Originally delivered on 2/28/2022 9:19 pm

SUBJECT: March Dragon's Breath Newsletter

DuFief Elementary PTA Newsletter

Dragon's Breath

Important Dates

3/1 - PTA meeting

3/2 - Dining for DuFief at

Paisano's Pizza

3/3 - Author Visit

3/11 - Early Release

3/24 - Early Release

3/31 - Career Day

3/31- Science Fair

4/1 - Early Release/End of Quarter

In This Issue

March PTA Meeting

PTA Volunteers

PTA Sponsored Events

Dining for DuFief

Before and After School Activities

MoCo Virtual Tutoring

DuFief Park Tennis Courts

Share Your Feedback on Synergy/ParentVueTitle

Parent Resources


MCPS Substitutes

Tuesday, March 1st is our next PTA meeting at 7:00 pm on Zoom. 


Meeting ID: 729 623 5187

Passcode: dragons

PTA Volunteers Are Still Needed!

Career Day Volunteers

We are looking for two volunteers to help with the purchase and setup of snacks and coffee for our guest speakers. Setup time is around 8:30 am on 3/31. 

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 - April

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! ++++

Black History Month Celebration

Thank you Kristinza Giese, Allison Mitchell, and Chinita Sinkler for volunteering to organize awareness programs for our kids. You can find out more about our two guest speakers and contests here: https://sites.google.com/view/dufiefbhm/home 

PTA Directory

Thank you Betty Ball for creating the printed PTA membership directory and Darin Ruchirek for the awesome dragon logo. 

Lunar New Year Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Thank you 2nd grade parents Tracy Weatherford, Jill Lin, volunteers and donors for providing this amazing luncheon for our wonderful teachers.

Souper Bowl Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Thank you 3rd grade parents, Anya Rebohlz, volunteers and donors for making this a successful luncheon for our amazing teachers. I'm sure they appreciated the variety of soups on a cold winter afternoon. 

Valentine's Day Parties

Thank you room parents, volunteers and teachers for making this day a fun and exciting day for our kids. 

Author Visit

The PTA has invited children's book author, Laura Gehl, to our school this Thursday, 3/3.

DuFief Science Fair 2021-2022

This year's science fair will be held in the gym on Thursday, March 31st, between 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm.

Science Fair website: https://sites.google.com/view/dufief-science-fair-2022/home

DuFief Student Sign Up: https://forms.gle/DNFrnZEiGGfDVUAS9

Sign up by March 15, 2022

Dining for DuFief at Paisano's Pizza

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022

11:00 am - 9:00 pm

Paisano's Pizza

824 Muddy Branch Rd
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
(301) 926-0100

20% of the dine-in, carryout and delivery sales from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm on Wednesday, March 2nd will be donated to DuFief. 

Remember to mention you are supporting "DuFief ES Fundraising".

For online ordering, please make sure you enter "DuFief ES Fundraising" in the comments section.

Please consider going to Paisano's Pizza for lunch/dinner this Wednesday.

Share Your Feedback on Synergy/ParentVueTitle

Do you use Synergy (also known as ParentVue or StudenVue) to track your child's assignments and grades? If so, will you take a 4-question survey to share your feedback?  As you may know, MCPS uses this system for registration, attendance, grades, assignments, and more.  

The Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA) Technology Committee is collecting feedback to share with MCPS and request improvements.  Your feedback is critical to help us demonstrate the strengths and challenges of Synergy.  

Please share your thoughts here:  https://forms.gle/9g1NfBZHopzyzeS76

To learn more about the committee, or join the committee, please email technology@mccpta.org.  

After School Activities at DuFief ES

Tuesday/Friday before school - Girls on the Run (3-5, starts 3/14)

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)

DuFief Park Tennis Courts

Good news! The tennis courts behind the school is scheduled to be resurfaced this spring.

Outdoor Court Renovation Program - Montgomery Parks

Tutoring Services

Free MCPS student-led tutoring service


MoCo Virtual Tutoring Project:


Check out Montgomery County Virtual Tutoring Project. They are a vibrant student-led tutoring platform that runs free 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

Montgomery County Public Schools Parent Academy Register for The Habits of Highly Effective Families (March 3, 10, 17)


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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