FAQs

When should I register my child at the school?

Is there an Orientation Meeting for new students?

When can I visit the school?

How long is the school day?

What activities do the children have each day outside of their regular classroom?

How much homework is given?

How often are report cards set home?

When do parent-teacher conferences take place?

Is there a Talented and Gifted Program at the school?

Is there a program for English as a second language?

What volunteer opportunities are there?

Who needs a Security Check or Fingerprinting, and how much does it cost?

Where do I go for Security Processing/Fingerprinting?

 

When should I register my child at the school?

Registration packets are usually available from the school office from May onwards.  It is best if these can be completed and returned to school by July, since this is when the county allocates the number of teachers per grade.

You will be required to show the child’s birth certificate, immunization record and proof of residency (e.g. mortgage or lease).  There are also various forms to fill out with contact information, questions about your child’s knowledge and abilities so far, etc.

 

Is there an Orientation Meeting for new students?

An Orientation Day for new kindergartners and their parents is held towards the end of the summer.  You will have the opportunity to meet the principal and kindergarten teachers, as well as other personnel such as the guidance counselor and PE teacher, and to see your child’s classroom.  Handbooks are given out at this time, with the school guidelines and procedures.

There are also organized visits to the school for prospective students and their parents in the spring, organized by the PTA.

 

When can I visit the school?

There are organized visits to the school for prospective students and their parents in the spring, organized by the PTA.

Also, various events are held during the year which are open to the public, e.g. the Multicultural Dinner in the spring.  This is a good opportunity for prospective kindergartners and their parents to visit the school, since you can walk around the school, view work done by each grade, meet some of the teachers and students, and then share a potluck dinner in the cafeteria.  The PTA also organizes a Spring Fair at the school.

You can also phone the school to arrange to meet with the principal or teachers at other times.

 

How long is the school day?

School starts at 9:15 am (the doors open at 9 am) and ends at 3:25 pm.  On early-dismissal days, students are released two hours early.

 

What activities do the children have each day outside of their regular classroom?

Students have gym and music 2-3 times a week, go to art and the media center (library) weekly, and to the computer lab.  These activities are all with different teachers.  In their own classroom they may also move around different ‘centers’ in small groups doing different activities. Each student in Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grade attends Russian class daily.

Each grade eats lunch together in the cafeteria, and usually goes to recess immediately after this.

There are field trips organized at least once per year as determined by the grade level committees.

 

How much homework is given?

Starting from Kindergarten, the children are expected to complete a small amount of homework each night.  There are also optional county-mandated homework packets to be completed during the Christmas, spring and summer vacations.

 

How often are report cards set home?

Report cards are issued 4 times a year.

 

When do parent-teacher conferences take place?

Parent-teacher conferences usually take place around the week of Thanksgiving, but parents can make an appointment to meet with their child’s teacher at any other time.

 

Is there a Talented and Gifted Program at the school?

Greenbelt Elementary has a successful ‘TAG in the Regular Classroom” program which begins in 2nd grade.  Students are tested in the fall of 1st grade, and again in subsequent grades, so that it is possible to join the program later.  TAG students are given opportunities for enrichment and accelerated learning within their regular classroom, for example more advanced reading and math.

PGTAG  is a volunteer organization of parents, students, educators and others who support the Prince George’s County TAG programs.  For more information about this group, go to www.pgtag.org

 

Is there a program for English as a second language?

There is an ESOL teacher at the school, who works with children who need help with language and comprehension.

 

What volunteer opportunities are there?

Parents are welcome to volunteer in the classrooms on a regular basis. This is set up directly with the teacher, usually from October onwards.  There is also a need for Math and reading tutors.  Volunteers are now required to be fingerprinted for a background check.

There are many opportunities to volunteer through the PTA, e.g. organizing and helping to run events during the year, and helping with fundraisers (collecting and boxing up ink cartridges, counting out Box Tops for Education, etc.). Please see our volunteer flyer [PDF] for more information.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact greenbeltespta@gmail.com , the school office or David Lange at 301-474-1402.

 

Who needs a Security Check or Fingerprinting, and how much does it cost?

Any volunteer who is going to be working with the children (except on a one-off basis such as Career Day) needs to complete a security check. This costs $8 and lasts for one year only. If you want to volunteer in the classroom, or chaperone field trips, you must first complete a security check.

If you are going to be alone with children at school, for example if you volunteer as a tutor, then you must be fingerprinted. This costs $66, and does not need to be repeated, so it will still be valid when your child is in Middle School and High School, within the Prince George’s County Public School system. If you commit to volunteering 40 hours in the year, then the county will pay the $66.

 

Where do I go for Security Processing/Fingerprinting?

Security processing is done at the Prince George’s County Public School system headquarters in Upper Marlboro. However, most schools arrange for security processing to be done at their school at least once during the year. Contact the school or the PTA to find out when the next session will be held at a local school.