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Spirit Wear Sale

Time to show that Dragon Pride!

The Olney ES online spirit wear shop is now open! Follow this link to place orders directly online with a credit card:
All orders must be submitted by Tuesday, November 25th. Orders will be received by Christmas break.
Contact Laura Stephens ( with any questions.
Thank you for you support,

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to OES! The book fair will be open from 9a-4p (9a-12p on Friday) starting Monday, October 20th – Friday, October 24th. We will also have our Family Night on Wednesday, October 22nd and will be open continuously from 9:00am through 8:00pm that day! If you can’t make it to Family Night, please feel free to stop by during any open hours. 

There are a variety of ways you can volunteer:
*Donate snacks for the teachers to enjoy as they preview the bookfair on Monday, October 20th
*Help with set-up Friday morning (10/17 at 9:00)
*Help with dismantling the Book Fair (Friday, 10/24 at noon)
*Work a 2 hour shift Monday-Friday (10/20-10/24)

All volunteers will get a 5% discount off of books that they purchase.

We need your help to make this event successful. Click on the link below to see available times and add your name to the schedule:

Please contact Heather Kauffman at heathercmd@yahoo.comwith any questions.

Thank you for your support!

From Mrs. Glawe

Dear OES Families,

On behalf of the OES staff, I want to thank you for all of the emails, phone calls and texts sharing your condolences and offering your help to the Gangloff family and to our school.  As you can imagine there has been an outpouring of offers to help.  We will have the support of the schools in our cluster and from central office for our needs at school. One suggestion for helping the Gangloff family is to join/sign up on the “Lotsa Helping Hands” community website.  This will organize and continue the generous support being offered in the weeks/months ahead.

Below is the link you can use if you would like to sign-up to bring the Gangloff family breakfast or dinner in the next few months.

Go to:

Click on “Join this Community” and you can sign up that way.

Carla Glawe


Olney Elementary School

Back To School Picnic

Please click on this link for more information about next (Sept 5th) Friday’s Back to School Picnic:

Back to School Picnic

We hope to see you there!!

Room Parent Update

Thank you ever so much for all of the families that have volunteered to be Room Parents and Co-Room Parents- we greatly appreciate it!

We are still in need of Room Parents for the following classes: Saunders, Buckingham, Heritage and Martin and in need of Co-Room Parents for the following classes: all previously listed classes as well as Mills, Crane, Hutchinson, Corrigan, Kang, Petit, Pack, Moreya, Bowles, Gangloff and Teish.

We will be having a Room Parent meeting on Wednesday, September 17th @ 7 pm in the Media Center; we will be sending out information/details soon.

Please contact Andrea Rudolph if you are interested or have any questions @

2014 Maryland Green School Announcement!

Olney Elementary has achieved certification as a 2014 Maryland Green School. This is a significant accomplishment, representing a whole school commitment to environmental literacy for staff, students and the community. The Maryland Green School Program is nationally recognized program begun in 1999. Today there are over 450 Green Schools certified in Maryland. Olney Elementary has succeeded in using a holistic, integrated approach to incorporate local environmental issue investigation with environmental best management practices and community stewardship. Our school community has acted to empower students to practically apply knowledge at school, home and in their communities to reduce pollution, decrease waste, increase habitat, and create healthy learning and living environments. We would like to thank Mr. Sean Barnes who helped create the web-based application for the Green School Application.

We are very excited to share that this year Olney Elementary participated in the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge. Our students learned about proper plastic film and bag recycling by collecting items such as grocery bags, bread bags, bags, Ziploc and other re-closable bags etc. It has been a very successful challenge as the winner for Montgomery County was Olney Elementary. We collected a total of 3,570 lbs, which is 6 lbs of plastic per student. Olney ES won by such a high margin over every other school in Montgomery County because every student, teacher and parent was behind the effort. Our school community is dedicated to educating our students about sustainability and environment stewardship along with natural resource conservation.  ***This will be the last printed edition! The newsletter is posted on our OLNEY ES website- Gone GREEN!

PTA Meeting May 6th, 2014 Reminder

PTA Meeting Reminder May 6th!


Please note that at our upcoming May 6th PTA Meeting (7pm in the OES Media Center) we will be holding elections for the PTA Treasurer position. We currently have one candidate, Michelle Aaron, for this position. We need as many people as possible to attend to ensure we meet our membership quorum to make the vote legal. In addition, Dr. Jones from Rosa Parks Middle School will be our guest speaker. We hope to see you there!


Joshua Russell

Olney ES PTA

Kindergarten Orientation Request (4/30 & 5/1)

Good evening OES families,


Kindergarten Orientation is just around the corner. Every year we depend on our wonderful volunteers to help welcome our new families and students and make kindergarten orientation a big success. Kindergarten Orientation is Wednesday, April 30th and Thursday, May 1 this year. We need numerous volunteers to help for both days. If you can’t help with time, we also need snacks, drinks, and hand sanitizer donations. Please contact Renee Comstock ( or Anna Rosenberg ( if you can donate time or items.


Thank you for your help!


Carnival Needs Your Help!

The Carnival is quickly approaching….9 days to go. We are in DESPERATE need of parent volunteers. In order to entice some of you to volunteer all parents/grandparents/aunts/uncles that work at least 1 shift at a Carnival Booth will be entered to win a $ 50.00 Visa Gift Card. Sign-up is easy, just click here.

We still need cakes for the Cake Walk and baked goods for the Bake Sale. You can sign-up for these items here. All the details are listed on the first page of the Sign-Up Genius.

The Carnival is the largest fundraiser all year and we need EVERYONE to help make it a success. The children LOVE this event and the programs that are supported by the PTA benefit all the children in the school. Please consider volunteering or finding a family friend or relative to volunteer.

MSA Updated Testing Dates

Here are the Updated MSA Testing Dates:
March 5 & 6 – MSA Reading Test (Grade 5)
March 7 & 10 – MSA Mathematics Test (Grades 3 and 4)
March 11 & 12 – MSA Mathematics Test (Grade 5)
March 13 & 14 – MSA Reading (Grades 3 and 4)
April 2 & 3 – MSA Science Test (Grade 5)
Please make sure your child has a good night’s sleep, a nutritious breakfast, and comes to school on time each morning.