Wayside Waves 6/7/2020

1. B Week for Specials
2. Calling All New Kindergarten Students!
3. Wayside PTA Board Slate + Election Update
4. Shop with AmazonSmile and Support Wayside!
5. Seeking Volunteers for the PTA Financial Review Committee
6. Survey on Childcare in Montgomery County
7. It Takes A Village

1. B Week for Specials

June 8-12 will be a B Week for specials for grades 3-5.

2. Calling All New Kindergarten Students!

MCPS has launched a new online registration/enrollment process to support families who wish to enroll their children. Families who are enrolling their children for the 2020-2021 school year can complete the process in three ways:

  • Online, starting with this Registration Survey
  • Over the phone by calling 240-740-5999
  • By paper forms. Call 240-740-5999 to request forms be mailed to your home.

Kindergarten registration information can also be found on the Wayside website.

3. Wayside PTA Board Slate + Election Update

The 2020-2021 Wayside PTA Board election, originally scheduled for May 6, is postponed. Currently, PTA bylaws do not allow us to hold elections electronically. The election will be rescheduled once we return to school or when the Maryland PTA modifies election rules. In the meantime, the Nominating Committee has recruited the following slate for the 2020-2021 Wayside PTA Board:
President: Jennifer Nordin
Secretary: Stacy Sambur
Treasurer: Deepa Narayanan
VP of Administration: Peijun Li
VP of Ways & Means: Christina Superina
VP of Programs: Melissa Adler
VP of Community Enrichment: Edith Deng
VP of Volunteers: Kirsten Carr
MCCPTA Delegates: Garrick Yau, Lauren Berkowitz

4. Shop with AmazonSmile and Support Wayside!

As we are staying home and being safe there has been a huge increase in people shopping online! If you are an Amazon shopper…REMEMBER…You shop, Amazon gives! When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the Wayside PTA. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. You use your same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile.  To select Wayside to support when shopping on AmazonSmile: On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select Wayside Elem (Potomac, MD) before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation. Thank you for supporting Wayside!

5. Seeking Volunteers for the PTA Financial Review Committee

Every year, the PTA is required to do a financial review of its books. We are looking for three PTA members who are willing to serve on the financial review committee. It would take a few hours over the summer (July/August). Volunteers do not need to be accountants or financial professionals. Committee members can do the work based on their own schedules. If interested, contact Jennifer Nordin at president@waysidepta.org.

6. Survey on Childcare in Montgomery County

Montgomery County’s Early Childhood Coordinating Council is surveying parents to capture the state of families with children ages 13 and under and the need for childcare, and the lack thereof, during and beyond Covid-19.
There will be many changes and challenges for childcare centers and family daycares to overcome, including the need to increase space, staff, and resources, and to modify business plans, in order to accommodate parents with school-aged children looking to return to work, but with limited summer camp, and no school options.

All responses to this 3-5 minute survey are anonymous, and appreciated by June 16, 2020. You can access the survey here: https://conta.cc/371vhuN

7. It Takes A Village

The PTA Board thanks our outgoing board members for their hard work this year on behalf of the Wayside community! Three cheers for Fataneh McKim, Amy Oram, Candice Siegenthaler, Wei Wang, and Yuan Zhao!