About Our School

Gaithersburg Elementary


     We will create a culture of hope in which all of our students are able to pursue their dreams and develop the knowledge and skills to be college and career ready. We value a family atmosphere through which positive, safe, and respectful relationships are fostered; shared accountability through which high expectations and collaboration are demonstrated; and growth mindsets through which diversity, perseverance, and lifelong learning are nurtured and celebrated. Aligned to our core values is our School Improvement Plan. We believe students need to engage in meaningful and purposeful discourse about content using academic language. Our rigorous instructional core is fueled by a series of coaching cycles which provide professional development to ensure we have the best trained staff in the county. Monthly we celebrate our students accomplishments during Celebrate Gaithersburg which is an opportunity to reinforce goal setting and growth mindset messaging for our students. Additionally, we involve our parents in the education process by strategically designing community outreach that is accessible to all of our families, including those who are learning English.  We are a passionate, dynamic, and connected community. It is our hope that you will visit and see firsthand how each of the 12 units within our school work together to provide an equitable education for all! 

Valoramos un ambiente familiar a través del cual se fomentan relaciones positivas, seguras y respetuosas; la responsabilidad compartida a través del cual se demuestran las altas expectativas y la colaboración; y la mentalidad de crecimiento a través del cual la diversidad, la perseverancia y el aprendizaje permanente se nutren y se celebran. En línea con nuestros valores fundamentales es nuestro plan de mejoramiento escolar de 2016-2017. Creemos que los estudiantes necesitan para participar en el discurso significativo y con un propósito sobre el contenido usando el lenguaje académico. Nuestro núcleo de la instrucción rigurosa es alimentada por una serie de ciclos de entrenamiento que proporcionan desarrollo profesional para asegurar que tenemos el personal entrenado mejor en el condado. Mensual celebramos nuestros logros de los estudiantes durante Celebre Gaithersburg, que es una oportunidad para reforzar la fijación de objetivos y la mensajería mentalidad de crecimiento para nuestros estudiantes. Además, involucramos a nuestros padres en el proceso educativo mediante el diseño estratégico de alcance comunitario que sea accesible a todas las familias, incluyendo aquellos que están aprendiendo Inglés. Somos una comunidad apasionada, dinámica y conectada. Tenemos la esperanza de que va a visitar y ver de primera mano cómo cada una de las 12 unidades dentro de nuestra escuela trabajan juntos para proporcionar una educación equitativa para todos!  


We will deliver rigorous and culturally responsive instruction to all students that will maximize their learning potential and performance

Arrival and  Dismissal

Please help us provide a safe environment for our students. Adult supervision of children is not available before or after school; therefore, students should not arrive before 8:35 a.m. or remain after 3:20 p.m. unless they are participating in a school-sanctioned activity under the direct supervision of a staff member. Students will remain outdoors until 8:40 a.m.

Car Riders

  • Car Riders must apply for a car rider pass prior to the start of the school year.

  • Car Riders will be dismissed at 3:20 p.m. and should report to the health room door entrance located at the end of the kindergarten wing.

  • Students will be given two cards with the same number. Parents will be asked to post one card on the front windshield or right visor.

  • When cars pull up, a staff member will radio the number of each vehicle. Children with the corresponding number will be dismissed and escorted to the vehicle with the same number.

  •  PLEASE STAY IN YOUR CAR - Your child will be escorted to the car by a staff member or patrol. 


  • Students in kindergarten – second grade must be escorted home by a responsible adult or sibling.

  • Students in grades Kindergarten - second grade who have a sibling in grades third - fifth will be picked up from their classroom and will walk home with their sibling.

  • Students in grades Kindergarten - second grade who do not walk with a sibling will be walked to the blacktop on the playground by their teacher. Students in grades third-fifth will exit through the front entrance doors.

Bus Riders

The bus schedule is set by Montgomery County Public Schools. The times given are considered an estimate for both pick-up and drop-off each day at the stop nearest your home. You may choose to monitor the times for pick-up and drop-off at the beginning of the year so that your children are at the stop not more than ten minutes before the bus actually departs. Bus assignments for special education students will be sent from the Special Education Transportation Office. If you have questions or concerns regarding transportation during the year, please contact the transportation supervisor at (301) 670-8260.


Delayed Openings and Early Dismissals

When school is delayed 2 hours classes at GES will begin at 10:40 am with no morning PreK. 

The decision to close early will be made by 11am and GES will dismiss after lunch at 12:55pm. Please discuss with your child you family's "plan" for delayed openings, early dismissal, and closure of school so that they are prepared when inclement weather conditions happen.

Before and After Care

before and after care
 We are so excited to have been chosen as your before and after care providers for the 2016-2017 school year. We currently provide before and after care services at nine other sites in the county including Summit Hall and Rosemont Elementary Schools. Our ultimate goal at Global Children's Center is to provide an environment that is filled with social, fun activities, cool Kids' Zones, quiet homework zone, and exciting field trips for all of our students. Moreover, the center offers a safe, clean and high-quality environment to play, learn, build self-esteem and develop social skills. Lastly, at Global Children's Center, the play and learning activities are designed to reinforce  Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences and respect for the whole child.

We are a locally owned and operated corporation designed and committed to provide a cutting-edge program where we put emphasis on quality education and expressing creativity through play. Remember our motto at Global Children's Center is "Where Children Learn through Play!" We encourage you to visit our website at www.globalchildrenscenter.com or call us at (202) 352-1589 should have specific questions. Please look out for specific programming information to come home next week in your child(ren)’s folder. Thank you for selecting and trusting Global to take care of your children. We look forward to building a strong partnership.

More information is also available in our flier.

Steve and Monika Utrecht~Owners


Breakfast Program


All students receive a free breakfast including milk, juice and an entree in their classroom from 8:40-9:00. This program, called Maryland Meals for Achievement (MMFA), is funded by the federal School Breakfast Program and the Maryland State Department of Education.