April 1, 2024 Dolphin Digest – TPES PTA Weekly Newsletter

In this issue: 
1. April PTA Meeting New Date: April 9th, 7-8pm
2. Read-a-thon 2024 Results
3. TPES PTA Book Fair with Bookworm Central
4. Kindergarten Enrollment 2024-25 Now Open

5. Cheer on D.C. United and Support TPES PTA: April 27, 7:30pm
6. Still Seeking Volunteers to Join Teacher Appreciation Committee
7. Upcoming TPES Events

1. April PTA Meeting New Date: April 9th, 7-8pm
The April PTA meeting has been moved from April 2nd to April 9th due to the former date being the day students return from spring break.
2. Please Submit Your Read-a-thon Pledges 
Read-a-thon pledges are due by April 8. Pledges support all PTA programs, and the Read-a-thon historically has been one of the TPES PTA’s most important fundraisers!
You can submit pledges via PayPal here:  https://tpespta.net/read-a-thon/

Or you can make a check payable to TPES PTA and put it in your child’s Dolphin Folder or mail it to TPES PTA at 7511 Holly Avenue, Takoma Park MD 20912.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Amanda Wagner: helloamandawagner@gmail.com
3. TPES PTA Book Fair with Bookworm Central is This Month!
The TPES PTA will host an on-site book fair with Northern Virginia-based Bookworm Central from April 15 – April 19.  Students will get a chance to shop with their classes.  There will also be an opportunity for evening shopping – date to be announced soon.  Students and teachers will have an opportunity to browse the fair’s selection on Friday, April 12 at Preview Day. Caregivers are able to create an e-wallet with Bookworm Central for their children to shop during the fair (instructions attached).  If you are able to volunteer to help out with the book fair, please contact Claire Dean and Lesley Perry at bookfair@tpespta.net.  Happy Reading!
4. Kindergarten Enrollment 2024-25 Now Open

Kindergarten online registration is now open. For information regarding kindergarten enrollment for the 2024-25 school year, including important documents needed to register, please visit the MCPS website (https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/info/enroll/kindergarten/).

If you have any questions or would like more information on how to enroll at Takoma Park Elementary School, please call 240-740-0980 or email Ms. Hottel-Cox at anne_m_hottel-cox@mcpsmd.org.

5. Cheer on D.C. United and Support TPES PTA: April 27, 7:30pm 

Come cheer on D.C. United on MCPS Night as they take on the Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday, April 27 at 7:30pm.  Takoma Park Elementary School will have its own section. A portion of the ticket sales go to support the TPES PTA so we can continue to offer support to the school. Tickets for the TPES section can be purchased here:  https://fevo-enterprise.com/Takomapark5  Go D.C. United and TPES Dolphins!
6. Still Seeking Volunteers to Join Teacher Appreciation Committee 
We are still in need of a co-chair and/or volunteers to help plan and implement Teacher Appreciation Week which will be the first full week of May (May 6 -10). Detailed notes from last year’s committee are available so you don’t need to start from scratch! Thanks to parent, Betsy Garcete, for chairing this committee this year, but she can’t plan Teacher Appreciation Week on her own! Please reach out to Betsy with interest and questions! esthergarcete@gmail.com

7. Upcoming TPES Events 

April 9: PTA Meeting
April 10: No School, Grading and Planning for Teachers/End of Quarter 3
April 15-19: TPES Book Central Book Fair
April 22: Asynchronous Learning/Snow Make Up Day
April 27, 7:30pm: DC United Game Fundraiser
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