PGCPS Express: Employee Town Hall, Distance Learning, Occupational Therapy Month

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PGCPS Express: A newsletter for PGCPS Employees

April 20, 2020

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Chat with the CEO: Employee Town Hall — April 23


CEO Dr. Monica Goldson will host an Employee Tele Town Hall on Thursday, April 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be separate town halls for students, families and community members. The dates are below. More info to come!

Tuesday, April 21: Student town hall with Student Member of the Board of Education Joshua Omolola
Wednesday, April 29: Family and community town hall

All Maryland Public Schools Closed Until May 15

State Superintendent of Education Dr. Karen Salmon announced Friday that all Maryland public schools will be closed until May 15. Distance learning and meal service will continue. 

Back-to-School...Take Two!

Distance learning kicked off last week in PGCPS! Teachers and staff hit the ground running to keep key classroom aspects in motion, allowing to students to collaborate with peers and participate in daily lessons using innovative techniques. The staff at Langley Park-McCormick Elementary shared a heartfelt message welcoming students to e-learning!

Meanwhile, the 2019-20 Maryland Teachers of the Year created an uplifting video for their peers across the state featuring our very own Angelica Brooks. 


In the Spotlight

It's Occupational Therapy Month!


April is Occupational Therapy Month. Thank you to our champions who work to provide everyday activities through therapeutic evaluations and interventions! 

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!


Resources to Help Cope During Pandemic

SafeSchools has developed a series of videos to help school system employees and their loved ones cope with the changes they may be dealing with during the coronavirus pandemic. These courses are free for all to use and share. 

Benefits Services: Our Focus Is You

Quick Relaxation Techniques to Add to Your Day


Visualize a Personal Paradise 

Visualizing pleasant imagery can calm the mind. First, sit comfortably. Close your eyes and take several slow breaths. Imagine yourself in a peaceful place of your choosing. Hold that image and experience all the positive feelings associated with it. Bring in other senses. What do you see, touch, hear, smell or taste? When you feel more relaxed, slowly leave your imagined world and return to the real one. 

You might imagine yourself: 

• Gazing over the ocean. 

• Walking through the woods, listening to birds sing. 

• Sitting in a park under warm sunshine. 

Be sure to check back next week for more relaxation techniques.

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

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.  

For more information, contact the Summer Programs Office at

Inspirational Video: "School by Computer"


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.