Connect PGCPS: Calendar Updates, Hall of Fame Gala, FSAs

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September 17, 2019

Get the Scoop

School Calendar Changes

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Schools will now be closed for students on Friday, Sept. 27 to provide more time for teacher professional development. In addition, all schools and offices will be closed Tuesday, April 28 for the 2020 presidential primary election day. As a result, the new last day for students will be Wednesday, June 17 and the new last day for teachers will be Friday, June 19. Please note these dates are subject to change due to emergency closings.


Tickets on Sale: PGCPS Hall of Fame Gala, Oct. 18

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The Excellence in Education Foundation will host the inaugural Prince George's County Public Schools Hall of Fame Gala on Friday, Oct. 18 at MGM National Harbor. Inductees include Sugar Ray Leonard (Parkdale HS '74), Kenny Lattimore (Eleanor Roosevelt HS '85), Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr. (DuVal HS '76), State Sen. Mike Miller (Surrattsville HS '60), Delegate Jazz Lewis (Charles Herbert Flowers HS '07), Dr. Tuajuanda C. Jordan (Suitland HS '78) and Celeste Williams.

Purchase your ticket today! For more information, call 301-952-6225.


Top photo: Staff participated in the #PGCPSAttendanceMatters social media campaign. 

In the Spotlight

50 Years Behind the Wheel: Meet Our Longest-Serving Bus Driver

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At 79 years old, Anne Cuddy shows no signs of slowing down — except for when she's driving her school bus. WUSA9 recently profiled our longest-serving bus driver and shared her story about what's kept her behind the wheel after nearly five decades.


Berwyn Heights Elementary Teacher Rides 100 Miles for 'Operation North Bay'

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Every year since 2006, Berwyn Heights Elementary sixth-graders have traveled to North Bay Adventure Camp in North East. This year, amid rising costs for the trip, teacher Bret Goldstein launched a Donors Choose project and pledged to ride his bicycle 100 miles from the school to North Bay. NBC4 covered the send-off by students and staff! 


PGCPS Pride

Nominate a colleague who goes above and beyond for co-workers, students, families and community members! Send their name, office/school, photo (optional) and a brief description (100 words or less) to communications@pgcps.org. Submissions may be edited for length, clarity or grammar.


Share Your Good News

The Office of Communications is always looking for good news to share about students, staff members, schools and offices. Does your school or office have an interesting program? Do you know a student achiever or hard-working staffer who deserve kudos? Tell us more!

Professional Development and Announcements 

State Board of Education Teacher Member Election

The Maryland State Department of Education will conduct a statewide election to fill the newly-created teacher member position on the State Board of Education (SBOE).  The individual with the most votes will have their name forwarded to the Governor for appointment to the SBOE. Please monitor the MSDE website for updated information at www.marylandpublicschools.org.


Nominations Open: New Award to Honor PGCPS Principals

Bowie State University is currently accepting nominations for the new Honorable James E. Proctor Jr. Excellence in Education Award. The award will go to a PGCPS principal who has served in their position for a minimum of three years. Nominations must be made by the immediate supervisor, fellow principals, community member or parent. Nominations are due by Oct. 4 and should be submitted to mcovingt@pgcps.org for review by CEO Dr. Monica Goldson.


Bowie State University Leadership Institute: Oct. 23-26

Attend a Leadership Institute for an interactive learning experience for educational leaders to integrate across disciplines. The Leadership Institute includes three full days of learning and will be held at Bowie State University from Oct. 23 to Oct. 26, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Benefits Services: Our Focus Is You

Start Saving with Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)

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Did you know Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) offer significant tax savings? As a pre-tax benefit, the money contributed to these accounts is deducted from paychecks before taxes are calculated. In some cases, tax savings can
be significant. Use the FSA calculator to find out how much!

PGCPS offers two FSAs to help save money on medical costs and childcare:

  • Healthcare Flexible Spending Account – contribute up to $2,700 per year
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account – contribute up to $2,500 per year if married and filing separate income tax returns, or up to $5,000 per year if single or married and filing joint income tax returns

Decide how much to contribute to one – or both – FSAs and opt in during Open Enrollment (Oct. 14-25). Look for more information in the coming weeks.


Say Cheese! Benefits Office Still Seeking Photos

The Benefits Office is still seeking photos of employees and their families to feature in promotional materials. To participate, submit a high-resolution photo (actual size in JPEG format) to PGCPSselfie@gmail.com by Monday, Sept. 30. Include name, department and/or location.

By submitting a photo, employees grant permission to PGCPS for usage. Stay tuned for upcoming benefits communication during Open Enrollment. 

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Get Fit with Weight Watchers 

Get started on your journey to fitness! Attend a Weight Watchers wellness workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at the John Carroll Office Building from 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact ceci.aikens@pgcps.org or badkins@pgcps.org.

Plan Ahead: October Commemorations

PGCPS will celebrate the following commemorations in October:

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Wear pink (Oct. 18)
Bullying Prevention Awareness Month – Wear orange (Oct. 23)
Domestic Violence Awareness Month – Wear purple (Oct. 24)

Oct. 2 — National Walk to School Day 
Oct. 4-10 —  World Space Week 
Oct. 14 —  Men Make a Difference Day 
Oct. 14-18 — National School Lunch Week 
Oct. 20 — National Day of Writing 
Oct. 21-24 — National School Bus Safety Week 
Oct. 23-31— Red Ribbon Week 

Share how your school or office marked these special occasions by sending photos to communications@pgcps.org.