Message to 6th Grade Parents

Sent August 23, 2018

Good morning 6th Grade Parents,
We are eagerly waiting for the new school year to begin and we cannot wait to meet our new 6th graders! In an effort to help prepare our 6th graders for the new year, we will be have a 6th Grade Orientation on Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 8:15 am -12:30 pm. Students who are bus riders will be picked up at their regular bus stops at the regular time and they will be dropped off at their regular bus stops as well. Students who are walkers or who will be car riders should be dropped off by 8:10 am.

In addition, there will be a 6th grade Ice Cream Social on August 30, 2018 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Parents and students are welcome to this event.

Our first day of school is Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

Craig W. Staton


Message from our Outdoor Education

 Sent August 22, 2018

Dear 6th Grade Parents (particularly dads!),

We need the following overnight male chaperone spots to be filled for Outdoor Education this October:
Session 1 (Oct 1 - Oct 3):  3 males still needed
Session 3 (Oct 10 - Oct 12):  3 males still needed

The Outdoor Education chaperone sign-up deadline is quickly approaching.  If you are interested in chaperoning overnight for Outdoor Education, you must email me with interest ASAP.  No parent will be able to sign-up after August 30th due to fingerprint-background check procedures.  I also have some "extra" overnight spots available for each session for a small fee. 

Email me at as soon as possible if any of the above interests you!  The success of the program is not possible without awesome chaperones!!  Thank you for your support! 

Alexa Serna
Outdoor Education Coordinator


Message from PTSA President

Good morning parents and guardians,

On Monday, August 27th the PTSA will welcome back our amazing staff in preparation for the school year. It is our tradition to welcome them back with a variety of breakfast items that they can enjoy on their first day back.

Please consider contributing something if you are able to. Click here to see a list of contributions we will need for what we still need for the staff breakfast. Our staff is very deserving and they are very appreciative of any kind gestures. Please drop off contributions to the Julius West cafeteria on Monday, August 27th at 7:00 am.

Staff will enjoy breakfast from 7:30 until 8:20. There are approximately 100 staff members in the school building that will enjoy breakfast on the 27th.

If you would like to make a monetary contribution toward the breakfast you can send a check (made payable to JWMS PTA) and mail it to: JWMS PTSA, 651 Great Falls Road, Rockville, MD 20850.

Thank you all in advance!!!

If you have any questions please contact Marquette Heaven (staff appreciation chair) at

Karin Boychyn
PTSA President


August 6th Grade Newsletter



 Good morning Grade 6 parents,

The August 6th Grade Newsletter has now been posted on our website. Click here to see the newsletter that includes important information. If you have any questions please contact the main office at 301-337-3400.

Have a great day!

Erin Martin
Assistant Principal


George B. Thomas Saturday School Information

Sent August 14, 2018

Good afternoon parents,

The George B. Thomas, Dr. Learning Academy Saturday School will have its opening ceremony on Saturday, September 15 at 8:30 am. See the attached flyers (English, Spanish)  for more information. The registration forms (English, Spanish) are also attached.

Have a great day!

Craig W. Staton


School Year 2018-2019 Parent Information

Sent August 2, 2018   

Good afternoon Julius West parents,

We are excited to begin the 2018-2019 school year! Our annual summer parent letter is now available online. Click here to review information about our staff, transportation schedules, school supply list, extracurricular activities, and much more! Parents of 6th grade should have received a letter this week in the mail with specific information pertinent to 6th grade.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the main office at 301-337-3400.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Craig W. Staton