Wolfsville Elementary News
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,
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
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.
Every Day Counts!
The best assurance of continued academic progress is regular school attendance! Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing 10 percent or more of a school year -- approximately 18 days a year, or just two days every month. At Wolfsville, we actively monitor our daily student attendance rate and work to partner with families to support students who may be at risk for this category. Therefore, students who have already missed 10% of current school days will be receiving a letter from the school. The purpose of these individualized letters are for awareness and to offer any supports from the school that may be needed.
We adhere to the many traffic laws and regulations for student transportation to ensure all students are safe during their arrival and return trips from home. Please be sure to keep an eye out for our students at bus stops and proceed with caution. Furthermore, it is prohibited for any car to pass the lane of traffic at our school car rider line. A reminder of car rider expectations has recently been distributed to all families. Thank you in advance for making our student's safety your highest priority!
Holiday Craft Sale
We look forward to our annual Holiday Craft Sale provided by the PTA next week! Students will have the opportunity to purchase items on Wednesday, December 12th. A make-up time will be available for students on Thursday, December 13th in the morning. More information and a preview of sale items will come home this week in your child's Thursday folder. If you would like your child to purchase items from the sale, please send them with money and a shopping list for 12/12 to streamline the process for our PTA and staff.
Every Day Counts!
Holiday Craft Sale
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
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.