Class of 2019


Olney Elementary 5th Grade Party
Sunday, June 9th from 6-8 pm
Oakdale Church
3425 Emory Church Road
Olney, MD 20832
Promotion Ceremony

Tuesday, June 11th at 5pm
Sherwood High School

Special thanks to the following for sponsoring our 5th Grade Party:

Hirsch & Cosca


Food Donations

We’re celebrating our 5th graders with a red carpet party and we need your help to make it AMAZING! Please sign up to bring food, snacks, etc. and deliver them to school between Monday, June 3 –  Friday, June 7.  There will be a cart in the front foyer for your donations.  Thank you!

5th Grade Photos

The 5th Grade Memories Committee is collecting photos for a video to be played at the promotion ceremony.  If you wish to have your child in the video, please send high quality photographs of your child participating in school sponsored events from Kindergarten through 5th grade.  Please email photos to:  Only photos of OES events should be submitted. The filename should reflect the GRADE (not year) the photo was taken.



2019 OES Kids Heart Challenge

On Monday, March 4, 2019, we will be holding our 11th annual KIDS HEART CHALLENGE (formally Jump Rope for Heart) event to raise funds for the American Heart Association. Last year we raised over $22,000! We were one of the top schools in the state. Over the last 10 years, we have raised over $120,000 for the AHA! Students will participate in this event during their Physical Education, Art, Music, or Media time. Students will be participating in many physical activities to celebrate HEART HEALTH MONTH and to acknowledge our school’s contributions to the American Heart Association!


This event offers many benefits. First, the money our school raises will help fund potentially lifesaving research into heart disease and stroke. It will also fund the development of educational materials that teach the importance of heart health and staying fit. Our school can also earn gift certificates for physical education equipment. Finally, Kids Heart Challenge builds school spirit and helps connect our school with the community.

Please return donations in pledge envelopes or online by Monday, March 4.
You do NOT 
have to return the permission/release form.

Any contribution is greatly accepted! Checks should be made payable to the American Heart Association. Raising money online is a very fast and easy way to submit donations (and it is the best way for your child to earn more thank you gifts). You may raise money online by joining our school team on this website:

We are looking forward to a day of fun and fitness!

Ms. Morse and Mr. Jones
OES Physical Education Teachers

We’re looking for families willing to donate popsicles for the kids to enjoy at the end of the day. If you can help, please sign up today.



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MLK Jr. Day of Service

(Martin Luther King With Kids Circling.eps)


Join families from Sherwood Elementary and Olney Elementary as we honor the legacy and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through acts of service.  This event is sponsored jointly by the Sherwood PTA’s Diversity/NAACP Committee and Olney PTA’s NAACP Council.

Families will participate in activities and acts of service at Sherwood Elementary School.

Please bring an empty and clean water bottle for each participant. Also, canned good donations will be accepted.

Monday, January 21st
10am to 11:30am


Sherwood Elementary School
1401 Olney Sandy Spring Rd,
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
Meet in the All Purpose Room

Please RSVP by filling out this online form.  Questions?  Email

2019 OES Science Fair

2019 Olney Elementary School Science Fair
Sponsored by OES PTA


The OES Science Fair will be held on Wednesday, February 27 from 6:30–8:30 pm.  ALL AGES are welcome to participate in the noncompetitive Science Fair. Students may work individually, with siblings or in groups.  In order to encourage significant hands-on experience, groups larger than 3 participants are not recommended.  It’s a fun way to learn more about science, to try out a new experiment, and to have fun with friends.

If your child wishes to participate in the Science Fair, please complete and return the registration form to the Media Center no later than Friday, February 15.  You may also register by emailing the completed form (with signature) to

Questions? Contact Mishra at

Science Fair Resources
Listed below are some popular science websites. These are just suggestions. Many will help you get started on your project, by suggesting topics to study and specific science fair ideas. There are many, many websites devoted to science. Feel free to search the web (with supervision) and have fun! Remember to give credit to the sources you use for your science project.

OES Junior First Lego League Club

JrFLL_LogoAre you interested in having your child work on their creativity and problem solving?  Do they want to learn how math and science can be applied to real world scenarios?  Then they should join the Junior First Lego League Club (JFLL)!

2018 Fall Session – Mission Moon!

Who:  Students enrolled at Olney Elementary School in Grades Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd

When:  Tuesdays after school from 3:30 – 4:45pm; October 9th – November 27th (no class 11/6 and 11/13)

Where:  Olney Elementary School Cafeteria

How to Participate:  Register online for a chance to join

Password:  OESLego2018

Cost:  $20 per student to cover equipment, fees and room rental
If student is selected to join, they should bring payment to the first session on October 9th.  Checks should be made payable to “OES PTA.”

Questions: Email

Parent volunteers are needed.  The Club size will be extremely limited.  Volunteering will increase the likelihood of your child being selected.

Please do not let financial difficulties prevent you from signing up.  Contact OES Lego Club if you need assistance.

PTA Vacancies for 2019-20

The Olney Elementary School PTA counts on parent volunteers to help make our programs and events a success. If you are interested in filling any of the vacant PTA positions listed below or want to learn about other ways to get involved, please contact PTA President Mariah Payne at


The following positions are elected for 2-year terms.

Vice President
Manage all room reservations and permits for PTA events through ActiveMontgomery and CUPF.  Attend monthly board & general membership meetings as well as PTA events when possible.  Assist president with planning calendar of events, PTA meeting agendas, filling committee positions, liaising with the school administration and other duties.  Assume various duties when chairpersons are unable to fulfill their duties or require assistance.

Record the minutes at all board and general membership meetings.  Submit minutes to the PTA president for review & make necessary revisions before they’re posted on PTA website.  Prepare and photocopy minutes for the meetings.  Prepare a sign-in sheet for the meetings to record members present.  Keep an electronic copy of all agendas and minutes.  Provide copies of Bylaws and Standing Rules to any PTA member upon request.  Update bylaws and submit to Maryland PTA as necessary (required Fall 2020).


MCCPTA Representative(s)
Do you want to play an active role in the PTA and be well-informed about local and county school matters?  Then, volunteer to be one of Olney Elementary’s MCCPTA delegates. The MCCPTA, the Montgomery County Council of PTAs, hosts a meeting on the 4th Tuesday of each month during the school year in Rockville from approximately 7:30 to 9. During this meeting, a delegate receives information about county and state wide school matters and has the potential to share, debate, and vote on issues that might directly affect Olney Elementary. In addition to hosting this monthly meeting, the MCCPTA circulates emails with information about county-wide programs, changes, and advocacy matters. After gaining a plethora of information, a delegate fulfills his/her role as a liaison and relays pertinent information received from the MCCPTA meetings and emails to Olney’s PTA.

NAACP Parents’ Council Representative
Interested in representing and advocating for Olney Elementary and its kids? The Montgomery County NAACP Parents’ Council is one of the vehicles created to empower African American and other minority parents to take a more pro-active role in the education of their children. The Parents’ Council provides a forum through which interested citizens may offer assistance, guidance and support to African American parents and students of Montgomery County Public Schools to pursue the highest quality education possible through encouragement, information sharing, positive motivation, critical evaluation and advocacy.

Olney Elementary’s Parent Council Representative will be asked to:

  • Attend the monthly meetings. (If you are unable to attend, please send someone else so your school is represented.)
  • Share important information from the Parents’ Council with your school community through email lists, phone calls, etc.
  • Plan/support outreach events/activities at your school
  • Be a member of the NAACP

For more information, please visit the Parents’ Council website at


Chess Club Mentor
This OES club needs a sociable co-leader with good kid skills to help organize players into groups and help set up the season ending tournament.  The Chess Club meets one day a week after school usually Fridays in December through March.  Minimal knowledge of the game is fine.  A club leader is already in place and this is an auxiliary role to come Friday afternoons 3:30-5:15pm through the season, but every session is not mandatory.

Community Athletic Game
Coordinate our 3rd annual kickball game for staff and parents, scheduled to take place after school one day in Spring 2020.

Diversity Committee
Our families and students have many different talents, backgrounds, opportunities and challenges. Write monthly newsletter submissions and/or create bulletin board displays to recognize the diversity of our community.  Coordinate Cultural Heritage Night or similar event.  Additionally, help ensure that all families feel welcome to participate in PTA meetings and events.

End of Year Social
Coordinate a fun social event for OES families and staff to celebrate the end of another successful school year!

Milk & Cookies Night
The coordinator purchases supplies for Milk & Cookies Night; works with Ms. Perper to arrange teacher readings and to decorate reading rooms; organizes adult and SSL volunteers and oversees the event.  The coordinator also works closely with the Book Fair organizers.

Spring Dance Committee
Help our coordinator with planning, decorations, staff raffle and more for one of the events OES students look forward to most each year!


Administrator for MySchoolAnywhere/Membership Toolkit website/app.  Manage online directory by approving new accounts, assisting parents who have questions, etc.

Dragon Tales
Design the weekly newsletter to keep families and staff informed about what’s going on at OES.  Articles are submitted by various PTA volunteers.

Dragon Tales, Jr.
This monthly newsletter features student artwork and writing.  Coordinators are responsible for collecting submissions, creating newsletter and distributing copies.

Website/Social Media*
Maintain OES PTA website using WordPress. Keep homepage, calendar and other pages current as well as create new ones as needed.  Manage Facebook page, posting on a regular basis to keep families informed about relevant news and events.
Can be split between two volunteers.



5th Grade Memories Committee
Fifth grade parents are needed to coordinate the end of year activities for the OES Class of 2020.  The signup for 5th Grade Memories committee will be available at Back to School Night (September).

Grant Writing
Research opportunities for grants to help support our school.  Submit proposals as needed.

Kids Heart Challenge/Field Day
Assist Ms. Morse with Kids Heart Challenge and Field Day events.

School Grounds Committee
Help Building Services maintain exterior of school grounds (mulching, weeding, planting, etc.).

Staff Appreciation Committee
The Staff Appreciation Committee is in charge of finding ways to celebrate the staff at OES. This involves planning and organizing donations and activities each month which has included the Wish Wall, Back to School Breakfast, Book Fair preview breakfast, Pie Drive, Holiday Treats, mailbox treats, snack cart, organizing staff lounge sponsors, and Staff Appreciation Week.  Creative alternatives or additional activities are always welcome!


Fundraiser Committee
Help plan and carry out the PTA’s biggest fundraiser of the year.  Numerous positions available including sponsorships, student incentives, marketing and more.  This event has been a fun run in recent years.

Grocery Programs
Manage OES PTA accounts for Harris Teeter’s Together in Education and Giant’s A+ School Rewards programs.  Assist parents in registering at beginning of each school year and inform community of bonus opportunities.

Spirit Wear
Work begins over the summer in order to have spirit wear available at the beginning of the school year.  Work with vendor to create/design and order Olney ES Spirit Wear items such as t-shirts, magnets, etc.  Decide marketing strategy for upcoming year (order in bulk, etc.).  Manage ordering, distribution and sales at school events.

Restaurant Nights
The coordinator works with local restaurants to set up monthly fundraisers.  Help spread the word to staff and parents as well as larger Olney community through flyers, Fletcher’s BP sign, online forums, etc.

Work with yearbook company to create the school yearbook, help take photographs, collect photographs from parents and classroom teachers, coordinate yearbook sales as well as other tasks.  Distribute yearbooks to teachers for distribution at end of school year.  Most of the work may be done at home on a personal computer.

Get Involved!

volunteerYou Can Make A Difference:
Get Involved in the Olney Elementary PTA

It feels great to participate! Your child spends a lot of time at school, and it’s great to share some of their school-related experiences. While volunteering your time, you’ll also see your efforts pay off in smiles of your children and their friends.

Volunteering makes a big difference. From fundraising to programming, the PTA is a vital part of the school community and your involvement can have a lasting, positive impact on students.

It’s a terrific way to get to know other parents. Add some new friends with a shared interest to your circle and help foster connections between families in your community.

Your help is always welcome. Whether you’re participating on a committee, helping to run an event or providing support in the classroom, there are always ways to pitch in.

You can put your talents to good use. There are many ways to contribute, some of which are sure to complement your strengths, interests or professional skills.

Have a great idea? Volunteering gives you opportunities to get your ideas out there.

Volunteering provides another way to get to know teachers and school staff. Involvement in the PTA can help you better understand the staff’s needs and ideas. And it’s a great way to keep up-to-date on school issues.

Current PTA Vacancies

We count on parent volunteers to help make our programs and events a success.
If you would like to get involved, please contact PTA President Mariah Payne at

Staff Appreciation Week


Please join us in showing our teachers and staff how grateful we are for all that they do! Here are some ways your family can contribute.

Monday, May 7th
To kick-off Staff Appreciation Week, the PTA will provide the staff with mailbox treats.

Tuesday, May 8th – Staff Appreciation Breakfast
Help us start the staff’s day off with a smile!  We are asking families to donate bagels, pastries, paper products and other items for a staff breakfast.  The PTA will provide coffee and juice.  If you would like to contribute to this event, please use the following link to sign up:

Wednesday, May 9th – Create a Card
Have your child take a few minutes to create a hand-made card for his/her teacher thanking him/her for all the special things he/she does each day! Cards should be delivered to teachers in their classrooms. Please also remember all the other wonderful staff who make our school so special (Specials teachers, cafeteria staff, principals, counselors, building services, health room, office staff, etc).

Thursday, May 10th – Staff Appreciation Luncheon
The PTA is providing lunch, but we are asking families to donate desserts and drinks.  We also need a few volunteers to help us set up or clean up.  If you can volunteer or contribute items, please use the following link to sign up:

Friday, May 11th
The PTA will also provide the staff with a Celebration Cake Party on Friday afternoon in the Staff Lounge.

Thank you for your help in supporting our teachers and staff!


Cindy Chaney and Kathryn Nagle
PTA Staff Appreciation Committee