Stoneleigh Home-School Connection

9/15/2021

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Dear Stoneleigh Elementary Families,


As we enter into the last half of October and come closer to the end of the first marking period we want to recognize that our students and families are under a tremendous amount of stress on multiple fronts. This stress has begun to show itself in negative ways which we need your help in turning around to refocus on respect, empathy, responsibility, and kindness.


In partnership we have been talking to the students about respect and appreciate you following up at home regarding how students speak to their teachers and other adults in the school building. In addition, respecting the school building to keep it safe, clean, and free of graffiti. The school is able to provide multiple water coolers allowing students to get a quick drink or fill up the water bottle brought from home. Unsafe situations are happening when students open the spout of the water cooler purposely pouring water onto the floor, into trash cans placed close for easy disposal of provided cups, and into the container which supplies cups causing all cups to be wet and unusable by any other student. Additionally, students are vandalizing the school bathrooms removing soap dispensers, pulling the hot and cold faucet handles off the sinks leaving them unusable, and engaging in behaviors resulting in stall doors breaking. Every situation has been dealt with by the school administration and we hope that through family support at home discussing the expectation of positive and appropriate behaviors at school all incidents will discontinue.


Teachers continue to actively engaging students in Conscious Discipline. Conscious Discipline is a trauma informed social emotional learning program that teaches students about self-control and self regulation to develop strategies to understand emotions and how to regulate emotions when triggered by different situations and experiences. Supporting these lessons by encouraging students to be kind to one another and not make assumptions as to why something occurred is appreciated.


I am asking that everyone, students, staff, parents, guardians, community members, allow generous assumptions about the teachers and staff as well as parent volunteers who work hard to make Stoneleigh Elementary a great school. Each of these groups has shared situations which cause great concern about how they have been treated by students and adults. Adults at Stoneleigh Elementary, like everyone else in the world, are fallible, and when a mistake is made, they work hard to correct it. While we are not perfect, we are hardworking, dedicated, caring individuals who want the best for each and every student we have the privilege of working with, daily.


From a safety point it is important that students arrive at school with their masks. Those who ride a school bus must wear their mask correctly (placing over nose and mouth) the entire time they are on the school bus. Students who walk to school must place their mask on correctly before entering the school building. As a general reminder masks are appropriately warn over the nose and mouth. Students only unmask to quickly eat lunch and immediately remask upon finishing their meal. Please make sure that your child has at least 1 mask each day. We provide masks if they become soiled or damaged.


Please see the attachement below titled Keep BCPS Healthy for reminders as to how we can all work to stay healthy.


The administration is looking for someone who is able to restore photographs. If you know of someone who has this expertise please contact Ms. Hollenbeck. In addition, we are looking for someone who is able to refurbish furniture. If you know of someone who is able to work on older pieces please contact Ms. Hollenbeck. Contact can be through email hhollenbeck@bcps.org or phone call at 443-809-3600.


Wishing everyone well.

Ms. Hollenbeck

Students are bringing the popular Pop-It toy to school. We understand the popularity and have enjoyed the bubble wrap popping sensation as well. However, it is now disrupting instruction and causing issues between students. Therefore beginning Monday, September 20, 2021 Stoneleigh Elementary school will not permit Pop-It toys in the classrooms or cafeteria. Students may play keep them in their bookbags and play with them during recess if they wish. The school would not be responsible for any damage which may occur during recess.


Students who have documented accommodations for a fidget will be provided one by the school.


We thank you in advance for supporting the teachers in providing uninterrupted instruction.

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October

15 (F) Schools Closed for Students – MSEA Convention


November

5 (F) Schools Close 3 Hours Early for Students – Grade Reporting & Data Analysis


15 (M) Make-up Fall Portraits w/Strawbridge Studios


15 – 19 (M – F) American Education Week - If, at the time, COVID-19 Procedures and Protocols allow, Stoneleigh will invite grade level visitors as scheduled below:

  • 15 (M) Grade 2 @ 9:15 – 11:15 am
  • 16 (T) Grade K & 5 @ 9:15 – 11:15 am
  • 17 (W) Grade 3 @ 9:15 – 11:15 am
  • 18 (R) Grade 4 @ 9:15 – 11:15 am
  • 19 (F) Grade 1 @ 9:15 – 11:15 am


22 (M) Report Cards Distributed


24 (W) Elementary Conference Day – Schools Closed for Elementary Students


25-26 (R-F) Thanksgiving Holiday – Schools Closed

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