Chipmunk Chatter

Week of October 11th through 15th


Administrators' Message 10/8/21

Dear Sandymount Families ~

As you may be aware, there are TikTok social media challenges that are encouraging disruptive and unacceptable behaviors in schools. Unfortunately, we have experienced occurrences in Carroll County in which students have engaged in behaviors aligned with these social media challenges. When these situations occur, students involved are held accountable in alignment with our Student Code of Conduct, which can be found here: Student Code of Conduct.pdf (

The influence of social media on our children is significant. Too often our children do not consider the negative ramifications of engaging in behavior that is sensationalized and promoted on social media platforms. These negative ramifications can include personal safety, law enforcement involvement, and school discipline. We are asking for your help to reduce the likelihood of our students engaging in these behaviors. Please talk with your child about school appropriate behavior and encourage them to share concerns with their teacher or school administration.

We appreciate the support of our students, staff, families, and community as we work ensure our schools are safe environments that promote a safe and welcoming environment that is conducive to student learning.

Have a great weekend!

Calendar Information

October 11-15 ~ National School Lunch Week

October 12 ~ Parent Teacher Conference Night (link below)

October 15 ~ SCHOOLS CLOSED FOR STUDENTS - PD day for teachers/IA's

October 17 - 23 ~ America's Safe Schools Week

October 18-22 ~ National School Bus Safety Week

October 19 ~ Bus Driver & Bus Assistants Recognition Day

Parent Teacher Conference Night - Tuesday October 12th

Please use the link below to schedule an in-person conference with your child's teacher(s). Remember, special area teachers are here as well and welcome a conference,

Volunteer/Visitor Updates

This information is the same across all 3 school levels (elementary, middle, high).

At this time, volunteers/visitors are:

  • Volunteers and visitors are able to support and attend outside evets
  • Volunteers may assist with the flu clinic, vision, and hearing screenings
  • Volunteers may support tasks at the school not directly located in the classroom (making copies, setting up for events, etc.)
  • Guest speakers and assemblies are permitted, but social distancing must take place (possibly having the event outside or by specific grade-level(s) in cafeteria/gym)
  • PTA monthly planning meetings and other parent meetings can be held at the school after school

At this time, volunteers/visitors should not:

  • Attend field trips
  • Eat in the cafeterias with students or be present in the classrooms with students
  • Support classrooms instruction with students and/or support small groups instruction
  • Any PTA/PTO school events should be planned for outside through first quarter. Please refrain from any indoor PTA/PTO events during first quarter.

Please make sure that your volunteer status is active and current. You will be asked to sign in to the volunteer database if you are going to be in the building.

The volunteer training link is:

Message from Mrs. Porter

Hello Sandymount Artists! Prepare your smocks!!

We are beginning some messy projects in Art that you will want to avoid getting your clothes dirty by covering them. A smock can be any extra article of clothing in which mostly covers your school day clothes. (Oversized T shirts are the best!)

If you are unable to arrive at art with a smock on, we do have extras here in the Art Room. However, we’d like to avoid having to share them if possible.

Let the mess commence!

Sandymount Spirit Days

Every Friday will be Sandymount Spirit Day! Please send your student to school wearing any Sandymount shirt or their class color to show their Sandymount Spirit!

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Fun Run - October 14th

Effective October 4th, visitors are now allowed to participate in outside school activities during the school day. That means visitors will be allowed to come and watch students during our Fun Run on October 14th! The Fun Run will take place on the field at Sandymount Park during your child’s special area class time. Please join your child’s class outside on the field. No need to check in at the main office. We will have a visitor’s sign in station set up outside. We look forward to seeing our Sandymount families again!

Fun Run Time & Grade Level

2:00-3:00 ~ KINDERGARTEN

3:00-4:00 ~ GRADE 1

1:00-2:00 ~ GRADE 2

11:30-12:30 ~ GRADE 3

10:30-11:30 ~ GRADE 4

9:30-10:30 ~ GRADE 5

Sandymount PTA

Let the countdown begin! Six days until the Fun Run. It's not too late to register! Can we get the last few classes over the goal line?

Spirit wear was delivered to the classrooms today. Party City has all your color accessories; socks, hats, hair, necklace you name it.

We are still looking for cars to participate in our Trunk or Treat and we would love to have you join and/or volunteer for one of our other opportunities. 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.

Some highlights of Upcoming Events are:

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:

9:00 - School doors open for students

9:25 - Parent drop-off doors close

9:30 - Instruction begins

4:00 - Dismissal

Office Hours 8:00-4:30