Norwood News

Thursday, March 17th, 2022

Latest news & events for Norwood ES of Baltimore County Public Schools available in written (Smores) & video (YouTube) form, published every 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month!

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Important Upcoming Dates

  • Friday, March 18th: All BCPS schools dismiss 3 hours early (Norwood dismisses @ 12:20pm)
  • Friday, April 1st: End of 3rd Marking Period - All BCPS Schools close 3 hrs early (Norwood dismisses @ 12:20pm)
  • Monday, April 11th through Monday, April 18th: All BCPS Schools are closed for Spring Break
  • Friday, April 22nd: Norwood Spring Picture Day

      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:

      • 12/02/21: Where to check for school closures & early dismissals
      • 10/21/21: Updating emergency contacts & student pickup manually
      • 10/08/21: Absentee note template & explanation of excused absence, late arrival, & early dismissal policies (click here for a NEW YouTube video)

      Newsletter Contest Update

      Thanks to everyone who participated in our hidden word contests! The secret backwards word for last week's contest was green, written as "neerg." The winning family of one of our 3rd graders has been notified, and was ecstatic to get a nice break from their usual groceries bill. Please remember to keep reading or watching the newsletter, as we post important news and updates every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month in both English and Spanish. Don't forget that you have two options in either language: you can read the written version, courtesy of Smore Newsletters, or watch/listen to the video summary, courtesy of YouTube. The video summary is great for multi-taskers who’d rather listen to the newsletter while cooking, driving, or unwinding before bedtime.

      Norwood YouTube Channel update

      Back in early October we asked for your help to get us to 100 subscribers on our YouTube channel so we can customize our channel link. We started this school year with a little over 30 subscribers, and we've FINALLY REACHED OUR GOAL! Thank you so much for your support, and feel free to spread the word. But let's not stop there. Anyone is welcome to hit that subscribe button on our channel or on our videos to stay connected to our growing digital library of resources.

      Norwood Spring Picture Day 2022!

      Just as in the Fall, families will be able to purchase new individual pictures for their children as well as a class picture with their teacher. Remember, purchases are not mandatory, but are handled by LifeTouch. The same exact procedure for individual pictures will be followed from the Fall, where you order online using a special code or via the picture day envelope. We will distribute envelopes when they arrive, but feel free to watch this video below if you are new to pictures or want a refresher on how to order. We will also share more information about how to order class photos as soon as we receive them.

      BCPS Student Picture Day Ordering Explained

      March Coffee & Conversation Preview

      Our next Coffee & Conversation session for March will take place on Tuesday, March 29th, at 2:15 - 3:15pm. Mr. Jeremiah and Mr. Castro will once again be presenting. This time, they will discuss how parents can now get involved with the school by way of volunteering or participation in other events. We will also update everyone on the status of the Norwood PTA as well as gather your ideas for what new events you'd like to see at the school.

      This will be our first Coffee & Conversation event that will be IN-PERSON at the school since the pandemic began. No Google meet code is necessary, as we look forward to seeing your smiling faces. Refreshments will be provided. Simply come to the front office, and after signing in there as a visitor, you can head straight to the cafeteria.

      Scholastic Book Fair Wrap-up

      Ms. Baublitz, our Library teacher, and the Norwood staff would like to thank everyone for their enthusiasm surrounding The Scholastic Book Fair last week. It was a total success, with many books selling out before the end of the week. Proceeds from the sales will help Norwood acquire more books for our school library. You can still order additional books through Norwood's online book fair until March 20th by clicking here. We thank you for supporting your children's reading skills at home and helping to make it fun.

      Finding local vaccine services & clinics

      If you wish to speak to someone who can help schedule you or anyone in your family with a local clinic or provider of the COVID-19 vaccine, feel free to call the Maryland GoVax number at 1-855-634-6829, select your preferred language from the menu (1 for English, 2 for Spanish), and follow the automated prompts. School required vaccinations and flu shots are just some of the additional services that Maryland GoVax can assist you with finding a local provider or clinic. For online booking, visit

      The CDC’s vaccine finder tool also remains available online at:

      Registration for new PK & KG students in 2022-2023

      For those families who are interested in applying to register a new student in pre-kindergarten or who need to register for kindergarten for the upcoming school year, we will hold registration events to assist families on Thursday April 21, Friday May 13, and Tuesday June 7. Please refer to the information below to check eligibility:

      • Your child must be 4 years old on or before September 1st, 2022 to be age-eligible for pre-kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year
      • Your child must be 5 years old on or before September 1st, 2022 to be age-eligible for kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year

      For additional questions, do not hesitate to call the front office at 443-809-7055.

      March ELA unit overviews for families

      Here are the unit overviews for March in reading/writing by grade level, in English only. The first newsletter of the month will focus on Math while the second newsletter of the month will cover reading & writing through 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

      Hearing & Vision Screening Notices

      The Baltimore County Department of Health has just completed hearing and vision screening at Norwood. An envelope was sent home in your student's yellow folder only if they did not pass either of their hearing and vision screenings. Parents who received a notice should first contact their child's pediatrician/primary health care provider to be evaluated and referred for treatment as needed. The entire form should be returned to the school nurse after the provider completes it. Any questions can be directed to the Baltimore County Department of Health, School Hearing and Vision, at 410-887-2721. Please also contact Ms. Debbie, our school nurse (443-809-6029 or, if you need assistance with resources for this specific type of care.
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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, or by calling his direct line at 443-809-1505.