Wolfsville Elementary News

December 2018

Federal Law Accountability Reporting

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a new federal law that measures individual school success and areas of growth. Under this system, each school will be given a 'report card' and resulting overall star rating. The rating system is on a scale of 1 star (lowest performing percentile) to 5 stars (highest performance band). ESSA accountability measures include overall student achievement, student growth, attendance, school climate, and completion for a well rounded curriculum.

Later this week individual school reports will be released by the Maryland Department of Education. This communication will be released centrally by FCPS when documents are ready for review. At Wolfsville we are proud of the education we provide for our students and our ongoing commitment to each and every one of our Wildcat learners!

I look forward to discussing Wolfsville's progress as the accountability measures for school reporting are released.

See Dr. Alban discussing new ESSA report cards here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR0896D4w8Y&feature=youtu.be

Yours in Education,

Megan Stein


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December Calendar of Events

Monday, December 10: Evening Chorus Concert (Grades 3, 4 & 5) Cafeteria 6:30 PM

Wednesday, December 12: Holiday Craft Fair

Thursday, December 13: Band Concert, MHS 4th Grade 6:30 PM, 5th Grade 7:30 PM

Friday, December 14: 2 HR Early Dismissal, Teacher Work Session

Friday, December 14: All Pro Family Breakfast, 7:30 AM Cafeteria

Wednesday, December 19: Elf Day - Show your school spirit!

Monday, December 24 through Wednesday, January 1: Schools Closed, Winter Vacation

Winter Weather Dress for Students

Cooler temperatures are finally upon us! Please make sure your child dresses appropriately for the fluctuating temperatures. Unless there is inclement weather, students go outside for a 20 minute recess each day. They often need extra coats or layers for this time! We encourage you to write your child's name on the inside tag of their coats or sweatshirts.

Attending a School Outside Your Attendance Area

Dates for applying to attend a school outside the usual attendance area are January 2-March 1.*

FCPS will post the out-of-district application online on January 2 in the section For Families and Students at www.fcps.org. Those needing a paper copy may call 240-236-2493 after January 2.

Schools projected to be over capacity in the coming school year are closed to out-of-district students. FCPS will post the list of restricted schools online in December.

For details, please see the updated Assignment and Transfer of Students Regulation 400-15:

*In the prior version of the regulation in place last year, the application window was April 1-May 31. In 2019, FCPS will post applications January 2, due by March 1.

Music Notes

Upcoming Music Dates:

Dec 10- Grades 3, 4, and 5 Winter Program

Dec 12- Grade 5 Honors Chorus auditions

Feb 15- Grades K, 1, and 2 perform at PTA community dinner

Communicating School Status in Inclement Weather

As more winter weather approaches, below is an important reminder about FCPS emergency communication:

See the Weather Delays and Closings video: http://www.fcps.org/weather.

See How FCPS Decides Whether to Close or Delay Schools:

See ways school status is communicated:

1. www.fcps.org We post alerts to appear at the very top of each webpage, with details in the home page News and Info section. You can access the FCPS website from many devices.

2. Comcast cable channel 18 on TV or online http://www.fcps.org/centraloffice/fcps-television

3. FCPS Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FCPSMaryland

4. FCPS Twitter https://twitter.com/fcpsmaryland

5. FCPS FindOutFirst (FOF) www.fcps.org/fof or

Afterschool and Weekend Activities: Generally, when schools are closed due to inclement weather, school-sponsored afterschool and evening activities are canceled or postponed.

Emergency closing notices are sent from the FCPS Central Office only, not from schools.