New Town Elementary

October 2021

Our Vision

Students at New Town Elementary participate in rigorous and responsive instruction that prepares them to meet the challenges and high expectations of college and career readiness. Our innovative teachers ensure learning through collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity.


Our Mission

It is the mission of New Town Elementary School and its community to promote student achievement, celebrate diversity and create a nurturing and enthusiastic learning environment where lifelong learners will grow as productive members of society.

October

1st- World Smile Day

15th- Systemwide Professional Development- School's Closed for Students

18th-22nd- Bullying Prevention Week

November

5th- First Marking Period Ends- All Schools Close 3 Hours Early for Students

15th-19th- American Education Week

22nd- Report Cards Distributed

23rd- PreK Conference Day

24th- PreK-5th Grade Conference Day

25th-26th- Thanksgiving Break

From the Principal

Kudos to our students, parents, and teachers for an exciting school opening! It is hard to believe we have completed the first full month of in–person learning. Our students have been productively engaged in rigorous tasks that require critical thinking skills and timely application. We are so proud of the great work that is taking place at New Town Elementary School.


A special thank you to parents for your ongoing support with ensuring that our arrival/dismissal is safe daily. As we continue to streamline the process, please note the following:


  • The crossing guards are on duty beginning 9:00AM, therefore students are not able to be crossed until that time.
  • Students should not stop in the crosswalk.
  • During the arrival and dismissal times, please pull forward as far as possible. Additionally, we ask that you adhere to the direction to move forward to staff overseeing the process.


I thank you in advance for your continued support and look forward to another amazing year here at New Town Elementary.


Mrs. Coston

New Town Elementary PTA

From the NTES PTA…

Hello New Town Families!

Welcome back to the 2021-2022 school year! The New Town PTA is excited to get back to providing for our students and staff in safe and healthy way. Our events and outreach will be limited due to Covid restrictions, but we will strive to support our students and staff in any way we can. Our restaurant nights will resume starting in late October through March. In addition, we will host one or two online fundraisers, stay tuned for more information about our fundraisers.


Let’s meet our PTA board:


PTA President: Hope Fields

I am mother of a fourth and fifth grader at New Town. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love to read mysteries and watch Hallmark Channel. My goal is to ensure that we continue to support our students and staff, as we all continue to navigate through the Covid19 restrictions.


PTA Vice President: Shanda White

Please reach out to me or Ms. White if interested in joining our board via email NTES.PTA01@gmail.com.

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Restaurants Nights

Restaurant Night will be starting in October. This is an opportunity to support a local restaurant, while also supporting teachers and students of New Town. Below are the participating restaurants for the remainder of the 2021 year.


October: Jersey Mikes

November: Brookside Pizza

December: Chick-fil-a- Owings Mills Blvd


Flyers will be required when you participate in restaurant nights. Each month, flyers will be sent out to the community via email.

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New Town Membership:

Membership for the PTA will be electronic this year. The system, MemberHub, we are using is not ready to launch. If you would like to join, please send your first, last name and email to NTES.PTA01@gmail.com. Once MemberHub is up and running, the link will be sent to sign up.


Thank you for the continued support and we look forward to working together this school year.

NTES PTA

Counselors Corner

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The School Counseling program at New Town Elementary is available to help students, parents, and teachers develop positive learning experiences. The program consists of a variety of services and activities, including individual and group counseling, parent and teacher consultation, classroom guidance lessons, coordination of school wide programs, information services, participation in education meetings, and referral assistance to other programs and services in the community. Working in conjunction with administration, staff, parents, and teachers, the program is developed to meet the needs of ALL students at New Town Elementary School.


Our job is to help your children have a successful day while they are at school. Some parents hear their children say, "I talked to the counselor today!" and they wonder what this means. It is a normal part of the school day to meet with students as a way to get to know them as well as regarding their concerns about everything from friendship and feelings to conflicts with classmates or the death of a pet. Should a concern arise, students are given passes to complete to inform us of their need to talk. If we are not available at that time, we make sure to make time for that student as soon as possible. Teacher may also ask us to check in on or talk to a student when it seems as though there could be a problem. We listen, refer back to lessons taught in the classroom, and help students make decisions about what to do next. We always encourage them to talk to their parents!


If we find that we talk to your child more than a few times on the same topic in a short span of time, or if the discussion involves student safety, we will certainly give you a call. Most of the time, our interactions are brief and focused on helping children find their own solutions to their concerns. As always, if you have questions or concerns about your child talking to us, please do not hesitate to call or email us at school.


Thank you for your support in fostering a positive, kind environment in our New Town School Community!

Taryn Fremder tfremder@bcps.org

Amanda Ragon aragon@bcps.org

Bullying Prevention Week

October is National Bullying Prevention Month.

“Every October, schools and organizations across the country join STOMP Out Bullying™ in observing National Bullying Prevention Month. The goal: encourage schools, communities and organizations to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying and put an end to hatred and racism by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of all forms of bullying on all children of all ages.”


To demonstrate unity around the issues of bullying, harassment, and unwanted teasing, BCPS has proclaimed Monday, October 18 through Friday, October 22, 2021, as its annual Bullying Prevention Week.


All BCPS students and staff are encouraged to wear a different color shirt each day of the week to represent character traits that all people should demonstrate.

Monday: Wear BCPS Blue (Civility)

Tuesday: Wear Green (Equity)

Wednesday: Wear Orange (Unity)

Thursday: Wear Red (Respect)

Friday: Wear Purple (Positivity)


Thanks for your support in fostering a positive, kind environment in our New Town School Community!

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Reminders from the Health Suite


Wear a mask everyday. Don't forget to pack an extra!


As a reminder, prior to your child coming to school each day, it is important to screen your child for symptoms of COVID-19. This includes taking your child’s temperature each morning. If you child has any of the following symptoms, please keep your child home, consult with their health care provider, and get tested if recommended by the health care provider:

  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with fever
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting or diarrhea


Additionally, if you have given your child medication for a fever, cough, or stomachache prior to the start of the school day, please keep your child home from school. If your child is sent home with any of these symptoms, it is required to submit a negative COVID 19 test before they will be allowed to return. We appreciate your support in keeping all of the students and staff at New Town Elementary healthy.


I wish you well!

Reading Corner

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Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year. Each month, we will highlight strategies that can be reinforced at home to help your scholar to have a successful school year. We look forward to hearing your feedback.

Mrs. Cobb lcobb@bcps.org and Mrs. Coco ecoco@bcps.org


Did you know?

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Check out these texts to celebrate their contributions! Happy reading.

https://www.bestproducts.com/parenting/g33864301/hispanic-heritage-month-books-for-kids/

Foundational Skills

Phonemic Awareness

Identify the final sound: Say the following words. Have your child(ren) repeat the word and provide the final, or last sound that he/she hears.

*cab *duck *rope

*less *huge *pick

*ox *buzz *hen

*throw


Phonics

Letter Naming and Sounds: Using alphabet letter cards, pull out 10 consonant cards in random order. Have your child(ren) say the letter name and give the sound.


Word Study

Word Sort: Write the following words on index cards. Have your child(ren) independently sort them. Afterwards, have him/her explain why and/or how they chose the groupings.

*gate *glass *ask

*same *what *last

*hand *base *sack

*face *page *grass

AVID Corner

AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students to be college and career ready in a global society. The program strategies help prepare students for academic success by using WICOR strategies (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) to develop the skills needed for academic preparedness in middle school, high school, college, and beyond. AVID helps students develop the necessary skillset and develop the confidence to see their potential for future success.


Here at New Town Elementary, AVID is the foundation of our school program. It is woven throughout all aspects of our programming. The AVID learning methodologies that our teachers implement, such as Focused Note Taking and Costa’s Levels of Thinking and Questioning, helps students engage and meet success in our rigorous and challenging curriculum.

Virtue Word of the Month

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Information from FACE (Family and Community Engagement)

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