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Upcoming Events – 2019

  • March 5PTA Meeting @ 6:30 PM
  • March 6 – PGCPS Family Institute Session: Navigating The School System (Learn to Voice Concerns & Implement Your Ideas for Improvement)
  • March 8 – PBES Dr. Seuss Day; 3rd Quarter Progress Reports Released
  • March 11 – 2-Hr Early Dismissal (March For Our Schools Rally)
  • March 12 – PTA Group Meeting @ 6:30 PM
  • March 28 – End of 3rd Quarter
  • March 292-Hr Early Dismissal (PD Day for Teachers)
  • April 2 – World Autism Awareness Day
  • April 4 – PBES STEM Night
  • April 15-22 – Spring Break (Schools Closed)
  • May 6-10 – Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week
  • May 7 – PTA Meeting @ 6:30 PM
  • May 10 – PTA Ice Cream Social & Super Sundae Contest @ 6:30 PM


PTA Honey Bee Donors Program


‘Queen Bee’ Donors ($100+)

Bern & Kelly Jordan

Dawn Powers

DeShonne & Avery Massey

Robert & Delores Webster

‘Bee Scout’ Donors ($50 – $74)

Betty Bigesby

Cynthia J. Rodgers

Mayra Cerna

‘Sunflower’ Donors ($25 – $49)

Deaina M. Brown-Wright

Jacqueline Chambaz

Joseph & Antoinette Pack

Eleanor Washington

Nicolas Brennan

CLICK HERE For More Information

PBES Chinese Partial Immersion


About Partial Immersion

What is Partial Immersion?

Partial Immersion – programs in which approximately 50 percent of instruction is provided in the target language. Initial literacy instruction may be provided in either the target language or English or in both languages simultaneously.

The Prince George’s County Public Chinese STEM program at Paint Branch Elementary was started 2011 and the Partial Chinese Immersion program was started at the kindergarten level 2014-2015 this school year. Students enrolled in the program will continue through grade 5 and have the opportunity to develop communicative and academic proficiency in both English and Mandarin Chinese.

The program gives emphasis to English language speakers. Students learn Chinese through content based instruction in selected core subjects with a cross cultural understanding in Science STEM, Math, and Chinese language. Students read, write, listen and speak in both languages, becoming bilingual; bi-literate and bi-cultural.

Chinese Partial Immersion & STEM Program

The benefits of bilingualism are numerous, including greater flexibility in thinking, high rates of academic achievement, and cross-cultural learning and communication. Students will be prepared to compete within the context of the Global Society. This program is offered to children entering in Kindergarten in the Paint Branch boundary area.

What Parents Can Do to Support their child’s Immersion Experience?

Like all parents, parents of children in immersion programs are encouraged to maintain an active role in their children’s education by providing experiences that will help develop their English language skills and enhance their cognitive and effective development.

It is recommended that parents try to read to their children daily and engage them in activities where they need to apply what they are learning in class. Parents can also communicate with the teachers on a regular basis about their children’s academic, social, and language development. They are encouraged to become well informed about immersion education, make a commitment to keep their child in the immersion program, and support their children’s use of the immersion language outside the school context.

Parents may contact the Chinese Immersion Program Coordinator, Ruby Costea, at at anytime for questions, resources, and information.  Parents may also visit the PBES Chinese Immersion website for more information.

Paint Branch Chinese Immersion & STEM Program

The program follows the Maryland State & Prince George’s County Public Schools Curriculum. Students work towards the same academic goals regardless of the language instruction.  Teachers must be native or native like speaker and meet the Maryland State requirements for certification. When available, qualified Chinese-speaking substitutes are used.

Chinese Resources

 Better Immersion:  Better Immersion

 Chinese Pinyin Practice 拼音练习: (NOTE: this site may be experiencing technical difficulty)

 Chinese dictionary

 Get a Chinese name:



Chinese Immersion Summer Camp

Program Description:

The PBES three-week immersion program will offer 60 elementary students an intense but fun learning experience focusing on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) and Mandarin Chinese. It is open to all current students from kindergarten to fifth grade in Prince George's County, Maryland and its neighboring areas. Students will be divided into three classes of 20 students according to their grade levels: kindergarten - 1st grade, 2nd - 3rd grade, and 4th - 5th grade. 
Theme: From Seeds to Table 
Based on the theme, "From Seeds to Table", students will be able to make healthy choices, create colorful salads, demonstrate the understanding of where ingredients are from as well as basic nutrition. We will also introduce certain common Chinese vegetables and dishes. Hands-on activities will range from growing healthy food to exploring Chinese arts and crafts. There are two field trips planned for the camp.
Address: 5101 Pierce Ave, College Park, Maryland 20740
Phone: 301-513-5300
Dates: Chinese  Language and Culture - July 9 to July 26, 2018 (Mondays to Thursdays)
               Two Field Trips - Friday, July 14  - Johns Hopkins Center, Food System Lab @ Cylburn
Friday, July 21 -  
Hard Bargain Farm
Time: 9:00 am to 3:15 pm 

Tuition: FREE for all students but students should bring their own lunches. 
Contact: for more information

                   phone: 301-513-5300 extension 57975

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2018 PBES Family STEM Night


PBES held our annual Family STEM Night on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM in the PBES Cafeteria.  Everyone had a great time and learned about science, technology, engineering and mathematics through fun and interactive activities! 

There were also: 

  • 13 Fun Stations to Explore! AND
  • Cool Prizes for completing the stations!

Thank you to our awesome PBES Chinese Immersion Program & Academic Dean, Ms. Costea; Ms. Moore; Principal Rodgers; and our wonderful PBES Administration & Staff for your preparation, dedication, and hard work!!!  This was a GREAT evening of learning and fun for everyone!

Don't miss our next Family STEM Night!  Students AND parents are welcome to JOIN US!  


CLICK HERE to view our 2018 Family STEM Night Gallery of Pictures

CLICK HERE to view the 2018 Family STEM Night Flyer

March 2018 PBCIS Newsletter

PBCIS Newsletter March

PGCPS Language Immersion Task Force (2017-2018)

ATTN: PBES Chinese Immersion Parents!!!

Is there a plan for a Chinese Immersion/STEM Program in PGCPS for your students when they get to Middle/High School?  Are you wondering what happens next?

VISIT Our PTA Language Immersion Task Force Site

PGCPS Language Immersion Task Force Update - Meeting Outline (click link to view)

Drafted By: Dawn Powers, PGCPS Task Force Member


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