Rocket News

January 2016

A Note From the Principal

Dear Woodholme Families,

The Woodholme Faculty and Staff would like to wish all of our families best wishes for a happy and healthy new year ahead! We look forward to all that 2016 brings!

We would like to thank all of our families, friends and community business partners who were able to participate in our school's December Read a Thon to raise money for our classroom libraries and reading materials. It is now time to turn our efforts and support outwards into our community by supporting those who need our help. This year our Superintendent, Dr. Dance, has asked BCPS schools to partner with the American Heart Association (AHA) to encourage students to adopt heart healthy habits and support the opportunity to raise life-saving donations. The AHA will hold a kick-off assembly this week to explain the January 22nd Jump Rope for Heart event and fundraiser, and during this time students will learn the importance of heart-healthy habits and the fun that occurs when being physically active. Heart disease is the nation's No. 1 killer, and last year the AHA funded nearly $16 million in new research awards broadly related to children's heart disease, merely part of the $146.2 million the AHA funded in all aspects of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

The goal of Jump Rope for Heart is to increase students' knowledge of how their hearts work and the best way to take care of them, to honor those in our community who have been affected by heart disease and stroke, and to raise funds to support the AHA's efforts to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. If your family is able to fundraise even a small amount, feel free to join us in the support of this great cause. Teachers and staff will create fun ways to celebrate the fundraising efforts, and the AHA has built in prizes for students who participate.

Now that the unseasonably warm temperatures have fallen, it's now time to prepare for the colder weather and possible school delays, closings and early dismissals. As mentioned in this month's newsletter, it's very important that teachers know how students are to go home on days where an unplanned early dismissal occurs due to inclement weather. Please make sure your child's teacher knows how your child will dismiss in the event of an emergency or early closing. We want to make sure that all students and staff get home safely on those days, and correctly knowing your plan can make that happen. Just a reminder that Open Door and Pikesville Discovery centers cannot be open on early closing days when there is inclement weather, so parents must make alternate plans now in the event that early closings occur.

Parents who drop off students in the front of the building before school opens need to be aware that we are not able to let students into the building early, even in the cold or wet weather. Please do not drop off your child before the 9:05 AM bell rings unless your child eats breakfast at school at 8:55 AM. Students should remain in warm cars supervised by their parents or caregivers until 9:05 AM.

Thanks for your assistance with the safety of our students. Stay safe and warm this winter!


Principal Young


Principal: Teresa Young

Assistant Principal: Suzanne DeWeese

Assistant Principal: Cheryl Jones

January 2016