Piney Point Weekly

Week of March 27-31 & April 10-14, 2023

Important Dates

B week March 27-31

Friday, March 31 - Two hour early dismissal, no PreK

Monday, April 3-10 - Spring Break

A Week April 10-14

Monday, April 10 - No school

Tuesday, April 11 - Students return to school

Wednesday, April 12 - Spring individual and class group picture day

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Boosterthon Event - May 17

Dear Piney Point Families,

Piney Point Elementary is so excited to launch our Shirt Sponsorship program! Through this program, we will be able to provide an item of spirit wear to EVERY student in our school, while also raising needed funds for our students, staff, and programs this year.

Last year, we were able to partner with some incredible businesses to provide custom shirts to all our students! We are hoping to partner with EVEN MORE local businesses this year. Their logo or name will be displayed on the back of the shirt and worn by every student in our school. Not only will their support be incredibly helpful to Piney Point but it will enable us to support them as a community!

If you know of, or are part of, a business that would be interested in becoming a Piney Point Shirt Sponsor, please see the attached Sponsorship Form for more information.

We need a commitment from all sponsors by April 3 in order to supply all our students with a shirt.

I’d like to give one more shout out to last year’s sponsors! Thank you to the following partners for their generous support!

Russell's Store


Cedar Point Federal Credit Union

Captain Pat's

J. Browne Excavating

Escape Room

Great Mills Trading Post

Dyson's Building Supply

Dr. Dylan Schneider

Bin There Dump That

SWM Solutions

William & Amanda Peterson

WM Davis Contracting

Tall Timbers Marina

TT Oyster Ranch

Thank you in advance for supporting our school! If you have any questions, please contact me at

Thank you,

Melissa Adkins

Spirit Wear Chairperson

Piney Point Elementary School

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Student Debt

Parents and guardians should be mindful of all debt that their students accrue throughout the 2022-2023 School Year. Student debt could take any one of the following forms:

  • Lost/Damaged Computer Devices

  • Lost/Damaged Textbooks

  • Lunch Debt

Parents/Guardians play a key role in monitoring not only their student's actions but also their fiscal responsibilities regarding lost/damaged issued devices (such as computers and textbooks) and/or food purchases made by your child in our school cafeteria. Payment can be made in the form of cash or check and should include your child's five-digit Student ID# (e.g., #12345). For further convenience, families may also pay by credit card online at All questions and concerns should be directed to the school bank or the principal's secretary.

Blue Crab Baseball Game

We are excited to announce that we have scheduled a PPES Blue Crab Baseball Game Night for Friday, May 19. Please share with family and friends and purchase the tickets using the information on the flyer below and PPES gets $5.00 for every ticket sold!
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Upcoming Parent Workshop

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Yearbook Sales

Piney Point ES

Order Your 2022-2023


Capture this year's school memories by ordering your yearbook TODAY!

Sales end Friday, April 28.

Student absence reporting link

Wellness Information

Spring has finally come and we wanted to provide you with some ways of staying healthy during spring break. To learn more information, click on this link which will take you to an article about travelling advice and staying healthy on the go. The CDC also provides tips on staying healthy this spring break which you can find by following this link.

April is National Facial Protection Month. As the weather warms and we all start to do fun activities outside, remember to protect your face and head. To help prevent face and head injuries during sports, skating, riding a bike, etc. remember to use a helmet, eye protection, or a mouth guard depending on the activity.

So what do you do if an injury occurs? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the Academy of Sports Dentistry, the American Association of Orthodontists, and the American Dental Association recommend these tips in the event of an injury.

Counselor's Corner

Hello Piney Point Families,

During the month of April, our students will be learning about the character trait, self-discipline. They are learning that self-discipline means:

  • Being responsible for your own actions

  • Listening to the needs and concerns of others

  • Solving problems peacefully

Listed below is a newsletter which contains some books, web resources, and activities for home on our character trait that you may want to explore with your child.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at or 301-994-2205 (ext. 24120).


Krissy Wells

PTA Updates

April 5th - Dairy Queen Fundraising Night- Dairy Queen at 21753 Great Mills Rd is donating back 15% of sales from Dine-In, Takeout & Drive thru orders to The Piney Point Elementary School PTA.

Please check out our Amazon Wishlist, any help is greatly appreciated .


Evening Counseling

Student Laptops

School Laptops

Students are held accountable for laptops all year, including summer.

Here are the guidelines care.

  1. Keep you laptop in a secure place. The laptop should not leave home or be taken on vacations.
  2. Please review the procedures in our Accountability Document for "Care of Laptops Offsite"
  3. If you need help with your device please submit a helpdesk ticket using these directions.
  4. All students are issued a school laptop.
  5. It is your responsibility for the care and upkeep of your device.
  6. Depending on the make/model, a school laptop costs 380.00 - 520.00. Laptop charger replacements cost 40.00.

If you break a laptop, there is a repair cost. Please take care of your device.

Parent Drop Off Reminders

Parent drop off begins at 9:00am and ends at about 9:10am. If there are no staff members outside and the front doors are closed, you must park and walk your student(s) into the front entrance of the school. Students are considered late after 9:15am and must be signed in through the main office.

School Volunteers

The School Volunteer Portal is now open for applications. Beginning this year all school volunteers must apply annually for approval. The application process will begin on August 1 and end on May 1 of each school year. There is no application fee for school volunteers.
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Health Room

Medication Administration

Medications occasionally need to be administered to students by our nurse during the school day. Students can not transport medication of any kind to school including over the counter medications. All medication must be brought to school by a parent, guardian, or other authorized adult. Please call the school nurse if you have any questions.

My School Bucks

All students in SMCPS have been issued classroom and technology resources.* These resources may include:

  • Textbooks

  • Novels

  • Library Books

  • Laptops

  • Chargers

  • Consumables

  • Content/Class specific resources not mentioned above

When an SMCPS resource is lost, the student is charged the replacement cost specific to that item. When a laptop is damaged (either partially or completely), the repair or replacement cost is as shown in the SMCPS Student Device and Resource Accountability document. If a student is charged for any reason, payments can now be made through MySchoolBucks. As soon as a fee is assessed in Destiny, a REAL TIME FEE will show in the parent/guardian My School Bucks account. If your family does not already have an account with MySchoolBucks, it is not difficult to create one. Simply go to the MySchoolBucks Help page and click on the “How do I get started” option. Answers to many of your other questions can also be found there. *Please note, you can also still pay with cash or check at your school.

Ready to sign up? Visit this link.

*If you would like to see what your student currently has checked out or any fines that have been assessed, the student can login to their Destiny account.

School Meals

* The U.S. Department of Agriculture waivers that permitted distribution of free meals in school and via take-home meals have not been extended into School Year 2022-2023.

While meals are not free for all students, we are still offering the free and reduced meal program based on the status determined from the meal benefit application. Students who qualify based on income or direct certification will still receive free or reduced meals this school year. A new application must be submitted for this school year to qualify.

Elementary School Prices:
$1.45 breakfast

$2.75 lunch

School Meal Benefit Forms: School Year Meal Benefit forms for SY 2022-2023 are now available online! Easily fill out your new meal benefit form by visiting on the website. Families and students should also be advised that there are a lot of additional benefits by submitting a meal application form. These perks include waivers on college applications, dual-enrollment courses with the College of Southern Maryland, and discounted fees to participate in St. Mary’s County Parks and Rec programs. Families can request more information by contacting SMCPS Food and Nutrition Services Office at 301.475.4256, Option 5, or via email at
  • If you completed a meal benefit form last year and qualified for free or reduced meals, your child will continue to receive a free or reduced meal until October 6th. You must complete a new meal benefit form to receive a free or reduced meal for the remainder of the school year.
  • For those families that did not complete a meal benefit last year, your child will need to purchase their meals. You can put money on the meal account by visiting

Schoology App

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Bus Stop Locator/Here Comes the Bus app

Information regarding bus routes and signing up for Here Comes the Bus can be found at this link:

Students are assigned a bus based on their physical address. If your child is coming to school or going home to another address (like a daycare), it is the parent's responsibility to communicate that information with the office. Please contact Jayne Worch at If your child is a returning PPES student, you only need to communicate with the office if the transportation to or from school has changed from last school year.

Home Access Center (HAC)

HAC opens for families on Friday, August 19 at 5:00 p.m. Directions can be found on the SMCPS parent page Please contact Jayne Worch, school secretary, if you need assistance with accessing HAC. HAC includes student's schedules, homeroom teacher, attendance, grades, and registration information.

School Supply Lists

The school supply lists can be found using this link: You can find the lists using the quick links tab.

Student Handbook

The SY2023 Student Handbook and Code of Conduct can be found here.
HAC Mobile App

Please use this link if you are interested in accessing the Home Access Center through your mobile device.