Back 2 School – 2018-19


Paint Branch Chinese Immersion Elementary School

潘布兰奇 小学

5101 Pierce Avenue

College Park, MD 20740

(301) 513-5300 (office) / (301) 513-5303 (fax)

School Website: 

Tricia Hairston, Ed.D.Principal

Ruby Shu CosteaAcademic Dean

School Hours: 9:15 AM - 3:25 PM

Student Arrival: 8:50 AM (in the cafeteria)

Student Dismissal: 3:15 PM 

PBES - At-a-Glance:

  • School Website
  • Hours: 9:15 am to 3:25 pm
  • Grades: PreK-6
  • Uniform: Mandatory (VIEW PBES Uniform Policy)
  • Before/After Care: No
  • School Colors: Black and Yellow
  • School Mascot: Bee


  • Pre-K & Kindergarten Orientation*: All parents of Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students are invited to attend a systemic orientation at Paint Branch Elementary School on Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12 NOON.  Parents will have an opportunity to meet their child's teacher and receive information about the early childhood program.  There will be no transportation provided by Prince George's County Public Schools Department of Transportation for this event. (*Scroll DOWN to see Orientation Slides)

Visit our Pre-K & Kindergarten page to VIEW Orientation Slides & Gallery of Pictures

  • Principal Meet & Greet Meeting: All parents of students who attend Paint Branch ES are invited to attend the "Principal's Meet and Greet" on Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM.  Please come by and say, "hello" to Dr. Hairston!

           ⇒Visit our New Principal & Staff page to VIEW pictures

  • Teacher Assignments for the 2018-2019 School Year: Teacher assignments were mailed home with a welcome letter from the new PBES Principal, Dr. Hairston, dated August 21, 2018.  Parents/Guardians should have received a postcard with your child's grade and teacher assigned for the new school year.  Please tell your child the name of his/her teacher to ensure a smooth transition on the first day of school.  FYI: This information is usually posted near the front door of the school during the first week of classes; however, you may call the main office at (301) 513-5300 to find out your child’s teacher assignment.

  • Parents Entering the School Building on the First Day of School: Beginning THIS YEAR, students will enter the building at 8:50 AM through the multipurpose room doors, which are located on the left side of the building, if facing the school's front door.  Students will be seated at tables by grade level and supervised by adults.

Parents who wish to escort their child to class on the first day of school, must report to the main office to sign-in using the Raptor System.  Parents must present a driver's license or government issued ID.  If the Raptor System is registering information slowly, then PBES will divert to a sign-in sheet process, for which parents must also present identification.  This system has been established to ensure the safety and well-being of all PBES students.  If you have any questions, prior to the first day of school, please feel free to contact the Main Office at (301) 513-5300.

  • Transportation: Bus arrival and departure times will be sent to parents from the PGCPS Department of Transportation.

If you have questions regarding transportation, please contact the Transportation office directly at (301) 952-6570.  Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. 

  • Back to School Night: PBES Back to School Night is on Wednesday, September 12th from 6:30 PM-8:00 PM. Please take advantage of this opportunity to meet your child’s teacher(s) and to learn about the curriculum and grade level expectations.

  • Uniform Policy: The 2018-2019 uniform policy is available on the school website and is also available for pick up in the main office.

Paint Branch Elementary School is a MANDATORY UNIFORM school.

Uniforms are worn Monday - Friday.  Students are required to wear navy blue pants, shorts and skorts [must be fingertip length], or skirts, white polo shirts, and all black shoes (tennis shoes preferred).  No shoes of a variety of colors, i.e., neon or camouflage are permitted, etc.  Monday through Thursday [no sports apparel].  Hoodies and sweaters are not to be worn around the waist.  They can be worn in the classroom for comfort.  If not, they must hang up in the classroom.  Below is a list of clothing approved for students' uniforms:


  • White Polo Shirt
  • Navy Blue pleated skirt or jumper
  • Navy Blue pants or skort
  • Navy Blue sweater or vest
  • All Black shoes or sneakers
  • White, Navy or Black socks


  • White Polo Shirt
  • Navy Blue pants
  • Navy Blue sweater or vest
  • Dark Belt (Black or Blue)
  • All Black shoes or sneakers
  • White, Navy or Black socks

NOTE: As of August 30, 2018, PBES PTA was informed that students (both boys and girls) may wear NAVY SHORTS, and tennis shoes with rubber soles of any color.

  • PGCPS School Calendar: Important 2018-19 dates for PGCPS are online HERE

  • Menus and Meal Payments: Pay for school meals, apply for free and reduced meals, and view menus HERE

Elementary (Pre K through Grade 5):

  • Reduced Price Breakfast: No cost to students (*Free Breakfast provided daily to PBES Students)
  • Full Price Breakfast: $1.60 (daily) / $8.00 (weekly)
  • Reduced Price Lunch: No cost to students
  • Full Price Lunch: $2.75 (daily) / $13.75 (weekly) / $55 (monthly)
  • Extra Milk: $0.55

To apply, families must complete a new Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals at the beginning of each school year. Students and their families do not have to be U.S. citizens to receive meal benefits. All students in the family should be listed on one application.

Applications are sent home with students the first week of school. Applications are available at all PGCPS schools, and can be submitted at any time.

Completed applications can be turned in to any PGCPS school or the Department of Food and Nutrition Services in person or by U.S. mail.

Prince George's County Public Schools
Food and Nutrition Services
Application Center
13300 Old Marlboro Pike
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Applications can take up to 10 days to process. Families will be notified if they are approved or do not qualify for meal benefits.

For more information, call 301-952-6517 orCLICK HERE

  • PGCPS Volunteer Requirements

PGCPS Requirements for School Visitors, Volunteers and One-time Event Volunteer

PGCPS Background Unit: Fingerprinting

  • Family Portal & Mobile App: Friday, August 31, 2018 the Family Portal & Mobile App will reopen for the 2018-2019 school year.

Online Resources:

PBES PTA Student Registration Page

CLICK HERE for the 2018-2019 School Supply List 

PBES Uniform Policy 2018-19

PBES PTA New Parents Page

Welcome From PBES PTA - 2018-19

PBES PTA Pre-K & Kindergarten

PBES PTA Resource Pages

2018 PBES Student & Parent Handbook

Paint Branch Chinese Immersion Elementary School website

Prince George’s County Public Schools website

CLICK HERE to visit the NEW Pre-K & Kindergarten PTA site!!!

VIEW Orientation Slideshow BELOW - August 30, 2018

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