Monthly Archives: October 2017

Fingerprinting and CPS Background Check Opportunity!

Are you interested in volunteering in your child’s classroom or participating as a chaperone on a field trip?  Please check out PGCPS’s Child Safety Workshops & Background Checks for School Volunteers!

Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Family Institute, in collaboration with the Division of Human Resources, will host the “Keeping Our Children Safe” workshop for parents and guardians. The workshop includes Fingerprint Background Check and Child Protective Services (CPS) Clearance sessions for those interested in volunteering in their neighborhood schools more than once a year.

Fingerprint Background Check and CPS Clearance Sessions* 4-6 p.m.

The fee is $56.57. There is no fee for families whose children receive free and reduced-price
meals (FARMS). Please bring a copy of your FARMS certification letter.

“Keeping Our Children Safe” Family Institute Workshop

5-6 p.m. & 6:15-7:15 p.m.
Learn how to recognize the often subtle signs of abuse and neglect in children.


Prekindergarten through fifth-grade students


October 26 Bond Mill Elementary

November 9 Gwynn Park High School

November 16 William Beanes Elementary

December 7 Langley Park-McCormick Elementary

January 25 G. James Gholson Middle School

February 8 Benjamin Tasker Middle School

March 1 Greenbelt Elementary

March 15 Dodge Park Elementary

April 12 Potomac High School

April 26 Columbia Park Elementary

*Please bring a valid, unexpired government-issued photo identification card, such as a driver’s license; state, school or military ID; U.S. passport; permanent resident card or employment authorization card.

Contact the Department of Family and Community Engagement for more info: 301-618-7356.

Rafael’s Race Is This Saturday!


Rafael’s Race 1K & 5K is This Saturday – Run & Drawing Prizes Support Greenbelt Elementary School!!

This Saturday, October 7th, we invite you to run or walk with us as we remember the life of Rafael Martins, a 4th grade student at Greenbelt Elementary School (GES) who passed away in 2009 from a rare disorder called VATER syndrome. On one of Rafael’s last days at school he enjoyed a field trip so the money we raise helps all GES students attend educational field trips.

The weather for Saturday looks perfect for the race so please register to join us. You can also register on the day of the race, but please arrive by 8:30AM.

We are also selling drawing tickets for prizes like a weekend getaway, Washington Nationals tickets, Newseum tickets, Bee Yoga Fusion classes and more.

Calling all Volunteers!
This great event also needs volunteer help! Please sign up to volunteer so this race can be a success. We still need several more course marshals (stand on the course to direct and cheer on runners) as well as a few more people to help with post-race refreshments. Students can also earn service hours for volunteering. Sign up here –