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!
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!
5th Grade Activities planning committee (counter-clockwise from right): Ms. Barry, Yodit Weldemichael, Ms. Schlueter, Susan Milner, Enrique Vitus Pacquing, Daintee Lamzon, Tiffany Stone, and Ms. Doane
Parent volunteers put up decorations
Activities and games in the gym
Hanging out in the gym while the music plays
DJ Cally of Callahan Sound pumps up the crowd. Ms. Barry approves.
Kids grooving during one of the DJ’s games
Students being silly and creative at the eFotoz photo booth
Photo booth props
An inflatable obstacle course was one of the outdoor highlights
A little pick-up game camaraderie among great friends
Veteran volunteer, Consuelo Goodwin, breaks for some shaved ice
Popcorn snack trays
Billboard of keepsakes of each student’s future self
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.
Superintendent Jack Smith delivered a keynote speech about volunteer involvement
Incoming 2017-2018 MCCPTA President Lynne Harris
MCCPTA was well represented by schools from across Montgomery County
Several crystal plaques were handed out to winners of MCCPTA’s banner awards
Drew ranked among the top schools for substantial increases to PTA membership
MCCPTA provided guests with dinner, drinks, and desserts
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
In addition to myriad volunteers that pitch in at our PTA functions, many families also contribute generously in kind. Our staff and PTA board truly appreciated the food donations this week, including the nearly two dozen pizzas from Ledo Pizza in Wheaton owned and managed by Mr. Jigar Sheth. Our amazing donors contributed ingredients, desserts, refreshments, and ready-made meals.
Special thanks are due to our loyal parent volunteers, particularly Mrs. Susan Milner (Staff Appreciation chair), Ms. Kris Allen, Mrs. Vicky Christos, Mrs. Consuelo Goodwin, and Mrs. Elizabeth Camacho. They dedicated resources and time to ensure that our staff felt appreciated. And our staff showed their gratitude with a deluge of signed thank-you cards and kind words.
Here are some shots from the staff breakfast on Monday:
Some of the breakfast donations from our generous families
Staff trickle in before making their way to class
Staff on the go didn’t have to worry about empty stomachs
Scores of anxious Dolphins poured through our doors Friday evening for a final peek at the book fair, but they were also treated to our thrilling 3rd Annual Dolphin Dance! Our returning crowd-favorite DJ, Danny Kramer, filled the All-Purpose Room with color and sound as the student body showed off its moves. The dance has become such a popular staple over the past 3 years that even alumni and parents get in on the fun!
Thanks to all the volunteers that helped with refreshments and games. Our teamwork kept our kids entertained until the last minute, and only the DJ's final beats reminded all our talented dancers that it was past their bedtimes!
Check out a few of the pics from such a fun-filled night:
The first rush of eager dancers take the floor
The beats lured more and more kids as the night wore on
Guests line up for a chance at prizes–keychains, pencils, and stickers!
Student volunteers had as much fun pitching in as kids had playing games
DJ Danny Kramer lit up the dance floor
Special access for an exclusive shot of the crowd
PTA officers Bryan Hinds (membership) and Michelle Hinds (fundraising) pose with their future Dolphin daughter
Our Spring BOGO Book Fair fared wonderfully! Gross sales were $6,617.41, which surpassed last spring's BOGO sales of $6,064.89 by a substantial margin! Proceeds go towards books for the Media Center and classrooms.
We couldn't have done this without our fantastic, hardworking volunteers. More and more parents are stepping up year after year, which not only makes the fair's operation much more manageable, but also makes setup and breakdown a breeze. Thank you all so much for your support.
Here are some photos from the April 20-28 stretch:
(L-R) Co-Chair Lenin Arroyo, Elsa Sheth, Gabriel Goodwin (Drew alumnus), Co-Chair Consuelo Goodwin, Elizabeth Camacho, Nhi Vo, Vicky Christos, and President Benito San Miguel
Thanks to Drew student volunteers for their patience and support: (front row, L-R): Ariana Arroyo, Mia Arroyo, Rahul Sheth, Evie San Miguel, Sarah Christos, Vanessa Christos, and Nhi Vo’s son
Parent volunteer Nhi Vo hangs a theme banner
Our feature table before…
Always s’more fun with puns!
Trinkets on display
Volunteers Nhi Vo and Elizabeth Camacho advertise the buy-one-get-one free deal
Reaching out to our diverse community
Book Fair displays adorn the front campus
Cash registers are ready to go
Check out the spread!
Ready for guests!
Co-Chair Consuelo Goodwin gets the scoop on a book from our Scholastic rep
Breakfast for our staff during the Staff Preview
Our Scholastic rep highlights some age-appropriate books for 2nd grade teacher, Ms. Brown
Staff member peruse the fair’s offerings
1st grade teacher, Mrs. Ahmed-Morton, jots down some class favorites
Co-Chair Lenin Arroyo and PTA President Benito San Miguel pledge to make Drew’s students happy campers!
A troop of 1st-day volunteers: (L-R): Gabriel Goodwin, Elizabeth Camacho, Silvia Reyes, Zena Carmel-Jessup, and Co-Chair Consuelo Goodwin
The start date for the S&E courses has been postponed to April 20, so there's still time to sign up!
Big Learning is also proud to offer a World Culture mini session that lasts 4 weeks and introduces children to culture and traditions from Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. The course begins Tuesday, May 2!
World Culture - Grades 2-5, Tuesdays @ 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Monday morning, April 3, kicks off our day-long 2nd annual Super Mario Power Walk-a-Thon! Our biggest fundraiser of the year, the Walk-a-Thon raises funds for a major fitness- or recreation-related project. All students will participate in this fun-filled event during PE classes with no interruption to their daily schedules or instruction. One of our PE teachers, Mrs. Rinker, will coordinate the fun on the large field just south of the building. Students will exercise around a coned track and dash from one color-coded/numbered activity to another at the teacher's signal every 4-5 minutes. Activities will include:
Keep It Up Volleyball - group volleys ball cooperatively as many times as possible
Bean Bag Sprint - how long does it take to collect them all?
Weave and Roll - push the large ball around all the cones in a figure-8 pattern
Hoop Lasso - throw hula hoops around cones like a giant ring toss game
Base Run - laps around bases placed in a diamond
Soccer Kick - kick a ball at a target
Last year, our school community helped the PTA purchase additions for our grades 1-5 playground. This year, we aim to address a critical need: shade! There are currently no dedicated shaded spaces on the playground or blacktops. Our children resort to hugging the building to catch the last slivers of shade before the sun hits high noon, or they make the best of a few trees beyond the playground boundaries that stretch ever so meagerly onto the blacktop.
Please help your kids get sponsors to raise funds! The top 10 fundraisers will receive fitness activity digital watches (top 1-6) and LED shoe bands that light up when you walk (top 7-10)! In addition, each student will receive 1 raffle ticket for every $5 he/she raises for a chance to win basketballs, footballs, and pedometers! All pledged donations are due to the main office or your child(ren)'s teacher(s) by Friday, April 7. Thank you in advance for your support!
Our annual Buy-One-Get-One Spring Book Fair is coming to the Media Center the week of April 24-28! Daily hours are from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. every day. We will host evening hours from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Friday, April 28, for parents to join their children at the fair! The fair will be open that evening during our 3rd annual Dolphin Dance in the all-purpose room.
Note: Outside visitors to the book fair are not allowed during the school day. Please encourage your children to bring home wish lists after their class's preview and send the right amount of money with them when they return for purchases. You can also take advantage of the Friday evening hours to shop with your child. Thank you for your cooperation!
We are recruiting volunteers to help make our fair a success! Please sign up here! It takes a village!