Wolfsville Elementary News

January 2019

Wolfsville Five Star Report Card Rating

As I have previously shared, under the The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), individual school success will be measured annually as a result of a variety of accountability measures including overall student achievement, student growth, attendance, school climate, and completion for a well rounded curriculum. Under this accountability system an annual 'report card' will be released each year with a rating system on a scale of 1 star (lowest performing percentile) to 5 stars (highest performing percentile).

I am proud to announce that Wolfsville was one of 10 FCPS elementary schools named as a 5 star school! I could not be more proud of our collective work to receive this rating and the ongoing commitment we uphold for growth in all our Wildcat learners!

See our complete report card here: http://reportcard.msde.maryland.gov/Graphs/#/ReportCards/ReportCardSchool/3/17/6/10/0603/

Yours in Education,

Megan Stein

January Calendar of Events

Thursday, January 10: FCPS Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, TJHS 7 PM (snow date 1-17)

Friday, January 11: All Pro Family Breakfast, 7:30 AM Cafeteria

Friday, January 11: Hearing and Vision Screening, K, 1st Grade and new students to Maryland

Wednesday, January 16: Fitness Gear Day - Show your school spirit!

Monday, January 21: Schools Closed, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday observance

Friday, January 25: End of Term 2

Monday, January 28: School Closed, Teacher Workday

Tuesday, January 29: Semester 2, Term 3 Begins

Thursday, January 31: Dollar Days

Hearing and Vision Screening

Hearing and Vision Screening will take place at Wolfsville Elementary School, on Friday, January 11, 2019, for all students in kindergarten (if not previously screened upon entry in FCPS Pre-K), 1st grade and any new students to the Maryland public school system. Maryland State Law mandates this screening. Parents/guardians who have an objection to this screening based on the tenets and/or practice of their church or religion must submit a request for their child to be exempt from screening. All written requests must be submitted to the health room asap. Please make sure if your child wears glasses or contacts that they have them on the screening days. If you have any questions please contact the health room at 240-236-2240.

Music Notes

Congratulations to our Third, Fourth, and Fifth grade students for their excellent winter program. These students worked hard and enjoyed sharing their voices with you!

We would also like to recognize Paxton Randle and Payton Robinson for being selected as our Wolfsville representatives for Frederick County Honors Chorus. These students will be performing with approximately 140 other fifth graders from Frederick County this spring in a concert at the Weinberg Center!

The second quarter of our school year has been focused on melody. We are currently working on understanding how melodies move up and down, using high, low, and sometimes repeated sounds. Primary students are using our voices, instruments, and even movement to demonstrate the direction of a melody. Third, fourth and fifth grade students have been focusing on melody and harmony using singing voices. They have also been studying expressive elements such as dynamics (loud & soft) and tempo (speed of the beat). Adding these elements can make our performances more interesting.

I’m looking forward to making beautiful music with our Wolfsville students in 2019!

Save the date:

April 10: Spring Program featuring Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grade

Out of District Applications

Dates for applying to attend a school outside the usual attendance area are January 2-March 1.*

FCPS will post the out-of-district application online on January 2 in the section For Families and Students at www.fcps.org. Those needing a paper copy may call 240-236-2493 after January 2.

Schools projected to be over capacity in the coming school year are closed to out-of-district students. FCPS will post the list of restricted schools online in December.

For details, please see the updated Assignment and Transfer of Students Regulation 400-15:

*In the prior version of the regulation in place last year, the application window was April 1-May 31. In 2019, FCPS will post applications January 2, due by March 1.


The Superintendent’s Recommended Budget will be released via video on Monday, January 7th. At the BOE meeting on Wednesday, January 9th, the budget staff will present the budget to the Board for consideration. The BOE has until February 15th to submit its requested budget to the County Executive. The Board’s public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, February 6th in the Board Room at Central Office.

A calendar and budget materials are available at https://www.fcps.org/about/our-budget. The website will be updated as we progress through the budget season.

Elementary Health Education Curriculum Preview.

FCPS will offer four focus sessions on the Personal Safety unit that is taught in elementary Health Education classes (grades Pre-K through 3).

Attendees will have the opportunity to preview lessons and instructional materials associated with each of those topics.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
FCPS Staff Development Center – Conference Room 7
44 West Frederick Street, Walkersville, MD 21793

Session 1: 9:30-11 AM
Session 2: Noon-1:30 PM
Session 3: 2-3:30 PM
Session 4: 6-7:30 PM

For more info contact James Hitchner, Curriculum Specialist for Elementary Physical Education and Health, 301-644-5137 James.Hitchner@fcps.org

PTA Reflection Results

We had great student participation for the PTA Reflections contest! Thank you to all who participated. Please see a list of award winning students students below:

Primary Visual Arts- Paige Leatherman, and Evan Pratt

Intermediate Visual Arts- Blake Souders, Ben Sova, and Brooke Wolbert

Intermediate Photography- Katie Crummit and Evelyn Johnson

Intermediate Literature- Delaney Disney and Evelyn Johnson

Honorable Mentions: Intermediate Visual Arts- Kaitlyn Johnson, Ila Pratt, and Evelyn Johnson