Shipley's Choice Elementary School

Family Newsletter

Dr. Burke's Message

New Year's Resolution: READ!

It is no secret that I am passionate about reading. We know it is a critical life skill necessary for success. Yet many of our students do not read regularly. In a perfect world, I would love our children to select books and read them for pleasure. While many do, we still have many who see reading as a chore and not as a gateway to other worlds or to understanding of how things work.

The infographic below shows how much it benefits students. We know that children who struggle with reading may also struggle in other subjects, so it is vital to get our children reading. Twenty minutes a day increases vocabulary, improves comprehension, increases prior knowledge, and many more benefits.

What if my child doesn't like to read?

Chances are if reading is even slightly challenging for your child, he may say he doesn't like to read. She may protest when you tell her to read. Don't give up, though! The more children read, the better readers they become and the more likely they will read for pleasure. Here are some tips for getting your reluctant reader to read:

  • Read to your child. This exposes her to the wide world that is found in books without the struggle. It helps increase her listening vocabulary and comprehension.
  • Side by side reading. Take turns reading a favorite book--you read a page and have your child read a page.
  • Try different kinds of books. Expose your child to lots of different types of books. Try nonfiction about his favorite sport or hobby, fantasy, or even graphic novels or comic books. Reading is reading!

Have a wonderful New Year!

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For the latest information about Shipley’s Choice, bookmark the school website (, which houses lots of information about the school, including the Family Handbook, schedules, a school-wide calendar, and more. Also, our school frequently shares pictures and video clips of amazing things that are happening each day at school on Twitter. Follow us to check it out: @ShipChoiceAACPS.

Students may not be unattended on school property before 8:45 AM!

Cell Phones at School

Please talk to your children to remind them that any Personal Communication Devices they have at school may not be used during the entire school day. This includes cell phones or watches. Students may not use devices to make phone calls, text, email, or access the internet at any time while at school. Students may never use their devices to record or photograph at any time during the school day.

AACPS policy allows elementary schools to determine rules for the use of Personal Communication Devices within their schools, on their school’s property, and while students are attending that school’s sponsored activities during regular school hours. In elementary schools, use of cell phones can be very disruptive to the students' day.

Anne Arundel County Public Schools is not responsible for the loss, theft, damage, misuse, unauthorized use, destruction, or data fees of any Personal Electronic Communication Devices brought to school by a student.

School Google Calendar

Click on the link to quickly access the SCES Google Calendar and view all of the school events for the week.

January Health Room News

Flu Season is unfortunately upon us.

We have some immune-compromised students and to help keep all our students healthy please notify the Health Room if your child is diagnosed with any communicable diseases. All information remains strictly confidential. Here are some examples:

· Strep infection

· Pneumonia

· Influenza

· Pink Eye

· Fifth Disease

· Hand Foot and Mouth

· Ringworm

· Mononucleosis

Please visit the AA county Health Department website for any assistance with

“How do I know when to keep my child home from school because of illness.”

In addition to the list provided at the website, it is important that if your child has a fever at home or school, they need to be fever free for 24 hours (without fever reducing medications)

Always remember: Handwashing can help prevent illness. It involves five simple and effective steps (Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry) you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you can stay healthy. Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. It’s quick, it’s simple, and it can keep us all from getting sick.

Handwashing is a win for everyone, except the germs.

If you have any questions or to update the health room of any new health concerns/conditions, please call 410-222-3809.

Patty Bellotte, R.N. Rachael Penner, H.A.

January Events

2 Schools resume

14 PTA Meeting @ 6:30 PM in Room 84

20 Schools closed/ Martin Luther King Jr. day

23 Mathnasium Night

28 2 hr Early Dismissal/ End of 2nd Marking Period

29 2 hr Early Dismissal

30 Schools Closed

31 Beginning of 3rd Marking Period

Arrival & Dismissal

Thank you for your help in keeping our students safe during arrival and dismissal!


  • The doors open at 8:45 AM and instruction begins for students at 9:00 AM.
  • Students may not arrive before 8:45AM. There is no supervision prior to that time.
  • Only bus riders enter through the lobby.
  • All other students enter through the doors by the kindergarten entrance.
  • Walkers assemble on the blacktop behind school and enter when directed by the teacher on duty.
  • Car riders exit their cars and may enter the building directly.


  • Keep dismissal changes to a minimum. They are confusing!
  • Students who are walkers must leave school property at dismissal. Do not arrange to meet your child anywhere on school property except the WALKER door.
  • We STRONGLY DISCOURAGE meeting your children at an off-school location, like a path to a neighborhood. If you are delayed, your child will not know and no one at school will know that they possibly needs assistance.
  • Students may never walk in the parking lot alone. Do not tell your child to meet you in the parking lot.
  • Pick students up in the designated location. If you are walking, the pick up is on the blacktop at the back of the school, not near the car loop.
Shipley's Choice Elementary School Website

Visit the Shipley's Choice Elementary website for the family handbook, lunch schedules, contact information, grade level Google Sites, the school calendar, and more!


As a member of the educational team, it is crucial that every school volunteer understands that all information regarding teachers, students, and the school is confidential and should remain in the school setting. If you volunteer at school, it is not appropriate to contact others and share what you observed.
Shipley's Choice PTA Website

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Scholastic Book Fair: Save the Date!

February 3 - February 7, 2020

Our Library will transform into a Book Fair Jungle - Elephants, Tigers and Books, OH MY!

Schedule highlights include our 'Shop with a Special Friend Day' and 'Family Fun Night'!

Stay tuned for more information!

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Please upload any pictures you have from the first half of the year using the following event links. Password is shipleys

· First Day of School 9/3

· Walk to School Day 10/2

· Fall Festival 10/19

· Halloween Parade 10/31

· Special Friends Day 11/8

· Turkey Trot 11/22

· Winter Band, Strings and Chorus Concert 12/18

· Dance Team Photos

Yearbooks will go on sale in January, date TBD. Stay tuned to the PTA Website and Shark Byte for more information.

Silver Knights

Winter 2020 sessions for Coding and Robotics with Silver Knights begins Monday, January 6, 2020. If you are new to clubs, please fill out both the club permission form and school emergency contact form as soon as you have registered. Register here.

Robotics Club: January 6 - March 9
Grades 1 – 5: Club meets every Monday morning (7:45 am - 8:45 am) that school is in session in room 61. Club does not meet on: January 20 and February 17 A make-up day, if necessary, will be on March 16.

Coding Club: January 10 - February 28
Grades 2 & up: Club meets every Friday morning (7:45 am - 8:45 am) that school is in session in room 61.

No skip day with a make-up day on March 6 if needed.

As a reminder, Fall Chess is still ongoing until January 21st. Email Holly Willis if you have any questions,

Retail Rewards

Thank you for supporting our school’s fundraisers this year so far. Every little bit helps!

Coming up: Fundraisers with Ledo’s, Chipotle, Chick-Fil-A, FroYo House, and Rita’s! Stay tuned for dates.

Our next Ledo’s fundraiser is on January 21, 2020. Fundraiser runs all day and includes both dine-in and carry-out orders.

Please remember our school’s Amazon link. When you use the Shipley’s Amazon link, we earn cash. Just bookmark it to use anytime you shop at Amazon. We don’t see your purchases, only the total amounts earned each month. Please visit: Smile.Amazon.Com and select “Shipley’s Choice Elementary School PTA” as your charity of choice.

Please contact with any questions

Adult Social/Silent Auction: Shipley’s Speakeasy Tickets on Sale Now

Calling all Flappers, Dappers and Bidders! Roar into the 1920’s with the Shipley's Choice Elementary School PTA for our 2nd Annual Adult Social Fundraiser. We’ll be kicking it up for the kids at the Shipley’s Speakeasy: Swanky Auction Soiree on Saturday, March 14th at Kurtz’s Beach from 7pm-11pm.

We are currently seeking Sponsors, as well as Donations for giveaways and the Silent & Live Auction portions of our event. Items such as vacation homes, travel points, sports/event tickets, gift cards, merchandise, services, experiences or anything else your generous heart desires would be welcome and TAX DEDUCTIBLE, as allowable by law. If you or someone you know is interested in donating in any capacity to the Shipley’s Speakeasy, please reach out to Kelly Kohler and Rene Wells at For Sponsorships only, please contact Natalie Henderson at

Please visit our Auction page on the PTA Website and “Like” the Shipley’s Speakeasy Facebook page for more details and updates.

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PTA Website

The SCES PTA Website is our primary source of communication. Join the PTA for full access and visit often to stay informed!

Did you know Membership Toolkit has a new app with fantastic features, such as access to Calendars, Parent Directory, Messages and more. It’s available in both the Apple Store and Google Play.

Have website questions? Contact Us at

Helpful Information

Lonergan's Bus Service

  • 410-923-4185

Transportation Office

  • 410-222-2910

Crossing Guards

  • 410-222-6866

Health Room

Patty Bellotte, Nurse

Rachael Penner, Health Asst.

  • 410-222-3809

Board of Education

  • 410-222-5000

Shipley's Choice Elementary School


Student Hours 9:00 AM-3:25 PM

Doors open 8:45 AM

To contact your child's teacher, find their email address on our website: