White Marsh Elementary School
2022 - 2023
Week of March 6 - 10, 2023
Greetings, White Marsh Families!
We are encouraging our families to watch the Board of Education meeting on Wednesday. The meeting begins at 9 am and can be viewed live; you are also able to click the link to watch at a different time. Possible calendar changes may be discussed, as well as the budget for next school year. More information is below.
Have a great week!
SMCPS Websites have changed!
Board of Education Meeting- March 8
Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement Survey
We want to hear from you.
OPTION 1: Complete the hard copy survey that was recently sent to you and return it in the postage-paid envelope by May 19, 2023, or
OPTION 2: Complete the survey online at www.mdparentsurvey.com.
Questions? Please contact Kenneth Hudock, MSDE, at 410-767-7770 or Kenneth.Hudock@maryland.gov.
Mar 14 Dress For Success Day!
Mar 20 - 24 PTA Penny Drive
The following are general reminders:
Students are responsible for the care and upkeep of their laptops, chargers and school-issued textbooks and novels. Please see this NEWSLETTER in regard to all accountability of print resources and technology.
Please note: Fines are assessed for any damage, loss or repair on our school-issued devices. When a student is assessed a fine, the fine is populated in My School Bucks. Cafeteria funds cannot be used to pay for school invoice fines. Please do not add money to a food/cafeteria account as it cannot be applied to school invoices.
Academy applications will open on Wednesday, March 29th, and close on Friday, May 5th. All students interested in applying for STEM 6 will need to submit an online application within the application window. Late applications will not be accepted.
On Wednesday, March 29th, SMCPS academies will hold a Virtual Open House. Students interested in attending an academy program in SMCPS are welcome to attend in order to learn more from program teachers and students. More information to come.
Practice at Home...
Other reading activities can include:
- Reading with a Parent or Family Member
- Listening to Someone Read
- Partner Read
- Phone a friend (literally!) and read with him/her
- Read to a family pet
Schoology for Parents
Absences can be reported with a note sent in to the Main Office, or by clicking the link on our website. Please refer to the SMCPS Student Handbook for more information about Attendance.
In an effort to communicate with parents and keep you informed about student absences, we send home letters every marking period to those students with 5 or more absences. We understand that a variety of illnesses continue to surround us, and appreciate your communication with Nurse Parrish, teachers, and the Main Office about your children's health.
Volunteering at WMES
A reminder that all Volunteers (including Field Trip Chaperones) must be approved through SMCPS. Beginning this year, this will be an annual requirement. At WMES, those volunteers being asked to support students and teachers in the building must also complete a site based training session.
Chronic Absenteeism: Students are chronically absent when absent 10% or more of the school days while enrolled at that school. For example, a student who is registered to attend a school for 30 days and who is absent 3 of those 30 days is considered chronically absent.
WMES will follow up with chronically absent students through the Pupil Services Team, Pupil Personnel Worker, and the Department of Student Services. In order to reduce the number of our students with Chronic Absenteeism, incentives to encourage good attendance include participation in the Bear Crawl, Running Club, and School Dance.
Proper Care of Electronic Devices
SMCPS Text Alerts are a great way to get information quickly. They are not sent often, and usually only in the event of an unexpected school delay or closure. On occasion, WMES will send a text alert about a late bus, substitute bus, or school event. Click the link for information about registering for text alerts.