Call to Action: Add your Feedback for MCPS Wellness Policy

Montgomery County Public School System is updating its wellness policy, including physical activity, nutrition and school food. There is a public feedback form live on the MCPS website that is open to Montgomery County residents, parents, and students until April 15, 2017

The due date for the updated Wellness Policy is June 30, 2017. This is an excellent opportunity to voice your opinion to improve school wellness, and an avenue to see the results in a short period of time.


Dear Students

We love and appreciate you and having you as part of our community makes us all better!

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Encouraging Messages for Our Students

Parents/Families of ESS Students:

Our students are processing the results of the recent election and we know some of them are having a difficult time right now. We know that students who feel supported and confident can better focus on school. To support our students’ mental health and wellness, we’re asking any interested parents, adults to make signs with simple words of encouragement and bring them to drop off on Monday morning (November 14). Representatives from the PTA will tie on signs Monday morning on the fence around the blacktop.

The parents at Takoma Park ES school did something similar for their student body.


1. Please use poster board, full size or cut in half .

2. Provide short,  readable, encouraging messages. Some examples:

  • You are loved!
  • We will protect you.
  • You matter.
  • You are valued.
  • You are safe.
  • Don’t be afraid.

Short messages are easier for youngest readers.

3. Bring your sign on Monday morning and someone from the PTA will help attach the sign to the fence at the blacktop.

Thank you! If you have any questions, let us know.

2016 After Halloween Candy Donation 40 Pounds

The ESS ES community donated nearly 40 pounds of Halloween candy to Shepherd’s Table! Shepherd’s Table uses the candy for dessert and for assisting its diabetic clients when their blood sugar is low.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this effort!

Junior Chef Competition and Herbs from ESS Garden

This year we are hosting a Junior Chef Competition during the International Night dinner. All ESS kids are invited to participate! The idea is that the kids make a special dish to bring to the International Night dinner where guest judges will sample each dish and give prizes out to the top three recipes. The recipes will also be highlighted in the Wellness Committee newsletter.
If you are interested please return the handout to your child’s homeroom teacher. This handout should have gone home in folders this week but I’ve attached a copy if your child did not receive one. Please be sure to include your child’s name and the list of ingredients on the dish. We will hide the names during the judging.
Thanks to our ESS Garden Coordinator, Marla Nix, any students participating in the Junior Chef Competition during International Night are welcome to select herbs in the ESS Garden. Ms. Nix says there is a lot of thyme, lots of lemon balm, a small amount of chives and some mint. If your junior chefs needs any of those herbs for their dishes for the cooking competition, please let me know and we’ll make sure your student gets the herbs in time for the competition.
Happy Cooking!

After Halloween Candy Donation Project 2016 (Spanish, Amharic)

Hey Students! During November 1st through November 4th consider donating individually wrapped candy/chocolate from your Halloween loot to the front office to give to Shepard’s Table, a neighborhood nonprofit providing meals, basic services and medical support to the homeless and people in need in Downtown Silver Spring.

Why this service project? Halloween is Monday, October 31 and those students participating may get a lot of candy while out and about trick-or- treating. With an abundance of treats, this is a great opportunity to share the bounty with Shepard’s Table. They will use the treats for dessert during their meal service and for clients with diabetes who need candy when their blood sugar levels get too low. Plus donating is a great way to reduce the amount of sugar consumed after this holiday!

No candy, no problem – consider writing a Thank You note to Shepard’s Table for helping the people in our community. For more on Shepard’s Table, click here.

WHAT: Candy donation and Thank You Letter

FOR: Shepard’s Table

WHEN: November 1-4 (Tuesday thru Friday) during school hours

HOW: Go to the front office and drop off your bags of candy and/or Thank You note. There will be a container clearly labeled for the donations.

Some additional notes:

 Please DO NOT bring in any candy or chocolate that contains nuts.

 All candy/chocolate must be individually wrapped, and be unopened.

 Please securely bag all candy for donation.

 Please DO NOT buy candy specifically for this service project.

 You do not need to donate candy to participate; you are welcome to write a Thank You note to drop off.

Thanks for participating!

Questions??? Email us:

And here’s the info in Spanish and Amharic — Halloween Candy Donation Project Spanish and Amharic

Local Urgent Care Providing FREE Halloween Candy Screening 

For those participating in Halloween, local urgent care provider Patient First on 16th St in Silver Spring is providing free candy X Ray screening for any families interested. The screening may help to detect any dangerous, added items in candy such as plastics, sharp objects, etc. See the flyer below.