Chipmunk Chatter

December 6th through December 10th


Administrators' Message

December 3

Dear Sandymount Families,

Bullying of any kind will not be tolerated at Sandymount. This includes any intentional conduct, including verbal, physical or written conduct, or an intentional electronic communication, that creates a hostile educational environment by substantially interfering with a student’s educational, physical or psychological well-being.

At Sandymount, it is our priority to create a positive climate where students feel safe. Bullying is detrimental social interactions that affect everyone – the offender, the victim(s), the bystanders, the school, parents, and the community. We ask that families assist us in preventing this behavior by talking to your child(ren) about what to do if they know about any bullying, harassment, and/or intimidation happening at school.

Please contact your child's teacher, school counselor and/or administrator if you have questions or concerns. For additional information or you wish to report an incident, visit the CCPS website and click on the Bullying Reporting link.

Lastly, I am pleased to share that we have two new staff members joining our wonderful school. Mrs. Heather Bosley joins our school as our special education resource teacher with 14 years of experience with CCPS. Mrs. Donna Yingling has accepted the school custodial position. This is a shared position with another elementary school, which means that she will work at Sandymount two days a week. Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Bosley and Mrs. Yingling to our Sandymount family!

Have a great weekend!

Calendar Information

  • December 15th ~ Winter Concert (information below)
  • December 16th ~ SPIRIT DAY Pajama Day/Polar Express Day
  • December 21st ~ First day of winter
  • December 23rd ~ SPIRIT DAY Holiday Sweater/Outfit
  • December 23rd ~ 2 hour & 45 minute early dismissal (Dismissal @ 1:15)
  • December 24th - December 31st ~ SCHOOLS/OFFICES CLOSED
  • January 3rd ~ Schools/Offices Reopen
  • January 13th ~ SPIRIT DAY Jersey Day/Team Sports Day
  • January 17th ~ SCHOOLS/OFFICES CLOSED MLK Holiday
  • January 25th ~ Second Marking Period Ends
  • January 26th ~ SCHOOLS CLOSED for students Teacher work on end of marking period items

Friendly Reminders From The Office Staff

Absence Notes

Thank you for submitting absence notes to the SESattendance email. We ask that you kindly remember to:

  • include the student name in the email
  • include the teacher name in the email
  • include the reason for the absence (in order to code the absence correctly) If you just report that the student "absent today", the absence will be coded as unexcused.
  • if illness, for COVID purposes and Health Suite calls, please include symptoms

Thank you for helping us keep your student's school file as accurate as possible.

Dismissal Change Reminders

If you need to change your daily student’s dismissal, please send a note with your child to school in the morning. For security and safety purposes, the school cannot accept a phone call asking for a dismissal change. Of course, in the event of a true emergency, we will assist you any way we can. The office is a busy place at the end of the day. Our goal is to keep your child safe and unexpected, last minute changes create unnecessary havoc.

We greatly appreciate your cooperation.

Sandymount Employment Opportunities

Current available positions:

Student Support Assistant - 6 hours per day @ $13.25 per hour

Temporary Permanent Sub - 7 hours a day @ $16.47 per hour

Did you know that Sandymount has employment opportunities currently available? Please consider contacting Stacy Kowaleviocz at for more details on available position(s). Interested applicants are asked to also visit the Employment Opportunities section of the CCPS website, as they must complete a CCPS employment application to be fully considered for positions. The CCPS Department of Human Resources manages this process and is the only office authorized to make official employment offers once the school completes interviews and all required documentation is finalized. Please share this information with family and friends who may be interested in employment. Thank you for your continued support of our school community.

Music Notes

Winter Concert

​The fifth-grade band, chorus, and orchestra will perform the Winter Concert on Wednesday, December 15. The school performance will be at 10:00. The evening performance will be at 6:30. Students should arrive at 6:00 for tuning, warming up, and other concert preparations. We are excited to perform our concert for everyone.

Cold Weather and Recess

Colder weather is here! Students will go outside for recess as long as the temperature is 32 degrees and above. The instructional assistants would like to remind students to bring proper clothes for recess. (coats, hats and gloves are very important) If a student wears a coat to school you should also wear a coat outside for recess.

Winter Weather Reminders

During the inclement weather season, you will receive notifications through the School Messenger parent notification system. Announcements also will be posted on the following:

  • CCPS Facebook and Twitter accounts
  • CCPS website
  • CETV – Channel 21 on Comcast Cable
  • Local and regional radio and television stations.

What’s New in CCPS Advanced Academic Programs?

Hello! My name is Sharon Lilly, and I’m the new Supervisor of Gifted & Talented and Advanced Academics for CCPS. I come to you with experience as a middle school principal, high school Advanced Placement teacher, and gifted and talented educator. I have worked in both Baltimore and Carroll County Public School systems for twenty-five years and am excited to support students, teachers, and families through elementary, middle, and high school. Our program goal is to provide rigorous, extended curricular learning experiences to students who demonstrate this need, including the integration of more complex content and higher expectation instruction.

Over the past few years, CCPS has sought to develop consistency in our advanced academic programs, focusing on extending curriculum-based learning. The advanced academic team continues to work with content specialists and general educators to prepare and embed strategies and activities appropriate for accelerated learners within the classroom and in differentiated group instruction. Our AA specialists split time between two schools, so in addition to working directly with students, they are also supporting advanced instruction through curriculum development and planning with general educators. Both classroom teachers and the advanced academic specialist will provide enrichment and extension to students who are identified as possessing gifted traits and to students who demonstrate a high aptitude in a particular lesson or unit of study.

We seek to prepare our students with great learning potential to take advantage of advanced learning pathways available to them as they move through their education towards college and career. In my first year as supervisor, I am visiting schools, observing instruction, and collaborating with our community to continue to build advanced academic opportunities and programs for our students. We are looking for parents to serve on our Advanced Academics steering committee this year to provide input and feedback on programs. Please email me at if you are interested or if you have any questions or feedback!

Sharon Lilly

Supervisor, G&T and Advanced Academics

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Shakira Murphy - Principal

Stacy Kowaleviocz - Assistant Principal

2222 Old Westminster Pike

Finksburg, MD 21048


410-751-3925 (fax)

Attendance only email:

Website Address:

Sandymount PTA Website:

9:00 - School doors open for students

9:25 - Parent drop-off doors close

9:30 - Instruction begins

4:00 - Dismissal

Office Hours 8:00-4:30


The Board of Education of Carroll County does not engage in discrimination that is unlawful or contrary to Maryland State Department of Education guidance on the basis of age, color, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, ancestry or national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

The Board of Education of Carroll County is firmly committed to creating equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons by providing an environment that supports optimal academic achievement and productive work and is free from any form of unlawful discrimination, including access to school facilities, educational programs, and extra-curricular activities.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of Human Resources, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, (410) 751-3070.


Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or the provision of services, programs or activities. Persons needing auxiliary aids and services for communication should contact the Communications Office at 410-751-3020 or, or write to Carroll County Public Schools, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, may use Relay or 7-1-1. Please contact the school system at least one (1) week in advance of the date the special accommodation is needed.