PGCPS Express: #HealthyPGCPS — Stay Focused on Your Wellbeing

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PGCPS Express: A newsletter for PGCPS Employees

May 19, 2020

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Mental Health Awareness 'Tools 2 Thrive'


Your health and wellbeing are our top priority. Mental health plays a key role in overall wellness and greatly impacts work performance. Check out "Tools 2 Thrive" on the PGCPS website to help address anxiety, grief and depression. In addition, Prince George's County Health & Human Services will offer community Mental Health Awareness Month mini-webinars every Thursday in May. Download the flyer for details.

Educators Nominated for Washington Post Awards

International High School at Langley Park founding principal Dr. Carlos M. Beato and Bladensburg High School cosmetology teacher Shanay Dudley represented Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) in the competition for Washington Post Principal of the Year and Teacher of the Year awards, respectively.>>Read more.

Class of 2020 Spirit Week

Join in the virtual fun next week in sending off the Class of 2020 with spirit! Be sure to tag @PGCPS in your post or send photos to


Tweet Congratulations to a PGCPS Grad

Get involved in next weekend's eGraduation Celebration by tweeting congratulations to our seniors during the broadcast. Please use the hashtag #PGCPS2020Grads.


In the Spotlight

Caring for Community: Teacher Goes the Extra Mile!

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Port Towns Elementary School teacher Ariana Tabaku raised more than $1,000 to purchase tablets and deliver the devices to families in need!

Dora Kennedy Staff Provides Lunch to Frontline Workers

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week and Nurses Day, Dora Kennedy French Immersion staff donated lunch from Three Brothers Italian Restaurant to frontline workers at the Cheverly Medical Center COVID-19 Testing Site.

Arts Integration Supervisor featured on ASCD Webinar

Selena Ward, Technical Resource Analyst in the Office of Creative and Performing Arts, will be featured in a ASCD Wellness Wednesday webinar to discuss best practices for finding mindfulness and belonging in the age of distance learning. Sessions will continue through Wednesday, June 3.

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.

Benefits Services: Our Focus Is You

#HealthyPGCPS: Stay Focused on Your Wellbeing

Join the Employee Wellness Program in a virtual wellness series to help you stay on top of your well-being while navigating our new normal! You can participate in wellness sessions on mindfulness and nutrition or take a fitness class. The virtual series will end in June.

Seats are limited! Don't miss your chance to participate!


Mindfulness Series: Every Tuesday through June 16, participate in the 'Uplifted Mind' series to help reduce stress. Each class is held from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. To register, click here. To listen to last week's session, click here.

Nutrition Series: Every Thursday, now through June 18, participate in educational classes and cooking demonstrations. Each class is held from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.


The nutrition series also features cooking demonstration classes where you can learn a new delicious recipe.

Please note that registration has closed for fitness classes. However, if you are still interested and did not get into a class, please contact

For more information, visit the Employee Wellness website or please contact

Announcements and Professional Development

Become a Bowie State University STAR

STAR is a 12-month certification program for aspiring teachers. Attend a virtual information webinar to hear more about the STAR program on May 20 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in STEM or a related field to be eligible. Register now.

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Calling for Nominations: Retirement LifeChanger of the Year Award

Retirement is a wonderful time to honor individuals for their many years of service in the field of education. The LifeChanger of the Year Program is announcing a new award for this nomination cycle. This award is for any school district employee who is retiring at the end of the 2019-20 school year. Nominations will be accepted now through Friday, June 5.

LifeChanger of the Year is sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation. Since its inception in 2006, the goal of the National Life Group Foundation is to do good in communities by supporting nonprofit and educational organizations.