Lansdowne Elementary School

February Newsletter ~ 2021

Principal's Monthly Message

Hello Lansdowne Families ~


Welcome to semester 2! Congratulations - we've made it half way! While there have been many obstacles set in front of us, I feel confident that we are on a path towards a greater sense of normalcy. I would like to thank our students, parents and community members for all their support during these challenging times. As we continue to move forward, we encourage parents and students to be vigilant with checking their updates and assignments through Schoology. Let's make sure our lions get the second off to a great start!


At this time, we are happy to announce that we are moving into Phase I and II of the BCPS reentry plan beginning March 1st for PS-2nd grade students. This means our doors will open within a hybrid model for students in PS-2nd who wish to return to in-person instruction in an A/B cohort fashion. With the hybrid model, it is imperative that students must wear their mask properly, practice physical distancing at all times, wash their hands, and take the screening process seriously each and every day. Safety is our top priority!


Certainly families may also select to remain in the virtual model. Please continue to call the front office directly at (443) 809-1408 if you would like to change your hybrid/virtual model selection. Additional information will be coming home soon regarding schedules, transportation, and safety measures. In the meantime please feel free to visit our school website https://lansdownees.bcps.org/ for updates regarding virtual and hybrid learning.


Finally, as shared earlier this month I will be going on a temporary maternity leave beginning February 15, 2021. While on leave, Ms. MaryAnn Rigopoulos has been identified as acting principal at Lansdowne Elementary School. Ms. Rigopoulos is a retired BCPS principal and her experience and knowledge within BCPS is truly an asset to Lansdowne Elementary School.


In closing, I want to reiterate our gratitude for your continued support and wish you and your family good health and good spirits for the remainder of the winter months.


Best,

Principal McBride

Black History Month

Black history is American history.


It happened, it is happening, all around us.


A new blog post shares a timeline of the history of educating African Americans in Baltimore County, a history that reflects education practices in communities throughout the nation. The timeline begins with the creation of the public school system in Baltimore County, through the development of separate colored schools, through segregation, to integration and the appointment of the first African American superintendent.

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Events, celebrations, activities, for February in BCPS

Feb. 1 – 5 (Monday – Friday) – National School Counseling Week

Feb. 1 (Monday) - BCPS Dance: Dancing Together Forward concert series, High School Cluster 2 (George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology and Milford Mill Academy)

Feb. 3 (Wednesday) – Multi-Year Improvement Plan for All Schools (MYIPAS) Guiding Principles Virtual Community Forum, from 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Feb. 3 (Wednesday) – Feb. 15 (Monday)– Survey for Multi-Year Improvement Plan for All Schools (MYIPAS) Guiding Principles.

Feb. 6 (Saturday) – Social-Emotional Learning Summit (for staff, parents, and caregivers), from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 8 (Monday) – Social-Emotional Learning Summit (for staff, parents, and caregivers), from 4:30 – 7 p.m.

Feb. 8 (Monday) – BCPS Dance: Dancing Together Forward concert series, High School Cluster 3 (Franklin High, New Town High, Owings Mills High, and Parkville High)

Feb. 9 (Tuesday) – Board of Education meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 10 (Wednesday) – Social-Emotional Learning Summit (for staff and students Grades 6 – 12), from 4:30 – 7 p.m.

Feb. 11 (Thursday) – Social-Emotional Learning Summit (for staff and students Grades 6 – 12), from 4:30 – 7 p.m.

Feb. 11 (Thursday) – Report cards distributed

Feb. 12 (Friday) – Lincoln’s birthday.

Feb. 15 (Monday) – Presidents’ Day/Washington’s Birthday – schools and offices closed

Feb. 15 (Monday) -- BCPS Dance: Dancing Together Forward concert series, Middle School Cluster 1 (Loch Raven Academy, Middle River Middle, and Pikesville Middle).

Feb. 17 (Wednesday) – Homefront: World Culture in Context presentation featuring Kim So Ra, a percussionist performing from Seoul, Korea.

Feb. 22 (Monday) – BCPS Stakeholder Survey to begin. Survey will be open through Mar. 26.

Feb. 23 (Tuesday) – Board of Education meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Stakeholder Survey Is Coming

Please take the quick Stakeholder Survey on the BCPS home page from February 22, 2021, through March 26, 2021, and also encourage your colleagues, neighbors, students, and family members to do the same. As in the past, the survey will be available for students in Grades 3-12; and all parents/caregivers, staff, and community members. The survey is again available in 16 languages for students, parents, and community members.

The survey feedback helps shape our budget, staffing, and programs, and we would like to hear from our entire community. Schools use the survey data to prioritize climate improvements in School Progress Plans. We also use the data to measure our progress toward goals in The Compass strategic plan, as well as to bolster our grant applications.

BCPS Reentry Plan

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BCPS Hybrid Reopening Plan

BCPS Hybrid Reopening Plan

  • On February 1, 2021 BCPS announced timelines for a phased-in hybrid school reopening plan. You can access the News Release for additional information.
  • Please read the BCPS Face Covering Guidelines for more information about face coverings in school buildings during hybrid reopening.
  • Check back for more updates and school based schedules as they become available!

Request to Return to In-Person Hybrid Learning

  • This survey link is for families currently participating in virtual learning to switch to in-person hybrid learning in alignment with our phased-in return-to-school schedule.
  • Families must fill out a separate link for each student using this BCPS link. This form will assist Baltimore County in providing services such as transportation and food services. However, we still strongly encourage you to call the school if also wanting to make a switch from virtual to hybrid so we can document on our in-house log.

Request to Return to In-Person Hybrid Learning

  • Families who have selected virtual learning or not responded to the return to school survey, will have ongoing opportunities to update their choices and choose in-person hybrid learning.
  • If you would like to return to hybrid in-person learning, please submit your request here.

Request to Return to In-Person Hybrid Learning

Please use the schedule below to identify request date windows and hybrid learning start dates for students. The specific start dates will be cohort dependent (Cohort A- Mondays and Cohort B- Thursdays). Families will receive a cohort assignment message before the first day of school.
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Student Report Cards ~ FOCUS

Beginning February 11, 2021, at 4 p.m., report cards for the first and second quarter will be in our Focus system. Students and families can log in to Focus using the student’s login information in the student portal. Directions will be available on the Web site and the process can be viewed in a screencast. Parents may also request a paper copy of the report card mailed to their home by contacting their child’s school.


Starting February 11, 2021 at 4 p.m., report cards for the first and second quarter will be in our Focus system. Students and families can log in to Focus using the student’s login information in the student portal. Please view this video for directions. Parents may also request a paper copy of the report card mailed to their home by contacting their child’s school.


A partir del 11 de febrero, 2021 a las 4:00 p.m. se publicarán las tarjetas de calificaciones del primer y segundo período en nuestro sistema Focus. Para que los estudiantes y sus padres o tutores puedan entrar a este sistema, deben usar las credenciales de BCPS del estudiante. Por favor vea este video, le mostrará cómo entrar al sistema. Los padres o tutores pueden pedir que se les envíe una copia impresa de la tarjeta de calificaciones a su hogar comunicándose con la escuela directamente.

FOCUS Enrollment Portal

CCBC Family Literacy ESOL Class Information

We are happy to let you know CCBC is starting another Family Literacy ESOL class soon! Attached is the flyer with all the details. These classes are free and will be held 3 days per week, beginning on February 24th.

Use Language Line in Collaboration with Google Meet

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UNITED WAY – 211

The United Way offers free counseling services to Maryland residents. Attached are two documents (one in English and one in Spanish) about how to access these free counseling resources.

Internet Essentials ~ Comcast Offerings

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