Wayside Waves – 5/3/2020 Posted on May 3, 2020 by admin 1. Let’s Celebrate Our Teachers and Staff! 2. MCPS Schools Closed Until May 15 3. Calling All New Kindergarten Students! 4. Wayside PTA Board Slate + Election Update 1. Let’s Celebrate Our Teachers and Staff! The week of May 4-8 is Staff Appreciation Week. Please join in the virtual celebrations of our wonderful Wayside teachers and staff! Each day will be a new way to say THANK YOU to our tireless educators. Wayside’s Staff Appreciation Week 2020 Staff Appreciation Week will look and feel very different this year but the messages and feelings all remain the same. We love our Wayside teachers and staff and we are so thankful for all of their hard work. Miss You Monday Wear your Wayside shirts to your Zoom classes to show your love for the Wayside community. Twitter Tuesday Draw a picture or write a “tweet” and post it to Wayside’s twitter account. (@WaysideAdmin) Wilderness Wednesday Take a walk outside and find beautiful flowers, plants, trees, ponds, etc., to photograph. Email them to your teachers stating why you chose this particular nature photo to send. Things We Know About Teachers Thursday Fill out the attached teacher questionnaire and email it to your teachers. You will need to “make a copy” of the document in order to edit it. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PFEooAGGzKhUFK3hMWoTINepvI1m8E8p3PEdKqXHjTI/edit?usp=sharing Flip Grid Friday Make a short video for everyone who works at Wayside! www.flipgrid.com/wayside2020 password: teachers2020 **Gift cards will be mailed to each Wayside staff member throughout the month of May. 2. 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 community update for May 3 May 4-8 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 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. 3. 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. 4. 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 (2 positions): Garrick Yau + OPEN We are seeking one candidate to fill the second MCCPTA Delegate position. Delegates are the local PTA’s connection with the Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA) and, along with the PTA president, hold the county-level votes that belong to the school. Delegates attend one MCCPTA meeting per month, and monthly executive board meetings and general membership meetings to share what occurs at the MCCPTA meetings. If you are interested in the MCCPTA Delegate position, please contact Nellie Abdallah at firstname.lastname@example.org.