Bethesda Elementary

May Staff Bulletin

Upcoming Events

PARCC Testing Begins - See Schedule Below - 3rd Grade Testing begins at 12:50

Monday, May 1st


Staff Appreciation Week

3:35 Staff Meeting

Wednesday, May 3rd

PTA Providing Lunch - be sure you have placed your order (contact Elizabeth, if unsure)

Thursday, May 4th

11:40 Grade 3 GT Committee Meeting

Monday, May 8th

Send Interims

3:35 Leadership Meeting

Wednesday, May 10th

9:00 5th Grade Panoramic Photo

Art's Night

Friday, May 12th

Career Day

Saturday, May 14th

5:30-8:30 PTA Movie Madness Night

Monday, May 15th

3:35 Staff Meeting

Tuesday, May 16th

5th Grade Patrol Picnic

Wednesday, May 17th

5th Grade Baltimore Science Center Field Trip

1st Grade Jungle Book Field Trip

Sunday, May 21st

Rain date for PTA Movie Madness

Monday, May 22nd

3:35 Staff Meeting Hold/Leadership Meeting

Tuesday, May 23rd

2:30 - 1st Grade Blooming Authors Celebration

12:10 Grade 4 GT Committee Meetingg

1:00 Grade 4 GT Committee Meeting

Wednesday, May 24th

5th Grade Trip to Westland MS

Thursday, May 25th

Spring Concert

Friday, May 26th

K-2 Field Day (AM)

Monday, May 29th

No School - Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 31st

Rain date K-2 Field Day

Friday, June 2nd

3-5 Field Day

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Teacher Reminders

  • If you plan to be out with a sub, remember to print out your attendance sheets for the sub. Patti put the steps in your mailboxes awhile ago! See Patti or Elizabeth if you need help!

  • Remember to notify the health room at least the day or week prior to a field trip so Ms. Kaplan can get meds ready for your trip!

All Staff

  • Staffing Calendars are Below
  • Refer to the Bethesda Calendar function in Outlook to access the most up-to-date school calendar.
  • Remember to hand out Lion's Pride Coupons
  • PTA Membership on the part of the staff sends a strong message of support to the school community. Please consider joining.
  • If you have parent volunteers, please remind them to sign in and out. This is needed every time, as we report our volunteer hours on a monthly basis to the county.

  • Remember to enter all technology needs via the UniCenter – directions are located on Bethesda Private.

  • Remember that Copy Plus should be used as often as possible. Sending documents electronically is also recommended (current turnaround time is 9 days).

  • Please list all indoor recess activities in your room and/or have the students aware of the materials that they can use. Establish guidelines for computer use during indoor recess.

Reimbursement Reminder

  • Remember to turn in receipts to PTA for reimbursement of classroom materials.

Many Thanks/Celebrations!

  • To all teachers who helped make Multicultrual Night a success, especially Ms. Lagrave, Ms. Ziaee, Ms. Calomiris, Ms. Pluznik, Ms. Binstein, Mr. Burke, Mr. Wohl, Ms. Levine, Ms. Derr, Ms. Dicks-Mireaux, Ms. Coyle, Ms. McIlrath, Ms. McKenzie, and Ms. Petrossian for all their hard work!
  • To Ms. Jordan and the Kindergarten Team for a successful Kindergarten Orientation!
  • To all those who sponsor After School Activities!
  • To teams for getting their articulation done and in on time!
  • To Jake and Matt for helping with the author presentation.
  • To all teachers and STEM Committee members for a great math month!
  • To Niloo, and Hannah for helping with coverage.
  • TO Christopher for covering Ms. Simon's class.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017 Teachers on leave of absence are required to declare intent to return, to terminate employment, or to request an extension. (See MCEA contract, p. 75, Article 30B, 2e.)

Friday, March 3, 2017 Principals are sent staffing allocations.

Monday, March 6 – Friday, March 10, 2017 Principals notify involuntary transfers. Priority placements (involuntary transfers and those returning from leave of absence) are due to the Office of Human Resources and Development (OHRD) via the MCPS website: Click in the “search” box and enter Form 425-7. (The form is interactive and can be filled out online and sent electronically.)

Monday, March 6 – Friday, March 10, 2017 Principals begin submitting vacancy postings using MCPS Careers for approval by OHRD.

Wednesday, March 8– Friday, March 10, 2017 Leadership positions may be advertised on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, and positions may be offered beginning Friday, March 10, 2017.

Friday, March 17, 2017 Approved requisitions will be released on MCPS Careers ( (See p. 66, Article 24D.)

Monday, March 20, 2017 Principals schedule teachers for job fair interviews by reviewing applicants’ profiles using MCPS Careers.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 Priority Placement Transfer Information meeting: Location: Richard Montgomery High School Time: 4:00–6:00 p.m. This meeting only is for teachers who have been involuntarily transferred or are returning from leave. (See p. 68, Article 25I.)

Monday, March 27– Wednesday, March 29, 2017 JOB FAIRS for internal candidates*

Monday, March 27; 4:30–7:30 p.m. Title I elementary schools—Interviews held at the school.

Monday, March 27; 4:00–7:00 p.m. Secondary schools with 50% or more of students receiving Free and Reduced-price Meals System (FARMS) services—Interviews held at the school.

Tuesday, March 28; 4:30–7:30 p.m. Upcounty elementary schools—Northwest High School.

Tuesday, March 28; 4:00–7:00 p.m. All middle schools—Albert Einstein High School. Wednesday, March 29; 3:30–6:30 p.m. All high schools—Watkins Mill High School. Wednesday, March 29; 4:30–7:30 p.m. Downcounty elementary schools—Montgomery Blair High School.

Only jobs in Title I schools and secondary schools with 50% or more of students receiving Free and Reduced-price Meals System (FARMS) services can be offered beginning Wednesday, March 29, 2017; all other jobs can be offered beginning Thursday, March 30, 2017.

*Each school will participate at the job fair scheduled for its level even if no interviews are scheduled (see p. 66, Article 24B2).

Thursday, March 30 - Friday, April 28, 2017 Voluntary transfer season begins. Principals can interview voluntary, involuntary, and open contracted teachers. Principals make staffing recommendations to the Department of Certification and Staffing via MCPS Careers/ATS. In order to make a staff recommendation, a posting must exist on the MCPS Careers website. Please note: The voluntary season closes temporarily on Friday, April 28, 2017.

Monday, April 3, 2017 Teachers on leave of absence are required to submit official notice of intent to return, to terminate employment, or to request an extension of leave that began prior to April 1, 2016, including child care leave. (See p. 75, Article 30B, 2e and p. 82, Article 30I, 2e.) Applications for personal, professional/improvement, and overseas teaching leave are due. These applications are due on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, to extend child care leave for leave beginning after April 1, 2016. (See p. 82, Article 30I, 2e.)

Monday, April 10- Monday, April 17, 2017 - Spring Break

Friday, April 28, 2017 The state of Maryland deadline for non-tenured teachers to resign without prejudice. (Please publish this date for non-tenured teachers at your location.)

Friday, April 28, 2017 Voluntary transfer season closes at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, May 1, 2017 The state of Maryland deadline for non-tenured teachers to resign without breach of contract. (Please share and publish this date for non-tenured teachers at your location.)

Thursday, May 4, 2017 OHRD and Office of School Support and Improvement staff Priority Placement Meeting—8:30 a.m., CESC, Room 100

Thursday, May 4 – Friday, May 5, 2017 Notification of assignments begins for MCPS priority placements. (See p. 68, Article 25.) Remaining open contracted teachers will receive priority consideration.

Monday, May 8, 2017 - Thursday, July 20, 2017 Voluntary transfer season reopens and open contract candidates are available to be recommended for hiring in fields for which all priority placements have been made. At the following link:

Thursday, June 15, 2017 Teachers on leave of absence for child care—these applications are due on Thursday, June 15, 2017, to extend child-care leave for leave beginning after April 1, 2017 (see p. 82, Article 30I, 2e)

Friday, July 14, 2017 The state of Maryland deadline for tenured teachers to resign without prejudice is Saturday, July 15, 2017. Please publish this date for tenured teachers at your location. Applications for long-term child care leave are due.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 Last day for voluntary transfers. (See p. 67, Article 24L.) Principals are encouraged to submit all internal grade, subject, and department-level changes to their OHRD staffer.


Paraeducator Involuntary Transfer Meeting

March 27, 2017: 4:00-6:00 p.m. at 45 West Gude Drive, Rockville, Maryland 20850 (Maple Conference Room, first floor). This meeting is only for paraeducators (not temporary/subs) who have been involuntarily transferred or had a reduction in hours, and paraeducators who would like to voluntarily transfer to another location.

Important Dates

March 27-May 12, 2017: Voluntary transfer season. Both voluntary and involuntary candidates compete for positions during this time. Paraeducators are allowed to transfer during this period, but are not allowed to increase their hours; however, they may voluntarily decrease their hours. Hiring from outside or from current temporary employees will not be allowed.
May 15-June 9, 2017: Involuntary transfer season begins. Principals must select paraeducators from the involuntary transfer list.
June 12–June 30, 2017: Placements of remaining involuntary paraeducators are made at this time.
July 3, 2017: Open Season for remaining vacancies. Paraeducators who wish to change locations and/or increase hours may apply, as well as all other applicants interested in the remaining vacancies posted on MCPS Careers.

See this link for more information.

Social Corner

  • Upcoming Breakfast

  • May 12th brought to you by:

  • Second Grade: Ms. Barnett, and Ms. Das Varma

  • May 26th brought to you by:

  • The Special Education Team - Ms. Donaldson, Ms. Cahill, Ms. Immerman, Ms. Warren, Ms. Powery, Ms. Mihalich, and Ms. Smyth

  • Social Dues/Water Club

    • Social dues for the year is $40 for full time (6 hours or more) and $30 for part time.
    • Checks can be made out to Bethesda Elementary and given to Stephen Boyd.
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    May Birthdays

    5/6 Lucy Nolan

    5/12 Leah Doherty

    5/19 Matt Burke

    5/28 Suzanne Gale