Piney Point Weekly
Weeks of January 2- 6, 2023
December 19 - January 2 - Schools closed for Winter Break
Tuesday, January 3 - Schools reopen
Winter has begun! It is important to be prepared around your home, when traveling, for emergencies, and for winter weather. Please read the following article so that you can stay safe and healthy this winter. Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter
During the month of January, our students will be learning about the character trait, COOPERATION. They are learning that cooperation means:
- Working together to achieve a goal
- Listening, sharing, and encouraging
- Compromising - give and take
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-994-2205 (ext. 24120).
January 26th - Kids Winter Bingo - 5:30pm (This is a FREE event)
Need Spirit Wear?! We have extras! Email the PTA at Piney.Point.PTA@gmail.com to place you order.
Payments can be made my Cash, Check, Venmo (@Piney-PointPTA) or Cash App ($pineypointp)
Youth Short Sleeve-$15.00 each
Adult short sleeve - $17.00 each, XXL (29) $18.00 each
Youth long sleeve -$18.00 each
Adult long sleeve - $20.00 each
Youth Hoodies- $23.00 eachAdult Hoodies - $27.00 each
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
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.
What to do if your student is ill
While school attendance is vital to your student’s education, a sick child belongs at home. Please review the Sick Day Guidelines below to assist you in making that decision.
Keep me home if...
- I have a temperature higher than 100°F.
- I'm throwing up or have diarrhea.
- My eyes are pink and crusty.
Send me back to school when...
- My symptoms have significantly improved or resolved.
- I haven't had a fever for 24 hours and have not had any fever-reducing medication.
- I haven't thrown up or had diarrhea.
- If antibiotics have been prescribed, I have been taking them for at least 24hr.
Call the doctor if...
- I’ve had a temperature higher than 100°F for more than 2 days.
- I've been throwing up or having diarrhea for more than 2 days.
- I've had the sniffles for more than a week and they aren't getting any better.
- I still have asthma symptoms after using my asthma medicine (and call 911 if I'm having trouble breathing after using an inhaler).
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.
Nominations for Cafeteria Workers
SMCPS is seeking nominations to recognize our school cafeteria workers from our parents and staff.
There is no deadline to submit a nomination. Nominations will be pulled each month to pass along our Golden Spatula Award to our cafeteria staff.
* 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 email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.