The Wellwood Globe

Wellwood International Elementary | November 2018 Newsletter

From the Principal's Desk

Happy Fall Greetings!

As I reflect upon this month, I find myself taking a moment to think about the many reasons I am grateful to be able to work with the Wellwood students, staff members and families throughout the year. Our students are eager to ask questions and learn new things. This desire to learn comes from supportive families and outstanding teachers. In just a few days, Wellwood will be celebrating American Education Week, and I hope that you will find some time to join us so that you are able to engage and observe the learning that takes place at Wellwood.

Yours truly,

Mrs. O’Neill, Principal

Important Dates to Remember

November 9: First Marking Period Ends

November 10: Pikesville High 5K Turkey Trot, 9:00 A.M. Race Time | Register Here!

November 12-16: American Education Week | Preregister Here!

November 16: Magnet applications due

November 19: PTA Meeting with Guest Speaker 5:30p.m. (see flyer)

November 22-23: Schools and Offices Closed for Thanksgiving

November 26: Report Cards Distributed | Scholastic Book Fair Opens and runs until 12/2/18

November 27: Reading Night 6:00-7:15 p.m.

November 29: Fall Picture Makeup Day

November 30: Parent/Teacher Conference Day – Schools Closed for Elementary Students

American Education Week

We hope you will be able to join us during American Education Week! Bring in your box tops, donate an age-appropriate book to our library, sign up to volunteer, and thank a teacher when you stop by! To help facilitate the process of signing parents/ grandparents in quickly, please print out a completed form (see below).


HOW TO PREREGISTER by November 9:

  • Complete the preregistration form
  • Drop the form off at the front office
  • Or email the form to Mrs. Sonuga (ksonuga@bcps.org)
  • Or call the office to preregister by phone, 410-887-1212
  • We will sign you in ahead of time


You will need to stop by the table near the front office on the morning/ afternoon of your visit and pick up your badge. If you do not register early, please be sure to bring your photo I.D. on the day of your visit.


Please send, drop off, or email the form here, or call the office by November 9th so that we can prepare your visitor’s badge ahead of time.


The schedule for American Education Week

Monday, November 12th Kindergarten

Tuesday, November 13th Grades 1 and 5

Wednesday, November 14th Grades 2 and 3

Thursday, November 15th Grade 4

Friday, November 16th Grandparents Day

Reading Night November 27 with Laser Show

Wellwood will be hold a special reading evening on Tuesday, November 27. This evening will include a Laser Reading Show that will run from 6:30 – 7:15 PM. Pre-reading show activities will begin at 6:00 PM in the front lobby. Be sure and stop by Wellwood’s Book Fair before the show begins. The Scholastic Book Fair will be open from 5:30 – 6:30 PM on this special evening.

Homework Helpers

Does your child love math? Do they need a little extra math help? Would they like to be on TV? Do they like to win prizes? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, we are here for you! Math Homework Helpers is a LIVE call in show for Baltimore County Public School students. On this show, two experienced math teachers help students with their math homework or any math problems.


Give it a try, and have your child “Tune In” and “Call In” to Math Homework Helpers every Wednesday, from 4:30-5:30 on BCPS-TV, Comcast Channel 73 or Verizon FiOS Channel 34.

After each call, your student will win a really cool prize which will be mailed to his/her school. The phone number to call on Wednesday is: 410-494-1459. We hope your child will join the fun!

Counselor's Connection

During the month of October students learned about bullying and participated in Bullying Prevention Week. The students learned about the importance of being kind to others, treating others with respect, and even participated in a “Random Words of Kindness Day.” In November, students will learn conflict resolution strategies through the BCPS School Counseling core curriculum. The students will learn how to successfully solve their problems in order to increase positive peer interactions. Questions? Contact Mrs. Delis.

Special Education Resource

The link below is a great resource for parents and guardians to better understand the world of special education. From sitting at the table with a group of teachers and service providers that may be new faces to you, to the plethora of acronyms used that can sound like a foreign language, the team process and other components of special education can be frustrating and intimidating. The resources maintained on this page are updated and designed to be written in parent-friendly terms. They are here to help shed light on the unknown and support how you and the Wellwood team can effectively work together to advocate for your child.

https://dci.bcps.org/department/academic_services/special_education/m_s_d_e_technical_assistance_bulletins

Scholastic Book Fair

Our Scholastic Book Fair will be held November 26th - Dec 3rd in our school library. Students will be given the opportunity to purchase books during their regularly scheduled Library class time.


Since schools will be closed on Friday, November 30th, students who have Library class on that day will visit the book fair at another time during the week. A schedule and more information about the book fair will be sent home with students prior to the week of the book fair.


Our book fair will also be open during our Reading Night on November 27th.


*Volunteers will be essential for our book fair to be a successful and enjoyable experience. Please email Mrs. Garde (dgarde@bcps.org) if you are able to help.

Fifth Grade Pen Pal Program

We are excited to announce that all fifth graders will be participating in the 5th Grade Pen Pal Program this year.


By December, fifth graders will start writing to and receiving letters from their Pen Pal at a partner school. Students will write letters to their Pen Pal over the course of the school year. We encourage you to ask your child about their pen pal next month, and what they’re learning!


The Pen Pal program is in its fourth year, and we’ve had great success with it - both parents and children are forming friendships that last! Students love receiving letters from other children their age, learning about their likes/dislikes, finding commonalities and sharing their excitement about going to a new middle school. Teachers instruct fifth graders on how to write a letter, including what kinds of questions to ask and which information to share. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW TO SEE HOW WELL IT WORKS!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtV0prXeQDs&feature=youtu.be

Wellwood PTA

Next Meeting: November 19, 2018 at 5:30 P.M.

Join us for Guest Speaker: Dr. Beth Rheingold (see flyer)

The PTA will be raffling off a Panera gift card to attendees! Light refreshments will be served.

MEMBERSHIP FORM


WE ARE LOOKING FOR NEW LEADERS!

We are an active PTA with monthly meetings designed to keep you informed. Our meetings occur on the third Monday of every month at 5:30 P.M. in the library.


Members of our current board will be stepping down at the end of the school year. We are looking for new leaders and new members who would be interested in stepping up to help lead our PTA. Please contact us if you are interested, or to learn more.


Come meet and mingle with other parents! Membership forms will be available. It's never too late to join the PTA!


Current Board:

President: Shannon Johnson

Treasurer: Amie Liely

Secretary: Kia Stanfield

Social Media: Tracy Daniel

Boxtops!

We collect BoxTops all year long! Please bring in your Boxtops in a plastic ziploc baggie during American Education Week or Parent/Teacher conferences. You can also paste them to a collection sheet you can access here.

Makerspace and Green School Upcycling

Makerspace

Wellwood is collecting plates, cups, fabric and aluminum foil for our Makerspace. These items are used to create and complete different projects for all students at Wellwood.

Green School

Wellwood’s Green School committee is collecting empty/used ink cartridges and coke product codes.

We are also collecting used or damaged sneakers or tennis shoes. These will be recycled through a shoe recycling program.

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Volunteering at Wellwood

Are you interested in volunteering or chaperoning field trips?

All volunteers/ field trip chaperones must complete the volunteer application and participate in an orientation/training session annually. Please click on the link below to access information about volunteering at Wellwood International.

Each year, all volunteers must complete the volunteer application and participate in an orientation/training session. In order to complete the training please complete the following steps:

1. Visit the BCPS website: https://www.bcps.org/

2. Click on the tab labeled “Community”

3. Select “Volunteer with BCPS”

4. Please follow the volunteer instructions.

Once you have completed the training, please print out the “Certificate of Completion” and “Volunteer Application” and bring it to Wellwood. If you are not able to complete the volunteer training at home, please contact Mrs. Delis at 410-887-1212 to set up an alternative time.

Important Links

Join the Pikesville Schools Coalition on Facebook!

Join parents, teachers, principals, and school advocates to support our Pikesville schools!

Wellwood is a Maryland Green School

To learn more about our Green School status, you can also visit our school website.

Wellwood International Elementary School Mission

Wellwood International strives to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring students in an engaging, rigorous and multi-cultural environment to instill inter-cultural understanding and respect.

Wellwood International Elementary School Vision

Empowering inquiring minds to change the world.

About Us

Principal Mrs. Jodi O'Neill

Assistant Principal Mr. Paradis


Other Important Numbers:

Office:410-887-1212

School FAX: 410-887-1213

Guidance: 410-887-1212

Nurse:410-602-0642