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November/December Edition


  • At the beginning of the year materials pertaining to Waverley being a Title I school were sent home with students. If you did not receive these documents and would like copies or more information please contact the school at (240) 236-3900 and ask for Karyn Snyder.
  • Next Week, November 18-22, is American Education Week. This is a week for us all to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. Come and celebrate with us during your child/children's lunch time next week. We would love to see you!
  • Lunch Times: PK/K- 11:25-11:55, 1- 11:05-11:35, 2- 11:40-12:10, 3- 12:25-12:55, 4- 12:45-1:15, 5- 12:00-12:30
  • Your child/children will also have an opportunity to thank someone who has made a difference in their lives by completing the blank person handout that was sent home in Thursday folders on Thursday, November 14. These should be sent back to school by Wednesday, November 20.
  • Hearing and Vision Screening will take place December 10th, 11th & 12th for all students in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten (if not previously screened upon entry in FCPS Pre-K), 1st grade and any new enterers to the Maryland public school system. Maryland State Law mandates this screening. Parents/guardians who have an objection to this screening based on the tenets and/or practice of their church or religion must submit a request for their child to be exempt from screening. All written requests must be submitted to the health room by Friday, December 6, 2019. Please make sure if your child wears glasses or contacts that they have them on the screening days. If you have any questions please contact the health room at 301-236-3906

Upcoming Community Events


Tuesday, Nov. 26, 11am - 4pm

Frederick Keys Stadium Parking Lot, 21 Stadium Drive, Frederick

1,000 Turkeys will be distributed

Please bring a form of ID and you must be present to receive a turkey


Mon., Nov. 18, 10am - 1pm & 2pm - 5pm

Tues., Nov. 19, 4 - 6pm

Thurs., Nov. 21, 1 - 5pm

27 Degrange St., Frederick

301-631-2670, ext. 125 (Sheila Simms)

Documentation is required with application, call for required list


Tuesday, Dec. 3, 10a - 3pm

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 10a - 3pm

223 West 5th Street, Frederick

Call 301-662-2311

Documentation is required with application, call for required list


Martes, 26 de Noviembre, de 11am - 4pm

Estacionamiento del Estadio de los Frederick Keys

21 Stadium Drive, Frederick, MD

1,000 pavos serán distribuidos

Por favor traiga su identificación. Usted debe estar presente para recibir un pavo.


Lunes, 18 de Noviembre, de 10am - 1pm y de 2pm - 5pm

Martes, 19 de Noviembre, 4 - 6pm

Jueves, 21 de Noviembre, 1 - 5pm

27 Degrange St., Frederick, MD

301-631-2670, ext. 125 (Sheila Simms)

Se requiere documentación con la solicitud. Por favor llame para más información acerca de los requisitos.


Martes, 3 de Diciembre, de 10 a.m. a 3 p.m.

Miércoles, 4 de Diciembre, de 10 a.m. a 3 p.m.

223 West 5th Street, Frederick, MD


Se requiere documentación con la solicitud. Por favor llame para más información acerca de los requisitos.

Peanut Butter Collection at Waverley

Our Peanut Butter Drive continues until Thanksgiving break!

We will be collecting peanut butter for our weekend food bags. If you would like to donate peanut butter jars please bring them to the school. The jars should be PLASTIC and 16 ounces.

Lets see how many peanut butter jars we can collect :)

Upcoming Important Dates

  • Friday, November 15 - PTA Bingo Night, 6:00-8:00 pm in Waverley's cafeteria
  • Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23 - MET Aladdin Play Performances, 7:00 pm in Waverley's cafeteria
  • Wednesday, November 27-Friday, November 29 - Schools Closed
  • Tuesday, December 3 - Literacy Family Night, 5:30-7:30 pm - dinner will be served at 5:30 pm
  • Monday, December 2-Friday, December 6 - Scholastic Book Fair, more details coming soon!
  • Wednesday, December 11- Table Talk
  • Friday, December 20 - 2 Hour Early Dismissal for students (School Day - 8:30 am-1:25 pm)
  • Monday, December 23-Wednesday, January 1st - No School, Winter Break: See you in 2020!

Waverley Reminders and Information

Attendance: Attendance Counts at Waverley and Every Minute Matters! Our students need to be here every day to ensure they are learning and are set up for success! IF your child is out sick please send or bring in a doctor’s note so that our secretary can update your student’s file. You can also email your notes to Sonia.Rivera@fcps.org.

Arrival/Pick-up Procedures: If your student is going to be a car rider and has not gotten a car transportation number please come to the school to sign up for a number for the school year. If your student’s transportation changes during the year PLEASE send a note in to the front office as well as the classroom teacher so that we ensure they are safely getting home each evening.

**Changes in daily transportation need to be called in to the school by 3:00 pm.**

Car Transportation Pick-ups - You MUST have your assigned car transportation number in your window so that we can efficiently dismiss your student(s).

PTA: At Waverley we strive for collaboration between families, staff and the community. Our PTA is a great group to be a member of so we can work together to make your student’s education experience the best it can be. At our meetings your voice will be heard! Please consider signing up for our PTA and coming out to our meetings. Be ONE VOICE with us!

  • December 5th is our next PTA meeting and we welcome everyone to join us!

Parent and Family Events: Our parent and family events are planned for the school year. You can access information for these dates HERE. We are looking forward to all the fun we will have with you at these events. All parent and family event invitations will be on golden, yellow paper so watch out for these invitations and send them back in your child's/children's back pack as soon as possible so we can best plan for a terrific event!

Family Engagement Team: Ana Mejia (Community Liaison), Alex Metral (Community Liaison), and Karyn Snyder (Title I Support) are looking for interested parents to be on Waverley's Family Engagement Team this school year. This team is important for our school as we work together to create a plan that will meet our family engagement goals for the year. This plan will help us to improve our practices in order to best meet the needs of Waverley's students and families.

The Family Engagement Team meeting dates and times are listed below:

  • Friday, December 6, 10:00-11:30 am
  • Friday, January 17, 10:00-11:30 am

  • Friday, February 7, 10:00-11:30 am

  • Friday, March 6, 10:00-11:30 am

  • Friday, April 3, 10:00-11:30 am

If you are interested contact Ana Mejia, Alex Metral, or Karyn Snyder -phone: (240) 236-3900 or email: Ana.Mejia@fcps.org, Alexandra.Metral@fcps.org, Karyn.Snyder@fcps.org

**Transportation for these meetings can be provided if you should need it.**

Communication is important to us so please check your student’s backpack each night to ensure you are up-to-date on important information. We are using Schoology for home communication this year. If you are unsure if you have this account set up or if you need assistance please call the school and ask for Karyn Snyder - (240) 236-3900

We will also continue to use Find Out First and Thursday folders to send home reminders. Let us know if you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns.

Attendance Counts at Waverley and WE pledge to be here every day ready to learn!


Our goal is to have an attendance percentage of 96% or greater!

October Attendance Updates:

  • Pre-Kindergarten - 94.9%
  • Kindergarten - 94.1%
  • 1st Grade - 95.0%
  • 2nd Grade - 95.9% - so close to their 96% goal!
  • 3rd Grade - 95.9%- so close to their 96% goal!
  • 4th Grade - 97.4% - MET their 96% goal!
  • 5th Grade - 96.7% - MET their 96% goal!
  • Whole School - 95.8% - so close to meeting our 96% goal. Let's continue to work together to get our students here every day ready to learn!

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Celebrating Perfect Attendance

We celebrated 108 students who have earned perfect attendance since the beginning of the year! These students have come to school each day and on time. They got to tape Mrs. Ivins to the wall to celebrate their attendance achievement!

Supporting Learning at Home!

  • Math Learning: Visit the FCPS Elementary Math School/Home Resource page to learn how you can support your child/children at home. On the main page you will see a link to each grade level. Once you click the desired grade level and unit, you will then find a variety of links that include videos, games, printable activities that you can use at home to support your child's understanding of the skill being taught. We hope that you find it helpful.
  • Literacy Learning: Visit the FCPS Elementary Language Arts page to learn how you can support your child/children at home. On the main page you will see links at the right hand corner that will take you to the PK-5th grade Approved Curriculum. You will then be able to find resources relating to reading, writing, foundational skills, and speaking and listening.
  • PLEASE VISIT our school’s website for lots of great information on family events for the year, information about Waverley, and ideas to support learning at home!! https://education.fcps.org/waves/

Character Counts!

Congratulations to all of our Character Counts winners for First Quarter who demonstrated Responsibility and Respect! We had our first school-wide assembly to recognize these students on November 12th. Students are nominated each quarter by their teacher for demonstrating the Character Traits we celebrate each month. Students who are recognized also receive a certificate, a Character tag to be added to their chain, and parents are invited to attend the assembly.

We will focus on the Character Trait of Gratitude in November. This means to show appreciation for people and things in your life and to give thanks. This month, we will be showing our appreciation for local military service members by inviting these members into our school on November 22nd. They will be visiting each classroom and either reading to or with our students. We are so thankful for their service and for their partnership with this activity!

The PATHS program is in full swing at Waverley. As a reminder, this is a county-wide Social Emotional Learning Program. Perhaps, you have heard your child talk about this program at home by talking about various topics such as expressing feelings or problem solving. Your child may have also been a "PATHS Kid of the Day!" If they haven't been yet, don't worry! Each child will have this special opportunity to be showcased within the classroom. We are fortunate to be able to integrate this program into our school as it is so valuable and necessary in educating the whole child. Please reach out to Kandi Macauley, School Counselor, with any questions. Thanks for your support!

Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) Pointers

There is a strong connection between proper sleep and a student’s ability to self-regulate, make good decisions and interact positively with peers! The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 9-12 hours of sleep for children ages 6-12. You can help your child by establishing a bedtime routine. Part of this routine should include turning off all electronics at least 30 before bedtime because the light emitted from a tablet, phone, TV or laptop mimics sunlight. Too much time in front of a screen at night tricks the brain into thinking it’s morning.

Want to learn more? Check it out! https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/American-Academy-of-Pediatrics-Supports-Childhood-Sleep-Guidelines.aspx

Healthy Hints from the Health Room

When should I keep my child home?

  • Temperature of more than 100
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Persistent Stomachache
  • Diarrhea
  • Pale or flush face
  • Headache
  • Persistent Cough
  • Thick non clear discharge from the nose
  • Painful sore throat
  • Rash or skin infection
  • Red or pink eyes
  • Tiredness

If these symptoms continue for more than 24 hours, you should contact your child’s provider. If your child comes to school with any of the listed symptoms and is sent in the health room, we may call you to pick your child up. Please make sure the school has up to date contact information. It is important that we are able to reach every parent by phone or Email.

Communication is important!

  • Your child must be fever-free without fever reducing medications for 24-hours before returning to school.
  • Please feel free to bring your child to the health room before school starts if your child is sick and you are not sure if they should be in school or not.
  • If you child is sick and will not be in school please send in a note when the child returns to school for the missed dates.
  • If your child is sick and you do not have a primary care physician or insurance please contact the health room as we do have a service you may apply for to make sure your child is seen and well.
  • Also if your child has visited the health room they are sent back to class with a green note to present to the parent as to why they visited the health room that day

Keeping germs away and to yourself!

  • Wash your hands before eating, or touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Wash your hands after touching anyone who is sneezing, coughing or blowing their nose.
  • Don’t share food, utensils or beverage containers with others.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose.
  • Discard used tissues in the trash as soon as you can.
  • Always wash your hands after sneezing, blowing your nose, or coughing, or after touching used tissues or handkerchiefs.
  • Use warm water and soap to wash your hands. If you don’t have soap and water, use alcohol-base hand gel or disposable wipes.
  • Be sure to wash your hands every time after using the restroom.

If there are ANY questions on the information provided above please contact Waverley Elementary Health Room


Family Engagement at Waverley!

Our October Let's Talk Parent Meeting

Our Bag it Take it Event was a success! Thank you to everyone who helped and came to this event :)

Our November Let's Talk Parent Meeting