Originally delivered on 12/6/2021 8:00 am

SUBJECT: December Dragon's Breath Newsletter

DuFief Elementary PTA Newsletter

Dragon's Breath

Important Dates

12/6 - 12/10 - Abilities Awareness Week

12/7 - PTA Zoom Meeting

12/20 - PTA Cookie Exchange

TBD - Hour of Code (Zoom)

12/23 - 12/31 - Winter Break

1/4 - PTA Zoom Meeting

1/10 - 1/12 - Read-A-Thon

1/12 - Early Release Day

1/17 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School)

1/24 - Teacher Professional Day (No School)

In This Issue

December PTA Meeting

Support Wootton Families

PTA Sponsored Events

2021 Cookie Exchange

Chipotle Fundraiser Results

After School Activities at DuFief

PTA Volunteers

MoCo Virtual Tutoring

Crown HS

Parent Resources


PTA Volunteers

MCPS Substitutes

Tuesday, December 7th is our next PTA meeting at 7:00pm on Zoom. 


Meeting ID: 729 623 5187

Passcode: dragons

Support Wootton Families this Holiday Season

Like last year, the Wootton High School PTSA has organized the Holiday Helping Hands Program to support families within our Wootton cluster this holiday season.  Please see the link below for different ways you can get involved with making someone's holiday brighter.  Thank you for supporting our DuFief families!


++++ PTA Sponsored Events! ++++

Ability Awareness Week

Guest speakers will be visiting classes this week to visit classes.  Thank you to Sova Holmes and Mrs. Pape for organizing this wonderful event and to the guest speakers!

The Reflections Art Contest

Thank you Marcela Witting for chairing this contest.  DuFief students did a great job!

Hour of Code

First ever Hour of Code event at DuFief. We have partnered with the Wootton High School Girls Who Code Club who have organized a fun, online event.  Please add this fun event to your calendar!  Date: TBD. More information will be sent out soon!

2021 Cookie Exchange

Calling all bakers (and non-bakers too)!  Please help support the PTA's Annual Cookie Exchange for DuFief Staff taking place Monday, Dec. 20.  This is a favorite event for the staff. Let's keep the tradition going. See link for more info and to sign up. Have questions?...contact Danielle Carrick (Danielle.Carrick@gmail.com) or Sarah Walton (Sarah.Walton@outlook.com). 


Chipotle Fundraiser Results!

Chipotle Fundraiser Results!

Thank you to the families who bought Chipotle on 11/15.  You helped raise $521.61 for our PTA!

After School Activities at DuFief ES

Young Rembrandts will begin their Winter session in January!  

Students will make African Masks, the Statue of Liberty, and a Winter Rabbit.  Every month, YR students draw a complex Art History piece and this season they're highlighting Andy Warhol.  Artists will be learning core art skills while boosting self-confidence and social development.  

Classes will be held on Fridays at DuFief ES between 1/12/22 - 3/25-22 (no class on 3/11).  3:40 - 4:40.  Students in grades K-5 are welcome!

Please reach out to Marsha Garcia from Young Rembrandts with any questions. 301.620.2995 or marsha.garcia@youngrembrandts.com


This information is not sponsored nor endorsed by the DuFief PTA, Board of Education, the Superintendent, or this school

PTA Volunteers Are Still Needed!

MCCPTA Special Education Committee Representatives

There is still an opening for a representative for the MCCPTA Special Education Committee.  There are only 3 more meetings throughout the year.  Be an advocate for students in our DuFief Community.  See email attachment for more details.  Email Wendy at dufiefscience@gmail.com if you are interested in more information.

Wanted: PTA volunteers for each school - people committed to helping their special needs community by serving as the Special Education Representative on their school's PTA.

Flyer: Special Education Committee

Box Tops for Education and Amazon Smiles Volunteers

Volunteers are also needed to help out with the Box Tops for Education and Amazon Smiles fundraising programs.  Both roles require little time and effort and will help raise greatly needed funds for the school.  If you’re interested or have any questions, please email Jennifer at ng.jennifer@gmail.com.

MoCo Virtual Tutoring Project:


Check out Montgomery County Virtual Tutoring Project. They are a vibrant student-led tutoring platform that runs virtual tutoring sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays. They started during the pandemic and has supported hundreds of MCPS students. All tutors are MCPS students who earn SSL hours for their services.

The MoCo Virtual Tutoring Project cannot run without teacher supervisors on each call. We are always looking for new supervisors! If you are an MCPS staff member, please consider signing up for a few dates using the SignUp Genius here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4fa4ad23a1f5c34-october 

Crown High School Community Engagement Meeting


Next Meeting: Thursday, December 16, 2021 @ 6:30pm

Crown HS will pull students from QO, Gaithersburg, Wootton, Richard Montgomery

Parent Resources

Strong Parents-Strong Children/Padres Fuertes-Hijos Fuerte:

This parenting group will provide information about the psychological impact of trauma and stress on you and your child’s brain and body. In this group, you will: 

• Learn about common emotional reactions to stress and trauma, and learn strategies to help reduce stress. 

• Learn new parenting strategies to help better support your child’s emotional well-being. • Get support from other parents with similar experiences.


To Register: https://forms.gle/GtaT82UTv8X6dneF6 

Free and open to all, even though it names a specific school in the brochure.

Amazon Charity Fundraiser

AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support DuFief PTA every time you shop, at no cost to you. So far this year, we have raised $340.51.



Harris Teeter Fundraiser

It's time to link your Harris Teeter VIC card to start earning $$ for DuFief. VIC cards can be linked to up to 5 schools, but you must sign up each year. 

So far, 21 families have registered with the Harris Teeter's Together in Education (TIE) program and raised $72.73 for the school.  Our goal is $350.  Please sign up today!

Last year 20 families earned $315.69 for DuFief just by linking their VIC card and shopping at Harris Teeter. 

Let Harris Teeter know that you appreciate their Together in Education program that supports local schools. This is the only local grocery store chain in the area that still donates a portion of sales to local schools. 

Harris Teeter
Substitutes Needed!

If you have 60 college credits or an associates degree, you can apply to be substitute with MCPS. If you enjoy working with kids, have a strong interest in teaching, and want to help your community, apply today to become a substitute teacher with Montgomery County Public Schools! 

For more information click here: Substitutes Needed

Have you joined the PTA yet?

It's never too late to join. Your membership dollars go towards supporting our DuFief students, staff, and community.


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Contact Your Board

President Dan Kaiser - dufiefpta@gmail.com

VP Ed. Programs Wendy Eldred - dufiefscience@gmail.com

VP Comm. Resources Jennifer Ng Sung - ng.jennifer@gmail.com

VP Social Events Arne White - Asosin1221@gmail.com

Secretary Kristinza Giese- kristinza23@gmail.com

Treasurer Jean Wang - jeanwang.pta@gmail.com

Social Media Brandy Miller - brandymiller.pta@gmail.com

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