Things to Know
for Thursday, Dec. 1

Here are six things to know for Thursday, Dec. 1. Get information about a Walking School Bus initiative, an upcoming mental health forum, how to stay involved in the operating budget process, a retirement celebration for longtime Board of Education member Dr. Judith Docca, reminders about inclement weather information, and two football teams making it to this year’s state championship. 

  1. walkersMCPS and MCDOT Collaborate on Walking School Bus Initiative
    The MCPS Department of Transportation and the Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s (MCDOT) Safe Routes to School are looking for adult volunteers to help energize a safe and fun way for children to get physical activity as they walk to and from school with supervision.

    The Walking School Bus program allows for students to walk along a set route with one or more adults leading the way, picking children up at designated stops along a predetermined route and walking them to school.

    Interested adult volunteers can sign up to request more information and to speak with an MCPS and/or MCDOT representative about starting this program in their school community. FLYER 

  2. story mattersMCPS to Host Mental Health Forum
    MCPS will host a mental health forum for students and families on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Your Story Matters will focus on the topic and its impact on African American, Asian and Hispanic communities. The event will include panel discussions and workshops. The event will be held in person from 6–8:30 p.m. at Richard Montgomery High School. Doors open at 6 p.m. RSVP 

  3. budget processNext Opportunity to get Involved in District Operating Budget Process
    Superintendent Dr. Monifa B. McKnight and MCPS budget and finance leaders wrapped up the final budget information session this week. Three sessions were held in person and virtually to help school community members and stakeholders understand how the budget comes together and where the funds come from. To stay involved, you can attend Board of Education public hearings on the operating budget on Jan. 11 and Jan. 17 and attend county government budget forums to better understand where the school district’s funds fit in the overall county budget. Watch the Nov. 28 budget forum.

  4. A Reminder to Stay Connected with MCPS During Inclement Weather
    MCPS offers numerous ways to learn about potential school closures, delayed openings and early dismissals when there is inclement weather. 

  5. football teamsGOOD NEWS

    Two High School Football Teams to the State Championship Finals this Week!
    Quince Orchard (QO) High School advanced to the 4A State Championship Finals and Damascus High School made it to the 3A State Football Championship. QO will play Charles Herbert Flowers High School today, Thursday, at 7:00 p.m. Damascus will take on Oakdale High School on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Both games will be played at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis. Congratulations to both teams on this amazing achievement! 

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