Norwood News

Friday, December 17th, 2021

Our community is a community of superstars! Here are some updates as we work to bring out the best in our students and help them all reach for the stars.

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Important Upcoming Dates

  • Tuesday, December 11th: Coffee & Conversation (12 - 1pm)
  • Thursday, December 23rd: All BCPS schools dismiss 3-hrs early, no afternoon PK session (Norwood dismisses @ 12:20pm)
  • Friday, December 24th: All BCPS schools are closed for winter break.
  • Monday, January 3rd: All BCPS schools re-open on a normal schedule.
  • Friday, January 21st: Makeup Picture Day


      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:


      • 10/08/21: Absentee note template in English & Spanish for parents, explanation of tardiness & excused absence policies
      • 10/21/21: Updating emergency contacts & student pickup manually
      • 11/4/21: Americanism Essay Contest for students in grades 3 - 8

      NEW Makeup Picture Day is now January 21st, 2022

      For any student who is absent on our rescheduled Picture Day of Friday, December 3rd, a makeup day has been set for Friday, January 21st (no longer 12/16/21). Only those who were not present for December 3rd can take advantage of the later date in December. The previous Picture Day ID that was used for December 3rd will NOT work for the makeup day on January 21st. New envelopes for this specific event will be distributed in January after students return from winter break, where there will be a new Picture Day ID available for online ordering. Orders made online for December 3rd that were not fulfilled due to student absence will transfer over automatically for January 21st.

      Coffee & Conversation: December Preview

      Our next Coffee & Conversation session for December will take place on Tuesday, December 21st from 12 - 1pm. We will be discussing tips and strategies for how you can promote writing skills at home, and everyone who attends will receive a writing kit for home use. Please remember that for now, these remain virtual meetings that you can join using your student's BCPS credentials via Google Meet with the meeting code: norwoodfamilies

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      Winter Baseball Camp

      With the changing weather, if you’re looking for something to keep your child active, consider enrolling them in the Gray Charles Thresher’s Baseball Winter Camp! Registration has actually been open since the beginning of the school year on September 17, and the actual camp runs on Sundays 12 – 2pm from January 9th to February 27, 2022 for students ages 3 – 15 years old. Cost is only $45!! Since games will be held indoors at the gym in Stricker Middle School, please do not have your child wear cleats (regular athletic shoes only). To register, simply send an email to graycharlesthreshers2020@gmail.com and ask for more information. You will need to provide a copy of your child’s birth certificate either online or in-person by the 1st game if your child has never participated in this baseball camp previously.
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      Vaccines Options for Children ages 5 -11

      With the recent approval of vaccines for younger children aged 5 - 11 years old, if you've been wondering where and when to get your child vaccinated against COVID-19, there are several community-based resources available for you in the local area. Remember that vaccines against COVID-19 are not required by Baltimore County Public Schools, and any of the following resources are unaffiliated with Norwood or any BCPS school. All options are free and of no cost to anyone, courtesy of the MD Department of Health vaccine initiative, GoVax.


      Option 1: Pop-up Pfizer Vaccine Clinic on Saturday, December 18th, 2021(McDonald's parking lot @ 7734 Wise Avenue Dundalk, MD 21222)

      There will be limited availability for walk-ins and the clinic is open from 10am - 4pm. It is strongly encouraged that you register in advance by scanning the QR Code on this flyer with your smartphone and following the link/webpage that appears to confirm a specific time that is available. Simply open your camera app and focus on the grey and black box icon. You'll usually see corners appear around it and a link will pop-up for you to click on. Open it, and you'll be taken to a page where you can simply select a time slot to attend on this particular day only. It will tell you how many slots are available for a given time. If your smartphone's camera is unresponsive, you can download a QR Code Scanner tool from your phone's app store and simply repeat these steps with the app instead of your camera.


      Option 2: Additional Walk-in Pfizer Pop-up Clinics in December 2021 (McDonald's parking lot @ 7734 Wise Avenue Dundalk, MD 21222)

      These clinics are similar to option 1, but there is no pre-registration, so only walk-ins are accepted. Click here for a flyer that describes all the details. All of these clinics run from 10am - 4pm at the same McDonalds parking lot on Wise Ave on the following dates:

      • Sunday, December 19th
      • Monday, December 27th (no school due to winter break)
      • Tuesday, December 28th (no school due to winter break)
      • Wednesday, December 29th (no school due to winter break)
      • Thursday, December 30th (no school due to winter break)


      Option 3: Visit CDC vaccine finder website and look for nearby vaccine & booster clinics that are most convenient for you (for children and adults)

      Click here to be taken to a CDC web tool in English that allows you to search for any form of COVID vaccines or boosters by location, approved age range, and vaccine type (e.g. Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson). Pick the vaccine clinic that is most convenient for you and select from the dates available to see a pop-up of the available times within the date you choose. Locations are primarily focused on local pharmacies and venues that include pharmacies (e.g. supermarkets, department stores, etc.).


      Option 4: Visit the Baltimore County Vaccine Hub to find local vaccine clinics that are most convenient for you (for children and adults)

      Click here to be taken to a website courtesy of the Baltimore County Government that lists local vaccines in the county by date, location, vaccine type, and approved age-ranges. Simply scroll down the page until you find the section titled "Vaccine appointments" for a corresponding time period. If a particular vaccine clinic has a link to schedule appointments, click on it to select a time. Available vaccine clinics will be updated over time. Locations may include malls, shopping centers, community centers, health centers, and schools.

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      COVID-19 Testing Kits Available to Families

      New COVID-19 Rapid Test kits have been provided to all Baltimore County Health Centers and are available for pickup between 9am - 4pm as long as they are available (feel free to call ahead to check availability). They are also available at any vaccine clinic sponsored by the Baltimore County Government, which can be found by clicking here. You should also check the Baltimore County Public Library twitter page (@bcplinfo) for when they announce testing kit giveaways on specific days & times at their branches. If you are interested in picking up a free testing kit to use as needed, click here to be taken to a list of county health centers and select the one nearest you. In our particular community, the closest health centers are:


      Dundalk Health Center

      7700 Dunmanway

      Baltimore, Maryland 21222

      Phone: 410-887-7182


      Eastern Family Resource Center

      9150 Franklin Square Drive

      Baltimore, Maryland 21237

      Phone: 410-887-6452

      December ELA Unit Overviews for Families

      Here are the unit overviews for December in reading/writing by grade level. The first newsletter of the month will focus on Math while the second newsletter of the month will cover 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


      Grade 1 | Grado 1


      Grade 2 | Grado 2


      Grade 3 | Grado 3

      Where to check for school closures & early dismissals

      Please watch the short video below from our YouTube channel that explains where you can access the BCPS School Calendar for the current 2021-2022 academic year. There has been a lot of misunderstanding over which days are half days or days off, and the BCPS School Calendar outlines all of those planned days that differ from the normal school schedule.
      Checking the BCPS School Calendar for school closures & early dismissals

      Missing jackets in our lost & found

      We have a large number of fall/winter jackets accumulating in our lost and found. Please check the images below to see if you recognize your child’s coat and let us know so we can set it aside for you to pick up or for your child to take home.
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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.