Thursday, January 12, 2017

Have a resolution to be more involved? Here are some ways!

Your PTA always needs your help!

Come out to the next meeting on 1/18 at 6:30 to hear about all the activities the PTA is providing for the RFES students.  You can join a committee, take a leadership position, or volunteer to spend time with your child during the school day or aid the PTA from home.  All are welcome. We meet in the library at RFES.

If you already know you want to volunteer but aren't sure where to begin, check out the current opportunities here. If none of those opportunities seem like the right fit, email the PTA board (all very nice people who are very approachable!) to ask about specific areas in which the PTA could use help.

If you are ready to take on a board position, the PTA needs volunteers to assume the secretary and treasurer positions for next school year.  These are important jobs and the PTA really needs your help to fill them.

And if you haven't made a direct donation to the PTA yet this year, that is also a way to help out in 2017!  Click this link to complete a fast and simple payment to help support the many enrichment activities the PTA provides for the students.  On a personal note, I have a child at another BCPS school which has not adopted this direct donation model and we are inundated with offers for the resale items (wrapping paper, dish towels, purses) the school relies on to make their budget work.  The way RFES operates is so much less time-consuming and so much easier!  If you haven't already, make your contribution today and help us reach 100% participation.  Every bit helps!

You have many options for helping out your PTA this year, and whichever you choose, you are the reason our school is the wonderfully supportive educational environment it is!
Thank you from your PTA!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Do you love Skyzone? Support your school while jumping!

Happy New Year RFES Families,
Please see the exciting upcoming events below:

Tuesday Jan 17th: SKYZONE Night

Come join RFES students and bounce the night away.
3-7pm, more information to come home in your child's red folder.
A portion of the proceeds will go to the PTA.

Wednesday Jan 18th: PTA MEETING 6:30, Library

Come join us at the meeting, we have a lot of exciting things coming up.  We will be discussing our Adult Winter Social Fundraiser plans. Volunteers are needed to make this night a success.  Last year we raised over $5000 for the outdoor classroom!!!

Open PTA positions for the 2017-2018 school year:

Secretary and Treasurer 
If you are interested in either of these, please email

Hailey Harvey 
Laura Swoboda
PTA Co-Presidents 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Dear RFES families,
We hope you had a wonderful winter vacation and are as excited as we are about all of the possibilities for 2017! During the new year, please consider continuing your support for the RFES PTA and school activities: 
* Ms. Karrie Cook, the RFES Reading Specialist, needs volunteers for the Makerspace. Help for only 30min in the morning, organizing and tidying up the Makerspace. Sign up here
*Lunchroom Helpers Coordinator Allie Pyzik could always use your help in the school cafeteria around lunch time. Send your availability directly to her
More volunteering opportunities coming soon. Have a happy, healthy and successful new year!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Lost and Found Tomorrow!

Hi Everyone!  PTA volunteer Tracey is holding a big lost & found clean out is tomorrow (Wednesday 12/14) before and after school in front of cafeteria doors.  If you are missing some things, and they do lose all manner of things, stop by to reclaim your items. If your student attends Play Centers and are searching for something specific, Tracey has offered to do a special search just for you! Let her know via email at 


Monday, December 5, 2016

SIT meeting this week, other notes

Good morning!  Just a quick note to remind you all that Tuesday at 3:45 is the School Improvement Team (SIT) meeting in the second floor maker space.  This is a great way to engage with the administration directly on school issues large and small.  All are welcome. EDIT - this meeting is CANCELLED, but contact Ms. Rowland if there are items you would like to discuss at future meetings.

Also, please sign up to bring a dozen cookies to school for the PTA's annual Milk and Cookies event. More info is here and the list is looking pretty amazingly delicious!

And there's a half-day this Friday. 

Have a great week!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Last call for holiday greens!

Tomorrow is the deadline to submit an order for holiday greens. These are lovely, and come to us through a wholesale connection, so also affordable! And so convenient - pick up your order 12/1 at school dismissal! If you see people leaving with beautiful, natural wreathes and swag every year and always wish you'd gotten in on the deal, this is your chance! Find the order form on the PTA website,, under the documents tab.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Milk and Cookies! Holidays are coming!

Hello Kids and Parents!

It's that time of year again! We are busy organizing the RFES PTA Milk and Cookie Holiday Event. The PTA will host a holiday party (after school) on 12/16 where we provide the teachers and staff of RFES a huge cookie exchange. Each member of the RFES faculty and staff is given a holiday cookie box where they can fill it up with a variety of holiday cookies. It was a huge success last year, and was truly cherished by the members of the faculty and staff.

HOW CAN YOU HELP? Please consider the donation of 1 DOZEN HOLIDAY COOKIES! They can be homemade or store-bought. 

Collection days will be 12/15 (8:30-9:15 AM), and (3:00-4:00 PM)  and 12/16 (8:30-9:15 AM) in the RFES office lobby.

Please be sure to label/identify your donation with the type of cookie, and if it contains nuts. Also, we would prefer your donation be wrapped with a tight seal. We need to store them overnight in the school on Thursday, and want to minimize the critter party in the PTA closet. :)

Thank you for your help in making this party for the teachers and staff a GREAT success!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us! 

The link to the sign-up genius is below. Please indicate your type of cookie in your reply. 

Also, these are h last few days to order your discounted holiday greens! Orders must be received by 11/18.  Find the order form here!