Complimentary STEM classes for students

The Foundation is pleased to offer complimentary before-school classes for all students to improve and advance STEM skills. For the 2019/2020 school year, the Foundation is proud to offer four, six-week sessions. This year, the classes will be taught by Carderock teachers and will focus on the following STEM principles:

  • Open-ended problem-solving

  • Hands-on learning – no screens

  • Application of design method

Registration is now open on A to Z for Sessions 1 and 2:

Session 1 will begin on Thursday, 9/26 and run each week from 8-9am until 10/31.

Session 2 will begin on Thursday, 11/7 and run each week from 8-9am until 12/19.

For more information, please see the 2019/20 STEM classes handout

Drama Club

The Foundation helps to fund an after-school drama club for all students. For the 2019/2020 school year, the Drama Club will be offered in the winter beginning January 7, 2020. The performance for grades 3-5 will be on March 12, 2020 and the performance for grades K-2 will be on March 19, 2020. Stay tuned for more details.

Foundation Spring Auction Event

Each year, the Foundation hosts a spring fundraiser and auction event. This year's event will take place on April 18, 2020. Stay tuned for more details. 

Mini-grants to support teachers

Through mini-grants, the Foundation has fulfilled the needs of teachers, staff and students by providing resources that make each classroom a unique learning environment. This program helps build classroom libraries, enhances the curriculum and inspires creativity. Teachers and staff submit mini-grant requests which are reviewed by the principal and the Foundation Board. Teachers and staff are able to get funding for professional development courses. Other resources funded by mini-grants include:

Kindergarten

  • Rainbow sight word rewards

  • STEM K

First Grade

  • Math Splash App / Web site

  • BrainPOP Jr (online educational resource)

Third Grade

  • Habitat Garden sundial to support revised science curriculum

Autism Program and Special Ed. Programs

  • Speech / language seminar

  • Membership to Council for Exceptional Children

  • State of the art assistive technology (Go talk devices) to support verbal development

Reading Specialist

  • Rewards for Read 30/60/90 campaign

  • Lucy Calkins Units of Study for Writing in the Common Core (a writing program that concentrates on the three types of writing for common core: opinion, information and narrative)

  • Reading A to Z license (an online reading program that includes leveled books, worksheets and quizzes)

Specials (Media / Art / Music)

  • Art cart for Ms. Seebohm

  • Art exemplars of well-established artists displayed in art classroom

  • Media Center art project installation

All Grades

  • Newsela subscription (Newsela is a database of current event stories tailor-made for classroom use. Stories can be accessed in different formats based on reading level.)

  • Teacher and staff educational training seminars

  • Mindfulness teacher training, books and classroom tools

  • Science Night event

  • Handwriting Without Tears

  • RAZ Kids subscription

  • Spelling City subscription

  • PebbleGo subscription

  • EduTyping subscription

Carderock Springs Elementary School Educational Foundation

9812 Falls Road, Box #114-209  Potomac, Maryland 20854