Este otoño, los estudiantes de Rolling Terrace tendrán - por fin - un campo de escuela seguro y herboso para jugar, correr o simplemente relajarse con los amigos. Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Montgomery reemplazarán el parche de barro desgastado de Rolling Terrace (foto arriba) con césped fresco y jardinería para mantener nuestro campo bien drenado y saludable durante todo el año. La revisión incluirá nuevos equipos de patio de recreo, también, y el trabajo se pondrá en marcha ah como empieza el año escolar.Read More
This fall, Rolling Terrace students will have--at long last--a safe, grassy school field on which to play games, run or simply relax with friends. Montgomery County Public Schools will replace Rolling Terrace’s worn-out mud patch (pictured above) with fresh sod and landscaping to keep our field well-drained and healthy year-round. The overhaul will include new playground equipment, too, and work will get underway as the school year begins.Read More
Last week, our PTA President, Lisa Seigel, received the MCCPTA Advocacy Award for her work advocating on behalf of Rolling Terrace students and families. Here are the notes from the program:
Upon receiving the MCCPTA Advocacy Award, Lisa gave these remarks:
It was my privilege to advocate this year on behalf of the Rolling Terrace students who play on the recess field every day.
But this effort would never have succeeded without the help of a huge number of parents that collaborated with me. Amy Wajda and Ally Piazza from Takoma Park Elementary were crucial partners. And, many, many other parents from Rolling Terrace, Sligo Creek Elementary, Flora Singer Elementary, Wyngate Elementary and Somerset Elementary were also essential.
Thanks also go to Blair cluster coordinator Therese Gibson and DCC Area VP (now MCCPTA President) Lynne Harris. And, I most definitely would have given up on this effort were it not for the support of Board member Jill Ortman-Fouse. We also received the support of many school administrators including Rolling Terrace principal Kenneth Marcus. And also the support of Board members Jeanette Dixon and Shebra Evans, and councilmembers Tom Hucker, Hans Riemer and Marc Elrich. Thank you all.
Montgomery County is incredibly diverse and I am proud of MCPS for valuing the diversity of our student population and valuing equity so that every student can achieve academic success.
Equity in education means that we must differentiate our policies and practices to level the playing field for every student. We don’t do the exact same thing for every student because each student needs something different in order to thrive.
Addressing a school facility in a densely populated urban area in the exact same way as a school facility in a rural area is not equitable. The Rolling Terrace field was not getting what it needed to thrive. Dr. Smith’s new Outdoor Playspace Maintenance Project, was recently funded by the County Council, and now the field may actually get what it needs to thrive, and that is really good news for the 900 Rolling Terrace students who play on it every day. Thanks, also to Dr. Zuckerman for helping to make this happen.
I would be remiss in accepting this award without acknowledging my own privilege. I had the time, the socioeconomic status and a growing network of connections who helped advocate for our field this year. If I hadn't, maybe our kids would be playing on mud again next year. So, I'd also like to dedicate this award to all the Rolling Terrace parents who want their kids to thrive at school just as much as I do and who also believe in a public education system that is just and equitable.
My hope for the future is that MCPS will always consider equitable approaches to facilities management, and to parental engagement and to all other areas of its practice.
And may all of our students have safe and healthy fields to play on!
It was a beautiful morning to bike to school today! The Rolling Terrace bike rack quickly got loaded up with bikes and students began chaining their bikes to the railing. Upon arrival, hikers were handed bells, lights and safety gear by volunteers, courtesy of Safe Routes to Schools.
¡Era una mañana hermosa para andar en bicicleta a la escuela hoy!
Many thanks to parents Jen Reilly and Lisa Büttner and teachers Ms. Konrad and Mr. Barsky for organizing the morning!
Linkages to Learning and the Judy Center celebrated the moms that attend their programs with a wonderful party in the Rolling Terrace inner courtyard. Cecilia Zavaleta presented several moms with awards for their hard work and service to the school community.
This evening, Lisa Büttner (Rolling Terrace 3rd grade parent) received the Board of Education's Award for Distinguished Service to Public Education as a School Service Volunteer. She was introduced by board member Jeanette Dixon, who connected Lisa B's work to her own love of gardening. Lisa B gave a passionate speech about the work that she does, and particularly about how the students engage so deeply with the school garden. Ever humble, Lisa B also attributed her success to a huge team of people that collaborate with her, including those present at the awards ceremony: Dr. Marcus, Cecilia Zavaleta (Linkages to Learning), 1st grade teacher Karen Mendez, retired RT teacher Peggy Edwards, Lisa Seigel, Lisa B's husband (Ian) and son (Toby) as well as two people from outside the RT community, Jenny Brown and Blair High School teacher Elizabeth Levien.
Lisa B volunteered in the RT school community even before Toby began Kindergarten at Rolling Terrace. She has devoted countless hours to the school gardens and supported the school in multiple other areas. Rolling Terrace students all benefit from the work that she has done at the school and we all benefit from the beautiful natural spaces that she works so hard on!
At the awards ceremony, the Board of Education also recognized one other School Service Volunteer, five MCPS employees, two businesses, one community group, one community individual and an Individual Pioneer (long time school board member Patricia O'Neill).
Esta Tarde, Lisa Buttner (Padre de 3er grado en Rolling Terrace) recibió el Premio de la Junta de Educación para Servicio Distinguido a Educación Publica como Voluntario de Servicio Escolar. Fue introducida por el miembro de la junta, Jeanette Dixon, quien conecto el trabajo de Lisa B a su propio amor para la jardinería. Lisa B dio un discurso apasionado del trabajo que ella hace, y particularmente en como encajan los estudiantes tan profundamente el jardín escolar. Siempre humilde, Lisa B atribuyo su éxito al gran equipo de gente que colaboran con ella, incluyendo a los presentes en la ceremonia de premiación: Dr. Marcus, Cecilia Zavaleta (Linkages to Learning), maestra de 1er grado Karen Méndez, maestra jubilada de RT Peggy Edwards, Lisa Seigel, el esposo de Lisa B (Ian) y su hijo (Toby) también como dos personas fuera de la comunidad de RT, Jenny Brown y la maestra de bachiller en Blair Elizabeth Levien.
Lisa B fue voluntaria en la comunidad escolar de RT mucho antes que Toby empezara el Kínder en Rolling Terrace. Ella ha dedicado un sinfín de horas en los jardines escolares y ha apoyado en múltiples áreas en la escuela. ¡Los estudiantes de Rolling Terrace han beneficiado del trabajo que ella ha hecho en la escuela y todos hemos beneficiado de los espacios bellos naturales en los cuales ella trabaja tan arduamente!
En la ceremonia de premiación, la Junta de Educación también reconoció a otros Voluntarios de Servicio Escolar, cinco empleados de MCPS, dos negocios, un grupo comunitario, un individuo de la comunidad y un Precursor Individual (Miembro de la Junta Escolar por mucho tiempo, Patricia O’Neill)
At Rolling Terrace, we are so thankful for all of Lisa Büttner's work and grateful that the Board of Education recognized her in this way. Congratulations, Lisa B!
En Rolling Terrace, estamos tan agradecidos por todo el trabajo de Lisa Buttner y agradecidos que la Junta de Educación la haiga reconocido de esta manera. ¡Felicitaciones, Lisa B!
At Rolling Terrace, we are lucky to have the best staff of any elementary school! On Thursday, grade team parents showered the staff with special attention to show our appreciation. Something special was planned for the teaching staff and paraeducators of each grade. Some grades received special breakfasts (like the 4th grade team pictured here receiving breakfast treats delivered to them by 4th grade parent Ana Diaz).
The 5th grade team had lunch at what seemed like a fancy restaurant, but was actually the Linkages to Learning conference room (thank you, Cecilia for sharing the space!).
¡En Rolling Terrace, tenemos la suerte de tener el mejor personal de cualquier escuela primaria! El jueves, los padres líderes de cada grado bañaron al personal con atención especial para demostrar su aprecio. Algo especial fue planeado para el personal de maestro y paraeducadores de cada grado. Algunos grados recibieron desayunos especiales (como el equipo de 4to grado en la fotografía recibiendo desayuno por el padre de 4to grado Ana Diaz)
El equipo de 5to grado tuvo un almuerzo en un lugar que parecía restaurante elegante, pero en realidad era el cuarto de conferencia de Linkages to Learning (¡Gracias, Cecilia por compartir su espacio!)
And some staff members received extra special gifts!
¡Y algunos miembros recibieron regalos extra especiales!
And, we didn't forget about all of our support staff, either. Staff developers, office staff, technology teachers, and many others were treated to an amazing ice cream sundae bar after school!
Many thanks go to all of the fabulous grade team parents who organized these efforts, as well as all of the parents who contributed. Grade team parents include: K - Katja Miller and Leslie Harris, 1st - Hilary O'Connor, Tammy Sanford and Sheila Suclla, 2nd - Ramona Gamez, Kristen Walker Painemilla and Hiwot Tessema, 3rd - Bijal Parikh, Erin Baker and Juana Umanzor, 4th - Ana Diaz, 5th - Flor Yanes, Rocio Lara and Mindy Kassaraba. Thank you!
Y no nos olvidamos de nuestro personal de apoyo, tampoco. ¡Desarrolladores de personal, personal de la oficina, maestros de tecnología, y muchos más se les invito a un bar de helados después de escuela!
Muchas gracias van a todos los padres líderes de cada grado que organizaron esto esfuerzos, como también a los padres que contribuyeron. Los padres líderes de cada grado incluyen: K – Katia Miller y Leslie Harris, 1ro – Hilary O’Connor, Tammy Sanford y Sheila Suclla, 2do – Ramona Gamez, Kristen Walker Painemilla y Hiwot Tessema, 3ro – Bijal Parikh, Erin Baker y Juana Umanzor, 4to – Ana Diaz, 5to Flor Yanes, Rocio Lara y Mindy Kassaraba. ¡Gracias!
The 5th grade parents who helped make lunch happen are pictured here: