News & Announcements – 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 


December News


December 18, 2019

PBES Holiday Performance

Mark your calendars: The Paint Branch Elementary School Holiday Performance will be Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 6:30 pm.

All classes will be participating as well as the instrumental students.

Our theme this year is: “Tis The Season Of Literacy”

We look forward to a wonderful evening!


December 13, 2018 (tentative date)

PTA Gingerbread House Decorating Party

Join Paint Branch PTA for a fun holiday decorating event! Enjoy a cup of warm cocoa with warm cookies while you decorate your Gingerbread House at school to enjoy at home over the winter holidays! Bring the family out for a night of Music, Creativity, Fun, Prizes and Raffles! Register quickly - spaces are limited! We need donations and volunteers to help! More details to check back soon!

⇒View Flyer in ENGLISH (coming soon)

⇒View Flyer in SPANISH (coming soon)

⇒Register (coming soon)

DONATE or Volunteer To Help




December 10-14, 2018

Paint Branch ES Book Fair

Paint Branch ES Book Fair is coming soon!  More information to follow...


~PTA Meeting~

Next PTA Meeting: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 6:30 PM - Paint Branch ES Cafeteria


CLICK HERE for 2018-19 PTA Meeting Schedule



November News


Sunday, November 18, 2018

PTA Family Skate

with Dora Kennedy French Immersion PTA

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

  Lanham Skate Center                                                           9901 Lanham Severn Road                                         Lanham, MD 20706

Tickets: $10 each* (no other coupons apply)

*Includes admission and skate rental

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult during the entire event
  • FREE admission - Kids ages 3 & under
  • $10 admission for all Non-skaters & Skaters bringing their own skates
  • Food may be purchased at the Skate Center

VIEW PTA Family Skate Day Flyer - ENGLISH

VIEW PTA Family Skate Day Flyer - SPANISH

VIEW Roller Skate coloring sheet - ENGLISH

VIEW Roller Skate coloring sheet - SPANISH


???CLICK HERE to VIEW⇒PTA Family Skate Gallery of 50+ Pictures


Thursday, November 15, 2018

PTA Restaurant Night

Join the Paint Branch PTA at Jason's Deli (7356 Baltimore Ave College Park, MD) on Thursday, November 15, 2018, from 5 PM - 10 PM for an evening of good eating and great company for an awesome cause - to support and raise money for our PTA!  Can't wait to see you there!  Thank you for your support!

⇒CANCELLED - to be rescheduled 

JD Nuggetz



Wednesday, November 14, 2018                                           & Thursday, November 15, 2018

WIN a $50 Exxon Gift Card! 

Win a $50 Visa Gift Card!


Support your Paint Branch PTA!

To WIN, do 1 of these 4 things on Nov 14th or 15th:

  1. Visit our New PTA website*  (*Then, go to CONTACT US – tell us what you think about our PTA website!)
  2. Like us on Facebook: PBES PTA
  3. Follow us on Twitter: @PaintBranchPTA!
  4. Send us an Email*: [email protected] (*Send us an email with your thoughts, comments or ideas about ourPTA!)

Increase your chance to WIN – DO ALL 4!!!


Thank you Veterans!

¡Gracias veteranos!

Veterans Day: Sunday, November 11, 2018

Observed: Monday, November 12, 2018



Friday, November 9, 2018

7:00 -9:00  PM - Paint Branch ES Cafeteria

Family Movie Night & Pajammy Jam!

Paint Branch PTA presents FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT...featuring a showing of "Despicable Me 3" -'s a Pajama Party!*  Come wearing your favorite pajamas to watch the movie (Appropriate PJs ONLY - No Nightgowns!)  Prizes given for best PJs!

  • Free ages 3 and under
  • $2 for PTA Members
  • $3 for non-PTA Members
  • No outside food allowed - Snacks & Drinks for Sale!
  • Order pizza by the box (delivered to you before the movie starts)

Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets! *Pajamas are NOT required to attend!  See you there!

VIEW Movie Night Flyer in ENGLISH

VIEW Movie Night Flyer in SPANISH 

VIEW Popcorn Box Coloring Sheet Flyer in ENGLISH

VIEW Popcorn Box Coloring Sheet Flyer in SPANISH 

VIEW A Minion Reasons To Come Flyer in ENGLISH

VIEW A Minion Reasons To Come Flyer in SPANISH 

???⇒VIEW Family Movie Night Gallery of 160+ Pictures


November 8, 2018

Hispanic Heritage Assembly

  • Postponed from Friday, October 19th

Students will learn about Hispanic Heritage Month and enjoy a short fashion show and performance by staff and students.


Gallery of Pictures: Coming Soon...




PTA Arts & Crafts Night

Thursday, November 1st

6:00 - 7:30 PM @ Paint Branch Cafeteria

Kids can enjoy a fun and exciting night of "Creative Play" with the Paint Branch PTA and College Park Arts Exchange, while parents get valuable information and resources about STEM Projects at STEM Fair Information Night!

  • Light snacks and drinks will be provided to children

 Hope to see you there!

VIEW Kids Arts & Crafts Night Flyer in ENGLISH

VIEW Kids Arts & Crafts Night Flyer in SPANISH

???⇒VIEW Kids Arts & Crafts Night Gallery of Pictures


STEM Information Night

Thursday, November 1st

6:00 - 7:30 PM @ PBCIS Room 44

  • Sample STEM Project
  • Google Slides for the project
  • Blackboard Format

*Kids can enjoy PTA Arts & Crafts Night while Parents get valuable information and resources about STEM Projects!

VIEW Flyer ⇒STEM Information Night Flyer in ENGLISH and SPANISH




November 1-30, 2018

PTA Membership Drive: Pizza Party Contest!

Your child's class could win a PIZZA PARTY!  The class with the highest percentage of PTA Membership participation by November 30, 2018, will win an awesome PIZZA PARTY for the whole class - along with a few fantastic surprises!  There will be one party given for K-3rd and one party for 4th-6th.

Please JOIN today, support the Paint Branch PTA and support our children!

VIEW Pizza Party Flyer in ENGLISH

VIEW Pizza Party Flyer in SPANISH 

JOIN PBES PTA - 2018-19


October News


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Paint Branch Character Book Parade

Students can bring their story book character costumes and take part in the Paint Branch Character Book Parade at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


October 28, 2018

Important Message from the PTA President





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October 25, 2018

1st PTA Meeting!

Join us for the 1st PTA Meeting of the 2018-19 School Year: Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 6:30 PM - Paint Branch ES Cafeteria

  • Come out to meet your PTA Officers & Board Members and learn about what your PTA has planned this school year for our students, parents, teachers and community!
  • We're also filling all PTA vacancies - If you're interested in PTA leadership, committee chairs and positions, or volunteering in general, please join us!
  • There will be snacks and drinks for sale, and children will enjoy a supervised activity during our meeting.

*If you need a Spanish language interpreter for this meeting, please bring your personal headphones!

VIEW October 2018 PTA Meeting Flyer in ENGLISH

VIEW October 2018 PTA Meeting Flyer in SPANISH


CLICK HERE for 2018-19 PTA Meeting Schedule


Monday, October 22, 2018

Men Make A Difference

All Dads or male role models are invited to have breakfast with their student from 9-9:30 AM.  Please RSVP with Ms. Cunningham with the flyer.

⇒VIEW Men Make A Difference Flyer in ENGLISH (coming soon)

⇒VIEW Men Make A Difference Flyer in SPANISH (coming soon)

Please plan to arrive at Paint Branch Elementary no later than 9 AM.  Light refreshments will be provided to all Dads and other male guests.

???⇒VIEW Men Make A Difference Day Gallery of Pictures

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School Picture Day at Paint Branch ES:

Monday, October 22, 2018


Order at ⇒

Picture Day ID: MJ218402Q0


October 19, 2018

"The Bee Line"

Paint Branch Chinese Immersion Parent Newsletter


VIEW October/November 2018 Issue




PBES Spirit Week - October 18-31, 2018

  • Thursday - October 18th - PINK OUT DAY
  • Friday, October 19th - Hispanic Heritage Assembly (POSTPONED UNTIL NOVEMBER)
  • Monday, October 22nd - Men Make A Difference
  • Tuesday, October 23rd - Drug & Alcohol Free
  • Wednesday, October 24th - Bulling Awareness
  • Thursday, October 25th - Domestic Violence Awareness
  • Friday, October 26th - Drug & Alcohol Awareness


???⇒VIEW PBES SPIRIT WEEK Gallery of Pictures

Dear Parents:

October is School Safety Month.  During this month, Paint Branch will observe special events and celebrate special activities.  Please see the calendar of events with correlating activities.  Your student is encouraged to participate in as many activities as possible.  If your student is not interested in participating in the various activities, they are allowed to wear their PBES T-Shirt and school pants or PBES School Uniform.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  Thank you for your support.


Ms. Cunningham, Professional School Counselor (301-513-5300 ext. 57937)


October 1, 2018

1st PTA Meeting!

Join us for the 1st PTA Meeting of the 2018-19 School Year: Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 6:30 PM - Paint Branch ES Cafeteria

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Principal Month

October 1, 2018

October is National Principal's Month!

Join Paint Branch Elementary School Staff and PBES PTA as we salute our new Principal, Dr. Tricia Hairston and our Academic Dean, Mrs. Costea for their invaluable leadership and service to our school, students, parents and community.  Great Schools Have Great Principals - and we can't say enough about ours!

Thank you!  ~ 谢谢!(Xièxiè!)  ~  ¡Gracias!


For more information about National Principal's Month, visit: ⇒

???⇒View PBES Principal's Month Gallery of Pictures


September News

Box Tops For Education

VIEW Letter in English

VIEW Letter in Spanish


September 28, 2018

Dear Parent/Guardians,

My name is Mayra Cerna and I am the Box Tops for Education™ Coordinator for Paint Branch Elementary School. Box Tops for Education™ is a school earnings program that helps schools earn cash to buy the things we need.

Box Tops are each worth 10¢ for schools and are found on hundreds of products. When students, families, schools and communities work together to collect Box Tops, the money adds up fast. Last year, our school earned $179.80, which we used to purchase office supplies we can earn even more cash this school year with your help. Our goal this year is $300. Here are a few ways you can help us reach that goal:

  • Place a Box Tops collection bin in front of your business. Your employees and patrons will identify your business as a Box Tops drop-off location.
  • Donate products that we can use as contest prizes. We hold collection contests throughout the year and prizes really motivate parents and students to participate.

To learn more about the Box Tops for Education™ program and see a list of participating products, visit Thank you in advance for your support!


Mayra Cerna
Paint Branch Elementary School
Email: [email protected]


September 27, 2018

ATTN: PBES Parents/Guardians: What are your students expected to learn for the 2018-19 year?  Don't know?  Are you wondering how they will be graded? 

View the PGCPS Reading or Math Syllabus in your student's class!  Click the links below to find out about each grade level...

2018-19 PGCPS Reading/English/Language Arts Syllabi  for Grades K - 5

2018-19 PGCPS Mathematics Syllabi for Grades K - 5


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September 12, 2018

Back-To-School Night

Time: 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.

Gallery of Pictures: Coming Soon...


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*Show the PBES PTA your 1st WEEK of SCHOOL COOL!  Send us your coolest, wackiest, funniest or most interesting pictures of the 1st week of school at PBES!  PBES Staff/Parents/Guardians can email pictures to [email protected], or tag us [#BusyBeesPTA & #PBESSchoolCool] on your Facebook or Twitter pictures for a chance to be posted on our PTA social media!

VIEW our PBES PTA 1st Week of School COOL Gallery of Pictures

PGCPS Student Publicity Release Form in English and Spanish



August News

August 30, 2018

Pre-K & Kindergarten Orientation

Pre-K & Kindergarten Orientation for Parents:Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 10:00 AM - 12 NOON

???⇒Visit our Pre-K & Kindergarten PTA site to VIEW Orientation Slides & Gallery of Pictures




August 30, 2018

New Principal Meet & Greet

New Principal Meet & Greet: Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

???⇒Visit our PBES New Principal & Staff site to VIEW Gallery of Pictures


Welcome Back! Let's Get Ready For School!

  • Principal Meet and Greet - Thursday, August 30, 2018 @ 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten Orientation - Thursday, August 30, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 12 NOON
  • First Day of School* - Tuesday, September 4, 2018 @ 9:15 AM - 3:25 PM (*student arrival @ 8:55 AM / student dismissal @ 3:15 PM)
  • Back To School Night - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • 2-Hr Early Dismissal - Friday, September 28, 2018 (school will dismiss at or around 1:15 PM)

CLICK HERE for PGCPS county-wide Back-To-School Information



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NEW this school year!

⇒VIEW 2018 PBES Student/Parent Handbook

Return to our ⇒Busy Bees News & Announcements Page

Click the links below to VISIT:

⇒News & Announcements - 2018-19

Welcome From PBES PTA - 2018-19

PBES New Parents

PBES New Principal & Staff

Back 2 School - 2018-19

PBES Uniform Policy - 2018-19

PBES Pre-K & Kindergarten

PBES Student Registration

News & Announcements - 2017-18