Shipley's Choice Elementary School

Family Newsletter

Dr. Burke's Message

Welcome back! It’s going to be an amazing year at Shipley’s Choice! The excitement was contagious at our Sneak-a-Peek last week. We are looking forward to a year of learning, collaborating, and fun!

The theme this year is: Better Together. This is the perfect theme to follow Just Be... We are all better together! This year focuses on how we can support each other so that we all can reach our greatest potential.

This year, we are continuing our focus on academic excellence through goals in our School Improvement Plan (SIT Plan). Our goals continue to emphasize Literacy and STEM. In addition, our SIT plan has added a goal to focus on the Social-Emotional well-being of students. Look forward to hearing more about how we are fostering mindfulness and contentment with students. Last year, we piloted a "Yoga Residency" and had a yoga instructor with fourth grade; we are looking forward to expand the program this year.

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 even video clips of amazing things that are happening each day at school on Twitter. Follow us to check it out: @ShipChoiceAACPS.


Dismissal is a hectic time--we have students who ride a school bus, ride daycare vans, go to the Y Aftercare program, walk, bike, and are picked up in a car. We carefully monitor all students to ensure they are going home in the way that you have selected.

To help ensure the safety of all students, please remember:

  • Keep dismissal changes to a minimum. They are confusing!
  • Send a note when changing dismissal arrangements. It is not enough to call the school; we need it in writing for liability purposes. If you must, call before 2:30PM and follow up with an email to Mrs. Eisele.
  • Pick students up in the designated location. If you are walking, the pick up is on the blacktop at the back of the school.
  • 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.

Federal Impact Survey Cards

On Tuesday, October 1, 2019, your child will bring home a Federal Impact Aid Survey form. Please assist us by filling out the information requested on the form and return it to Shipley's Choice Elementary School.

The U.S. Department of Education allows a multiple child form. AACPS has designed a form that will allow two children’s names for your convenience. Should you have more than two children, please utilize a second form that you can either obtain from the school or download from the AACPS website at Also, please note that the complete address of the Parent/Guardian’s Employer if they work on Federal Property, the complete address of the Federal Property on which they work, and each survey form must be signed and dated by the Parent/Guardian. The Federal Impact Aid Survey form for 2019-2020 will be available to download on October 1, 2019. We will also be using our Connect-Ed Automated Telephone Notification System to remind everyone about the significance of completing and returning this survey. The school system receives approximately $2 million in funding from the Federal government in support of our children after the forms are processed.

School Google Calendar

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

September Events

3-4 Kindergarten Conferences

5, 6, 9 Kindergarten Staggered Entry Days

6 Back to School Night 6:00 PM

10 First Day for all Kindergarten

Boo-Hoo Breakfast in Shark Café @ 9 AM

17 Ledo Pizza Night for PTA

18 Parents welcome to visit during lunch

18,19 Fifth Grade goes to Drownproofing

23 Picture Day!

25 Kindergarten goes to Downs Park

25 Celebrity Scoop Night at Rita's Italian Ice in Severna Park for PTA

27 Coffee with the Principal 9:15AM

30 Rosh Hashanah (schools are closed)

October--looking ahead!

2 Smoothie King Day for PTA

7 PTA meeting @ 6:30PM

October 19 Fall Festival--information coming soon!

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.

Playground Update

Great news! Shipley's Choice is slated to receive a new playground during the 2019-20 school year! More news to follow!
Shipley's Choice PTA Website

Click this button to access the PTA's website. Some content requires login.

Executive Committee Message

SCES PTA welcomes you to the 2019-2020 school year! Thanks to our amazing volunteers and fabulous committees, we have some very exciting events planned for this year. If you missed the President’s message and budget presentation last night, and would like to watch this short, informative slideshow, visit the PTA Website. We hope you join SCES PTA and participate in the creative ways we’re striving to enrich our children’s lives!

Feel free to reach out to us at any time with questions or concerns. We are here to serve our parents, teachers, students and community.

Thank you,

Toni Hochard, President; Pam Waters, Vice President; April Patty, Treasurer; Angela Miller, Secretary.

Contact us at

PTA Membership

Visit our website @ to join. September 24th is the deadline for inclusion in the printed membership directory, so don’t delay!

Membership Levels:

· Hammerhead Shark (Basic PTA Membership) - $25

· Great White Shark (includes $25 tax deductible donation) - $50

o The first 100 families that register will receive a 2019/20 SCES car magnet.

· Whale Shark (includes $50 tax deductible donation) - $75

o The first 20 families that register will receive a 2019/20 SCES car magnet & SCES keychain.

All membership levels include:

· access to an online SCES PTA directory and one copy of the printed SCES PTA directory.

· Extra print directories are available for $5 each.

· Access to Exclusive member information on the PTA Website and app, such as the member directory, calendars, volunteer signups, and more!

· Weekly Shark Byte PTA e-newsletter

All registrations must be completed through our PTA website, Payments may be made by PayPal, cash, or check payable to SCES PTA. Send cash/check payments to the school in an envelope labeled PTA Membership.

Join by Tuesday, September 10th and be entered to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card.

When joining or registering, don’t forget to update your child’s information, such as grade and homeroom teacher. The information on the website is what will be in the printed directory, so make sure yours is current and correct!

Please contact Sarah or Desiree at with any questions.

Retail Rewards

Retail Rewards

The PTA is sponsoring some fun spirit events this school year in our community. Please join us for the following events coming up this fall. More details to come. Be sure to mark your calendar!

Ledo’s Night: Tuesday, September 17 from 4-9pm. Eat in or carry out at the Millersville Ledo's on the 3rd Tuesday of Every Month, from 4 PM - 9 PM. A percentage of our sales comes back to SCES. You can also order online! 410-729-3333.

Rita's Celebrity Night: Wednesday, September 28 from 6-8pm. Word around town is that a few SCES teachers will be working their nighttime gig at Rita's Italian Ice in Severna Park on September 25th from 6 to 8 pm. Will your teacher be there? Will others join the late night crew of scoopers?

Smoothie King Day: Wednesday, October 2. Stop by the Millersville location and mention the code SCE when you order and Smoothie King will donate 12% of all sales to our PTA.

For more ways you can support SCES PTA while you shop visit the Retail Rewards page on the SCES PTA Website.


Shipley's Choice Elementary School uses SmugMug to store all parent uploaded pictures for the Yearbook staff to use when designing pages. We cannot produce our wonderful yearbook without your uploads. After all events, please upload any pictures you may have taken to our SmugMug site (Password is shipleys). Most events have their own folder and links will be posted in the Shark Bytes for easier reference.

Click here to UPLOAD your First day of School Photos for the Yearbook!

**Please refrain from posting pictures of NON-SCES Students.**

Fall Festival

Join us on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from Noon – 4pm for food, games, crafts, moon bounces, live entertainment, and more! Rain Date: Sunday, October 20, 2019 12pm-4pm

Wristband includes all games, moon bounces, entertainment, face-painting, glitter tattoos, crafts, and other activities sponsored by local businesses.

(Bake sale, food trucks, and 5th grade charity fundraiser activity additional - cash and credit accepted on site)

Wristbands not required for adults and children 2 and under.

Beautification Committee

Beautification Committee Members Wanted! We are currently looking for volunteers to help maintain our flower beds around the school grounds. This is a great opportunity to make an impact and volunteer on your own schedule. To join or get more information, please contact Courtney Capece at Thank you!

Mum Sale

In partnership with Boucher Lawn and Landscape, the PTA is gearing up for the 2019 Mum Sale to benefit the Fall Festival! Beautiful 8” pots in your choice of yellow, white or burgundy are only $10 each! Order yours today!

PTA Website

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

Coming Soon.....Website FAQ

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: