Public Meetings Schedule Announced for the proposed Middle School Feasibility Study

By | B-CC Middle School / RCH Park

The following document is the Montgomery County Board of Education’s official announcement regarding the feasibility study for the Rock Creek Hills Park middle school site.

Printer Friendly pdf file available here: 2011 05 26 MCPS Ltr Announcing Community Meetings on Feasibility Study

From: Dennis F. Cross, AIA, , Project Manager
Subject: Bethesda Chevy Chase Middle School # 2 – New School

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is about to conduct a
Feasibility Study for a new middle school to be located at Rock Creek
Hills Local Park, 3701 Saul Road, Kensington, MD 20895, a former
school site.

The design is being conducted by a Facility Advisory Committee (FAC)
that is chaired by the Westland Middle School Principal; Mr. Daniel J.
Vogelman. The FAC will include representatives of the schools, PTA,
neighbors, government agencies, the design architects, Samaha
Architects, and staff from MCPS Division of Construction.

The purpose of these meetings is to develop a preliminary design for
the school project. It is an evolving process whereby input from the
previous meeting is incorporated into the ongoing proposed design.
These meetings are to determine spatial relationships within the
school’s interior, the pedestrian and traffic flow of the site and how
the school will fit into the community at large.

As shown below, the FAC meeting/work sessions are scheduled in the
afternoons and evenings to allow maximum community involvement.

FAC Work Session Meeting #1 Wednesday, June 8, 2011 7:00 pm BCC HS
Choral Room

FAC Work Session Meeting #2 Wednesday, June 22 2011 2:00 pm BCC HS
Choral Room

FAC Work Session Meeting #3 Wednesday, July 13, 2011 7:00 pm BCC HS
Choral Room

FAC Work Session Meeting #4 Thursday, July 28, 2011 2:00 pm BCC HS
Choral Room

FAC Work Session Meeting #5 Wednesday, August, 10, 2011 7:00 pm BCC HS
Choral Room

FAC Work Session Meeting #6 Wednesday, August, 17, 2011 2:00 pm BCC HS
Choral Room

FAC PTA/Community Presentation Thursday, September, 8, 2011 7:00 pm
Westland MS

This letter is to inform you of the schedule for the design process
and to encourage you to participate. While all are invited, the
community is encouraged to send representatives from their respective
streets, areas, and community associations. Everyone present will hear
about the design process, its timetable, and the plans for keeping
people informed about the project.

If you would like to participate, please contact me at 240-876-4586 or
send an email to


Dennis F. Cross, AIA
Project Manager

Friends and Neighbors of Haverhill Littledale Triangle

By | Neighborhood Notices

Lend a hand, PLEASE, pruning the barbary bushes, weeding, putting down weed block, and spreading mulch. I know it sounds like a tall order, but many hands… I don’t need to tell you.

Since the triangle is in direct sun, I propose early morning or early evening sessions. I’m available early Saturday morning, or Monday, Tues, Wed evening next week. But don’t let that stop you. If you have time – any time – Have at it. The weed block and bags o’mulch are at the Littledale end of my driveway. If you would like a wheel barrow to haul the mulch, knock on our door — I just don’t want to leave it out for the taking. We also have recycle bins for the waste.

Alternatively, if you have a trusted garden person who you would like to commission to help out on your behalf — that’s great too.

Thanks and Happy Memorial Day!


Caution with rchcanet emails



Since we verify that new members of RCHCAnet are residents of Rock Creek Hills and/or homeowners in Rock Creek Hills, we seldom get much spam. However, every once in a while a member of RCHCAnet will have a problem that will cause malicious email to be sent on their behalf. Since we do not moderate messages, any malicious messages get forwarded to all members.

One method of protecting yourself is to verify all links before clicking on them. Most browsers and email programs will show you the true Uniform Resource Locator (URL, a.k.a. web address) when you hover the cursor over the link. My rule of thumb is to always verify the links, and if I don’t trust the link; don’t click on it. Unfortunately, sites that shorten URL’s hide the true URL. Again, my personal rule of thumb is to not click on shortened URL’s, even though they can be useful.

Note, the two emails that contain questionable links to sites with a RU (Russia) top level domain have been deleted from RCHCAnet.

Mike Baker

RCHCA Dues Update from the Treasurer

By | RCHCA Biz

220 of approx. 625 households have paid dues for 2011. Total paid came to $7,700. Dues, $35 per year, are voluntary. Payments for 2011 should be made payable to RCHCA. Send to:

Attn: David Hall
3103 Kent Street
Kensington, MD 20895

Caution … Don’t mail your payments if you intend to vote during this Tuesday’s special meeting. I won’t receive it in time for the meeting, which means your name will not appear on the PAID list. Only paid residents are allowed to vote. Bring your payment to the meeting instead. No cash, please.

All for now,

David Hall
Treasurer, RCHCA

PS … Please check your records before asking me if your dues are paid.

New WordPress web for

By | RCHCA Biz

The website for Rock Creek Hills Citizens’ Association was converted recently to a WordPress platform. Some of the older newsletter and minutes and other documents may not be available at this time. All efforts have been made to maintain the same information as was available in the old website, however, if you see anything that is missing or a link that may not be working properly, please email Sam Hoxie.

We will not be allowing comments.  Please use the ‘Send Question or Comment‘ page if you want to send any questions or comments to the Board.

Special Meeting Regarding Proposed Middle School Location in Rock Creek Hills

By | Meetings, RCHCA Biz

Special Meeting Regarding Proposed Middle School Location in Rock Creek Hills • Tuesday, May 17, 7:30pm-9:30pm • North Chevy Chase Elementary School • 3700 Jones Bridge Road, Chevy Chase

There will be a special meeting of the Rock Creek Hills Citizens Association to address the Board of Education’s April 28, 2011 decision to conduct a feasibility study of whether to build a new middle school in Rock Creek Hills at the site of our local park, Rock Creek Hills Local Park. A vote will be taken on this important matter and the result will be forwarded, with Board comment, to the appropriate County officials. The board staff will attend. There is substantial disagreement on this matter. Those opposing the proposed school emphasize what will likely be the loss of virtually all recreational facilities, the probable limitations to buffering, and the possible problems with traffic circulation and staff parking. Those supporting the construction point to the benefits for neighborhood children from walking to their school or from having a much shorter bus ride compared to the alternative of a new school in the Rosemary Hills area in east Silver Spring. In accordance with the covenants, only RCHCA residents, with current, paid dues may vote at this meeting. The Board has no position in this matter and will abide the decision of our members.

Rock Creek Hills to Organize Neighbor Watch Group

By | neighborhood watch, RCHCA Biz

On May 5, the County Police Officer Denise Gill spoke at a Rock Creek Hills Citizens Association meeting, explaining how to prevent home and car break-ins and other crimes via Neighborhood Watch (NW) programs. After a number of recent incidents, residents concerned about the likely increase during the warm weather seasons are beginning to organize NW groups. Some NW groups have been active years ago in Rock Creek Hills, but need to be re-started. Aware and alert neighbors provide the best line of defense against these crimes of opportunity. This won’t happen without volunteers. For residents interested in learning more, and possibly willing to become NW block captains, please call Jacquie Borda at 301-587-0235.