Thursday, November 4th, 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
- 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)
New Picture Day Information is Coming
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)
We will have more information about our November workshop in the next family newsletter. Stay tuned!
Norwood Math Night 2021
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
Thanksgiving Turkey Meals for Families
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
Grade 1 | Grado 1
Grade 2 | Grado 2
Grade 3 | Grado 3
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
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.
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.
If you have any questions regarding any of the information on this newsletter, please contact David Castro (Norwood School to Community Coordinator) at email@example.com, or by calling his direct line at 443-809-1505.