About Our School

Gaithersburg Elementary


We will create a culture of hope in which all of our students are able to pursue their dreams and develop the knowledge and skills to be college and career ready.


We will deliver rigorous and culturally responsive instruction to all students that will maximize their learning potential and performance.

Arrival Time for Students

Please help us provide a safe environment for our students. Adult supervision of children is not available before or after school; therefore, students should not arrive before 8:35 a.m. or remain after 3:20 p.m. unless they are participating in a school-sanctioned activity under the direct supervision of a staff member. Students will remain outdoors until 8:30 a.m.

Dismissal Procedures

Car Riders

  • Car Riders must apply for a car rider pass prior to the start of the school year.

  • Car Riders will be dismissed at 3:20 p.m. and should report to the health room door entrance located at the end of the kindergarten wing.

  • Students will be given two cards with the same number. Parents will be asked to post one card on the front windshield or right visor.

  • When cars pull up, a staff member will radio the number of each vehicle. Children with the corresponding number will be dismissed and escorted to the vehicle with the same number.

PLEASE STAY IN YOUR CAR - Your child will be escorted to the car by a staff member.


  • Students in kindergarten – second grade must be escorted home by a responsible adult or sibling.

  • Students in grades Kindergarten - second grade who have a sibling in grades third - fifth will be picked up from their classroom and will walk home with their sibling.

  • Students in grades Kindergarten - second grade who do not walk with a sibling will be walked to the blacktop on the playground by their teacher. Students in grades third-fifth will exit through the front entrance doors.

Bus Riders

The bus schedule is set by Montgomery County Public Schools. The times given are considered an estimate for both pick-up and drop-off each day at the stop nearest your home. You may choose to monitor the times for pick-up and drop-off at the beginning of the year so that your children are at the stop not more than ten minutes before the bus actually departs. Bus assignments for special education students will be sent from the Special Education Transportation Office. If you have questions or concerns regarding transportation during the year, please contact the transportation supervisor at (301) 840-8130.

Before and After Care

before and after care

We are so excited to have been chosen as your before and after care providers for the 2016-2017 school year. We currently provide before and after care services at nine other sites in the county including Summit Hall and Rosemont Elementary Schools. Our ultimate goal at Global Children's Center is to provide an environment that is filled with social, fun activities, cool Kids' Zones, quiet homework zone, and exciting field trips for all of our students. Moreover, the center offers a safe, clean and high-quality environment to play, learn, build self-esteem and develop social skills. Lastly, at Global Children's Center, the play and learning activities are designed to reinforce Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences and respect for the whole child.

We are a locally owned and operated corporation designed and committed to provide a cutting-edge program where we put emphasis on quality education and expressing creativity through play. Remember our motto at Global Children's Center is "Where Children Learn through Play!" We encourage you to visit our website at www.globalchildrenscenter.com or call us at (202) 352-1589 should have specific questions. Please look out for specific programming information to come home next week in your child(ren)’s folder. Thank you for selecting and trusting Global to take care of your children. We look forward to building a strong partnership.

More information is also available in our flier.

Steve and Monika Utrecht


Breakfast Program

All students receive a free breakfast including milk, juice and an entree in their classroom from 8:40-9:00. This program, called Maryland Meals for Achievement (MMFA), is funded by the federal School Breakfast Program and the Maryland State Department of Education.

Delayed Openings and Early Dismissals

When school is delayed 2 hours classes at GES will begin at 10:45 am with no morning PreK.

The decision to close early will be made by 11am and GES will dismiss after lunch at 1:25pm.

Please discuss with your child you family's "plan" for delayed openings, early dismissal, and closure of school so that they are prepared when inclement weather conditions happen.