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:

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 ebarcelo2@yahoo.com.
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

Spirit Gear Store open for business


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 http://www.cloverlypta.org/extracurricular-clubs/ 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.

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!

book fair logo
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:
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