Funkstown School for Early Childhood Education

August 20, 2006

23 Funkstown Road

Principal: Susan Burger

Phone: 301-766-8162

Fax: 301-791-4113

Web site:

Start Time: 8:20 a.m.

Dismissal: 2:50 p.m.

Grades: PK-2

Date of construction: 1967

Age of building: 39 years


Size of building: 24,197 square feet

State-rated capacity: 200

Projected 2006-07 enrollment: 315

From the principal

Q. What are the biggest challenges this year?

A. We welcome 10 new staff to Funkstown this year (Six classroom teachers, a guidance counselor, an ELL teacher, a media specialist, and a speech therapist. Over the summer, we've added two additional classrooms along with two additional classroom teaching positions to help accommodate our growing student population. The current staff is excited and eager to welcome these new faces to our professional learning community.

Q. What are your goals for the school year?

A. My goal for this school year is for each and every student to develop to his/her fullest potential academically, socially and emotionally. The Funkstown staff is a very hard-working, talented, and dedicated team that firmly believes that every child can succeed in a safe, nurturing, exciting learning environment!

Q. What will help ensure a successful school year?

A. A school's success depends largely on the common goals, collective focus and collaborative efforts of our families, staff and community to teach, guide and support our students every minute of every day.

Q. What message would you like to send as the school year begins?

A. The beginning of a school year is such an exciting time! It can also be a little scary for young students and their parents, especially children who are entering school for the first time. It is imperative that there be an open line of communication between home and school and that we work together so that each child feels comfortable, happy, and safe at school every day. We welcome families to come in, call, or send a note with any questions or concerns.

Q. What special projects will occur during the school year?

A. Washington County has adopted a new Social Studies curriculum which will be implemented in Grades K-2.

Students will be introduced to new technology with Interactive Write Boards.

The PTA fundraising efforts this year will focus on the purchase of new playground equipment.

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