Welcome to the 2016-17 school year!

Summer is flying by, and the new school year is just around the corner.  The Fairland PTA is actively working on ways to support our students and our community.  There are many opportunities for you to join and help usCheck out our calendar to see our planned fall events.  Sign up for our mailing list here.  We look forward to another great year at Fairland.  Go Falcons!

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PTA Board for 2016-2017

We are pleased to announce the election of a new PTA board for the 2016-17 school year. 

  • President: Kerry Luse
  • Vice-Presidents: Sykeena Mitchell and Claudia Silberglitt
  • Secretary: Jamie Cook
  • Treasurer: Laura Hutchcroft

We welcome volunteers to help with PTA activities such as fundraising, membership, cultural arts, hospitality, community buillding, and more.  If you’d like to help plan, lead, or volunteer at PTA events, or if you have ideas that you’d like the PTA to consider as we plan for next year, e-mail us at [email protected]. You can find out more about PTA positions at our volunteer and position description pages.


Please make sure you are signed up for our e-mail list so that you will be sure to receive up-to-date Fairland news.

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Yearbook time!

Dear Fairland families,

You should have received a yearbook order form in your child’s folder. The deadline to order your yearbook has been extended to Friday APRIL 15th! It’s a great way to have wonderful memories of your child’s school year!

You can order your yearbook online, with yearbook code 10896316.


Board of Education Community Event

Fairland Families, Friends & Community Organizers, here is a wonderful opportunity.  We in the Blake cluster of schools are encouraged to come together for an exciting evening of Food for All, Fun for Kids, & Forward Thinking Action with members of the Board of Education. Thursday, April 14th from 6:00-8:30pm at Stonegate Elementary School on Notley Road. This unique opportunity only comes once every four years, so now is a great time to voice your thoughts, and express your concerns on the issues most important to the future of our children and their educational opportunities at MCPS. Parents, this meeting is for you, so please plan to attend. There is no cost, food, childcare & interpreters will be provided. SSL Hours for Middle & High School Participants.  More information is on the flyer here.

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PTA Board Nominations open

The PTA is accepting nominations for officers for the 2016-2017 school year.   All board positions (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer) are open, as are committee chair positions. A brief description of board positions is available here. Please realize that the PTA cannot exist next year without new leadership and consider nominating yourself or a friend; training and support is available for the new board.  If you’d like more information e-mail us at [email protected]. Elections will take place at our May 3 meeting.


Afterschool spring sports

We are pleased to announce NEW after school sports here at Fairland Elementary! Overtime Athletics is offering two great programs this spring! Join us for Cheerleading grades K-5 on Tuesdays, and Soccer grades K-2nd & 3-5th on Wednesdays. All programs start the week of April 4th and run outside from 3:50-4:50. Cost is $60 per child. For more information, go to or click here to register or download the flyer here.


PTA meeting, March 1, 7 PM

The PTA’s next meeting will be Tuesday, March 1, at 7 PM in the Media Center. All are welcome! We will be discussing upcoming events and ways to support Fairland.

We are in need of people willing to take leadership roles in the PTA, both to plan events this year and to lead the PTA next year.  Please join and help us!  You can e-mail us at [email protected] or come to the PTA meeting to volunteer.


PTA meeting, January 12 at 7 PM

The PTA’s next meeting will be Tuesday, January 12, at 7 PM in the Media Center. All are welcome! We will be discussing upcoming events and ways to support Fairland. In addition, we will have a guest speaker from Banneker Middle School discussing the AVID program. Please join us!

The AVID Program (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a fourth through twelfth grade program that explicitly teaches students the skills they need to be successful in a rigorous academic curriculum. The goal of AVID is to increase access to rigorous course work for students who are in our general education courses, who possess potential to do Honors and AP work but lack the necessary skills and or support systems to be successful in higher level academic course work. A team of trained educators work together to create opportunities for our under-served students to take higher level courses and eventually attend colleges or universities upon graduation from high school.


Teacher/Staff Dessert Party

The PTA is planning a Teacher and Staff Appreciation dessert party for Monday, December 21.  We need your help to make this happen!  Please consider donating a dessert, volunteering your time to help with the party, or donating money to help this event.

You can go to to see what is needed and to sign up to donate or volunteer.

Our Fairland staff works hard every day to educate and help our students.  Please join us in showing them our appreciation!


Winter Robotics and Programming Classes!

The Great Adventure Lab will be providing after-school science enrichment programs at Fairland in January and February!  Classes offered are Lego Robotics (grades 2-4, $125/student), on Wednesdays from 4 PM to 5 PM, running from January 13 – February 24 (7 classes) and Video Game Programming 1 (grades 3-5, $145/student + $5 supply fee) from 4 PM to 5 PM on Fridays, running January 15-March 4 (no class on Feb. 26).  See the flyer here for more information and sign-up instructions.


November PTA Board meeting

The PTA will have a Board meeting on Tuesday, November 10, at 7 PM in the Fairland media center. This is a working meeting to plan and discuss upcoming PTA events.  All who are interested in actively working to organize and run events are welcome to attend.


Join us for the Fall Book Fair

The Fabook fairll Scholastic Book Fair will be held at Fairland from October 19-23, with family nights on Tuesday, Oct. 20, and Friday, Oct. 23.  This is a great chance for your kids to get excited about books and reading!

The Bvolunteers-neededook Fair is run by the PTA.  This means that parent volunteers are needed to staff the Fair, particularly during school hours so that kids and classes can visit the Fair and buy books.  Please consider finding time to help make this a success!  You can sign up for a volunteer time slot by clicking here.


For Fairland families with girls age 9-12

Fairland Families with girls age 9-12, here is an event for you! The Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group and Suburban Hospital are hosting a FREE upcoming health education event relevant to preteen girls ages 9-12 and their families (details below):

11 Things You Need to Know
Friday, October 23 | Suburban Hospital | 6:00-6:30 PM Registration and Refreshments | 6:30-8:00 PM – Program
FREE and open to community
Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group physicians Shana Gage, M.D., child psychiatrist, and Elizabeth Valois, M.D., pediatrician, will share the most common issues facing preteen girls ages 9-12. From emotional ups and downs, to dealing with peer pressure and body changes, this is a girl’s night out that preteen girls and their moms don’t want to miss! Open to preteen girls and their mothers, aunts, guardians and grandmothers. Registration is required at


PTA meeting

Please plan to join us for our first PTA meeting of the year next Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 7 PM at Fairland. Free childcare will be available. We’ll have some time to socialize and get to know each other, as well as discussing PTA plans for supporting our school community this year.


Department of Recreation Youth Basketball

Interested in youth basketball? Click here for a brochure about the Midcounty/East County Youth basketball league for this winter.  You can register online at the new county registration system, ActiveMontgomery, or fill out a Registration Form. The Department of Recreation coordinator for this league is Stephanie Eyler ([email protected]).


Thank you and upcoming events

Thanks to all the Fairland families who came out to the FUN Fair and helped support our school and the PTA.  We hope you enjoyed it!

Next up for the PTA: our first public meeting of the school year will be held on Tuesday, October 6, at 7 PM in the Media Center.  Please join us!  We also have both the Fall Book Fair and Fall Dance coming up in October.  Remember to keep an eye on the calendar for upcoming events and opportunities.


Volunteer for the Fun Fair

We hope you will join us for the Fairland Fun Fair on Saturday, September 19.  Volunteers are needed to help with set up, food sales, games, and more.  Please click here to sign up for a volunteer spot.   You can do your part to help Fairland while your child enjoys the fair!


Support Fairland while shopping at Amazon

Fairland families, you can now donate to the PTA while shopping at Amazon! Just go to and choose Fairland Elementary PTA as your charity. Every time you start an Amazon shopping trip at, we will receive 0.5% of the purchase price!


Fairland Fun Fair!

The PTA will be hosting a Fun Fair/Back-to-School Picnic to welcome in the 2015-16 School Year. The Fair will be on Saturday, September 19, from 12:00-4:00.

Bring your family and friends to have a fun filled day of games, music, food, and entertainment. There will be food for sale and Wristbands will be sold for $5.00 each for unlimited playtime on a variety of inflatables and moon bounces.

Volunteers are needed for: set-up, games, food, moon bounces, assistance with the PTA table, and clean-up. Please e-mail us if you are able to help.


Welcome Kindergarten Parents!

It was a pleasure to see so many of you at the Kindergarten Back-to-School night tonight and to talk to you about the PTA.  Please take a look around our website, particularly at the calendar to see all of our upcoming events.  Join our mailing list and visit our website often to be kept up-to-date on PTA activities.  Become a PTA member to help us support Fairland!