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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.

Postponed PTA Meeting and Silent Auction News!

1) Due to the school closure for tomorrow March, 4th, 2014 the PTA meeting will be postponed until a later date. Due to the last minute reschedule, we will need to coordinate with our guest speaker to find another date/time that is available. We will look to have this on another Tuesday at 7pm within the next 4-5 weeks.


2)      2) On a more fun note, Carnival is right around the corner so we have a great message from our team managing the Silent Auction:

The Spring Carnival is quickly approaching!  It will be here THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2013 from 11am-3pm.  Be sure to come and help support your school’s PTA and don’t forget to bring your checkbooks!  The Silent Auction will have some fabulous items to bid on from some of Olney’s finest establishments, such as:


Olney Jewelers                                    Olney Bagel Bakery

Olney Toys                              Serenity Zone Spa

Master Method Karate                        The Little Gym

Ikona Photography                             Cheeburger Cheeburger

Greene Turtle                                      Ledo’s

Mamma Lucia’s                                  Olney Grille

The Tavern                              Baskin Robbins

Five Guys                                So Original

The LOOK Boutique                          Camp Olympia

Rocketeria                                           Cutie Patootie

Edible Arrangements                          Roll Skate Shop

Celebrity Cleaning Services


We will also have auctions for some fabulous businesses from around the MD/DC/VA area, like:

Big Train                                Wooten Basketball Camp

Adventure Theater                  The Puppet Co.

Blue Mash                                           KidsCo, Inc.

Camp Sonshine                                   Bach to Rock

Earth Treks                              Matchbox Pizza

Kang’s Karate                                     UMD Men’s Basketball

Washington Nationals                    Washington Capitals

Herb Gordon Volvo                Beltsville Foot and Ankle Center

Martin’s Sedan


Thank you,


2014 Art To Remember

Art to Remember is back! As a reminder, and to our new families, each year OES students work on a single piece of art with Mrs. Henderson to be transformed into a permanent keepsake for moms & dads, grandparents, etc. All families will be getting a personalized brochure in book bags next week. The orders will be due back just two weeks later – by Friday, March 21st – so don’t delay if you intend to make an order.

We have switched back to Art to Remember (from using ArtWise last year) and greatly look forward to being back…Art To Remember has a wide array of items that are very reasonably priced. With the March 21st due date, we will have delivery planned by Mother’s Day this year.


Request from the Yearbook Staff

Good afternoon OES families,

It’s time to send in those candid school pictures (e.g., field trips, school events, class parties) for the 2013/14 OES Yearbook. Pictures must be from a school event, or at school, and taken this year. Please include information for each picture submitted, identifying the grade level and the event if possible.

There are three different ways to submit pictures: 1) email directly (; 2) upload to the Lifetouch site (…the OES access code is CJOXAV; 3) copy a flash drive or disc and give it to one of the yearbook staff members (Gil Anderson, Tracey Anderson, Sandra O’Brien).

Any questions, please email the yearbook staff (

Thank you for your help!


Spring Carnival and Lego Club!

1) If you have a child at OES and were wondering how you can help at school, this is the perfect opportunity! The OES PTA’s annual Spring Carnival committee needs YOUR help. Please consider donating your time, services, goods, whatever you can to help. Please contact Mindy Russell (, Angela Hayes (, or Holly Beck ( to get ideas and discuss how you can best get involved. Thank you in advance!
2) Junior First Lego League (JFLL) is coming back to OES again this year for 1st through 5th graders. We will be starting around January 22nd. You should see a flyer coming home after winter break. We will be meeting for an hour once a week after school for about 12 weeks. This year’s JFLL challenge is called “Disaster Blaster”. Students will use math, science, and engineering to design and build solutions to help with natural disaster injury prevention and recovery. As a bonus, this year the 4th and 5th graders will be working on some robotics programming as an extension of this year’s challenge.

Variety Show Committee

Who would like to see a Variety Show at Olney ES? If the answer is you, we can make this a reality with the support of parents who are willing to volunteer their time getting this event off the ground!


How can you help? This event needs help ranging from overseeing posters made by the kids (recruiting, collecting, hanging) to helping direct the kids on event day. And not to mention all the behind-the-scenes organizational duties that go along with planning a community school-wide event such as this one.


If you are interested in being a part of this project, we are trying to form a committee to figure out a way to make this event happen at OES. Please contact April Tegeler ( if you would like to help get this show on the road!