approved.

 

7:25    Vote for 2021-2022 PTA Executive Committee slates

    Lauren Greenberg, Chair, TPES PTA Nominating Committee

 

See slate below. Thanks to those who are termed out and thanks to those continuing on. One vote to approve the slate in its entirety.

Margaret McDonnell gave her greetings. She has a rising 5th, 3rd grader and entering Kindergartner.

 

    Lia Salza, Chair, PBES PTA Nominating Committee

PBES slate – Lia introducing the slate. The slate passed; at least 7 board members present.

Jaslynn Laurence introduced herself. Son is rising 3rd grader.

 

 

Takoma Park Elementary School PTA Executive Committee Slate

 

Positions

2021-2022

President

Margaret McDonnell

Executive Vice President

Joyce McDonough

Treasurer

Stephen Tippett

Executive Secretary

Dianne Kirsch

Membership Secretary

Yelena Breiding

Vice President Communications

Chris Campbell

Vice President Membership

Amanda Wagner

Vice President Fundraising

Kelly Young

Vice President Equity

Chai Shenoy

MCCPTA Delegate

Mercedes Castelo

NAACP Rep

Sharon Gaskins




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Piney Branch Elementary School PTA Executive Committee Slate

 

Positions

2021-2022

President

Jaslynn Laurence

Executive Vice President

 

Treasurer

Kate Bauer

Secretary

Kawsar Talaat

Vice President Communications

Emma Cheuse

Vice President Membership

Kathryn Bacon Goldman

Vice President Fundraising

Jocelyne DeHaas

Vice President Equity

Michelle Hill

MCCPTA Delegate

Jaime Koppel

NAACP Rep

 

 

 


Thank you Meg and Sarah, you are AMAZING!!!!


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PBES PTA Meeting Minutes - May 4, 2021

5/5/2021 9:52 am

 

Takoma Park Elementary School(TPES)

Piney Branch Elementary School (PBES) 

Parent & Teacher Meeting (PTA)

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 

7:00-8:00pm on Zoom 

 

7:00    Welcome & Introduction of Interpreters and Speaker

7:05     Upcoming Dates and Announcements from the MCPS Calendar

    Chris Campbell, TPES VP Communications 

    May 3 - 7: Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

    May 1 - 31: Virtual Takoma Park 5k Race

    Thurs, May 13: Professional Day for Teachers & Staff (NO CLASS for students)

    Thurs, May 27th: Town Hall Zoom with Principal Oberdorf @ 7 pm

    Mon, May 31: Memorial Day (schools & offices CLOSED; NO CLASS for students)

    Tue, June 1; June PTA Membership meeting & vote on 2021-2022 slate, 7 pm

Wed, Jun 16: Last Day of School for students

 

Piney Branch Elementary Updates

Mrs. Christine Oberdorf, Principal, Piney Branch Elementary 

  • Thanks for all doing for staff appreciation week - it means a lot
  • 2021 Summer School registration opened Monday and will continue to June 4.  It will focus on reading, math and specials. Students will attend summer school at the school they will attend in the fall. Summer school will be in person, and there will also be a separate virtual school run by MCPS centrally.
  • 5th-grade Promotion will be virtual
  • Articulation process for PBES students.
  • There will be a google and paper form coming in the next week’s message to get parent input for placement next year.

 

7:15    COVID Vaccine Updates & Education

Dr. Kawsar Talaat, Physician and Infectious Disease Expert & PBES PTA Secretary   

  • Vaccines are designed to get your body to develop an immune response to a virus, develop memory for that response so it lasts for a long time and then to protect against disease when exposed to the virus
  • Herd immunity thresholds are different for different diseases.  We think it’s 70-85% for COVID.  It is higher for more contagious diseases.
  • Clinical trials for vaccines have very standard progression. Before any trials on humans, need to have animal data and other data and to apply to the FDA.  Then there are Phases I through III before vaccine can be approved for general use. This often takes many years and trials can be very expensive.
  • In a pandemic, to save time, the phases overlap, and manufacturing begins even before there is approval for widespread use.
  • Pfizer is 2 doses given 3 weeks apart, stored at -70C.  Vaccine was found to be 95% in preventing any symptoms from COVID 7 days after the second dose.  Over 100 million doses given in U.S. to date.
  • In December, Pfizer was approved for use in those 16 and older in December, and is expected to be approved for those aged 12-15 early next week.
  • Moderna is 2 doses given 4 weeks apart, stable at -20C.  It is 94% effective starting 2 weeks after the second dose. Approved for those 18 and older. Over 101 million doses administered in U.S. to date.
  • Side effects are normal after vaccination, especially after the second dose.  Side effects are worse in younger people.  Common side effects are soreness at the injection site, fatigue, muscle aches and fever.
  • CDC put out data recently for 4000 people who were vaccinated and tested weekly for COVID. Those with vaccines were 90% less likely to be infected, so much less likely to be able to transmit the virus to others.
  • Vaccines reduced the rate of hospitalizations from COVID in adults 65 and older by 94%.
  • Johnson & Johnson vaccine works a little differently than the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna). It is a single dose, stable at refrigerator temperatures. It was found to be  72% effective against moderate COVID, 85% effective against severe disease and 100% effective against hospitalization and death.  J&J was briefly halted by CDC and FDA while rare blood clots were investigated (15 cases out of 8 million) but it was determined the vaccine was safe and benefits outweigh the risks.
  • People with previous COVID should still get the vaccine because it should last longer than natural immunity from getting COVID.
  • These are not live, replicating vaccines, so they are safe for those who are immunosuppressed.  However those people may not get as much protection since they have decreased immune response.
  • Trials in children are ongoing.
  • V-SAFE is a new monitoring system to record adverse effects after vaccination. Also VAERS.
  • Allergic reactions happen 1 per 200,000 to 350,000, so there is observation for 15-30 minutes after vaccination.
  • If you have been vaccinated, you can gather indoors with other vaccinated people, don’t need to wear a mask outside and don’t need to get tested after traveling.
  • Vaccines won’t be available to children under 12 until at least the fall
  • We don’t know if booster shots will be needed.  It is likely they will be needed for variants.

 

7:55    Nominating PTA Officers for the 2021-2022 School Year

Lia Salza & Lauren Greenberg, PBES & TPES PTA Nominating Committee Chairs

Proposed nomination slates for each school’s PTA officers for Fall 2021

  • Still looking for a President, Vice President and Treasurer for PBES. It’s great for someone with ideas for where to take the organization. Please do reach out if interested or want to nominate someone.
  • The President position has been a real collaboration between TPES and PBES, and there are a lot of resources to build off from prior years as well as prior Presidents who are around to help. Really encourage folks to think about positions with TPES PTA.

 

Sharing Our Stories

Please join us for Sharing Our Stories, Mondays at 7:00pm on Zoom. SOS with Deepa and her son reading "Ashok by Any Other Name", in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Mo was cancelled last night but will be rescheduled for later this month. Next Monday, May 10, Mona Sahaf will share stories of Ramadan. Spanish interpretation is provided. Zoom details will be posted on the PTA listservs and in messages from the Principal. If you would like to be a guest storyteller or educator, please email Shana at sabbathshana@gmail.com

 

Soliciting Parent Input & Questions About Summer School, Fall Recovery, Etc.

Jaime Koppel, PBES Advocacy Representative (MCCPTA Delegate)

  • Starting to compile questions from parents about summer school, recovery of education in 2021-22 and the return to in-person learning next year. Excited that the school has welcome the PTA to partner with school staff in this conversation.  We welcome your questions and ideas, and know others will benefit from hearing each other’s questions.  Add questions here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LMuHbpK0vBY9_cjwrJW7FT3ZlwCtdlsAFFCyclCRSL0/edit

 

Virtual Takoma Park 5k Race

Sasha Johnson, PBES & TPES Race Coordinator and PBES PTA VP

Donate and participate in this year’s race, which will be virtual this year. Sign up here: VIRTUAL TKPK5K 

 

Treasurer’s Reports  

Kelley Skelton, TPES Treasurer & Erin  Kelley, PBES Treasurer

  • TPES exceeded Readathon goal and has raised $27k so far, which is a great year. We have stayed close to or under budget, leaving assets for the new PTA to start off the year right.
  • Food bank has $100k in assets to continue its great work.
  • PBES also has a healthy treasury to start next year well. Thanks to all who have donated.

 

 

Become a PTA member: 

Takoma Park Elementary https://www.tpespta.net
Piney Branch Elementary https://pineybranchpta.membershiptoolkit.com

 


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PBES PTA Meeting Notes - April 13, 2021

4/25/2021 12:21 pm

 

Takoma Park Elementary School(TPES)

Piney Branch Elementary School (PBES) 

Parent & Teacher Meeting (PTA)

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 

7:00-8:00pm on Zoom 

https://mcpsmd.zoom.us/j/88225152163?pwd=c3h6U1UvUU40MW1NWWIwbzY4Z1p1Zz09

Meeting ID: 882 2515 2163

Passcode: pta

 

Be SMART Presentation & County Advocacy Updates

Mark your calendars for our next meeting, Tuesday, May 4, 7-8pm. 

 

7:00 Welcome & Introduction of Interpreters and Speaker

7:05 Upcoming Dates and Announcements from the MCPS Calendar

Gabe Seiden, PBES VP Communications 

April 11-17: TPES & PBES PTA Fundraiser with Sang Froid Distillery

Wed, April 14: PBES Student Materials Distribution (for virtual students)

Fri, April 16: TPES Student Materials Distribution (for virtual students) and

         Professional Day for Teachers & Staff (NO CLASS for students)

Tues, April 20: Piney Branch Virtual STEM Night from 6:30-8:30pm

Thurs, April 22: Parent Zoom with Principal Gadsden @ 7pm

Tues, May 4: Virtual TPES/PBES PTA Meeting at 7pm

May 3 - 7: Teacher Appreciation Week

Fri, May 13: Professional Day for Teachers & Staff (NO CLASS for students)

 

  • Readathon donations are due Thursday, 4/15! Every donation counts and will help us restock our libraries and support our classrooms. Make sure to get your donation this week!

TPES Readathon (all students will be receiving a Readathon prize bag)

PBES Readathon

 

  • Please join us for Sharing Our Stories, Mondays at 7:00pm on Zoom. On Monday, April 19, Jose from Piney Branch Elementary and mother Ms. Hernandez (teacher at Piney Branch Elementary) will share stories of the Dominican Republic. Spanish interpretation is provided. Zoom details will be posted on the PTA listservs and in messages from the Principal. If you would like to be a guest storyteller or educator, please email Shana at sabbathshana@gmail.com

 

  • Nominating PTA Officers for the 2021-2022 School Year

Lia Salza & Lauren Greenberg, PBES & TPES PTA Nominating Committee Chairs

 

  • Still looking for President and Vice President for both schools (which can be shared positions), PBES Treasurer, TPES VP of Membership and other positions.  If you have any inclination to leadership, please reach out to Lia (lia.salza@gmail.com) and Lauren (lauren.k.greenberg@gmail.com).  Happy to have both people who are new to PTA positions and those with experience.  There is support to learn these roles and great opportunity to make a difference.



7:15 Be SMART Presentation

Jessica Gilbertsen, Be SMART Montgomery County Lead (& MCPS parent), www.besmartforkids.org   

  • Ways to prevent unintentional gun violence with a focus on child safety and public health
  • Nearly 1600 children under 18 are killed each year by guns, over half are homicides
  • SMART stands for safe gun practices:
    • S = Secure all guns in your homes and vehicles by storing locked and unloaded with ammunition separate.  Hiding a gun isn’t securing a gun as children often know where guns are hidden in the house.
    • M = Model responsible behavior and make it part of the normal safety conversation you have with your children
    • A = Ask about unsecured guns in other homes your child visits.  It should be as natural as asking about any other safety issue.  You can also offer this up about your home when hosting play dates to help normalize the topic.
    • R = Recognize the role of guns in suicide.  Most people who attempt suicide don’t die, unless they have a gun. 40% of child suicides involve a gun.  
    • T = Tell your peers to Be SMART
  • Feel free to reach out to Jessica with further questions: Jessica.gilbertsen@gmail.com



7:45 County Advocacy Updates (from MCCPTA)

Joyce McDonough, TPES PTA rep to MCCPTA

Jaime Koppel, PBES PTA rep to MCCPTA

 

  • A few weeks ago the National PTA revoked the charter of the MD PTA, meaning that the state PTA cannot use the logo, brand, etc. of the PTA.  This means our Montgomery County PTA (MCCPTA) now reports directly now to the national level.  Our County PTA is very strong, so our school PTAs will likely not experience much change as a result of this.
  • This afternoon the MCCPTA shared information about an event this Saturday that will be a chance to get answers about the curriculum that will be used in the next school year.  Register here: bit.ly/EngageApr2021
  • Acknowledging some of those who have lost their lives tragically and those who are struggling as a result before beginning a discussion of school safety
  • MCCPTA has been debating the School Resource Officers (police officers in schools) program, including proposals to end and to expand the SRO program
  • County Executive Elrich put out a budget proposal for next year that would eliminate the SRO role
  • MCCPTA passed a resolution (65% to 35%) that sets up MCCPTA to advocate for discontinuing the SRO program on any middle and high school campus and instead pursue holistic approaches to school safety

 

7:55 Treasurer’s Reports  

Kelley Skelton, TPES Treasurer & Erin  Kelley, PBES Treasurer

  • TPES PTA has exceeded fundraising goals for the year.  We have $32k in assets which will help ensure next year’s PTA is in a good position to start the year.
  • The food bank has strong assets
  • PBES Readathon has exceeded its fundraising goal.  They have a budget for teacher appreciation week and 5th grade graduation gifts.  PBES President Sarah Goupell (sgoupell@gmail.com) would be happy to receive ideas for either of those events.

Our May meeting will feature infectious disease expert and PBES PTA Secretary Dr. Kawsar Talaat to discuss the COVID vaccine.  She Please come and feel free to invite others to join.



Become a PTA member: 

Takoma Park Elementary https://www.tpespta.net
Piney Branch Elementary https://pineybranchpta.membershiptoolkit.com


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PBES PTA Meeting Notes - March 2, 2021

4/25/2021 12:14 pm

Takoma Park Elementary School(TPES)

Piney Branch Elementary School (PBES) 

Parent & Teacher Meeting (PTA)

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 from 7-8pm on Zoom 

 

Principal’s Updates: Hear from Dr. Gadsden & Mrs. Oberdorf

Mark your calendars for our next meeting, Tuesday, April 13, 7-8pm. 

 

7:00    Welcome & Introduction of Interpreters 

Upcoming Dates and Announcements from the MCPS Calendar

    Chris Campbell, TPES VP Communications 

    March 1-31: READATHON for both schools (Chris Campbell, Sara Lewis  & Sarah Goupell) -Piney Branch 4600 minutes so far goal 200,001; Mr. Pendleton’s 4th grade class has most students participating

Readathon has changed this year 

All money raised from Readathon will be supporting the PTA

At TPES- majority of funds will go to media center. Huge need for funds 

Last year- 600 titles not returned to library from 2019-2020 school year

90% of nonfiction connection needs to be replaced – outdated, bad shape

Recording minutes: online- Required for TPES, Optional for PBES

Paper calendar optional but encouraged if possible to have visual

What counts as reading: reading by themselves, listening to story by adult, online books either reading or being read to online

Donations- not required, but greatly appreciate

On the PTA website there will be celebrity readers reading each day TPESPTA.net and https://pineybranchpta.membershiptoolkit.com/

Readathon page is on kids homeroom page in MyMCPS/Canvas for TPES

    March 3 - Kindergarten families Zoom with Dr. Gadsden re: reopening, 7pm

        Open house for students who are returning to in-person instruction 

   (all day; Sign Up Genius forthcoming from school)        

    March 4 - 1st & 2nd grade families Zoom with Dr. Gadsden re-reopening, 7pm

March 7 - Welcome-back decorating at school entrances from 5p-6p at TPES & PBES         

    March 8 - No school; teacher professional day

    March 9 & 10 - Asynchronous learning days for all student

    March 10 - Open house for students who are returning to in-person instruction

                (all day; Sign Up Genius forthcoming from school)    

    March 12 - Half day for students

    March 15 - Schools re-open for phase 1.1; some students return (K-3)

    April 6 - Grades 4 & 5 students who opted in return to in-person learning

    April 13 - Joint PTA meeting for TPES & PBES, 7pm

    April 20 - PBES STEM Night 6:30-8:30pm



  • Please join us for Sharing Our Stories, Mondays at 7:00pm on Zoom. On March 22nd, PBES PTA President Sarah Goupell will read “Waiting for the Biblioburro” by Monica Brown in honor of the 2021 Readathon. Spanish interpretation is provided. Interested in being a guest storyteller or educator or need the Zoom details? Email Shana at sabbathshana@gmail.com.



 

  • Nominating PTA Officers for the 2021-2022 School Year    

 

    Lauren Greenberg & Lia Salza Goldstein

Recruiting officers and committees for both schools’ PTA

Executive committees good way to learn what is happening at schools and get to know people at school

TPES: Executive membership secretary- take minutes at executive committee meetings and PTA meetings

President/Vice President

Looking for anyone who wants to become involved- please reach out to Lauren or Lia. 

Lauren.k.greenberg@gmail.com; lia.salza@gmail.com

Can share positions, especially those that require heavier lift, e.g. Treasurer

    

7:15    Principal’s Updates for Plans to Re-Open
    Principal Gadsden and Principal Oberdorf

Dr. Gadsden:

Hybrid model- not all virtual not all direct learning

Teachers will spend them sometime on the computer working with all kids, and sometime breaking them into small groups to work together in person.

First 2 weeks will be getting accustomed to being in school- please be patient

After spring break, they will hopefully be used to handling

Will send survey for transportation

Kiss and ride- most have opted not to come on bus

Likely will block traffic as they are dropping off kids

Be patient

Don’t get out of cars

Kindergarten parents- either park in neighborhood and walk them to door; if you can’t let them out of the car. 

2 open houses- so can see classrooms. Teachers may or may not be there. You can come in and see what classroom looks like/where they will sit.

If child is not returning in person, will not be allowed to tour the classroom

If child need special time and attention- send an email

March 3 (for KG) and March 4 (1st and 2nd parents) meetings are for adults only- all parents should attend so they know what to expect. Meetings at 7 pm.

Going back to school will not look the same as it used to 

Staying home will not look the same as it has done 

For open house tomorrow- come into main office. 

If didn’t chose the bus to leave room for other kids and now want to choose bus, how to make change? The request goes to transportation can submit through synergy

Waitlist: As people change their minds re: in person, there is a lot of traffic both ways. Will call people on Friday to let them off the 

K open house- Wednesday, rest of open house Tomorrow 10:45-3:30

If can’t remember if signed up for bus- check on status of request for transportation: Parentvue or email Ms. Paz.

New bell times start March 15.

 

Ms. Oberdorf:

PBES instructional model different: priority was for students to remain with current teachers

Support for virtual and simultaneous. Hard to promise simultaneous right now because this is all brand new. 

A couple of situations where teacher is not returning to building- assigning a paraeducator someone who is already a staff member- to be co-working and coteaching with the virtual teacher.

Arrival/dismissal changing: student will be entering 4 different entrances depending on where you are coming from 

Welcoming 3rd grade first so a small advantage

Survey for traffic

State Testing: will need to continue the MCAP state assessment to 3rd-5th English and math

Push to shorten assessment this year

No details yet.

No 5th grade MISA (science) test this year

Open house- production of video to show students what it will be like once come off bus/car/walking in door

All teachers will be hosting open house- virtual and in person

Friday March 12 dismissal- entire class will be attended to see how things are different on zoom or what things will look like once they return in person.

 

Q?A: 

Hybrid: blend simultaneous and support to virtual. Best practice for simultaneous for 2 teachers in one classroom- don’t have that

Direct instruction but also virtual

 

PBES: grades are in pods and rooms are adjoining- have an additional staff member for every 2=3 room 

Crossing guards are coming back; will be fully staffed as before. No safety patrols at PBES and no discussion at TPES to decide on patrols.

In communication with Lucy Nehrer from TP to help with logistics

A/B rotation: can we do every week for 4th and 5th grade if few enough come

Rationale – youngest learners need to be in person

PBES: Not able to have all students here every week, except for those special education services

Even though percent is 45%, when look at class to class not able to offer across the board to have everyone come every week


Working with KA and identify space in building- interim for between when 3rd grade starts and 4th grade, and before and after care

PBES: number returning 306 students returning overall; out of 620 students total

Trying to not have a wait list- do have 1 class where more students want to come back than have space 

Small wait list-for 3rd grade; 4th and 5th no wait list.

 

Will 4th and 5th go earlier than April 6? No idea

What will 9th and 10th look like? Teams planning to make sure scope and sequence not interrupted- so not just review but allows students to continue learning asynchronously.

 

TPES: 9:25-3:50 ; lunch will only be 1 hour 

Some time for them to be on zoom with the teacher in the class, and independent work off computer or on computer (nearpod, etc).

 

PBES: 9:25-3:50

 

How will weekly covid testing work- will all students who opt in be tested weekly, or will they be rotated.

 

What happens with cases of COVID in the classroom- definite protocol in place, and work with the department of health and human services.

 

Spring break March 29-April 2, also no school April 5.

 

TPES: Kindergarten children will not go in the building through the front door.

Kids who get out of cars- will go in through the cafeteria/KA door and go straight through to their classrooms

 

Only walkers are going through the front door. 

 

Summer Camp Resource Sheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FUSbob_EvnnnCJAZsGlwkA4PCxQW8ieVVgNjWt9J8CE/edit#gid=0

 

7:55    Treasurer’s Reports  

Kelley Skelton, TPES Treasurer & Erin Kelley, PBES Treasurer

KELLY: TPES: sufficient funds to operate 29.049 in operating funds

Food funds: 90,000

 

PTA has expended almost 6000 to get classrooms ready- would like to update budget currently budgeted at 12,000 up to 18,000 – approved

 

ERIN: PBES: good cash flow- have enough funds to operate for the rest of the year- still need $3000 or more from readathon

Cumulative and expenses are close- just below where we started

If you haven’t joined the PTA not too late, those membership dollars really help MCCPTA and MDPTA in their advocacy.

 

Next meeting Tues April 16 after spring break!

 

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PBES PTA Meeting Notes - February 2, 2021

2/7/2021 8:39 am

 

Takoma Park Elementary School(TPES)

Piney Branch Elementary School (PBES) 

Parent & Teacher Meeting (PTA)

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 

7:00-8:00pm on Zoom 

 

Parenting Communication Tips and SRO Discussion

Mark your calendars for our next meeting, Tuesday, March 2, 7-8pm. 

 

7:00    Welcome & Introduction of Interpreters and Speaker

7:05    Communication for Cooperation

Paige Trevor, Speaker &  Parent Educator, Owner of Balancing Act, LLC https://www.balancingactllc.net   

 

7:45     Upcoming Dates and Announcements from the MCPS Calendar

    Gabe Seiden, PBES VP Communications 

Mon, Feb 8 - Sun, Feb 21: TPES Virtual Scholastic Book Fair (Feb 10: Free Book Distribution)   http://www.scholastic.com/bf/takomaparkelementaryschool

    Wed, Feb 10: PBES In-Person Phase-In Town Hall with Principal Oberdorf; time TBD

Fri, Feb 12: Professional Day for Teachers & Staff (NO CLASS for students)

    Mon, Feb 15: Presidents’ Day (Schools & offices closed; NO CLASS)

    Wed, Feb 24: tentative date for Virtual Black History Night, time TBD

    March 1-31: Readathon for both schools

 

  • Please join us for Sharing Our Stories, Mondays at 7:00pm on Zoom. On February 8th, Takoma Park poet laureate Kathleen O'Toole will assist students interested in submitting a poem for Takoma Park's Sidewalk Poetry Contest. Spanish interpretation is provided. Interested in being a guest storyteller or educator or need the Zoom details? Email Shana at sabbathshana@gmail.com.

 

7:50    Nominating PTA Officers for the 2021-2022 School Year

Lia Salza, Lauren Greenberg & Kelly Young, PBES & TPES PTA Nominating Committee Chairs

  • Position vacancies, how to get involved, and how we hope to increase diversity
  • Positions other than Treasurer don’t require special skills
  • Encourage anyone who is interested to step forward.  It is a very rewarding thing to do and a great way to connect to the schools and the community.  
  • Please reach out to Lia (lia.salza@gmail.com) or Lauren (lauren.k.greenberg@gmail.com) if interested in learning more 

 

7:55    Treasurer’s Reports  

Kelley Skelton, TPES Treasurer & Erin  Kelley, PBES Treasurer

 

  • TPES PTA is doing well and has sufficient assets to operate until the end of the year.  Will be doing the Readathon in the spring to set next year’s PTA up so can respond quickly to the needs of next year. Feel free to email tpesptatreasurer@gmail.com for more details or a copy of the report.
  • PBES PTA is breaking even with expenses and income.  Have brought in just over $19k and spent just under $19k.  Budget is healthy and on target.

 

8:00    Community Discussion about School Resource Officers (SROs) in Schools

Jaime Koppel, PBES PTA Advocacy Delegate  

  • Goals for this discussion:
  • (1) learn from and with each other;
  • (2) discuss what it means to be pro-positive school climate & safety rather than pro- or anti-SRO;
  • (3) consider how this conversation connects to MCPS's current anti-racist system audit: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/antiracist/
  • (4) determine how we want to show up as school communities in these overdue conversations at the County level - including through proposing amendments to the language of the proposed resolution.

 

  • Background: our schools’ PTAs are part of the Montgomery County PTA
  • A School Resource Officer is a law enforcement officer, employed by the County police department.  They carry a weapon and have arrest abilities/responsibilities. 
  • The County PTA committee is proposing a resolution to urge MCPS to discontinue placing SROs in high schools.  To learn more about the resolution and leave comments: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1caF3s61I_nfWqnovTZVmZ9lp1VBVrkLxYlwBPVvWO_k/edit
  • This Thursday, our County Council is also debating Bill 4620, which would end the school SRO program, professionalize the school security role (managed by MCPS) and would invest in student-centered supports and restorative justice training for staff.  Link: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/council/Resources/Files/agenda/col/2021/20210204/20210204_1.pdf
  • Our state delegates are also introducing bills about holistic school safety and climate right now too: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/local-opinions/reimagining-school-safety-in-maryland/2021/01/28/6de4299a-5b38-11eb-8bcf-3877871c819d_story.html?fbclid=IwAR3CVJdIWfy3jAsSgreH0t1I7VPjg2xIZNxwhXyDuGfKCKzOOINq0bbz56M
  • There is data that shows the current SRO model disproportionately results in arrests and entries into the criminal justice system for black/brown students, and students in special education.  Many justice concerns with the SRO model.
  • The national justification for SROs is to protect students from external threats.  But there is no evidence that this is a deterrent for a school shooting.
  • Questions were raised about how some of the services provided by SROs to the schools would be replaced without adding more burden to existing teachers and staff.  The county bill would provide some funding for additional mental health services.
  • Poll was taken for TPES and PBES PTA members
  • TPES is 67% in favor of the resolution and 33% abstained, PBES is 47% in favor, 8% voted no and 44% abstained.  Most abstentions were those who didn’t have kids in that school (you had to vote for both questionsw.
  • Jaime’s email: jaimekoppel@gmail.com

Become a PTA member: Takoma Park Elementary https://www.tpespta.net
            Piney Branch Elementary https://pineybranchpta.membershiptoolkit.com

 


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PBES PTA Meeting Notes - January 5, 2021

2/7/2021 8:36 am

Takoma Park Elementary School(TPES)

Piney Branch Elementary School (PBES)

Parent & Teacher Meeting (PTA)

Tuesday, January 5, 2021,

7:00-8:00pm

Location: Zoom

 

Town Hall & Participation in PTA Leadership

Mark your calendars for our next meeting, Tuesday, Feb 2, 7-8pm.

All PTA meetings will be via Zoom (details below) until further notice. 

 

7:00     Welcome
           
Introduction of tonight’s Spanish and Amharic interpreters

7:05      Upcoming Dates and Announcements from the MCPS Calendar

            Chris Campbell, TPES VP Communications

Mon, Jan 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Schools & offices closed; NO CLASS)

              Fri, Jan 29: Professional Day for Teachers & Staff (NO CLASS for students)

              Mon, Feb 1: First Day of Black History Month

              Tues, Feb 2: TPES & PBES PTA Meeting 7-8pm via Zoom

              Fri, Feb 12: Professional Day for Teachers & Staff (NO CLASS for students)

              Mon, Feb 15: Presidents’ Day (Schools & offices closed; NO CLASS)

 

  • Please join us at Sharing Our Stories, a weekly Zoom PTA event on Mondays at 7:00pm for TPES and PBES families, where we learn about all the amazing identities that make up our school community. Our special guest on Monday, January 11 is Mercedes Castelo, whose family will join the TPES community next fall. Ms. Castelo will share poems, games, and stories of Mexico. Spanish interpretation is available. Interested in being a guest storyteller or educator or need the Zoom details? Email Shana at sabbathshana@gmail.com.

 

7:10      Town Hall  

  • Please post your questions and comments in the chat or click the “raise hand” icon to be unmuted
    • Participants are invited to discuss their questions and concerns
      • Overview of health metrics as they factor into reopening plan
      • In order to go back to in-person schooling, county using 14 day average of cases
      • Right now, average 434 daily/cases and 40 cases/100,000 needs to be
      • There will be a board meeting next week to make this decision re: school reopening
      • Governor has moved teachers to group 1b for vaccination
      • About half of the students are not going to return
      • G: 319 students will stay remote; 294 want to come back
      • O: still proceeding and planning for a Feb 1 start date.
      • 295 will come back
      • Getting a lot flexibility in designing the best plan for our needs
      • Phase in plan- first group going in is K-3
      • Grades K-3- 4 days/week in person MT, TF with Wednesday reserved for online and cleaning of schools
      • Grades 4 and 5- A and B schedule. A week and B week
      • Will get more information before the final start date for students
      • Focus school: has more support or support for special programs: PBES is a focus school
      • Equity hub – about 35 students in building; about at capacity.
      • Likely be options for families through the summer to make up for lost ground
      • If we go back to in person, school will start later because of busing; will need to align online school with in person schedule
      • Everytime changes are made lose a few kids who aren’t able to navigate the change
      • G: have to divide staff between those coming back and those staying home. They have identified teachers who will return in person, classrooms used that allows for social distancing
      • Goal in person and virtual not in the same classroom; but may need to move classes around with teacher, some virtual in the presence of a teacher

No extension of school year- summer programs will be optional; never extend through whole summer Usually 4-5 weeks

No Vaccine for children until late fall at the earliest; no mandated COVID vaccines for return to school

 

  • Potential timeline for COVID vaccine for elementary school children
  • What new challenges are families facing with virtual learning? What challenges continue to persist? How can our community address these challenges together?
  • What topics would you like to see at future PTA meetings?

 

7:40      PTA Leadership for the 2021-2022 School Year

Sarah Goupell, PBES PTA President  

  • Position vacancies and how to get involved

For next year: Nominating committee; President at both schools will have expiring terms, treasurers, exec VP at TPES, and other positions, as well for various committee.

If you have questions, please get in touch with Meg and Sarah if you have questions

Positions and description:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OACoZFJh_ZKqpN1NUlevDgUPoPXqSpMabTKhi5Xi6rI/edit

 

Garden club: facebook.com/groups/SchoolGardenPineyBranchTakomaElementaryAndTPMS

7:50      Treasurer’s Reports 

Kelley Skelton, TPES Treasurer & Erin  Kelley, PBES Treasurer

See treasurer report

136,409 for the foodbank

Piney Branch PTA: Kids Hats and gloves available in the vestibule of the school

Masks for the teachers

300 high quality balls and jump ropes to be used for PE for kids without at home

 

 

You can become a PTA member online:

Takoma Park Elementary https://www.tpespta.net

Piney Branch Elementary https://pineybranchpta.membershiptoolkit.com


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PBES PTA Meeting Notes - December 1, 2020

12/2/2020 8:37 am

Takoma Park Elementary School(TPES)

Piney Branch Elementary School (PBES) 

Parent & Teacher Meeting (PTA)

Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 

7:00-8:00pm

Location: Zoom 

 

Social Emotional Health & Wellness

Mark your calendars for our next meeting, Tuesday, Jan 5, 7-8pm. 

All PTA meetings will be via Zoom (details below) until further notice.  

 

7:00 Welcome

  • TPES Dolphin Drive met its fundraising goal!
  • Big thanks to Kelly Young for all of her work on the Dolphin Drive and to Chris Campbell for behind-the-scenes work to get website up and running with all the right information.

7:05 Upcoming Dates and Announcements from the MCPS Calendar

Gabe Seiden, PBES VP Communications 

Dec 24 - Jan 3: Winter Break - NO SCHOOL  (schools & offices CLOSED)

Tues, Jan 5: TPES/PBES PTA meeting via Zoom @ 7pm

Mon, Jan 18: Professional Day for Teachers & Staff (NO SCHOOL for students)

Fri, Jan 29: Professional Day for Teachers & Staff (NO SCHOOL for students)

 

7:10 Practices to Promote Social-Emotional Health & Wellness   

Max Althofer, TPES Counselor

Erin Coco, PBES Counselor

  • MCPS recognized it needs a more centralized effort to provide support to students and families during the Pandemic.  Now there is a pool of social-emotional learning (SEL) resources available by the county instead of relying on each counselor to provide curriculum.
  • SEL time is  woven into grade level curriculum and classroom practices now
  • Uses CASEL curriculum - focused on self-management, self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making.  Resources and lessons for students are differentiated by grade level.
  • October was personal body safety and cyber civility lessons at PBES.  TPES did personal body safety in November.
  • Typically Mr. Althofer would go into each Kindergarten class weekly but that hasn’t been possible during virtual learning.  Ms. Coco gets to visit PBES classes once a month virtually during homeroom time.
  • In addition to classroom visits, counselors do individual counseling sessions for students, help students and their families get resources they need, help to create Section 504 plans for students with disabilities who don’t qualify for special education services and many other tasks as needed to be responsive to what is going on (e.g., student engagement during virtual learning).
  • TPES and PBES have 1.5 counselors each, which is not sufficient to meet the recommended national ratio of 250 students per counselor.  
  • PBES now has an Equity Hub program in the building, run by Kids Adventures, to provide students who need support outside the home during virtual learning.  They are accepting more students.
  • Strategies for parents in supporting social-emotional development at home and strengthening coping skills during the pandemic can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RqN9NXnwxDKrK7_fpJz--F0Lh_JXG0YSCXVDl7oRJ3E/edit
  • Small group counseling is not allowed by MCPS while virtual, due to privacy concerns. 
  • Email is a great way to reach the counselors for each school.
  • At TPES, Mr Seward covers 2nd grade at TPES, Mr Althofer covers K and 1st.  They will move with grades, so next year Mr Althofer will have the 1st and 2nd graders. You can reach Mr Althofer at max_p_althofer@mcpsmd.org 
  • At PBES, Ms Coco does 3rd and 5th graders.  You can reach her at erin_m_coco@mcpsmd.org 
  • Question about how to avoid video game use with kids..  Answer: teachers are watching for kids who aren’t paying attention and will let parents know.  If not during school time, providing projects for kids that match their interests can help pull them away from screens (e.g., lego project).

 

7:50 Treasurer’s Reports  

Kelley Skelton, TPES Treasurer

  • We did well with the Dolphin Drive and are close to hitting our budget estimate for fundraising income.  Can meet the rest with a Readathon or book fair or other activity later in the year.
  • Received $2,500 for a school literacy program.
  • Still managing the budget for the school food cluster support.

 

Erin  Kelley, PBES Treasurer

  • Account is very healthy with income of over $18,000 and $9,000 spent.  Looking at potential adjustments to the budget and will keep membership abreast of any changes needed (some changes could require a vote).



Next meeting will be Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 7:00pm.  The Zoom link will be shared just before the meeting time, as was done today.

You can become a PTA member online:

Takoma Park Elementary https://www.tpespta.net 

Piney Branch Elementary https://pineybranchpta.membershiptoolkit.com


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