Cedar Grove Friday Flash

October 15, 2021

Dear Cedar Grove Families,

It was wonderful to see so many of our families come to our Welcome Back to School picnic last Wednesday evening. It was so nice to spend time together as a community and to have time to visit with one another. Many thanks to Sonal Purohit and Jordan Beckwith and all those who assisted with making this event possible.

Beginning the second half of October, schools will begin the process of converting air conditioning to heat. As the weather gets colder, please be sure your child is dressed appropriately and warmly, as the children will continue to go outdoors for recess if the temperature is above 32 degrees. For more information, please see this A/C to Heat Changeover flyer (Oct 14, 2021)

Our school is partnering with Weis Market in the Weis 4 School program. If you would like to participate in the program to help raise funds for our school as you grocery shop, please see the information here . If you are already participating in this program, we appreciate your support!

We continue to look for someone who would be willing to serve our students as a lunch/recess aide. This is a paid position and would require two or two and a half hours per day each week. If you or someone you know is interested, please call Penny German at 240-740-6190. Thank you!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mr. Derby and Mrs. German

FROM The Cedar Grove PTA:

Great News!! The CGES PTA is up and running. Here are the nominees for the Executive board -CGES PTA 2021-2022.

Nominee - President Vanessa Morris

Nominee- Vice President Binnish Mustafa

Nominee- Vice President Morgan Elwell-Leavitt

Nominee - Treasurer Ubong Nicol

Nominee- Treasurer Joohi Kapoor

Nominee Secretary Kavita Patel

Join now Cedar Grove ES PTA !! Become a Member or Volunteer, if you can.

Family Membership is $25 and $15 for teachers. Support your school and students! We need you!!

To join the CGES PTA, please print and complete the form using the link below. You may have also received this form at the school picnic. Once the form is complete, please return it to the school in an envelope marked “PTA Membership” with your child’s name and grade.


If you have any questions, please email- sonalpurohit@gmail.com.

Parents of 5th Grade Students from Mrs. Spoales, School Counselor:

I hope you are doing well! MCPS offers enriched and accelerated programming in both the local middle school and regional middle school magnet programs (Grades 6-8). The Middle School Magnet Consortium (MSMC) is comprised of three magnet themed middle schools. The MSMC is interest based, and our 5th graders are eligible to apply on Google. Placement is by a lottery. The MSMC schools include Argyle, Loiederman, and Parkland middle schools. There are two criteria-based magnet programs located both upcounty and downcounty, and the program includes both Humanities and Communication and Math, Science, and Computer Science. A student's home elementary school determines their eligibility for the location. This video has an overview of the three programs, interviews with the magnet coordinator and student reps, and a FAQ at the end. Please reach out to Erin Spoales, School Counselor, with any questions.

The Great Book Character Pumpkin Event

Thank you to our four students who have sent in pictures of their decorated book character pumpkins! But for this to be the video we're hoping for, we need a lot more entries! Please see the flyer that outlines the directions for your student's participation! All photographs of decorated pumpkins are due to Mrs. Hirschhorn by Friday, October 22.

Holiday Giving Assistance Program

If you and your family are in need and would like to be referred for possible assistance for the holiday season, please complete this referral form below as soon as possible to provide the required information. Resources are limited; please apply only if you and your family are truly in need. While a referral is not a guarantee of assistance, the Project helps as many families in need as donations allow.

English Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1qZGDS8GtdR1UhpRRrL6b4Ouk1iCJhtf9iKE_BKYLEeY/edit

Spanish Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1pcrtMQvfRugfq_m2s0gsjOOSSD2T7lzLlhXHx3VNK4s/edit

Substitute Teachers Still Needed!

MCPS is seeking substitute teachers! Substitute teaching is an excellent way to learn about our schools while allowing principals and teachers to get to know you. To qualify as a substitute teacher, each applicant must present proof of the completion of the minimum of an associate's degree or 60 college credits from an accredited institution.

Substitute teachers are temporary employees and are on an on call basis. An automated substitute calling system helps you manage your work schedule by allowing you to call at any time, day or night, to find jobs. This system is telephone and internet accessible. The system uses your subject area and location preferences to offer you jobs on the days you have selected and allows you to change the days you work.

Substitute Teacher Rates: Daily hourly rate of pay $18.79- Long Term rate $26.81.

If you hold a valid Maryland professional eligibility certificate or standard advanced professional certificate, the daily hourly rate of pay is $19.97-Long Term rate $28.45. In order to qualify for this higher rate of pay, you must submit a copy of your valid Maryland certificate.

Apply now!


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

Can you believe we're starting October already? We've got our annual pumpkin decorating event on the calendar, as well as Pink Out Wednesdays so we hope your children participate! Here is the October Media Monthly, full of information regarding those two events as well as what your children will be exploring during their scheduled media classes. Please make sure to bookmark this link, since I update it weekly!

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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October 20 - Pink Out Wednesday - wear pink!

October 22 - Deadline for the CGES Annual Storybook Character Pumpkin; Fan Friday

October 29 - Class Fall Parties (time determined by grade level teams)

November 3 - End of Marking Period 1