Welcome to the Student Government Association of Clearspring, 18-19
President Kwaku Okrah. Vice President, Max Rosenhaft, Secretary, Pranahitha Kanuparthi
February Happenings 2019
- Our February spirit day is going to be crazy hair day on Friday, February 22nd. Our February philanthropy is going to support Comfort Cases, an organization that helps children entering foster care by providing them with a suitcase filled with comfort and hygiene items. Collections will be gathered in a box under the SGA bulletin board in the front lobby. Here is a link to their website if anyone wants more details: https://www.comfortcases.org/
- We also had Mrs. Teti come to our meeting representing the literacy committee to talk about Read Across America Week (RAAW). We are going to use RAAW as a week-long kick-off to help promote a longer school-wide reading initiative. RAAW doesn’t start until March 4th so more details about that will be coming out as we finalize the details, but it will be similar to previous years, e.g. Seussian spirit days each day of the week, trivia questions on the a.m. announcements…
January Happenings 2019
- Our January philanthropy will
benefit the American Red Cross. We will collect clothing items that we will
then donate to the American Red Cross’s partner GreenDrop. GreenDrop specializes
in raising funds through the collection and sale of donated clothing. The money
from the sale of our donated clothing items will then go the American Red Cross
to help fund their disaster relief efforts. Items that we can accept as
donations include: sweaters, sweatshirts, pants, shorts, t-shirts, sleepwear,
and jeans. All donated items must be new, or gently used and still in usable
- Our spirit day for January will
be Twin Day on Friday, January 25th. Pick a friend, or a couple of
friends, and dress alike.
- Student Newspaper, Husky Times, January News
- Our philanthropy is a winter
coat drive. We will be collecting new and gently used winter coats, hats,
gloves and scarves. We will start collecting immediately through January 9th.
For now, I’ll put a box under the SGA bulletin board at the front of the
building to place donations.
- Our spirit day will be comfy
cozy reading day on Friday, December 21st. This is the day where
students wear pajamas, no slippers though, and bring a book, blanket, small
pillow, and flashlight, and a few times throughout the day we ask teachers to
turn the lights off in their rooms and allow students to get comfy and cozy
somewhere in the room and read by flashlight.
- Spirit Day: Our spirit day for November is going to be Sports/Jersey
Day on Friday, November 30th.
- Philanthropy: Our November philanthropy is A Million Thanks. A Million
Thanks is an organization that collects letters of support and encouragement,
and mails them to active military personnel stationed overseas. W We are asking that every homeroom gives
their students, at some point in the month of November, a few minutes to write
an anonymous letter of support to those currently serving in our military even
if it is just once during morning work.
- K and 1st, we can
create a template with a sentence starter and a place for a picture to give to
your kids to help them.
- Here is the link to the website
if you want further info. A Million Thanks
- Student Newspaper, Husky Howl November News
School Year 17-18
Howl Student Newspaper
- Our Pennies for Patients
fundraiser is continuing until Friday, May 11th. As of April, 27th
- after two weeks – we’ve collected $884.20. That’s more than half-way to
our school-goal of $1,500. So far, the top five classes are:
- Mrs. Marrama - $164.05
- Mrs. Bizzell - $125.94
- Mrs. Stroot - $113.22
- Mrs. Obstgarten - $78.53
- Mrs. Keller - $65.41
- We also have 3 more classes that
have collected more than $50; Mrs. Beam, Mrs. Pearcy, and Mrs. Hobbs. Thank you
to everyone who has contributed to this fundraiser!
- To celebrate School
Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week, next week we will be making a banner to
hang up outside the cafeteria for Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Ziranski. The banner
will be a big salad that says “Lettuce tell you how much we appreciate you!”
decorated with vegetable-shaped cutout notes of thanks from the students.
The SGA students wrote a bunch of the notes yesterday in our meeting, and the
plan is to put some of the vegetable-shaped cutouts in each teacher’s mailbox
so that non-sga students can write a thank you note too.
- Our spirit day will be Beach day
on Friday, May 25th.
Our spirit day is Hollywood Day.
It will be held on Friday, March 16th. Dress up in your designer
clothes and be ready to walk the blue carpet when you come in; there may even
be some paparazzi crashing the event.
To say thank you to our bus
drivers and building service workers, for our March philanthropy SGA reps will
be sacrificing 1-4 recesses to help make gifts to give the bus drivers and help
clean-up the courtyard.
Again, a huge thank you to
everyone for participating in and supporting Read Across Clearspring week. The
reps gave us a ton of positive feedback about it in our meeting.
Feb. 26th through March 2nd, we will
have a Read Across America week
Spirit Days – Based on a Dr. Seuss book
Monday, Feb. 26th – The Lorax – Wear
Tuesday, Feb. 27th – 1 Fish, 2 Fish,
Red Fish, Blue Fish – K, 2nd, and 4th wear red; and 1st,
3rd, and 5th, wears blue
Wednesday, Feb. 28th – Wacky
Wednesday – Mismatch Day, dress crazy
Thursday, Mar. 1st – Oh, The Places
You’ll Go! – Career Day – dress like what you want to be
Friday, Mar. 2nd – Thing 1 and Thing
2 from Cat in the Hat – dress up like a twin.
- We are helping to promote
Jump Rope for Heart. This year’s goal is to raise $13,000. If we meet it we get
to slime Mr. Baude and Mr. Voigt. The kick-off assembly is Jan. 31st.
Mr. Baude is really trying to encourage online donations this year, but packets
will go out after the kick-off assembly for students who wish to collect
- Second, in honor of Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. we our teaming up with the PBIS committee to support the
organization Comfort Cases. Next week only, Jan 16th-19th,
we will be collecting items to donate. Comfort Cases puts together a backpack
or duffel bg filled with items to give to children entering into the foster
care system. We decided to split up the items by grade level to help even out
the donation, but anyone can still bring in any of the items. The grade level
break-down is as follows:
Students can also donate their
paws, similar to what we’ve called in the past “paws for a cause.” For every
100 paws that are donated by students Clearspring will donate a complete case. There is a box under the SGA
bulletin board to collect the physical items, and there will be a box in the
office to collect the paws.
toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, 1st
Grade: pens, pencils, crayons, coloring books, 2nd
Grade: shampoo & conditioner, lotion,
Grade: pajama set, stuffed animal, 4th
Grade: small blanket, 5th
Grade: backpack/small bag
Spirit Days - Video Links
Hollywood Spirit Day, 3-16-18, part I
St. Patty's & Hollywood Spirit Day Part II
Hollywood Spirit Day, 3-16-18, part I
Dr. Suess Spirit Week
JRFH Wrap Up Assembly
Jump Rope Warrior Assembly, 2-21-18
Blue and White Assembly, K-3
JRFH Kick Off Assembly, 1-13-18
Deck the DoorsComfy Cozy DayHoliday Sing-a-Long
Ugly Sweater Spirit Day, 12-15
Twin Day, 11-17
KG & 4th BTSN
Pajama Day, 10-20
Trunk or Treat, 10-23
BTS Picnic, 8-31
Ugly Sweater Spirit Day, 12-15-17
Canned Food Drive Smashing Success!
First of all we need to
thank everyone for participating in this year’s food drive; it’s only
successful because everyone promotes, encourages and participates. The amount
of times I’ve been stopped in the hallways by students and asked who’s class is
winning is a testament to everyone’s enthusiasm for the event. The number of
students who have gleefully approached me and said “wait till you see how much
our class has today, you’re gonna be so impressed!” and then are been proven
right when I check their class, is humbling.
We are extremely proud to be the
sponsors of the SGA and a Clearspring Husky today because we more than doubled
the amount that we collected last year. The end total collected is 2,649
non-perishable food items!!!; that’s an absurd amount of food to
collect in less than a month. The donations will be going to The Manna Center
food bank in Rockville to be distributed all across Montgomery County.
Now there was a prize to be won,
and I wish I could include more than one class because there were quite a few
that had incredible participation, but everyone should feel a sense of pride
for the level of altruism showed by our school. In the end the top class was
Mrs. Obstgarten’s who donated 1,083 items. congratulations to them, and enjoy
the PBIS Fall blacktop party! Mrs. Randall and Mrs. Stieffenhofer’s classes
finished in 2nd and 3rd collecting 736 and 601 items
Thanks again to everyone for
participating and positively impacting our community in such a positive way.
Adam & Britanny
Mrs. Miller & Mr. McAndrews, SGA Sponsors, Welcome the 17-18 SGA
Congratulations to our new officers, President, Chay Julien, Vice President Joanne Mittipalli, Secretary, Josie Escario
- Hello, my name is Chay and I am so happy that I am your SGA President. One thing that I want people to know about me is I love playing soccer and that if you are on a team you have to work together. So I want you guys to work with me so I can help the school Thanks. Chay Julien, President.
- Joanne Mittipallie. I am so excited to be serving you as Vice President this year. I will work together with the President and Secretary to make this an amazing year.
- My name is Josie Escario and I am in Mrs. Ward's 5th grade class. My position is the secretary of the SGA. I love to Tae Kwan Do. I can't wait to start getting involved in the SGA. I have so may ideas and suggestions for the SGA and can't wait for the first meeting. The other officers are great. I love that I got secretary and can't wait to get started.
Hobbs - Amber Hollier, Patrick McCarty
Stile - Caydence Henning, Connor Haley
Stroot - Braelyn Umberger, Evie Huband
Reynolds - Zachary Buckland, Irene Kim
Foltyn - Sadie Tomlinson, Uriah Puckett
Thai - Romina Cibeira, Japhya Rouson
Hasslinger - Conor Gardner, Avani Raval
Naismith - Alexis Raval, Grahm Minars
Keller - Tori Schultz, Johann Aguillon
DeLisi - Ariana Hossain, Raffaele Iorio
Beam - McKenna Cooley, Colton Spiller
Obstgarten - Max Rosenhaft, Tatiana Leonova
Hogue - Ayush Dave, Kara Forney
Zimmerman - Judah Puckett, Ava Broadwater
Marrama - Eric Yang, Pranahitha Kanuparthi
Bizzell - Sharada Narayanan, Jaylen Kweme
Randall - Zeke Stafford, Katie McCarty
Weber - Lucia Reyes, Pranav Karthikeyan
Wilhelm - Samantha Edwards, Nicholas Nachod
Ward - Zack Walsman, Marlene Nusraty
Stieffenhofer - Luke Lwin, Addison Buckland
President - Chay Julien ( Stieffenhofer)
Vice President - Joanne Mittapalli (Bizzell)
Secretary - Josie Escario (Ward)
Kindergarten Proxy Reps
Bella Rosas (Wilhelm)
Jackson Haley (Ward)
Adam Bhatti (Bizzell)
Elani Bui (Weber)
Tanisha Sharma (Weber)
Avery Chupka (Bizzell)
Aisha Kandji (Weber)
SGA Meeting Dates 17-18 - Meeting Times 3:40 - 4:40
November 2, December 7, January 4, February 1, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7
16 - 17 SGA
- The SGA is raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by collecting Pennies for Patients. Students are encouraged to bring in any loose change or money they would like to donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society during the month of May. If students or families would like to make a online donation, they can do so by going to studentseries.org/NCA. A pizza party will be awarded to the class that collects the most money.
We will have our last spirit day of the year on Thursday, May 25th. The theme of the spirit day is beach. Students may wear tropical clothing, swim shorts, sun hats, and other beach like apparel to school. Please no flip flops!
Husky Howl #6 Edition
Husky Howl #5 March Edition
- We let everyone know that we surpassed our Jump Rope For Heart goals regarding monies raised. Over $11,435, so Mr. Voigt and Mr. Baude will be hosting the Wrap Up Assembly where they will honor everyone that participated and invite the top student fundraisers to part of the Wheel of Gooble Gobble! Our Jump Rope For Heart Wrap Up Assembly will be Wednesday, March 8th at 2:15 p.m. Congratulations to Mrs. Pearcy’s Class for Raising the most money!
- Thursday, March 23rd Clearspring’s spirit day will be Comic-Con day. Dress up as your favorite comic/book/movie character!
- The officers and representatives chose spring cleaning around Clearspring as our March philanthropy; So all month the SGA will be helping to spruce up our school campus by weeding, sweeping up after lunches, helping teachers with bulletin boards and myriad other spring cleaning activities.
- Students gave their feedback on our Read Across America Week, and it was overwhelmingly positive. We had such a great week celebrating Dr. Seuss and the joys of reading, while also making it engaging and fun for the students. Thanks to all for helping make it such a fun week. Enjoy the videos
- OH THE PLACES WE WILL GO!
- MUSTACHE DAY
- Crazy Sock Day! and Hat Day
READ ACROSS AMERICA SPIRIT WEEK - CHECK IT OUT
We held our monthly SGA meeting February 2 and wanted to provide everyone with an update.
- Husky Howl #4 February Edition
- Thanks to all who participated in Twin Day. A video is on the Clearspring website of all past spirit days for your viewing pleasure!
- We will continue to raise money to support the American Heart Association through the Jump Rope for Heart program through the month of February
- Our next spirit day will be held on Friday, February 17th. The theme is Hollywood Day so get our your finest and be ready to strut your stuff!
- The SGA will be working with administration to prepare some fun activities and a spirit day (or maybe more?) to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day. Stay tuned for details.
This month.we used class dojo during our meeting to encourage students to be respectful and responsible during the meeting. It was a HUGE success and the students were wonderful! 5th grade students earned the most dojo points and representatives will have a lunch bunch with Britanny on Wednesday, February 8th.
- The Husky's Howl #3 January Edition
- We collected over 40 toys to donate to Toys for
Tots. Thanks everyone who contributed!
- Spirit days in December went very well. Lots of
positive feedback from all involved and great participation from everyone.
Comfy and Cozy day is the only spirit day the SGA unanimously votes for, so
thanks for letting us disrupt Friday, the 23rd.
- The two winners in the newspaper comic contest
are Anika in Mrs. Bizzell’s class and Johan in Mrs. Thai’s class. Their comics
will appear in the next issue of the newspaper.
- Mr. Baude came and talked to us about Jump Rope
for Heart. The kick-off assembly is Jan. 25th. Anyone who raises
$150 online before then will win a prize that is not available to win after.
After last year’s success the fundraising goal was raised to $10,000. An
informational sheet is being passed out today for students to take home with
instructions for parents that want to donate. Check out the video in the Gallery.
- The SERT Watts Up? Poster contest is starting.
Anyone in the school can design a poster that advocates for conserving energy
and water, and/or recycling and turn it in to Mrs. Miller’s or my office or the
main office. Entries must be turned in by the end of February, at which point
one entry from grades K-2, and one entry from 3-5 will be chosen and sent to
MCPS. MCPS will then pick county-wide winners and use their posters in future
MCPS and local government educational/promotional campaigns.
- Our January spirit day is Twin Day on Thursday,
January 26th. Check out the video in the Gallery
- The Husky's Howl #1 December Edition
- We collected 316 letters of support and
encouragement for active-duty military personnel to send to A Million Thanks
who will send them to military personnel currently stationed abroad. Thanks
so much for participating and helping send so many great letters to people who
really deserve that support and adulation.
- The Husky’s Howl editors are having a
comics contest for each issue. Any student who wants to submit a
school-appropriate comic can turn it in in Mrs. Miller’s office. There is an
orange bin for submissions that sits on a chair right inside of her doorway.
- Our December philanthropy is Toys For Tots. We
will place a box in the front hallway under the SGA bulletin board for
donations. Donations should be new and unwrapped. We also asked reps to remind
their classes about the book swap. Gently used books can be turned in to the
- There are two spirit days for December. The
first is Ugly Holiday Sweater Day on Thursday, December 15th. The
second is Comfy, Cozy Reading/PJ Day. The latter is a little disruptive to
classroom schedules so we scheduled it on Friday, December 23rd, the
last day before winter break to try to minimize the disruption to your
schedules. The students can wear PJ’s that day, though no slippers, and bring
in a pillow, blanket, and flashlight, and three times during the day, for about
15 minutes; probably early in the morning, then either before or after
lunch/recess, and finally near the end of the day; lights will go out in the
classrooms and the students can cuddle up somewhere in the room with their
blankets and pillows and book and read by flashlight.
Husky's Howl #1 November Edition - SGA Student Newsletter
Our first fundraiser of the year, Kids Helping Kids Fundraiser was a whopping success! Our school collected a total of 1,268 items and Mrs. Randall's 5th grade class came in first place entitling everyone to get free admittance to the PBIS DJ Baude party on Friday, November 18th!
- Our spirit day this month is Dress Like a
Million Bucks Day on Tuesday, November 22nd
- The Husky Howl is our student run
newsletter: it will be shared with teachers so they can share it with their
- We will be participating with "A Million Thanks" during the month of November. A Million Thanks are asking schools, and other organizations to write cards, letters, emails, of appreciation for our military, past and present. It is their goal to see that our military – active, reserve, and veterans – receive these messages, whether they are serving at home, abroad, or are injured in hospitals.
- The letters will be collected via homerooms and I will then send them
off to A Million Thanks who will mail them to active-duty military personnel
The Student Government Association announces the newly elected officials for the 2016-2017 school year.........
President, Aanika Arjumand
Vice President, Paige Nolan
Secretary, Rahul Nayer
Class Representatives Grades 1 - 5
Hobbs - Bryce Ledford, Kylee Colbert
Stile - Uriah Puckett, Olivia Bryant
Stroot - Kibett Sigei, Zaynab, Farid
Foltyn - Avani Raval, Jason Cabrera
Reynolds - Riley Kirk, Cole Birch
Thai - Marley Tinney, Elijah Holland
DeLisi - Alexis Raval, Chad Julien
Dennis - Cam Benze, Aryana Cibeira
Keller - Jessica Schultz, Max Rosenhaft
Naismith - Colton Spillers, Natalie Suthard
Beam - Jackson Haley, Katie McCarty
Hasslinger - Samantha Breeden, Chay Julien
Zimmerman - Marlene Nusraty, Vera Sulureh
Hogue - Arth Babbar, Sharada Narayanan
Obstgarten - Bella Rosas, Adam Bhatti
Marrama - Jillian Dove, Praneel Suvarna
Randall - Dylan Oliver, Vida Sulureh
Stieffenhofer - Rhianna Peterson, Dylan Malone
Ward - Marston Sabas, Caroline Staines
Bizzell - Sreehitha Gandluri, Zameel Mohammed
Weber - Keegan Gregory, Advika Agarwal
Wilhelm - Sandral Baigal, Daniel Mathew
School Year 2015-2016
We tackled the cleanup of the courtyard!
- Pennies for Patients wrapped up! 100 pounds of coins = $1,000. The winner of the Domino's Pizza Party is: Mrs. Bizzell, 5th Grade
- Dancing in the Dark Spring Dance. SGA will put on their most colorful and neon bright clothes and greet students the morning of April 15 and encourage everyone to go the dance that evening from 7 - 9. Everyone should bring a white shirt to paint. $2 admission.
- SGA helped out during the Slime Assembly. Mr. Baude and Mr. Voigt got slimed - total collected - over $8,000. Watch the video on the gallery
Representatives Work on the JRFH Banner for the Pre-Kick off Assembly, Wednesday, Jan 20
The Husky’s Howl had a comic drawing contest in December in which the winning comic is to be published in the January issue.
The winning comic was submitted by Lasya Musty.
The editors also added a joke page with some corny, and some funny jokes.
The editors also plan to have another drawing contest for a future issue.
January Fundraisers and Events
Guest speaker Mr. Baude came and explained our January fundraiser Jump Rope for Heart, which benefits the American Heart Association.
We will learn how to participate in Jump Rope for Heart and about the prizes that could be earned by participants.
The assembly for Jump Rope for Heart will be held on January 20th. All students will receive the information form with instructions on how to register to participate and win all sorts of great prizes. www.heart.org/jump
The actual Jump Rope for Heart event will take place during the week of February 8th - 12th during P.E. classes.
Our spirit day will be January 20th; the whole school will red to help promote heart health for the Jump Rope for Heart assembly.
- December 22 - Teachers are going to “Deck the Doors” in a winter theme. While you are decorating take a break, turn out the lights and get comfy and cozy with a favorite book. Students can bring a small pillow, blanket, and flashlight with them to school and at certain times in the day, the lights will go off and students can huddle under their blankets with their pillow and their favorite book and read by flashlight.
- December 23, Everyone is invited to wear their craziest/ugliest/or best winter sweater/ T-shirt on Wednesday, 12-23. Show off your spirit and dazzle the Damascus High School Marching Band and all our visitors who will be joining us for a whole school assembly in the gym in that morning. Continue to dazzle while the staff participates in the Winter Songfest!
- Jack Paw’t Day will be going on all day Wednesday the 23rd. Students will have the opportunity to earn lots of special paws to use for an end of quarter event or to purchase items 11-16 on the Paw Cart. When the music comes on students will demonstrate their listening skills by stopping their tracks, be silent and collect all those great paws!
- We are collecting new and unwrapped toys for “Toys for Tots”. There is a large box located in the front lobby for donations.
- December Husky Howl
Student Council Representatives welcome visitors on Grandparents Day
- November Husky Howl By the Students for the Students!
To highlight the book fair our 1st Spirit Day for November will be: Dress up like your favorite book character on Thursday, November 12.
Bring in your canned food for Damascus Help ends Friday, November 6. Food boxes are located in the front lobby area.
Candy Give Back to benefit the troops. Bring your Halloween candy to the front office
Veteran's Day celebration November 11. GI Go Fund that assists military veterans in finding jobs and get homeless veterans off the streets as well as providing financial assistance to veteran families in need. Let's make a difference! We collected almost $180. Thank you to our caring students and staff.
2nd November Spirit Day, Friday, November 20 - Crazy Hair Day
First Spirit Day of the Year is October 23rd - It is PJ Day!
October Meeting News
1st through 3rd grade reps get ready for the Canned food Drive to benefit Damascus Help.
President: Heera Anand
Vice President: Emma Rosenhaft
Secretary: Rylyn Monro
Interested in being a SGA Parent Ambassador? Looking for support for the school monthly meetings held on the 1st Tuesday of the month, from 3:40-4:40 and help with supervising the student council when they are preparing their posters during their recess times for our community service projects and spirit days from 11:30 - 2:00. We also will be charged with helping keep the courtyard and grounds of Clearspring looking good. Donations of mulch would be greatly appreciated! Contact Linda_M_Baude@mcpsmd.org or call 301-253-7004 if interested and for additional information.
PURPOSE: We, the student body of Clearspring Elementary School, are organized to promote this school's education to a higher level of excellence and to develop good citizens, good leaders, and good followers.
MEMBERS: Our Student Council consists of the following officers - President and Vice-President and Secretary. The council also consists of two members from each first through fifth grade class.
QUALIFICATIONS: In order to become a member of the Clearspring Student Council, the student must have good grades and good conduct. The representative must also be dependable, respected by their classmates, fair in dealing with others, and desires to be a member of the council.
Interested in being a class representative?
- All 1st through 5th grade classes will elect a boy and girl class representative. Students will receive an interest and permission form after the President, Vice President and Secretary have been voted in and voting for class representative will commence in each classroom.
For questions regarding Clearspring's Student Council, please contact Linda Baude @ Linda_M_Baude@mcpsmd.org or Adam McAndrews @ Adam_M_Mcandrews@mcpsmd.org
Details & Duties of Student Council Officers
Student Council offers 1st through 5th Grade Huskies the opportunity to actively participate in school-wide initiatives, lend their hands to community causes, and see democracy in action. While representing Clearspring, these student leaders will gain responsibility, have increased pride in their school, and possess an overall awareness of events at a local and or global level. Class representatives along with school officers will be held to high academic and citizenship levels. Below is a list of the school officers and responsibilities:
- Runs the Student Council meetings
- Represents the council at various functions
- Knows the basic rules for running a meeting
- Is a good Clearspring citizen
- Serves in the absence of the President
- Knows the basic rules of carrying out a meeting
- Leads the pledge to the flag
- Is a good Clearspring citizen
- Keeps accurate minutes of meetings
- Reports at each meeting the minutes from previous meeting
- Is a good Clearspring citizen
- Attend Student Council meetings
- Bring ideas and suggestions from class members to the meetings
- Report information back to his/her class and a K-1 classroom
- Help with the development of projects for the Student Council and school
- Helps promote school pride
- Is a good Clearspring citizen