Johnnycake Elementary School

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Message From Our Prinicipal

Hello Johnnycake Families! As we start our third quarter of instruction, we are also starting a new format for our school newsletter. Our goal is to provide our community with school related information that will help them remain in partnership with us. To do that, we’ve opted for a streamlined, visually engaging, and electronic newsletter that will be delivered directly to your email inbox. We will also use BCPS School Messenger, the Johnnycake Website, our Facebook page as well as our twitter account, to ensure that families receive the quarterly newsletter. It’s our first go-around with our new format so, we’d love to hear your feedback and comments.

Student report cards were sent home with students on Thursday, February 7, 2019. As you review your child’s academic progress, we’d ask that you sit with your child and include them in a conversation about their success and areas for growth. Setting goals with your child will help them see the importance of persevering through a task and give them the opportunity to experience success in short increments. As always, I invite you to conference with your child’s teacher and encourage you to speak with them regarding your child’s progress and ways in which you can support their learning at home.

Thank you for your continued support of Johnnycake staff and students!

Tricia Collins-McCarthy


Office News

Arrival and Dismissal:

Our doors do not open until 8:45 a.m. Teachers are not outside to supervise the students before 8:45 a.m. Please do not drop your children off before 8:45 am.

Students will not be dismissed from the office between 3:15- 3:45. If you are picking your child(ren) up early, please do so before 3:15. If they are not picked up before 3:15, they will be dismissed at 3:45 from the office. All students must be picked up by 3:45.

Please be mindful of our neighbors on Vanderwood Road. Vanderwood is a two way street. Vanderwood gets very congested during arrival and dismissal. Please be aware of our neighbor’s prop-erty as we do not want to block driveways and accidently bump into cars.

Thank you in advance for following the arrival and dismissal guidelines. These guidelines will ensure safety, accuracy and appropriate accountability in our dismissal process.

Weather Related Delays and Closings

When inclement weather is forecasted, please stay tuned to local media for closings, de-layed openings or early dismissals. Please do not call the school to verify closings or de-lays. The following resources provide up to the minute updates about school clos-ings, delays and late openings.

Visit the BCPS website:

Call the BCPS closing hotline: 443- 809-5555.

Email and text alerts from

When schools open 1 hour late:

Doors open at 9:45 and students must be in the building by 10:00.

No morning pre-k.

No YMCA before care program.

Breakfast will be served.

When schools open 2 hours late:

Doors open at 10:45 and students must be in the building by 11:00.

No morning pre-k.

No YMCA before care program.

Breakfast will not be served.

When schools close 2 hours early:

Students are dismissed at 1:30. All students must be picked up by 1:45.

No aftercare programs at the YMCA. Please let your child and your child's teacher how the student will get home.

No afternoon pre-k.

There will be no mid day pre-k bus for the morning pre-k students. Pre-k students will need to be picked up at 11:30.

Lunch will be served.

When schools close 3 hours early:

Students are dismissed at 12:30. All students must be picked up by 12:45.

No aftercare programs at the YMCA. Please let your child and your child's teacher how the student will get home.

No afternoon pre-k.

There will be no mid day pre-k bus for the morning pre-k students. Pre-k students will need to be picked

Moving? Change of Address??

During the school year, if your address (and/or other contact information) changes, parents are required to notify the school office within 10 days. In addition, if you are moving or know that your child will be transferring to a new school, withdraw and transfer papers are needed. Please notify the office as soon as possible to allow office staff to prepare the documents.

Box Tops!

“Our school is continuing to collect Box Tops, and we appreciate your support so very much! Our Jaguar is on display in the front lobby, and he loves being fed Box Tops from all of his Johnnycake family. There is an app for cellphones that is free! Please download it and start scanning your grocery receipts to get our school extra Box Tops! Let’s keep our Jaguar roaring! Yours Truly, Mrs. Horowitz and Mrs. Caplan”

Family Engagement

Family Engagement

Parents, grandparents, and guardians please join us each month for our Chat and Chews and Autism Support Group. Each month is a different topic that will hopefully enrich your life and your students. Below is our upcoming Autism Support Group.

Autism Support Group:

Wednesday, March 20th, 9-10pm

1600 Langford Road

Baltimore, MD

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Volunteer Training:

Important - Volunteer training must be done at least 1 week prior to an event or field trip. There will be NO EXCEPTION so please complete the training as soon as possible. We will no longer process or approve volunteer forms that are received less than a week before an event date. Volunteer training must be completed every school year.

1. The training can be done online at You will go over to the Community or Parent tab, click on Volunteer with BCPS, and complete steps 1 & 2 just below the video. You may also schedule a time with Danielle Phillips, School to Community Coordinator to complete the training at Johnnycake.

2. Once the training is complete the school will need a copy of the application and the certificate you received.

3. The documents can be emailed to, faxed to 410-887-1048, or sent in with your student.

4. Once we receive the documents an administrator will do a background check. Provided there are no issues you will then be able to volunteer at Johnnycake Elementary.

Johnnycake has a Lending Library.

❖ Parents & students can sign out games to help with reading and math.

❖ Students will have fun while learning.

❖ We also have books to help with reading, math, child development and more.

❖ Materials can stay out 2 weeks or longer if needed.

❖ It・s free!

❖ It・s easy!

❖ See Danielle Phillips, School to Community Coordinator for more information, or email at

For additional information and resources please see Danielle Phillips, or call 410-887-0823, or email me at

Community Business Partners:

If you work for a local business or own your own business and would like to become a community partner of Johnnycake’s please contact Danielle Phillips at 410-887-0823, or email for more information. Thank you!

From the Johnnycake Nurse’s Office

Cold and flu season is here! Please remember that hand washing is the easiest and best thing for everyone to do to keep from getting sick! In the event that your child comes down with a fever, please remember to keep him or her home until he or she has been fever-free for at least 24 hours. Also, if your child is prescribed antibiotics, please do not send them to school until they have been on them for 24 hours. Please, don’t forget to send a letter and/or email to your child’s teacher explaining any absences.

Let’s work together to keep all the students at Johnnycake healthy!

Physical Education News

Caregivers, I truly hope your students have come home and shared some of the fun physical activities we have learned about and participated in during their physical education class during the second marking period. I really hope they shared their new abilities to jump rope, play floor hockey, and bowl.

During the third marking period all students can look forward to volleyball unit where students will learn the bump and the set, after volleyball we will get into our overhand throwing unit where all grades will have a chance to participate in our Magic Ball Club, where students work through a progressions of throws and catches. We will then get into 2 of the favorite units a Johnnycake to wrap up the third quarter, our scooter relay unit and the basketball unit.

Please remind your students to wear tennis shoes on the days that they have physical education class. When the weather starts to get cooler, if you put your student in boots to come to school please try to remember to put a pair of tennis shoes in their backpack to change into for PE class.

Johnnycake PE Department

Kyle Campbell & Joe Figola

PTA - Book Fair

The PTA is looking for a number of volunteers to help make our spring BOGO book fair happen. The book fair will need coverage Monday, April 1 , 2019 -- Friday, April 5, 2019 from 9:00am-3:30pm so even if you have a couple hours to help out, we would be so appreciative!

Contact the PTA at for questions or to let us know you can help for either volunteer opportunity.

We have a running GoFundMe Fundraiser where you can donate cash directly to our PTA to support the school.

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** You can share the link on your social media so friends and family can help our school if they would like. **

Autism Support Group

Wednesday, Feb. 27th, 1pm

5910 Craigmont Road

Baltimore, MD

Guest Speaker - S. B. Linton

Creator of

Upcoming Events at the "Cake'

2/28 - Black History Month Program -- 10am; 2:00pm and

4/5 - 3rd Marking period ends.6:00pm

4/2 - PreK Round Up

4/9 - PreK & Kindergarten Round Up

4/19-4/22 - Spring Break