Norwood News

Thursday, May 26th, 2022

Latest news & events for Norwood ES of Baltimore County Public Schools available in written (Smores) & video (YouTube) form, published every 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month!

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Important Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, May 30th: Memorial Day holiday – All schools & offices closed
  • Friday, June 3rd: Norwood Field Day
  • Tuesday, June 14th: Last day of classes for PK students only
  • Tuesday, June 14th: June Coffee & Conversation (2:30 - 3:30 p.m. in-person @ Norwood cafeteria)
  • Wednesday, June 15th: All BCPS students dismiss 3 hrs early (Norwood dismisses @ 12:20 p.m.)
  • Thursday, June 16th: Q4 Report cards distributed & available in FOCUS
  • Thursday, June 16th: Last day of school, all BCPS students dismiss 3 hrs early (Norwood dismisses @ 12:20 p.m)

School hours = 8:20 a.m. arrival/8:35 a.m. late bell/3:20 p.m. dismissal (no drop-off prior to 8:20 a.m. as there is no supervision outside before then, and no early dismissal/pickup after 2:55 p.m.)

PK Schedule: AM session = 8:35 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.; PM session = 12:50 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. (no PM session drop-offs before 12:40 p.m.)

Newsletter Callbacks!

Suggested reads & resources from previous newsletters:


Norwood Field Day 2022

Field Day activities are back and will be held on Friday, June 3rd. Because there will be many outdoor activities that involve running and other active movements, ensure that your child wears sneakers, brings a bottle of water, and applies sunscreen prior to coming to school. A letter already went home from Mr. Ketterer, the school's Physical Education teacher, assigning a specific color to your child. To help with the day's activities, have your child wear clothing of mostly that color. Parents are welcome to come and watch the activities, but no school-aged siblings are allowed. The schedule for Field Day is as follows:


AM-PK, Kindergarten & 1st grade: 8:45am to 11:00am

PM-PK, 2nd & 3rd grade will be from 12:30pm to 2:45pm


If you have any questions feel free to email Mr. Ketterer at sketterer@bcps.org or call the school at (443)809-7055.

FINAL Coffee & Conversation session for 2021-2022

Thank you to all who came out to our May Coffee & Conversation session! We had a guest speaker who serves on two local PTAs to help discuss how easy and flexible it can be to run your own school PTA here at Norwood. If anyone is interested in helping to get Norwood's PTA off the ground, please contact Mr. Jeremiah (667-251-4985; ojeremiah2@bcps.org). We also unveiled a new Parent Resource Hub, which is a collection of frequently asked questions and sought after resources from our Norwood families, all gathered together in one spot. It can be found on the Norwood school website under the 'For Parents' top-menu, or by clicking here.


Our next session, which will also be the final session for the 2021-2022 school year, will be on June 14th, in-person at the Norwood cafeteria, from 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Appropriately, it will discuss tips on how to keep your students academically engaged through fun and interesting activities during the summer break. Hope to see you there!

Summer Playground Camp at Berkshire Elementary

Looking for an affordable summer camp option in Dundalk for your children? The Berkshire-Eastwood Summer Playground is a perfect solution and will be held at Berkshire Elementary School. The program costs only $125 per child for the 5 week camp that will run from July 6 - August 5, every Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The program includes breakfast & lunch while also offering a variety of fun and engaging activities like arts & crafts, projects, special events, & more. Anyone interesting in enrolling their children needs to register in-person at the Berkshire ES Community Recreation Room either on Saturday June 4th from 10am - 12pm, or June 7th from 6pm - 8pm. To reserve your spot, contact either of the individuals listed below and view the flyer for additional details about this fantastic summer opportunity!


Donna Thomas, Chairperson (summerplayground1@gmail.com)

Julie Thomas, Director (410-340-9157)

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How to find your zoned school by address

If you've ever wondered how to find the zoned BCPS schools for an address (elementary, middle, high), just watch this brief video that shows you where to access this online tool. Simply enter your address and PRESTO! This is extremely helpful if you are moving and trying to stay within your current school's zone, or if you're new to the district but don't know where to register.


https://tinyurl.com/findbcpsschool

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Norwood Families Survey

Please take a few minutes to complete our Norwood Families survey so we can hear directly from you! We would very much appreciate your feedback on just a few questions. Simply click on the link below from any computer, tablet, or smartphone. Thank you for sharing your input!


https://forms.gle/NDm6K4WDsESypo4H8

May Special Message from the School Nurse

Vision and hearing screening results were sent home for students who were screened. If the student did not pass either screening, the parent/guardian needs to make an appointment with the child’s medical provider. The medical provider will complete the bottom of the form and the form must be returned to the school nurse. If you need another copy of the vision/hearing screening results, please contact Nurse Debbie at dchetelat@bcps.org.


We are required to have a physical on file for all students. We only need updated copies if there is a change in health status or treatment for a medical condition. We need one dental form filled out for each student as well. If there are any new vaccinations given, we should receive a copy detailing what they were.


For the spring, we highly recommend students keep a change of clothes in their locker. We have a few clothing items here, but we cannot supply all sizes for all the students when clothes are wet or muddy from outdoor recess or spills. Please feel free to send in any unwanted or unused clothing items or shoes. Whatever we can't use we will donate.

Registration for new PK & KG students in 2022-2023

Families interested in applying to register a new student in pre-kindergarten or who need to register a student in kindergarten for the upcoming school year should contact the school to schedule an appointment at our next registration event on Tuesday June 7th. Please refer to the information below to check eligibility:


  • Your child must be 4 years old on or before September 1st, 2022 to be age-eligible for pre-kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year.
  • Your child must be 5 years old on or before September 1st, 2022 to be age-eligible for kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year.


For additional questions, do not hesitate to call the front office at 443-809-7055.

CCBC FAMILY LITERACY ESOL PROGRAM FOR SUMMER 2022

The Summer 2022 term of the CCBC Family Literacy ESOL Program is fast approaching! This program is designed to help non-native English-speaking parents 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 location, as noted in the flyer below, is room 209 of the Mathematics & Science Hall (MASH 209) of the CCBC Dundalk campus. 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 dcastro@bcps.org, or by calling his direct line at 443-809-1505.