Norwood News

Thursday, November 18th, 2021

Our community is a community of superstars! Here are some updates as we work to bring out the best in our students and help them all reach for the stars.

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Important Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, November 22nd: Pre-K Conferences (No school for PK only )
  • Tuesday, November 23rd: Pre-K & Elementary Conferences (No school for PK - 3rd grade)
  • Wednesday, November 24th - Friday, November 26th: All schools closed for Thanksgiving holiday break
  • Monday, November 29th: Nov Coffee & Conversation session (12 – 1pm)
  • Friday, December 3rd: Picture Day!

      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:

      • Absentee note template in English & Spanish for parents, explanation of tardiness & excused absence policies (10/8/21)
      • Updating emergency contacts & student pickup manually (10/21/21)
      • CCBC Winter 2021-2022 ESOL Family Literacy Course for BCPS parents (11/4/21)

      Q1 Report Cards/Progress Reports Available starting Monday, November 22nd

      A printed hard copy of your child's report card for the 1st quarter will be sent home with them on Monday, November 22nd. Parents are also free to access their report cards electronically by signing into FOCUS (access link: and logging in with either a parent account (see 1a or 1b in image below) or by using student BCPS credentials (see 2 in image below). The video and written instructions below are valid for either options, but the initial button/login page has been since updated and now looks like what you see below.
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      Video instructions | Written instructions

      1a = parent access via Microsoft or Gmail account

      1b = parent access via MyBCPS parent account credentials

      2 = student access via BCPS credentials

      Picture Day Rescheduled for Friday, December 3rd!

      Picture Day has been rescheduled for December 3rd, 2021. Regardless of whether you purchase anything, all children will have their picture taken. You can either fill out the online form at or fill out the updated picture day envelope that was sent home with students on Wednesday, November 17th (see sample below). Online forms require a credit card for payment, while picture day envelopes require the exact amount to be sent in on picture day with the student, either by cash or by money order/check made out to Lifetouch Photographer. Families who already paid online do not have to do anything, as your order is set for the new date. When ordering online, you will be asked for your student ID # and the picture day ID (see red arrow below). If you do not know your child's student ID, please call the main office at 443-809-7055. You can also request that a new picture day envelope be sent home with your child via their yellow take-home folder.
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      Christmas Bingo Event for the whole family

      The North Point Village Recreation and Parks Council is sponsoring a Christmas Toy Bingo event on Saturday, December 4th nearby at Battle Grove ES from 7:00 - 9:00pm. Come and try your luck at winning gifts for the entire family! Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door, and doors open at 6pm. There will be additional raffles and games that cost, so feel free to bring some extra cash in case you or your children would like to play anything beyond Bingo. Advanced ticket sales occur at Battle Grove ES from 6:30 - 8:30pm on Mondays and Wednesdays from here till the event date. You may also call Chris Layfield at (410)382-5966 or Annie Layfield at (410)916-0255 to schedule advanced ticket sales. Masks must be worn at all times in the building during the event, and if schools are closed due to inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled for December 11th.
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      November Coffee & Conversation session

      Our next Coffee & Conversation session for parents will take place 12-1pm on Monday, November 29th. Our Staff Development teacher, Ms. Spencer, will be discussing the different features of FOCUS through parent-access, and our Reading Specialist, Ms. Hoer, will review digital learning tools First in Math and RazKids. Please remember that for now, these remain virtual meetings that you can join using your student's BCPS credentials via Google Meet with the meeting code: norwoodfamilies

      November ELA Unit Overviews for Families

      Here are the unit overviews for November 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 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.

      Kindergarten | Kinder

      Grade 1 | Grado 1

      Grade 2 | Grado 2

      Grade 3 | Grado 3

      Fall 2021 Parent/Teacher Conferences for Students

      We apologize for any challenges caused by the recent expansion of our Thanksgiving Break to now include Wednesday, November 24th. The intention was to keep scheduled times the same and simply shift them over to Tuesday, November 23rd. We recognize that for some, this may not have been possible. If you still are unsure as to when your conference is scheduled for, please reach out to your child’s teacher immediately. Also, keep in mind that parents have the right to schedule a conference with their child’s teacher anytime, not just during the Fall conferences. Simply talk to your child’s teacher if you would prefer to meet on a different day or time after the Thanksgiving Break.

      2021-2022 Americanism Essay Contest

      Each year, the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) of the Maryland Department sponsors an Americanism Essay Contest for students in grades 3 - 8. The contest is now currently open and accepting submissions until January 31st. Grades will be divided into three main groups, and there will be three awards granted in each group. First place winners from each department will be sent to the national competition. This year's essay title: "How can we support families who provide care to their Veterans?"

      To enter, please download and print out the cover sheet (seen below), and use the included checklist on the cover sheet to ensure that all the appropriate steps have been completed. A parent needs to also fill out the bottom portion of the cover sheet with all the information requested, including a signature from the child's teacher. For more information about the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Maryland, please visit their website at

      Cover Sheet - ALA 2021 Americanism Essay Contest

      Message from the nurse about Change of Clothing & Clothing Donations

      If anyone is going through their closets and would like to donate any extra clothing that you no longer need, we are in need of boys and girls elastic waist pants (any size), but ESPECIALLY for sizes 4-10. Also, any underwear (either new or in good condition) would also be appreciated. Please remember to send a change of clothes to be kept in your child's locker for emergencies. We do not always have on-hand the size that they may need in an emergency.

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      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.