PGCPS Express: Spring Forward!

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PGCPS Express: A newsletter for PGCPS Employeesap week

April 8, 2020

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We Are #PGCPSStrong!

While this may not be how we planned to spend Spring Break, our commitment to staying safe and healthy while practicing social distancing remains our highest priority. These past few weeks have deeply affected all of our lives. Use this time to relax and reflect on what makes you happy. Stay optimistic — we will get through this together. We are #PGCPStrong. 


Check out "School by Computer," a video created by Ed Crowley, Adapted Physical Education Teacher at James Ryder Randall Elementary School, and sing along to this familiar tune.

Happy Assistant Principals Week!

This week is National Assistant Principals Week (#APWeek20). Thanks to our assistant principals for your dedication and commitment to our students and families.

Student Meal Pick-Ups Now Twice Weekly

grab and go

"Grab and Go” meals can now be picked up in fewer visits. Meal pick-up will occur twice a week between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.and students can get meals for two days on Mondays and three days on Wednesdays. There will be no meal service on Monday, April 13 due to spring break. Service will resume Tuesday, April 14 with one meal; three meals will be available on Wednesday, April 15. Parents may pick up meals for students who are unable to come to the site by showing a student ID or report card. Parents and guardians are not required to accompany students nor are students required to show ID. View meal sites.

Top Photo: Principal Tisa Morgan and the administrative team at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School.

In the Spotlight


Overlook Elementary School Spanish Immersion teacher Denise Cabrera recently held two evening virtual Zoom story time sessions for students in all Spanish immersion programs. "We applaud our teachers like Senora Cabrera who ensure that our PGCPS Immersion students are provided the opportunity to continue practicing second language acquisition skills," says Carmen Henninger, Immersion Programs Supervisor.



Beacon Heights Elementary School's Parent Engagement Specialist Daniela Perez has been a tremendous help in getting messages to families over the past week. Principal Lila Walker describes her as invaluable to the school and community.

Nominate a colleague who makes you #PGCPSProud by sending their name, office/school, photo and a brief description (100 words or less) to Submissions may be edited for length, clarity or grammar.

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


Summer School Opportunties Now Available

The 2020 Summer School applications are now available. Specific details and the most updated information on each summer school program can be found here. The deadline for submitting applications for all positions is Thursday, April 30. Questions regarding applying online via iRecruitment should be directed to the Employee Services Center at or 301-780-2191.

Pleas note the following:

  • PGCEA Bargaining Unit I Employees — There will be an additional screening to ensure adherence to Article 23 - Employment in Addition to Regular Assignment; 23.1 Summer Employment. Please be advised that upon a secondary review of all applicants this could result in the change to an employee's summer school employment eligibility.  
  • Work locations may change based on business and/or school needs.  

General questions regarding 2020 Summer School should be directed to the Summer Programs Office at

Benefits Services: Our Focus Is You

Keep Your Wellness Moving Forward


Take an online wellness class to help you on your wellness journey. Classes include: 

  • Back in Shape
  • New Year, New You
  • Diabetes Heart Health Connection
  • Fueling Your Day: Health Snack and Meal Preparation
  • Key Ingredients to a Healthy Lifestyle

Learn more and sign up today.

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Connect PGCPS Fund to Benefit Students Without Internet Access

The Excellence in Education Foundation has established the Connect PGCPS Fund to help offset the enormous cost of providing broadband internet to students without internet service. Visit the website for more information.

Fun Challenge: Inspirational Quote Contest


Submit an original inspirational quote that's motivational, deep or funny. Quotes must be 30 words or less. Submit your entry to by Friday, April 17. Please include your name and school/office. Best quotes will be featured in future newsletters.

United Way Emergency Assistance Fund

United Way NCA has reactivated its Emergency Assistance Fund (EAF) to promote the health, education and financial stability of our community, especially for those residents who have or will be impacted by restrictions and closures of schools, businesses, and community institutions designed to slow the spread of the virus. For important FAQs about the United Way NCA Emergency Assistance Fund and additional resources about the COVID-19 crisis click here.

In Memoriam

The PGCPS family has experienced significant losses due to COVID-19. Our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Terrence Burke, professional school sounselor and basketball coach at Northwestern High School, Eastern Stewart Jr., house manager at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts and Annis Creese, Spanish teacher at Northwestern High School.