Rocket News

May 2015


During the Months of March and April, we celebrated the value of RESPONSIBILITY. We had a responsibility box where students and teachers would drop off nomination forms for others who demonstrated responsibility. Students and Teachers who were nominated were celebrated on the announcements and also received a Responsibility certificate! Please join us in congratulating the following students and teachers who were nominated for the responsibility award!

Hazards of Social Media

On April 29, 2015, Detective Paul Ciepiela from the Baltimore County Police Department came to share his knowledge about what our children are facing everyday when using the internet, cell phone apps, PlayStation, and Xbox game units. Parents, if you were not able to attend our event, we urge you to do some very necessary research about what your children are being confronted with. The presentation was a full 90 minutes in length and yet the detective made it clear that he only scratched the surface. Regular monitoring of all electronic devices your child has access to is recommended.

A Note From the Principal

Dear Woodholme Families,

We are very excited this year to showcase student talents and work by inviting families and community members to Woodholme on May 19th from 5:45 - 7:45 PM for our very first Student Showcase night! Every student in the school will have something to display, so feel free to stop in and celebrate our students with us!

Every year the arrival of May brings the national Teacher Appreciation Week which is traditionally celebrated the first week in May. This year due to the state mandated PARCC testing taking place the first week of May, we have decided to move Teacher Appreciation Week for Woodholme teachers to May 11-15. The PTA will be providing teachers with a special lunch that week, so thank you PTA! I would like to encourage all students and parents to take this time to show your appreciation to our hardworking teachers by sending in a note of thanks or encouragement to your children's teachers. Woodholme teachers plan and implement great instruction for our students, so let's celebrate their dedication during Teacher Appreciation Week!

The PARCC end of year testing will take place May 4-6, so thanks for avoiding those important testing dates when scheduling dentist and doctor appointments for your 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.

By now all Woodholme families should have received their letter from BCPS notifying them of their school zone for the 2015-16 school year. When the new Lyons Mill elementary school opens this fall, Woodholme’s enrollment will be reduced. Current zoning estimates place the possible enrollment around 800 students, which is still overcrowded; however, the current enrollment of almost 950 students will at least find some relief and reduction until a future northwest school location is found and another school built for the area in the future.

We are waiting to find out the official last day of school, and once the Board of Education determines the end of the year schedule, we will let you know since it impacts our end of the year activities. Our Grade 5 closing ceremony is TENTATIVELY being set for Tuesday, June 16th at 6:00 PM. This is not a definite until BCPS announces the official end of year calendar. Other end of the year school events will be announced once the last day is determined and grade levels arrange their activities. Thank you for reading the newsletter to stay informed about Woodholme!

Enjoy the beautiful weather,

Principal Young


Principal: Teresa Young

Assistant Principal: Suzanne DeWeese

Assistant Principal: Cheryl Jones

May 2015

SCHOOL VISION: Woodholme is a family of students, parents, staff and community. Our family is committed to developing life-long learners in a safe, orderly, respectful and nurturing environment. We will use technology to achieve challenging expectations in an ever changing world.

TECHNOLOGY VISION: The Woodholme Learning Community is committed to preparing our students for the future by integrating a variety of technological resources into all areas of instruction. Through technology, we will motivate our students, enrich our rigorous lessons, and continue to reinforce content to increase student achievement.