Running Brook PTA Newsletter

#WeAreRunningBrook - March 6, 2020

The PTA & You: Let's Chat!

Hey Running Brook Family!!

March is here and that means we are rounding the corner for the end of this school year. We at the PTA thought now would be a great time to reintroduce ourselves!

Don't worry, we'll be brief -

The RBES PTA is a 501(c)(3) organization of volunteer parents, teachers and staff that work to bring fun and educational programs that boost the school curriculum and our school community as a whole. We do this through finding donations, fundraisers, sponsors, and volunteer hours.

See that wasn't so bad - eh?

Now the next part is up to YOU! We want to know your thoughts on the PTA.

Please join us on MONDAY, MARCH 9th at 7pm in the Media Center. This meeting we will have a special guest, Mr. Chris Rattay, principal of WLMS. He and his team will be present to share important information about the transition from elementary to middle school and answer any questions our 5th grade families may have.

Don't Have the Bandwith Monday Night to Attend? No Problem!

The RBES PTA is always working to make sure we can meet and engage our families as conveniently as possible. Take a look at our website to find out more about our initiatives and upcoming meeting dates!

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I Can Be...A Police Officer

As part of our new assembly series, "I can Be Anything...," the PTA welcomed the Howard County Police Dept. to Running Brook Elementary.

Officer Vitale and School Resource Officer Littlefield graciously lent their time to present to our third through fifth graders about the steps involved in the process of pursuing a career in law enforcement. The presentation was a great mix of information and Q&A with the students.

The officers also led an afternoon program for the kindergarten through second grade students which involved a book reading and Q&A.

The PTA thanks the Howard County Police Dept. for continuing to be a generous community partner for our school!

Interested in sharing your profession with RBES students?

Let us know - We would LOVE to have you!

Fill out An Interest Form!

Columbia Presbyterian Church Presents: STEP AFRiKA!

Step Afrika! at NMAAHC - 09/25/17
As part of their continued partnership with Running Brook, Columbia Presbyterian Church graciously donated funds to bring the World Renown STEP AFRiKA! to our school.

Fun Facts:

  1. Founded in 1994, as an exchange program with the Soweto Dance Theatre of Johannesburg, South Africa. Step Afrika! is the first professional Dance Company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping.
  2. Step Afrika! is one of the top 5 African American dance companies in the United States, the largest African American led arts organization in Washington, DC and Washington, DC’s only cultural ambassador.
  3. The Company reaches tens of thousands each year through a 50-city tour of American colleges and theaters and performs globally as an official U.S. Cultural Ambassador.
  4. As part of the world’s first interactive stepping exhibit, thousands experience Step Afrika! at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture each day as part of the museum’s Explore More! interactive gallery.

The performance on March 11th is sure to be full of high energy & a great time for our students!

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Mark you calendar - Restaurant Night is March 24th!! Mention Running Brook when you order.

PEBS Presents: Dinner with the Stars

Do you like movies?

Do you like food trucks?

Have you been dreaming of the two to be combined?

Well your wait is over!

PEBS; Running Brook's Parents Empowering Black Students group, invites you to join them for Dinner with the Stars - a dinner & movie night!

On Thursday, April 23rd, PEBS will host a movie night on school grounds and has invited several local food trucks to be in attendance so our families can conveniently grab dinner.

We encourage you to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic dinners as we will be dining and watching the movie under the stars (weather permitting).

This is sure to be a great family, fun event and we look forward to seeing you there!

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Did You Know Running Brook Elementary Will Turn 50 Next School Year?

There is truly a “Running Brook Way” that is distinct from that of other schools, and we are proud to have a school community that believes in the motto, “We Are Running Brook”!

- Anthony Esposito - Principal Running Brook Elementary School

So much growth in 50 YEARS and our motto shines through it all!

To mark this momentous occasion, the PTA will be hosting several events throughout the 2020-2021 school year to celebrate:

Fall Festival: 50th Birthday Edition - October 3rd, 2020

50th Birthday Time Capsule Ceremony - Spring 2021

Tree Planting Dedication - TBD

We can't wait to celebrate the positive impact Running Brook has had on our community and its families. If Running Brook has played a part in your life directly or indirectly, won't you help us continue the tradition of fun, thoughtful education for the new generation?

Check Out the Links Below

Our Birthday Celebration sponsorship levels start at $25.00.

Want to lend a physical hand towards these events? We encourage you to check out our Volunteer sign-up sheet for the 50th Birthday Committee led by Bess Caplan.

Looking for more information, join us at the next PTA Meeting!


March 2020

3/2 - BoxTops for Education Collection Due

3/6 - Interim Progress Reports Issued

3/9 - PTA Meeting (7pm in the Media Center)

3/9 to 3/11 - Kindergarten Registration

3/11 - STEP Afrika! School Performance

3/16 - Class & Group Pictures

3/18 - 2nd Grade Family Night (Starts @ 6pm)

3/24 - Restaurant Night at Shake Shack

3/26 - BSAP/PEBS Community Meeting (6pm in the Cafeteria. RSVP for childcare)

3/30 - Board of Edu. District 4 Candidate Forum (7pm @ The Hawthorn Center)

April 2020

4/6 - 4/13 - Schools Closed (Spring Break)

4/13 - PTA Meeting (7pm in the Media Center)

4/21 - Report Cards Issued

4/23 - PEBS Presents: Dinner with the Stars - A Dinner & Movie Night

4/28 - Schools Closed

4/30 - BSAP/PEBS Meeting (6pm in the Cafeteria. RSVP for childcare)

Running Brook Elementary PTA

We Are Running Brook - Parents, Grandparents, Teachers, School Staff, Former Students and Local Community Members.

United with the driving goal to help enrich the learning experience and school community at Running Brook Elementary School. We want to engage and connect with all Running Brook families to build a better stronger school community.

Let's Chat

Looking for more information about the Running Brook PTA, reach out to our Executive Board!