Cedar Grove Friday Flash

April 22, 2022

Dear Cedar Grove Families,

We hope you and your family had a wonderful spring break, and we were so happy to welcome the children back for the final quarter of this school year!

We are very excited to report on our composting program for the month of March (see image below). Students were able to divert a record 990 pounds of food from landfills and incinerators, the highest amount collected since the inception of the program last fall. Congratulations to all of our students for their efforts in making this such a success!

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Drinking Water Testing Program retests the water at each school every three years, and testing has been completed at Cedar Grove. Our test results indicated that one or more drinking water outlets contained lead concentrations at or above the Montgomery County Council and Maryland Action Level of 5 parts per billion (ppb). Please click the link below to view the report. It is important for our families to know that the water outlets that failed the inspection have not been used for drinking for many years. Students have access and obtain water only from safe, hallway fountains/bottle fillers or water brought from home.


As a reminder to parents of students in grades 3, 4, and 5, students will be taking the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) assessments in English Language Arts this Monday and Tuesday, April 25 and 26. Please make sure your child has a good night's sleep, a healthy breakfast, and arrives on time for school.

On Wednesday, April 27 at 3:00 p.m., all students will be viewing a series of four videos concerning emergency preparedness. We complete several drills each year including fire drills, lockdown and shelter drills, severe weather and earthquake drills, and evacuation and reverse evacuation drills. These videos are great reminders of our procedures and how to respond in these situations to stay safe.

Take Your Child to Work Day is on Thursday, April 28. If you plan to have your child miss part or all of the school day, please email Mrs. Fair, attendance secretary or submit the online absence reporting form and indicate the reason for absence is Take Your Child to Work day in your comments. This will ensure that your child's absence is excused.

As mentioned earlier this month in the Flash, Cedar Grove and Wilson Wims ES will be partnering once again to host summer school this summer. The program will take place July 6-29 and will be tailored for students with the greatest need of mitigating learning disruption. The curriculum is designed to support students who need additional or repeated instruction in the major work of the previous grade level and/or are currently below-grade level in reading or math. Parents of students recommended for summer school will be contacted via email to receive registration information.

As the weather is finally warming up, we will soon be converting from heating to air conditioning. This annual changeover will take place over the next few weeks. During this time, there may be days when neither service is available. In addition, students will be going outside regularly for recess, PE, and curriculum-based activities. Please check the forecast daily and send your child to school dressed for the weather.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mr. Derby and Mrs. German

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Earth Day Video!

Happy Earth Day everyone! Cedar Grove loves to celebrate this special holiday every year, and we're thrilled to present this year's celebration video! We hope you enjoy it!

Cedar Grove Earth Day Spring Cleanup

Our Cedar Grove Earth Day Spring cleanup is tomorrow, April 23 from 9:00-1:00. Please come with your family and friends and help weed, plant flowers and mulch, and don't forget to bring your own gardening tools. Together we can make our school look beautiful! Please click Cedar Grove Earth Day Spring Cleanup to view the flyer.

Many thanks to the Doss family for their donation of a $50.00 gift card to Home Depot!

Kindergarten Registration is Open!

Kindergarten registration open last Friday, March 28. If you have a student who will be five years of age by September 1, 2022, please visit the MCPS kindergarten registration webpage for directions on how to enroll your child. We are also including the Kindergarten Handbook link, which contains quite a bit of information about the kindergarten program, vaccine requirements, and more. There will be a Virtual Meet and Greet for incoming Cedar Grove kindergarten families on May 16, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Zoom information will be shared with families soon. All of this information is included on our school website, Kindergarten Registration Materials | Cedar Grove ES - Montgomery County Public Schools. Please share this information with any neighbors or families that may also need to register their child for kindergarten.

From the PTA:

We are excited to share that we raised over $500 at McTeacher night and $307 during our Chipotle spirit night. Thank you so much to all of the families for supporting these wonderful events. We have another spirit night coming up on May 2 at Chick-fil-A from 4:00-8:00 p.m. We would appreciate a few parent helpers during this event. If you have an hour of time to help during this event, please sign up on the following link. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C4FAFA828A64-chickfila


Please register for an account to stay up to date on all PTA Sponsored events, volunteer opportunities and news!

Cedar Grove Elementary PTA - Home Page (membershiptoolkit.com)

BOOK FAIR - May 9th - May 13th, 2022 9:45 am - 3:30 pm

Our Book Fair is coming soon! Now purchasing books is easier than ever by using eWallet.

Please consider signing up to volunteer during the Book Fair.

AROUND THE WORLD NIGHT - May 13th, 2022 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Come experience Cedar Grove's diversity! If you are interested in participating, contact Binnish Mustafa (cgesptapresident1@gmail.com).


Order your 2021-2022 Yearbook before May 1! Click here to order online or to print the order form!

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

We now have a joke column on the morning news show and we need your jokes! Thanks to those student who have already done so. Please fill out this form and submit your jokes! We enjoy making each other laugh first thing in the morning!

Poems by You Update - April Poetry Project!

Mrs. Hirschhorn is thrilled to have received quite a few poems for our Poet Tree bulletin board. We hope to receive many more. Poems sent to Mrs. Hirschhorn will be posted on our bulletin board and given the option to be read on the morning news.

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!

From Mrs. Hirschhorn, Media Specialist

Just as we were busy in March, that continues in April! In spite of spring break, we will be holding our media lessons, hosting our weekly book club meetings, and contributing to our Earth Day and Poetry projects! Please bookmark the April Media Monthly which is updated every Friday!

Art, Music, and PE Newsletter

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

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April 23 - Cedar Grove Earth Day Spring Cleanup

April 25 & 26 - Grades 3-5 MCAP ELA Assessments

April 28 - Take Your Child to Work Day

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May 2 - No School

May 9-13 - PTA Scholastic Book Fair

May 12 - Spring Chorus, Band, and Orchestra Concert

May 13 - Around the World Night 5:30-8:30 p.m.

May 18 - Early Release Day (dismissal at 1:20 p.m.(

May 20 - Bear Day