Norwood News

Thursday, November 4th, 2021

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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

  • Friday, November 5th: End of 1st Marking Period - All BCPS Schools close 3 hrs early
  • Wednesday, November 17th: Norwood Math Night (6:30 - 7:30pm)
  • Tuesday, November 23rd: Pre-K Conferences (No school for PK only )
  • Wednesday, November 24th: Pre-K & Elementary Conferences (No school for PK - 3rd grade)
  • Thursday, November 25th: All schools closed for Thanksgiving holiday
  • Friday, November 26th: All schools closed for Thanksgiving holiday


      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:


      • Absentee note template in English & Spanish for parents, explanation of tardiness & excused absence policies (10/8/21)
      • Updating emergency contacts & student pickup manually (10/21/21)

      New Picture Day Information is Coming

      We apologize for the unfortunate postponement of our school Picture Day with the school closure on October 29th. We are working to reschedule and provide new purchase envelopes to all families. Our original Picture Retake Day for students who missed Picture Day was scheduled for December 16th, but that date is no longer valid. Once we have the new information, we will share it with everyone. Thank you for your patience!

      October Coffee & Conversation Wrap-up

      Thanks to all who joined us for our October Coffee & Conversation session where Ms. Powell spoke about Conscious Discipline as well as supporting our children with managing their Big Emotions. Regardless of whether or not you attended, you can click the link below for some pdfs that offer real-world solutions for parents to help practice Conscious Discipline at home as well as put kids in the drivers seat of handling their Big Emotions.


      Nov Coffee & Conversation Resource 1: ABC's for Parents of Little Ones

      Nov Coffee & Conversation Resource 2: What Are Social Stories?

      Nov Coffee & Conversation Resource 3: Sample Workbook for Big Emotion (Ragebook)

      Nov Coffee & Conversation Resource 4: DIY Feelings Buddies (example 1, example 2)


      We will have more information about our November workshop in the next family newsletter. Stay tuned!

      Norwood Math Night 2021

      Please join us the evening of Wednesday, November 17th from 6:30 – 7:30pm for a night of games and activities aimed to help make Math fun! Our Norwood Math Night is an event where families can come together to learn about certain tools and strategies to help incorporate engaging math activities at home.


      This is a virtual event via google meet that will break out into multiple sessions, one for each grade level (with Spanish interpreting available). Feel free to use your student’s device to join our Google Meet session, or open/switch to a Google session on your personal computer or smartphone using your child’s BCPS credentials. The meeting codes for each grade level are below, as well as a flyer for the event:


      KG meeting code = norwoodmathk

      Grade 1 meeting code = norwoodmath1

      Grade 2 meeting code = norwoodmath2

      Grade 2 meeting code = norwoodmath3

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      Thanksgiving Turkey Meals for Families

      Last year's turkey drive was a huge success. This year, Norwood has once again secured a sponsor to provide Thanksgiving meals for a limited number of families this holiday season. If you are interested in receiving a heat and serve dinner for Thanksgiving, please contact our school counselor, Ms. Kendra Powell, at kpowell4@bcps.org, or call the school at 443-809-7055. Simply provide the name of a family contact that we can reach, the name of your child, number of family members (dinners can serve up to 6 total.), and verify the best phone number you can be reached at.


      We will only be able to provide a meal for 19 Norwood families on a first come, first serve basis. All names and requests are needed ASAP. You will be notified if you are receiving a meal by Friday, November 12, 2021. Meal distribution will be Wednesday, November 24, 2021. Please, do not hesitate to reach out!

      November 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

      Fall 2021 Parent/Teacher Conferences for Students

      All parents/guardians are encouraged to participate in their upcoming conference. Early in the week of Monday, November 8th, information will be sent home to families about the specific format of the conferences. Please email your child’s teacher if you have not heard from them by Friday, November 12th.

      2021-2022 Americanism Essay Contest

      Each year, the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) of the Maryland Department sponsors an Americanism Essay Contest for students in grades 3 - 8. The contest is now currently open and accepting submissions until January 31st. Grades will be divided into three main groups, and there will be three awards granted in each group. First place winners from each department will be sent to the national competition. This year's essay title: "How can we support families who provide care to their Veterans?"


      To enter, please download and print out the cover sheet (seen below), and use the included checklist on the cover sheet to ensure that all the appropriate steps have been completed. A parent needs to also fill out the bottom portion of the cover sheet with all the information requested, including a signature from the child's teacher. For more information about the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Maryland, please visit their website at http://www.alamd.org


      Cover Sheet - ALA 2021 Americanism Essay Contest

      CCBC Family Literacy ESOL Program for Winter 2022

      The Family Literacy ESOL Program for non-native English speaking parents is designed to help parents learn English language skills for life, work, and to help with their child’s education. The student 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 Hawthorne Elementary School Cafeteria in Middle River. Classes will be held twice a week with time slots available in the morning, afternoon, and evening.


      CCBC Family Literacy Program Flyer

      Change of Clothing & Cold/Flu Season

      Ms. Debbie, our school nurse, wants to remind families to have at least 1, if not 2, full changes of clothing available for your child at school. They can be placed in a plastic bag and kept in their locker ready to use for any emergencies. Also, do not forget to replace the change of clothing if one gets used. If your child is sent home in a spare outfit that is not yours and was provided by the school, feel free to wash it and return it to the school nurse at your convenience.


      As we approach cold & flu season, children should continue to wash their hands frequently to avoid spreading any other general illnesses that tend to circulate this time of year. Ensure that your child is adequately dressed for the changing temperatures throughout the day, and if for any reason they are not feeling well, they should remain at home until they are completely symptom-free for 24 hours without relying on any medication.

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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.