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.
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)
- 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
Winter Baseball Camp
Vaccines Options for Children ages 5 -11
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.
COVID-19 Testing Kits Available to Families
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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.
Where to check for school closures & early dismissals
Missing jackets in our lost & found
If you have any questions regarding any of the information on this newsletter, please contact David Castro (Norwood School to Community Coordinator) at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling his direct line at 443-809-1505.