Norwood News

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Our main office number has now changed to 443-809-7055, and our new fax number is 443-809-7057.

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Important Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, September 6th: Labor Day - School closed for students.
  • Tuesday, September 7th: School closed for students, teachers & staff on duty.
  • Wednesday, September 8th: First day of regular PK schedule, bus transportation also begins for PK students
  • Thursday, September 16th: School closed for students, teachers & staff on duty.


      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)

      Special Welcome Letter from our Principal

      We hope you enjoyed your summer! Whether you're new to our school or are one of many familiar faces, our principal, Ms. Stafford, would like to extend a very warm welcome to everyone. There are a few important notes that she wants to bring to everyone's attention as we look forward to a fresh start this school year, so please click here to access the letter, which is brought to you both in English (page 1) and Spanish (page 2).
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      School Transportation

      If your child receives a school bus, transportation information should have already been relayed to you by the school. If not, please contact the your child's teacher or the main office so that we can provide you with that information. School transportation for Kindergarten students began on Wednesday, September 1st, and for Pre-K students it will begin on Wednesday, September 8th. If your student is in Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade, please understand that he/she can be allowed off the bus without an adult present. Please be mindful of assigned bus stop times and ensure that your child is boarding the proper bus in the morning. You can always confirm with the driver that their destination is Norwood Elementary School. And if you ever have questions regarding your child's bus or need to report any issues, do not hesitate to contact the school.
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      2021-2022 BCPS Virtual Learning Program

      For families who had students actively enrolled in a BCPS school last year, the deadline for enrolling in this year's Virtual Learning Program (VLP) was July 2nd. Feel free to read about the current VLP here, in addition to learning about the alternative options available based on a variety of circumstances such as Homeschooling and/or Home & Hospital. Additional questions about the VLP program can be sent via email to VLP@bcps.org.
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      Dismissal Pickup Procedures & Student Contact Info

      It is extremely important that families ensure that we have the most up-to-date information in our system for any student (that includes all siblings who are also in the building, with matching information). It is based on these records that we know who to release a walker/car-rider student to when someone comes to pick them up. Parents and any emergency contacts with pickup privileges must be able to present a photo ID at any moment. This policy is for your child’s safety. If a photo ID cannot be presented (IDs without photos cannot be accepted), we will be unable to release the student. Thank you for your understanding.


      Please contact the office to update any information that has changed. There is now a way for parents to review and update student contact information themselves. Simply view this short video below that explains the process, or you can click here for written instructions. And if you wish to receive emergency text messages from the school (or did at one point but they stopped), simply text the letter 'Y' or word "YES" to 67587 directly from your mobile phone. If you do not receive an automatic confirmation message, contact the main office at 443-809-7055 for assistance.

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      Monthly Family Unit Overview for Math

      At Norwood, we welcome feedback from our families on how we can improve your children's learning experience and strive to make it as inclusive as possible. After listening to some of your suggestions, we decided to include monthly unit overviews by grade level in our newsletter. The first newsletter of the month will focus on Math while the second newsletter of the month will cover reading & writing via 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. Here are the current Math overviews below, both in English and Spanish for each grade level.

      Kindergarten | Kinder

      English | Español


      Grade 1 | Grado 1

      English | Español


      Grade 2 | Grado 2

      English | Español


      Grade 3 | Grado 3

      English | Español

      Aliza Brandwine Center (ABC) Program Info for 2021-2022

      Join us for Aliza Brandwine Center (ABC) classes on Fridays at Norwood Elementary. The ABC program is a parent-child school readiness class for children ages 0-5 (meaning that a parent or caregiver attends with the student). Classes meet once a week for 90 minutes. During class you will participate with your child in activities, such as play time, learning stations, circle time, arts/crafts, and songs/dancing. Interested families should pick one of three class sessions to attend:


      9:00am-10:30am

      10:50am-12:20pm

      1:40pm-3:10pm


      All adults and children ages 2 and up must wear a mask to class. To set up a registration appointment, please email Ms. Barbie at bpohlman@bcps.org.

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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 dcastro@bcps.org, or by calling his direct line at 443-809-1505.