Running Brook PTA Newsletter

#WeAreRunningBrook - November 12th, 2021

RBES PTA Meeting

Monday, Dec. 13th, 7pm

This is an online event.

Please join us MONDAY, DECEMBER 13th at 7pm via Zoom!

Don't have the bandwidth to attend? No problem! Reach out to us via email and we would be happy to send you a link to the meeting recording.

The RBES PTA is always working to make sure we can meet and engage our families as conveniently as possible. Take a look at our website and don't forget to check out our NEW MemberHub profile to find out more about our initiatives, upcoming events and meeting dates!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Show your Panther pride with T-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, and more!

Sales end Sunday, November 21st.

Don't delay, order today in time for the holidays & RBES Purple Fridays!

Orders will be delivered to the school for pick up.


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Register for Parent-Teacher Conferences.

HCPSS will continue to use your HCPSS Connect to schedule Parent Teacher Conferences with your child’s teacher. Each Language Arts teacher will be scheduling conferences on Monday, November 22nd and/or Tuesday, November 23rd.

The last day to register for conferences is Friday, November 19th. You can log on to HCPSS Connect to access Synergy Conference Management. You can then choose your desired conference time from the teacher’s availability.

Penguin Shoppe Is Returning To Running Brook

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Thursday, Dec. 9th, 3:30pm to Saturday, Dec. 11th, 5pm

5215 West Running Brook Road

Columbia, MD

The Penguin Patch Holiday Shoppe Is Coming To Running Brook!

Penguin Patch® Holiday Shop is a fun way for students to shop for family members and experience the spirit of giving while learning to earn, budget, and save!

In addition to the shop for students, we will hosting a vendor market to allow families to shop small and local for holiday gifts.

Be on the look out for flyers and shop envelopes to come home with students over the next few weeks.

Interested in being a vendor at the event or know a local small business that may want to join us?

Find out more information & register HERE to be a vendor.

Vendor registration closes Wednesday, December 1st, 2021.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

National School Psychology Week

During the week of November 8-12, 2021 schools throughout the United States celebrated National School Psychology Week (NSPW) to highlight the important work school psychologists and other educators do to help all students thrive.

This year's theme was "Let's Get in Gear." The theme's acronym provides a challenge to grow both personally and professionally. It encourages us to engage in best practices and advocate for children's access to mental health and learning supports. To rise implies resilience and renewal despite the challenges of the past.

The PTA recognizes the incredible work of our team of teachers, specifically the Student Services & Special Education Teams for their daily work to support our students and their families.

Just In Time For The Holidays...

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November 2021

11/16 - Hearing & Vision Screenings.

11/19 - Turkey Trot. Check your email for your student's run time.

11/21 - Spirit Wear sale ends. Grab your RBES Swag HERE.

11/22 - Parent-Teacher Conferences (Virtual). Schools close 3 hours early.

11/23 - Parent-Teacher Conferences (Virtual). Schools close 3 hours early. Teacher Appreciation Breakfast.

11/24 - Schools closed.

11/25 - Schools closed.

11/26 - Schools closed.

11/29 - Hanukkah.


December 2021

12/9 - 11 - Penguin Patch Holiday Shoppe.

12/13 - PTA Meeting 7pm via Zoom

12/15 - Schools close 3 hours early.

12/23 - Winter Break Begins - Schools closed.

12/25 - Christmas - Schools closed.

12/26 - Kwanzaa.

1/01 - New Year's Day.

The President's Corner

And just like that, Quarter 1 is complete.

Pat yourselves on the back Running Brook, we have made it through the first quarter of school after a year of quarantine. There have been some adjustments needed along the way but we managed.

As we head into the 2nd quarter, I am looking forward to several opportunities we have scheduled. The Penguin Patch Holiday Shoppe will make a welcome return and a new program allowing students to raise funds for a non-profit of their choosing is going to kick off this winter!

I also look forward to continuing to build a stronger PTA by developing community partnerships to help advocate on behalf of our students. We have a unique geographical position that puts us at the front door of local businesses and community developers that we are not always harnessing. My goal for the 2nd quarter is to be more proactive in communicating with local businesses so they are aware of the opportunities available to support our programs.

The community of Running Brook Elem. extends far beyond the school's front doors.

Stephanie Martin

RBES PTA President

Running Brook Elementary PTA

We Are Running Brook - A collective of parents, grandparents, teachers, school staff, former students and the local community working together to enhance the lives of RBES students.

The RBES PTA was formed with the goal of helping enrich the learning experience and community at Running Brook Elementary School. We want to engage and connect parents and educators alike to build a better, stronger school community through student advocacy, programs, events, and fundraising.