Save the date – April 29 – Performing Arts Festival

MCCPTA Holds 6th Performing Arts Festival, April 29th at the 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.

Save the date: April 29, 2017 Game Changer Conference for Young Males – COMMUNITY LEADERS

The 6th Annual Game Changer Conference for Young Males is on April 29, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Mentoring Conference is extremely important, meaningful and impactful and promises to be life-changing for our young males to encourage them to reach their full potential. We expect to have more than 600 youth register for the Conference; therefore pre-registration is highly encouraged.

Please complete the registration at and click on “Contribute Tab” where you will find the PAY PAL Link.

CONFERENCE LOCATION: The Universities at Shady Grove Conference Center, 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, Maryland.
YOUR ACTION: Bring your young males for a life-changing experience

ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE and HIGH SCHOOL Young Males  can be a “helping hand” annually by:
a. Promote the conference and help get the word out to your circle of influence and social media connection
b. Sponsor10 to 15 boys annually to support the Game Changer Conference
c. Reach out to your circle of influence for them to bring their male students and parents.

This Conference promises to be life changing for our young males to encourage them to reach their full potential.
Conference Features:
· Life Skills Stations and Enrichment Workshop for Male Forums
· Parent Round Table Advocacy Workshop: (12:30 p.m.) Parents, Guardians and Dads are encouraged to attend this workshop to learn how to be a better advocate for their student(s).
· Montgomery County Police Officers – Community Conversation – Assistant Chief of Police Darryl McSWAIN and Resource Officers
· Special Guest – (Bobby Gaines – WHUR -Steve Harvey Morning Show)

2017 ESSAY Writing Competition for Students: To improve overall writing skills and better prepare for school and college essay writing, attendees are encouraged to write and submit a 300 word essay entitled RESPECT is a Game Changer: Why is this a vital ingredient to your success at home, school, and in the community?
If you would like more information regarding the event or have any questions regarding sponsorship, please contact Donald Williams II at (301) 641-7261, or email

April is Arab American Heritage Month in MCPS

RPMS Wellness Days – March and June


A message from Mrs. Sanders


Guess what? It’s fitness time! Since last year I’ve had a vision about schoolwide health days.  On March 31st and June 8th, we will host a Schoolwide 7 Period, 5 Minute Challenge! What does this mean, you ask? Let me give you the highlights!

  • All staff and students will come to school dressed in athletic attire
  • During TAP we will show a video about exercise and eating healthy. Videos also will be shown leading up to the wellness days for promotion  / advertisement.
  • For the first 5 minutes of each class, everyone will do some form of exercise. Students will be televised showing staff and students which exercise to do. Some can march in place if the exercise is too difficult. The purpose is to do some form of movement. Regular instruction will continue after the exercise warm up.
  • During period 7, the first 5 minutes will be a dance that students have practiced in PE. We all will have a Dance Fever moment. J
  • The PTA will provide healthy snacks for staff throughout the day. Parents, please accesss the link to sign up for snacks: Wellness Day March 31st, 2017[]
  • Staff teams will meet on wellness days. We will provide stress relieving yoga for 15 minutes (during team time) on March 31st and exercise training with a certified trainer (during team time) on June 8th.
  • The cafeteria will provide a healthy breakfast for students on the aforementioned days (fruit smoothies, granola, etc.)

Isn’t this great?! Make sure your kids get their Nike, Reebok, or Adidas sneakers out of the closet! Dig out those sweats and shorts! It’s time to get fit!

Scholars Awards… Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. The foundation supports exceptional students from elementary school to graduate school through scholarships, grants, direct service and knowledge creation and dissemination. It provides individualized academic advising, financial support and a pathway to the foundation’s $40,000 per year College Scholarship.

The Young Scholars Program supports chosen high achieving seventh graders from low-income families and supports their academic success from eighth grade through high school.

? Eligibility: Current seventh graders, who have strong academic records, are entering eighth grade in September and reside in the United States or a U.S. territory. Family income cannot exceed $95,000.
? Funding: From eighth grade through senior year high of school, Young Scholars receive the following support from the Cooke Foundation: a personal academic and college counselor; funding for academic and enrichment programs in the summer and during the school year; internship and study abroad opportunities; and educational resources including books and technology.
? Deadline: April 5, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. EST.>
Contact: Cooke Scholarships Customer Care Center

Phone: 800-941-3300 * Email: *  Website: