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.

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 ( 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 [] 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 or go to to sign up for a shift. Thanks!
If you prefer, you can order books online via
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.
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