Cedar Grove Friday Flash

November 5, 2021

Dear Cedar Grove Families,

We are thrilled to share that we have a new PTA board! The election took place on Wednesday evening, and we are looking forward to the work that will be done to benefit our students and the school community. Congratulations and thanks to the following board members for their willingness to serve:

  • President-Vanessa Morris
  • Vice President-Morgan Elwell-Leavitt
  • Vice President-Binnish Mustafa
  • Secretary-Kavita Patel
  • Treasurer-Ubong Nicol

In addition, thank you to Joohi Kapoor who will serve as our school's delegate to the county PTA.

We hope that you will consider joining the PTA and thank those who have already done so.

As a reminder, it's almost time to set your clocks back one hour as Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, November 7, 2021, at 2:00 A.M.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mr. Derby and Mrs. German

Student Government Association (SGA) News from Mr. Oedemann, SGA Sponsor:

I am excited to announce we now have an SGA this year! Elections were held this week and a big congratulations go out to Saanvi Purohit, Parker Luskey, Peton Rushin, and Corie Stiritz for being elected SGA leaders! Congratulations also go out to all the 5th graders that ran for these positions. It takes a lot of courage to take a chance like that. I'm proud of you!

Our goal is to have students take some ownership of Cedar Grove and make positive changes in our school and the community. Representatives from homerooms along with our elected SGA Leaders will meet to discuss spirit days, ways we can make Cedar Grove the best that it can be for all students, and how we can help our local community. I look forward to seeing where this year can take us all!

Canned Food Drive

We greatly appreciate the donations received so far of canned and boxed food items for the Damascus HELP food pantry. It's not too late to donate, as we will be collecting items until Wednesday, November 10. These items are much needed for the holidays. This can be a family activity to teach your child about giving back to the community. Some children like to bring an item each day and some like to bring a bag of items to drop off one day. Please click on "Give What You Can" to see the most needed items. Thank you for your participation!

Mental Health Awareness Week to be Held November 8-13

Join us as we celebrate Mental Health Awareness with a spirit week November 8 - 12. Each day we will focus on one action that can help us feel part of a warm and caring community while also be true to ourselves.

Please read this important note from our counselor, Mrs. Spoales:

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Montgomery County Public Schools is taking an active role in the prevention of child abuse and neglect through early prevention and intervention education.

During the months of November and December, I will be presenting lessons on the topic of child abuse and neglect. The lessons are known as Personal Body Safety Lessons and their purpose is to help students to:

  • Develop knowledge, decision making skills, and behaviors which promote safe living in the home, school, and community;
  • Learn skills for self-protection and identifying child abuse and neglect;
  • Learn skills for asking for help for self and others and practice reporting to a trusted adult; and
  • Engage in positive and appropriate interactions with peers and adults.

If you have any questions or concerns about the topics that will be covered, please contact me at 240-740-6190 or Erin_M_Spoales@mcpsmd.org.

Celebrating Our Voices of Hope

Please see a wonderful opportunity below that was just published in the MCPS Bulletin:

Students and schools are invited to submit videos, presentations, artwork, stories, poetry, songs, music and other representations of hope from their culture, heritage, family, background and/or identity to “Celebrating Our Voices of Hope.” The opportunity is open to students in all grades.

Celebrating Our Voices of Hope will be a virtual event from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1. The event is hosted by the Hispanic Alliance for Education (HAE), the League of Educators for Asian American Progress (LEAAP) and the Montgomery County Alliance of Black School Educators (MCABSE). Students can earn 10 SSL hours for completing the process. Start the application process.

Tech Tips and Reminders

Please see our updated, weekly Friday Flash Tech Tips 2020 slide deck for more technology tips to help with online learning a little easier. you solve or prevent some issues that we encounter throughout the school day. You may want to bookmark this so that you always have it handy!

From Mrs. Hirschhorn, Media Specialist

Hello everyone! We are so ready for November! Please bookmark the November Media Monthly so you have easy access to the updates as they occur over the month.

Art, Music, and PE Newsletter

Parents, each month our Arts team will share a newsletter that will provide you with what grade level students are doing in their classes.

Here is the November Specialists' Newsletter.

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November 22 & 23 - Early Release Days (dismissal at 1:20 p.m.)- Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 24 - Early Release Day (dismissal at 1:20)

November 25 & 26 - No School for Students and Staff