From The Crow's Nest

Stoneleigh Stallions Staff News 4-4-2016

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Pictured above is the family tapestry from the Disney movie "Brave"

Amy, Kaia, and I hope that each of you had a wonderful break just as each of us enjoyed our time. We return on Monday refreshed and excited to continue the important work of educating the young minds handed over to us, daily.

"We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun." Unknown

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Recess within the Stoneleigh Community and across the nation is a hot topic. Just before Spring Break it was a topic in the communications from Dr. Dance. As a topic of importance for the Board of Education, Dr. Dance charged Ms. Verletta White, Chief Academic Officer, with researching recommended recess times in elementary school. Based on concerns presented by parents and board members the county is recommending 20 minutes of recess at the elementary level.

In lieu of this information a few reminders from earlier this school year:

  • During grade level conversations the week of August 17, 2015 the administration reminded staff:

- recess is not to be taken as a consequence for academics or behavior unless given by an administrator. Teachers may select shortened time for self-choice recess and require 5 minutes or less of walking within a specific area. This time is to be used for the student to think through choices and prepare for discussion with the teacher about the situation.

- classes ALL go outside or ALL stay inside.

- weather parameters were shared to assist with making decisions regarding recess for the different seasons. Tim Lane emailed the same parameters to staff and hardcopies were placed in teacher mailboxes again after quarter 1.

  • Section 4 - Students within the Faculty Handbook 2015 - 2016 states the purpose of recess is to invigorate the mind and body. Recess should not be scheduled for the last thing of the day.

- Children should be watched closely whenever they are on the fields or playground. Proactive actions should be taken to stop problems and injuries before they happen. Teachers assume responsibility for children in their care on the playground.

- At the beginning of the school year and frequently thereafter, rules for fields and the playground should be reviewed periodically with students by their teacher.

- Whenever possible, provide children opportunities to engage in organized games. An adult should be stationed near any game involving a large number of student.

Supervised Play Safety Rules

No running on the playground equipment.

No playing dodge ball.

Use two hands on equipment at all times.

Do not throw mulch, sand, or dirt.

No jumping off of equipment from heights, climb down safely.

Go forward in a seated position down the slide.

Proper dress is required – tennis shoes only.

  • Within Non-Negotiable Instruction and Procedures 2015-16 under Professional Responsibilities As They Pertain to Students: Recess is an ACTIVE duty and supervision time. Recess must be structured to prevent accidents and altercations. Please check with our physical education teachers for ideas of group games and activities you can incorporate into your recess time.

Parents began contacting the administration regarding recess issues again over Spring Break. Those grade levels and/or individual teachers involved will be contacted on Monday for discussion.

Faculty Meeting - PARCC Security Training

Monday, April 4th, 3:30-4:30pm


Meeting will begin at 3:35PM in order for provide time to settle the events from the day, take care of personal needs, and prepare for the meeting.

Stoneleigh Spirit Day

Wednesday, April 6th, 8:30am-3:30pm

Stoneleigh Elementary School, Baltimore, MD, United States

Baltimore, MD

5th Grade Mobile Mining Experience

Wednesday, April 6th, 1-3pm

5th grade classrooms

Kindergarten 1/2 day PD/Planning mtg.

Thursday, April 7th, 8:30am-12:15pm

Conference Room

Special Area Team PD/Planning Mtg.

Thursday, April 7th, 12:15-3:30pm

Conference Room

Sports Day to show off your favorite sports team wear

Friday, April 8th, 8:30am-3:30pm

Stoneleigh Elementary School, Baltimore, MD, United States

Baltimore, MD

Third Marking Period Ends Schools Close 3 Hours Early for Elem and Middle School Students

Friday, April 8th, 8:30am-12:30pm

BCPS and Stoneleigh Elementary

Grade Reporting and Data Analysis** – Teachers on Duty

Friday, April 8th, 12:30-3:30pm

Stoneleigh Elementary School

Optional Pot-Luck Lunch - Don't forget to sign-up and join everyone for an enjoyable time of conversation and excellent food.

BCPS Chess Championship

Saturday, April 9th, 9am-3pm

10401 Greenside Drive

Cockeysville, MD

Destination Imagination State Competition

Saturday, April 9th, 7:30am-6:30pm

1000 Hilltop Circle

Baltimore, MD

Team Challenge at 11:10 AM for viewing.

Awards Ceremony 6:30 PM

2nd grade PD/Planning mtg.

Tuesday, April 12th, 8:30am-12:15pm

Conference Room

3rd Grade PD/Planning Mtg.

Tuesday, April 12th, 12:15-3:30pm

Conference Room

Stoneleigh Spirit Day

Wednesday, April 13th, 8:30am-3:30pm

Stoneleigh Elementary School, Baltimore, MD, United States

Baltimore, MD

1st Grade PD/Planning Mtg.

Friday, April 15th, 8:30am-12:15pm

Conference Room

Sports Day to show off your favorite sports team wear

Friday, April 15th, 8:30am-3:30pm

Stoneleigh Elementary School, Baltimore, MD, United States

Baltimore, MD