Weekly Update

Good evening, Farmland families,

Regarding the staffing cuts proposed and the decision to increase class size by one student, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will inform schools of any additional cuts to staffing. Having done my own calculations, I do not anticipate additional cuts, but the ultimate decision will come from MCPS. 

At this time, we have 96 Kindergarteners enrolled; as I shared previously, our projected enrollment is 111. However, MCPS will not allocate an additional (5th) class until we have enough students. Our final Kindergarten Orientation is this coming Thursday, June 6, so if you know of anyone who has yet to enroll their child/ren in kindergarten, please encourage them to email Mrs. Auel, Registrar and Attendance Secretary, Kari_R_Auel@mcpsmd.org

Our total current enrollment for 2024-2025 is 795, which includes the Learning for Independence program. 

We are currently in a hiring freeze pending Board of Education decisions on June 11 about the FY 2025 budget. Once we have filled all our open positions and staff have made their final decisions about next year, I will share staff assignments. As I have shared in previous years, staff changes can occur over the summer for various reasons, including changes in class size, taking other positions closer to home, retiring, or not returning due to family situations. As such, information about class assignments will likely not be finalized and shared until early August.

Below are this week's updates: 

  • 5th Grade BASH! Sign-up Genius
  • Summer Packets
  • Last Day of School - June 13
  • See the Movie Inside Out 2 with Miss Mason
  • Parent-Teacher Association Updates
  • Upcoming Important Dates
  • Contact Information 

5th Grade BASH! Sign-up Genius


It takes lots of helping hands to make it possible, so please consider volunteering for this fun event for our kids. Volunteers are needed from 12:35 - 4:00. Please use this link to sign up to volunteer!

Grade Level - Summer Packets 

We are finalizing summer packets for students to work on at home this week. More information will be coming soon.  

Last Day of School

The last day of school will be Thursday, June 13. This will be a half day for students.

See the Movie Inside Out 2 with Miss Mason

On June 14, the movie Inside Out 2 appears in theatres. Inside Out 1 and 2 are stories about a young girl who goes through various emotions and shows us how to manage and work through them. It also shows parents how to help and support their kiddos when they feel a certain way. Miss Mason would love to invite you to join her at the AMC Movie Theatre at Montgomery Mall to watch the movie together. The exact time has yet to be released, but she plans to see the film on Friday, June 14 at the show that starts after 6:00. Tickets will be available for advance purchase by Wednesday, June 12.  To purchase tickets, click here.

Hope to see you all there!

Parent-Teacher Association Updates 

FREE Popsicle Party NEXT WEDNESDAY, June 5, 5:00-6:30 PM

Gather with Farmland classmates and enjoy a cool treat at Montrose Park (451 Congressional Lane, Rockville, 20852) at our end-of-year popsicle night. Free for all Farmland Elementary families. 

Save the Date - PTA Meeting, Elections, and Volunteer Appreciation Event, June 11, 7:00 PM

Join us in person for our final PTA meeting of the school year, featuring elections of the new PTA Board and a volunteer appreciation event (details coming soon).  All are welcome!

Class Parties are Tuesday, June 11th (Grades K-4 Only) 5th Grade has a party separately

Class Party Information And Sign Up - Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Come volunteer to help your child's class play some fun, silly, and water-filled games to create lasting joyful memories as we close out the school year!  Party times vary by grade.  All party plans and sign-up information are posted at this link.  No experience is necessary and all materials will be provided - the only thing we need is YOU!

We will be serving Jonny Pops Organic Freezer Pops at the end-of-year parties on June 11th.  If your student should not be given one of these treats, please inform your teacher.  Thank you.

Upcoming Important Dates 

Date/s Event/Activity
Wednesday, June 5

PTA Popsicle Party

4th Grade Field Trip to Annapolis

Thursday, June 6

Kindergarten Orientation

Walter Johnson HS Graduation 

Monday, June 10 5th Grade Bash! - Check with 5th-grade teachers for details
Tuesday, June 11

K - 4 Class Parties

PTA Meeting - In Person - 7:00 p.m. at Farmland ES

Wednesday, June 12

Cultural Arts Assembly - Steel Drum Performance - Thank you, PTA! 

5th Grade Promotion - Tilden MS - Check with 5th-grade teachers for details

Thursday, June 13

½ Day of School 

Last Day of School

Last Day of the Marking Period


2024-2025 MCPS Calendar

Please click here to access the 2024-2025 MCPS calendar. 

2024-2025 School Year

Mark your Calendars for the following dates. 

Meet Your Teacher: Friday, August 23, 2024 

First Day of School: August 26, 2024

Back to School Night: September 12, 2024

More details about the events will be shared in my August Updates. 

Contact Information

Mrs. Longest, PrincipalApril_D_Longest@mcpsmd.org

Ms. Davis-JonesAssistant Principal, Aara_L_Davis-Jones@mcpsmd.org

Ms. Harrison, Administrative SecretaryTheresa_T_Harrison@mcpsmd.org

Mrs. Auel, Registrar and Attendance Secretary, Kari_R_Auel@mcpsmd.org

Best regards,


April D. Longest


Farmland Elementary School

Office Phone: 240-740-0660