RFKM Musical Gala and Silent Auction

Join Real Food for Kids – Montgomery (RFKM) for our Musical Gala and Silent Auction 2017 on February 24th, 2017 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Jane Lawton Community Center in Bethesda, MD. You will be entertained by the straight ahead jazz and bossa nova sounds of The Karen Devitt Quintet (Karen is RFKM’s co-founder and past Director) featuring flute and vocals while enjoying wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres and bidding on items like restaurant gift cards, vacation homes, massages and more in our silent auction.
Tickets at $25/person and can be purchased here: http://tinyurl.com/RFKMGala2017
If you can’t make it, you can still pre-bid on some great Silent Auction items, including a pool membership and a long weekend stay in a 7 bedroom vacation home at Deep Creek Lake Near Wisp Mountain. Check out full list and pre-bidding instructions at: http://www.realfoodforkidsmontgomery.org/events.php#auction
RFKM is a grassroots, parent and student advocacy group working for whole, real, local, sustainable and nutrient-rich foods in the Montgomery County Public School System.

Dance-A-Thon for Healthy Food

Want to try out a new, fun, dance-based exercise class with activities for kids including a kids cooking class/demo while supporting healthier food in MCPS?

Joy of Fitness in Silver Spring is hosting their inaugural Dance-a-Thon for a Cause benefiting Real Food for Kids – Montgomery (RFKM) on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. There will be four hours of fun and fitness for the whole family, highlighting their popular and diverse dance fitness classes (Zumba, Country Heat Live, Cize Live (Hip Hop) and Zoca Afro Pop). Take one class, two classes, or go for all four dance fitness classes ($25 for one, $40 for two – all proceeds go to RFKM). The Dance-a-Thon’s theme is Carnival and they’ll have activities for kids like mask making, beads and a healthy cooking class/demo, plus a studio festooned in bright colors along with awesome raffle prizes!

The Junior League’s Kids in the Kitchen Committee will provide a special cooking demo/class for kids from 9-11 a.m. Parents can take a fitness class while kids 6 and up participate in the demo or make masks (mask making will take place from 9-1). Fitness classes are appropriate for all fitness levels and fun for adults and kids (age 9 and up at a reduced price) alike!

Register here: http://tinyurl.com/ja3792l

Please come out and support RFKM’s efforts to bring healthier food to MCPS, which were highlighted in Monday’s Washington Post: http://tinyurl.com/WP-School-Food-Grades-2017

MCPS Forums on Budget Process and Priorities

Montgomery County Council Education
Committee Chair Craig Rice, Montgomery County Public Schools
Superintendent Jack Smith and Montgomery College President DeRionne
Pollard will host a series of five public forums starting Feb. 15 to
provide information, and seek input, on the programs and budgets of the
County’s public school system and its community college. This is the
third year County education leaders are conducting a Countywide tour to
address the school budget process.
The forums will address how budget priorities are established by the
Board of Education, the County Executive and the County Council—all of
whom work toward crafting the MCPS and Montgomery College annual
operating budgets. At the forums, subjects will include what the school
system and college are doing to prepare for Fiscal Year 2018.
The forums also talk about the opportunities residents will have to
influence decisions that will be made as the County works to adopt the
FY18 budget. The County Council in May will adopt the budget that will
go into effect on July 1.
All forums will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The schedule for the forums:
• Wednesday, Feb. 15: Northwest High School (cafeteria). 13501 Richter
Farm Road, Germantown.
• Wednesday, March 8: Montgomery Blair (cafeteria). 51 University Blvd.
East, Silver Spring.
• Wednesday, March 15: Montgomery College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring
campus (Catherine F. Scott Building, also known as the CM Building, Room
211). 7600 Takoma Ave., Takoma Park.
• Wednesday, March 22: Walter Johnson High School (cafeteria). 6400 Rock
Spring Drive, Bethesda.
• Wednesday, March 29: Richard Montgomery High School (cafeteria). 250
Richard Montgomery Drive, Rockville.
“These forums will provide an opportunity for residents to have their
questions answered about the education budgets at both the State and
County level from kindergarten to higher education,” said Councilmember
Rice. “We will talk about how budget decisions are made and will work to
explain the circumstances concerning the new budget we are addressing
for the fiscal year that begins on July 1. We also will discuss the
opportunities residents will have to influence budget decisions. And in
this early stage of the budget process, we want to hear from residents
about their concerns, their priorities and how they fit with the amount
of funding available.”
For further information about any of the forums, contact Councilmember
Rice’s office at 240-777-7955 or email him at:

MCPS Parent Academy on PARCC

There will be an MCPS Parent Academy workshop at Briggs Chaney Middle School on Thursday, January 26, 2017. The workshop title is Understanding the PARCC Assessments and it will be presented by YMCA Youth and Family Services. The workshop will be held in the media center from 7:00-8:30 p.m. The workshop is free for parents and child care and interpretation services are provided.

Understanding the PARCC Assessments

THURSDAY, JAN. 26 7:00-8:30 P.M.

In spring 2017, students in Grades 3–8 will take the PARCC assessments in English Language Arts (ELA)/Literacy and Mathematics. During this workshop, you will learn about the assessments and hear strategies to prepare your child. Facilitated by MCPS staff.

Briggs Chaney Middle School, 1901 Rainbow Drive, Silver Spring, MD  20905

PTA Meeting Minutes for October and November 2016

Here are the Cloverly PTA meeting minutes from October.

Here are the original and amended Cloverly PTA meeting minutes from November.

Enrollment Open for Spanish and Art Classes

Spanish classes and Creative Adventures Art classes are starting up soon! These are great opportunities for enriching and enhancing a Cloverly student’s education. Please see these flyers for all the important details:

FINAL FLES Flyer Winter 2017- Cloverly – 160118

Creative Adventures Cloverly Winter 2017 Flyer

Please note that FLES has extended the Early Bird discount through January 23rd, so you can save some $$$ if you head on over to www.mccpta-epi.org/fles right now!

Winter Session for Creative Adventures!


Creative Adventures will have a Winter Session beginning Wednesday, February 8th, 2017. Flyers will be distributed soon after we return to school. Stay tuned!

Winter Chess Club


Chess Club is returning in January with Wednesday and Friday options.
Registration is open and can be done online at www.skenrichment.com.
Click here for all the details.

Some Upcoming Events This Spring


Looking ahead to March, April, and May, please mark the following dates on your calendar:

– March 24 at 4:30pm : Family Roller Skating at Supreme Sports Club Skate Arena in Columbia

– April 22 at 6:00 pm : Cloverly Variety Show at the Olney Theater

– May 17 (time TBD) : Cloverly Science and Engineering Fair at the school

Winter Lego Club!

Play-Well and your PTA will be offering another after-school Lego Club starting in January. This session will be for grades K-2 only, but we hope to have an option for grades 3-5 available later in the spring. See all the details below!

Class Title: JEDI Engineering using LEGO®
Start Date: Wednesday January 18th 2016
Omit dates: None
End Date: Wednesday March 22nd
Number of Sessions: 10
Max/min: 11/16 students
Cost: $170 per student per course
Grades: K – 2
Duration: 90 minutes each week
Time: 3:40pm – 5:10pm

REGISTER ONLINE AT: http://register.play-well.org/registration/new/57437

Course Description:

Title: JEDI Engineering using LEGO®

Description: The Force Awakens in this introductory engineering course for young Jedi! Explore engineering principles by designing and building projects such as LEGO® X-Wings, R2 Units, Energy Catapults, Defense Turrets, and Settlements from a galaxy far, far away. Create motorized and architectural projects with imagination and engineering to defeat the Empire!

Spirit Night at Squisito Nov 8th!

Come show your Cloverly spirit, earn money for our school, AND have a great meal on Nov 8th at Squisito in Burtonsville. Details HERE!

December PawPrints

Welcome to the December edition of the Cloverly PTA PawPrints newsletter! Click HERE..

Book Fair Nov 14-18!

Please come and support this year’s ongoing Book Fair!  Information can be found here:   http://www.scholastic.com/bf/cloverlycubs.

Please note that you can order books online through November 23rd.



Children National Medical Center Toy Drive

The Cloverly PTA is partnering with Children’s National Medical Center for a Holiday Toy Drive.  See all the details about how you can help support this great program Here



Cloverly PTAPawPrints November Newsletter

Enjoy this months edition of the Cloverly PTAPawprints!

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