Category: Programs

Staff Appreciation Luncheon – Friday, November 17, 2017

With our staff in the midst of parent-teacher conferences, we always try to ease the stress of long days with an appreciative meal. Membership Co-Director and Staff Appreciation committee chairperson, Vicky Christos, has organized a simple sandwich-and-salad treat for Friday. Please consider donating items to make this lunch happen by signing up here: Drop off items in the main office no later than 10:00 AM on Friday. Thank you so much for your support!

Box Tops – 1st Collection Results

Our first Box Tops collection was on November 1st, and the results are in! Drew students and families amassed 1,232 Box Tops labels! That’s $123.20 for our school! Way to go, Dolphins!

The top classes were:
Ahmed-Morton​ ​(1st grade)​ ​-​ ​217
Leichtling​ ​(4th grade)​ ​-​ ​207
Terry​ ​(Kindergarten)​ ​-​ ​165
Smith​ ​(4th grade)​ ​-​ ​135
France​ ​(3rd grade)​ ​-​ ​116

Students in the top class, Mrs. Ahmed-Morton’s, will receive certificates and pencils.

There are two more collections this year on Friday, February 16, and Friday, June 1. Thanks for your support!

Big Learning: FLES & S&E – Registration Extended to September 29

Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations' (MCCPTA) signature after-school programs are back at Drew for a 2nd consecutive year. Would your child like to learn French or Spanish? Do Science & Engineering (S&E) courses appeal to your child(ren)'s creativity? If so, then register for our upcoming course offerings by clicking here!  You can also contact Big Learning at 301-592-0861 for more information.

FLES (Foreign Language in Elementary School)
Classes begin October 9 (start date delayed)

  • French Beginner: Grades 2-5 (12 weeks)
  • French Intermediate: Grades 3-5 (12 weeks)
  • Spanish Beginner: Grades 2-5 (12 weeks)
  • Spanish Intermediate: Grades 3-5 (12 weeks)

S&E (Science & Engineering)
Classes begin October 12 (start date delayed)

  • Anatomy: Clue Club: Grades 3-5 (8 weeks)
  • Anatomy: Featured Creatures: Grades K-2 (8 weeks)

 All classes run weekly from 4:00-5:00 p.m.  Availability depends on enrollment.  If you have any questions, please contact our Big Learning programs parent coordinator, Mrs. Irada Isayeva, at  See the full details by clicking the flyers below.

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

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!

5th Grade Legacy Yearbook is Here!

After a solid 3 months of extremely hard work and attention to detail, our 5th Grade Legacy Yearbook is complete! Your Drew PTSA subsidizes the yearbook each year to guarantee that each graduating 5th grader receives a parting gift from our beloved school. In order to keep costs low, parents and students form a committee and a club to work on the yearbook's content. The club is entirely self-run and managed by the committee.

2015-2016 was the legacy yearbook's debut, and that volume featured 28 full-color pages of wonderful memories. This year's committee knocked it out of the park with 70 pages and tons of content! The annual was presented to the 5th graders at the 5th Grade Graduation Party on June 15.

We'd like to thank the committee for its incredible work ethic and dedication to creating a wonderful memento for the class of 2017:


  • Ariel Jackson
  • Sophia Klein-Luce
  • Gabriel Lamzon
  • Zara Liywalii
  • Olivia Rayford
  • Bruk Sebhatu
  • Sophia Vaonakis
  • Kerby Zewedu


  • Erin Bae
  • Melanie Klein
  • Daintee Lamzon
  • Robert Lamzon
  • Kimiko Oliver
  • Vitus Pacquing

Check out the yearbook proof below:

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

Big Learning – S&E and World Culture

Be sure to check out the exciting after school enrichment programs in science and engineering offered by Big Learning at Drew ES this spring!  Our spring science theme is Solar Energy.

The Science & Engineering courses are:

  • Bubbles to Rainbows - Grades K-2, Thursdays @ 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Eco-KID! - Grades 2-4, Thursdays @ 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Solarific - Grades 3-5, Thursdays @ 4:00-5:00 p.m.

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.

Please click on the flyers below for full details.  To sign up, please visit  If you have any questions, please contact our parent coordinator, Mrs. Irada Isayeva, at


  • The early bird discount has been extended to Monday, September 19.
  • All course start dates are postponed until October 10 due to low enrollment.  This includes FLES AND S&E.  Students will still receive 12 weeks of enrichment from the start date.
  • Spanish Beginner (2-5) has met the minimum enrollment, but more are welcome.
  • Chinese Beginner (2-5), French Beginner (2-5), and Spanish Introductory (K-1) have low enrollment and may be cancelled without more interest.
  • Chinese Introductory (K-1), French Introductory (K-1), and Spanish Intermediate (3-5) are seeing less interest and may be cancelled altogether.
  • Science & Engineering (S&E) course enrollment is low and may be cancelled altogether.
  • Registration has been extended to October 7.  Sign up now and invite a friend!
  • Registrations will be refunded for classes with low enrollment, so don’t let it discourage you from registering.  If you don’t register for fear of low enrollment, then the class won’t have a chance.
Your Drew PTA is delighted to offer once again Big Learning’s Foreign Language in Elementary School (FLES) and Science & Engineering (S&E) programs!  Thanks to Mrs. Irada Isayeva, FLES coordinator and PTA Fundraising Co-Chair, registration is open for Spanish, French, and Chinese, and Science & Engineering classes as of today.  Take advantage of the Early Bird discount by signing up before Monday, September 12.  Classes are scheduled to begin Monday, September 19!  Please contact with any questions.
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