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Date Set for the McGinty's Beer Dinner and Auction

Posted by kenney.amy on October 29, 2017 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The McGinty's Beer Dinner and Auction will be on Wednesday, February 28th.  Details on the partner brewery and how to purchase tickets will be available soon.  We are beginning to solicit donation items for the auction.  Please reach out to Steph Sphar at [email protected] if you have an item or skill you would like to donate to the cause.

Education Foundation Accomplishments 2016-17

Posted by kenney.amy on June 10, 2017 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The Sligo Creek Education Foundation had a great year, thanks to the support of our school community! The Foundation was established in the 2014-15 school year to enrich the learning experience at Sligo Creek, and this year was our second year of funding projects that support the school.

We are pleased to celebrate our accomplishments for the year:

• Providing a grant for an Outdoor Classroom Coordinator to develop curriculum and expand programming, which connects every student at Sligo Creek with the Outdoor Classroom (and many students at SSIMS as well!). We are very grateful to Amy DeMouy for serving as our first Outdoor Classroom Coordinator. Students in grades K-3 participated in an edible garden program where they planted, watered and harvested produce that became the food for a salad party at the end of the year. Fourth graders planted a Three Sisters garden with sunchokes, pole beans and squash, connecting to the curriculum on Native Americans, and fifth grader planted a new strawberry patch. Students measured plant growth, worked with an artist to draw parts of a plant, learned about soil and watched native pollinators forage in the gardens. These are just a few of the many ways Sligo Creek students used our own living laboratory – the Outdoor Classroom – to enrich the learning experience this year. A special thanks to Amy and parent volunteer Monica Nermark for their tireless efforts to significantly increase the student’s experience in the Outdoor Classroom this year! 

• Supporting the second year of the Sligo Creek Newspaper Club, which met weekly and published a school-wide quarterly newspaper. Fifty students in 3rd to 5th grades participated, taking ownership of the paper by deciding what topics to include in each edition, gaining collaboration skills by working together on articles, and benefiting from real-world writing experience. “In my years of teaching, I can’t think of a better forum for students learning to write – on their topics, self-motivated, and with a purpose,” says Stacy Miller, Sligo Creek Reading Specialist and Newspaper Club leader. The students also benefited from parent connections and has several guest speakers: Robert Klemko of Sport Illustrated and Robert Yoon of CNN, and a visit to the Washington Post. A special thanks to Sligo Creek staff who made the Newspaper Club possible—Stacy Miller, Amy DeMouy and Jeanne Johnston—and parent volunteers Betsy Mendelsohn, Alison Jovanovic, and Sheila Daw.

• Funding an afterschool 5th Grade Boys Mentoring Programs. The boys program brought Blair High School basketball players to Sligo Creek after school this winter to provide sport skills and positive role models to students. A special thanks to Marc James for leading the program. 

• Funding an in school 2nd Grade Girls Mentoring Program. The girls mentoring program occurred during lunch with a focus on science, technology and engineering where students were able to build, experiment and explore a variety of STEM topics. A special thanks to Elizabeth Fischer and Chrystal Brown for making this program possible!

• Holding funds for 5th Grade Activities, including fundraising for the annual trip to Philadelphia attended by the entire class, a 5th grade social and parent sponsored end-of-year trips to Canada and Williamsburg. Special thanks to Nichole Bennet, Alison Jovanovic, Erin Johansson, and Jessica Mahalingappa.

These programs were only possible because of our successful fundraising. Our Supper Clubs and Read-a-Thon raised nearly $8,000 to support the general programs of the Education Foundation. The Outdoor Classroom raised $2,000 through grants and donations and 5th grade families raised $8,000. Thank you for your support! We want to thank our volunteers, who helped to make this year a success.

A special thanks to our Board members: Alison Jovanovic, Chris Wacker, Anu Aiyar, Amy Kenney and Greg Ewing; 2nd grade STEM club shoppers: Melissa Hill, Roxane Holton, Laura Farr, and Matt Cousineau; parents helping with translation: Matt Cousineau, Chantal Rigauld, Paulo Acree, and Manoli. In addition, we want to thank parents who helped support our work this year: Nargiza Polvanova, Tate Tiop, Elise Stigliano, and Meg Clabault (and apologies if I missed someone – please let us know so we can recognize you!)

The Foundation is beginning to plan for next year, and we need parent involvement!

• We are actively recruiting e new board members for next year, in particular we are seeking a treasurer.

• We are looking for volunteers to help organize Supper Clubs, write grants, and help with fundraising.

• We will continue to coordinate closely with the PTA on our fundraising and events to mutually support each other and the school.

Thanks for a great year! If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about the Education Foundation, please visit our website (www.sligocreekef.org) or contact Amy Kenney ([email protected]). 

Supper Club at MOD Pizza on June 6, 2017

Posted by kenney.amy on May 17, 2017 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Please mark your calendar for the final SCEF Supper Club Fundraiser of this school year. Our organization works with local restaurants to make dining out and raising money easy. You get a night off cooking and cleaning, and the restaurant donates a portion of your dinner bill to the Sligo Creek Education Foundation. It's a win-win!!! This month’s Supper Club is 'dine-in' only.

 

Please join us on Tuesday, June 6th from 10:30 AM to 9:00 PM at MOD Pizza (909 Ellsworth Dr b106, Silver Spring, MD 20910). When you show the attached flyer (print or on your phone), the restaurant has very generously agreed to give 20% of sales back to Sligo Creek Education Foundation.

 

 

Please be sure to bring the flyer with you and show it when you pay (either a printout or on your phone).

 

This year the Sligo Creek Education Foundation intends to use money raised to support the new Outdoor Classroom Coordinator position, the Sligo Creek Newspaper Club, bringing world-renowned composer Jim Papoulis back to work with students and more. To find out additional information about the SCEF, please go to our website: http://sligocreekef.webs.com/.

 

Supper Club: McGinty's Beer Tasting Dinner on Feb 22

Posted by kenney.amy on January 7, 2017 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The Sligo Creek Education Foundation is happy to announce that we will once again be hosting our three-course dinner and beer pairing at McGinty's Public House in downtown Silver Spring in early 2017. This year the host brewery is our very own Montgomery County Waradeca Brewing Company. The event will be on February 22nd starting at 7:30 and tickets are $45 a piece (with $15 going back to the school). The SCEF also intends to run a small auction during the event.

 

This special supper club is always a blast! It’s a wonderful opportunity to get a night out sans little people, connect with members of the community and support local businesses.

To register, please go to: HTTPS://MCGINTYSFUNDRAISER.EVENTBRITE.COM.

 

To learn more about McGinty's Public House, please go to: http://www.mcgintyspublichouse.com/

 

To learn more about Waradeca Brewing Company, please go to: https://www.waredacabrewing.com/?age-verified=452d450482

 

If you have any questions about the event you can contact Alison Jovanovic at [email protected] If you are interested in donating an item to the auction, you can contact Chris Wacker at [email protected]

Supper Club: Chipotles on Jan. 24

Posted by kenney.amy on January 7, 2017 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Start the New Year with Supper Club! The Sligo Creek Education Foundation works with local restaurants to make dining out and raising money easy. You get a night off cooking and cleaning, and the restaurant donates a portion of your dinner bill to our school. You also get the benefit of building community. It's a win-win!!!

 

Please join us TUESDAY, JANUARY 24 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM for Supper Club at Chipotles (907 Ellsworth Ave.). When you mention Sligo Creek or show the attached flyer (print or on your phone), the restaurant has very generously agreed to give 50% of sales back to Sligo Creek Education Foundation.

 

This year the Sligo Creek Education Foundation intends to use money raised to support the new Outdoor Classroom Coordinator position, the Sligo Creek Newspaper Club, bringing world-renowned composer Jim Papoulis back to work with students and more. To find out additional information about the SCEF, please go to our website: http://sligocreekef.webs.com/.

 

Please feel free to reach out to Amy Kenney ([email protected]) with any questions and thank you for supporting our school!

 

Supper Club is Back!

Posted by kenney.amy on October 14, 2016 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello Sligo Creek Families-

 

The ever-popular Sligo Creek Education Foundation Supper Club is back!!! Our organization works with local restaurants to make dining out and raising money easy. You get a night off cooking and cleaning, and the restaurant donates a portion of your dinner bill to the Sligo Creek Education Foundation. You also get the benefit of building community. It's a win-win!!! You may opt to dine in or order carry out. Currently we have events schedule on:

 

Wednesday, October 19th: Lebanese Taverna in Downtown Silver Spring (20% back to SCES-also applies to catering and gift cards)

Wednesday, November 16th: Burgerfi in Downtown Silver Spring (20% back to SCES)

 

Attached you will find the flier for each event. Please be sure to bring the flier with you (either a print out or on your phone).

 

This year the Sligo Creek Education Foundation intends to use money raised to support the new Outdoor Classroom Coordinator position, the Sligo Creek Newspaper Club and more. To find out additional information about the SCEF, please go to our website: http://sligocreekef.webs.com/.

 

Please feel free to reach out with any questions and thank you for supporting our school!

Education Foundation Update - September 2016

Posted by kenney.amy on September 29, 2016 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome back parents and teachers! The Sligo Creek Education Foundation (SCEF) is looking forward to supporting another fabulous year and we look forward to engaging more parents this year.

 

What is the Education Foundation?

The SCEF raises resources to support Sligo Creek Elementary School, focusing on programs and activities that do not fall within the expenditure guidelines of the PTA and are not included in MCPS spending plans. Last year, we raised over $5,000 to directly support students and teachers at Sligo Creek. This included the first ever Newspaper Club, training for lunch and recess aides, buying communication equipment for the school, and supporting our fabulous Outdoor Classroom. We hope to grow our fundraising and support this coming school year.

 

How will the Education Foundation raise funds?

SCEF will raise money by building partnerships with local businesses, applying for grants and hosting fundraisers. As a volunteer-based non-profit organization, we have minimal operating costs allowing revenue generated to go directly to programming.

 

How is the Education Foundation different from the PTA?

SCEF focuses on longer-term projects while the PTA is limited to an annual funding cycle. SCEF will raise money around priority initiates. We work closely with the PTA to coordinate our efforts with each other and the school.

 

How can you get involved?

We are looking for parents who are interested in getting involved in the Education Foundation. In particular, we are looking for parents to help with grant writing, organizing the auction, supper clubs, and other creative ideas for fundraisers. We are also looking for parents who have a relationship with local businesses that might be interested in supporting the school. The SCEF annual meeting will be held in October and is open to the school community. Stay tuned for more information.

 

If you are interested in getting more involved in the Education Foundation, please contact Amy Kenney ([email protected]) or Alison Jovanovic ([email protected]).

Accomplishments 2015-16 School Year

Posted by kenney.amy on September 29, 2016 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The Sligo Creek Education Foundation had a great first year! The Foundation was established in the 2014-15 school year, but this year was our first year of funding projects that support the school.

 

We are pleased to celebrate our accomplishments for the year:

Supporting the inaugural year of the Sligo Creek Newspaper Club, which published a school-wide quarterly newspaper under the leadership of Stacy Miller.

Supporting the Composer on Campus, bringing Jim Papoulis to work with students and direct a school musical concert.

Training for lunchroom aides by the Parent Encouragement Program

Enhancing communication within the school building by purchasing additional walkie talkies

Funding an Outdoor Classroom Coordinator to work with teachers on lessons and planning.

 

These programs were only possible because of our successful fundraising. Our Supper Clubs and Auction raised $5,600 and family donations and matching gifts brought in $1,200.

 

We want to thank our volunteers, who helped to make this year a success. A special thanks to our Board members: Alison Jovanovic, Chris Wacker, Debbie Boger, Anu Aiyar, Amy Kenney and Greg Ewing. In addition, we want to thank parents who helped support our work this year: Stephy Spahr, Andreas Smith, Jennifer Gibson, Dion Love, Danielle Kunitz, Nichole Bennett, Annemarie Ewing and Heather Foley (and apologies if I missed someone!)

 

The Foundation is beginning to plan for next year, and we welcome parent involvement!

We will be recruiting at least one new board member for next year

We are looking for volunteers to help organize Supper Clubs, write grants, and help with fundraising.

We will continue to coordinate closely with the PTA on our fundraising and events to mutually support each other and the school.

Thank You Auction Donors & Supporters!

Posted by kenney.amy on March 3, 2016 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The Sligo Creek Education Foundation would like to thank all those who attended the delicious 4 course dinner at The Room at McGinty's with beer pairings by Milkhouse Brewery and/or participated in the auction last week.

We had 52 auction items donated by SCES staff, parents and local businesses, each deserving a giant THANK YOU!!! We sold approximately one-third of the auction items in the "Buy Now" pre-sale and the rest sold the night of. We couldn't be happier with the outcome.

In the end the combined dinner and auction brought in $4,538!!! Woo Hoo!!! This money will be incredibly helpful in supporting future Education Foundation endeavors including the brand new Outdoor Classroom Coordinator position that the organization is preparing to fund next year.

 

If you weren't able to attend the event or participate in the auction, but would like to support the foundation, please go to: http://sligocreekef.webs.com/.

Get Ready for the 1st Education Foundation Auction, Feb.25

Posted by kenney.amy on February 14, 2016 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Supper Club & Auction at McGinty’s on February 25th to benefit the Sligo Creek Education Foundation!


Thursday, February 25th at 7:30 p.m. A special evening with The Room at McGinty’s & Milkhouse Brewery Enjoy a 4-course meal with 4 beer tastings from the new Mt. Airy brewery. Tickets are $45, with $15 of each ticket going back to Sligo Creek. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance - call now to reserve your space (240-425-7147)!Join the Sligo Creek community for a fun, adult-only evening at McGinty’s with proceeds going back to Sligo Creek Elementary School!


We will also hold an AUCTION with some fabulous, one of a kind items to raise money for the Education Foundation, including a one-of-a kind donations from teachers (lunch bunch book club with Ms. Miller, Principal for the Day with Ms. Swift, reserved seat for the spring concert and 5th grade promotion, and more!) and donations from our community (pool party, a week of summer camp, a personal stylist, jewelry, a family photo shoot and more)!


More information on the auction will be coming out on February 19th.


The money raised during the dinner and auction provides funding for projects like the Newspaper Club, training by the Parent Engagement Program for the lunch and recess aides, the Outdoor Classroom, and helping to bring world-renowned composer Jim Papoulis to work with students! We have more in store for next year, and money raised during this event will help us enrich the educational experience of all students at Sligo Creek.


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