Friday, February 10, 2017

Night at the Yard!

The date is set!  RFES students and families can purchase $12 tickets to see the Os play the Blue Jays Friday, May 19th.  The weather in years past has been delightful and the crowd ism naturally, the best!  Get your tickets now by sending in the form that came home and was emailed, or print it out here.  GO Os!!

PTA's annual adult fundraiser is ready to roll!

 Come out to he PTA's Throwback Night - Travel through the Decades with the Forge on Saturday 3/11! Tickets are $25 each, include your food and the number available is limited. Ticket sales end 3/6 so buy them today. Proceeds benefit the RFES fieldtrip fund. Email for details, return the form sent home in your student's red folder, or send in a check payable to the PTA with your name and number of tickets you'd like.  This was a total smash hit last year, so don't miss out this year!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Food drive update!

The food drive to support the ACTC is underway!
Ms. Ludwig has provided the following list of needed items:
Adult-sized jackets
Canned tomatoes
Pork and beans
Canned vegetables
**Canned fruits
**Pasta meals canned (ravioli, spaghetti)
Spaghetti sauce
Peanut butter and jelly
**Dried pasta (spaghetti, macaroni)
Saltine crackers (boxes)
Pop-top canned goods for homeless Care Bags
Canned meat (beef stew, chili, Spam, etc.)
Macaroni and cheese
Potatoes (boxed)
**Most Needed Currently
The Center gives food gift cards ($5 - $15) to local supermarkets so that clients can purchase perishable items such as milk, vegetables, meat etc.
The drive ends 1/27, so get those items in this week! Thanks for your support!

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