Wayside Waves – 5/17/2020 Posted on May 17, 2020 by admin 1. MCPS Schools Closed Through June 15 2. Calling All New Kindergarten Students! 3. Wayside PTA Board Slate + Election Update 4. Shop with AmazonSmile and Support Wayside! 5. MCCPTA BOE Voter Guide 6. It Takes A Village 1. MCPS Schools Closed Through June 15 Governor Hogan has closed Maryland schools for the rest of the school year. We highlight some useful sources of information here: Wayside & MCPS Information: May 18-22 is A week for specials at Wayside for grades K-2 Wayside ES Continuity of Learning Schedule Wayside school closure resources, curated by Mrs. Rhoads, Wayside Media Specialist Wayside Ebook resources Mrs. Freundel’s counseling website 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 State & County Information: Maryland’s Recovery Plan for Education 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. 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. MCCPTA BOE Voter Guide The Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA) has issued a voter guide with completed questionnaires for all at-large and District 4 Board of Education candidates on the June 2 primary ballot. To view the voter guide, click here. 6. It Takes a Village A big THANK YOU to our Nominating Committee: Nellie Abdallah, Noor Kirdar, Rita Obiora, Mark Smith, Jackie Stief, and Liqun Zhao. They found candidates for our 2020-2021 PTA Board slate under difficult circumstances.