We Shine at Ashburton!

 Ashburton Elementary School  

Dear Ashburton Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year at Ashburton Elementary. I would like to extend a special welcome to all of the new families who are joining our wonderful community. This letter has a great deal of pertinent information about the start of school so please read it thoroughly! If you are new to our school community you will find that Ashburton is an excellent school with a dedicated staff, an involved community, a supportive PTA, and students who exhibit Top Quality characteristics in both academics and behavior. I hope that each of you will become involved as much as you can in your child’s school. 

With summer comes the annual “dance of the desks” led by Mr. Brock and his team. Rooms are emptied, rearranged and scrubbed so that they are shiny for the first day of school. There is a tremendous amount of work that goes into getting a school ready for the year, and the building service crew has been hard at work! This year has been particularly challenging with the emptying of eight portables, construction and upgrades, and many moves within the building. Our building will be sparkling and shining, ready to receive students for the first day of school. We are lucky to have Mr. Brock, Mr. Chen, Mr. Summerour, Mr. Strong, Mr. Parson, and Mr. Sorto taking care of us. 

You may have come by Ashburton to see the work that is being done as construction is in full swing. The All-Purpose Room (APR) expansion is well under way with walls, roof and brickwork. We have picked colors for the sound baffles and paint for the room. Additional tables have been ordered as we prepare to occupy the expanded and renovated space. Out in the back of the school, the modular addition is also quickly emerging as a building. It was quite a lesson in physics to watch the crane move the 90 tons of building into place. Demolition work on the old playground is complete and all of the portables have been removed. Soon, the final phase of our construction project will commence with the beginning of our permanent addition. We are also having most of our roof replaced this summer which is a hot smelly job! Concurrently, the almost 35-year old elevator has been replaced, which has meant additional challenges for building service to move furniture and materials around the school. All work is on track to be completed by the start of school and we look forward to the new APR, the new instructional spaces, and the new playground. Due to all of the construction, we have one slight schedule change. The last informal New Kindergarten Playdate that is scheduled for August 25th will be held at Fleming Park (9929 Fleming Avenue) instead of at Ashburton.

We wish you all the best for the rest of the summer and hope that you find time to rest, relax and read with your family! Have a wonderful summer break!

      Sincerely,   

        Greg Mullenholz                      Barbara Cino                    

        Principal                                 Assistant Principal                     

While you are here:

Ashburton Elementary School Future Addition

Thank you to all of those who attended and gave feedback on the proposed design for the permanent and modular addition structures in the first session. For further information and to see the presentation given in the first work session, visit the link here: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/facilities/construction/project/ashburton.aspx 

If you have any questions regarding this process please contact Ken Futch, Project Manager at 240-314-1000 or email him at kenneth_r_futch@mcpsmd.org.  

News and Announcements

MyMCPS Parent Portal: Your One-Stop Shop for Your Communication Needs!

2017 Individual School Progress Report

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has posted the results of the 2017 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), and the High School Assessments on the Maryland Report Card (www.mdreportcard.org) website. Click here to view Ashburton’s 2017 School Progress Report located under the “Reports” tab.   2017 Individual School Progress Report

Ashburton Elementary School Safety and Security Presentation

Please click to view the Ashburton Elementary School Safety and Security Presentation  

Volunteer Training Required

Given that this is a transition countywide, we are taking some additional steps here at Ashburton to ease the transition. We have set up a “Volunteer Station” in the main office where you may come by and complete the module when it works best for your schedule, during school hours. 

NEW: Online School Payments

Online School Payments allows Ashburton families to pay for a variety of school related activities from any location, 24 hours a day. Families now can go online to view costs of various activities, add them to a shopping cart, and pay for them by using a credit card. After a payment is made, the system will automatically send an email receipt to both the purchaser and the activity/instructional sponsor, notifying them both that payment has been received.Please Note: There will be a 3.75% handling fee. It is charged by the agency collecting the funds, not MCPS.For step-by-step directions please go to:  http://www.osmsinc.com/Documents/OSPHyperlinkCreation.pdf 

Google Calendar Quick Guide

Download directions for adding the AES Google Calendar to your smartphones. Thank you, Mr. Mullenholz and Mrs. Jacobs, for making this so convenient for all of us!