Cedar Grove Friday Flash

March 11, 2022

Dear Cedar Grove Families,

On Tuesday, March 8, the Board of Education voted to make masks optional in MCPS. This change went into effect that same day, and now students and staff can make an individual choice about whether or not to wear a mask. Our students are doing an amazing job being kind and respecting each others decisions. Please continue to speak with your child regarding what the best decision is for your family regarding mask wearing at school. Unfortunately, our teachers will not be able to monitor your family's preference for your child, so it is important you have the discussion with your child. Please let us know if you have any questions.

During the month of February, our students we were able to divert 575 pounds of food from landfills and incinerators. They are doing an awesome job with our composting program, and we appreciate their help in making this a success!

Our second spirit night is coming up next Wednesday, March 16 at Villa Maya from 4:00-10:00 p.m. Please consider enjoying some great food, whether dining in or carrying out, while supporting our school fundraising efforts. Don't forget to mention Cedar Grove when you order!

As a reminder, Daylight Saving Time is on Sunday, March 13; be sure to set your clocks forward one hour!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mr. Derby and Mrs. German

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From the PTA:

This is a friendly reminder, that ALL students who want to participate in the performance portion at Around the World Night, must SUBMIT their registration forms no later than TUESDAY, March 15th. We will NOT accept any registration forms post that date. If you have any further questions, feel free to email Binnish Mustafa, cgesptapresident1@gmail.com.

IT'S BACK! The CGES PTA is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair!

BOOKS bring us Laughter! BOOKS bring us Joy! BOOKS bring us Memories!

SAVE THE DATE: May 9th - May 13th, 2022!

More details coming soon!

Reminder - Please Complete the MCPS Antiracist System Audit Survey

We need your help to better understand how our schools and the school district are doing as part of our ongoing work to address racial and systemic barriers in Montgomery County Public Schools.

We encourage you to fill out this survey before March 31. You can use your mobile device or computer. The survey is part of a larger process called the MCPS Antiracist System Audit. You can learn more about the audit here.

The survey, which is anonymous and available in seven languages, will ask you about your family’s experiences with your child’s school and MCPS. The goal of the survey is for us to better understand how racism affects teaching, learning and parent engagement.

Students in grades 4 through 12 will also take an age-appropriate, anonymous version of the survey in class between March 1 and March 31. Each school will schedule its own date.

Key information about the surveys and audit:

  • Parents, students and staff from these organizations were actively involved in providing input and feedback on the survey questions. Sample questions and more information about the surveys can be found here.

  • A report will be sent to MCPS by the end of June. The report will provide results for MCPS as a whole and by each school.

  • MCPS will communicate the report’s findings to the community.

  • This website will provide updates.

  • Find more answers to your questions here.

March Book Madness Update

Now that we've eliminated 8 of the 16 books on our bracket, starting Friday evening, we will be ready to eliminate 4 more books! The ballot for the next elimination round can be found on this slide show or you may access it from the News page on the homepage and also from the March Media Monthly. Competition is going to be really close from now on, so we're hoping to get as many votes as possible!

Submit Your Child's Jokes for the Morning News Show!

It's back! Starting in mid-March with our next crew, we will have a joke column on the morning news show and we need your jokes! Please fill out this form and submit your jokes! We can't wait to make each other laugh first thing in the morning!

Earth Day Project

As we do every year, we will honor Earth Day at Cedar Grove. This year, we will create a video project of our students letting us know about a promise they are making to our Earth. Please Fill out this form with your student -- one per student please -- and submit it by March 18. All videos and photographs are due to Mrs. Hirschhorn by April 8. If you'd like to see the wonderful project we completed last year, watch our 2021 Earth Day Celebration! We cannot wait to see all the promises Cedar Grove is making!

Bear Day Information!

May seems like a long way away, and yet...we know it will be upon us in no time! We are going to have our traditional Bear Day celebration on May 20. Save that date! But we cannot do this without parent volunteers. Please take a moment to read this letter, which explains everything in more detail!

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

Whoever said March comes in like a lion was right. We have so much happening in the Media Center and in the school this month! And the March Media Monthly covers it all! As always, you'll see information about media lessons, but also links to our March Book Madness ballots throughout the month and grade 5 book club updates. Please bookmark the media monthly as it will be updated every Friday!

Art, Music, and PE Newsletter

Here is the link to the March Specialists' Newsletter, which gives you a glimpse into what your students are doing in Art, General Music, Instrumental Music, and Physical Education classes.

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March 14 & 15 - Grade 5 Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) Science Assessment (MISA)

March 16 - Spirit Night/Fundraiser at Villa Maya, 4:00-10:00 p.m.

March 24 - Early Release Day (dismissal at 1:20 p.m.)

March 31 - End of 3rd Marking Period

Save these dates!

May 9-13 - PTA Scholastic Book Fair

May 12 - Spring Chorus, Band, and Orchestra Concert