Assignment Education

Diamond ES International Night

The Diamond Elementary School PTA will host its fourth annual International Night April 12 at 7 p.m. The purpose of International Night is to bring together Diamond’s families to learn about and share with each other the many cultures represented in the school.

The evening will include international entertainment, arts and crafts, country displays and food from a variety of cultures. The event is free of charge and open to all Diamond students, families and staff.

For more information, contact event chair Nazanin Kholdebarin at or 240.498.3949.

Finalists Selected for Book Festival Short Story Contest

Northwest High School senior Rebecca Danaceau of Gaithersburg is among the 12 finalists in the Gaithersburg Book Festival’s third annual High School Student Short Story Contest.

Judges selected the finalists from a pool of more than 200 entries.

The first-, second – and third-place winners, along with a fan favorite, will be announced at the festival on May 18 at 12:30 p.m. in the Ogden Nash tent. Winners will receive $100, $50 and $25 gift certificates, respectively.

The winning stories will be selected by New York Times best-selling author Caroline Leavitt (“Pictures of You” and “Is It Tomorrow”), a featured author at the 2013 Gaithersburg Book Festival. Leavitt also provided the three opening lines from which students had to choose when writing their stories.

“It’s exciting to see the short story contest remain a vibrant and growing aspect of our festival,” said Jud Ashman, festival chair and Gaithersburg City Council member. “We love being able to engage with and encourage tomorrow’s authors.”

All finalists’ stories have been posted to the Gaithersburg Book Festival website at Visitors are encouraged to go read the stories and give a “thumbs up” to those stories they like best to determine the “Fan Favorite” entry.

For more information about the Gaithersburg Book Festival, visit

BOE Seeks Input

The Montgomery County Board of Education has requested community comment regarding revisions to two policies — Policy ABA, Community Involvement, and Policy IGN, Combating Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse.

Policy ABA, Community Involvement, reflects the Board’s commitment to fostering and supporting community interest and involvement in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). Policy IGN, Combating Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, provides a framework for creating and maintaining a safe environment for teaching, learning, and working within MCPS that is free of tobacco, drugs, alcohol and other intoxicants.

Copies of the draft policies are available through the Department of Public Information and Web Services by calling 301.279.3391 or online at

Individuals who wish to provide comments on either policy should respond in writing by May 7, 2013. All responses should be sent to the Office of the Superintendent of Schools, 850 Hungerford Drive, Room 122, Rockville, Maryland 20850 or sent by email to the Board of Education at All responses will be shared with the Board of Education and the Superintendent of Schools.

Gaithersburg Collecting Supplies for End of School Year

The city of Gaithersburg Educational Enrichment Committee, in conjunction with the Division of Community Services, announces the kick-off a school supply collection drive. Several years ago the committee conducted a survey of educators and found that supplies for teachers and students are in high demand during the latter part of the school year. As part of the GREAT program (Gaithersburg Recognizing Educational Achievement Today), the committee is collecting school supplies for distribution to Gaithersburg area schools in the spring.

Items specifically identified by local educators this year include:

  • 2-, 3 – and 4-inch Binders
  • Pencils
  • Stickers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Dividers for Binders
  • Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Erasers
  • Colored Pencils and Markers
  • Achievement Stickers
  • White Lined Paper
  • Certificates of Completion

Deliver donations to the Community Services office in the Wells/Robertson House facility at 1 Wells Avenue (next to City Hall) between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays through April 15. Contact Community Services Division Chief Maureen Herndon at, 301.258.6395 x1 or visit the city’s website at for more information.