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White House Easter Egg Roll
On White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn! The Easter Egg Roll is a special White House tradition that dates all the way back to 1878 and President Rutherford B. Hayes – and it's now the largest public White House celebration. It includes live entertainment, sports, interactive cooking demonstrations, and, of course, the traditional rolling of the Easter Eggs. Tickets for the event are giving out via lottery. If your child lives in the D.C. area and would like a chance at a free ticket, you may apply before . , President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host the 137th-annual
Even if you aren’t in the D.C area, the White House invites all elementary and middle school students to submit original artwork related to this year’s theme for the Easter Egg Roll Design Contest. This year's theme is “#GimmeFive,” challenging families across the nation to show the First Lady five ways they’re leading healthier lives. The deadline for submissions is . Two winning designs, which will be used as part of the White House 2015 Easter Egg Roll program and souvenir poster.
PARENTS: The next Volunteer Training has been scheduled for Tuesday,March 10, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. In order to attend the training, you must already be an approved and registered volunteer through the SMCPS Safety and Security Department. You must be a registered, trained, and approved volunteer in order to volunteer at our school in any capacity (this includes field trip chaperones). If you have any questions, please contact Claudia Padilla-Gonzalez, Volunteer Coordinator at (301) 863-4064, x21144.
SMCPS Department of Safety and Security is sponsoring a School Emergency Preparedness Training for Parents. Please click here for more information.
I hope that you have experienced a successful transition into the New Year. Our students continue to make great progress as we enter the third marking period. I am ecstatic about the passion many of our students have for reading. My heart leaps when students proudly tell me the number of steps they have read. I must give a shout out to Mrs. Viverette and her students. They won the 200-Step Banner! Let’s not forget that they also won the 100-Step Banner! Not only did all of her students reach the 200- step mark before all other classes, but they did so ahead of schedule! Students are focusing on independently putting into practice the reading and math strategies they learn. I visit classrooms on a regular basis and remind students of their power goals and our expectations. Please support them by echoing these expectations at home. As we move toward the Spring, we are preparing for the first administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). In the past, students in grades 3-5 would take the Maryland State Assessment (MSA) in reading, math and science (5th grade). The PARCC Assessments will be administered to our students for the first time this Spring. The fifth graders will continue to take the MSA Science. The assessments will be administered electronically and we are providing students opportunities to practice on the computers. An official letter from Mr. Smith, our Acting Superintendent, will be sent to parents in the very near future. In addition, these parents will be invited to an information session. Report cards have been recently issued and I encourage you to discuss personal goals with your child(ren). February is often synonymous with Valentines Day, representing love. It is a great opportunity to help your child(ren) understand different ways they can show care and concern for others. Also, please tune in to local media when winter weather is forecast. Sending your students dressed in layers will help them have a more comfortable day.
Happy Valentines Day!