Norwood News

Thursday, February 17th, 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 21st: All BCPS schools are closed for Presidents Day
  • Tuesday, February 22nd: February Coffee & Conversation (11:30am – 12:30pm)
  • 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:

      • 12/02/21: 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)

      Report Cards Video Guide

      Printed copies of your child's report card for the 2nd quarter (MP2) were sent home on Monday, February 7th. If you're new to BCPS or unsure of what the grading scale means, feel free to watch this video tutorial below that helps explain all that you need to know. Remember to send us back the empty envelopes signed and marked as to whether you would like to schedule a Parent/Teacher conference to discuss your child's academic progress.
      Norwood Elementary Report Card Guide (2022)

      February Coffee & Conversation

      Our next Coffee & Conversation parent information session will be on Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022 from 11:30am - 12. Mr. Castro will join our new School to Community Facilitator, Mr. Jeremiah, 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 & Conversation sessions remain virtual meetings. You can join using your student's BCPS credentials via Google Meet with the meeting code: norwoodfamilies

      Local Feb/Mar COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics in Dundalk

      The Maryland Department of Health is soon offering two COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Dundalk at nearby Berkshire Elementary School. Below you will find all the important information. A reservation is not required, but to reduce your wait time, it is strongly encourage that you click below on the link to reserve a time slot. You can also click on the QR code in the top-right corner of this article to enlarge on another device, and then scan with your smartphone.

      When: Wednesday Feb 23rd & Wednesday March 16th, 4:00 - 6:00pm

      Where: Berkshire Elementary School (7431 Poplar Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224)

      Reservation Link:

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      Norwood Special Area Night 2022!

      Don't forget to join us for a fun filled evening with the Norwood Special Area team. This will be a virtual event only. 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 google meet sessions on Wednesday, February 23rd for an evening of fun.

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      BCPS Stakeholder Climate Survey

      Please help us learn about how to best support all stakeholders and improve student and organizational performance by taking the BCPS Stakeholder Climate Survey. It will remain available until March 4, 2022 through a link on the BCPS Web page or by clicking here. The survey is for all stakeholders, which includes: students in Grades 3–12, parents/caregivers, community members, and all staff. Anyone may take the survey via smart phone, tablet, or computer. It takes five minutes or less to complete, is anonymous, and is available in 16 languages for students, parents/caregivers, and community members. Thank you for sharing your input on how to make BCPS even better!

      Encuesta en español

      February Southeast Area Education Advisory Council Meeting

      The Southeast Area Education Advisory Council is one of 5 regional councils that are appointed by the Board of Education to obtain input from their respective community. This month’s meeting will discuss what exactly a Community School is. Norwood ES was just recently given this designation, so it will be a very applicative meaning to help learn about just how having a child in a Community School can benefit you and your family. The meeting will be held in person on Monday, February 28th at the Hawthorne ES library. The meeting starts at 7pm, and everyone is welcome to attend! Please make sure to wear a mask once in the building.

      Hawthorne Elementary School

      125 Kingston Rd

      Baltimore, MD 21220

      February ELA unit overviews for families

      Here are the unit overviews for February in reading/writing by grade level. The first newsletter of the month will focus on Math while the second newsletter of the month will cover reading & writing through English Language Arts (ELA). 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. yrotsih

      Kindergarten | Kinder

      Grade 1 | Grado 1

      Grade 2 | Grado 2

      Grade 3 | Grado 3

      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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      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

      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.