Fight Back Against Mold Illness with Help from Proactive Wellness Centers

CIRS Mold Toxicity Treatment in Chevy Chase, MD

Experiencing mold toxicity is a terrifying thought for most people. Although it may seem like an interesting concept for a medical drama, nobody wants to experience the effects of mold exposure firsthand.

Mold is a fungus that thrives in wet environments, such as under tiles, wood floors, and ceilings, pipes, and roofs. While several types of mold exist, some are more hazardous than others, and some individuals may be allergic or sensitive to mycotoxins, the toxins that mold naturally produces. Exposure to excessive amounts of mold, or the types of mold that trigger health problems, can lead to mold toxicity and even CIRS - Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome. This acute and chronic systemic inflammatory response syndrome is typically acquired after exposure to mold or other producers of biotoxins, usually from damaged water buildings.

If you believe that you're suffering from mold toxicity or mold illness, it can seem like the world is folding in on you. No matter what you do, your symptoms persist, lowering your quality of life and eliminating your peace of mind. Fortunately, there is reason to be hopeful: Proactive Wellness Centers now offers a research-backed, highly effective mold illness poisoning treatment in Chevy Chase, MD for men and women just like yourself and your children as well if they have been impacted.

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CIRS and Mold Toxicity

CIRS and mold illness are on the rise, and accurate diagnosis of the issue plays a major role in this trend. Thanks to Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, there is a huge body of evidence that covers diagnosing and treating patients with CIRS. Dr. Lawson is one of less than 30 practitioners in the United States that are fully certified by Dr. Shoemaker for diagnosing and treating CIRS. The body of evidence by Shoemaker and many associates is the largest body of scientific evidence that is published in major medical journals. Around 80% of CIRS/Mold cases are caused by indoor air contaminated with mold toxins and other triggers. However, it's important to note that CIRS can also be caused by biotoxin producers such as cyanobacteria and a marine dinoflagellate that produces the Ciguatera toxin found in certain types of fish.

When mold or biotoxins are not processed effectively, a series of biochemical changes known as the Biotoxin Pathway occur. Genetic studies have revealed that approximately 24% of individuals have a genetic makeup that makes them susceptible to developing an illness related to mold or biotoxins. The remaining 76% of the population can typically eliminate these toxins from their system and avoid the development of the Biotoxin Pathway that can lead to various diseases.

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CIRS and Mold Poisoning Misdiagnosis

CIRS and mold exposure symptoms overlap with many other chronic illnesses, which makes diagnosis challenging and can even lead to missed diagnosis of CIRS. Based on research from Proactive Wellness Centers, CIRS is frequently misdiagnosed. Some of the most common misdiagnoses include:

  • Lupus
  • Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • PTSD
  • More

Lyme disease, in particular, is often misdiagnosed. We have treated a number of patients whose symptoms were in line with Lyme disease. Fortunately, we were able to confirm the presence of CIRS and mold and were able to successfully help those patients using CIRS treatment in Chevy Chase, MD.

Note that many of these patients have CIRS and Lyme disease and in that case, it is necessary to treat both in order for full recovery. Treating one or the other will invariably leave the patient with debilitating symptoms and even more frustration with their medical team. At Proactive Wellness Centers, we are skilled In diagnosing and treating both.

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CIRS and Mold Poisoning Symptoms

If you're reading this page, chances are you're concerned that you might have CIRS or some form of mold poisoning. You may be wondering what you have - is it CIRS, or is it something else like Lyme disease? We can't provide the answer to that question without consultation and testing at our wellness center in Virginia. However, there are common symptoms of CIRS and mold toxicity you should know.

Some of the most common symptoms of CIRS include:

  • Fatigue
  • Decreased Word Finding
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Morning Stiffness
  • Tremors
  • Excessive Thirst
  • Tingling
  • Night Sweats
  • Frequent Urination
  • Confusion
  • Mood Swings

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Tools for Diagnosing Mold Sickness and CIRS

Identifying and confirming if a patient is being impacted by CIRS and identifying the cause and source of the biotoxin are the two main steps in diagnosing CIRS and Mold Exposure. To diagnose CIRS and Mold Exposure, the following diagnostic tools are commonly used:

To learn more about the debilitating symptoms of mold sickness and to find out whether you have CIRS or something else, contact Proactive Wellness Centers. Our team of medical professionals is here to help you every step of the way.

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Hope for Patients with CIRS: Proactive Wellness Centers' Mold Illness Treatment in Chevy Chase, MD

Our approach to treating CIRS utilizes integrative and functional medicine, The Shoemaker Protocol along with the latest evidence-based approaches to treating mold illness and the related secondary issues that it causes. We begin by utilizing advanced diagnostics to confirm the presence of the condition and identify the specific environment causing continued exposure to biotoxins. Next, we take a stepwise approach to halt the progression of the disease, eliminate biotoxins from the body, and reverse any damage to cellular structures. Our goal is to help patients achieve a full recovery.

To do this, we not only have to identify the primary condition like CIRS or Lyme disease, but we then have to continue looking to see if you have any of the common secondary conditions like reactivated EBV, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), and others. Once we understand the totally of your condition, then we can implement a treatment plan tailored for you. Yes, it will leverage the Shoemaker protocol, but we have found that we have to extend the protocol to cover the secondary issues that we uncover.

The steps we follow to reach that goal include:

In order to initiate the recovery process, it is important to address and resolve any affected areas, or, alternatively, relocate the patient from that environment if necessary. Prolonged exposure to mold can hinder the success of the treatment plan and impede the healing process.

Two commonly used binding agents in the process of treating Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome are Welchol and Cholestyramine. Cholestyramine is particularly effective in binding biotoxins that are processed in the liver's bile ducts and helps to eliminate them from the body. It has been scientifically proven, through placebo-controlled studies, to reverse multiple aspects of the inflammatory process associated with CIRS.

Many individuals experiencing mold sickness and other chronic inflammatory illnesses may have a staph infection called MARCoNS (Multiple Antibiotic Resistant Coagulase Negative Staphylococci) residing deep in their nasal cavities. This infection is resistant to antibiotics and needs to be eliminated for the patient to fully recover.

Each patient requires a customized plan based on the affected areas and CIRS severity. Retesting is necessary after each step to confirm balance restoration. Testing may include some or all of the following:
  • VIP
  • TGF Beta 1
  • MMP9
  • ADH
  • Antigliadin
  • Androgen Imbalance
  • C4a
  • More

In order to halt the growth of mold fungi, patients need to avoid foods that can cause mycotoxins. Some examples of these foods include:
  • Barley
  • Cottonseed
  • Peanuts
  • Corn
  • Black Pepper
  • Figs
  • Rice
  • Bread
  • Beans
  • More
Proactive Wellness has a proven track record of treating patients who have experienced severe health issues without any clear explanation. Unlike other "syndromes," our diagnosis process involves specific tests to confirm a diagnosis rather than simply ruling out other diseases.
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Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Chronic Fatigue, and Chronic Pain Syndrome are examples of illnesses that are often diagnosed without such confirmatory tests. If you are experiencing unexplained health issues or have been exposed to water-damaged buildings, it is possible that you are suffering from CIRS or a mold illness.

The good news is that we can diagnose and address this disease with a mold illness treatment program in Chevy Chase, MD tailored to your body and your symptoms. That way, we can help you regain your health as soon as possible.

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5 Symptoms of Mold Exposure

Mold spores can easily be brought into your home on your shoes or clothing or through open windows or doors. If these spores can find a warm, damp, humid environment, they can begin to multiply. Soon, your home can be filled with toxic mold. If you think mold has invaded your home or another environment, like in an office or warehouse, it's important for you to know about the symptoms.

Unfortunately, diagnosing mold issues can be exceptionally difficult. But why? The answer can be quite frustrating.

Understanding the Difficulty of Diagnosing Mold Symptoms

Many doctors fail to recognize the impact of mycotoxins emitted by certain indoor mold species, which can lead to chemical and inflammatory reactions. While conventional medicine acknowledges that mold can cause allergies, it may overlook this crucial aspect of mold-related health issues.

This can happen for several reasons:

  • Standardized treatment protocols for mold toxicity are offered mostly by Functional/Integrative physicians as the conventional physicians are not on board despite over 20 years of published research. Due to this issue, patients spend precious months/years going from doctor to doctor in the conventional channel with no answers.
  • Though ERMI testing has been accepted in the integrative/functional medical community, there isn't a "gold standard" in mold testing that is universally accepted.
  • Mold symptoms can manifest in vastly different ways depending on the patient.
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After understanding the points above, it's no wonder that mold poisoning can be hard to diagnose. Fortunately, integrative and functional holistic medicine providers and wellness centers like Proactive Wellness are flipping the proverbial script. Unlike traditional clinics, our team considers environmental factors that can affect patient health and has advanced training to provide mold poisoning treatment in Chevy Chase, MD.

Now that you understand why mold symptoms are so hard to diagnose let's take a closer look at five of the most common indicators of mold sickness.

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Fatigue is probably the number one symptom of well over 90% of CIRS patients. The level of fatigue varies from 5 on a 10 point scale all the way to 10 on a 10 point scale. Many patients can no longer work or remain productive as in the worst cases, the fatigue is overwhelming. College students living in moldy dorms frequently have to drop out of school until the illness is treated effectively. Older adults have to retire or stop working due the fatigue. If you have overwhelming fatigue, CIRS may be a major contributor to your illness.

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Breathing Problems

Exposure to mold can cause a host of respiratory problems, such as breathing difficulties, allergies, and asthma, especially in individuals with a weakened immune system. Mold can worsen asthma, irritate the nasal passages, lungs, and throat, and lead to symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, and nasal congestion. Other health issues such as hypersensitivity pneumonitis, sinus congestion, allergic rhinitis, asthma, and allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis have also been associated with mold sickness.

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Sadness and Depression

Mold can cause a variety of illnesses that can show up in different ways, such as psychological symptoms like anxiety, depression, insomnia, concentration problems, and memory loss. It has been reported that nearly 40% of people who live in moldy homes experience depression. Researchers suggest that exposure to toxic mold and dealing with the physical symptoms of mold illness can contribute to mental health issues.

Due to this phenomenon, many mold patients are given antidepressant medications in the conventional channels.

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Feeling "Pins and Needles"

Numbness, twitching, or tingling in the extremities, such as hands, feet, legs, and arms, is another symptom of mold illness. The sensation is similar to pins and needles, which are often felt when the body is held in an uncomfortable position for a long time. While this sensation can indicate serious nerve damage or disease, it can also be a symptom of mold sickness.

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Digestion Problems and Disorders

When exposed to mold, individuals may experience various digestive problems. Some may lose their appetite, leading to unintentional weight loss. Others may suffer from stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. Furthermore, the influx of mold spores may trigger systemic inflammation, causing bloating and weight gain due to the digestive system's exposure to harmful mold.

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Controlling Mold in Your Environment

It's not possible to completely eliminate all mold and mold spores from your home or place of work. However, since mold spores need moisture to grow, the best way to prevent or get rid of growth is to reduce the moisture in your environment. If you already have mold growing there, it's important to clean it up and address the issue causing dampness. If you only clean up the mold and don't address the underlying problem, the mold is likely to return.

Here are some tips to help reduce moisture throughout your home or office:

  • Use A/C or Dehumidifiers. This is especially important if you live in a hot, humid area of the United States.
  • Ensure A/C drip pans are clean, dry, and obstruction-free.
  • Thoroughly dry areas that are damp or wet within 48 hours.
  • Be sure to install insulation in cold areas like your home's exterior walls and windows. Doing so will reduce condensation.
  • Work with an HVAC company to check your HVAC system. Doing so can help ensure your unit is removing as much humidity as possible.
  • Keep the humidity in your home below 60% whenever possible.
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Here are some tips to help reduce moisture in your kitchen:

  • Check for leaks near your ice makers, sinks, and anywhere else water is present.
  • Make sure your exhaust fans are directing moisture outside, not into your attic.
  • If you notice your appliances are causing moisture on windows and other surfaces, turn them off as soon as you're done using them.

Here are some tips to help reduce moisture in crawlspaces:

  • Use a plastic covering on the dirt in your crawlspace. Doing so will prevent moisture from saturating the ground.
  • Ensure that your crawlspace or basement is ventilated well.
  • Check your home's gutters. Make sure they're directing water away from your property, not toward your foundation or crawlspace.

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Mold Toxicity Treatment in Chevy Chase, MD

Trying to "tough it out" through life with CIRS isn't any way to live. If you're suffering from the effects of biotoxin illness, you should know that there are solutions available to help you reclaim your health and your life. With the help of a can-do attitude, healthy living, and mold illness treatment from Proactive Wellness, there's light at the end of the dark tunnel you're trapped within. Contact our office today to get started on your first step toward recovery!

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Congregations share Thanksgiving together after Chevy Chase church fire

After a devastating fire at a Maryland church, the congregation is picking up the pieces and moving forward with services this upcoming weekend.Fire officials estimate the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints’ Western Ave. location in ...

After a devastating fire at a Maryland church, the congregation is picking up the pieces and moving forward with services this upcoming weekend.

Fire officials estimate the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints’ Western Ave. location in Chevy Chase sustained roughly $10 million dollars in structural damage after a fire on Monday afternoon. The contents lost inside amount to about $1.5 million.

On Thursday, the church’s D.C. ward on 16th Street in Northwest D.C. opened its doors to the Chevy Chase congregation for Thanksgiving meals.

"Every year, we do something together as a ward to do something together," missionary McKenna Koplin said. "We had this going originally but when we heard about the fire, we invited them to come with. We had plenty of room, we have plenty of food. So, come and join us."


Firefighters in Montgomery County worked for hours Monday to put out a massive blaze at a church in Chevy Chase.

Bishop Danny Boyd serves the Friendship Heights ward that experienced the fire. The plan is to hold services at a chapel by Eastern Market in D.C. for the time being.

"I think Thanksgiving is about finding things to be grateful for. Sometimes, you have to look. Sometimes, they slap you in the face. We lost our church building," Bishop Boyd said. "But at the end of the day, it’s a building. We’re still a church family."

Mark Swenson attended the Thanksgiving event on Thursday with his wife.

"My family is out in Idaho or Utah, places like that. But I’m out here so this is, in many ways, family to me. I’ve been out here for four years, so it’s been a home away from home," Swenson said. "The people here are kind, generous with unique backgrounds. I’ve very much enjoyed here, coming to church here, just having part of the community here."

About 100 fire personnel responded to the incident on Monday afternoon. Due to a partial building collapse, investigators were not able to safely enter the building this week without heavy equipment.

No injuries were reported as a result of the fire.

"I know I have a lot to be grateful for. There’s so much in the world that I think, I don’t know much I personally can affect what’s going on in other parts of the world, but I know I can affect my little circle of influence," Bishop Boyd said. "What I think I try to encourage my congregation is to just be kind and be a good influence in your circle of influence."

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Star Student: Piya Scielzo Supports Neurodiversity In Chevy Chase

We all know students who excel in academic, fine arts or volunteer service. Here's a local resident who is having an impact in Chevy Chase.Deb Belt, Patch Staff|Updated Wed, Apr 17, 2024 at 5:02 pm ETHere at Patch, we've launched an initiative to help recognize Star Students, and we’re working to tell the stories of these outstanding kids to their neighbors.This submission comes from Asha Scielzo who nominated P...

We all know students who excel in academic, fine arts or volunteer service. Here's a local resident who is having an impact in Chevy Chase.

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Here at Patch, we've launched an initiative to help recognize Star Students, and we’re working to tell the stories of these outstanding kids to their neighbors.

This submission comes from Asha Scielzo who nominated Piya Scielzo of Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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Not only has she excelled in academics, Piya serves as Miss Montgomery County's Teen (in the Miss America Organization), through which she advocates to raise awareness and promote education around neurodiversity. She has spoken before the Montgomery County Board of Education and the Maryland State Board of Education to advocate for training of school teachers to create more inclusive classrooms where students can thrive.

Through her initiative, local libraries have created book displays to recognize Neurodiversity Celebration Month. She has created her own "Think Differently" stickers to distribute to kids in the community. In addition to her neurodiversity advocacy work, she is very active in Girl Scouts (having earned the highest honor — the Gold Award) and serving on the Girl Advisory Board (providing input to the CEO of the Girl Scouts Council of the Nation's Capital).

Further, she founded her own nonprofit business at age 12 and fosters hundreds of other kid entrepreneurs through children's business fairs.

What's one thing you want everyone to know about the star local student?

She believes deeply in community engagement and inclusion.

Congratulations on your achievements, and all of our best wishes to you in the future, Piya Scielzo!

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Turncoat Loosens Up Chevy Chase With Bathtub Gin and Bootlegger Mugshots

ChevyChevy Chase drinkers can now saddle up to a dimly-lit streetcar bar to sip Prohibition-era cocktails as Al Capone looks on from above. Turncoat, the last piece of the Heights food hall project, is only accessed through an outside door tagged with a tiny emblem (5406 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, Maryland).“A little bit of mystery, but not enough that people can’t find it,” says Chad Sparrow, founder of Common Plate Hospit...

ChevyChevy Chase drinkers can now saddle up to a dimly-lit streetcar bar to sip Prohibition-era cocktails as Al Capone looks on from above. Turncoat, the last piece of the Heights food hall project, is only accessed through an outside door tagged with a tiny emblem (5406 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, Maryland).

“A little bit of mystery, but not enough that people can’t find it,” says Chad Sparrow, founder of Common Plate Hospitality. “The Chevy Chase neighborhood is a bit lacking in bar options, and we’d like to bring the speakeasy experience to the neighborhood.”

Once inside the hidden hideaway, Turncoat evokes the 1920s with murals of infamous gangsters like Capone and Charles “Lucky” Luciano, a bar resembling a real Rock Creek Railway streetcar, golden decor embracing the grandeur of the era, and custom cages filled with a curated selection of liquor bottles. Turncoat operates Wednesday to Sunday from 5 p.m. until midnight, which isn’t that late by speakeasy standards but certainly is for Chevy Chase.

“When we originally did lease on the food hall, we didn’t realize this area was included,” he says, of the former PF Chang’s bar behind the kitchen. “Immediately it struck us that it was perfect for a speakeasy-style space.”

Turncoat pays homage to the neighborhood’s racy past, when street cars used to tow around illegal booze up and down Connecticut Avenue NW. “We zeroed in on that and designed our bar based on actual pictures,” says Sparrow.

As for the name, rumor has it that railway conductors may have used a subtle “coat-turning” signal to discreetly offer prohibited purchases. The railcars’ storied legacy manifests in the form of a train ticket for a menu and names of drinks and food.

Common Plate beverage director Dan Marlowe turns to spirits of that time to create a list of throwback cocktails. As an ode to bygone bathtub gin, Turncoat fills a mini claw-footed tub with gin and (tonic) foam to riff on soapy bathwater.

The Red Carpet plays with a torch and Tenth Ward absinthe atomizer, while the Tranquility Cup combines Suntory Toki whisky with root spice syrup and lemon juice. The show-stopping Black Gold, made with Virginia Highlands single-malt whisky, is complemented with chocolate bitters, pure maple syrup, and a gold foam rim.

The full bar also sells beer and wine, as well as no-booze options. Cocktails are priced $16-$19, beers average $8, and wines range from $10-$20 a glass, with bottles available for $40 and up.

The lounge compliments drinks with rich bar bites, including a “Sleep With the Fishes” order of wonton tuna tacos, “Run a Fowl” crispy chicken thigh sliders, foie gras and duck fat-buttered popcorn, deviled eggs with candied pork belly and caviar, and New England-style lobster rolls.

The attached Heights food hall opened first in December, granting the historically sleepy upper Northwest neighborhood an influx of lunch and dinner options all at once. Anchoring the food hall is the third location of Urbano, Common Plate’s sit-down Tex-Mex eatery in Merrifield and Old Town. The Heights bar up front joins eight stalls serving a variety of offerings, from local favorites to brand new eateries.

Lauded chef Kevin Tien, who just reopened his modern Vietnamese restaurant Moon Rabbit in Penn Quarter, sends out sushi, nigiri, and crudos at Doki Doki. The second location of Union Market’s Yasmine also finds a home here, serving kebabs, shawarma, spreads, and dips. DC Dosa, a casual South Indian stall with dosas and all sorts of fillings, also expands from Union Market to the Heights.

This Deli of Ours, a sandwich counter with cheesesteaks, Italian subs, and pastrami on rye, comes from Sparrow and Common Plate. Mimi’s Handmade Ice Cream and Supreme BBQ, for Texas-style barbecue with Filipino influences, are also present.

Rounding out the vendors are the winners of Sparrow’s “Stall Wars” competition — Miami-styled snack bar Saoco and Thai street food stall Sky Lantern with drunken short rib lo mein, salmon poke, and rice bowls.

Common Plate is looking to expand seating with a year-round patio. The Heights hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

PTA What's Up Weekly - Updated 5/3/24

CCES PTA Weekly NewsletterImportant DatesNEW - It’s Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week!This upcoming week is Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week and the PTA will celebrate our wonderful CCES Teachers and Staff all week long!Please have your student participate by writing a note of thanks to be delivered on Friday, May 10th. Be sure to remind students to consider all those who have influenced them in addition to their homeroom teachers.Here's how the PTA plans to celebrate our CCES Teachers and St...

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NEW - It’s Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week!

This upcoming week is Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week and the PTA will celebrate our wonderful CCES Teachers and Staff all week long!

Please have your student participate by writing a note of thanks to be delivered on Friday, May 10th. Be sure to remind students to consider all those who have influenced them in addition to their homeroom teachers.

Here's how the PTA plans to celebrate our CCES Teachers and Staff throughout the week:

Monday, May 6th: Teachers and staff will enjoy chair massages

Tuesday, May 7th: Teachers will receive a sweet treat from students. The PTA is providing this for the students to give to teachers, but we need some parent volunteers to help with this!

Wednesday, May 8th- Teachers and staff will enjoy ice cream sandwiches from Captain Cookie

Thursday, May 9th- Teachers will enjoy morning smoothies

Friday, May 10th: Teachers and staff will enjoy a catered California Tortilla lunch and receive notes from students. Please have your student bring their note!!!

Sign up here to help on Tuesday and Friday!

NEW - The ABC Countdown is On!

It’s hard to believe but the end of the year is almost here! A time-honored tradition, the CCES ABC Countdown, begins Tuesday May 7th. Click here for details!

NEW - Heading to SCMS Next Year? Check This Out!

The SCMS PTSA has sent this important note.

Dear Future Silver Creek Middle School Parents,

Worried about middle school? Wondering what you can do to ensure your student’s success?

Take a proactive role in your student’s middle school education, and be a part of the PTSA! The Silver Creek Middle School PTSA plays an integral role in supporting our strong, vibrant community---cultural arts, community service, faculty and staff appreciation, social activities, academic support, etc. We hope we can count on you to play an active role.

We are currently recruiting for the 2024-2025 school year for positions on the PTSA Executive Committee and the Board at large. We have lots of open positions, and most of them require minimal effort on an ongoing basis. There is literally something for everyone! Current opportunities include (among others):

Executive Committee: First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary

Diversity Committee: NAACP/AASAAG, AAPI, LGBTQ

Fundraising: Direct Donation, Book Fair, Community Nights Out

Communications: Weekly Newsletter, ListServ, Social Media, Website, Translations (Spanish, Amharic)

Other: 6th Grade Co-Chair, Community Service/SCMS Cares, Cultural Arts, Membership, STEAM Night, Building & Grounds, Safety, Green Committee

Please contact Cecily Baskir ( or Susan Hage (, if you are interested in serving, have questions about what is involved in any of the positions, and/or have a recommendation.

We also welcome you to join the SCMS PTSA listserv. The SCMS listserv is a great way to get information on PTSA sponsored activities. We strongly encourage everyone to subscribe. To participate in and be informed of what's going on in the Silver Creek community, join the listserve by emailing or email our moderator directly at Be sure to include your affiliation with Silver Creek (i.e., my child ___ is an incoming 6th grade student from CCES), as this is a closed group.

We’re excited to hit the ground running in September, and hope you’ll join us next year on the SCMS PTSA!

Thank you for your consideration. And welcome to the Silver Creek Community!

Warmest Regards,

The Silver Creek PTSA Nominating Committee

UPDATED - PTA Positions Open for Next Year!

Calling all parents and caregivers. We still need PTA board and committee members for the 2024-2025 school year. The PTA undertakes numerous essential initiatives and your involvement is crucial to making it possible. The gift of your time - you won't regret donating it. Please reach out to Jennifer Iras-Helminski if you're interested.


Jennifer (

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Attention 5th Grade Parents and Caregivers

It's hard to believe that our children's time at CCES is coming to a close! CCES's outgoing class has a long tradition of expressing appreciation for its time at this special school by leaving a class gift for future students to enjoy. Our kids have been the beneficiaries of past classes' gifts, such as the pergola and other courtyard furniture, sound equipment, and similar items. We are seeking donations to fund this year's class gift (item TBD pending the amount of funds raised). If you're able to donate, please visit Pay4School Stuff | Online School and PTA Payments, and select "Fifth Grade Class Gift Donation." Donations are appreciated by May 15. Please contact Emily Helms Williams at with any questions.

5th Grade Party on June 5th!

Calling all 5th Graders - Let’s Party on June 5th! - We’re excited to announce the CCES 5th Grade Party is scheduled on June 5th from 5-7 pm at Meadowbrook Local Park. We’ll have food and fun activities to celebrate our graduating class. RSVP for your 5th grader by May 17:

Parents/Caregivers - we need help to make this free event a success. Sign up today to volunteer and/or donate: Volunteer Sign Up Genius

More details to come!

CCES PTA Google Calendar

Want to have all of these dates easily and quickly saved to your Google calendar? Click here to access the CCES PTA’s Google Calendar. This calendar will be updated as events are added and changed throughout the year.

Get Stretched at the First StretchLab in Chevy Chase!

StretchLab, the global leader in assisted stretching, is now open in Chevy Chase.The new studio, situated at 8525 Chevy Chase Lake Terrace, Suite 304, marks the first location in Maryland. It aims to introduce people of all ages and fitness levels to the diverse health and wellness benefits of working with highly trained Flexologists™ in an open, modern, fun, and approachable environment.StretchLab Chevy Chase...

StretchLab, the global leader in assisted stretching, is now open in Chevy Chase.The new studio, situated at 8525 Chevy Chase Lake Terrace, Suite 304, marks the first location in Maryland. It aims to introduce people of all ages and fitness levels to the diverse health and wellness benefits of working with highly trained Flexologists™ in an open, modern, fun, and approachable environment.

StretchLab Chevy Chase is proudly owned and operated by the entrepreneurial couple, Liliya Khizder and Michael Grossman, who have been happily married for the last 18 years. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Michael brings a wealth of experience in corporate fitness. His personal journey involves overcoming serious back pain caused by herniated discs, which led him to discover StretchLab and the concept of assisted stretching. With the new StretchLab, he aspires to help people avoid injuries and continue enjoying their lives pain-free.

Liliya, originally from the Republic of Georgia, relocated to the United States and established a successful 25-year career in IT. As a hands-on business owner, she envisions the new location as a platform to cultivate personal connections between herself, her team of flexologists, and their clients.

"We were drawn to StretchLab because it is accessible to everyone," said Khizder. "While people often emphasize the importance of stretching, they rarely incorporate it into their routines. With StretchLab, we recognize that we can impact lives one at a time through assisted stretching, enabling individuals to live their lives injury-free and to the fullest."

StretchLab offers a variety of one-on-one personalized stretching services that concentrate on the client’s current stretching needs. Flexologists™ hold a nationally recognized certificate in assisted stretching, as the Flexologist Training Program is accredited by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, a first in the field of assisted stretching and something no other brand offers. Monthly memberships are available for four, eight or 12 visits per month, as well as session-pack stretches.

The Chevy Chase studio also offers the MAPS machine, which is a revolutionary machine that identifies movement inefficiencies across four critical categories: Mobility, Activation, Posture and Symmetry. The MAPS score is created utilizing 3D technology to perform a total body movement assessment scan in under 30 seconds, as users perform three body-weight squats. Results are delivered on-screen and via email, which will allow StretchLab Flexologists to better serve the needs of its diverse members. This creates a customized movement plan and offers a measurable way to see progress in flexibility.

StretchLab Chevy Chase is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. as well as Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The studio can be reached online at by email at or by phone at (301) 664-2426


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