The purpose of this guide is to provide new parents an idea of what's happening at Germantown Elementary. This guide was created by parents and intended to be a general guide helpful for new famiies. It's by no means all inclusive, but it will give you general information about activities/events at GES.
*The views/opinions expressed in this this guide are not reflective of MCPS, Germantown Elementary School, or the GES PTA. While we strive to provide accurate information, changes can happen. Activities, events, dates, times, and descriptions are subject to change. Activities may be added/deleted as volunteer support and time constraints dictate.
The GES parent community is a friendly group willing to share their experiences. We're happy to provide greater detail/descriptions of activites/events. We hope that you will become involved with the PTA in any capacity (big or small). Even 1hr a month goes a long way.
Events by Season
Fall: Back to School Night, Harvest Dance
Winter: Pajama Reading Night, Black History Month Program
Spring: International Night, Spring Concert
Ongoing: After-school programs, cultural arts, Box Tops, Amazon Smile
After-school Programs: Run by the PTA or other outside organization. Typically held at GES after school hours (art, sports, science programs, etc.)
Arrival Time: 9:00am - students may enter the building (morning line-up in the gym between 9-9:13am. Late bell sounds at 9:25am. Official school day 9:25am - 3:50pm.
*Students arriving late must be escorted by a parent/guardian to the front office and be signed in.
Back to School Night: September GES event. Visit you child's classroom and meet their teachers. Typically a presentation of materials taught during the school year.
Band Instruments: GES Program. Beginning in 4th grade, students may recieve musical instruction with band instruments. Concerts are given twice a year.
Black History Month: February GES Event. Focus on helping students learn about the african american experience/cultures. Also includes a program/presentation and exhibition of student projects.
Book Fair(s): GES PTA event. Provides students/parents the opportunity to purchase books. Usually runs for one week. In addition, teachers leave their "wish lists" and parents are invited to donate a book to their classroom.
Box Tops for Education: PTA program. Passive fundraising program.
Harvest Dance: PTA event. Family fun night held on the school grounds in the fall. Costumes, music, snacks, fun, and prizes.
Field Day: GES event. Field Day (in spring) is where student participate in a variety of games/events. Parent volunteers are crucial to its success.
Field Trips: GES program. Typically each grade takes at least on field trip per year. Usually outside of school and usually related to the curriculum.
Halloween Parade: GES event. Usually on Oct. 31st, students are invited to participate in a school halloween parade. Parents are welcome to view (behind elementary school playground).
International Night: PTA event. Each year parents/staff organize International Night celebrating the many cultures at GES. Includes displays, performances, dress, and food.
Kindergarten Orientation: GES event. Held before school starts. Families recieve teacher assignments, introduction to GES, and opportunity to meet the student's kindergarten teacher.
Lunch Bunch: GES event. Students are invited to have lunch with their peers in a small group to talk about topics of interest. Encourages positive peer interactions and other social games. Initiated by the school counselor to meet students; they are sometimes joined by teachers and administrators as a special reward.
Nut Free: Many students at GES have life-threatening nut allergies. Please do not bring snacks/refreshments containing peanuts or tree nuts into the classroom. Read labels carefully, "may contain," "processed in a facility that also processes," or "made on equipment with..."
Parent Volunteering: PTA program. There are several ways parents can help out at school depending on schedules/availability. If your time is limited, help can be provided at special annual events or you can volunteer during the school day on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis.
PARCC: Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers is a consortium of 18 states working together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English and Math.
Pictures: Provided by an outside organization. Individual student photographs (fall/spring). Class pictures (spring).
Promotion: GES program. Promotion ceremoney for 5th graders to the 6th grade.
Spirit Wear: PTA program. T-shirts, sweatshirts, and similar items with the Germantown Elementary Schoo name/mascot.
Yearbook: PTA Program. Each year GES distributes a yearbook to celebrate the year. Students have the optio of purchasing a yearbook (sold in Spring).
The PTA is a completely volunteer run organization. Please consider volunteering for just one event or one hour of your time so that we can have successful events. Without volunteers we cannot continue to hold the events on our calendar.
If you shop on Amazon please use Amazon Smile.
CertifiKID Gives Fundraising Program. Use promo code PATRIOTS. Purchases of $20 or more CertifiKID donates $5 to GES PTA.
If you do your grocery shopping at Giant, please register your card at Giant A+ School Rewards.
Please collect and send in those BoxTops for Education.