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!

 

Have a terrific spring break everyone!

 


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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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PBES PTA Meeting Notes - Tuesday November 2, 2020

11/3/2020 10:54 am

 

Takoma Park Elementary School(TPES)

Piney Branch Elementary School (PBES) 

Parent & Teacher Meeting (PTA)

Monday, November 2, 2020, 

7:00-8:00pm

Location: Zoom 

 

Antiracism & Social Justice in Our Schools

Mark your calendars for our next meeting, Tuesday, Dec 1, 7-8pm. 

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

 

7:00 Welcome

7:05 Upcoming Dates and Announcements from the MCPS Calendar

Chris Campbell, TPES VP Communications 

Nov 2-30: TPES Dolphin Drive

Tues, Nov 3: Election Day  (schools & offices CLOSED)

Wed, Nov 4: Professional Day for Teachers & Staff (NO SCHOOL for students)

Mon, Nov 9: Professional Day for Teachers & Staff (NO SCHOOL for students)

Nov. 9-22: PBES virtual Scholastic Book Fair & Readathon

Mon, Nov 9: Professional Day for Teachers (NO SCHOOL for students)

Wed, Nov 11: MP2 Schedule Changes go into effect (to be discussed next)

Mon, Nov 23 thru Wed, Nov 25: Early Release Days (dismissal at 11:30am)

Thurs, Nov 26 thru Friday, Nov 27: Thanksgiving Break (NO SCHOOL)

 

7:07 MP2 Schedule Changes for MCPS Elementary Schools

Christine Oberdorf, PBES Principal

When board approved schedule, one of the conditions was the district would provide feedback about the schedule. Slight change to Elementary schedule voted on last week. Only impacts Wednesday am. 

 

  • New schedule (starting Wednesday, November 11 1st Wednesday second marking period): 
    • 9am class meeting; 
    • 9:30-10:15am live instruction ending with guidance for independent work; this time will not include new learning – no new modules from Benchmark or Eureka; opportunity to revisit content, provide enrichment, or vary content
    • Pacing guide for Eureka and Benchmark has been revised based on this new schedule.
    • 10:30-11:30am self-guided work for most students; paraeducator & service provider support available Teacher will outline direction for what students due during that time. Teachers are finalizing their plan and will get us information soon.
    • Teachers will communicate specifically with class about what the schedule will look like.
    • Goal is to reduce screen time, provide students with additional support as needed, and additional planning time for teacher. 
  • TPES is moving last special of the day to that later morning time- not at 2:30 but moved to 10:30. It was hard to get kids to come back to that special in the late afternoon.
  • TPES teachers will give them choices as to what to do in the afternoon; kids will be able to choose the activity.
  • Not supposed to be done at 11:30, should be working
  • PBES: Concern: they have 2 blocks of specials in the afternoon to move them both in the morning; there is only one slot in the morning, and not enough teachers to cover both sessions in the morning.
    • 11:30am-1pm lunch and wellness break;
    • afternoon Wednesday schedules remain unchanged;
  • Highlights:
    • Wednesday morning blocks will no longer focus on instruction in Benchmark Literacy and Eureka Math, but include opportunities for students to engage in related content support, review, extension, & enrichment.
    • Teachers will communicate with each student & family about the learning activities that students should complete during each block.
    • Goal is to increase opportunities to reduce screen time, have students receive special education or related services, & provide time for independent or  small group work
  • Leadership team is finalizing details this week; please look for more information from your child’s classroom teacher next week 

 

7:10 Equity through the Educational Lens   

Emma McClary, TPES 2nd Grade Teacher & Equity Committee member

Kristen Dunlap, PBES 3rd Grade Teacher & Equity Committee member

  • Classroom practices and lessons that focus on racial equality & social justice
  • Guided discussion about what parents can do at home

Ms. Dunlap: all classes in MoCO completed Psychoeducational lessons; PBES had unity day and Unity week; they received special election materials from the county

Emma McClary: all received the same curriculum about all of this

Need to bridge and do social awareness at home

 

Ms. Dunlap

Spend a lot of time in the classrooms talk about what is going on in the world- 1-1/2 weeks in the morning; lots of things happening

Covid 19, 

Dual pandemic: social justice responses to combat racism 

Lot of time talking about race, racism, anti-racism, social justice

So that they understand the difference between being a Bystander to being an upstander; being a bystander is watching; upstander- stand up and say what you are feeling. Talked a lot about this. Also tied this into lessons about bullying

Their opinions are valued and matter- created a safe space so that they can share what they are thinking

 

Spent time on the positive things that they can do to feel better if experiencing stress/anxiety/worry, negative thoughts or feelings

Each class made their own list; they have arsenal of things that they can do if they are feeling strong emotions. 

PBES: celebrated Unity day- staying united- a class community, a school community, a TP community- together stand against bullying; united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion

Thinking about what we can do to stand together

Hearing all the voices

Kids communicate differently some words, some pictures.

Making sure we see those that feel invisible

 

County sent out material on Communicating info re: election to kids

Working with Benchmark reading on communities and government units

How is our election materials relevant in our world right now

Connecting it to things that elementary school students in terms of voting

 

Discussion: open and honest conversations re: election

How are we feeling about things? Socioemotional part of election lessons are crucial.  Mood Meter

Talking about feelings towards the election

Had ground rules going in

Took time to talk about candidates and racial disparities

 

Ms. McClary:

All of the lessons re; social justice, equity, election are the same across the schools

There is also a reflective piece on the professional level for the teachers, helps them have them open and honest discussions with the teachers

Teachers: all have unique perspectives that they learn and teach from; all will sometimes make mistakes

Parents at home play bigger roles as teachers

Classroom practices help make sure that equity is included:

Representation in literature

Representation in posters and decorations

Equity sticks and random calling strategies

Building relationships with families

Communicating high expectations for all students

Acknowledge and true appreciation of the differences that we have and appreciate the diversity

Recognizing that everyone has differences and that is ok

Teachable moments including factual conversations when things get said in the classroom

Modeling vulnerability, honesty and empathy

When teaching these lessons, created spaces where students feel valued

 

How to transfer the ideas from the classroom to the home:

Don’t overthink the conversation at home

Be factual, open and honest

Normalize conversation

Minimize otherness

Students understand feelings- can break things down to feelings if necessary 

 

TPES and PBES each do collaborative planning within the school to help share best practices and ideas with each other!



Sharing our stories:

Every Monday Night TPES/PBES 7 pm is doing a Sharing our Stories with the teachers and families in the school community

Bedtime story- guest family, educator, etc sharing a story: book, interview

Educator giving tips on how to become more involved in the school community

If interested in sharing a story: contact Shana sabbathshana@gmail.com

Next week: Ms. Coco – PBES counselor on how to handle remote learning with the 

 

7:40 NAACP Parent Council Updates

Sharon Gaskins, TPES NAACP Representative

Lauren Van Tol, PBES NAACP Representative

  • Upcoming NAACP initiatives

Lauren:

Parent council: way to allow you to advocate for your child and get involved in their kids’ education

Started in 1990’s by the NAACP Youth council

https://groups.google.com/g/pbes-naacp-pc

next meeting Thursday November 12 6:30 pm.

 

Middle School magnet consortium: Argyle- digital design, Parkland- Aerospace, Loederman- creative arts

Due dates soon

If interested in any of the programs:

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/msmagnet/

 

Sharon

1st meeting parents council at TPES on Thursday with Dr. Gadsden

Will collaborate with Piney Branch council

Equity Hubs: kids in K-5 can come and do distance learning in school building 8:30-5:30 for $50/mo with additional aid available

For kids who qualify for FARMS

Expanding across MCPS: https://www.equityhubs.org/

No plan for TP schools to host a hub 

Lunch provided, and the day will be built around supporting distance learning and providing children with social emotional connections. Rolling Terrace Elementary and Rock Creek Forest Elementary which are less than 3 miles from Piney Branch are opening soon.

Montgomery county parent council : report on how black and brown students are faring in virtual learning; research conducted by UMD

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5e83a7b8388c7627b9ee5305/t/5f882437a612636f97a366aa/1602757688203/FINAL--Securing+Educational+Equity+Report+-+Black+and+Brown+Coalition+10-6-20+.pdf

 

7:50 Treasurer’s Reports  

Kelley Skelton, TPES Treasurer

Meg covering: 

TPES continues to be receiver and payor of the food support from the 4 schools

Dolphin appeal in November is fundraiser

Greatest expenses this month- teacher classroom set up funds.

 

Erin  Kelley, PBES Treasurer

Panther appeal just ended: 

Passed our goal

On membership side just over 50% of the goal

Including role over from last year; very robust situation

Expenses: support staff, website, and paypal fees



NEXT PTA MEETING: Tuesday December 1st; new zoom link; will be sent out shortly before the meeting.




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PBES PTA Meeting Notes - Tuesday October 6, 2020

9/4/2020 10:47 am

Connecting with your School & Community

Mark your calendars for our next meeting, Monday, Nov 2, 7-8pm. 

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

 

7:00    Welcome

7:05     Social Emotional Support for Virtual Learning
           
Cinthea Neuheisel, PBES Assistant Principal       
                -
Key supports the school is putting in place & tips for how parents & caregivers can help at home

 

Social emotional learning is important; class meetings- class meetings is time where teachers are promoting relationships among students and to create a sense of community within class

 

Play games to connect

 

Psychoemotional support resources for kids available on the website and with the teachers

 

Second step curriculum- social skills and conflict resolution skills.

 

Tool- referral system so teacher can refer students not engaged – spreadsheet created by school

 

Last week, MCPS published own tool to collect data to send to MCPS

 

Weekly videos- consistent repetitive language to ground students in the week and to create a sense of connection back to their school community

 

Tips for at Home: Biggest thing that students need at this time is to be flexible- need to raise resilient tiny humans; need to be cognitively flexible in trying circumstances

 

Need good night’s sleep

 

New routines and structure that we can rely on

 

Single tasking and focusing- space free of distraction;

 

ONE SCREEN at a time is a simple single tasking rule to help promote focus

 

Acceptance and gratitude to find what brings you joy. Helps with mood.

 

7:15      Upcoming Dates and Announcements from the MCPS Calendar

            Gabe Seiden, PBES VP Communications

 

Thurs, Oct 1 thru Oct 31: “Panther Appeal” PBES PTA Fundraising Month 

Tues, Nov 3: Election Day  (schools & offices CLOSED)

Nov. 9-22: PBES virtual Scholastic Book Fair & Readathon

Mon, Nov 9: Professional Day for Teachers (NO SCHOOL for students)

Nov 11-12: Early Release Days for Students (Parent/Teacher Conferences)

 

7:20     Fundraising Updates & Treasurer’s Reports  

Kelly Young, TPES VP Fundraising- Dolphin Drive for November; goal is 9000; even though people are giving in lots of places, PTA still doing a lot for the teachers and school

 

            3 dine-outs that month; likely the 3 Tuesdays

            -Provide teachers for money/supplies for students or them selves

            - interpreter when district doesn’t provide

            - professional development

            -

Angela Riemer, PBES VP Fundraising

 

Piney Branch Elementary Panther Appeal kicked off October 1

Continue to provide enrichment services to families and teachers

Appeal important initially as it helps us determine the budget for the year

Can give on website

Dine- out is at Mansa Kunda October 16; 8000 Flower Ave

Merchandise is available to purchase through the website.

Will soon have masks

Volunteers will deliver purchases to homes

 

Kelley Skelton, TPES Treasurer

See Treasurers report

Lots of income missed out on during readathon

Most of donations came to food support;

Last year 100000 in donations, used almost 90,000 year-end balance 14K

Lots for the foodbank

Operations for foodbank is expensive

About 1000 down in membership

Spending $5000 q2 weeks

Money coming from TPES, PBES, TPMS and ESES

Continue to fundraise for as long as needed

TPES PTA has 30K available

Erin  Kelley, PBES Treasurer

No budget yet- working on it

PBES PTA- Expenses to date: Translation services

 

7:25     Building the School & Family Partnership 

            *Please comment and ask questions via the chat.*

  • Key staff to contact, expected flow of information, and collaborative troubleshooting
  • Provide flow chart in advance and post on the website; share with families, provide translation

 

 

Community Norms and Best Practices

Teachers: committed to

Meeting child and his/her peers where they are and adjusting instruction/differentiating as needed

Sharing information related to

 

Parents and guardians:

Reach out to children’s teacher first whenever you have a question or concern about classroom curriculum, expectations or your child’s progress

Access info on curriculum

Reach out to class parent

 

 

Students:

Develop a trusting relationship with teachers

Practice taking risks while trying new things and sharing ideas and answers even when they’re unsure

Connect with fellow students to enhance academic and social-emotional development

What learning practices work best for you.

 

How do I contact the school?

Start by sending an email to your child’s teacher

 

You can write the note in any language- the school will translate

The policy of the school was that the staff will respond within 24 hours

 

How can I help my child make friends and connect with class mates

            -Each classroom has an assigned classroom parent

 

What if I am not getting help needed from child’s teacher or have questions

  • Guidance counselor
  • School principal or Assistant principal
  • Spanish and Amharic translation available by phone

What to do if behavior, health, or mental health challenges?

  • Call or email guidance counselor or the administrator

My child is struggling with school work:

 

Encourage child to Meet with teacher

-Saturday school currently offer tutoring opportunities, sliding cale

PTA Volunteer assistance esp if technology issues

If struggle contact his/her teacher

Educational and Equity hub- Bar-T $50/mo

Several throughout the county

Who do I access if my child will be absent from school or if missed class by watching recorder

Live virtual lesson absence form

 

Attendance secretary:

Lana Gard TPES

Marcella Hagens PBES

 

Assistance for ParentVue- contact main office

 

Help with chromebook and online platform
 

 

7:55     Takoma Park Equity Walk

            Lucy Neher, SafeRoutes to School Coordinator, City of Takoma Park

  • An overview of a new family-friendly activity walk in Takoma Park


tomorrow is walk to school day L

We belong here- Takoma Park Equity Walk

Go tomorrow; scan the QR code then get Story Map

Project started 1 year ago; grant submitted Oct 2019

Idea equity inclusive of everything

Community center at Ann St has QR

Do activity, talk with one another based on prompt

Each link has a suggested list of books. Can take the book out from library through link

Lots of resources

Theme is belonging- exploration- who you are, what makes you unique

Bursting bubbles- bursting stereotypes

No start or finish

Community center start in a loop

Ann St in a straight line

 

Safe Routes to school- small check for each PTA from the race that didn’t happen

Got a grant for a feasibility study to do a traffic garden in- safe place to learn to ride so kids and family can go to learn how to ride bikes

Next time will ask for money to build it

Working on getting grants for Bikes for school ; schools will have fleet of bikes to do learn to ride at all levels with PE teachers. 8-10 bikes various sizes; TPES will be some balance bikes

In DC- every second grader learns how to ride

In Fairfax they learn how to ride; MoCo not yet

Montgomery county has some in person bike rodeos/lessons

Everyone who goes gets a free helmet- if kids need a helmet and need to practice, go to the bike rodeo.

 

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PBES PTA Meeting Chat - Tuesday September 1, 2020

9/4/2020 10:07 am

161 participants

 

From Liam Staub to Everyone:  07:00 PM

Does anyone know if it's possible to change the name that appears?  The way I normally do it (clicking on three dots) doesn't seem to be an option.

 

From Lisa Miller to Everyone:  07:00 PM

I don't think that's doable on MCPS Zoom. :)

 

From Sarah, PBES PTA President to Everyone:  07:00 PM

Set up was done from an MCPS account, so we can't rename. sorry!

 

From Liam Staub to Everyone:  07:01 PM

Got it.  For the record, I'm Erin Kelley, not Liam Staub.  :)

 

From jaime, she/her, CJSF to Everyone:  07:06 PM

128 participants - super wow! So curious to know who folks are. Can we introduce ourselves here?

I’m Jaime Koppel. I have a 6th grader at TPMS and a 3rd grader at PBES (Mr. Rook).

 

From Annelies Echols to Everyone:  07:06 PM

I’m Annelies Echols.  I have a 5th grader at PBES (Ms. Lane).

 

From Armandina Macias to Everyone:  07:07 PM

armandina, mom to 4th grader (Plummer)

 

From Jennifer Nash Littlefield to Everyone:  07:07 PM

Hi all, I’m Jennifer Littlefield, parent to Wynn in second (Olson) and Lucas in fifth (Lee)

 

From Alice Morin to Everyone:  07:07 PM

Hi! Claire Morin, Alice is in First Grade at TPES!

 

From Justine Lassman to Everyone:  07:07 PM

I'm Justine Lassman, I have a kindergartner at TPES and 4th grader at PBES (and a preschooler :)

 

From Kacy Kostiuk to Everyone:  07:07 PM

Hi everyone. I'm Kacy. I have a 3rd grader at PBES (Ms. Giles)

From Claire Dean to Everyone:  07:07 PM

 

I’m Claire Dean, mom to Kindergartener Fiona (Kim)

From Fred Azcarate to Everyone:  07:07 PM

 

Fred Azcarate - 1st Grader at TPES - (Archuletta) as well as a 6th grader and 8th grader at TPMS.

 

From RAYAN khoury to Everyone:  07:08 PM

can you zoom in your google doc?

 

From CS to Everyone:  07:08 PM

chai, TPES and PBES, 3rd (Dunlap), 2nd (Shields)

 

From Erik Wingle to Everyone:  07:08 PM

Lara and John Wingle:  Kristina is a 3rd grader at PBES

 

From Mae Alemi to Everyone:  07:08 PM

Hi everyone, Lindsay Alemi, my daughter Mae is in 2nd at TPES in Ms. Hatcher's room 

 

From Chrissie Juliano to Everyone:  07:08 PM

Chrissie Juliano - have a 2nd grader Becca (ZIbel) @ TPES and a 6th grader, Benjis (Zibel) @ TPMS

 

From MedEvac Foundation to Everyone:  07:08 PM

Hi Everyone, I'm Jared Hughes - VP of Membership at PBES!  If you haven't joined for the 2020-2012 Academic Year please do!  You can go here and join.  https://pineybranchpta.membershiptoolkit.com/why-join-pta

 

From Jennifer Nash Littlefield to Everyone:  07:09 PM

Allison- Szybalski again- woot!

 

From Samantha Ager to Everyone:  07:09 PM

Hi! Samantha Ager and I have a 2nd grader (Spencer's class) Scott, at TPES and a 6th grader, Sophie at TPMS.

 

From Samikia East to Everyone:  07:09 PM

Is the English or Spanish icon on the bottom of everyone's computer? If so it isn't on the bottom of my screen.

 

From James Vanderjack to Everyone:  07:10 PM

hi everyone- this is Margaret McDonnell (not James Vanderjack). My son James is in 4th grade (Plummer), my daughter Mickey is in 2nd grade (Dr Roberts-Harris) and my youngest Bella is in pre-K (although currently at home). 

 

From Caleb Gibson to Everyone:  07:10 PM

I’m on an ipad and the Span/Eng option is at the TOP

From Alice Morin to Everyone:  07:10 PM

Yes the icons are here for me!

 

From Terry McDonough to Everyone:  07:10 PM

Hi everyone. I’m Joyce McDonough. I have William, a 4th grader (Moran) and  Clara, 1st grader (Ramos) and a 3 year old

 

From Naia Auluck to Everyone:  07:10 PM

IT is labeled "Interpretation"

 

From Sara Hoverter to Everyone:  07:11 PM

Hi, I'm Sara Hoverter - I have a 7th grader (Devon) and a 4th grader (Kieran, in Mr. Serra's class)

 

From Shawn Domagal-Goldman to Everyone:  07:11 PM

Hi! Shawn Domagal-Goldman. I have a 2nd grader (Maya) at Takoma Park.

 

From iPhone maritza romero to Everyone:  07:11 PM

i have a child in piney Branch and his in 4 grade in Mr Pendletons class

 

From Samikia East to Everyone:  07:11 PM

Thank you.

 

From Sara Lewis to Everyone:  07:11 PM

I'm Sara Lewis and I have a 3rd grader, Kieran, at PBES (Hernandez) and a 1st grader, Eliza, at TPES (Broadus).

 

From Shana Sabbath to Everyone:  07:12 PM

I’m Shana Sabbath :). I have a 2nd grader and a 5th grader. Room parent at both schools. Love connecting people to the PTA so let me know if you’d like to learn more about how to get involved, how the PTA works, how families use the PTA to connect with each other and the school, and more!

Oh, my kiddos’ names are Eddie and Rosalie.

 

From Liam Staub to Everyone:  07:12 PM

Hi, I'm Erin Kelley.  My kids are Finn Staub (4th, Snyder); Liam Staub (2nd, Harris); and a 2 y.o.

 

From campbler to Everyone:  07:12 PM

Hello everyone. You all just “saw” me but thought I’d write in here as well. I’m Chris Campbell and the co-VP of Communications. My son Charlie is in the first grade.

 

From James Vanderjack to Everyone:  07:13 PM

Thanks for the reminder Jared- made me realize that I have not yet re-upped my PTA memberships for TPES or PBES! 

 

From Lara Hinderstein to Everyone:  07:13 PM

Hi Everyone - I'm Lara Hinderstein and I have a 4th grader Mila in Ms. Plummer's class.

 

From Alyssa to Everyone:  07:13 PM

I am sreya tann. I have Alyssa tann in 2nd grade

From Annelies Echols to Everyone:  07:13 PM

If you would like to hear Spanish interpretation, please click on the “interpretation” button  and pull down to Spanish.

 

From Eliza Leighton to Everyone:  07:13 PM

Hello — I’m Eliza Leighton and my daughter Maya Wright is in 2nd grade.

 

From Emily Merolli to Everyone:  07:13 PM

hi! I’m Emily, my kids are Asaka (5th-Bass) and Kiyoko (2nd-Hatcher)

From Neal Riemer to Everyone:  07:13 PM

Good evening, Neal here, father of Sequoia (K, in Ms. Meli's room)

 

From ebowman@briya.org to Everyone:  07:13 PM

Hi everyone.  I’m Elizabeth.  I have a 2nd grader at TPES (Ms Alvarez)

 

From Mona Sahaf to Everyone:  07:13 PM

could someone drop the PTO dues link into the chat?  thank you.

 

From monica.garcia to Everyone:  07:13 PM

Hi all! I'm Monica Garcia and my son, August is a 2nd grader in Ms. Lewis' class.  First time PTA meeting -yeah!

 

From Erin Markley to Everyone:  07:14 PM

Hi! I’m Erin Markley.  We are brand new to the district and my daughter Matilda is a 4th grader at PBS and my son Evan is a 1st grader at TPS.

 

From campbler to Everyone:  07:14 PM

TPES membership link is here

https://tpespta.net/join/

 

From kawsar to Everyone:  07:15 PM

Hi Everyone! I’m Kawsar Talaat; I have a 4th grader, Faris in Ms. Cottrell’s class and Aisha, a 9th grader at Blair

 

From Jeanette Scott-Walker to Everyone:  07:15 PM

Hi everyone, I'm Jeanette Scott-Walker, I have a third grader in miss Dunlap class.

 

From Hyvron Jean to Everyone:  07:15 PM

Hi. I'm Estelle and my daughter Darlyse is a 3rd grader in Ms Meyer's class at PBES. 

 

From Michael Schoenke to Everyone:  07:15 PM

I am Mike Schoenke. I have twin girls that are 2nd graders in Ms. Spencer and Ms. Alvarez classes.

 

From Zoom user to Everyone:  07:15 PM

Hello. Im Karla O.  I have a kindergartener in Ms Ortega’s and a 4 week old at home.  First time PTA anything :)

 

From Margie Omero to Everyone:  07:15 PM

hi all. Thank you PTA folks for all you do. here is me & my kiddos (lucy--3rd grade & beckett--5yo at an independent school)

 

From Christine Smith to Everyone:  07:15 PM

Hi everyone, I'm Chris(tine) Smith, I have a Kindergartener Landon in Ms. Zevins class

 

From Samer Sadek to Everyone:  07:15 PM

For membership, please visit  https://tpespta.net/

 

From Annelies Echols to Everyone:  07:15 PM

 

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

 

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

 

From Armandina Macias to Everyone:  07:16 PM

 

piney Branch PTA: https://pineybranchpta.membershiptoolkit.com/why-join-pta

 

From Lis Hooper to Everyone:  07:16 PM

Hi there, I’m LIs Hooper, mom to Abby in 1st grade (Ms Broadus)

 

From Sarah.Davidson@wwfus.org to Everyone:  07:16 PM

Hi all, I'm Sarah Davidson. I have a 3rd grader in Mr. Rook's class and a 1st grader in Ms. Brown's class. I'm PBES classroom parent coordinator - please reach out if you're interested in signing up to support your teacher and class families!

 

From Samer Sadek to Everyone:  07:16 PM

 

Any questions about TPES membership, my email is samersadek@gmail.com

 

From Desiree Hernandez to Everyone:  07:16 PM

Hi!! I’m Desiree Hernandez, I have a 2nd grader (Alvarez) Esteban at TPES and Junior 6th grader at TPMS

 

From Lauren Van Tol to Everyone:  07:16 PM

Hello all,  I'm Lauren Van Tol and my 5th grader Emerson is in Ms. Patrick's class.

 

From Rachel Anderson to Everyone:  07:16 PM

Hello, I'm Rachel Anderson. My children are Edith and Jacob Anderkoo, 2nd grade (Olson) and 5th grade (Bass)

 

From Ellen Marcus to Everyone:  07:16 PM

Hi, I'm Ellen Marcus - My daughter is in Kindergarten, Ms. Brant's class

 

From Lisa Miller to Everyone:  07:16 PM

Hi, I'm Lisa. My son, Wesley, is in 2nd grade at TPES - Ms. Alvarez' class.

 

From Caleb Gibson to Everyone:  07:16 PM

Hi. I’m Caleb Gibson, Executive VP of the TPES PTA. My son Lyle is in Ms. Broadus’s first grade class at TPES, and my son Gareth is in Ms. Plummer’s fourth grade class at PBES.

 

From Tammi Ainsfield to Everyone:  07:16 PM

Hello! I'm Tammi Ainsfield, my daughter Winter is in Ms. Kaplan's Kindergarten class at TPES. Also a first time PTAer!

 

From Jessie Blumin (she/her) to Everyone:  07:17 PM

hey all - I am Jessie Blumin,  my daughter Amira is in 1st grade (Ms. Broadus) and I have a 1yo son at home too

 

From MedEvac Foundation to Everyone:  07:17 PM

Here is the link to join again  https://pineybranchpta.membershiptoolkit.com/why-join-pta

 

From Rhea Hubbard to Everyone:  07:17 PM

Hi everyone, I'm Rhea Hubbard, mom to Kindergartener Calum who is in Ms. Zevin's class

 

From Melissa to Everyone:  07:18 PM

howdy, Melissa Hewett-Marx, mom to Peter (2nd, TPES, McClary), Cooper (6th TPMS), Chloe (5th, Burnt Mills Elementary)

 

From Meredith's iPhoneg to Everyone:  07:18 PM

Meredith Morelle joining from the car so off-camera :). We just moved from a D.C. charter to TPES. my daughter Eliana is in 2nd grade in Ms. McClary’s class, and my son Ari is in Ms. Brant’s Kindergarten class.

 

From Natali to Everyone:  07:19 PM

Hi, this is Natali Fani-Gonzalez, mom to Tessa (3d grade in PB with Hernandez), and Lucca (2nd grade in TP with Alvarez) :)

 

From Djakaria Sangare to Everyone:  07:19 PM

Hello All!  I'm Djakaria (Zack) Sangare.  I have a fifth grader (Navine) in Ms. Tolson's class and a 9th grader at Blair.

 

From Shannon to Everyone:  07:19 PM

Evening everyone! I am Shannon, son Caden 1st grade (Bozel). 

 

From Biruk G to Everyone:  07:19 PM

Hi everyone,  I'm Biruk, I am Nathan's father(1st grade)  at Mrs. Freniere class.

 

From 213893@mcpsmd.net to Everyone:  07:19 PM

Hello my name is Hani . I have a second grader .He's in TPES and in Mrs. Olsen Class.

 

From Elias to Everyone:  07:20 PM

Hi all I am Elias I have two kids Barkot 2nd grade and Yafet 1st grade (Ms.Bozel) both at TPES.

 

From Chrissie Juliano to Everyone:  07:20 PM

What time is dismissal on Friday?

 

From Terry McDonough to Everyone:  07:20 PM

I believe it’s at 11:30 when lunch starts

 

From Aimee Duncan to Everyone:  07:20 PM

great background! AJ

 

From Sasha Johnson to Everyone:  07:21 PM

As a resource if anyone encountered technology issues today here is the MCPS Tech help email and number:  MyMCPSSupport@mcpsmd.org 301-740-7022

 

From Aimee Duncan to Everyone:  07:21 PM

Aimee Duncan, Alexandra’s mom, 1st grader

 

From campbler to Everyone:  07:21 PM

Here’s the TPES membership link again.

https://tpespta.net/join/

 

From Sharon Lambert to Everyone:  07:21 PM

Sharon Lambert, mom to Lauren Swaluk in 1st grade (Harvey) and Benjamin Swaluk in 6th grade (TPMS).

 

From James Vanderjack to Everyone:  07:21 PM

Thank you Dr Gadsden and all administrators for all of your difficult work- we're so glad you got to take a well-deserved Caribbean vacation this week!

 

From Christopher to Everyone:  07:22 PM

Hello. I'm Christopher Hinton. My daughter, Ellie, is in Ms. Lane's 5th-grade class this year at PBES, and Wyatt is in Mr. Szybalski’s 2nd-grade class at Takoma Park ES.

 

From Gabe Seiden, PBES VP Communications to Everyone:  07:22 PM

Join the PBES TA - https://pbespta.org/open_forms

 

From Maya to Everyone:  07:23 PM

Hello all! I’m Natalie Hoover El Rashidy. I have Maya who is in 1st grade with Ms. Harvey and Lara who is in 5th grade with Mr. Lee.

 

From Michele to Everyone:  07:23 PM

I'm Michele Dash-Pauls and I have a kindergartner Marcus in Ms Pavan's class. I also have a 4 year old Eric in daycare.  What do the equity committees do?

 

From Jennifer Nash Littlefield to Everyone:  07:24 PM

Dr. Gadsden is a superhero!

 

From James Vanderjack to Everyone:  07:24 PM

You're doing an amazing job Dr G! 

 

From Chrissie Juliano to Everyone:  07:24 PM

Thank you, Dr. Gadsden for all the hard work.

 

From Sarah.Davidson@wwfus.org to Everyone:  07:24 PM

+1 Jen!

 

From Terry McDonough to Everyone:  07:24 PM

THANK YOU, DR. GADSDEN!! WE ARE SO GRATEFUL!

 

From James Vanderjack to Everyone:  07:24 PM

the last couple days have actually been a lot smoother than I anticipated

 

From Lisa Miller to Everyone:  07:24 PM

YES! And the teachers!!!

 

From Shana Sabbath to Everyone:  07:25 PM

Thank you, Dr G, Ms P, and all the educators!!!

From Alice Morin to Everyone:  07:25 PM

Same here!

 

From Lauren Greenberg, VP Communications TPES PTA to Everyone:  07:25 PM

https://groups.io/g/tpespta

 

From Lilly Klecka to Everyone:  07:26 PM

Hi All - I’m Shelly Hill, the PBES Co-Chair for Equity.  Please email me if you are interested in joining our committee.  shellyhill711@gmail.com

 

From Annelies Echols to Everyone:  07:28 PM

Shelly - there was a request for a description of what the equity committee does (earlier in the chat)

 

From James Vanderjack to Everyone:  07:29 PM

The PTA has done an amazing job supporting families through gift cards for groceries etc. Someone asked me a question this weekend that I wasn't sure how to answer. Are there any programs/initiatives to provide safe spaces (at the TP comm center or otherwise) for kids who don't have adult supervision at home (because parents are working) that adults in our community could volunteer for to help them through the school day? 

Perhaps that's something that the Equity Committee is working on? 

 

From Annelies Echols to Everyone:  07:30 PM

The equity committee has a robust list of projects.   Below are a few at the top of the current list looking for volunteers:

 

From Sarah, PBES PTA President to Everyone:  07:30 PM

yes, equity committee was just put in contact with a local volunteer offering tutoring and we're trying to get the wheels turning on that

 

From Meghan McDonald - Wilkins 1st garde, Margot 3rd grade to Everyone:  07:30 PM

 

View our agenda here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZBKHq113n4qPnBlnFudLmRYT5vmTCzN3eGI-opwM2PA/edit?usp=sharing

 

From Annelies Echols to Everyone:  07:31 PM

-leading online learning & support initiative, in coordination with room parent and social service chairs

-leading books-to-kids project with an inclusion and equity focus 

-inclusion strategy & implementation help 

-leading translation & interpretation coordination

 

From Lilly Klecka to Everyone:  07:33 PM

Hi - Equity Committee is focused on a number of initiatives this year - culturally responsible trainings for educators (in consult with faculty/principals); literacy inittiatives, online learning and tech support, assistance with supplies, translation and interpretation support and efforts aimed at making the PTA more inclusive.

 

From Shana Sabbath to Everyone:  07:33 PM

The committee is also launching a multicultural reading hour soon to help connect families with each other and school. Please contact me at sabbathshana@gmail.com if you are interested in sharing a book that is meaningful to your family!

 

From Sara Lewis to Everyone:  07:33 PM

If you are interested in serving as a room parent at TPES (particularly if you have a child in Mr. Bergfalk or Mrs. Olsen's class, which don't have a room parent yet), please reach out to me, Sara Lewis, at serowe@gmail.com.

 

From Sarah.Davidson@wwfus.org to Everyone:  07:34 PM

 

If you're interested in being a PBES room parent, please feel free to reach out to me at sarah.davidson@gmail.com

 

From Meghan McDonald - Wilkins 1st garde, Margot 3rd grade to Everyone:  07:34 PM

On Friday, students will leave for lunch at 11:30 and end the day then; no afternoon classes.

 

From Lilly Klecka to Everyone:  07:35 PM

 

Please email me at SHellyhill711@gmail.com if interested in helping with any equity initiatives

 

From Chrissie Juliano to Everyone:  07:35 PM

Thanks, Meg!

 

From Sara Hoverter to Everyone:  07:35 PM

for the PBES newcomers group: shoverter@gmail.com

 

From Annelies Echols to Everyone:  07:35 PM

 

Please scribes in the breakout rooms use this for taking notes:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1S4Z8xqbKIOvfqF138tJwwO0SVQMFharb3MNFr9q_Vhk/edit?usp=sharing

 

From jaime, she/her, CJSF to Everyone:  07:36 PM

(Tip - clicking link above is a great way to get a visual sense of what each group is talking about)

 

From Melissa Tooley to Everyone:  07:36 PM

Is there an equity committee at TPES too?

 

From Jennifer Nash Littlefield to Everyone:  07:37 PM

The equity committee is both schools!

 

From CS to Everyone:  07:37 PM

Yes—please email me—chai.shenoy@gmail.com.

 

From Lilly Klecka to Everyone:  07:37 PM

Equity is a Joint Committee

 

From Mona Sahaf to Everyone:  07:37 PM

i think 15 is plenty

 

From Geoff Maxson to Everyone:  07:53 PM

I put something in the chat in room 3, I hope it was recorded because I didn't have the chance to talk out loud

 

From Dave and Meg Tesno to Everyone:  07:53 PM

if possible can the main group recording be shared? have to run to bedtime!!

 

From CS to Everyone:  07:54 PM

We were group 2

 

From campbler to Everyone:  07:54 PM

One more time before the meeting ends, we’d love you to join the TPES PTA so please go to this link and join! Thanks for attending tonight! https://tpespta.net/join/

 

From Peter Bachman to Everyone:  07:54 PM

Samer - we were group 8

 

From Liam Staub to Everyone:  07:55 PM

I wonder whether the scribe (or someone else from each group could just quickly type up the "win" and the "challenge" highlights in the chat, for posterity?  And in the interest of time? (this is Erin Kelley, not Liam Staub)

 

From Samikia East to Everyone:  07:55 PM

there is a group 9

From jaime, she/her, CJSF to Everyone:  07:55 PM

 

They should be mostly captured here, Erin Kelley and everyone: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1S4Z8xqbKIOvfqF138tJwwO0SVQMFharb3MNFr9q_Vhk/edit#slide=id.g93a18815cb_0_55

 

From James Vanderjack to Everyone:  07:55 PM

group 5: challenges with toddler interrupting, navigating space. children with so much screen time. 

challenge: reminders to keep logging back on. time management. tip: embedding zoom links in calendars. haven't been working- not sure if issue. zoom link history. 

 

challenge: got flustered and embarrassed to tell the teachers. speaking up among peers. 

tip: teacher said they can click on a coffee icon for a break. 

challenge: surf the internet. blocked youtube but using google slides to look up pictures. don't want to hover. tip: school chromebooks have blocked and more restrictive- tell that school is watching.

 

challenge: focus tip: buying headphones to help with focus. swivel or wiggle chairs. yoga balls. 

 

From Annelies Echols to Everyone:  07:55 PM

 

Everyone can reference this link to see what each room included:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1S4Z8xqbKIOvfqF138tJwwO0SVQMFharb3MNFr9q_Vhk/edit#slide=id.g93a18815cb_0_1

 

From MedEvac Foundation to Everyone:  07:56 PM

 

Here is the PBES link to join the PTA for the 2020-2021 Academic Year https://pineybranchpta.membershiptoolkit.com/why-join-pta

 

From Liam Staub to Everyone:  07:57 PM

Nice!  Sorry, I didn't know about the shared google doc.

 

From Alice Morin to Everyone:  07:57 PM

My daughter just complains from headaches today… She never mentions that before!

 

From James Vanderjack to Everyone:  07:57 PM

what are the names of the glasses again? 

 

From Jennifer Nash Littlefield to Everyone:  07:57 PM

Thanks so much Ms. East!

 

From jaime, she/her, CJSF to Everyone:  07:57 PM

So helpful. Thank you for the blue light glasses suggestion.

 

From Kristin O'Planick to Everyone:  07:57 PM

blue light filter glasses

 

From Shawn Domagal-Goldman to Everyone:  07:58 PM

Those were super-helpful tips, Ms. East - thank you!

 

From RAYAN khoury to Everyone:  07:58 PM

chrome books i think have a feature to “night shift” to change color temperature (less blue light).

 

From Terry McDonough to Everyone:  07:58 PM

I’ve heard that in the chrome books, you can turn on blue light filter (maybe called night?) and does same thing as blue light glasses

 

From Shannon to Everyone:  07:58 PM

Blue Light Blocking Glasses for Kids, you can find them on Amazon. 

 

From Kristin O'Planick to Everyone:  07:58 PM

you can also change the settings on all devices to turn on a blue light filter - sometimes called night time settings. I use it myself for my work laptop!

 

From Fred Azcarate to Everyone:  07:59 PM

Here’s an Amazon link - https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Light-Blocking-Glasses-Kids/dp/B083NX2P5P/ref=sr_1_5?crid=1FJU0DJMH0IIZ&dchild=1&keywords=blue+light+glasses+for+kids&qid=1599004693&sprefix=blueligh%2Caps%2C156&sr=8-5

 

From CS to Everyone:  07:59 PM

quick check on amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Blocking-Glasses-Computer-Eyestrain-Blu-ray/dp/B0838KVL3W/ref=sr_1_5?crid=24E7JQTC0RANP&dchild=1&keywords=blue+light+glasses+for+kids&qid=1599004693&sprefix=blue+light+glas%2Caps%2C220&sr=8-5

haha!

 

From Margie Omero to Everyone:  08:00 PM

my daughter asked to have her desk face the window. IDK if this helps but seemed like good intuition, although recognize it's not always possible.

 

From Meghan McDonald - Wilkins 1st garde, Margot 3rd grade to Everyone:  08:00 PM

For kids who have trouble sitting for long periods, consider Wiggle Seats, or using a kid size yoga ball instead of a chair

 

From Sasha Johnson to Everyone:  08:01 PM

Headphones were a best practiced talked about in our group.

 

From Meghan McDonald - Wilkins 1st garde, Margot 3rd grade to Everyone:  08:01 PM

For families who are having internet issues with so many family members on the internet at once, consider purchasing a MiFi device.

 

From jaime, she/her, CJSF to Everyone:  08:02 PM

Is MCPS providing MiFis to families who need them?

 

From Fred Azcarate to Everyone:  08:02 PM

My understanding is yes mifis were distributed along with chromebooks

 

From Terry McDonough to Everyone:  08:03 PM

My son always chose the floor seat in his flexible seating classroom last year so I got him a floor desk, which is just a lap desk, and a little floor chair, and that feedback from the floor and wall seem to really help him

 

From Meghan McDonald - Wilkins 1st garde, Margot 3rd grade to Everyone:  08:03 PM

Connect your child’s device to a TV so they have more room to move around, rather than sit at a desk

 

From campbler to Everyone:  08:03 PM

I’ve also let my child pick up the Chromebook and wander around and find a different spot in the room or another room if it gets him to change up the scenery and thus stay still for another 10-15 minutes.

 

From Terry McDonough to Everyone:  08:03 PM

I also put a strip of velcro under his desk for him to fidget with

 

From MedEvac Foundation to Everyone:  08:03 PM

a quick walk around the block before school / during lunch / Brain Breaks - every 20 mins look out the window for 20 secs / packing a lunch for school / fidget spinner or foam stress ball / 

 

From Meghan McDonald - Wilkins 1st garde, Margot 3rd grade to Everyone:  08:04 PM

Have your child take bike or scooter breaks throughout the day. Have a “race” on the sidewalk in front of your house.

 

From Annelies Echols to Everyone:  08:04 PM

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1S4Z8xqbKIOvfqF138tJwwO0SVQMFharb3MNFr9q_Vhk/edit#slide=id.g93a18815cb_0_1

 

From Rachel Anderson to Everyone:  08:04 PM

My husband convinced our kids to run in place whenever zoom glitches. So far so good. 

 

From Annelies Echols to Everyone:  08:04 PM

For anyone who would like to see the note from other rooms, click on the link above

 

From Katherine Jones Katzin to Everyone:  08:04 PM

To the point of children getting headaches after sitting in front of the screen all day, parents who are able to could consider switching from wifi to wired ethernet connection, which is faster, more secure, and more reliable. Numerous studies have shown a connection between exposure to wifi and headaches, difficulty concentrating, and other neurological effects. 

 

From Shana Sabbath to Everyone:  08:05 PM

Rachel, that is so funny! Love it.

 

From jaime, she/her, CJSF to Everyone:  08:05 PM

Will the counselors be adapting their normal interactions with our children to offer support specific to the anxiety some/many children are experiencing? (Knowing that our counselors have a challenging task to meet the needs of all students since there are so few of them)

 

From MedEvac Foundation to Everyone:  08:05 PM

for students with Learning Differences make sure your teacher is aware of the IEP / if undiagnosed request an IEP (individual education plan).  Many people with LDs find colored lenses / plastic colored filters over the work sheet or book pages helps with jumbled letters

 

From Meghan McDonald - Wilkins 1st garde, Margot 3rd grade to Everyone:  08:06 PM

For new families who would like to connect with other and help their child make new friends, reach out to the school counselor or classroom teacher and consider having them select a “buddy” for your child.

 

From Annelies Echols to Everyone:  08:06 PM

Google Doc:  https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1S4Z8xqbKIOvfqF138tJwwO0SVQMFharb3MNFr9q_Vhk/edit#slide=id.g93a18815cb_0_1

 

From Meghan McDonald - Wilkins 1st garde, Margot 3rd grade to Everyone:  08:07 PM

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1uNG7F11WOTPJiYNnCeIH279di2jIJNWT8m8VDx7wbcE/edit

 

From MedEvac Foundation to Everyone:  08:07 PM

I think I want an ethernet cable for myself!

 

From Annelies Echols to Everyone:  08:07 PM

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

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

 

From Jennifer Nash Littlefield to Everyone:  08:07 PM

Gotta run, thanks all!

 

From Terry McDonough to Everyone:  08:07 PM

And to my report out of a suggestion for a Q&A or troubleshooting guide, our class tends to email the class  (i.e., when someone gets kicked off Zoom) so the class having emails/texts is really helpful!




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PBES PTA Meeting Notes - Tuesday August 25, 2020

9/4/2020 10:04 am

Piney Branch Elementary School (PBES) 

Parent & Teacher Meeting (PTA)

Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 7-7:30pm

Location: Ed Wilhelm Field behind PBES

 

7:00 Welcome & Overview

Sarah Goupell, PBES PTA President 

 

  • Maryland PTA requires we meet in person for voting, which is why we are here.
  • The 9 proposed PTA board members in attendance meets quorum.  Approximately 25 people total in attendance.

 

7:05 Presentation of Nominees for 2020-2021 PBES PTA Executive Board

Sasha Johnson standing in for Sarah Corcoran, PBES Nominating Committee Chair

 

  • Proposed slate was presented.  Motion to adopt was unanimously approved.

 

2020-2021 PBES PTA Elected Positions:

  • President: Sarah Goupell
  • Exec VP: Sasha Johnson 
  • VP Equity: Shelly Hill
  • Treasurer: Erin Kelley
  • Secretary: Kawsar Talaat
  • VP Communications: Gabe Seiden
  • VP Membership: Jared Hughes
  • VP Fundraising: Angela Riemer 
  • 2 Advocacy Reps (MCCPTA Delegates): Jaime Koppel & Rachel Anderson 

 

Appointed representatives:

  • NAACP Reps: Lauren C. Van Tol 

 

7:15 Proposed Bylaws Updates

Sarah Goupell, PBES PTA President 

  • Proposed updates are below.  Bylaws are required to be updated every 2 years.  We are updating to 5 VPs from 4 VPs.  Descriptions of duties are being added as are required for all but Executive VP. Also changing to have executive committee elect the 
  • Motion to accept bylaws updates was unanimously approved.

 

7:20 Proposed Budget for FY 2020-2021

Erin Kelley, PBES Treasurer

 

  • The carry-over of $27k is because of less spending at the end of last year due to COVID-19.  There are big picture line items on the income side (membership, fundraising, ear-marked grants) and expenses for fundraising events, programming committees, staff support, operating expenses, membership dues and insurance, ear-marked grants spending and reserve for next summer’s expenses.

 

  • Proposed expenses match proposed income for the coming year.
  • Thank you to outgoing Treasurer Amy Gibson-Grant who has continued acting over the past two months.
  • No funding in the budget for the food support efforts because those funds are going through the TPES PTA budget as a special line item.  We have a social services fund that will help provide school supplies for students who need them.
  • Motion to adopt the budget was unanimously approved

 

  • Please join the PTA if you have not yet joined this year.  You cannot vote unless you are an active member.


7:30    Adjourn

Monthly PTA Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82755716748

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You can become a PTA member online:

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

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

Proposed Bylaws Updates, PBES PTA, Summer 2020

  • Article VI, Sec. 2a: 5 vice presidents (Equity, Membership, Communications, Fundraising, Executive)
  • Article VI, Sec. 3a: Change to having the executive committee elect the nominating committee
  • Article VII, Sec. 2: add descriptions/duties for Equity VP, Membership VP, Communications VP, and Fundraising VP (see Addendum below)
  • Artcile XIII, Sec. 1b: Delegates shall be elected in the last general membership meeting of the school year by general membership.

Addendum: Vice President Duties

 

ARTICLE VII Duties of Officers

 

Section 2. The executive vice president shall:

  1. Act as aide to the president;
  2. Perform in their designated order the duties of the president in the absence or inability of that officer to serve; and
  3. Perform such other duties as may be prescribed in these bylaws or assigned by this local PTA/PTSA or by the board of directors.

 

The membership vice president shall:

  1. Develop and deploy a year-round membership recruitment and retention plan (with emphasis during the big Back to School time in your community);
  2. Draft and distribute membership promotional materials and sign-up tools; and
  3. Collect and track membership forms and dues in partnership with the Treasurer, ensuring that required dues are also paid to state and national PTA.

 

The communications vice president shall:

  1. Maintain the PTA website;
  2. Coordinate all outgoing communications from the PTA executive committee to the school community; and
  3. Work with committees to provide communications support.

 

The fundraising vice president shall:

  1. Along with PTA and School leadership, identify fundraising goals;
  2. Lead and organize fundraising committee to satisfy fundraising goals;
  3. Oversee all committees with a fundraising mission; and
  4. Present reports on proposed fundraising activities at board and association meetings for approval.

 

The equity vice president shall:

  1. Oversee initiatives related to equity, social climate, instruction, and advocacy;
  2. Streamline and coordinate school volunteer and resource needs for the school and teachers; and
  3. Review all outgoing public communications from PTA for inclusivity.

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