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The Montebello School Newsletter: October 2022

Principal's Message

Montebello Families,


Welcome to SY 22-23. We have lots of exciting things happening for us this school year and look forward to partnering with you as we continue in our Cetennial Celebration of service to the citizens of Baltimore. We will be transitioning back to our "Home" at 2040 E. 32nd St. in January as well as choosing new 21st Century academic programming for our students.


At Montebello we value and honor diversity, not only cultural diversity but diversity of thought. We have sought and hired two world language (Spanish) teachers who both bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to Montebello. Spanish is the fastest growing language in the world and we want our students to be able to compete on the world stage. We request that students respect and honor the gifts that each of our staff brings to Montebello and expand their horizons beyond the city of Baltimore. Our goal is to create “world citizens” who can have a bigger impact in society.


Progress Reports will be distributed the first week of October prior to Wednesday in preparation for conferences. Continue to check your students progress between marking periods by logging into the Parent Portal where you can check attendance and grades daily. On Wednesday, October 5, 2022 school will dismiss at 11:05 for students and parent teacher conferences will begin at 12:00. Please make sure you reach out to your student's teachers to schedule a time slot. Conference windows will be 10 minutes with a five minute transition between.


As we enter Breast Cancer Awareness month, we have designated Monday, October 17th as the day we will support Breast Cancer research by wearing Pink and making donations that will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in the name of Montebello Elementary Middle School. We are encouraging students to wear Pink on that day in support of this effort.


Thank you to everyone who supported and continues to support our efforts to show hometown pride by wearing Orioles or orange clothing on Wednesdays and Ravens, or their favorite football paraphernalia on Fridays. Our last Orange Wednesday for this season will be October 5th. We will return to uniform wear on October 12th. Our Orioles did surprisingly well this season although we wont make the playoffs.


Our beginning of the year standardized testing is off to a great start. Our administration rates are up but the real work begins as we analyze the data and make plans to improve student outcomes for the next administration. Our goal is for all students to be on grade level or at least to make the standardized growth measure to be on track.


We are in the process of planning middle school parent meetings to discuss important issues and activities especially for our 8th Grade students. Participation in activities will be contingent on parent attendance. Be on the look out for information regarding 8th Grade Inauguration happening in November


Please visit the SY 22-23 Parent/Student Handbook link below. Hard copies were sent home with students but take the opportunity to review the rules and expectations for Montebello Elementary Middle School this year. It covers grading, parking, attendance, discipline and overall school operations. This is an important resource.


As we transition fully back to in-person instruction, we have learned important lessons for school operations using the digital platform. We will be sharing information to our families in a variety of methods. Please monitor our School Webpage located at https://montebelloschool.org/

For everyone on social media, please take time to like Montebello's Facebook page. We post important updates and information that is useful to parents on the page.

https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=montebello%20elementary%2F%20middle%20school


Lastly, it is an honor to be the principal of Montebello Elementary Middle School and I look forward to the heights we can reach as a school community with your continued support.


Dolphin Pride,

Troy K. Mitchell, Principal

Montebello's Core Value of the Month

October Core Value - Courage

A courageous person is not reckless but willing to take necessary risks when fear, embarrassment, or the opinion of others might otherwise discourage him or her from doing what is right.


Each month we will focus on a different core value with our students Montebello and how to demonstrate that core value in our homes and school community in our Morning Meetings and Advisory periods.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers and it's estimated that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States and there are over 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.


On Monday, October 17th we're inviting all students and school personnel to wear pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To learn more about Breast Cancer Awareness Month, please visit https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month/

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Scholastic Book Fair

Our Fall Scholastic Book Fair will come to a conclusion this Tuesday, October 4, 2020. It has been a huge success. We surpassed last year's sales and it is all due to your support. There is still time to purchase. Look forward to our next Scholastic Book Fair in the Spring.
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Back to School Night

Important Information Discussed at Back to School Night

  • Our projected enrollment for SY 22-23 is 471. Currently we are at 466.
  • COMAR requires at least 94% yearly attendance. Currently we are 86%.
  • We will transition back to 2040 E. 32nd Street over the winter break.
  • We are in the middle of BOY Assessments (iReady ELA, iReady Math, Dibels).

Orange Wednesdays

Football Fridays

Get Involved!

Testing Updates!

COVID-19

Montebello will continue our bi-weekly pool testing on October 4, 2020 and October 18, 2020. The district is constantly updating our testng protocols and response to positive tests. As we continue to take mitigating precautions to reduce the spread, please consider wearing your masks. We will not be testing students who have not turned in the the proper forms. Important changes to consider are as follows: the district will no longer test close contacts and students are only quarantining for 5 days if there are no symptoms, masking for an additional ten (10) days. If symptoms persist students and staff will quarantine for ten (10 ) days and masking when they return.
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Parent Teacher Organization Meeting (PTO)

The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is a supportive and advisory body that supports school initiatives. The meetings are every second Wednesday of the month. Meetings begin at 6 pm. We need your input! Your voice matters!



https://bcps-k12-md-us.zoom.us/j/83606844502?pwd=ZFdpbG4zbHl3bm5HWVNvU3NzYS83Zz09

School Family Council Meeting (SFC)

Montebello hosts their monthly SFC meetings on the third Wednesday of each month. The SFC is an advisory organization that supports the implementation of the School Performance Plan as well as the school's mission and vision. Meetings begin promptly at 6 pm. Please be part of the solution and help us create the school you want to see.


https://bcps-k12-md-us.zoom.us/j/86787259578

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Key Dates - October/ November 2022

October 4-6, 2022- Quarter 1 Progress Report Distribution

October 5, 2022: Early Release (11:05 dismissal)

October 17, 2022- Wear PINK in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 19, 2022- SFC Meeting

October 21, 2022- School Closed: Professional Development for Teachers

November 1, 2022- Quarter 1 Ends

November 2, 2022- Early Release Day (11:05 dismissal)

November 8, 2022- School Closed: Election Day

November 9, 2022- School Closed: Professional Development for Teachers

November 9, 2022- PTO Meeting

November 16, 2022- SFC Meeting

November 23-25, 2022- School Closed: Thanksgiving Holiday