After School Math

Math Symbol Swirl

Is your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade student interested in some additional mathematics enrichment and practice? Please see these flyers (in English or Spanish) about MATHLETES, a new after-school Math Club at Cloverly. It will run on Wednesdays from January 10 through February 14. Enrollment is limited, so please check it out today!

Create Art Night


Sorry but the Create Art Night evening had to be cancelled.  We did not have enough families signed up to be able to host it.  

Please join us for our first ART NIGHT on Friday, January 19th, from 6:30-8:30PM in the Cloverly All Purpose Room.

Your Cloverly PTA has partnered with CREATE Arts Center to bring in an evening of creative, collaborative, family fun.

Each family or group will make a mixed media collage using a variety of materials including papers, wire, paints, fabrics and more. CREATE Arts Center teaching artists will lead the project and assist with practical matters (like how to attach things ), but your family will decide on the theme and work together to sketch out and create your family collage. Themes to explore are:  your family goal for the year, the things that you like to do together, your favorite season, or you may just want to pick out colors and textures to create a fun piece of art!

Cost will be $40.00 per canvas.  Registration deadline January 5th.  [Register HERE]

Payment can be made via PayPal with a $2.50 convenience fee. Or please make checks payable to “Cloverly PTA” and send to school in an envelope marked “PTA Create Art Night.”

Pizza and drinks will be available for purchase.  Please sign up for pizza if you want to buy a whole pie.

If your creative juices are more inclined towards the culinary arts, we are also offering Dream Dinners (see previous posting) on the same evening!

Dream Dinners

dream dinners

The Cloverly PTA presents:
A Culinary Art fundraiser in conjunction with
Create Art Night! (see other post)

Friday, January 19th at Dream Dinners in Cloverly!

Make Dinnertime STRESS-FREE

Assemble three, 3-serving meals for your family, plus enjoy samples and other add-on options. Then take home and freeze or cook.

EVERYONE WELCOME – Staff & Cloverly Families!

Adults-only encouraged but there is limited seating for children if necessary.

Cost is $34.99 per person; $10 goes back to the PTA to fund programs in support of students!

THREE Time Slots Available: 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm, & 6:30 pm

(1) Click on the direct links for each time slot below
(2) Choose your meals
(3) CHECKOUT : either Log In or Register (if first-time DD customer), and PAY.

For 4:00 pm time slot:

For 5:00 pm time slot:

For 6:30 pm time slot:

Must Reserve your slot by January 14th!

….or Be Creative in another way (see other post) and register your family for mixed media canvas-making with Create Arts, ON-SITE at Cloverly – SAME NIGHT!


Spirit Night on Thursday, November 30th

Want a break after all of the holiday Thanksgiving cooking? Come and join other Cloverly families for good food and conversation at Squisito in Burtonsville from 4:00 – 9:00 pm on the 30th. No cooking or cleanup necessary! DINE IN or CARRY OUT if you can’t stay. We always love to see Cloverly staff at these events, as well as grandparents and relatives. Up to 30% of the proceeds from food/drinks will go back to our PTA! SAVE THE DATE and HELP Spread the Word, please!

Show this flier when you place your order.



Family Game Night


Come out and Play at Cloverly’s First Family Game Night! We’ll have Twister, Charades and More or bring your favorite game to share! Extra Twister Games welcome!

Pizza & Drinks Available to Purchase.  Please sign up for Pizza if planning to buy!

Date: 12/14/2017 (Thu.)

Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm EST

Location: Cloverly All-Purpose Room



Turkey Trot Fun Run and Health Fair!


Saturday, November 11th from 4:00 to 6:30 pm

Run/Walk: 4:00 – 5:00 pm.
Health Fair: 4:00 – 6:30 pm

Sign up to Run/Walk at:

LOOKING FOR RUNNERS & WALKERS of all ages to register!
Cost is $5 per person to Run/Walk, $3 per T-shirt
Registration closes on Nov 10th but we need AS MANY PARTICIPANTS AS WE CAN GET before then!!

Run/Walk Participants could win: Turkey, Pumpkin Pie, Trial Gym Memberships, T-shirt, Martial Arts Classes, Reusable Water Bottles, Swim Lessons, First Aid Kits, and much more!

What to expect at the HEALTH FAIR:  Vision Testing, Blood Pressure Testing, Physical Therapist, Yoga, Fitness Instructors, and MORE.

Sponsors/Vendors: Dr. Camps Pediatric Dental Center, BC Fitness & Athletic Club in Cloverly, Century 21 New Millennium, 1st Mariner Mortgage, MUSA Martial Arts, Goldfish Swim School, Master Method Karate School, Forever Fit Physical Therapy & Wellness, RGS Title, and more being added.

Fall Book Fair

book fair logo large
November 6-10, 2017 is our Cloverly PTA sponsored Fall Scholastic Book Fair to be held in Cloverly’s Media Center.  Please note that Thursday and Friday are Early-Release days for students and teachers will begin holding Parent-Teacher conferences.  The Book Fair will be open with extended hours, so parents can stop by at their convenience.  The Book Fair hours are:

MondayTuesday and Friday                   8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday and Thursday                         8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Parents may visit the Book Fair at any point during the week to browse books and make purchases.  The Book Fair accepts cash, checks made out to “Cloverly PTA,” and credit cards.  There is no tax and purchases are tax deductible.  Online shopping is also available Here beginning Wednesday, November 1.  Books purchased online can be shipped directly to Cloverly without additional charges.

Please consider volunteering at the Book Fair.  We need your help!

A Message from the County MCCPTA President

Hello everyone –
I’m continuing to hear lots of buzz about the school calendar issues for 2018-19, including many comments showing that people don’t understand WHY we are in the pickle we’re in.
Here is the Cliff Notes version of the issue:
* On Oct. 11, 2016 Governor Hogan issued an executive order, effective with the 2017-18 school year, requiring that all public schools begin school after Labor Day, and end school by June 15
* The Maryland Department of Education mandates a minimum of 180 instructional days for all public school districts
* MCPS has traditionally scheduled 184 instructional days – early release days count
* Mandating hard start and hard stop means school systems have to squeeze all the required instructional days between the two — that includes making up snow days and the like
* So — if it’s a bad winter, and the school calendar doesn’t have enough snow days built in (tough to do with a Governor-imposed hard start/stop), the school districts have to take away scheduled holidays on the fly — and most of the scheduled holidays post-winter are Spring Break
* Having to remove planned school holidays during the school year creates a whole bunch of difficulties — so school districts naturally look to avoid that — thus the option of scheduling a de minimus Spring Break — which many nearby school systems are doing
* Here is a link to the BOE Policy Management Committee’s discussion of some 2018-19 calendar options being considered. Documents summarizing these are also attached, as is the actual Executive Order:
These are just options, and not the universe of possible solutions to the calendar crunch.  The BOE is actively soliciting comments.  Here is a link to the “School Calendar” page of the MCPS website — good discussion and information, and a comment window at the bottom — scroll all the way to the bottom of the page:
There are many opinions out there about the school calendar, number of instructional days, and structure of the school year.  A voice not being represented well in the conversation is that of families with the most impacted students — and those families are most affected, financially and otherwise, but the governor’s mandate.
Conversation and discussion about options is good — but in my opinion, mandated strictures on the school calendar are NOT.  It is very difficult to have a meaningful dialog about the school calendar — insuring all voices are represented — when the system is in the hard start/hard stop crunch. Getting rid of the mandated start/stop can allow an actual conversation, and recognize that each of Maryland’s 24 school systems is perfectly capable of deciding its own school calendar.
I think a first step in advocacy around the school-calendar issue is clear.  Ask the governor to rescind the executive order and once again let the public school systems make their own calendar decisions. I’ve spoken to lots of our General Assembly Delegation about the possibility of a legislative fix — rescinding the order that way.  What I’m hearing is that the electeds haven’t heard from constituents who want the mandate removed — and absent the public voice, the General Assembly won’t act. So — if it’s important to you, it’s time to speak.  Here is a link to write to the governor about this issue:
It’s a simple tool to use, took me less than 5 minutes. Remember everyone, it’s both easier, and more important, than you think to SPEAK to the issues you care about.
Lynne Harris
MCCPTA president

Cloverly PTA Trunk or Treat, October 28!

All Cloverly Families & Staff are invited to our first ever TRUNK OR TREAT night on Saturday, October 28th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm (twilight hours). Location is Cloverly ES staff parking lots and the front of school. Please visit
for detailed info on how to sign up as a Trunker or Treater and other fun activities!!
We will have mini Pumpkin Decorating, Pizza Sales, a Costume Parade, and hope to have tons of fun with other Cloverly Families & Staff!!!  We encourage adults to dress in costume, too.



TRUNKERS:  please sign up (on sign up Genius) to let us know your vehicle is coming and what theme you’d like to do (optional), then show up the day of the event with your decorated trunk.  Some examples of Trunk themes: “Haunted House” “Rock Star” “Superheroes” “We Love Animals” “Disney” “Beach Fun” “Health/Fitness” “Night at the Movies”.   BE AS CREATIVE AS YOU’D LIKE!  The sky’s the limit – themes can be as elaborate or as simple as you’d like, specific or general.  Trunks can be interactive or include games, lights, and/or music.  There are many ideas on Google and Pinterest.  If you would like to place a teal pumpkin near your trunk to support the Teal Pumpkin Project, please feel free (  Truckers:  please make sure you have a sufficient amount of either candy, trinkets or healthy snacks to pass out to treaters.  Please arrive to Cloverly staff parking lot (front and side) by 5:00 pm on the 28th.  Spots are 1st come, 1st served.  Parking lot will be closed off promptly at 5:30 and safety volunteers will be posted.


TREATERS: Please RSVP below so we can have a general idea of how many people are attending. !! ALL AGES are encouraged to dress up – COME ON, ADULTS! Treaters must park in Cloverly Park parking lot next door.
OTHER ACTIVITIES:  We will have mini Pumpkin Decorating, Pizza Sales, and a Costume Parade!! Pumpkins are free and while supplies last. Please indicate below if you would like to pre-order a whole pizza to have ready for your family at 5:30.


THANKS and we hope this will be a Fangtastic event!


P.S. !! Staff & Teachers: PLEASE, please come to the event as it will be a “treat” in itself for the children to see you there !!

Information on the new MCPS Parent Portal

If you run into any problems setting up an account with myMCPS, this document has some useful guidance:

Join the Cultural Arts Committee

We are looking for a couple of parents to help pick Cultural Arts performances to bring to the school for students’ enrichment and entertainment. Serving on this Cultural Arts committee has two parts:
1. Attend one of the “showcases” that MCPS organizes over in Rockville. You sit in an auditorium and see short previews of all sorts of different performances: music, drama, culture, travel, science and nature, and more. It’s quite a variety show. You make note of which performances you think would be most interesting and appropriate for Cloverly. You can pick from any of the sessions listed below, and you are not required to sit through all 6-1/2 hours of the daytime showcases — just arrive and leave as your schedule permits.
2. Get together with the rest of the committee, led by Eduardo Barcelo and including some of the Cloverly teachers, to talk about which performances you like best. The committee sends their recommendations to Dr. Brunson for final approval, and then the school arranges the logistics.
If you are interested in helping out with these selections, please contact Eduardo at
Cultural Arts Showcases 2017-2018
Oct 2  –      9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Oct 4 –       9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Oct 11 –     6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Oct 12 –     6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where:   Carver Educational Services Center Auditorium

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PTA Activities Survey

We would really love your input on which fundraisers and other activities your PTA should plan this fall and winter! Please fill out this survey:

to let us know which options are most interesting to your family. Art & Crafts Night? Basketball? CPR Classes? Drama Club? Eating Barbecue? And many more possibilities…

The poll closes on September 30, but the sooner you can fill it out the better! It should only take about 5 minutes, and your voice is important. Many many thanks!

Fall After-school Clubs for Cubs

Starting soon, we’ve got several options for extracurricular enrichment for our students. Spanish and Chinese language classes, Creative Adventures art, Chess Club, Lego Club, and we are working on a Drama Club.
Please see for all the details.

Cloverly Restaurant Spirit Event August 29… with Top Secret Information!


Join us at the Olney Greene Turtle on Tuesday, August 29th for the Cloverly PTA “Back to School is Cool” Restaurant Spirit Night! Show this flyer (printed out or on your phone/tablet) while ordering, and the restaurant will generously donate 20% of the total proceeds to our school. This fundraiser runs all day, from 11:00am to closing, and you can eat in or carry out.

As an added bonus, find out your kids’ teacher(s) one day early! Classroom lists will be posted at the school on August 30, but Dr. Brunson gave us an early preview for this event. Between 5:00pm and 8:00pm on Tuesday, find the PTA table at the restaurant and we will tell you your student’s teacher(s). You can also ask about one other Cloverly family.

Non-Cloverly families are also welcome to attend, and they can help with our fundraising efforts as well! Here is a community flyer for them to show at the restaurant.

Hope to see you all there!

— Your Cloverly PTA

p.s. Just to be clear, this is at the Olney Greene Turtle, not the one in Burtonsville.

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