Important Dates

Saturday, April 29, MCCPTA’s 6th Performing Arts Festival, at Rockville Town Square

Wednesday, May 3rd 5-9 PM – California Tortilla Spirit night for CJMS PTSA

Tuesday, May 9, PTSA Meeting, 7 – 8 PM – Elections and Game and Potluck Dessert Night – bring your CJMS Students and rising 6th graders

May 8-12,  Teacher and Staff Appreciation week

Thursday, May 18, CJMS Play, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Friday, May 19, CJMS Play, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Sunday, May 21, 5-9 PM- Sushi Damo, Rockville Town Square,  Spirit night for CJMS PTSA

Wednesday, May 24, Choral Concert,  7:00 – 8:30 PM

Monday, May 29, Memorial Day, Schools Closed

Friday, June 2, International Night, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Thursday, June 15, Grade 8 Dinner Cruise

Friday, June 16, Early Release, Last Day of School

PTSA Slate of Officers for 2017-18 from the Nominating Committee

The 2017-2018 nominating committee presents the following slate of candidates for the Cabin John Middle School executive board. Elections will take place on Tuesday, May 9th at 7pm.

Dominic Benford as President

  1. Father to twins Audrey and Harrison, who are rising seventh graders
  2. Over the course of six years at BMES and one year at CJMS, he has enjoyed many volunteering opportunities in the classroom and with students outside of school. For the past several years, he and his wife Trudi have led the Bells Mill and then Cabin John Odyssey of the Mind program, and coached a team that has been to World Finals three times.
  3. Dominic is one of the current Vice Presidents of the CJMS PTSA.
  4. Dominic’s professional background is as an astrophysicist for NASA.
  5. He and his family are looking forward to continuing and expanding their role in the CJMS community.

Simona Alfonsi as 1st VP:

  1. Currently working as a para-educator at Jones Lane Elementary School and as Interpreter for Montgomery County Public Schools.
  2. Fluent in English, Spanish and Italian
  3. Earned a Master Degree in Education
  4. Worked as an elementary school teacher for several years

Ira Gluck as 2nd VP

  1. Grew up in a family of educators (mother used to teach math at CJMS, father adjunct professor, sister teacher at Pyle)
  2. 2. Father of three children that are/have/do attend CJMS (senior at Churchill, 9th grader at Mclean, 6th grader at CJMS)
  3. Spent 9+ years coaching his children’s various basketball teams and now back on the ice coaching hockey
    4. After working in the educational sector and spending past 20+ years focused on digital product development, started his own edtech business because he is passionate about improving educational outcomes
    5. Believe STEM is critical — volunteered as a judge for area FLL tournament and hope to see plethora of STEM based activities @CJMS
    6. Issue of children with Learning differences is personal to him and another focus area
  4. Spent the last year as a VP and member of the CJMS PTSA board

Cecilia Maggie as Treasurer

  1. Room parent and parent representative for three years at the International College Spain
  2. Fundraiser for Friends of the International College Spain to support 12 non-profit organizations; increased country stand/table net income in 43.5 times from 2006 to 2011.
  3. At Cold Spring Elementary School (CSES):
  4. Created and manages the SSL volunteer program for 55 middle schoolers who participate in different activities including bake sales, talent show, landscaping days, raffles, science expo, picnics, etc. (year 2016-2017)
  5. Participates in the Board of Directors at Cold Spring ES PTA and perform Treasurer’s functions including accounting, tax preparation, and controlling more than 30 committees (year 2016-2017).
  6. Created new fundraising programs such as Tickets for Technology raffle, Krispy Kreme doughnuts and beverages sale at the Talent Show, Science Expo, and Picnics (year 2016-2017)
  7. Collaborated with CSES to obtain the School Green Certificate from Maryland Association as parent coordinator of green programs (2013)
  8. Manages sustainability initiatives to reduce CSES’s water use in the bathrooms by 75%, and carbon footprint by setting reductions targets (2012-present).
  9. Coordinates the International Walk to school day and National Bike to School Day (2013-present)
  10. Room parent during several years.

Elizabeth Whitman as Secretary

  1. Has been a MCPS parent for more than 15 years
  2. A former Bells Mill, Cold Spring, and Wootton parent, and currently has a son in 6th grade at CJMS
  3. Currently serves as Secretary for Inverness Recreation Club, for which she has been a board member for the past five years
  4. Previously, Elizabeth chaired PTA Committees at both Bells Mill (Enrichment and By-Laws) and Cold Spring (Center Liaison), and was on the Parent Committee of her son’s preschool.
  5. In addition to her PTA experience, Elizabeth has more than 20 years of non-profit board experience for civic, charitable, and religious organizations, many with annual budgets in excess of $1 mil.
  6. She also has a decade of corporate secretary experience for for-profit organizations having annual budgets in nine figures, and she advises clients regarding corporate governance issues, including secretary duties.

Final PTSA Meeting – Tuesday, May 9th, 7pm – Everyone invited – Board Games and Pot Luck Dessert Night!

Save the date – Tuesday, May 9th7pm-8:30pm  – Cafeteria – Final PTSA Meeting – Brief PTSA Meeting, elections and a FUN Pot luck Dessert and Game night.

Bring ALL your kids to help us end a great year with desserts and games. Bring a dessert to share and come prepared to have some fun! We will play Jenga and checkers and twister and MORE! Come have fun with your kids and your CJMS friends. Looking for all incoming 6th graders and their families too!

CJMS International Night, Friday June 2

We are proud to present our first CJMS International Night on Friday, June 2 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in the All Purpose Room.

We are excited to put on display the diverse cultures that make up CJMS’s vibrant community. You can participate in this exciting event by hosting a country, organizing a country-themed activity, or showcasing your country in a performance.

Country hosts will be provided tables to showcase their country. Country hosts may display posters, artifacts, or show media. We encourage country hosts to share foods that represent their culture. You may share an activity that will help guests engage in your country (language, art, etc. like paper folding, basket weaving or henna tattooing).

The performance portion of the evening will showcase music (singing, instrumental, percussion etc), dance (traditional or modern, like jazz) and other performing arts (poetry, plays, misc). We invite our CJMS community to share their talents on stage.

You do not need to be a native of a country to host or represent a country.  You just need the passion to share that country with the rest of us.

International Night will need both SSL Volunteers and parents volunteers. Please click here to see the sign-up for details. SSL Volunteers may earn up to 3 hours service credit.

 

Mark Your Calendars for the Final 2 Restaurant Fundraiser Spirit Nights- Cal Tort (May 3) and Sushi Damo (May 21)

Mark your calendars for the final two restaurant fundraiser spirit nights benefiting Cabin John MS PTSA!

Wednesday, May 3 from 5-9pm at California Tortilla, Cabin John Mall  and Sunday, May 21 from 5-9pm at Sushi Damo, Rockville Town Square with Special “Celebrity Chef” Mr. Taylor at the sushi bar!  Email entries for the “Cabin John MS Sushi Roll” to win  a sushi-making party for 10!

Please see attached flyers for details.

Staff Appreciation Week Donations Needed

CJMS Staff Appreciation Week (May 8-12) is right around the corner!  We hope to continue the tradition of giving our amazing CJMS teachers and staff gift cards, as a thank for all that they do for our kids.  We would welcome any gift card donations from local stores, businesses and/or restaurants that our teachers may like (no more than $20 please).  You may send in your donations to the CJMS office in an envelope labeled “Staff Appreciation Week.”  Please do so by Friday, May 5th. Thank you so much for your support!

MCCPTA’s Performing Arts Festival, April 29th, Rockville Town Square

On Saturday April 29th, 2017 the Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations will hold its 6th Performing Arts Festival on the Rockville Town Square Stage from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.  This year the festival will feature 37 performances by students providing a variety of dance and musical entertainment.   The festival features student performance groups from dozens of MCPS schools.

The event will feature over 400 student performers and offers a wide range of cultural and modern artistic talent.   The performances feature dance and musical performances, including traditional Chinese and classical Indian dance, Hip-Hop dance, Bollywood Indian dance, African dance, Broadway musicals (including both Mulan and Beauty and the Beast), modern dance, and several step teams.  The musical performances include jazz and light rock, choral groups, strings, and a-capella groups.

Celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at Wootton HS

Wootton High School PTSA Asian Parent Student Network will sponsor a series of events in celebration of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May.

All students and parents are welcome.  Please see below fliers for all four events and individual event. The first event, Documentary: Honor and Duty, will be this Friday (April 28). Please RSVP at their website (a simple dinner at $2 each will be provided for those registered).

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SSL Volunteers Needed – Geneva Day School Carnival – Sat, April 29th and BMES International Night – Fri. May 12th

Please help make this year’s Spring Carnival a success by volunteering an hour of your time for Geneva Day School’s third annual Spring Carnival. This is a great way for students to help for a community event. Please sign up here.

SSL Volunteers needed for Bells Mill International night – Friday, May 12th – help our friends at Bells Mill ES with a great International Night. Please sign up here. 

Wootton Cheer Clinic, Sat, May 13, 9 AM -12 PM

The Wootton Varsity Cheer team will be holding a cheer clinic on Saturday, May 13th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. The clinic will take place at Shockwave Allstars located at 20 Southlawn Court, Rockville, MD.  Participants will be broken up into age groups and will learn age appropriate routines which will include a cheer, dance, jumps and age appropriate supervised stunting.  This clinic is an exceptional opportunity for rising 9th graders (current 8thgraders) who are interested in trying out for Varsity or JV Cheer in August. The cost is $45 per participant.  All are welcome; no cheer experience necessary!!

For more information or to receive a digital registration form, please email Coach Stephanie Labbe at Stephanie.C.Labbe@mcpsmd.net. Please note, to attend, you must register by mailing the registration form and payment no later than May 5th.

Please see attached flyer and registration form for details.  Hardcopies of fliers and registration forms have also been provided to Elementary Schools and Middles Schools.

Mini Cheer Clinic Registration Form 2017

 

Important Dates

Saturday, April 28, MCCPTA’s 6th Performing Arts Festival, at Rockville Town Square

Wednesday, May 3rd 5-9 PM – California Tortilla Spirit night for CJMS PTSA

Tuesday, May 9, PTSA Meeting, 7 – 8 PM – Elections and Game and Potluck Dessert Night – bring your CJMS Students and rising 6th graders

May 8-12,  Teacher and Staff Appreciation week

Thursday, May 18, CJMS Play, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Friday, May 19, CJMS Play, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Sunday, May 21, 5-9 PM- Sushi Damo, Rockville Town Square,  Spirit night for CJMS PTSA

Wednesday, May 24, Choral Concert,  7:00 – 8:30 PM

Monday, May 29, Memorial Day, Schools Closed

Friday, June 2, International Night, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Thursday, June 15, Grade 8 Dinner Cruise

Friday, June 16, Early Release, Last Day of School

MCCPTA and GTA sponsors – 16th Annual Free College Admissions Seminar – Wed, April 26, 7-9 pm

Free College Admissions Seminar for all families with college-bound or college-interested students!  Shirley’s annual talk is always well attended and enthusiastically received.  Students are invited to attend along with their parents.  The talk is pitched at families with 8th-11th graders, but any interested student is welcome.

What?  GETTING INTO THE BEST COLLEGE FOR YOU:  THE GAME PLAN FOR 2017 AND BEYOND
Featuring Shirley Levin M.A., Certified Educational Planner And

Jodi Gershoni, Independent Educational Consultant

When? Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Where? Carver Education Services Auditorium

850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD 20850

The 16th annual College Admissions presentation is sponsored by the Montgomery County Council of PTAs and the Gifted & Talented Association of Montgomery County, Inc.

MCPS is sometimes able to provide translation services with enough notice, so please contact Michelle Gluck at gluck.michelle@yahoo.com if you would like to attend and need translation. In the past, they have had on-site translation in Spanish, Chinese, and ASL.  Other languages may be available.

Please see attached flyer for details.

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Welcome to the Cabin John Middle School PTSA