2015-2016 PTSA MEETING SCHEDULE:
The North Bethesda Middle School PTSA meets four times each school year at 7:30 p.m. in the Media Center. The 2015-2016 business meetings will take place on:
October 13, 2015
December 8, 2015
February 9, 2016
May 10, 2016
NBPTSA AFTER SCHOOL (ASA) ACTIVITIES:
The new winter schedule is now available. Click on "After School Activities" in the yellow tool bar to the left to get more details on these exciting programs.
NB PTSA 2016 Cupcake Wars
Friday, February 26, 2016 from 7:30 to 9 pm
Start thinking about your teams!
Mark your calendars for the NB PTSA Cupcake Wars. This is a fun event where NB students form teams to create and compete with their own unique cupcake designs! Registration will begin on Monday, February 1st. Click here to download and print out your team registration form. Students can also pick up their forms in the NB front office.
Teams of 1-6 students can participate. The first 32 teams to register will be eligible. Students can bring the cupcakes, icing and decorating tools, and the PTSA will provide the cupcake decorations and the themes.
Once registered, teams will receive more detailed rules and information via email.
For questions, please contact Michele Santy at LeonettiSanty@gmail.com.
Calling for volunteers!
NBPTSA Students vs. Staff Basketball Showdown
Friday, March 18, 2016
The NB Student/ Teacher Basketball Showdown is the PTAs oldest and largest fundraising event! This years Showdown will be held at Walter Johnson High School. We have the following committee positions available for parents who like to be involved. To join the committee, please email ShowdownCommittee@nbms-ptsa.org and specify what role you would like to fill.
Committee Co-Chair: Responsible for overseeing the committee development of this fun basketball event, along with the NB teachers, to raise money for the PTA annual activities. Establish plan, timeline, and managing the committee to meet this criteria.
Site Planner: Map out layout of the event site at Walter Johnson HS to support concession sales, bake sales, ticket sales, as well as order the tables, chairs, equipment, etc., needed to support the event.
Game Format and Rules Planner: Establish format of game to incorporate playing time for participants, number of periods, and duration, and rules of play.
Student Coordinator: Establish method for soliciting and registering student teams. Organize communications to keep students and student teams aware of event timing and structure.
Half-time Organizer: Hire half-time entertainment or create half-time center court activities, as well as plan time for raffle drawings.
Student Rotation Coaches: Keep the players organized during the event, as well as coordinate and run any in-game substitutions.
Post Event Feedback Lead: Collect feedback from students, teachers, staff to discover areas of success, and opportunities for improvement.
WALTER JOHNSON SCHOOL OVERCROWDING
UPCOMING FORUMS- Please show your support!
A huge area of concern for families within our Walter Johnson school cluster is the increase in residential development in the area and its future impact on our schools-- this includes Rock Spring, Grosvenor Heights, Toll Brothers WMAL radio tower site, Pike and Rose, and White Flint, in addition to the redevelopment trend of older homes in our area... Take for example Ashburton elementary school which has grown from 650 students in 2007 to over 900 this year representing a 57% increase. The schools are bursting at the seams, with portables being added to handle the volume, and school additions in the works for many of the schools including a possible addition at Walter Johnson to bring its capacity closer to 3200.
The Walter Johnson Cluster Roundtable Discussion Group will be considering facility options to address near-term and long-term enrollment increases in the Walter Johnson Cluster. NBMS, along with other schools in our cluster, has representatives on the Roundtable. Information on the Roundtable, including background materials and a schedule of meetings, is available here at http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/planning/roundtable.aspx. Please come and show your support for these upcoming meetings both at the above link, as well as below. All meetings are open to the public, and there will be time at the end of each meeting for questions from the public.
NBMS has also set up meetings to share approaches and gather feedback from the NBMS community.
Information session at NBMS on March 8, 2016 at 7:30pm in the Media Center
Information session at NBMS on April 12, 2016 at 7:30 pm in the Media Center
8th Grade End of Year Activities
A planning committee is now forming! Please contact Michele Santy at email@example.com to be added to the committee.
PARENT VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES AND NBMS PTSA EVENTS CALENDER:
Care Cash Cashier Sign-up
Are you interested in signing up to be a Friday "Care Cash Volunteer" in the new year? Read on about this fun, volunteer opportunity at NBMS! NBMS appreciates your support!
The MCPS Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) places an emphasis on school wide systems of support, and proactive strategies to encourage positive behavior and create a positive school environment. NBMS students earn Care Cash by demonstrating positive behaviors in the school environment. Students can redeem their Care Cash each Friday during the lunch periods for a variety of prizes, privileges and treats.
We are seeking Parent Volunteers to assist with the Friday Care Cash redemption during the NBMS lunch periods. Volunteers will be assisting with the program from about 10:30am until 12:45pm (on a Friday). The Care Cash Parent Volunteers will be working with 2 other parent volunteers, as well as Mrs. Kopnitsky, one of the NBMS Assistant Principals. The volunteers will be working in the role of a Care Cash Cashier.
Box Top Collection Drive:
This year North Bethesda Middle School will be participating in the Box Tops for Education program (see note above). Clipping Box Tops is an easy way for you to help our school buy what it needs. Box Tops are worth 10 cents and they quickly add up to cast for NBMS.
Please look for the pink "Box Tops" on products, clips them and hold on to them for now. To see a list of participating products, please go to http://www.boxtops4education.com/participating-products.
Annette Nahin , Box Top Coordinator 2015-2016
Loyalty Card Program
Here is an easy way to give thousands of dollars to our school with only 3 minutes of work! Please enroll in the loyalty card program and earn free money for our school from local retailers such as Giant, Harris Teeter, and Target. Last year we earned $3264.58 from Giant alone!
If you are registered and shop at these stores, a percentage of your purchases will be donated to NBMS! It is very easy to register and takes only a moment of your time. You can register online or by telephone. If you are already a member of Harris Teeter then please RENEW! Former members must renew with Harris Teeter every year!
Giant: Please register your card online at http://giantfood.com/aplus/register-card/ or call 1-877-366-2668. The NBMS code is 03709.
Harris Teeter: Please register or re-ink at http://harristeeter.com/community/together_in_eductaion/link_to_your_school.asps. The NBMS code is 1095.
*** Note Harris Teeter is currently running a Sweepstakes promotion and will be rewarding customers who link their VIC card between August 1 and September 30, 2015, with a chance to win $200 for themselves and $200 for NBMS. So please do not delay!
Target: If you have a Target Credit Card you may register by calling 1-800-316-6142 or by going to www. target.com/tcoe (take charge of education). Our school ID is 115766.
Unfortunately, the Safeway loyalty card program is no longer available.
If you have questions about the program please feel free to contact Jennifer Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media Center Help Needed:
The NBMS Media Center could use your help! Know your alphabet? Always wanted to work with the Dewey Decimal System? The Media Center needs adult volunteers willing to shelve books and work on other library tasks. Two hours a week or every other week would be greatly appreciated. A library is a great place to be! Contact the Media Specialist, Ms. Christine Hafer at Christine_C_Hafer@mcpsmd.org and thanks in advance!
NBMS PTSA EVENTS CALENDAR FOR 2015-2016:
Note that events are subject to change so please check back into this website often. We will also notify you of any changes via our listservs and our Facebook page, so please join them (go to our "Links" section to find directions on how to join them).
For more information or to volunteer for any upcoming PTSA events, please contact the Committee Chair listed at the bottom of the home page or click here!
Sunday, Aug. 30: NBPTSA Night Before School Meet-N-Greet for Sixth Grade and New 7th and 8th Grade Families, 4-5:30pm
Thursday, Sept. 10: NBPTSA After School Activities Registration Night (Flex Academy & NB Phoenix Program), 6pm
Friday, Sept. 18: NBPTSA Back-to-School Picnic
Saturday, Sept. 19: Kensington 8K, 2M, 1K (register at: http://www.kensington8k.org/)
Tuesday, Oct. 13: PTSA General Meeting, Media Center, 7:30pm
Week of Nov. 5-13: Book Fair, Media Center
Saturday, Nov. 14: Skate Night, Cabin John Ice Rink
Tuesday, Dec. 8:: PTSA General Meeting
Tuesday, Feb. 9: PTSA General Meeting, Media Center, 7:30pm
Friday, Feb. 26: Cupcake Wars, 7:30pm
Friday, March 18: Staff-Student Basketball Showdown at Walter Johnson High School
Tuesday, May 10: PTSA General Meeting, Media Center, 7:30 pm