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Carson Chronicle - February 15, 2019

Focus!  Believe to Achieve!!!


Grade 3 Parents - Centers for Enriched Studies Review Process if underway!

The Centers for Enriched Studies provide a learning environment for Grade 4 and Grade 5 students that enriches, accelerates, and extends the MCPS curriculum. It is designed to meet the needs of highly gifted and motivated learners in language arts, science, and social studies. The program focuses on critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, and communication skills.

MCPS has nine regional and four local CES.  Rachel Carson ES is considered one of the four local centers.  As part of the review process, all Grade 3 students will be reviewed for enriched and accelerated instruction needs for Grade 4. 

This year, to expedite access to your student’s results, parents/guardians may access the letter in their myMCPS parent portal during the week of February 11, 2019.  This letter will highlight the results of a centralized review process of student performance to identify students who exhibit potential for the CES magnet program.  However, since RCES is a local center, all students will have opportunity to participate in the screening test unless parents choose to decline testing.

Directions for accessing your MyMCPS parent portal visit: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/mymcps-classroom/

Once on the parent portal – open the “document library” where the Centers for Enriched Studies (CES) letter will be available.

Your school’s test date is Monday, February 25, 2019.

If you already know whether you wish to have your child NOT evaluated for CES (which includes testing), you can let your student’s teacher know by returning the flyer sent home today along with your response and signature by Friday, February 15, 2019:


If for some reason you do not receive the flyer and want to opt out of having your student tested, please email your child's homeroom teacher and/or Mr. Randy Aleshevich.


MLK Week of Service

RCES honors Dr. King and what he did for us!

During the MLK week of service, the SGA is sponsored a competition in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Students were asked to answer the following question:

How can you make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream live on in the world today?

Congratulations to the Grade Level Winners listed below!

K-Anne C and Rishan Y

1-Athena H

2-Ahana S

3-Nora G, Kylie G, Tessa O, Ava H, Molly K,

4-Kaitlyn G, Hannah Q, Addie H, Victoria C

5-Luciano R.

Thank you to all of the students who participated!  Your work is amazing!!!



The Kids Heart Challenge

For more than 40 years, the American Heart Association has supported schools like ours. And I can’t tell you how excited I am to help kick off their all-new program, the Kids Heart Challenge. Last year, our students jumped rope for hearts. This year, in addition to JUMPING ROPE, we’ll have other fun activities like HOOPS, WARRIOR OBSTACLES and DANCE to help those with special hearts.

Leading up to our event, I will teach my students how the heart works and that exercise can be fun! I’ll also ask them to raise money to support the American Heart Association's research and education initiatives that save lives in our community.

I have challenged my students to get at least 10 donations and I believe that it's important to lead by example and match that challenge. Please join my efforts and make an online donation to our school fundraising page today! Each gift, no matter the amount, is extremely appreciated!

Here’s something else that’s cool. Our school also earns money for new PE equipment, so we can keep our kids MOVING. It truly is a win-win for everybody!

Kid Heart Challenge Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGs25gWtPBw

Thank you, I know I can count on your support. Together, we can create a nation of healthier kids and help save lives!

Mr. Whitman, Mr. Saylor and Mr. Larocca


Spelling Bee

Dear Grade 3-5 Parents:

Rachel Carson Elementary School will conduct its 13th Annual Spelling Bee Contest this year. Students in Grades 3-5 will participated in a class spelling bees between February 4-8th to determine the best speller in each class. These students will now compete in a school-wide spelling bee to determine the Rachel Carson Elementary “top speller”.

Congratulations to all of our Classroom Spelling Bee Winners!

Classroom Teacher

Class Winner Student Name

3 Mrs. Jennifer Armenta

Abtahee Tahmid

3 Ms. Johanna Dushek

Griffin Bhargava

3 Mrs. Judy Fernandez

Nathan Parra

3 Mrs. Alisha King

Ron Hurwitz

3 Mrs. Anita Tempchin

Samantha Bigelow

3 Mrs. Sarah Watson

Joshua Vu

4 Mrs. Kimberly Lang

Hanna Ariannejad

4 Mrs. Linda Dembrow

Christopher Wang

4 Mrs. Susan Gent

Kaitlyn Killiany

4 Mr. Christopher Ranker

Andrew Knight

4 Mrs. Beth Bell

Julian Diaz

4 Mrs. Lauren Dagins

Rebecca Malieckal

5 Mr. Michael Fredericks

Paige Sweeney

5 Mrs. Isabelle Blanc

Arun Mariappan

5 Mr. Matthew Grassi

Michelle Zheng

5 Ms. Cindi Lostritto

Marcella Zelaya

5 Mrs. Diana Roberts

Olivia Borkat

5 Ms. Christine Troilo

Nick Bala

5 Ms. Amy Martinez-Lynch

Maya Lundquist

Rachel Carson Elementary School will conduct its annual Spelling Bee Contest on Thursday, February, 21, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. Parents, teachers, families and friends are invited to attend this exciting event.

The attached Word lists, rules, and study guide  are provided from the Scripps’ National Spelling Bee to be used as a practice list. The Scripps’ National Spelling Bee Website also has an online practice test.

Look for the “Take the Test” tab:


Our purpose for this event is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.

Even though this is a competitive event, the children should enjoy the challenge. We stress the "fun" of this contest, not who "wins" or "loses".  

Good luck, and may the best speller win!



Randy C. Aleshevich

Assistant Principal





Volunteers Needed:

Can you help the school out?  We are seeking volunteers for the following:

  • Nominating Committee - We need at least two more people to be on our nominating committee.  It is a very easy job with a small time commitment; the work can be done at home.  Please let me know.  Members of the nominating committee cannot be seeking a PTA office. The job mostly involves advertising our open positions and then presenting a slate of nominees.  I can walk the nominating committee through the process.  Email Chad Older at colder@peaksettlements.com




  • Book Fair (more info to follow)


  • Variety Show - Volunteers are needed to plan and run the 2019 RCES Variety Show. Don't worry, you are not on your own, Meredith Fogle is involved again this year. The event will be held on April 11th and 12th. The event cannot be held without at least 3 parent volunteers (including an event chair). Please contact Meredith Fogle atmeredith@meredithfogle.com.



Put Your Valentine's Day Pictures in the Yearbook 

Upload your valentine’s day school images at community.lifetouch.com Access Code: ILOMJM -- We can only accept pictures of the kids and/or teachers while at school. 


Coding With Kids Club starting at RCES - See flyer below, both classes for K-2 (little coders) and Game Development / Intermediate (grades 3 to 5) starting.https://www.codingwithkids.com


Reward Items Wanted  

From Mrs. Heim at RCES:

Most all of us have leftovers or spares of perfectly usable goodies sitting around the house. Let’s put these items to use by donating them to the school. These will go into prize boxes or be used as rewards for when students exhibit exceptional behavior during lunch and recess. Please keep older kids (4th and 5th graders) in mind, too.
 Unwanted new or gently used non-edible, safe trinkets and small toys, such as:
> Party favors
> Booth giveaways
> Halloween trinkets
> Small jars of slime/play-doh
> Costume jewelry
> Coupons for free items at local stores
> Scented pencils
> Self-inking stamps
> Keychains
> And more...

 Please send them in with your child marked to Mrs. Heim. Your help in encouraging students to make better choices is much appreciated!
Gi Heim
Paraeducator & Lunch-Recess


Girls On The Run

RCES Girls On The Run Registration opens 2/7/19

We meet twice a week, on Mondays AND Fridays from 3:30-5, beginning March 11th
Cost is $175. Financial Assistance is available.  See info@girlsontherunofmoco.org for more information, or email RCES lead coach heatherhuot@gmail.com




Restaurant Night Moved:

The Potomac Pizza restaurant night scheduled for February 11th has been moved to Wednesday, Feb 20th form 4-9 pm.





After School Clubs

Interested in signing up for an After-school club? Please click HERE to visit the Enrich My Child website where you can register. Choose "Rachel Carson Elementary School"  from the drop down menu then click on "search activities". A list of all available activities will be visible. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Allen at jenniferreneeallen@gmail.com.


Giant Rewards

Parents, please designate Rachel Carson ES as your school at Giant.  Giant rewards our PTA with support every time you shop at their store.


Box Tops

Please don't throw our money out in the trash. Collecting box tops is an easy way to earn money for our school. Clip the box tops from participating products and send them to school. Please put them in a Ziploc bag and write the number of box tops enclosed. Students can turn in their bags in the front office. 



MCPS News 

 Student Transfer Application Season Begins February 1 (English and Spanish)

Parents and guardians who wish to request a Change of School Assignment (COSA) for their children from their home school may begin the process during the upcoming transfer season which begins on February 1. All COSA requests must be submitted no later than April 1.


Except for students in the Northeast Consortium (NEC), Downcounty Consortium (DCC), and Middle School Magnet Consortium (MSMC) areas, MCPS students are assigned to a school on the basis of their place of residence or their Individualized Education Program (IEP) and are expected to attend their home school. Assignment changes for students from one school to another are permitted under limited circumstances. For more information, visit www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/info/transfers.


Temporada de Solicitud para Transferencias de Estudiantes Comienza el 1ro. de Febrero

Los padres y guardianes que deseen solicitar un Cambio de Asignación de Escuela (Change of School Assignment–COSA) para sus hijos desde su escuela local a otra pueden iniciar el proceso durante la próxima temporada de transferencias de escuela que comienza el 1ro. de febrero. Todas las peticiones de COSA deben ser presentadas a más tardar el 1ro. de abril.


Excepto para los estudiantes en las zonas de  Northeast Consortiium (NEC), Downcounty Consortium (DCC) y Middle School Magnet Consortium (MSMC), los estudiantes de MCPS son asignados a una escuela de acuerdo a su domicilio o de acuerdo con su Programa Educativo Individualizado (Individualized Education Program–IEP) y por lo tanto deben asistir a su escuela local. Los cambios de asignación de una escuela a otra son permitidos a los estudiantes bajo circunstancias muy limitadas. Para más información, visite www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/info/transfers.


Students Can Design Their Dream Classroom in United We Learn Contest (English and Spanish)

Montgomery County Public Schools is launching the third year of its student contest, United We Learn. This year’s contest, United We Learn: Schools of the Future, allows students to design their ideal learning space and challenges them to think critically about how their physical environment affects their ability to learn.


The contest follows a November 2018 survey that asked students and staff about how they use learning spaces at their schools, and what they would like classrooms and schools to look like in the future. Recurring elements mentioned in the survey feedback included considerations regarding color, lighting, furniture, technology, and security. That feedback will be used to support the continuous improvement of our educational facilities. The contest tasks students to consider these same elements as they design their vision of what an ideal learning space might look like in the future. By participating in this contest, students may also have the ability to help influence future design.  More details are available on the contest website: montgomeryschoolsmd.org/events/unitedwelearn/.


Los Estudiantes Pueden Diseñar el Aula de Sus Sueños en el Concurso Unidos Aprendemos

Montgomery County Public Schools está dando inicio al tercer año de su concurso para estudiantes, Unidos Aprendemos (United We Learn). El concurso de este año, Unidos Aprendemos: Las Escuelas del Futuro (United We Learn: Schools of the Future), permite a los estudiantes diseñar su entorno de aprendizaje ideal y los desafía a pensar de manera crítica sobre cómo su ambiente físico afecta su capacidad de aprender.


El concurso sigue a una encuesta realizada en noviembre 2018 que les preguntaba a los estudiantes y al personal acerca de cómo ellos usan los espacios de aprendizaje en sus escuelas, y cómo les gustaría que fueran sus salones de clase y sus escuelas en el futuro. Los elementos recurrentes mencionados en las respuestas a la encuesta incluyeron consideraciones relacionadas con color, luz, muebles, tecnología y seguridad. Esos comentarios/sugerencias serán utilizados para apoyar el mejoramiento continuo de nuestras instalaciones educativas. El concurso asigna a los estudiantes la tarea de considerar estos mismos elementos al diseñar su visión de cómo sería el espacio ideal para el aprendizaje en el futuro.  Al participar en este concurso, los estudiantes también tienen la capacidad de ayudar a influenciar los diseños futuros.  Hay más detalles disponibles en la página web del concurso: montgomeryschoolsmd.org/events/unitedwelearn/.


Community Conversations on the Future of High School Programs (English and Spanish)

MCPS is holding a series of community conversations with Chief Academic Officer Maria V. Navarro to discuss the future of high school programs. Attendees will have an opportunity to discuss what high school programs MCPS should offer in the future to best support college and career readiness. Staff, students, parents, guardians, and members of the community are invited to attend. The forums are scheduled for:

  • Monday, February 11, Clarksburg High School, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Monday, April 8, Richard Montgomery High School, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Register online at mcpsweb.wufoo.com/forms/community-conversation/.


Conversaciones con la Comunidad sobre Programas Futuros en las Escuelas Secundarias

MCPS está llevando a cabo una serie de conversaciones entre la comunidad y Maria V. Navarro, Jefa de Asuntos Académicos (Chief Academic Officer), para hablar sobre el futuro de los programas en las escuelas secundarias. Quienes asistan tendrán la oportunidad de hablar sobre qué programas debería ofrecer en el futuro MCPS en las escuelas secundarias para apoyar de mejor manera la preparación para la universidad y para carreras. El personal, estudiantes, padres, guardianes y miembros de la comunidad están todos invitados a asistir. Los foros han sido programados para los días:

  • Lunes, 11 de febrero, Clarksburg High School, 6:30 a 8:30 p.m.
  • Lunes, 8 de abril, Richard Montgomery High School, 6:30 a 8:30 p.m.

Inscríbase en línea en: mcpsweb.wufoo.com/forms/community-conversation/


Elementary Immersion Programs (English and Spanish)

Applications for elementary school language immersion programs in MCPS are now available. The application deadline for the 2019–2020 school year is Friday, April 26, 2019. Elementary school language immersion programs begin in kindergarten and are offered in Chinese, French, and Spanish. For more information about elementary immersion programs and to downloadthe Immersion Interest Form, visit the Special Programs website: www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/immersion. Forms are also available at elementary schools.


Programas de Inmersión en Idiomas Extranjeros en las Escuelas Elementales

Ya están disponibles las solicitudes para los programas de inmersión en idiomas en las escuelas elementales de MCPS. El plazo límite para presentar las solicitudes para el ciclo escolar 2019–2020 es el viernes, 26 de abril, 2019. Los programas de inmersión en idiomas en las escuelas elementales comienzan en Kindergarten y se ofrecen en español, chino y francés. Para más información acerca de los programas elementales de inmersión y para descargar el formulario de interés en un programa de inmersión (Immersion Interest Form), visite el sitio web de Programas Especiales (Special Programs): www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/immersion. Los formularios también están a disposición en las escuelas elementales.


2018–2019 School Year Extended to June 14 (English and Spanish)

Recent inclement weather forced MCPS to close schools on three days. The 2018–2019 MCPS school calendar includes 182 instruction days, two more than the minimum required in the state of Maryland. As a result of these closures, MCPS will need to use one designated make-up day to ensure that it meets the state-required number of school days. The school year will now be extended to June 14, 2019. The last day will be an early release day for all students. Any additional school closures for emergency weather will result in the need to use additional make-up days. If we have a fourth school closure due to emergency weather conditions, then the next emergency weather make-up day will be Wednesday, June 5, 2019.   MCPS will continue to closely monitor for severe weather and provide updates on any impact it may have to the school calendar. For more information on the MCPS school calendar, visit www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org.


Ciclo Escolar 2018–2019 Se Extiende Hasta el 14 de Junio

El tiempo inclemente reciente forzó a MCPS a cerrar tres días las escuelas. El calendario escolar 2018–2019 de MCPS incluye 182 días lectivos, dos más que el mínimo exigido en el estado de Maryland. Como resultado de estos cierres, MCPS necesitará usar uno de los días designados para recuperación de día lectivo, a fin de asegurar el cumplimiento con el número de días lectivos que exige el estado. El ciclo escolar ahora se extenderá hasta el 14 de junio, 2019. El último día de clases será de media jornada para todos los estudiantes. Cualquier cierre de escuelas adicional por emergencias relacionadas con el clima resultará en que se deban usar días de recuperación de días lectivos adicionales. Si nosotros tenemos un cuarto día de cierre de escuelas debido a condiciones climáticas de emergencia, entonces el siguiente día de recuperación de día lectivo por motivos de emergencia climática será el miércoles, 5 de junio, 2019.  MCPS continuará monitorizando estrechamente las condiciones climáticas severas y proveerá actualizaciones sobre cualquier impacto que puedan tener en el calendario escolar. Para más información sobre el calendario escolar de MCPS, visite www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org.

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"Happiness depends more upon the internal frame of a person's own mind, than on the externals in the world." - George Washington



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