Cedar Grove Friday Flash

October 29, 2021

Dear Cedar Grove Families,

We are near the end of October, which also marks the end of our Pink Out Wednesdays. We hope you enjoy this Pink Out Video and the wonderful message of love and support to all those who have fought or continue to fight breast cancer. Thanks to all the students and staff for wearing pink and to Mrs. Purohit and the staff who took and shared the photographs.

In addition, please take a few moments to view our Great Pumpkin Event video, featuring our talented students and their creative and adorable pumpkin storybook characters. Special thanks to Mrs. Hirschhorn for compiling and creating both of these amazing videos!

As many of you may have heard, Montgomery County lifted the mask mandate yesterday; however, there have been no changes to the masking policies in place in Montgomery County Public Schools. Please continue to ensure that your child continues to bring a mask to school and wears it on the bus and within the school building. Staff and visitors are also required to wear face coverings in school buildings and offices, regardless of vaccination status.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mr. Derby and Mrs. German

Cedar Grove Elementary School Composting Program Update

According to MSNBC, “Over 40% of food in the U.S. is wasted. The impact is staggering- from water and energy loss to rotten food and packaging clogging our landfills leading to increased greenhouse gas emissions. Lessons learned early in life can prompt a lifetime of smart habits, so let’s help students become food waste aware.” Shrusti Amula a Sophomore at Richard Montgomery High school partnered with CGES to reduce the amount of waste Montgomery County generates. The composting program started on Monday, September 13th, and has added a green food scrap collection bin alongside the trash and recycling bins in the cafeteria. The food waste is picked up weekly by a food scraps hauler and later turned into compost. The total weight of food waste from Monday, September 13th to Monday, September 27th (just two weeks) was 283 lbs. It has been a very good two weeks for the environment as we are trying to become even better stewards of the environment as the year progresses.

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Canned Food Drive

Families, we need your help! Next week we will be collecting canned and boxed food for the Damascus HELP food pantry. These items are much needed for the holidays. This can be a family activity to teach your child about giving back to the community. Some children like to bring an item each day and some like to bring a bag of items to drop off one day. Please click on "Give What You Can" to see the most needed items. Thank you for your participation!

Mental Health Awareness Week to be Held November 8-13

Join us as we celebrate Mental Health Awareness with a spirit week November 8 - 12. Each day we will focus on one action that can help us feel part of a warm and caring community while also be true to ourselves.

Tech Tips and Reminders

Please see our updated, weekly Friday Flash Tech Tips 2020 slide deck for more technology tips to help with online learning a little easier. you solve or prevent some issues that we encounter throughout the school day. You may want to bookmark this so that you always have it handy!

From Mrs. Hirschhorn, Media Specialist

Hello everyone! We are so ready for November! Please bookmark the November Media Monthly so you have easy access to the updates as they occur over the month.

Art, Music, and PE Newsletter

Parents, each month our Arts team will share a newsletter that will provide you with what grade level students are doing in their classes.

Here is the the October 2021 Specialists' Newsletter.

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November 3 - PTA Meeting at 6:30; End of Marking Period 1

November 4 - Professional day for teachers; no school for students

November 22 & 23 - Early Release Days (dismissal at 1:20 p.m.)- Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 24 - Early Release Day (dismissal at 1:20)

November 25 & 26 - No School for Students and Staff