White Marsh Elementary School
2023 - 2024
Week of September 4 - 8, 2023
Greetings, White Marsh Families!
We had a fantastic full week of school last week! Our Bears are learning routines, developing new friendships, and already working hard in school!
This week, we begin with the Labor Day holiday on Monday; there is no school for students. On Tuesday, our 4th grade students will enjoy a field trip to Elms. Wednesday evening will be busy, with a WMES Site Based Volunteer Orientation in the Cafeteria at 6 pm, followed by a PTA meeting at 6:30. Also on Wednesday, SMCPS is offering "First Night for Strings" at Leonardtown High School from 6-8 pm; this is an information session for elementary students who may be interested in joining strings. Strings instruction is available to students in Grades 3-5. On Thursday, SMCPS will offer "First Night for Band", at LHS from 6 - 8. Band instruction is offered to students in Grades 4 and 5. Mr. Guy, our Music Teacher, teaches Band, Strings and Chorus at WMES!
A reminder to view the WMES Family Handbook and the Links for Families if you have not done so already.
The WMES website also has lots of useful information, including a link to the School Events calendar. Here, you will find dates of upcoming activities for students including field trips, concerts, Volunteer Trainings, the School Dance, and much more!
Have a great week!
The Bear Crawl is Coming!
The following are general reminders:
WMES Family Handbook
WMES Links for Families
Field Trips and Volunteers!
Methods of Communication
There are lots of ways we will communicate with you. Once school begins, you should receive a weekly email with the WMES Smore Newsletter for the week. (It will come on Sunday evenings; contact the Main Office if you don't receive the newsletter.) Be sure to review it every week; it is kept up to date with important information for you and your student. We also communicate via Twitter, and our PTA has a facebook page. If you have not elected to receive texts from SMCPS, please do so! This is our fastest way to communicate in the event of a delayed bus, or other important information. Finally, our teachers also have a variety of ways to communicate with our families; you will receive more information the first week of school.
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.
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.
White Marsh Elementary School
Location: 29090 Thompson Corner Road, Mechanicsville, MD, USA