2019-20 Family Events


One of our goals as a school and a PTA is to foster a sense of community, and bring RCES families together for fun events. Here are some of the events we have held this year, or plan to hold. We hope that you'll join us!



Kindergarten Popsicle Playdate

Thursday, August 29 at 3:00pm (following Sneak Peek)

RCES Playground


Come out and meet your fellow classmates at our annual get together for kids entering Kindergarten this school year! These playdates are a great opportunity for kids and parents to meet other incoming kindergarteners before the first day of school, and to ask questions of the PTA members on hand.


Event chair: Sara Royce 




Cheers and Tears New Parents Welcome Coffee

First Day of School, September 3 at 9:15am

RCES Courtyard (enter through the Media Center)


Whether it's your 1st child or your 5th, the first day of Kindergarten, or the first day at a new school, is a big deal for kids and parents alike! Come share your cheers (and maybe some tears), while meeting other parents.

Complimentary coffee, muffins and tissues will be provided, courtesy of your RCES PTA.


Event chair: Wendy Stickle



Back to School Picnic

Thursday, September 26 from 5-7pm

RCES Upper Field (rain location: All Purpose Room)


Come see how much fun our school is! Join the PTA and RCES staff on the upper field, see old friends and make new ones! We will have inflatables galore, along with games, face painting, cotton candy, a DJ and other fun surprises!


Admission is FREE! However we will be selling $1 raffle tickets for some awesome prizes! You don't want to miss this! Current prizes include gift cards or items from Bobapop, Cute Tips, Clover Boutique, Sin & Grin, Stella & Dot and much much more!


Dinner and dessert will be available for purchase, or bring your own. The following food trucks will be on site: Potomac Pizza, Chix n Stix, Carmen's Italian Ice and Crepes a Go Go!



Don't forget lawn chairs or picnic blankets, or plan to purchase our awesome RCES blanket and other swag at the PTA table, where you can also join and contribute to PTA.


Event chair: Deborah Uzun & Great Kids Events




Restaurant Nights

Give the stove the night off. Take the family out to dinner at one of our area restaurants, meet up with friends, maybe spot a teacher or two... all while supporting RCES PTA!


See locations & dates


Coordinator: Wendy Stickle 



Scholastic Book Fairs

Shop our huge selection of books and encourage your kids' love of reading!


Book fairs are held in the Media Center every fall and spring:

  • Monday, October 14 through Friday, October 18, 2019
  • Friday, February 28 through Friday, March 6, 2020

More Info

Sign up to volunteer


Event chairs: Lindsay Perrell, Jenna Goldblatt, Molly Roby and Holly Khalaf 




Family Movie Night

Wednesday, October 16 at 6pm

RCES All Purpose Room


Stop by the Fall Book Fair and then join us in the APR for The Secret Life of Pets 2!


Admission is FREE! 


Bring a blanket & pillow. Candy & popcorn will be available for purchase. Outside food is allowed.


Event chair: Mary Chu




Parents and Pastries

Friday, October 18, 2019 at 8:00am


RCES All Purpose Room


Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Guardians... come have breakfast with your kids at school! Donuts, muffins, coffee and OJ will be served, courtesy of the RCES PTA. The school will open at 8:00 but join us at any time before 9:00. And make sure to save a little extra time in the fall to stop in for the last day of Book Fair!



*Please refrain from parking in our parking lot Friday morning, as we require 104 spaces for our staff.  Ample street park is available. Thank you!


Event chair: Ellie Hitt (October 18th)

chair needed for the May 8th Parents and Pastries, contact social@rces-pta.org if you would like to chair the May 8th event



Family Fitness Night

Tuesday, November 19 at 6:30pm


Lace up those sneakers and start warming up for the 8th Annual RCES Family Fitness Night! Lots of fun activities are planned, with appearances by

  • Kicks Karate
  • Title Boxing
  • Metropolitan Ballet
  • Bella Ballet
  • Lifetime
  • Kentlands Nutrition
  • Morfit
  • Foundry Fitness
  • FreeState Gymnastics
  • Whitman Camp
  • QO Hockey
  • QO Poms
  • QO Soccer
  • QO Basketball

 You do not want to miss it!


Event chairs: Laura Geraghty and Lauren Melito





Bingo and Pizza Night

Friday, February 28 at 6pm


Join us for some bingo fun and prizes!  Pizza, cookies and water will be available for purchase. Cash only.  We will have a great time playing bingo together, and some great prizes too!  Don't forget to visit the Book Fair.

Event chair: Mary Chu



Annual Fundraiser

Spring, 2020


With the tremendous success of last year’s Race for Education, we are planning a spring fundraiser (possibly a readathon?) to raise money for PTA as well as a worthy cause. Event and cause are still to be determined.


If you have ideas to share, or would like to be involved in planning and/or chairing this event, please email fundraising@rces-pta.org 


Event chair: Open




STEM Night



Do you have a young scientist or inventor at home? Do you and your kids want to be more involved in science or technology.  Then you don't want to miss the 2020 RCES STEM Night!  STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - and they'll all be on display! This event is for all grades, K through 5th. No child is too young to enjoy science! 


At the STEM Night, students set up research posters and share their work with friends, parents, and teachers.  We'll provide a poster board and table, and you provide the science!  This year, we'll even have a special presentation by Eric Energy!  This is one night you do not want to miss!


Register Now

STEM Night Information Packet


Parents, do you work in a related industry? Sign up for a parent poster! Interested in being an event sponsor, or setting up an inspiring interactive station during the event? Contact James at jamespatrickconway@gmail.com by March 4th.  


Event chair: James Conway, Banu Zolnik and Shannon Thomas



Chili Cook Off



Calling all Chili fans!!! The Staff Appreciation Committee needs contestants to bring their favorite homemade chili for our 3rd Annual Chili Lunch for the RCES Staff! RCES Staff and parents are invited to enter the contest. Prizes are awarded for the top 3 entries.


Sign ups will open as the event gets closer.


Volunteers are also needed to bring cornbread, rolls, toppings, and sides. 


Event chair: Sara Gorfinkel




This is RCES: A Celebration of Our Diverse Culture 



Stay tuned for more information about this exciting new event! 


Event chairs: Deborah Uzun, Simone Repetto and Beth Narrow




Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday, May 4 through Friday, May 8


Let's show our teachers and staff just how much they mean to us! More information and a schedule of daily events will be released in the spring. 


Event Chairs: Lindsay Perrell and Erin Quinn






Calling all of our talented performers! It’s time to get your act together for the 2020 Rachel Carson ROCKS Variety Show! 


Tickets will be sold at the event, along with flowers and candy.


Acts will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Registration will open in the spring.



Event chair: Open, if you are interested in chairing this event, please email social@rces-pta.org



General event questions? Contact social@rces-pta.org