New Town Elementary School

February- March 2022

Our Vision

Students at New Town Elementary participate in rigorous and responsive instruction that prepares them to meet the challenges and high expectations of college and career readiness. Our innovative teachers ensure learning through collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity.

Our Mission

It is the mission of New Town Elementary School and its community to promote student achievement, celebrate diversity and create a nurturing and enthusiastic learning environment where lifelong learners will grow as productive members of society.

Important Dates

February:

2nd- World Read Aloud Day

7th- Report Cards Distributed

7th-11th- National School Counseling Week

7th-11th- School Spirit Week

10th- PTA Virtual Meeting: 6:00pm (see flyer below for more information)

17th- Kindness Day

21st- Presidents' Day- Schools and Offices Closed


March:

18th- Schools and Offices Close 3 Hours Early

New Phone Numbers

New phone numbers have been assigned to New Town Elementary.

Main Office: 443-809-1541

Fax: 443-809-1544


Nurse: 443-809-1778

Nurse's Fax: 443-809-1779

From the Principal

Greetings New Town Families.


It is hard to believe that we are half-way through our school year and at the beginning of the third quarter. Despite the interruptions that have occurred due to COVID and inclement weather, our students continue to participate in meaningful and rigorous instruction.


Our students continue to engage in our new Bridges mathematics program in a variety of activities. The one key component of this new curriculum asks students to synthesize learning from a variety of topics using daily calendar-based activities.

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Our Kindergarten and Grade 1 students are currently being assessed using DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) which is a set of procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of literacy skills. In addition, many of our students are continuing to use their AVID notes to deepen their understanding of stories and novels.


Please be reminded that if your child is ill, please keep them home and refer to the Nurse’s Corner for more information.


Additionally, please remind your child that electronic gadgets, such as phones and watches should be kept hidden in backpacks during the school day.


I am excited to share with you that New Town Elementary will participate in a virtual book fair. Although the book fair will look differently than in previous years, this will be a great opportunity for parents to purchase books. Please see detailed information below from our library media specialist, Ms. Desir.


I want to thank you for your commitment and support of New Town Elementary. Please know if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or a member of the administrative team.


Mrs. Coston

Nurse's Corner

Children need a healthy start each morning to have a successful day in school. Here are some suggestions to give your child a healthy start.


- Be sure they have a good breakfast (eggs, juice, toast, cereal, milk, etc). Avoid products with a lot of sugar. Too much sugar can cause a blood sugar drop mid-morning which will make them hungry long before lunch. Hungry children do not learn well.


-Make sure your children are dressed appropriately for the weather. With the weather so changeable, it’s a good idea to dress your child in layers. If it gets too warm, they can always remove a layer.


-Be sure your child is getting enough sleep. Most elementary school children need 9-10 hours of sleep a night as a minimum. Try to be sure your child is not coming to school tired.


COVID Information:


As a reminder, prior to your child coming to school each day, it is important to screen your child for symptoms of COVID-19. This includes taking your child’s temperature each morning. If you child has any of the following symptoms, please keep your child home, consult with their health care provider, and get tested if recommended by the health care provider:


  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with fever
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting or diarrhea



Additionally, if you have given your child medication for a fever, cough, or stomach ache prior to the start of the school day, please keep your child home from school.


We appreciate your support in keeping all of the students and staff at New Town Elementary healthy.


I wish you well!

Mask Up!

Please have your child wear a mask to school every day. Also, pack an extra mask in case it is needed.
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PTA Updates

The NTES PTA has a new email address: NTESPTA01@outlook.com. Please send questions regarding the PTA or volunteering using this email.

Also, If you would like to join the PTA, please click this link for membership form and send in payment via check only. Please place the form and payment in a marked envelope (as indicated on membership form) and your child can give it to their teacher, or you can drop it off at school.


Our first three restaurant spirit nights at Jersey Mikes, Brookside Pizza, and Chick-fil-A were successful. Thank you to all the families who have supported the NTES PTA by participating.

Our next restaurant spirit night will be in February at Ledos. A flyer will be shared through community email and by way of your child.


Stay tuned for information about our schoolwide fundraiser starting in the spring.


The NTES PTA board has two vacant positions open: Treasurer and Secretary. If you are interested in either position, please email your interest to NTESPTA01@outlook.com.


Thank you for your continued support.


With appreciation,

NTES PTA
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National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from February 7 – 11, 2022. The theme this year is “Better Together.” As part of its celebration for National School Counseling Week, New Town Elementary students and teachers will be encouraged to show their college and career readiness. These dress- up days are a great chance to share information about education and your own experiences with your child.



Monday: Can’t Stop the Feeling! – Be Positive


School Spirit Day: Students and staff can wear New Town gear to show pride in our school. If you don’t own New Town gear, show your spirit in yellow and blue! Go Retrievers!!


Tuesday: Lean on Me- Friendship


Twin/Triplet Day: Students and staff can pair up with each other and wear matching outfits to exhibit their healthy friendship!


Wednesday: Life is a Highway – Goal Setting


Career Dress-Up Day: Staff and students can dress up as “What I want to be when I grow up.”


Thursday: Don’t Stop Believin – Self Esteem


Neon Day: Students and staff can dress up in their brightest clothing to show that they are bold, unique, proud individuals!


Friday: Eye of the Tiger – Perseverance


College Dress-Up Day: Students and staff are encouraged to wear college gear to school to promote college awareness. This is a great chance to share about your education with your child.

Counselor's Corner

Random Acts of Kindness Day is celebrated February 17, 2022. This day is often celebrated all week and is dedicated to kindness and taking that extra, conscious step to brighten somebody’s day.


It was created by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation with the intention of encouraging more harmony and kindness between people by offering thoughtful gestures of kindness, no matter how big or small. There are so many ways that you can join in, spread some kindness and positivity and possibly make someone's day.


Below is a calendar with kindness and/or wellness activities listed for each day of February.

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World Read Aloud Day

One of our favorite events every year is World Read Aloud Day. Every year we find so many wonderful ways to celebrate reading with our students, teachers, families and school community. This year, our friends at Scholastic, have put together an amazing NEW event. It's called the World Read Aloud Day Book Fest!


And this year, we can all join the World Read Aloud Day Book Fest, a fun FREE virtual event:

Jan. 31- Feb. 2.


Join Scholastic in celebrating World Read Aloud Day with three days of free virtual events. Attend all sessions or just a few, there is something for everyone! Meet your favorite authors, play games, enjoy read alouds, hear from educational experts and more! More information can be found at https://www.scholastic.com/worldreadaloudday. We love celebrating World Read Aloud Day...It's such a special time of the year!

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Library Book Fair


Coming Soon!!


We’re excited to invite you to our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. Hosted by our staff, this event is an opportunity for students of all ages to build their home libraries and further their love of reading. As always, all purchases benefit our school. After missing out on many beloved traditions, our winter Book Fair will be a familiar, welcome, and safe event for our students.


Here’s what you need to know about the Fair:


Dates: 2/28/2022 - 3/4/2022


Our Book Fair offers a cash-free payment option called eWallet. It’s a convenient digital account that your child can use for shopping at our Fair.


Grandparents, friends, and others can contribute, too!

If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop online at our school’s Virtual Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school.


As this week also falls during Read Across America Week, we have planned many reading themed activities to excite our school family. More information, including our Book Fair website address, will be coming home soon!

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What is WICOR?


WICOR is an acronym for Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading. WICOR strategies provide a learning model that teachers use to guide students in comprehending concepts and articulating ideas at increasingly complex levels.


What does WICOR look like at New Town?


Writing: Focused Note-taking, the Writing Process, use of journals, and Quick Writes to communicate their learning.


Inquiry: Ask and answer leveled questions, Socratic Seminars, and critical thinking activities.


Collaboration: Group projects and collaborative activities.


Organization: Binders, planners and agendas, and graphic organizers.


Reading: Reading strategies, vocabulary development, note-taking, graphic organizers, and summarization.

Virtue of the Month

The virtue of the month is Cooperation.


Cooperation is working together for the good of everyone. It is a willingness to respect others and to follow rules that keep everyone safe and happy. It is being helpful to one another, sharing the load. It is joining others in order to do something that cannot be done alone.

The BCPS Inclement Weather Closing and Delays Information

BCPS Closing and Delay Information can be found at the following:


  • BCPS school status information line: 443-809-5555


  • TV: local television stations, including The Education Channel, Comcast Cable Channel 73.



  • Please do not call New Town Elementary for this information.