March Recap

What a busy and fruitful March we've had! Your PTA hosted Drew's perennial International Night and 2nd annual Silent Auction on Friday, March 10, and teamed up with 5 other local PTAs to unite our communities at our 1st annual March Madness Fam Jam on Saturday, March 11, at Blake High School! All 3 events were wildly successful and a huge blast! Thank you to everyone that participated and supported us. We'd especially like to thank our committee members and volunteers whose helpful and generous spirits made even the hard work enjoyable!

International Night

Our beautiful, diverse community came together to celebrate our multiculturalism in the all-purpose room on Friday, March 10!  We'd like to thank all the families, volunteers, and staff that contributed to our wonderful showcase of cultural and family traditions!  If you missed it, check out the program below for a summary of the event.

03-10-17 - International Night and Silent Auction Program

Silent Auction
We absolutely could not have hosted such a successful Silent Auction without our community's contributions!  Our staff also came through in a big way by offering almost 20 experiential items for bidding.  We raised $369 from the gift baskets and bid ticket sales!  Nearly 100 students will get to enjoy the following activities with our wonderful staff:

  1. Mrs. Ahmed-Morton - Beading Bracelets
  2. Ms. Barry - Pizza Lunch Bunch
  3. Mrs. Bohlinger - Afterschool Ice Cream/Popsicle Party
  4. Mrs. Byrne - Pizza Lunch
  5. Mrs. Cox - Be Principal Intern for Half a Day
  6. Dr. Leichtling - Calligraphy; Pizza Party During Lunch
  7. Mrs. Libbee - Earth Day Picnic at the Park
  8. Mr. Martin - Hoops 3-Point Shooting Lesson
  9. Mrs. Mauck - Pals, Pillows, Popcorn Party
  10. Ms. McDaniels - Pizza Party with Ms. McDaniels
  11. Mrs. Means-Harris - Be Principal for Half a Day
  12. Ms. Moradel - Homework Passes
  13. Mrs. Rinker - Game Time in the Gym
  14. Mrs. Ritterpusch, France, and Hagan - Ice Cream Sundae Party
  15. Mrs. Schlueter - Make a Reflection Book
  16. Mrs. Sigley, Suto, Hoggerth, Amber, and Jackson - Make Pizza in the Staff Lounge
  17. Mrs. Tivvis - Pizza Lunch with Mrs. Tivvis
  18. Mrs. Urcia - Dunkin Donuts Breakfast

Proceeds from this event will go toward classroom resources at the end of the year!  Thank you so much!

March Madness Fam Jam
If you missed out on our 1st annual March Madness Fam Jam, you'll definitely want to carve out some time next year!  Our wildly successful multi-PTA collaboration was a huge hit!  Students, parents, and staff from 6 school and PTA communities joined forces for a fun-filled 3 hours of basketball and friendly competition.  Check out some of the photos below and a couple videos on our YouTube channel!

WTOP Click for Kids Sweepstakes

We are delighted to share some wonderful happenings at Drew! We are extremely excited to have been selected to participate in the WTOP Click for Kids Sweepstakes to win money for our school! The way to win is easy--get the most votes! For this, WE NEED YOUR HELP! Voting begins 3/6/17.

You just need to go to
and click on Montgomery County, then on Dr. Charles R. Drew.
You must be 13 or older to vote and can do so once a day from 3/6/17 until 3/17/17 @ 5:00 p.m.

Please help us spread the word to any local businesses, friends and family. Social media is an excellent way to get the word out! You can copy the link and send it out!  Attached is the flyer (English | Spanish) with more information. Grand prize is $15K, First runner up is $10K and 2nd runner up prize is $5K.

March Madness Fam Jam – March 11, 2017

We've partnered with 5 other PTAs to bring you a fun, free basketball family event on Saturday, March 11. As a recent idea, it's taken a lot of work in a short amount of time, and now we really need your help the day of the event! Please sign up here to help with concessions and PTA tables and as referees or even an announcer/play-by-play MC!

We're also scouting for basketball players of all ages--students, parents, and staff! Each school will feature 4 teams (4 players per team) that will compete in an exciting friendly tournament against other schools! Want to see your child shoot 3s? How about our parents and staff members dunk? Are you itching to put on your Lebron jersey and show us your king-sized moves? Sign up HERE and now! Space is limited! See the official flyer below!

March Madness Fam Jam Official Flyer

International Night and Silent Auction – March 10, 2017

Showcase your culture and share your multicultural talents at our annual International Night and Cultural Talent Show on Friday, March 10, from 7-9 p.m. at Drew! Decorate a table with a project board display of national icons, costumes, literature, photos, and more!  You may also serve food and drinks, but please remember to provide serving containers, utensils, and napkins.  And, if you or your children would like to sing, dance, or display a cultural talent during our talent show in the all-purpose room, please sign up by clicking here!

Please consider donating items for themed baskets that we will auction off to raise money for playground shade structures.  Check out our flyer below for grade level themes and suggested donations! Then, look for the Silent Auction table during International Night!  You can bid on gift baskets and experiential items.  Experiential items will feature lunch bunches, crafts, and other exciting activities with teachers.

03-10-17 - International Night and Silent Auction Flyer

5th Grade Legacy Yearbook

The 2016-17 yearbook design is under way!
Yearbooks are now on sale for $10 each! Dedication pages are $25 each. These pages are a great opportunity for shout outs and special recognition of your child, a group of children, team sport or the entire 5th grade class! Please see the order forms that were sent home in Thursday's take-home folders.
Orders are due by March 3rd.

FLES and S & E

FLES and S&E – Early Registration Ends January 23!

Winter Session Starts February 6

The Foreign Language in Elementary School (FLES) and Science and Engineering (S&E) after-school programs return for a second session on February 6th.  Flyers were sent home in your children’s Thursday folders.  Early registration has been extended until Monday, January 23, for Drew, and includes $5 or $10 discounts depending on the class.  Please contact Mrs. Irada Isayeva, our parent coordinator, at with any questions, and visit the Big Learning website to register!

The 2017 winter offerings are on Mondays from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM:

  • Chinese – beginner (grades 2-5; 12 weeks)
  • French – beginner (grades 2-5; 12 weeks)
  • Spanish – introductory (grades K-1; 12 weeks)
  • Spanish – beginner (grades 2-5; 12 weeks)


  • Incredible Forces (K-2; 8 weeks)
  • Gadgets and Gizmos (3-5; 8 weeks)

**Note: Each class requires a minimum number of students (6) to be offered.  Register anyway.  If you do and the minimum number isn’t met, Big Learning will contact you to arrange for a full refund.

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