Norwood News

Thursday, March 3rd, 2022

Latest news & events for Norwood ES of Baltimore County Public Schools in written (Smores) & video (YouTube) form, published every 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month!

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Important Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, March 7th – Friday, March 11th: Norwood Scholastic Book Fair
  • Friday, March 18th: All BCPS schools dismiss 3 hours early (Norwood dismisses @ 12:20pm)
  • Friday, April 1st: End of 3rd Marking Period - All BCPS Schools close 3 hrs early (Norwood dismisses @ 12:20pm)


      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)

      Newsletter Callbacks!

      Suggested reads & resources from previous newsletters:


      • 12/02/21: Where to check for school closures & early dismissals
      • 10/21/21: Updating emergency contacts & student pickup manually
      • 10/08/21: Absentee note template & explanation of excused absence, late arrival, & early dismissal policies (click here for a NEW YouTube video) neerg

      Newsletter hidden word contest

      Last week we held a special contest for our newsletter readers. You had to look for the secret word in reverse that was hidden in this written version of the newsletter. Only 15 families managed to identify it correctly, which was HISTORY (written as "yrotsih"). Congratulations to Ms. Stephanie, mother of one of our 2nd grade students, who won the $100 gift card prize for the local SAVE-A-LOT grocer.


      We're holding the same contest again this week, so see if you can find the random backwards word that is not part of a full sentence, and email it to Mr. Castro at dcastro@bcps.org along with your name (the parent) and your child's name (the student). If you do not have email, you can call 443-809-1505 and leave a voicemail message with the same information anytime after 4pm.

      Face Masks & Coverings Now Optional

      In accordance with the latest updates to CDC guidelines and local health department ordinances, BCPS has now made the use of face masks/coverings optional for all public school buildings, facilities and offices beginning Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Please note that masks will STILL be required in the following circumstances:


      • For individuals who return to school/work under a shortened quarantine option after a COVID-19 diagnosis or exposure (masks must be worn at school until 10 days have passed since the beginning of symptoms or last date of exposure).
      • For individuals with COVID-19 symptoms who are being seen by the nurse in health suites.


      For more information on this latest update, click here

      February Coffee & Conversation Wrap-Up

      Thanks to all who joined us for our February Coffee & Conversation session where Mr. Jeremiah spoke about the Community School Initiative here at Norwood, and Mr. Castro also described how their positions work together in improving access to resources for our students and families. In order to move forward with any initiatives, Mr. Jeremiah needs to hear from as many families as possible. Refer to the flyer below and contact him directly (667-251-4985 or ojeremiah2@bcps.org) to schedule a 1on1 listening session to provide the valuable feedback that we need to help us reach our requirements for this program.

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      2022 Scholastic Book Fair is HERE!

      The Scholastic Book Fair will run at Norwood from Monday, March 7th through Friday, March 11th. Each student will have an opportunity to visit the Book Fair during their scheduled Library class time so they can shop for any books that they’d like. Parents unfortunately cannot accompany their children during the book fair, but we will have volunteers and other adults available to assist the students at the fair. To shop the book fair online, click here.

      Finding local vaccine services & clinics for the whole family

      In the last newsletter, there was a local clinic mentioned being held nearby at Berkshire Elementary School for March 16th that is no longer accepting new registrations. The clinic is full and is no longer open to walk-ins or accepting any new appointment registrations. If you wish to use a service that can find you a local clinic or health provider and help schedule you or anyone in your family who is interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, feel free to call the Maryland GoVax number between 8am & 8pm at 1-855-634-6829, select your preferred language from the menu (1 for English, 2 for Spanish), and follow the automated prompts. School required vaccinations and flu shots are just some of the additional services that Maryland GoVax can assist you with finding a local provider or clinic. For online booking, visit https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/vaccine#locator

      Registration for new PK & KG students in 2022-2023

      For those families who are interested in applying to register a new student in pre-kindergarten or who need to register for kindergarten for the upcoming school year, we will hold registration events to assist families on Thursday April 21, Friday May 13, and Tuesday June 7. Please refer to the information below to check eligibility:


      • Your child must be 4 years old on or before September 1st, 2022 to be age-eligible for pre-kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year
      • Your child must be 5 years old on or before September 1st, 2022 to be age-eligible for kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year


      For additional questions, do not hesitate to call the front office at 443-809-7055.

      March Math unit overviews for families

      Here are the monthly Math unit overviews by grade level, in English and Spanish. 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.


      Kindergarten | Kinder

      English | Español


      Grade 1 | Grado 1

      English | Español


      Grade 2 | Grado 2

      English | Español


      Grade 3 | Grado 3

      English | Español

      CCBC Family Literacy ESOL Program for Spring 2022

      In October we had shared information for the Winter 2022 term, and now this is for the upcoming Spring 2022 term. The Family Literacy ESOL Program for non-native English-speaking parents is designed to help them learn English language skills for life, work, and to help with their child’s education. The parent must have a child 0–16 years old living in the home and enrolled in a Baltimore County Public School, the Judy Center of Baltimore County or Baltimore County Head Start program.


      Parents in our area interested in enrolling for this FREE course need to register in-person at one of five locations around Baltimore County. The closest registration locations, as noted in the flyer below, are the North Point Library Community Room in Dundalk or a classroom within Hawthorne Elementary School in Middle River. Classes will be held twice a week with time slots available in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Please click below for more information via the program flyer.

      CCBC Family Literacy Program Flyer

      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.