White Marsh Elementary School
2022 - 2023
Week of August 22 - 26, 2022
Greetings, White Marsh Families!
Summer break is coming to an end...school starts this week!
We look forward to seeing you on Monday, for Open House. Our new Kindergarten students are asked to be here promptly at 1:30 pm. Students in Grades 1 - 5 can visit any time between 2:30 and 3:30 pm. If your student(s) ordered a SchoolKidz supply kit, it will be available in his/her classroom.
There is a lot of important information in this newsletter, including changes to buses, and SMCPS Volunteer procedures. Please review the entire newsletter carefully!
If you come to Open House, there will be several stations set up in the cafeteria, including:
HAC (Home Access Center) Information
Free/Reduced Meal Applications
Car Rider Applications
Adding funds to MySchoolBucks
Unless your student is an Every Day Car Rider, please put him/her on the bus on Wednesday morning; do not bring them to school. This allows our bus drivers to begin putting faces with names and bus stops, and helps to ensure a smooth transition home.
Be looking for many important documents to come home in the first few weeks of school, including those from your child's teacher, WMES, and SMCPS. One of those documents will be a tri-fold titled WMES Family Handbook. See this document for practices/procedures specific to our school.
I look forward to seeing everyone soon! School starts at 9 am on August 24, 2022.
Important!!! Bus Changes at WMES!!!
Remember that the pick up and drop off times noted are estimates only; a good rule of thumb is to be at the stop 10-15 minutes before the identified time.
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Parents: Remember that a responsible person 13 years old or older must meet the bus at the bus door when picking up and dropping off. The driver will not release a student of this age with no one at the stop, and the parent will need to pick the student up at school. See the Student Handbook for more information.
No More Take Home Meals, and Meals are no Longer Free for Everyone
The price of breakfast for Elementary students: $1.45; lunch is $2.75.
School Meal Benefit Forms: School Year Meal Benefit forms for SY 2022-2023 are now available online! Easily fill out your new meal benefit form by visiting https://www.myschoolapps.com/Application on the www.smcps.org website. Families can request more information by contacting SMCPS' Food and Nutrition Services Office at 301.475.4256, Option 5, or via email at email@example.com.
"My School Bucks" is a program that allows families to pay for lunches or other school payments via their computer or smartphone. To register for My School Bucks, click here.
New SMCPS Volunteer procedures: All Volunteers must Register Annually!
Acceptable Use Policy
ALL students in SMCPS must have a completed Acceptable Use Agreement on file for School Year 2022-2023.
These are due by September 15th.
Elementary (PreK-5th) Link: https://bit.ly/22022-2023_Elementary_AUPForm
SMCPS 2022 - 2023 Student Handbook and Code of Conduct
Car Rider Information- Updated!
Documents for daily Car Riders are below. Be sure to familiarize yourself with both the Arrival and Dismissal Procedures. Complete the Car Rider application, and bring it in to the Main Office by August 22 (a table will be set up at Open House) so that you can receive your car tag. For those needing printed documents, they are now available in the Main Office.
Proper Care of Electronic Devices
Beginning of Year Paperwork: Look for Information about Student Accident Insurance
Sep 7 PTA Meeting, 6:30 pm, Media Center (also offered virtually)
Sep 22 2 hr Early Dismissal
Sep 23 Professional Day, No School for Students
The following are general reminders:
Check out the School Supply List!
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.