Keeping PACE

May 11, 2021

Keeping PACE Video Series

Each week in the HCPS 411 Update, the Parent Academy releases a new video showcasing a school/program that demonstrates a best practice related to one of the six National PTA Standards. Additionally, the videos are archived on the Parent Academy page on for reference. This series serves as a way to highlight and recognize the good work happening in our schools and create an opportunity to share ideas within our system.

Please take a moment to watch Riverside Elementary School Principal Christopher Yancone and Title I Teacher Specialist and PACE Liaison Lauren Donnelly share about their school’s upcoming virtual Community Fair. This event will provide an opportunity for Riverside Elementary families to connect with organizations/resources for mental and physical health, early learning and childcare, faith, finances, and more. This school-community event is an excellent example of PTA Standard 2: Communicating Effectively and PTA Standard 6: Collaborating With Community.

Keeping PACE: Riverside Elementary School's Virtual Community Fair Event

Parent Academy Real Talk: Getting to Know Our Board of Education Members

The HCPS Parent Academy Real Talk show runs a series, Getting to Know our Board Members. Each month, we invite one or more members of the Board of Education of Harford County to sit down with Parent Academy's Mary Beth Stapleton to share their story - a little bit of their background and ties to the community, why they sought a position on the Board of Education, and what serving the students of Harford County means to them. Then, the featured Board member(s) answer a few questions submitted directly from our community. Questions will be gathered ahead of each month's Board episode - be sure to follow the HCPS Parent Academy Facebook page so you don't miss an opportunity to submit your burning questions!

This month's segment will feature Dr. David Bauer and Dr. Carol L. Mueller.

Questions may be submitted via this link: Please share this information with your school communities and encourage them to submit questions before 5:00 p.m. today, Tuesday, May 11.

Stay tuned; the segment will be shared later this month on the Parent Academy Facebook page!

Stars of Summer

Students currently in Kindergarten through Grade 8 are eligible to participate in this year's Stars of Summer virtual learning program. A brochure of exciting and engaging workshop options is now available on, and registration for all summer programs is NOW OPEN. Those interested are encouraged to register for select Stars of Summer workshops and dates as soon as possible, as space is limited. This year, we’re excited to share that students may register for up to three workshops! Registration for all summer programs will remain open until midnight on Monday, May 24, 2021.

Please share this information with your school community!

Small Group PACE Meetings

Calendar Reminder: Mary Beth Stapleton scheduled small group, area school meetings with PACE liaisons as a end of year check-in, beginning this week. Thank you for all your hard work this school year during this unprecedented time!

Office of Communications and Family Outreach

Keeping PACE editors:

Mary Beth Stapleton

Manager of Family and Community Partnerships

Lindsay Bilodeau

Communications Specialist