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: http://www2.heart.org/goto/OlneyES.

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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Lunch Donations

Are you looking for a way to support Olney Elementary School students? 
Consider donating money to help students who have an over-drafted lunch account.


The school has set up an account for anyone interested in donating money for lunch funds. Donations will be put towards the end of the year debit as a lump sum.*

Families wishing to donate money should write a check made payable to “Olney Elementary School” and in the memo section please write “Lunch Donations.”  Checks should be dropped off in the main office or can be sent into school with your child in an envelope addressed to Ms. Tull.

*Due to privacy reasons, donations cannot go toward a specific family.  

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 joshua.bailes@gmail.com.

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 dharmapad@live.com.

Questions? Contact Mishra at dharmapad@live.com.

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 oesmdlegoclub@gmail.com

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.

Current PTA Vacancies

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 olneyespresident@gmail.com.

Chess Club
Our current coordinator will be stepping down after this year.  We’re looking for someone who is interested in training this year so that they are prepared to take over Chess Club next year.  Chess Club meets Fridays after school from November 30th through March 22nd.

Community Athletic Game
Coordinate our 2nd annual kickball game for staff and parents, scheduled to take place after school on Thursday, May 2nd.

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

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 olneyespresident@gmail.com.

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