What's Up Weekly - updated 9/26/22

Whats up weekly


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please find the PTA’s announcements and reminders to help you plan for the weeks and months ahead. If you have any questions, suggestions, or content you would like to be included in future newsletters, please get in touch. 

Best regards,

Meredith G. Miller

CCES PTA VP Communications

(Gilly, 5th)

Important Dates

  • Monday, September 26 – Non-instructional day (no school)

  • Friday, September 30 – Early release day for students (12:55 p.m.)

  • Monday, October 3 – Fall after-school clubs start this week

  • Monday, October 10 – CCES Open House 

  • Wednesday, October 12 – CCES Bike & Walk to School Day

  • Friday, October 14 – CCES Cheetah Pride & Color Run for the Cause

  • Monday, October 24 – Professional Day for Teachers (no school for students)

  • Wednesday, October 26 – PTA General Meeting, 7:00–8:30 p.m.

  • Sunday, October 30 – Fall Fest, 3:00–5:00 p.m.

To see more upcoming dates for this school year, visit the CCES Online Calendar and bookmark it for easy access later.

CCES PTA Communications for the 2022–23 School Year

If you or another CCES parent or guardian you know is not yet signed up to receive these PTA Newsletters each week via the CCES listserv, please send an email to emily.kimberly@gmail.com to register (please include student’s name and grade in the request).

Please also bookmark the PTA website for easy access through the year: https://www2.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/chevychasees/parents/.

And finally, if you are on Facebook, please consider joining the CCES PTA Facebook Group at www.facebook.com/groups/ccesparentsguardians/. Please note: you will not be admitted unless you answer the three vetting questions AND agree to the Group Rules. 

Save the Date for the First PTA General Meeting on October 26

We are happy to announce that our first PTA General Meeting of the year will be held on Wednesday, October 26 in the CCES cafeteria from 7:00–8:30 pm.  We have a wonderful guest speaker lined up; Lisa Cline, former Chair and current member of the MCCPTA Safe Technology Committee and Chair of Fairplay for Kids, will give a presentation titled "The Screens Between Us," addressing kids and technology.  A hot topic for all of us!

For those who cannot attend in person, we are planning to offer a Zoom option (assuming we can get the technology sorted out).  We also hope to be able to provide babysitting for those who need it. More details to follow.

Hope to see you on the 26th!

Reminders from Principal Smith

  • No Pokémon or other trading cards in school, please!

  • Label all your child’s belongings.

Volunteers Needed for CCES Fall Activities!

1) Bike & Walk to School Day on October 12, 2022

We are looking for volunteers to help make Bike & Walk to School Day run smoothly and safely. To volunteer, please visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4ca4a82baafa7-walk to sign up as a route guide, or contact jamie.desjardins1@gmail.com or rachel.c.pollock@gmail.com with questions. And please keep an eye out for more information coming soon about the logistics of this fun event.

2) CCES Cheetah Pride & Color Run for the Cause on October 14, 2022

Principal Smith and the PTA are looking for a volunteer to coordinate the CCES Color Run. On October 14, Chevy Chase students, staff, and parents will run through the Chevy Chase neighborhood around the school and show their Cheetah Pride by wearing the color of the awareness ribbon representing their specific cause and/or in honor of someone special in their lives. If you have any questions or want to volunteer to help and coordinate this event, please contact rachel.c.pollock@gmail.com. Or keep your eyes out for a SignUp Genius soon.

3) 2023 Fall Fest on October 30, 2022

To make this event a successful one, the Fall Fest Planning Committee is looking for volunteers to work on several small sub-committees. If you have any interest or questions, please contact Natalie Ottey-Tassy at naottey@gmail.com.  To sign up to help, please click the signup genius found at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D45ADAF2DA2FF2-2022. If you are interested in signing up to volunteer at the event, a separate sign-up genius will be distributed the week of September 19th.  

Counselor’s Corner

  • It’s time for all 5th graders and their families to start learning about the MCPS Middle School Magnet Consortium. Please click here to learn more about these middle school articulation options.

  • MCPS is starting a virtual Rainbow Club for elementary school students in the district at CCES. To learn more about it, including the kick-off meeting on September 27, please click here.

  • CaringMatters is offering an online workshop series starting on October 19, 2022, called “Parenting While Grieving: Supporting a Child Grieving the Death of a Parent.” To learn more or to register (by October 10), please click here.

Join the CCES PTA!

Please join or renew your membership to the CCES PTA as soon as possible! Please also consider contributing to our Cheetah Pride Campaign to support special programs for the community, including cultural arts programs, academic support initiatives, teacher grants, technology upgrades, events and much more. Your gift will make a difference this year! To learn more about the activities and mission of the CCES PTA, please visit https://www2.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/chevychasees/parents/

Here's how to join:

- Go to https://chevychasees.memberhub.com/store and purchase a membership;


- Fill out the membership form found here and hand-deliver it to the CCES front office or send it to school with your child.

Please note that membership in the PTA must be renewed each year!

Essentials Gift Card and Food Drive for CCES Families 


The CCES Student Government Association is continuing to sponsor a food pantry and gift card collection drive to support food-insecure members of our community. Please purchase gift cards in any amount–cards from Safeway and Giant are particularly helpful– and deliver them to either Principal Jody Smith or Mrs. Quintana. These gift cards will be distributed to families on an as-needed basis and we need to build up our stash to kick off the 2022–22 school year. 

For the onsite CCES food pantry, please donate items such as Cheerios, pasta, mac and cheese, canned veggies and garbanzo beans, canned fruit, rice, dried black beans, boxes of raisins and other dried fruit, trail mix, and granola bars. Please ensure your items are not expired and avoid glass and cellophane packaging.

Please contact Mrs. Quinatana at Julie_A_Quintana@mcpsmd.org if you have questions about these valuable support services.

School Policies and Forms

As we kick off a new school year, please bookmark and familiarize yourself with the following CCES internet resources:

CCES Directory Listings

The CCES Directory is an annual service provided by the PTA for the families and staff of Chevy Chase Elementary School. All CCES families, both new and returning, will receive an email from our AtoZ, our directory software company, asking for verification of directory information. Please respond promptly to that email to ensure that information in the directory is complete and accurate. The directory will be provided in print and can be accessed online or with the AtoZ app.

MCPS Resources 

Closing Note

While every effort is made to post accurate information in these newsletters, please check the CCES website at https://www2.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/chevychasees/ for the latest information. 



There have been very few COVID cases reported in the first weeks of school; there is some concern that cases are not being timely reported. If your student tests positive for COVID, please either call the CCES front office or report the positive case via the MCPS form found at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfs2RqaGzagPTfOg-HJEUXEbIcH-zyADhFZRS7ifjAf21wPBw/viewform.

Computers at Home

If your household or your student does not have access to a reliable computer with internet connectivity to be used for education purposes, there are two programs you should check out:

  1. CCES has a number of Chromebooks that can be signed out and sent home with students at no cost to them. If avoidable damage or loss occurs, the student and family will work with their school to repair/replace the device (details about the repair/replacement program will be provided once a Chromebook is requested for the use of a student). Students who do not have access to the internet at home can additionally request Mi-Fi hotspots provided by MCPS for home use. The Chromebooks and Mi-Fi hotspots are Children’s Internet Protection Act compliant and have filters and controls on them at all times. For more information, please email Principal Jody Smith at Jody_L_Smith@mcpsmd.org.

  1. Montgomery Connects: The Montgomery County Department of Technology, Enterprise and Business Services (TEBS) created the Montgomery Connects program to support Montgomery County’s goal of achieving digital equity, in which all residents have access to the technology, devices and skills to participate in the digital world. Montgomery Connects is providing long-term loans of new Chromebook laptop computers for lower-income Montgomery County residents who would not have a computer for education without the help of this program. Please click here for more information and to sign up for an appointment (new appointments are announced every Sunday at 2:00 p.m.). 

Amazon Smile: Support CCES While You Shop 

Please take a moment to link your Amazon account to Amazon Smile for CCES! Once your account has been connected, every eligible purchase will automatically benefit CCES, and the Amazon Smile donations add up quickly. The steps are easy: 

Sign Up for Amazon Smile: 

1. Visit http://smile.amazon.com.

2. Sign in with your Amazon.com credentials. 

3. Choose Chevy Chase Elementary School as your charity of choice.

4. Start shopping! 

5. Add a bookmark for http://smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping each time at AmazonSmile.

Turn ON AmazonSmile in the Amazon Shopping App 

1. Open the app and find 'Settings' in the main menu. 

2. Tap on 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile in the app. 

Please consider forwarding this Amazon Smile information to grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends so that CCES will receive donations from their purchases as well.  

Please Label Student Belongings

CCES teachers and administrators request that you put your students’ names on items that might end up in the Lost and Found: coats, water bottles, lunch boxes, sweatshirts, etc.