Wayside Waves 3/14/2021

1. More Students Returning to Wayside!
2. Parent Survey on MCCPTA SRO Resolution
3. Wayside Monthly Chess Tournament on March 21
4. Talent Show Reminder: Submit Talent Details and Video!
5. Girls on the Run Registration Now Open
6. Feedback on Calendar Options for 2021-2022
7. SRO Meeting Hosted by Churchill PTSA
8. Nominating Committee Seeks VP Community Enrichment for 2021-2022

9. Kids Adventures Academy at Wayside
10. Wayside CDC Spring Enrollment
11. March Specials on Spirit Wear
12. It Takes A Village

1. More Students Returning to Wayside!

Good luck to students in PEP, Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade who begin in-person learning on Monday!

2. Parent Survey on MCCPTA SRO Resolution

The Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA) has proposed a new resolution to improve coordination, transparency, and accountability in the school resource officer (SRO) program, and to address its negative impacts on students, especially Black and Brown students and students with disabilities. MCCPTA delegates will vote on the resolution at their next meeting on March 23. In preparation, the Wayside delegates have drafted this short survey to gauge opinion among Wayside parents. Please complete the survey by March 21. If you have questions on the survey or the SRO resolution, please contact Wayside delegates Lauren Berkowitz (lmberkowitz@outlook.comor Garrick Yau (garrickyau@gmail.com).

3. Wayside Monthly Chess Tournament on March 21

Calling all Wayside chess players again! Given the success of last month’s Wayside Open Chess Tournament, the PTA and the tournament organizer decided to make this tournament a monthly event. The March tournament will take place on Sunday, March 21 at 10 a.m. on Chess.com. It will also be a 4-round Swiss tournament with G25+5 time control. You need to register for a free Chess.com account if you don’t already have one and join the Wayside Chess Club (https://www.chess.com/club/wayside-chess-club/join) to be able to play in the tournament. Please follow this link to join the tournament: https://www.chess.com/live#t=2119916. Please join 10 minutes before the tournament starts and your game will start automatically. As for the prizes, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner of each monthly tournament will get 3, 2 and 1 points, respectively. The top 3 players who get the most points by the end of this school year (June) will get trophies! Get ready!!! If you have any questions about the tournament please contact Tao Deng at dengtao618@gmail.com.

4. Talent Show Reminder: Submit Talent Details and Video!

If you are participating in Wayside’s 2021 Virtual Talent Show please complete Wayside’s 2021 Virtual Talent Show Google form for each student participating in the talent show as soon as possible. Once the form is completed, you will receive a separate email with details aon how to submit your talent video. Videos are due March 19. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Adler at programs@waysidepta.org

5. Girls on the Run Registration Now Open

Wayside Girls on the Run (GOTR) is back and in-person for Spring 2021! It has been a long winter, and we are ready to get outside and MOVE! Registration is now open for girls in grades 3-5. Practices will be Tuesday/Thursday mornings 7:45-9:10 a.m. at Wayside. Coaches Heather and Kristin are back and ready to make the season Covid-safe and fun! Group will be capped at 15 girls for safety, so sign up now! We can’t wait to see you. Girls on the Run—so much fun!

6. Feedback on Calendar Options for 2021-2022

The Board of Education is asking for feedback on two calendar options for the 2021-2022 academic year. The Board is scheduled to adopt the final school calendar on March 23.

7. SRO Meeting Hosted by Churchill PTSA

A cluster-wide meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. to learn more about the MCPS School Resource Officer (SRO) Program. The Churchill PTSA has assembled a panel of six participants to present various viewpoints and research findings on the SRO program and its history, and respond from different perspectives to questions from participants. Panelists will include Churchill SRO Officer Amy Homrock; Churchill Principal Hecker; Poolesville Cluster representative Jane Lehrman; MCPS SRO working group member Rob Willcox; and county Student Government Association president Hana O’Looney, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee member Idara Umoh.  The goal is to hold a respectful, open discussion to learn more about the program, the impact it has had, and its future. Please register to attend and submit questions about the SRO program in the form linked here. The Zoom link for the meeting is here.

8. Nominating Committee Seeks VP Community Enrichment for 2021-2022

The Nominating Committee is seeking a PTA member who is interested in serving as the VP of Community Enrichment on the PTA Board next year. The VP of Community Enrichment oversees the event chairs and activities of the Reflections art program, community service, wellness, and after-school enrichments (when they return to the building). He/She attends monthly PTA Board meetings. If you would like to learn more about this position, please contact any member of the Nominating Committee.

Amy Oram, alvogel11@hotmail.com
Charu Srinivasan, charu.srinivasan@gmail.com
Manali Mody, mmc1216@hotmail.com
Noor Kirdar, nkirdar@aol.com

9. Kids Adventures Academy at Wayside

Kids Adventures Academy located at Wayside Elementary School is accepting children 6 weeks of age to 5 years. We follow The Creative Curriculum for Preschool and The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers & Twos. Our programs follow MCPS Administrative Offices for school closures and Holidays. All our programs follow 378771`CDC & DHHS COVID-19 regulations.

Any inquiries, please contact:

Shannon Temple

We accept subsidy payments and vouchers. Every day is a Learning Adventure!

10. Wayside CDC Spring Enrollment

The Child Development Center (CDC) at Wayside has spring enrollment options for in-person learning. See this flyer for more details.

11. March Specials on Spirit Wear

Check out the specials this month on certain t-shirts! Wayside face masks and other apparel are also available in multiple colors and Wayside designs. Shop the Wayside Spirit Wear Store to get your gear today! Free shipping on orders over $50.

12. It Takes A Village

A grateful shout-out to Helena Lopez for organizing the Spirit Night last week at Moby Dick’s!

Special thanks to Melissa Adler for assembling goodie bags for all of our teachers and staff to celebrate as Wayside enters a new phase of learning!

And finally, thank you to the members of the Wayside PTA…your donations purchased 6 hand sanitizer stations and 250 laundry baskets to prepare our school and classrooms for in-person learning!

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