Norwood News

Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

Our community is a community of superstars! Here are some updates as we work to bring out the best in our students and help everyone reach for the stars!

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Important Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, February 7th: Q2 Report cards distributed & available in FOCUS
  • Monday, February 21st: All BCPS schools are closed for Presidents Day
  • Wednesday, February 23rd: Special Area Night (Virtual Event, 6:30 - 8pm)

      School hours = 8:20am arrival / 8:35am late bell / 3:20pm dismissal (no drop-off prior to 8:20am as there is no supervision outside before then)

      PK Schedule: AM session (8:35am - 11:05am); PM session (12:50pm - 3:20pm)

      Newsletter Callbacks!

      Suggested reads & resources from previous newsletters:

      • 12/21/21: COVID vaccine information for children & adults
      • 12/02/21: Where to check for school closures & early dismissals
      • 10/21/21: Updating emergency contacts & student pickup manually
      • 10/08/21: Absentee note template & explanation of excused absence, late arrival, & early dismissal policies (click here for a NEW YouTube video)

      Welcome, Mr. Jeremiah, to Norwood!

      You may have recently seen our latest addition to the Norwood team. Meet Omari Jeremiah, a man of many talents who joins the school as our new School to Community Facilitator. Here is his special message to our families:

      "Hello Norwood families! It's a pleasure to be here. My role here is to help bring many community services to the school so that all Norwood students and families can be successful! I am from New York City and I went to Goucher College in Maryland as well as University of Baltimore. I practice five languages (English, Spanish, Swahili, Portuguese, American Sign Language) and I have a background in English-Spanish interpretation as well as teaching. In my free time, I like to cook, practice languages, and play with my two kittens. I love to talk with families to help them reach their goals. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you! "

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      Scan the code, read the newsletter while you wait

      You many have noticed the QR Codes on flyers posted on the doors of classrooms, the front entrance windows, the main office, and in the lobby around Mr. Castro’s desk. They’re a new way to help you get up to date on the latest news, events, and changes to the school schedule. Just use your smartphone’s camera app to focus on the square, and a page should either automatically open or a link appear for you to click on and open. That will take you to the collection of our newsletters, sorted by date with the latest edition at the very top. If you have trouble seeing any of the links or icons on the page, try using another mobile browser (Safari on iPhones has been known to have some issues). You can also download a free third-party QR scanner app to scan any QR code. Now you can read the Norwood News while waiting to pick up or child or if you arrive early for a meeting. Feel free to ask Mr. Castro if you need help using this technology. Instructions on how to use the code are on the flyers in English & Spanish.

      Black History Month Writing Contest

      Calling all kindergarten – grade 3 writers! Time to dazzle your Norwood school members and BCPS at large by entering the BCPS Black History Writing Contest. Four Norwood superstar writers will be selected to compete in the BCPS contest. Click here for all important guidance & instructions on page 1 of the document. Page 2 is the actual cover sheet that needs to be filled out and attached/included electronically with your submission. You can print the cover, fill out by hand, and then scan it or take a picture of it completed. Students’ entries AND cover sheets need to be completed digitally, following all bulleted guidelines, and submitted to Mrs. Spencer via email: by Monday, February 14th. If you need help with printing or scanning the cover sheet, please contact the school.

      FREE Online Tutoring for K-12 Students

      Does your child need a little extra help with specific skills at school? Were the transitions to virtual learning and back to in-person learning difficult? Towson University’s College of Education is offering a FREE online tutoring program for any K-12 students in Maryland. The tutors are teacher candidates enrolled at Towson University. With support and guidance from faculty members, they will design lessons for each tutoring session based on students’ needs and will provide families with feedback on student progress. English language support is available for students who are not native English speakers, and all tutoring sessions will occur through Zoom by way of weekly 30-60 min sessions. Click here for the online application form, and click here for more information via the program website. You can also feel free to contact or refer to the flyer below.
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      Norwood Special Area Night 2022!

      Join us for a fun filled evening with the Norwood Special Area team. Come make a special project with Mr. Fig and Ms. Arlotta. Join Mrs. Baublitz in her google meet to hear about the scholastic book fair. Be ready to have some fun while jumping rope with Mr. Ketterer. Then be prepared to get moving, tapping and singing with Mrs. Long in her google meet. We look forward to everyone joining us in our virtual google meets on Wednesday, February 23rd for an evening of fun.

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      Coffee & Conversation: February Preview

      Ms. Powell would like to thank everyone who attended the last Coffee & Conversation session for her talk about fostering a Growth Mindset amongst your children. The exact date and time for our next session in February will be announced in our next newsletter. We do know that our new School to Community Facilitator, Omari Jeremiah, will join Mr. Castro in explaining how their roles work together with a new designation for Norwood that can bring more supports to our students and families. Please remember that for now, our Coffee & Conversations remain virtual meetings. You can join using your student's BCPS credentials via Google Meet with the meeting code: norwoodfamilies

      Winter Baseball Camp for students 3 - 15 years old

      Certain information was updated in January about the Gray Charles Thresher’s Baseball Winter Camp. They are still accepting players! If you’re looking for something to keep your child active with the limited options during the winter season, consider enrolling him or her in this program! Registration has actually been open since the beginning of the school year. The camp will now start on January 16th, running every Sunday in January and February from 12-2pm for students ages 3–15 years old. Cost is only $45! Since games will be held indoors at the gym in Stricker Middle School, please do not have your child wear cleats (regular athletic shoes only). To register, simply send an email to and ask for more information. You will need to provide a copy of your child’s birth certificate, either electronically or in-person, by the 1st game if your child has never participated in this baseball camp previously.

      February Math Unit Overviews for Families

      Here are the Math unit overviews for January by grade level, in English and Spanish. The first newsletter of the month will focus on Math while the second newsletter of the month will cover reading & writing via English Language Arts (ELA). Last month was an exception due to all the weather-related closures and delays, but we're back on schedule now! As always, these unit overviews are useful tools for the family to look over together and help manage expectations for your child prior to starting a new unit.

      Kindergarten | Kinder

      English | Español

      Grade 1 | Grado 1

      English | Español

      Grade 2 | Grado 2

      English | Español

      Grade 3 | Grado 3

      English | Español

      CCBC Family Literacy ESOL Program for Spring 2022

      In October we had shared information for the Winter 2022 term, and now this is for the upcoming Spring 2022 term. The Family Literacy ESOL Program for non-native English-speaking parents is designed to help them learn English language skills for life, work, and to help with their child’s education. The parent must have a child 0–16 years old living in the home and enrolled in a Baltimore County Public School, the Judy Center of Baltimore County or Baltimore County Head Start program.

      Parents in our area interested in enrolling for this FREE course need to register in-person at one of five locations around Baltimore County. The closest registration locations, as noted in the flyer below, are the North Point Library Community Room in Dundalk or a classroom within Hawthorne Elementary School in Middle River. Classes will be held twice a week with time slots available in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Please click below for more information via the program flyer.

      CCBC Family Literacy Program Flyer

      Reminder from the School Nurse

      While local incidences of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 are trending downward here in MD, transmission still remains high. Nurse Debbie wants to remind everyone of a few key points to help stay on top of the situation at home:

      • Students who show any signs of illness should STAY HOME! Call the nurse (443-809-6029) to find out when they can return.

      • COVID-19 tests should NOT be taken right away, but rather, after 1-2 days of illness. Tests taken too soon tend to show false negatives.

      • Children should be drinking plenty of fluids to stay hydrated in addition to eating and sleeping well. Exercise is great, so have them go outside and be active!

      • PLEASE HAVE YOUR CHILDREN WEAR WINTER COATS! We've seen a number of students arrive in the morning without a jacket, and in the event there's a fire drill or they need to spend more time outside than originally planned, they should be dressed accordingly for the weather. Please have students check with the nurse if they do not have adequate cold weather gear.

      About Us

      Norwood Elementary School is a Title I STEM School within the Baltimore County Public School system. We are located in Dundalk, MD, and we strive for all of our superstars to reach their fullest potential in our ever-changing 21st century world.

      If you have any questions regarding any of the information on this newsletter, please contact David Castro (Norwood School to Community Coordinator) at, or by calling his direct line at 443-809-1505.