White Marsh Elementary School
2022 - 2023
Week of September 19 - 23, 2022
Greetings, White Marsh Families!
We have quite a busy week ahead of us!
The WMES Spiritwear Sale continues this week. All of our fourth graders will have a field trip to Elms on Monday. Also on Monday, Ms. Myers' class and Mrs. Cord's class will have a field trip to Sotterley. On Tuesday, Mr. Arnold's class and Mrs. Wathen's class will have a field trip to Sotterley. The WMES Volunteer Training Session will be offered on Tuesday at 3 pm in the cafeteria, and on Wednesday at 10 am in the cafeteria. Any registered SMCPS Volunteer interested in supporting inside our school must attend a WMES site based training session.
Thursday is our first 2 hr. Early Dismissal this school year; WMES will dismiss at 1:45 pm on Thursday. Friday is a Professional Day; there is no school for students on Friday.
Enjoy the week and weekend ahead! Maybe we'll see you at the County Fair!
Volunteering at WMES
A reminder that all Volunteers (including Field Trip Chaperones) must be approved through SMCPS. Beginning this year, this will be an annual requirement. At WMES, those volunteers being asked to support students and teachers in the building will be required to complete a site based training session.
Any volunteer with an interest in supporting classroom activities, Field Day, Book Fair, copying/laminating for teachers must attend the WMES Volunteer Training Session prior to working with students. Please note- participation in the Training Session does not ensure that you will be needed to support an individual classroom. Teachers will reach out to you if school based volunteers are needed.
There will be 2 training sessions this upcoming week; Tuesday 9/20/22 at 3 pm in the cafeteria, and Wednesday 9/21/22 at 10 am in the cafeteria.
WMES Spiritwear Sale!
The White Marsh Bears Spiritwear Sale is underway! This year you have two ways to order; 1. Fill out and send in the paper order form that was sent home with your child on September 14th, or 2. Order your Spiritwear online at https://whitemarsh22.itemorder.com/
Please forward this email to any family or friends you think would like to help support White Marsh Elementary and show their White Marsh Bears Spirit.
The sale will only be open through September 30th, so don’t wait, order TODAY.
Acceptable Use Policy
ALL students in SMCPS must have a completed Acceptable Use Agreement on file for School Year 2022-2023.
These are due by September 15th.
Elementary (PreK-5th) Link: https://bit.ly/22022-2023_Elementary_AUPForm
Oct 4 Fall Picture Day
Oct 10 2 hr. Early Dismissal, Parent Conference Day
Oct 14 Kindergarten Field Trip
The following are general reminders:
Breakfast is available for our students, and is announced when they come into the building each morning. A reminder that breakfast is not free, unless your student is eligible for Free or Reduced Meals. The price of breakfast for Elementary students: $1.45; lunch is $2.75. Please discuss this with your student whether or not this is something you wish for them to purchase. Milk that does not come with meals is is 50 cents, and cannot be charged. Students must have money on their account to purchase milk by itself.
School Meal Benefit Forms: School Year Meal Benefit forms for SY 2022-2023 are now available online! Easily fill out your new meal benefit form by visiting https://www.myschoolapps.com/Application on the www.smcps.org website. Families can request more information by contacting SMCPS' Food and Nutrition Services Office at 301.475.4256, Option 5, or via email at email@example.com.
"My School Bucks" is a program that allows families to pay for lunches or other school payments via their computer or smartphone. To register for My School Bucks, click here.
Look for the Family Handbook
Chronic Absenteeism: Students are chronically absent when absent 10% or more of the school days while enrolled at that school. For example, a student who is registered to attend a school for 30 days and who is absent 3 of those 30 days is considered chronically absent.
WMES will follow up with chronically absent students through the Pupil Services Team, Pupil Personnel Worker, and the Department of Student Services. In order to reduce the number of our students with Chronic Absenteeism, incentives to encourage good attendance include participation in the Bear Crawl, Running Club, and School Dance.
Exciting Events for the Bears!
We also hope to bring back the Running Club, and School Dance! Both activities are after school, and will require parent pick up. Limited spaces are available for each, so it will be important to be on the lookout for future information and return permission slips quickly. Student participation is related to good behavior and attendance.
New SMCPS Volunteer procedures: All Volunteers must Register Annually!
Schoology for Parents
SMCPS 2022 - 2023 Student Handbook and Code of Conduct
Proper Care of Electronic Devices
SMCPS Text Alerts are a great way to get information quickly. They are not sent often, and usually only in the event of an unexpected school delay or closure. On occasion, WMES will send a text alert about a late bus, substitute bus, or school event. Click the link for information about registering for text alerts.