Cedar Grove Friday Flash

March 18, 2022

Dear Cedar Grove Families,

Great American Photo is offering 20% off your child's fall picture order. If you have not yet had the chance to order photos and are interested in ordering, this offer expires on March 20 at 11:59 p.m. Be sure to use use Promo Code MARCH20 at checkout. This discount is not valid on previous orders or may not be combined with any other offers. If you have any questions, please email info@greatamericanphoto.com for gallery information or call 301-956-7525.

The Montgomery County Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program has launched their annual Pedestrian Safety Art Contest for all elementary school students in Montgomery County. This contest is designed to educate school aged children about pedestrian safety, and to have students use their creativity to educate themselves and others about the importance of walking safely.

If your child wishes to participate, please encourage him/her to create artwork around pedestrian safety and parents should SUBMIT IT HERE! There is no entry fee for any student that participates in the contest. Winning artwork will receive prizes and artwork will also be displayed on the SRTS website. Please CLICK HERE for more information about the contest.

Students may also participate in our county's School Energy and Recycling Team's (SERT's) 2022 energy conservation and recycling awareness poster contest. Entries should focus on the importance of energy conservation and recycling. Posters must be submitted to SERT by Friday, April 1. Contest information is available here. Please send entries to Watt’s Up? Contest, Montgomery County Public Schools, 45 W. Gude Drive, Suite 4000, Rockville, MD 20850. They can be mailed or hand delivered. Please click this Entry Form if your child wishes to enter the contest.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mr. Derby and Mrs. German

From the PTA:

IT'S BACK! The CGES PTA is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair!

BOOKS bring us Laughter! BOOKS bring us Joy! BOOKS bring us Memories!

SAVE THE DATE: May 9th - May 13th, 2022!

More details coming soon!

Reminder - Please Complete the MCPS Antiracist System Audit Survey

We need your help to better understand how our schools and the school district are doing as part of our ongoing work to address racial and systemic barriers in Montgomery County Public Schools.

We encourage you to fill out this survey before March 31. You can use your mobile device or computer. The survey is part of a larger process called the MCPS Antiracist System Audit. You can learn more about the audit here.

The survey, which is anonymous and available in seven languages, will ask you about your family’s experiences with your child’s school and MCPS. The goal of the survey is for us to better understand how racism affects teaching, learning and parent engagement.

Students in grades 4 through 12 will also take an age-appropriate, anonymous version of the survey in class between March 1 and March 31. Each school will schedule its own date.

Key information about the surveys and audit:

  • Parents, students and staff from these organizations were actively involved in providing input and feedback on the survey questions. Sample questions and more information about the surveys can be found here.

  • A report will be sent to MCPS by the end of June. The report will provide results for MCPS as a whole and by each school.

  • MCPS will communicate the report’s findings to the community.

  • This website will provide updates.

  • Find more answers to your questions here.

March Book Madness Update

We are moving to the final four of our March Book Madness bracket! Starting Friday evening, we will be ready to eliminate 2 more books! The ballot for the next elimination round can be ​found on this slide show or you may access it from the News page on the homepage and also from the March Media Monthly. Competition continues to get very exciting, we're hoping to get as many votes as possible!

Submit Your Child's Jokes for the Morning News Show!

It's back! Starting in mid-March with our next crew, we will have a joke column on the morning news show and we need your jokes! Please fill out this form and submit your jokes! We can't wait to make each other laugh first thing in the morning!

Earth Day Project

Although the initial deadline ends today, please email Mrs. Hirschhorn if you would like to participate by Monday, March 21. The last day to fill out this form with your student -- one per student please -- will be Monday, March 21. All videos and photographs are due to Mrs. Hirschhorn by April 8. If you'd like to see the wonderful project we completed last year, watch our 2021 Earth Day Celebration! We cannot wait to see all the promises Cedar Grove is making!

Bear Day Information!

May seems like a long way away, and yet...we know it will be upon us in no time! We are going to have our traditional Bear Day celebration on May 20. Save that date! But we cannot do this without parent volunteers. Please take a moment to read this letter, which explains everything in more detail!

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

Whoever said March comes in like a lion was right. We have so much happening in the Media Center and in the school this month! And the March Media Monthly covers it all! As always, you'll see information about media lessons, but also links to our March Book Madness ballots throughout the month and grade 5 book club updates. Please bookmark the media monthly as it will be updated every Friday!

Art, Music, and PE Newsletter

Here is the link to the March Specialists' Newsletter, which gives you a glimpse into what your students are doing in Art, General Music, Instrumental Music, and Physical Education classes.

Big picture

March 24 - Early Release Day (dismissal at 1:20 p.m.)

March 31 - End of 3rd Marking Period

Save these dates!

May 9-13 - PTA Scholastic Book Fair

May 12 - Spring Chorus, Band, and Orchestra Concert