Chipmunk Chatter

Week of November 8 - November 12


Administrators' Message ~ November 5th

Dear Sandymount Families,

On Wednesday, November 17, all students in grades K-5 will bring home their first report card of the school year. It is important to review academic and learning behavior progress with your child in a way that is positive and encouraging. Look for strengths and offer praise for hard work, progress, and achievement. This would also be a good time to set goals for the second quarter with you child (ren).

Sandymount teachers and staff know that children learn in many ways and at different paces. If you have concerns about your child’s progress, please do not hesitate to contact his/her teacher to learn how you can support your child at home.

Parent-Teacher conferences will be held on November 17th and November 22nd. If you previously conferenced with your child’s homeroom teacher, please refrain from scheduling a second conference, unless you have significant concerns. First preference will be given to families who have not met with their child’s teacher.

Lastly, on Thursday families and staff received information regarding a contained outbreak at our school. You are encouraged to visit the CCPS COVID-19 Dashboard for related information and data. Information is updated weekly. (link below)

Have a great weekend!

Calendar Information

  • November 10th ~ 2 hour & 45 minute early dismissal (SES dismisses @ 1:15)
  • November 10th ~ Second Marking Period Begins
  • November 11th ~ Veterans Day
  • November 11th ~ PTA Meeting (virtual)
  • November 14th ~ GOTR 5K (see below)
  • November 17th ~ Parent Teacher Conferences In-Person (link below)
  • November 17th ~ Report Cards Distributed
  • Nov. 18th ~ Spirit Day - Crazy Socks and Hair
  • November 22nd ~ Parent Teacher Conferences In-Person (link below)
  • November 24th ~ 2 hour & 45 minute early dismissal (SES dismisses @ 1:15)
  • November 25th ~ Schools/Offices Closed
  • November 26th ~ Schools/Offices Closed

Parent/Teacher Conference Sign Up Links

Our fall conferences are coming soon! We will hold fall conferences on two evenings to accommodate all families that were unable to meet with their child’s teacher(s) in October. If you have any specific questions or concerns and you attended the October conference, please check in with your child’s teacher for availability.

Below are the links for conference sign ups for Wednesday, November 17th and Monday, November 22nd. Please click on the link and choose one of the conference nights to meet with your child’s teacher.

November 17th -

November 22nd -

Cold Weather and Recess

Colder weather is here! Students will go outside for recess as long as the temperature is 32 degrees and above. The instructional assistants would like to remind students to bring proper clothes for recess. (coats, hats and gloves are very important) If a student wears a coat to school you should also wear a coat outside for recess.

Girls on the Run 5K

Girls on the Run (GOTR) will be having their 5K at Sandymount Park on Sunday, November 14th at 8:00 am. Please feel free to come to out, bring those noise makers and posters, and cheer the girls on!

Art Corner

Our yearbook cover contest has come to an end as of November 5th. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be announced next Friday, November 12th, during the morning announcements.

Our Sandymount Artists have been hard at work, and we now have the artwork to prove it!

Featured on our “Artists of the month” bulletin board, are pieces of artwork chosen from projects in all grade level Art classes, where the student went above and beyond the expectations of the assignment. Student’s will have a “badge” taped to their lockers for display, as well as their artwork featured on WMUNK.

Please congratulate the following artists featured:

  1. Bianna Shamis
  2. Emily Kensinger
  3. Caleb Chen
  4. Ryker Gibble
  5. Braxon Pratt
  6. Bella Warren
  7. Fiona Whitten
  8. Aubrey Kistel
  9. Kallen Edmondson
  10. Stella Bem
  11. Dempsey Lemon
  12. Olivia DiFatta
  13. Mariana Osorio Sura
  14. Madison King
  15. Jameson Gibson
  16. Jermany Lewis
  17. Gabe Hite
  18. Tessa Van Horn

Project ACES

Congratulations Sandymount Elementary on Gold status in the “Project ACES” Physical Activity Challenge. Sandymount had 93.02% of students meet the 60 minutes per day challenge. Many students increased their activity level and are now more aware of healthy eating habits as well as physical fitness habits.

More information with be forthcoming from Mr. Goretsas, Ms. Hayman and Mr. Nazelrod.

Congratulations once again and thank you very much for participating.

Employment Opportunities

Did you know that our school has employment opportunities currently available? Please consider contacting Stacy Kowaleviocz at for more details on available position(s). Interested applicants are asked to also visit the Employment Opportunities section of the CCPS website, as they must complete a CCPS employment application to be fully considered for positions. The CCPS Department of Human Resources manages this process and is the only office authorized to make official employment offers once the school completes interviews and all required documentation is finalized. Please share this information with family and friends who may be interested in employment. Thank you for your continued support of our school community.

Masked Chipmunks

We want to keep all of our Chipmunks healthy and happy. Please remember to wear masks over mouths and noses at all times. Thanks Chipmunks !
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Spirit Days

  • Every Friday: Sandymount Spirit Day (wear ANY Sandymount shirt or class color)
  • Nov. 18 (Thurs) - Crazy Socks and Hair
  • Dec. 16 (Thurs) - Pajama Day/Polar Express Day
  • Dec. 23 (Thurs - ½ day) - Holiday Sweater/Outfit
  • Jan. 13 (Thurs) - Jersey Day/Team Sports Day
  • Feb. 8 (Tues) - 100th Day of School- Dress like you’re 100
  • Feb. 14 (Mon) - Wear Pink/Red (for Valentine’s Day)
  • Mar. 17 (Thurs) - Wear Green (for St. Patrick’s Day)
  • Mar. 29 (Tues) - Superhero Day
  • April 21 (Thurs) - Favorite Holiday Outfit
  • May 12 (Thurs) - Twin Day

Lost & Found

Is your child missing articles of clothing? If so, they may be in our lost and found area. Please have your child check the lost and found that is located near Mr. Chuck's office.

Sandymount PTA

Please join the PTA at our next VIRTUAL meeting, Thursday, November 11th at 7pm. We will be discussing activities for upcoming months (Family Scavenger Hunt, Super Saturday, Family Bingo).

We are excited to announce the Spirit Wear Store is OPEN and ready to take orders. All orders must be placed by November 15th to ensure delivery by the holidays. No orders will be delivered to Sandymount, everything will be shipped direct to the customer.

Use the following link to view the store:

Be sure to dine out at Mediterraneo in Westminster on November 18th; a portion of the proceeds will go back to the PTA.

Shakira Murphy - Principal

Stacy Kowaleviocz - Assistant Principal

2222 Old Westminster Pike

Finksburg, MD 21048


410-751-3925 (fax)

Attendance only email:

Website Address:

Sandymount PTA Website:

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9:25 - Parent drop-off doors close

9:30 - Instruction begins

4:00 - Dismissal

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