Wayside Waves – 4/20/2020 Posted on April 19, 2020 by admin 1. MCPS Schools Closed Until May 15 2. We Appreciate Our Staff! 3. Interested in Serving on the Wayside PTA Board? 4. Flex Academies ONE (Online Enrichment) Registration Open 1. MCPS Schools Closed Until May 15 Governor Hogan has extended the closure of Maryland schools through May 15. We highlight some useful sources of information here: Wayside & MCPS Information: MCPS message on phase II of online learning Wayside ES Continuity of Learning Schedule Wayside school closure resources, curated by Mrs. Rhoads, Wayside Media Specialist Zoom for Students tips and best practices MCPS closure information, including distribution of Chromebooks and meals MCPS Continuity of Learning web page with information on the online learning plan County & State Information: State of Maryland COVID-19 Response web page COVID-19 closures and service modifications in Montgomery County Montgomery Parks’ COVID-19 information COVID-19 information from the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Montgomery County Volunteer Center information for volunteering in response to COVID-19 CDC Information: Coronavirus information Instructions for how to make face coverings Please continue to visit the MCPS website as updates and answers to frequently asked questions will be posted regularly. Feel free to reach out to the Wayside PTA Board, listed at the bottom of this email, at any time. Until we return to school, stay well, help your neighbors, and take care of yourself and your loved ones. 2. We Appreciate Our Staff! The Staff Appreciation Committee is still collecting gift cards for our incredible Wayside teachers who are working so diligently to keep our children learning while the physical school building remains closed. Through a car parade, email, Zoom and even snail mail, our fabulous teachers and staff have committed themselves to ensure that each child continues to feel engaged, loved and safe during these uncertain times. We are humbly asking for $20 gift card donations to give to each one of our fantastic Wayside staff during Staff Appreciation Week, which is around the corner. Sign up here to make a donation. It’s one way of saying THANK YOU for taking wonderful care of our children. Gift card ideas include: Amazon, Target, Starbucks, AMC, Dunkin Donuts, etc. Feel free to email Jackie Stief at email@example.com to drop the gift cards off in her mailbox or on her front porch. 3. Interested in Serving on the Wayside PTA Board? Would you like to help Wayside be the best school it can be? We’re looking for a few good parents to join the PTA Board next year! The Nominating Committee (Nellie Abdallah, Noor Kirdar, Rita Obiora, Mark Smith, Jackie Stief, and Liqun Zhao) is still seeking candidates for the following positions on the 2020-2021 Wayside PTA Board: VP Ways & Means: Oversees all fundraising events for the Wayside PTA (logo wear, Spirit Nights, Amazon Smile, etc.). Works with event chairs to ensure PTA guidelines are followed and to support the success of the event. Attends all executive board meetings and general membership meetings. MCCPTA Delegate: Delegates are the local PTA’s connection with the Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCPTA) and, along with the PTA president, hold the county-level votes that belong to the school. Attend one MCCPTA meeting per month. Attend monthly executive board meetings and general membership meetings to share what occurs at the MCCPTA meetings. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Nellie Abdallah at firstname.lastname@example.org. 4. Flex Academies ONE (Online Enrichment) Registration Open Flex Academies is offering live, one-hour, scheduled enrichment sessions in music, hip hop, yoga, chess, Spanish, and many other subjects. All classes are taught by certified, background-checked instructors. Registration is now open.