Cedar Grove Friday Flash

December 1, 2017

Dear Cedar Grove Families,

Our 4th annual Holiday Shop sponsored by the Cedar Grove PTA will be held during the school day from Monday, December 4 through Friday, December 8 in room 1A from 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Holiday Shop will also be open on Tuesday evening, December 5, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. before the PTA meeting. Students will be able to visit the Holiday Shop with their class and make purchases on Monday, December 4 and Tuesday, December 5. Parents are welcome to shop at any time during shop hours.

The shop will carry a variety of gift items appropriate for people of all ages ranging in price from $0.50 to $15.00, but there is a limited quantity of each item. Gift items will not be reordered. Children may bring a list of people that they wish to buy for with an allocated dollar amount, and there will be helpers on hand to assist them with their purchases. Sales are CASH ONLY and all sales are FINAL.

The Cedar Grove staff thanks the PTA for providing this fun holiday shopping opportunity; we hope you will visit the Holiday Shop!

The Cedar Grove PTA, Mr. Derby and Mrs. German

Playground Improvements and Safety

Parents, we are in the process of improving our playground to ensure the safety for all of our students. One of our trees had large, exposed roots, so this week we have had work done to build up and cover the area by adding dirt and grass seed around the tree so that students are not tripping over these roots. Students stayed indoors for recess one day this week as the work was being completed and to allow trucks to come back and forth into the blacktop area.

Connect Ed Message Sent in Error

The following message was sent out to our families in error yesterday. It was supposed to go out on January 24, 2018. Please accept our apologies for the error. Thank you.

Good Evening Cedar Grove Families,

This is a reminder that tomorrow Thursday, January 25th is and early release day. Students will be dismissed at 1:20 p.m. Friday, January 26th school will be closed for students. It is a professional teacher workday. We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday, January 29th.

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Cedar Grove Science Fair, Guest Scientists

Parents, If you work in a science field or have a scientific background and are willing to volunteer the night of the expo (Jan 11 from 5:30-8:00 pm) to be a visiting scientist to offer feedback to students about their experiment, please sign-up below!


Celebrating Our Bear Way Winners for the First Quarter!

FLEX Programs Coming Soon!

Sign up for winter after school activities at Cedar Grove through FLEX.

1. Intro to STEM with LEGO Materials by Play-Well TEKnologies

2. Funky Forces by Mad Sciences of Washington

3. Drawing with Young Rembrandts-Maryland

4. Hip Hop by KIDspired LLC

· Fall session will run from January 16th to March 15th. Please see the link for list of classes and times.

· Registration and more details at https://flexacademiescedargrove.jumbula.com/

· Important Dates:

Registration Opens: Dec 6th at 9am

Registration Closes: January 8th at 5pm

Online Field Trip Payments Available

We now have the availability for parents to pay for their child's field trips on line. To make an online payment, go to the Cedar Grove school website and look for Online School Payments under the Quick Links on the left side of the page. At this time, we have two field trips coming up: Kindergarten to Adventure Theatre and 5th grade to the Baltimore Aquarium.

Honors Chorus

Honors chorus was formed in 1982 by the MCPS Department of Curriculum and Instructions to bring together talented children of various backgrounds to study and perform choral music representing a wide variety of historical eras and cultures; to provide a challenging performance opportunity for 5th grade elementary students with outstanding singing ability; to help refine choral singing skills and enhance their ability to read music; and to reinforce the curriculum framework.

Mrs. Jackson held Honors Chorus auditions on November 20th and 21st. She had a great turn-out of 18 student’s sign-up to audition this year, her highest number to date. Auditioning took courage and, while she wishes she could send everyone that auditioned, she is only allowed to send 5 students this year. Congratulations to Brynn McPeak, Shymere Williams, Mrinalini Uniyal, Evelyn Ward, and Rae Briscoe. Not only will these 5 students have to rehearse music for the Cedar Grove chorus, but beginning in February, they will meet with other 5th graders from 40 other schools in Northern Montgomery County every Wednesday evening to rehearse fun, yet challenging choral music for a final performance in May.

Mrs. Jackson wishes to congratulate not only the 5 students that made it into Honors Chorus this year but also the other 13 students that auditioned. Great job everyone!

Student Government Association (S.G.A.) and Toys for Tots

The S.G.A. will once again be collecting toys for the Marine Toys for Tots Drive this holiday season. We will be collecting toys starting December 4 through December 15 inside the main entrance in the box marked Toys for Tots. Thanks to those that participated last year we were able to donate 120 toys! The S.G.A. is asking that all of Cedar Grove considers donating this year to not only meet but surpass last year’s collection total, while simultaneously bringing a little more joy to a child’s holiday season.

Toys for Tots asks that you donate new and unwrapped toys for children up to age 16. Custom toys that you have made will also be accepted. Toys for Tots will not accept food or clothing items or realistic looking weapons. “If donated, such items will not be distributed.”

So the next time you’re out shopping please remember our Toys for Tots campaign and let’s see what a difference CEDAR GROVE can make this year.

Thank you for your support.


The Cedar Grove SGA

When to keep children home from school

The cold and flu seasons have arrived! It is important to know when to keep your child home from school and when to return your child to school following an illness.

The single most important thing you can do to prevent catching a cold or flu is to wash your hands frequently. We highly recommend a flu shot yearly. Please see the link below to provide you with this information. In the event that your child becomes ill at school, the health room technician or school nurse will contact you. It is very important that we have updated and current phone numbers in case we need to reach you.


Weather and School Closures, Delays, and Early Dismissals

Staying in Touch with MCPS

Winter weather is coming soon. MCPS offers numerous ways for parents to learn about school closures, delayed openings, and early dismissals due to inclement weather. Sign up for AlertMCPS and receive text messages or e-mails from MCPS during weather-related emergencies and other major events that impact school system operations. Parents can also sign up to receive alerts specific to their child’s school by visiting www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/emergency/alertmcps.aspx.

You can also follow MCPS on Twitter and on Facebook:




More emergency information is available here.

PTA Holiday Shop

Monday, Dec. 4th, 9:30am to Friday, Dec. 8th, 4pm

24001 Ridge Road

Germantown, MD

The Holiday Shop is also open from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

PTA Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 5th, 7pm

24001 Ridge Road

Germantown, MD

Winter Instrumental and Chorus Concert

Thursday, Dec. 14th, 7pm

22500 Wims Road

Clarksburg, MD

Winter Break - No School

Monday, Dec. 25th, 12am to Monday, Jan. 1st 2018 at 12am