MCPS Community Message: Things to Know for Thursday, July 28

Here are five things to know for Thursday, July 28, from MCPS. They include information about a new school fee payment tool, free and reduced-price meals information, the Back-to-School Fair and more.

  1. MCPS is a Great Place to Work! Upcoming Job Fairs
    Montgomery County Public Schools hires the best teachers, administrators and support professionals to work with our more than 160,000 diverse students and 210 excellent schools. If you know someone who would be a great fit for our students and schools, encourage them to visit and apply.

    Upcoming Job Fair Information

    • Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m., Montgomery College (Rockville Campus)
      MCPS recruiters will be on hand to answer questions and help with applications.
      Location: Student Services Building, North Campus Drive
    • Tuesday, Aug. 2, Virtual Information Job Fair, 6 to 7 p.m. Visit to join the live event and learn more about working for MCPS.
      See the event flyer
      Find a job
  2. safetySchool Safety Summit Brings Together Police and School Staff
    Held Monday, July 25, at Walter Johnson High School, the event brought principals, central administrators, local police and sheriff department representatives, and the Community Engagement Officer teams together for an in-person collaborative training on the updated Memorandum of Understanding with police partners, 911 training, a new non-emergency number and more.
  3. school cash onlineNew Online Payment System Available for School-Related Fees
    SchoolCash Online helps parents and guardians pay school-related fees—such as field trip costs—safely, quickly and easily. This new system puts school-related fees online so payments can be made using a credit card or e-check, increasing efficiency and security by making payments directly into schools’ bank accounts and eliminating the need for teachers to handle money. Cash and check payments directly to schools will remain an option.
    To register, visit:
  4. lunchApply Online Now for Free and Reduced Price Meals Benefits
    The application is now open for parents and guardians to complete and submit for assistance with school meals.   Families of students who may qualify for free or reduced-price meals can apply for this service. Eligibility is based on family size and gross income. Beginning this year, students in Maryland who qualify for reduced-price meals will not be charged for breakfast or lunch meals.
    Apply here.
    Learn more about the program.
  5. fairFree Transportation Available for the MCPS Back-to-School Fair, Saturday, Aug. 27
    MCPS students and their families are invited to kick off the new school year at the Back-to-School Fair, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27 at Westfield Wheaton mall. Learn more about the event.

    Use the QR Code (or link) sign up for back-to-school immunizations.

    Free transportation will be provided to and from the following high schools:

    • Gaithersburg
    • Montgomery Blair
    • Paint Branch
    • Richard Montgomery

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17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Now in its 17th year, the Kensington Day of the Book Festival is a family-friendly street festival featuring 150+ renowned authors, poets, and literary organizations. Enjoy live music on five stages, special guest speakers, military veteran writers and comedians, poetry readings, cookbook demos, children's program, and much more.

Admission is free, and attendees will also be able to explore a marketplace of books and food offerings from local vendors.

Not your average book festival! This festival offers something for everyone!

17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

Instagram: @kensingtonbookfestival

Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

[email protected]

301-949-9416 (text preferred)

FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival

Get ready to experience the vibrant colors, tantalizing flavors, and infectious rhythms of the Caribbean at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival! Hosted by RHU LLC, this exciting festival is set to take place on May 18, 2024, at the picturesque 16700 Barnesville Rd in Boyds, MD.

Step into a world where the Caribbean spirit comes alive! From 12:00 PM onwards, immerse yourself in a sensory journey that celebrates the unique culture, cuisine, and music of the Caribbean. Whether you're an African American, a Reggae or Soca music enthusiast, a wine lover, or part of the vibrant Caribbean diaspora, this festival promises to delight and captivate you in every way.

Let the enticing aromas of mouthwatering Caribbean dishes tantalize your taste buds. Feast on traditional delicacies prepared by expert chefs, showcasing the rich and diverse culinary heritage of the Caribbean. Indulge in flavorful jerk chicken, succulent seafood, and delectable plantain dishes that will transport you straight to the islands.

Accompanying the culinary extravaganza is a carefully curated selection of premium wines, ensuring the perfect pairing for your palate. Sip on fine wines from renowned vineyards, each sip a reflection of the Caribbean's vibrant spirit. Discover new flavors, expand your wine knowledge, and savor unforgettable moments with every glass.

As the sun sets, get ready to groove to the infectious rhythms of Caribbean music. Feel the pulsating beats of reggae, soca, dancehall, and calypso, moving your body to the lively melodies. Live performances by talented musicians and performers will keep the energy high, ensuring a night of unforgettable entertainment.

Don't miss this opportunity to embrace the Caribbean spirit and celebrate the arrival of spring in style! Tickets are available on AllEvents, so secure your spot today. Join us at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival, where cultures collide and unforgettable memories are made.



2 NIGHT Camping packages available: RV/CAMPER $200 | TENTS $150 Starting on Friday May 17 @ 5pm | 30 RV SPACES | 30+ TENT SPACES



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