Pump It Up Fundraiser – Thursday, September 21, 2017

There will be no classes this Thursday, September 21, in observance of Rosh Hashanah.  If you're looking for a way to entertain the kiddos during this day off from school, join us at Pump It Up at 12210 Plum Orchard Dr., Silver Spring, MD 20904, from 4:00-5:30 p.m.  The cost is $8.50 + tax per child, and your Drew PTSA will receive 50% of the proceeds!  Please register and fill out a safety waiver in advance via www.pumpitupparty.com.  Review the official flyer below for all the details.  We've provided the safety waiver for your convenience, but you may also fill it out online.  See you there!

DTYCTS Day Recap

Drew dads rock! We had 125 father figures and their children registered for Drew's Dad Take Your Child to School Day! Your Drew PTSA provided the breakfast goodies and pitched in with the setup.

It was a heartwarming hour of bonding over breakfast and activities. Through our counselor's, Mrs. Allen's, activity sheets, kids had the opportunity to learn more about the male role models in their lives. One activity had both students and their role models tracing each other's hands and attempting to write messages while blindfolded! There was also a questionnaire to quiz students and their loved ones on facts about Drew and its staff.

We sincerely thank our male role models for showing their school spirit and commitment to Drew.  So many kids were also thrilled to be escorted by their dads to their classrooms.  Our students love when family members visit them in their classrooms, and dads make a special impression.

So, we know you're out there, dads!  If you find yourself struggling to volunteer or contribute to our school as much as you'd like, please reach out to us anyway and we'll do our best to find somehow for you to do it in a way that fits your schedule.

DTYCTS Day! – Tuesday, September 19, 2017

DTYCTS (aka Dads Take Your Child to School) Day is upon us! Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 19, is the official day. Your Drew PTSA is proud to partner with our new school counselor, Mrs. Nadine Allen, to organize and sponsor the event. Please join us for doughnuts, coffee, and activities with your children in the All-Purpose Room at 8:25 AM before school starts. Last year's celebration witnessed more than 100 father figures, and we expect this year to top that.  Fathers and other male role models/guardians (e.g. grandfathers, stepfathers, uncles, big brothers, etc.) are invited to attend.  See you first thing in the morning!

To find out more about the Dads Take Your Child to School event, visit www.dadstakeyourchildtoschoolday.com.

Back-to-School Open House/Picnic Recap – Thursday, August 31, 2017

Drew opened its doors to students and families on August 31 in anticipation of the new school year.  Your Drew PTSA was on hand to welcome returning members, sign up new ones, and greet fresh faces.  In addition to the administration's planned classroom visits and backpacks/supplies distribution, your PTSA sold pizza and refreshments and provided a bounce house.  Thank you to all that attended the Open House and stopped by to say hello!

We are thrilled to start the new year and hope you'll join us as we make Drew a phenomenal place to learn!  Don't hesitate to reach out to us if you'd like to volunteer, need help navigating our school, or need a friend!

Technology Upgrades

Your Drew PTSA partnered with the school administration to identify areas of need for technology resources. After Mrs. Means-Harris informed us that the School-Community Based (SCB), speech pathology, and media center staff could benefit from upgrades to their communications technology, we immediately decided on iPads. We hand delivered 6 iPads and protective cases to a very ecstatic bunch of educators. We sincerely hope that these tools will help to improve communications and enhance instruction for our children with special needs.

Classroom Resources

The PTSA elf has struck again!  Eighteen staff members were greeted by gift cards, supplies, teaching manipulatives, and even furniture on Thursday morning, August 24, along with a personalized card.  We had many more requests this year than last year, but we were still able to procure substantial resources for all recipients.  We are helping to offset out-of-pocket costs that many staff members include in their annual budgets to make their classrooms educational and fun for our children.

We also managed to stay just under budget by spending $1,497.48 of our allocated $1,500.  While it may be simple to donate money or in kind on your own, your Drew PTSA coordinates the effort to ensure that staff members' needs are addressed, funds are allocated appropriately without sacrificing other budget requests, and gifts are delivered on behalf of our entire PTSA community.

Check out the pictures of all the resources courtesy of the 2016-2017 PTSA administration.  The Dewalt power drill kit for Mr. Macías and his building services staff is not pictured.

NEC-S Area Planning Meeting – June 26, 2017

The Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA) hosts a series of summer meetings for all county clusters. Our cluster, the Northeast Consortium-Sherwood (NEC-S), rallied together on Monday, June 26, at The Greene Turtle in Burtonsville. Our PTSA President-Elect, Neal Hawkins (front left), and Secretary-Elect, Condon Daniel (right, in white), were eager to hit the ground running as 2 of our newest officers. They participated in discussions about the Capital Improvements Program (CIP) that determines how our schools are assessed for renovations and expansions. Your Drew PTSA has been advocating for HVAC repairs/updates, an electric wiring modernization to support modern technology, and a security monitoring system.

Farewell, 5th Graders!

Drew was so lucky to have our 5th graders leading the school this year.  We will certainly miss them and wish them the best.

In recognition of their success and contributions, your Drew PTA and a committee of 5th grade teachers and parents teamed up to continue the exciting 5th grade end-of-year party tradition.  Together with a substantial fundraising effort by teachers and parents and a PTA sponsorship, the kids were treated to an exciting 3-hour fun fest featuring music, pizza, snacks, refreshments, Kona Ice, a photo booth, and an inflatable obstacle course.

We bid our graduating 5th graders a bittersweet farewell! You were amazing students and even better kids! Thank you for helping to make Drew a fantastic school. We hope your journey into middle school and beyond is as successful as the one you've experienced here with us! And remember: once a Dolphin, always a Dolphin! Visit often!

MCCPTA Awards Ceremony

The Montgomery County Council of PTAs closed out its year of meetings with its final Delegates Assembly and MCCPTA awards celebration on Tuesday, May 23, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Robert Frost Middle School. President Benito San Miguel attended the event. Awards were given to administrators, educators, and volunteers. Some of the honorees included a Lifetime Achievement Award, Teacher of the Year, and Principal of the Year. Your Drew PTA nominated Mrs. Means-Harris for Principal of the Year. There was some stiff competition, and, while Mrs. Means Harris ultimately did not receive the award, we congratulate and acknowledge her for her tireless contributions to making Drew such an awesome place to learn and grow.

FLES Wraps Up

The Foreign Language in Elementary School (FLES) program classes in French and Spanish hosted their final sessions and held an open house for parents on May 15. The classes were offered by Big Learning, a non-profit enrichment before- and after-school program organization founded by the Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA) in 1975. We've been delighted to coordinate its return after a few-year hiatus and look forward to teaming up again to offer foreign language opportunities in the future.

Spanish Beginners instructor, Mirdahlia Claros, reviews the year's lessons and quizzes the kids' skills

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