Order Supply Kits from School Toolbox

The start of the school year is still many weeks away, but all you early birds can get started with your back-to-school shopping right now. As in previous years, we are partnering with School Toolbox to give you the option to purchase supply kits — all the pencils, crayons, scissors, glue, etc. recommended by the school  — and have them delivered to your home. The prices are competitive with Walmart and Target, and the convenience can’t be beat. Just follow these five steps:
2. Click on “Find boxes now”.
3. Type in “20905” and click on “Cloverly Elementary”.
4. Select the grade-level boxes appropriate for your student(s) and add them to your cart.
5. Check out. (You can create an account if you like, but you don’t have to.)
It is recommended that you place your order by August 13 to ensure that your supplies arrive before the start of school. Please see this document  for detailed ordering instructions.

Spirit Wear Clearance

We are clearing out our current stock of stylish and comfortable Cloverly shirts and sweats. Please see this list of available items (2 pages), and contact Diane Pelton (dpelton@wtop.com) to claim your apparel. Selection is limited, and it’s first-come-first-served, so don’t delay!

Staff Appreciation Event for St Patty’s Day

We are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Staff Appreciation Luncheon on Friday 3/17, to show the teachers and staff how much we appreciate their hard work on behalf of our kids. Please sign up here [http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4ca4ac283-cloverly3] to volunteer a food or beverage contribution. Go raibh maith agat! (That’s Irish Gaelic for “Thank you”.)

CPR Classes for the Cloverly Community

Our PTA has arranged for a special CPR + AED + First Aid training session on Saturday, March 18 starting at 2:00pm. This is a great opportunity to get lots of valuable life-saving training at one time for a very reasonable cost. This class is open to all members of the Cloverly community — parents, grandparents, guardians, and siblings (ages 13 and up).
Please see this flier for all the details, and sign up at:

March 13 Restaurant Spirit Night

Come join your Cloverly friends for dinner in Olney at California Tortilla, followed by dessert at Cold Stone Creamery! We will be meeting there on Monday, March 13, anytime between 5:00pm and 9:00pm — dine in or carry out.
At California Tortilla, please use the secret password “Dr. Suess” when ordering so that they know you are part of the Cloverly fundraiser.
At Cold Stone, show this flier that was sent home in FridayFolders.
Hope to see you there!

Spring Book Fair!

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Once again, it’s time for our most excellent Cloverly Book Fair! The Fair will run the entire week of March 27-31 in the Cloverly Media Center. Please see below for hours.
We need volunteers to help out! Please contact Karen Ranallo at bookfair@cloverlypta.org or go to www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0A45A5AD22AAFC1-cloverly4 to sign up for a shift. Thanks!
If you prefer, you can order books online via  http://www.scholastic.com/bf/cloverlycubs
Preview Days – Mon & Tue 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Purchase Days – Wed 8:30 am – 3:00 pm, Thurs 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Fri 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Don’t Miss our Special Evening with Heritage Night: Wednesday – 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Classes will come once during preview days and once during purchase days. Parents can come in and purchase during any open time.

Multi-PTA Basketball Fun!

Six local elementary school PTAs are joining forces for an afternoon of fun recreational basketball activities! We are delighted to announce the March Madness Fam Jam, taking place at the Blake HS gym on March 11 from 2:00 to 5:00pm. This event will be a great opportunity to make new friends from other elementary schools and get in the zone for the upcoming “March Madness” NCAA Basketball Tournament.
We will have a mini-tournament of 4v4 basketball games for students, parents, and school staff, with short 10-minute games. We are looking to fill four teams from each school: Students grade K-2, Students grades 3-5, Staff and Teachers, and Parents. Please sign up your kids, your spouse, or yourself with this link:
We also need a few volunteers to help out with concessions, PTA tables, and refereeing the games:

Reserve Your Yearbook!

Get your form submitted by March 31 to reserve a yearbook for your Cloverly student(s)! Forms were sent home in Friday Folders recently, but it you need a fresh copy, you can download one Here and print it out.

Family Heritage Night

Save the Date!

Family Heritage Night is Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 6:30-8:00 pm. You will be able to taste food from around the world in our potluck snack fest, see student art posted as a gallery walk, enjoy the third graders present dances from around the world, and learn about various cultures presented by our community. The book fair will also be open in the media center.

Please consider being a part of our evening by presenting information about your culture or by bringing in food to share. A flyer will be sent home soon with how you can be a part of this exciting evening.

Our community is diverse and vibrant. Come help us celebrate our heritage and family!!

2017 Variety Show

Don’t forget to sign up your talented kid(s) for our awesome Variety Show! The hard deadline for submitting this Sign-Up Form is March 10. And whether or not your student is performing, your whole family is welcome at the big performance on April 22 at the Olney Theatre — all the details are here in this Save the Date Flier. Please also note that local businesses can advertise in the Variety Show Program and reach hundreds of members of our community. Ad sizes, rates, and deadlines are listed in that same flyer.

Bingo on February 24th

Please join us for one of Cloverly’s favorite traditions, Family Bingo Night! Come by the All-Purpose Room (cafeteria) anytime between 6:00pm and 9:00pm on Friday, February 24 for fun, excitement, and prizes — plus a bake sale with tasty treats! Please fill out and send in this form to reserve your place.

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

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