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On Saturday, November 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., stop by and ASK MCPS at Wheaton Mall. It's a great opportunity to ask questions, find out about programs and services in the school system, and pick up tips on supporting learning at home. Bilingual staff will be on hand on the second floor, near Macy’s. ASK MCPS events are sponsored by the Office of Communications and Family Outreach.
The Board of Education's business meeting will be webcast live starting at 6 p.m., Monday, October 27. You need the free Windows MediaPlayer on your computer to view the meeting.
Karen Mapp, a national expert from Harvard University on involving families in student learning, shared current research and innovative strategies with MCPS staff during a visit on October 23. Dr. Mapp, author of Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family–School Partnerships, also greeted parents at an ASK MCPS drop-in coffee sponsored by the Office of Communications and Family Outreach.
The old school milk carton is no more; students now drink their milk from recyclable plastic milk bottles. Recycling containers encourage students to "drink and drop" to avoid having to throw the milk bottles away in the trash. Replacing the cardboard milk cartons with recyclable plastic bottles brings MCPS closer to achieving the recycling rate goal of 50 percent set by the county. Students are encouraged to increase recycling by 10 percent this year.
National School Bus Safety Week from Oct. 20–24 provides a great time for MCPS to emphasize its Ride by the Rules campaign, which encourages students to be respectful, responsible and safe. Students also are being asked to get on board this year by participating in a video competition that demonstrates what riding by the rules means to them.
Parents can ask questions, find out about school system programs and services, and take home tips on helping children succeed at an “Ask MCPS” event sponsored by the Office of Communications and Family Outreach. Bilingual staff will be available for coffee and conversation on Oct. 23 between 3 and 7 p.m. at 451 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, Suite 508. Karen Mapp, a national expert on family involvement from Harvard University and author of "Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family/School Partnerships," will greet parents from 3 to 5 p.m.
On Oct. 16, more than 150 people attended the second of two scheduled community forums that were sponsored by the Board of Education. A total of 35 participants shared their views about what's working in MCPS and how the school system can improve. The information will be used to help set priorities for the FY 2010 Operating Budget and help update the school system’s strategic plan.
Wheaton Woods Elementary School teacher Theresa Baker was surprised with “A Day Made Better Award” and $1,000 worth of office supplies for her class from OfficeMax as part of a national campaign to reward teacher excellence. As a Boost teacher, Baker provides extra support for students in grades 3 through 5 to help boost their achievement, with her class roster changing frequently, based on students’ needs. Baker symbolizes the enthusiasm and commitment of all Woods staff to students.