White Marsh Elementary School
2022 - 2023
Week of December 12 - 16, 2022
Greetings, White Marsh Families!
Greetings, White Marsh Families!
It's the last week of school for 2022! Can you believe that?? We are all excited for the upcoming Winter Break! Schools and offices will be closed over break, and will re-open when we all return to school on January 3, 2023.
As you can imagine, there are some exciting events occurring this week. We will celebrate the holidays all week with a Holiday Spirit Week! See the flier below for more information on our Spirit Days! Thursday is our Winter Concert, and our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students are excited to perform for you. The concert will begin promptly at 10 am; doors will open for our guests at 9:40 am. For those attending our concert, please walk around the building to the exterior gym doors to enter the building. A reminder that our Kindergarten, First and Second grade students had an earlier opportunity to see the concert; they will not be attending this performance.
From the WMES Bear Family to yours, best wishes for a safe, healthy and happy holiday season.
It's a Spirit Week!
Wear a Coat!
Dec 15 Winter Concert, Grades 3,4,5 10 am
Dec 19 - Jan 2 Winter Break
Jan 3 Schools re-open
Jan 4 PTA Meeting, 6:30 pm
The following are general reminders:
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 will be required to complete a site based training session.
Any volunteer with an interest in supporting classroom activities, Field Day, Book Fair, copying/laminating for teachers must attend the WMES Volunteer Training Session prior to working with students. Please note- participation in the Training Session does not ensure that you will be needed to support an individual classroom. Teachers will reach out to you if school based volunteers are needed.
Future training dates are less than 30 minutes long, and have been added to the WMES event calendar.
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.
Schoology for Parents
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.