Spirit Night at Modern Market April 24th


Tuesday, April 24th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm – In honor of National Every Kid Healthy Week, join Cloverly Staff, Students, and Families for our next Restaurant Spirit Night at Modern Market, a Farm Fresh Eatery in Columbia!  Enjoy artisan fare without the pomp and simple counter service with amazing, scratch-made food that nourishes your mind and body. Ingredients purchased from farmers, ranchers and suppliers who use sustainable practices. Lots of tasty options for paleo, gluten free, vegan, meat-lovers, etc. DINE IN or CARRY OUT (excludes phone/online orders). Mention Cloverly when ordering and 50% goes back to our school for programming to benefit our Students. Address: 6181 Old Dobbin Lane in Columbia 21045 (near Party City and Petco). http://www.modernmarket.com/  Please see this flier.

“Manny” the Mobile Kitchen

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“Manny” the Mobile Kitchen is coming to Cloverly ES to bring us Cooking/Nutrition Classes



Tues, March 20th is “Exploring Nutrition: Whole Grains”
Tues, April 3rd is “Exploring Nutrition: Vegetable Tasting”


These are FREE classes through a partnership with Manna Food and Montgomery County
Class Info:
·         Currently for 3rd to 5th graders *
·         Sessions run from 3:50 – 4:50 pm in Side Parking Lot of school (near pickup circle)
·         Two ways to REGISTER – Use the Signup Genius link below OR send an email to TheresaRick0728@aol.com. You must list any allergies! Please choose only ONE session.
·         15 slots are open per session. If more than 15 students sign up via email and signup link for each session, there will be a lottery drawing. Those students not chosen for 3/20 or 4/3 date will have first priority for future dates.**
You will be notified by 3/19 of any further details and instructions.
·         Children will not be using sharp knives or cooking near open heat. Recipes approved by certified dietician.
·         One parent volunteer must be present in order for the class to take place, per session (first come, first served) and must have MCPS Abuse and Neglect training.  All Manna volunteers have background checks & MCPS A&N training. Parents DO NOT need to accompany their children.


For the most detailed info and to REGISTER, go to:


*Manna Mobile Kitchen does not currently offer classes for younger children, but please send an email to TheresaRick0728@aol.com if you have an interest in Family classes, which do allow for younger children with adult chaperone, as long as majority of children are 3rdgrade and older.
**We are arranging to bring “Manny” back in May!


Family Heritage Night – Save the Date and Potluck Signup

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FAMILY HERITAGE NIGHT is coming up on Wednesday, April 11th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Cloverly. This special night consists of many FUN things planned for families, including a Multi-Cultural Potluck, family heritage displays from various countries, a performance by the 3rd graders and Mrs. H-T, and MORE! Plus, don’t forget that is during Book Fair Week – April 9th-13th.

Stay Tuned for more info from the Heritage Night committee. In the meantime, please sign up to bring a food dish that represents your culture (or any dish will do!). It does not have to be homemade; Carryout is welcome also. The more food we have on hand makes it easier to provide for everyone. If you plan to partake, please plan to bring something to share. Multi-Cultural Potluck runs from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

Let’s celebrate Culture & Community!



Bingo Night 2018


YOU ARE INVITED to one of Cloverly’s most popular events of the year – BINGO NIGHT!!
Thursday, March 22nd from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at Cloverly ES. Look for THIS FLYER in Friday folders and via Email to pre-register, or just show up! Walk-ins welcome!! Price is $5 each per packet of 10 Bingo cards/games.
There will be PRIZES for winners!!


Staff, parents, students, friends and extended families are WELCOME to attend!  Popcorn, healthy snacks, and waters will be sold. Back by popular demand from last year we are also having a Bake Sale!  Please sign up here to contribute to the Bake Sale:


Gather your family and friends and meet us in the Cloverly All Purpose Room for a Bingo blast! **The PTA is also in need of items to be used as prizes. Please help us by donating new or unused games, toys, crafts, trinkets, and other fun items by labeling them and leaving in the PTA closet. You may indicate here or just simply drop off:


Cuba de Ayer Restaurant Spirit Night

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Wednesday, March 14th from 4:00 – 8:30 pm.

Bring the family to DINE IN, or CARRYOUT. Make it a no-cook night and help the school at the same time – 20 % of sales go back to the Cloverly PTA! Everyone welcome, whether or not you are PTA members!

***Must present flyer when ordering (or picking up food)***

Enjoy Bistec Salteado, Platanos Maduros, Mojitos and more delicious food/drink! Located in Burtonsville. Spread the Word to friends and extended family.
Menu: http://www.cubadeayerrestaurant.net/index.php

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

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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

RSVP: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c44adab28a5ff2-family


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

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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!  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a45a5ad22aafc1-cloverly5

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 (https://www.foodallergy.org/education-awareness/teal-pumpkin-project).  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:

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