Route 40

Elementary School

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Monthly Newsletter

Safety Concern Regarding Internet Challenge Game Momo
A challenge game referred to as Momo has reportedly re-appeared on the internet as a YouTube Kid’s video program. YouTube has issued a statement that they are unaware of any videos with Momo, and that it is against YouTube policies. Any programs where Momo is found should be reported to YouTube. Last year Momo was found spliced into Minecraft.
Momo, an avatar, is a birdlike woman with eyes protruding out of her head, who says the user will be cursed with an “evil spell.” It targets children and teenagers and encourages youth to engage in self-harm, including suicide, and violence toward others. The Momo character threatens to harm the child and his/her family if he/she does not meet the challenges. Parents should speak with their children about all aspects of their online world, explain the potential dangers of challenges, and monitor and screen their activities when online.
In Garrett County Public Schools, there are many security measures in place to keep students safe while using the District’s technology devices. Student access to dangerous sites is blocked, and students are monitored by school staff while using technology devices. We also appreciate your help in making sure students are safe. Please know that should we have student safety concerns, we will contact parents/guardians and take the necessary steps to ensure their safety. Please let us know if you have any concerns about your child and self-harm or violence so we can work with you to address the situation. Additional information about these concerns may be found on the Garrett County Public Schools Pupil Services webpage.
March 14 Professional Day
We have a three-hour early dismissal on March 9 in order for our staff to receive training. Students will begin dismissing at 12:15.
Grade 5 Science Testing
Grade 5 Maryland Science testing will be on March 20 and 21 for grade 5. We start testing at 9:00 a.m. Please make sure that your child is here in order to start with their group. Children will have to make-up sessions if they are not present when we begin. Please avoid missing any time during testing.
IMSE Parent Training
Is your child in grades PK, K, 1, 2, or 3? Are you having trouble understanding how teachers are teaching spelling? Do you know the difference between red words and green words? Join us in our library on March 13, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. to learn the strategies being taught to students.
Parent Training on
Social Media and App Safety
Immediately following the training on IMSE’s Orton-Gillingham, Deputy Casey will be presenting tips for parents on how to keep an eye on students using social media and app awareness for parents. Join us in our library on March 13, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
Pre-K Chicken Project
Pre-K is looking for viable chicken eggs to incubate and hatch for the school. If you have or know of anyone that could give us a dozen eggs that have not been washed nor refrigerated, please let us know.
Blood Drive
We are sponsoring a Blood Drive on March 21, 2019 from 1:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit and enter Route40 to schedule an appointment. Share this information with your neighbors, family and friends. Hope begins with you!
Spring and Class Pictures
Spring and class pictures will be taken on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. Please make sure your child is ready and review the information that was sent home.
Health Habits
Healthy kids are more likely to become healthy adults. Be a role model and help your kids make safe and healthy choices every day.
Buckle up every age, every seat, every trip.
Put on a helmet during outdoor activities, including riding bikes and skating.
Put on sunscreen and avoid indoor tanning.
Brush and floss teeth with fluoride to help prevent tooth decay.
Wash hands with clear running water and apply soap. Rub hands for at least 20 seconds, then rinse.
Get a flu vaccine. Everyone needs a flu vaccine – every flu season.
Be active with your kids. Children and adolescents need a total of 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
Be smoke-free, and protect your children from second hand smoke.
Be a healthy role model. Show your child what it means to be healthy.
Variety Show
We will be hosting our annual Variety Show on Wednesday, March 20 at 6:00 p.m. Mr. King will be operating the sound equipment. If you would like to volunteer, please email Mrs. Maust at or call the school at 301-689-6132. Please watch for more information if your child would like to participate.
Read Across America Week
March 4 - March 8 will be Read Across America week in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday and his increase in children’s love of reading. To celebrate, students will be able to participate in the daily activities listed below.
Monday, March 4 – Wear all green.
Tuesday, March 5 – Wear crazy socks.
Wednesday, March 6 – Dress wacky.
Thursday, March 7 – Wear favorite hat.
Friday, March 8 – Bring a stuffed animal to school to read with during library.
Book Fair
The Book Fair will be open to parents on March 25 during parent conferences and March 25-29 from 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Students will be permitted to visit during the day if they have money. Please make sure money comes to school marked with your child’s name and amount.
Counselor’s Notes
*Just a reminder that I will be at Route 40 all day on Mondays and Wednesdays from now until the end of the school year.
*Pre-K through 5th grades will be receiving counseling lessons on our Monthly character traits of Courage and Perseverance. They will be reading literature connections and participating in a variety of goal-setting activities.
*Our PBIS/Character Assembly will be held on Monday, March 25th at 9:00.
The Garrett County Health Dept. will be gearing-up a "Play Hard; Live Clean" program.
Love and Logic Tip
My Child Doesn’t Have Friends
Tim’s mom used to worry that he had very few friends. She told us he didn’t socialize much with the other kids. He didn’t have friends over like other kids did and he seemed mostly content to just sit at home by himself.

She had already realized that when she tried to force the issue, it often made things worse. If she tried to get her friends to make their kids come over, invite him to things and spend time together without some mutual interest, it mostly backfired.

The story got happier. While the problem didn’t magically get better right away, she did share some factors that helped improve things over time.

What helped?

She got him off screens – the more time he spent on screens, the worse his issues with peers seemed to get.

They played a lot of board games versus watching videos. Even quiet kids have to look up, respond, and interact when playing board games. Plus, games have some structure and a beginning and end.

She kept up his chores and contributions to the family. There is a powerful sense of belonging that is forged as we work and contribute together.

And the number one thing that helped?

He got a part-time job at a local shop (money is a pretty strong motivator for some teens and tweens – especially if we’re not buying them everything they want).

The results were amazing. Every day Tim was “forced” to greet customers and smile, he grew more comfortable. The necessity of doing this well, caused him to improve and he became much more adept in other social situations.

Mom reports he’s still more of a loner than some kids but he is able to get along in a variety of situations without feeling the discomfort he used to feel. And best of all, a few nice kids have really been drawn to him “because they can tell he’s just a good guy.”

Thanks for reading!
Jedd Hafer
March Events
4 - 7 College and Me Grade 5
I Can Swim - Kindergarten
5 Hickory - grades 2 and 4
13 PTO 5:15
Parent Training on IMSE Orton-
Gillingham 5:30
Internet Safety with Deputy
Casey 6:30
14 3 Hour early dismissal - Staff
20 MISA Grade 5 9:00 a.m.
Variety Show practice 1:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. Variety Show
21 MISA Grade 5 9:00 a.m.
Hickory Grades 1 and 3
Blood Drive 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
4 H 3:30 - 5:00
25 Pep Assembly - Play Hard, Live
25 - 29 Book Fair
27 Spring Photos
29 Parent Conferences
Important Upcoming Dates
April 30 – May 3 MCAP Testing Grades 3,4
& 5 – English Language Arts
May 6-7 MCAP Testing Grades 3,4
& 5 - Math