Takoma Park MS Community Newsletter

Week of September 26th

Student Pictures

On Thursday and Friday, students took individual pictures through their PE or Health classes. Freed Photography, our vendor, will be sending student photos directly to you with the directions to order pictures. The make-up picture day can be found in the calendar.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Mickens-Hundley in the main office.

Safety and Security at TPMS

Thursday, Oct. 6th, 7pm

This is an online event.

The administration invites you to attend a parent meeting on safety and security preparedness at TPMS. I highly encourage all families to attend this virtual event.

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 879 8551 3066

Passcode: 589173

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

From Ms. Chi, our NAACP Parent Representative

Ms. Chi, our NAACP Parent Representative, would like to collect feedback from our TPMS families. Please complete THIS SURVEY as your feedback is valuable.
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PTSA Corner

Does Your Family Love Ice Cream AND Want to Meet Other TPMS Families??? Come to next Thursday’s Ice Cream Socials for 7th and 8th Grade Families!

We will be holding an ice cream social for families of 7th grade (5:30 - 6:30 PM) and 8th grade (6:45 - 7:45 PM) on Thursday, Sept 29. Let us know you plan to come by submitting your RSVP today.

Reconnecting with NAACP at TPMS

What has been your experience at Takoma Park Middle School? The NAACP and parent council representative, Gladys Chi, is spearheading efforts to offer assistance, guidance, and support for African American families and families of color in pursuing the highest quality education in MCPS. Please fill out this survey to let her know how the NAACP can support you and your student(s).

Other volunteer opportunities and initiatives include:

· Support the Celebration of Culture at TPMS

The PTSA needs YOU to help us put on this year's event to celebrate kids' cultural heritage and our school's rich and diverse community! During the week of October 17 we will be having exhibits at school to celebrate international experience and cultural heritage, culminating with an evening of performances and great food (formerly known as International Night) on Friday, October 21.

To make this event a success, we need parents to volunteer at the event and share a dish for the potluck. Can you offer your time and talent to make this wonderful event a success? Please contact Jamie Iwugo and Patricia DuHuang at jamieiwugo@gmail.com or patgreen0906@yahoo.com.

· PAL Program: Able to help get kids outside during lunch?

The TPMS Parents At Lunch. (PAL) program is requesting your support of the staff and students by volunteering 30 minutes of your time to support healthy interactions, ensure the cafeteria and outdoor areas are ready for our students to enjoy and help make lunchtime fun! You can find more details on the program and how to sign up on the PTSA website here.

· Amazon Smile Rewards Program to Support TPMS

You can support the TPMS PTSA just by shopping online at Amazon.com. Please consider bookmarking this link in your favorite Internet browser. Then you’ll be able to remember to click first on that link every time you shop at Amazon. Pass it along to grandma, grandpa, uncles, and aunts, friends, cousins, neighbors, and any others who might be interested in helping out the school. The PTSA appreciates all of your fundraising support! Amazon Smile is a program that donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases at Amazon.com to a TPMS. There is no extra cost to you or to TPMS.

Other Events and volunteer opportunities in October and November include:

- October 11: Second TPMS PTSA Meeting (7-8:30 PM, TPMS). Come meet other parents, hear about school activities and participate in a discussion with Dara Kessler of the Parent Encouragement Program sharing a "Quick Start Guide to Happier Parenting: Three Tools You Can Use Today!" Minutes from our first meeting last Tuesday are on the PTSA website here.

- October 12: TPMS Eats Out at Cielo Rojo: Local favorite Cielo Rojo is partnering with TPMS again for our annual TPMS Eats Out event. The restaurant will donate 10% of all dine in and carry out orders that day to our PTSA. More details on the PTSA website here.

- Week of October 17: International and Cultural Heritage Week

- Friday, October 21: International and Cultural Heritage Celebration & Potluck Dinner

- Tuesday, November 8: Election Day Bake Sale

- November 10-11: Health Forum

TPMS Parent Teacher Association Links:

PTSA website

Join PTSA for free

Donate to PTSA

Parent Volunteer Signup