Chipmunk Chatter

Week of November 1 - November 5


Administrators' Message 10/29/21

Dear Sandymount Families ~

Sandymount Elementary would like to recognize military service this Veterans Day. We will display a “Wall of Honor” to recognize and celebrate the brave men and women who have served or are on active duty. If you have a family member who you would like us to pay tribute to, please complete the attached form or submit a brief summary including the information on the form. We also ask that you share a picture, copy or duplicate, by pasting the photo on the space provided on the form. Please have your child submit the Veterans Day tribute form to the main office no later than Friday, November 5th.

Have a nice weekend!

Calendar Information

  • November 2nd ~ Flu Vaccine Clinic
  • November 4th ~ Picture Retake Day (link below)
  • November 10th ~ 2 hour & 45 minute early dismissal (SES dismisses @ 1:15)
  • November 17th ~ Parent Teacher Conferences In-Person (link below)
  • 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

Picture Retake Day - November 4th

Picture Retake Day – Thursday November 4th

For online ordering go to

Online ID code: EVTCDV97V

Fall 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 -

HELP WANTED - 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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Media Messages from Ms. Boggs

Destiny Home Access

Students may use Sandymount’s library catalog, Destiny, at home to locate media materials and access eBooks and databases.

Destiny OPAC Home Access

You can access the catalog from our “Welcome to Sandymount” page. There are also links to our databases and other helpful websites. Students can place their own holds and view their own checkouts if they log on using their own, school based, username and password.


When it comes to searching online for information, it is sometimes hard to know where to begin. The following are some fee-based databases that students have access to from both school and home. These databases are great places to begin research because the reading level is more appropriate for elementary age students and the information included is reliable. These databases also have a Read to Me feature.

Our databases include Biography for Beginners, BrainPop, BrainPop Jr., BrainPop Español, Britannica School, CultureGrams, Gale In Context Elementary, Pebble Go, Pebble Go Next, Power Knowledge, SIRS Discoverer, and Tumble Books. To use these sites, you need to enter the Sandymount usernames and passwords. The usernames and passwords are available in your child’s media google classroom. I have print copies available in the media center. I can also email you a copy. Please send emails to

Special thanks to our wonderful PTA for funding the BrainPop databases, Pebble Go, and Pebble Go Next.

Virtual Checkout

Students may use our virtual checkout options anytime to view books online. These To see these options, click here:

Happy Reading Chipmunks! Ms. Boggs, Media Specialist

To find out more of what is happening in the media center, you can follow the media center on Twitter: @SESMediaCCPSK12

Art News

Attention 5th Graders! It is that time of the year for the yearbook cover contest! This year’s cover theme is “Community”, the coming together of people.

The rules are as follows:

  1. Your artwork should include the name of our school (Sandymount Elementary) the year (2021 – 2022) and our mascot, Chipper.
  2. It should show the theme for the year
  3. Your artwork needs to be on the 8.5 x 11 size paper can be provided by Mrs. Porter
  4. Your drawing needs to FILL THE SPACE!
  5. Your drawing should be fully colored or shaded and can be in any medium (marker, crayon, colored pencil, etc.)
  6. Your name should be written in PENCIL on the back of the paper
  7. All images used must be originally drawn and not traced
  8. Be creative and have fun!

The student whose cover is picked will receive a free yearbook! The second and third place winners will have their entries published in the yearbook.

DUE BY November 5th!!!



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

Sandymount PTA

We are still looking for volunteers for some of our upcoming events. If interested, please go to

The online class directory for Sandymount is run through Classroom Parent. Be sure to join so that you can communicate with your students’ classmates.

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

Office Hours 8:00-4:30