2020 Back to School Updates:
Access to the Building
The school/main office will not be open for face to face business for the public on a daily basis as remote work is the standard for these times. However, families may pre-schedule in person school business appointments. Please call 301-353-8050 or email us to schedule an appointment if needed.
Registering New Students:
If you or a neighbor is looking to register your child at GES, in any grade (K-5), please click the link here. If you have enrollment paperwork that you are unable to scan, you can make contactless drop offs at school (using the box in the vestibule) between 9am and 4pm. Please still call before coming by at 301-353-8050 to ensure an office staff member will be available to “buzz’ you in. Again, there will be a box in the vestibule to drop the paperwork in. If you don't make your own copies to leave, please know we will need to return them the following week to ensure safe handling of paperwork that is touched by multiple people.
Live Virtual Lesson Absence Form:
Students are expected to attend all live virtual learning classes in which they are enrolled. However, in some instances, this may not be possible due to illness or extenuating circumstances. Students may then access the recording of the class to engage in the daily learning during an alternate time within 72 hours of the absence. Students/Parents/Guardians may then submit a Live Virtual Lesson Absence Form to document that they engaged in the lesson and to request the unexcused absence to be reconciled to Present. If extenuating circumstances exist, parents/guardians are also encouraged to communicate with the school’s office staff ahead of time. The Live Virtual Lesson Absence Form must be completed for each documented absence. The Live Virtual Lesson Absence Form link can be found on the school's website.
ParentVUE Support for Parents
- A tutorial on how to activate ParentVue accounts is located here.
- If families did not receive an email with ParentVUE activation information, call 240-740-7020 (M-f) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Meals Update
Montgomery County Public Schools is providing curbside meal service at 74 school sites. Breakfast and lunch meals will be provided from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (double meals) and Friday (no meal service on Thursday). The USDA has granted waivers which permit free meal distribution to all youth 18 and under. MCPS students over 18 will need to provide a student id to pick up meals. Student names will be required for meal pick up.
FREE GROCERY DISTRIBUTION
Every other Tuesday between 2-4pm (or while supplies last), we will distribute free grocery boxes to Upcountry families. Priority goes to families that qualify for free and reduced meals (FARMs) or those who had a change in income due to COVID or other factors, however all are welcome. No ID needed. Please come on out on these dates: September 8, 22; October 6, 20; and November 3, 17.
MCPS Tech Support for Families
Monday - Friday, 7am – 8pm
Chromebook Damage Financial Responsibility Information
Students and their families are now financially responsible for any intentional or accidental damage of any Chromebook loaned out to the student. The Office of Technology and Innovation has created a technical document outlining the Chromebook obligation process. This document identifies the costs associated with each type of repair or replacement, as well as where students and families can go to have a repair performed. While 45 West Gude is the only available repair site at this time, additional sites will be identified and added.
To see the Chromebook Obligations document, please click here.
This document links out to four relevant articles.
- Chromebook Repair Sites. See here.
- Chromebook Repair Costs: See here.
- Chromebook Acceptable Use Policy: See here.
- Regulation IGT-RA: See here.
- A Parent's Guide to the Montgomery County Public Schools
This new publication describes a range of programs, services, and procedures in a concise and easily accessible format that will provide parents with the information and resources they need to support their children’s education.
- MCPS Elementary School Instruction & Achievement
This office supports principals and teachers in the implementation of the Montgomery County Public School curriculum, instruction, and assessment program in order to increase the achievement of all students. We also communicate curriculum, instruction, and assessment information to families and the community.
- Parent Guides to the Curriculum
- Maryland State Department of Education
Marylandpublicschools.org is your online source for information on Maryland’s preK-12 public education, public libraries, and rehabilitation services.
How to help my child with reading
The Reading Targets chart shows where students need to be reading instructionally at the end of each quarter in Grades K-2. In grades 3-5 the lexile ranges indicate the lexile range students need to be reading consistently throughout the year. Students in Grades 3-5 will be using complex text during both whole and small group instruction.. Their reading levels will be indicated as on, below or above.
- New Reading Level Reporting
- Reading Level Targets chart
- Eureka Math Resources for Parents
- Math tips for parents
- A Guide to the Individualized Education Program
The purpose of this guidance is to assist educators, parents, and state and local educational agencies in implementing the requirements of Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regarding Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for children with disabilities, including preschool-aged children.
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