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Diamond Gems – June 2020

The latest Diamond Gems is out! You can read it below or download a copy. (Note: hyperlinks are only clickable in the downloaded version)


A letter from Hogwarts

Did you get the owl? J.K Rowling has granted a special, open license for schools to post virtual read-a-longs of the seven Harry Potter books during the Coronavirus shutdown

We’ve posted the first chapter of Sorcerer’s Stone, and there should be more to come!

Submissions from parents and teachers are encouraged! If you have an audio or video recording to share, please email webmaster@despta.org.

Note: In accordance with the open license guidelines, chapter readings posted on this website are not open to the public. To access them, your child must log into the PTA site with their MCPS student account — the same one they use for online school.

  1. Go to the login page (tip: there’s a login link at the bottom of every page)
  2. Click the “Log In With Google” button
  3. If not already signed into Google, sign in with your child’s MCPS credentials
  4. Come back here, and check out the Harry Potter at Home page!

May PTA Meeting Rescheduled (again!)

This month’s PTA Meeting will be ONLINE ONLY due to the COVID-19 shutdown!

Originally scheduled for May 5, the meeting will now be held on Tuesday, May 26 at 7:00 PM.

The meeting URL and phone number will be sent via Remind and posted to the discussion group and Facebook.

Meeting notes, presentation slides, audio recordings and other related materials are posted after every PTA meeting at despta.org/meeting-records.

Eric Energy Workshop

The first graders had a workshop/assembly on January 21st with Eric Energy!

HERO Boys Running Club

HERO Boys is a youth development and engagement program for boys in 3rd – 5th grades. Using running as a base activity HERO Boys inspires boys to discover the character and courage that resides inside each one of them to be brave, stand for that which is right, and use their talents and strengths to lead and set the positive example amongst their peers. The school-based program is 8 weeks long and culminates with the Dol Finn Dash and/or Kids on the Run race.

Season: March 9 – May 11, 2020
Training: Mondays, 8:00am – 9:15 am
Fee: $50*
Races: Saturday, May 9th, 2020 – Kids on the Run (Bohrer Park)
Contact: Meaghan Parrott (k_meaghan@hotmail.com)
* Fee does not include cost of optional Kids on the Run race

To register starting Tuesday March 3rd at 9:00 am and for more information about HERO Boys see www.heroboys.org.

Volunteers Needed for Hearing and Vision Rescreening

We need volunteers to assist technicians with the students’ hearing and vision rescreenings on January 6th from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM. 

Are you available? Please use the button below to sign up!

Sign Up!

MCPS Adopts New Calendar for 2020-2021

The Montgomery County Board of Education met on Tuesday in Rockville.

For the first time in four years, Montgomery County students will return to classes before Labor Day next year.

The county school board on Tuesday afternoon finalized the academic calendar for the 2020-21 school year, which shows classes will begin on Aug. 31 and end June 16.

Schools will be open on Inauguration Day and closed for a professional day that coincides with the Muslim holiday of Eid. 

Read more about the new calendar at BethesdaMagazine.com.

Last chance to advertise in our 2019-20 family directory!

School directory advertising is the ideal way to connect with local families year-round.

Our directory is not only an important resource but also a vital fundraiser for our PTA! With that in mind, we are thrilled to be working with AtoZ Connect again to help us produce the best possible directory for our community — both our traditional hard copy and our mobile directory app.

Think about it… promoting your business, firm, practice and community partnership in our directory is an ideal way to connect directly with other school families all the while supporting our school. Win-Win!

There are a few premium spots left and we’d love for these to go to our families! Half-price specials on premium pages are also still available. Don’t miss out!

Please contact Pegah Bozorgnia at 301-471-8487 or PegahB@CaliberHomeLoans.com now to put a hold on your spot. The directory will be going to the printer very soon, so don’t delay. Contact Pegah by November 20th.

AtoZ Connect

Our school uses a web-based system that enables parents to verify and edit their own directory listings.

To ensure we have the most up-to-date information for your family, please follow the instructions below to log in and verify your data using the Verification Wizard. This will only take 5 minutes of your time.

Click on the Auto Login Link below to log in and create/enter your own unique password for our school. Even if you have a login for a different school, you must verify your data for our school independently.

Auto Login Link

Your Username: Your Email

While verifying your data, be sure to indicate if you’re interested in advertising in our directory. It is a great way to support our school and promote your business!

You can access the directory at login.atozconnect.com or with the AtoZ Connect app on your Apple or Android device.

Download A to Z Connect app for Apple devices   Download A to Z Connect app for Android

If you have any technical issues with the software, email support@atozconnect.com and they will be sure to respond.

If you have any school-specific directory questions, feel free to email Pegah Bozorgnia on the Directory committee.

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair will be here from November 14-22! We’ll have an amazing selection of books, a late night raffle, and more! Book fair flyers will be going home with students in the next week, but in the meantime, we need parent volunteers to set up the book fair, help out at our events, help kids purchase books, and pack up the fair!  Click on the following link to sign up: https://signup.com/go/BduuBiK