Archive for October, 2009

Viers Mill Elementary Wins Praise for Involving Parents

Viers Mill Elementary School’s PTA meeting attendance is dismal. In a school whose students represent well over 30 nationalities and languages and whose families are generally low-income, many parents are too busy working, tossing together dinner or taking care of their children to attend, said Matthew Devan, principal of the Wheaton school.

But nine years after Devan developed a monthly Family Learning Night that combined free dinner (in the form of pizza), free child care (in the form of family activities with the teacher) and PTA meetings, parents’ involvement in the school and in their children’s work has risen drastically, he said.



County Council hears comment on White Flint plan

Thanks to all of the supporters that came out to support the RCA members that testified at the hearing. Matt Tifford, Dan Hoffman and Cindy Zelaya each testified.

At stake is the future of the area surrounding the White Flint Metro, where county planners have recommended transforming mini-malls and asphalt parking lots into a more vibrant community of mixed use residential, commercial and retail space. The plan before the County Council proposes converting Rockville Pike into a pedestrian boulevard and making the whole of White Flint more like Arlington, Va.



New RCA Hotline Phone Number

This year, the RCA will be phasing in a new Hotline number: 240-668-4RCA (4722). The old one will still work for the time being, to give people a chance to change their phone books. So, please make a note of it- and feel free to call in with your thoughts and concerns.


Echo – November 2009

The November 2009 Echo (PDF), has been posted.


President Obama Visits Our Elementary School

The students of Viers Mill Elementary School in Silver Spring were munching on grilled cheese sandwiches and tater tots in the cafeteria Monday when their ordinary meal became the ultimate power lunch: A surprise visit from President Obama.



Community Day Wrap Up

Our first annual Community Day was a blast, despite the weather. Hope all that came out had a great time. Thanks to the volunteers who worked to pull the event together.

We’d also like to thank The Stepping Stones, Advance Martial Arts and Mr. Knick Knack for performing. A special thank you to Dynamite Gymnastics for being gracious hosts.


Randolph Hills Community Day Canceled!

Randolph Hills Community Day has been CANCELED due to forecasted inclement weather. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to try again next year.

Dynamite Gymnastics (located in Randolph Hills Shopping Center) has graciously offered to host a party for our neighborhood families, residents, and guests from 1:00pm-3:00pm. The party will featuring performances by Mr. Knick Knack and Monkees cover band, The Stepping Stones. After some brief remarks from Councilmember Roger Berliner, the Stepping Stones will perform at 1:10pm followed by Mr. Knick Knack at 2:10pm. Light refreshments and drinks will be provided.

For more information about Dynamite Gymnastics, please visit their website:

Come out and join the Randolph Hills Community on Saturday, October 17 in Randolph Hills Shopping Center. The event is planned from 11AM to 3PM. This will be an opportunity to meet your neighbors, have some fun and learn about what’s going on in the community. You can get more details from the Community Day Flyer.