Food Pickup Opportunity

Candlewood ES has continued our partnership with Harvest Intercontinental to provide food access for students and families.  If your family is facing food insecurity or in need of Social Service, please reach out to Anna Hetrick, School Counselor at or  Carolynn Walsleben, Principal at so that we can get your family direct support.  Requests for food pick-up need to be submitted by the school by 3 p.m. on Wednesdays.   All requests will remain confidential. 

Holiday Giving Project

We know that the holidays can be a source of great joy, and great stress.  The Holiday Giving Project provides holiday food, gifts cards, OR toys to Montgomery COunty residents in financial need who refer themselves to the program. All gift cards, food or toys come from public and private donations. If you are interested in receiving support during the holiday season, please fill out the following form. Forms must be returned to Mrs. Hetrick by October 20, 2023 if you are interested in support. Paper copies can be sent home with your child at your request. Please reach out to Mrs. Hetrick if you need assistance.  ( English Form   Spanish Form )

Saturday School

Saturday School provides academic tutoring and instruction with certified teachers in a nurturing and supportive environment.  The program is aligned with the Montgomery County Public School Curriculum. This support is offered every Saturday: School Calendar at a Glance SY24; Saturday School Courses and Registration Form (please print)


Little Free Pantry

A Little Free Pantry is now availbe at Neighborhood Church, 16501 Redland Road, Derwood.  Please take what you need for your family or another friend who is in need.  You are also welcome to leave unexpired, non perishable goods as well as personal hygiene items if you are able.  Questions/Comments:

Cell Phone Use and Safety

As a school and society, we continually address cell phone safety with students, especially in grades 3 through 5. In regard to cell phones the safety issues that we have addressed over the past couple of years are as follows: cyber bullying, texting with other students in the middle of the night, sending inappropriate videos during off school hours, and taking pictures of other students without their permission. Please note that 99% of the incidents occurred while students were at home, but always impacted the school day. As a school and PTA we will be providing educational opportunities for both parents and students, we need you to also start and continue to have conversations with your child(ren) about cell phone safety. 


During Open House, we will provide students with contracts to carry cell phones on the school grounds. This contract must be signed by a parent, returned to school and submitted to the Principal to be valid.  


Here are some safety tips to discuss with your child(rent): 


  • Never share personal information online.
  • Don’t respond to emails, texts, or messages from strangers.
  • Don’t post or share photos online.
  • Don’t click links, open attachments, or accept gifts from someone you don’t know.
  • Never agree to meet someone you met online.
  • Let your parents or another trusted adult know if you need help.


As well as a link to the Internet Safety Guide for Kids.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to either Mrs. Walsleben or Mrs. Fowle.