Originally delivered on 1/31/2022 11:47 am

SUBJECT: February Dragon's Breath Newsletter

DuFief Elementary PTA Newsletter

Dragon's Breath

Important Dates

2/1 - No School

2/2 - PTA Meeting

2/11- Souper Bowl

2/21 - No School

In This Issue

February PTA Meeting

PTA Volunteers

PTA Sponsored Events

After School Activities at DuFief

Solving IEP Meeting Recording

MoCo Virtual Tutoring

Parent Resources


MCPS Substitutes

Wednesday, February 2nd is our next PTA meeting at 7:00pm on Zoom. 


Meeting ID: 729 623 5187

Passcode: dragons

PTA Volunteers Are Still Needed!

Talent Show, Auction Fundraiser, Dragon Fest

Committee volunteers are needed to help organize these events. Without volunteers, these events won't happen. Please email dufiefpta@gmail.com if you are interested in helping.

Talent Show/Auction - March

Dragon Fest - June

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

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

Hour of Code

Thank you to the Wootton HS Girls Who Code Club, Shilpa Kotiyan, and Wendy Eldred for organizing this new event!

After School Activities at DuFief ES

Monday – Panda Programming (K-5, starts 1/31)

Tuesday – Big Learning Chemistry (K-5, starts 2/8)

Wednesday – MSA Soccer (K-5, starts 1/26)

Chess Club (K-5, starts 1/5)

Big Learning Intro to Spanish (K-5, starts 2/2)

(PhotoMath Printmaking was cancelled))

Thursday - MSA Tennis (K-5, starts 1/27)

PhotoMath Drone Wizards (3-5, first class now on 1/27)

Friday - Learn Music Now (K-5, starts 1/14)

(Young Rembrandts art class was cancelled)

Solving IEP Meeting Disagreements: Legal Paths for Resolving Special Education Issues

Recorded Zoom meeting can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB245YfPyas

Live Zoom meeting was hosted on 1/13/2022

Presentation by Brian Gruber and Kimberly Glassman, Law Office of Brian K. Gruber - will address dispute resolution options including state complaints, mediation, due process, information on resolution processes within MCPS, and the ins and outs of bringing legal representation to an IEP meeting while preserving your school relationships.

Questions? Contact Stephanie Frumkin at SpecialEd@MCCPTA.org

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 

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.

Maryland 529
Maryland 529

The Save4College State Contribution Program gives your child the freedom to unlock their future. You could be eligible for a $250 or $500 State contribution. It’s easy to apply to the 2022 Program with the online application. The 2022 application period is now open until 11:59 p.m. on May 31.


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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