Piney Point Weekly
Week of April 17 - 21, 2023
Wednesday, April 19 - Report Cards can be viewed in HAC
Wednesday, April 19 - Purple Up Day (wear purple to support our military students)
Wednesday, April 19 - Rear door bus evacuations at arrival
Thursday, April 20 - Third grade field trip to Smithsonian Natural History Museum
Friday, April 21 - Virtual instruction for K-5th grade
Wednesday, April 19
Save the Date - Boosterthon Event May 17!
Piney Point Elementary families!
We are excited to kick off our Piney Point Beacon Fun Run on 05/09/2023. Our goal is to raise $15,000 for classroom resources, offsetting the cost of field trips and on-campus experiences i.e. assemblies and author talks and to strengthen our school community.
Our school has always relied on fundraising to provide exceptional opportunities to enhance student learning and we need YOUR HELP registering your student(s) and sharing with friends and family.
Mark your calendars for the Piney Point Beacon Fun Run fundraiser kicking off soon!
Key dates to remember:
● REGISTRATION OPENS - 04/25/2023
Register on MYBOOSTER.COM
● Piney Point Beacon Fun Run Kick Off - 05/09/2023
● Event Day - 05/17/2023
We are grateful for our Piney Point Elementary family! Thank you for your support this year.
Applications for STEM 6 are now open! Any current 5th grader interested in joining the STEM academy at SRMS should submit an online application prior to the May 5th deadline. Information about the STEM academy and the online application can be found on the Academies page of the SMCPS website.
Blue Crab Baseball Game
Upcoming Parent Workshop
Piney Point ES
Order Your 2022-2023
Capture this year's school memories by ordering your yearbook TODAY!
Sales end Friday, April 28.
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.
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 email@example.com or 301-994-2205 (ext. 24120).
April 18th - Chick-fil-A Mobile Spirit Night - Chick-fil-A has officially launched a mobile spirit night and they asked PPES to try it out. On April 18th from 5-7 pm, enter code PPES1 when ordering via the mobile app and a percentage of sales will help out Piney Point Elementary School.
1. When Customers begin their mobile order and select Chick-fil-A First Colony Center, they will see that there is a Community Care Event (name for Mobile Spirit Night)
2. Customer agrees to participate and enters the code provided (PPES1)
3. Customer placed their mobile order and then will see "Our hearts are full" after their order is submitted
May 1st -5th - Teacher Appreciation Week
May 5th- Picnic with Parents - Bring your family and join us for a picnic on Firday, May 5th from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. ! Please bring your own blankets & chairs. We will have music, photo booth, crafts and more! This is a free event! Available for purchase : Slim Chickens , Pizza Hut, Spinderella Cotton Candy & Sweet Tooth Funnel Cakes.
May 9th - Ledo's Pizza Spirit Night -Come out to Ledo's Pizza in Leonardtown to support the PTA from 4pm- 8pm. Mention our name when you check out.
Board Member Needed : We have all of our PTA Board positions filled for the 23/24 school year except for Treasurer. We must have one in order to have a PTA next year! Please let us know if you are interested in learning more about the position. No experience is needed.
Please check out our Amazon Wishlist, any help is greatly appreciated . https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2N3614AVM5BEI?ref_=wl_share
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
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
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 http://www.myschoolbucks.com/. All questions and concerns should be directed to the school bank or the principal's secretary.
Students are held accountable for laptops all year, including summer.
Here are the guidelines care.
- Keep you laptop in a secure place. The laptop should not leave home or be taken on vacations.
- Please review the procedures in our Accountability Document for "Care of Laptops Offsite"
- If you need help with your device please submit a helpdesk ticket using these directions.
- All students are issued a school laptop.
- It is your responsibility for the care and upkeep of your device.
- 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.
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:
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.
* 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:
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 https://www.myschoolapps.com/Application on the www.smcps.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 myschoolbucks.com.
Bus Stop Locator/Here Comes the Bus app
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 email@example.com. 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)
Please use this link if you are interested in accessing the Home Access Center through your mobile device.