Cedar Grove Friday Flash

April 13, 2018

Dear Cedar Grove Families,

Thank you to our families who attended Curriculum Night last Wednesday. Many of our wonderful staff members provided a variety of sessions to choose from including learning more about math instruction, technology resources, and math and reading make and take resources, We received great feedback from parents, and we are thankful to the Cedar Grove staff for making an event such as this possible.

In recent months, our school conducted routine radon testing and a second test was done to recheck some of the rooms in our school. All rooms except one, Mrs. German's office, had safe levels that were below the recommended Environmental Protection Agency's recommended action limit. For the office with elevated levels, mitigation measures will be taken to reduce the radon levels within the next two months but no later than the end of the summer. A letter to parents and general information can be found using the links below or by visiting our school website.

Radon Letter


Fact Page


We are celebrating Earth Day on Friday, April 20. In addition to grade level team activities, there will be plenty of school wide activities. Thanks again to the PTA, our students will attend an incredible assembly and learn all about reptiles. The school will be decorated with Lorax-themed classroom doors and bulletin boards, and our Promise trees will be loaded with student-promises. Every classroom will hold a one-hour technology blackout at some point throughout the day and our daily news show will host students reading their Earth Day poems. In addition, all week students will be exploring Jansson's Park during their regularly scheduled PE classes. We're asking that our students wear blue and green on Friday, to honor our planet. We are hosting a wasteless picnic lunch during our regularly scheduled lunch times and ask that our students bring their lunches in reusable containers. You are welcome to join your students during the picnic!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mr. Derby and Mrs. German

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Autism Awareness Month - Wear the Color Blue Every Friday in April!

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Special Education Parent Involvement Survey

Parents or guardians of children receiving special education and related services were mailed the Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement Survey from the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services during the week of February 5, 2018. Parents are asked to complete the survey and return it in the postage paid envelope by May 1, 2018. The survey may also be completed online. Please look for details in your survey packet. Your feedback will help guide efforts to improve special education and related services in your local school system. Your voice can make a real difference for your child and many other children across the state of Maryland. To learn more, please visit https://www.mdparentsurvey.com.

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Please Continue to Vote for Cedar Grove!

Macaroni Kid is hosting the “Our School Rules!” contest for area schools, and we have a great shot at winning! Everyone can vote once a day from now through April 20th and the school with the most votes will win some amazing prizes!

The school with the most votes will win:

1. An ice cream cone for every student from Jimmie Cone

2. An in-school live reptile show performed by My Reptile Guys, courtesy of Mt. Airy Children’s Dental Associates

3. An in-school assembly featuring a live DJ and professional athlete, with a positive message and a brief (no contact) self-defense lesson from the experts at MMA & Sport

Go to www.mtairy.macaronikid.com and click on "Our School Rules!" to vote everyday from now through April 20. Thank you!

MCPS -MCCPTA Mental Health and Wellness Forum

On Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., the MCPS-MCCPTA is hosting a Mental Health and Wellness Forum at Gaithersburg High School. The goal is to raise awareness of the issue and showcase resources available within MCPS and the wider communities that families, students, and staff can access. There are several speakers leading a variety of sessions that you can attend. For more information, please visit healthandsafety@mccpta.org.

The MCPS 5th Annual Special Education Summit for Parents

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) presents the Special Education Parent Summit on Saturday, April 28, 2018, 8:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Quince Orchard High School, located at 15800 Quince Orchard Road, Gaithersburg, Maryland. The summit for parents/guardians and educators is provided at no cost and includes a motivational presentation on living a happy life with a special needs child, over 30 workshops on various topics related to parenting a child with a disability, and information from community partners and county agencies. Limited childcare, a light breakfast, and interpretation services will be provided. Registration for childcare and more information about the summit can be found by calling 240-314-4860 or you can visit the MCPS website below.


You are invited to:

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Report Cards Distributed to Students

Friday, April 20th, 12am

24001 Ridge Road

Germantown, MD

MCPS-MCCPTA Mental Health and Wellness Forum

Sunday, April 22nd, 1-5pm

101 Education Boulevard

Gaithersburg, MD

PARCC testing window begins for students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade

Monday, April 23rd, 9:30am

24001 Ridge Road

Germantown, MD

Take Your Child to Work Day

Thursday, April 26th, 12am


The MCPS 5th Annual Special Education Summit for Parents

Saturday, April 28th, 8:15am-1pm

Quince Orchard High School, 15800 Quince Orchard Road, Gaithersburg, MD