White Marsh Elementary School
2022 - 2023
Week of January 16 - 20, 2023
Greetings, White Marsh Families!
Thank you all for supporting our very first Dress For Success Day last week! The Bears were so excited, even if they chose not to participate! It was fun seeing their friends and teachers dressed to be successful. Everyone had a wonderful day- check out some of the photos below!
This week, there is no school Monday as we recognize the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. Friday is the last day for Joe Corbi's orders. Thank you for supporting this school fundraiser. Items will be available for pick-up here at WMES on February 6, from 4-6 pm.
You may have noticed receiving an email earlier this week with a link to this newsletter in Schoology. Events have also been added to the Schoology event calendar. Did you know that parents can access Schoology? We will continue to post links to the Smore and school events in Schoology. It is our hope that we can transition to having this resource be a one stop shop for your information. As your students get older and proceed through middle and high school in SMCPS, it will become very useful tool for you to monitor grades, assignments, and other information. Here is a link to the Schoology Parent Resources site, which can provide lots of helpful information!
Have a great week!
Dress for Success Day- was a HUGE Success!!
Don't forget- here are the future Dress for Success dates:
Wear a Coat!
Jan 27 Professional Day, No School for Students
Jan 27 End of 2nd Marking Period
Feb 7 Dress for Success Day!
Feb 7 PTA Meeting, 6:30 pm
Feb 7 Report Cards Distributed
Feb 6-10 PTA Pencil Grams Sale
Feb 10 2 hr. Early Dismissal
Save the Date!
Feb 23 PTA Family Fun Night- Game Night! Time TBD
Mar 6-10 PTA Penny Drive
Apr 3-10 Spring Break
Apr 12 PTA Spirit Night- Rita's
Apr 13 Spring Picture Day
May 10 PTA Popsicle Social/Book Swap
May 25 Spring Concert- Band, Strings, Chorus 10 am
Jun 2 Field Day
The following are general reminders:
Absences can be reported with a note sent in to the Main Office, or by clicking the link on our website. Please refer to the SMCPS Student Handbook for more information about Attendance.
In an effort to communicate with parents and keep you informed about student absences, we send home letters every marking period to those students with 5 or more absences. We understand that a variety of illnesses continue to surround us, and appreciate your communication with Nurse Parrish, teachers, and the Main Office about your children's health.
Volunteering at WMES
A reminder that all Volunteers (including Field Trip Chaperones) must be approved through SMCPS. Beginning this year, this will be an annual requirement. At WMES, those volunteers being asked to support students and teachers in the building will be required to complete a site based training session.
Any volunteer with an interest in supporting classroom activities, Field Day, Book Fair, copying/laminating for teachers must attend the WMES Volunteer Training Session prior to working with students. Please note- participation in the Training Session does not ensure that you will be needed to support an individual classroom. Teachers will reach out to you if school based volunteers are needed.
Future training dates are less than 30 minutes long, and have been added to the WMES event calendar.
Chronic Absenteeism: Students are chronically absent when absent 10% or more of the school days while enrolled at that school. For example, a student who is registered to attend a school for 30 days and who is absent 3 of those 30 days is considered chronically absent.
WMES will follow up with chronically absent students through the Pupil Services Team, Pupil Personnel Worker, and the Department of Student Services. In order to reduce the number of our students with Chronic Absenteeism, incentives to encourage good attendance include participation in the Bear Crawl, Running Club, and School Dance.
Proper Care of Electronic Devices
SMCPS Text Alerts are a great way to get information quickly. They are not sent often, and usually only in the event of an unexpected school delay or closure. On occasion, WMES will send a text alert about a late bus, substitute bus, or school event. Click the link for information about registering for text alerts.