Welcome Back! A Letter from Mr. Wiebe

Wyngate Elementary School

Welcome Back!



August 2018

Dear Wyngate Students and Families,

I hope that you continue to enjoy your summer with family and friends!  We have been busy preparing for your arrival.  I am so excited to welcome everyone back to Wyngate in August and to continue our collaborative efforts to ensure each and every child is prepared to thrive in his or her future.  Our collective commitment to the whole child will drive our work toward excellence.  We will continue to have high expectations for our students and provide the support, enrichment, and acceleration necessary to meet the needs of all of our students! Our focus this year will allow us to meet the academic, social/emotional, and creative problem solving needs of all children. This year, we are excited to implement opportunities for mindfulness with the support of Mrs. King, our school counselor and all staff.  More to come as we begin the new school year!

I continue to be pleased with the academic achievement of our students.  Our children meet or exceed the MCPS benchmarks in literacy and mathematics in multiple measures.  I look forward to accelerating the growth of all children and helping those students who may need additional support achieve to their full potential.  We look forward to another year of learning together.  Thank you for your continued support!

The Building Services staff led by Ms. Ogburn and Ms. Bush have been working very hard to make our building beautiful.  I know you will join me in thanking them for their hard work. 

Continue to enjoy the remaining weeks of summer.  We look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday, August 30 for our Open House activities! And, if you haven’t already, follow me on Twitter @WyngateES. I’ll be posting information periodically about happenings at Wyngate.


                                                                        Travis J. Wiebe


P.S. If you know of any families who are new to the neighborhood, please encourage them to register as soon as possible.  Information about enrollment can be located here.  Please feel free to encourage them to contact the main office at 240-740-1080.

Sneak a Peek Day – August 30!

  • Each year, we host an Open House day for students and families with a variety of events. This year we will continue this tradition on Thursday, August 30, 2018.  Please see below for detailed information on this exciting day!





9:30-10:30 am

Kindergarten Orientation (parents/guardians ONLY.  Students should remain at home for this meeting.)

All Purpose Room

12:00 pm

Class Lists Posted

Wyngate Website

12:30 – 1:00 pm

New Student Orientation (for parents/guardians and new Wyngate students joining grades 1-5)

All Purpose Room

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Open House – Meet the Teachers and Visit Classrooms (all students and their parents/guardians)


Sneak a Peek Day Flyer

Staffing Updates

Each year, for a variety of reasons, we have changes in our staff. 

We are wishing the following staff members well as they transition from Wyngate to new adventures!

Staff Member


Next Steps

Theresa Collins

Administrative Secretary

Attendance Secretary at Bayard Rustin ES closer to home

Bonnie Cook


Enjoying retirement

Brandon Hallberg

Grade 4

Relocating to Pittsburgh

Haley Hudson

Grade 1

American School of Rome

Rachel Lanman

General Music

Spending time with family at home

Desmond Mackall

Staff Development Teacher

Assistant Principal at Glen Haven ES

Trudi Marsh


Moving to a full-time role at Montgomery College

Brooke O’Barr

Grade 5

Cold Spring ES closer to home

Lynn Underhill


Enjoying retirement and grandchildren


We are pleased to welcome the following staff members to Wyngate!


Staff Member


Previous Experience

Bethany Buel


Kindergarten teacher in Carroll County and experience as a long term substitute teacher in MCPS.

Laura Batis

Part-Time Special Education

Bethesda ES in MCPS

Tyler Bohn


Kindergarten teacher in Baltimore County

Leeann Brech

Grade 1

Grade one teacher in Alexandria, VA

Carrie Conley

Assistant Principal

Various schools in MCPS, most recently Flora Singer ES in MCPS

Colleen Copeland

Administrative Secretary

Our Lady of Good Counsel Administrative Assistant

Donna Flewellyn

Staff Development Teacher

MCPS Central Office and Technology team

Kaila Jones

Grade 4

Clopper Mill ES in MCPS

Cathy Kashatus

Grade 1

Wood Acres ES in MCPS

Stephanie Miller

General Music

Clopper Mill ES in MCPS

Traci Reisner

Part-Time ESOL

Cashell ES in MCPS

Important Dates – Mark Your Calendar!

  • August 30 – Sneak a Peek Day
  • September 3 – Labor Day Holiday
  • September 4 – First Day of School
  • September 7 – PTA Back to School Picnic (5:30-7:30)
  • September 10 – Schools Closed
  • September 12 – Back to School Night
  • September 19 – Schools Closed
  • September 27 – Student Portraits
  • October 2 – PTA New Family Coffee/Reception (10:30 am in Media Center)
  • October 2 – PTA New Family Reception (6:30 pm in Media Center)
  • October 2 – PTA Meeting (7:00 pm in Media Center)

2018-19 Teaching Assignments


Grade Level

Team Leader



Ms. Carr

Mr. Bohn

Ms. Buel

Ms. E. Kim

Ms. J. Kim


Ms. Fitz

Ms. Brech

Ms. Kashatus

Ms. Levengood

Ms. Smith


Mr. Gamard

Ms. Puckett

Ms. Sammon

Ms. Schlichting

Ms. Sheckman


Mr. Higgins

Ms. Elgin

Ms. Farrell

Ms. Worley



Ms. Bertran

Ms. Jones

Ms. McCarthy

Mr. Menditch

Ms. Sullivan


Ms. Calabretta

Mr. Berg

Ms. Cameron

Ms. Hum

Ms. Thatcher

MCPS Calendar

The MCPS School Calendar for the 2018-19 school year can be found here.

Bus Information

As a reminder, please arrive early to the bus stops during the first week of school as the drivers work to fine tune the schedule.  Students in grades K-2 will be provided with a corresponding colored band for their bus to assist them in boarding the correct bus. 

Lunch Information

Information about school lunch can be found on the MCPS Division of Food and Nutrition Services website here.

School Supplies

  • The school supply list is available here.


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Log into your AtoZConnect account, go to “Membership”, and select “Family Membership”.

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