Norwood News

Thursday, January 13th, 2022

Our community is a community of superstars! Here are some updates as we work to bring out the best in our students and help everyone reach for the stars!

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Important Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, January 17th: All BCPS schools are closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Friday, January 21st: Makeup Picture Day
  • Friday, January 21st: End of 2nd Marking Period - All BCPS Schools close 3 hrs early


      School hours = 8:20am arrival / 8:35am late bell / 3:20pm dismissal (no drop-off prior to 8:20am as there is no supervision outside before then)

      PK Schedule: AM session (8:35am - 11:05am); PM session (12:50pm - 3:20pm)

      Newsletter Callbacks!

      Suggested reads & resources from previous newsletters:


      • 12/21/21: COVID vaccine information for children & adults
      • 12/02/21: Where to check for school closures & early dismissals
      • 10/21/21: Updating emergency contacts & student pickup manually
      • 10/08/21: Absentee note template in English & Spanish for parents, explanation of tardiness & excused absence policies

      Student Picture Distribution and Makeup Picture Day

      Student pictures from December 3rd have arrived at Norwood and were sent home via students’ yellow take-home folders on Wednesday, January 12th. Please contact the school if you were expecting an order but did not received your prints.


      Our makeup picture day is scheduled for Friday, January 21st. Only those students who were not present in December for the original date or had problems with their order can take advantage the makeup date. The previous picture day ID will NOT work for the makeup day on January 21st. New envelopes for the makeup day are available at the front office, so feel free to ask for one or contact the school to request that one be sent home. Online orders for December 3rd that were not fulfilled due to student absences will transfer automatically for January 21st. Online ordering information is available below; please watch the video if you're unfamiliar with how to order any student pictures, which are not mandatory.


      Online Orders, visit: www.myLifeTouch.com

      Picture ID for Makeup Picture Day: EVT4CPFZS

      BCPS Student Picture Day Ordering Explained

      Coffee & Conversation: January Preview

      Our Coffee & Conversation session for January will take place on Wednesday, January 26th, from 12pm - 1pm. Our counselor, Ms. Powell, will be presenting information on the Growth Mindset. There will be a giveaway for all who attend! Please remember that for now, our Coffee & Conversations remain virtual meetings. You can join using your student's BCPS credentials via Google Meet with the meeting code: norwoodfamilies.

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      Updated Information for Winter Baseball Camp

      Certain information has now been updated with regards to the Gray Charles Thresher’s Baseball Winter Camp that was discussed in the 2nd newsletter of December 2021. With the changing weather, if you’re looking for something to keep your child active, consider enrolling him or her in this program! Registration has actually been open since the beginning of the school year. The camp will now start on January 16th, running every Sunday in January and February from 12-2pm for students ages 3–15 years old. Cost is only $45! Since games will be held indoors at the gym in Stricker Middle School, please do not have your child wear cleats (regular athletic shoes only). To register, simply send an email to gcthreshers2020@gmail.com and ask for more information. You will need to provide a copy of your child’s birth certificate, either electronically or in-person, by the 1st game if your child has never participated in this baseball camp previously.

      Autism Information Sessions & Resources for Students & Families

      Very similar to Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), much has been learned about autism and other spectrum disorders in recent years compared to just 10 or 15 years ago. There are many school and community based support groups, as well as general resources available to students and families with autism. Some resources are general enough to be applicative to all, regardless of whether or not you even have a child with an official diagnosis. For those who are interested, feel free to explore the Pathfinders to Autism organization and the multitude of support they offer to families with children of autism. Pathfinders to Autism is not BCPS affiliated, but they do occasionally partner with local schools and frequently offer events like the upcoming informational workshop on January 19th titled, “My Child Was Just Diagnosed With Autism: Now What?” For more information, visit https://pathfindersforautism.org.

      COVID-19 Test Kits Available from BCPL & County Health Centers

      COVID-19 Rapid Test kits continue to be provided to all Baltimore County Health Centers and are available for pickup between 9am - 4pm as long as they are available (feel free to call ahead to check availability). They are also available at any vaccine clinic sponsored by the Baltimore County Government, which can be found by clicking here. You should also check the Baltimore County Public Library facebook (www.facebook.com/bcplonline) and twitter pages (@bcplinfo) for when they announce testing kit giveaways on specific days & times at their branches. If you are interested in picking up a free testing kit to use as needed, click here to be taken to a list of county health centers and select the one nearest you. In our particular community, the closest health centers are:

      Dundalk Health Center

      7700 Dunmanway

      Baltimore, Maryland 21222

      Phone: 410-887-7182


      Eastern Family Resource Center

      9150 Franklin Square Drive

      Baltimore, Maryland 21237

      Phone: 410-887-6452

      January Math Unit Overviews for Families


      Here are the Math unit overviews for January by grade level, in English and Spanish. The first newsletter of the month will focus on Math while the second newsletter of the month will cover reading & writing via English Language Arts (ELA). This month was an exception since we only had 1 newsletter due to all the recent closures and delays. As always, these unit overviews are useful tools for the family to look over together and help manage expectations for your child prior to starting a new unit.


      Kindergarten | Kinder

      English | Español


      Grade 1 | Grado 1

      English | Español


      Grade 2 | Grado 2

      English | Español


      Grade 3 | Grado 3

      English | Español

      January Southeast Area Education Advisory Council Meeting


      The Southeast Area Education Advisory Council is one of 5 regional councils that are appointed by the Board of Education to obtain input from their respective community. This month’s meeting is an information session to help parents understand all about Magnet Programs (what they are, where they’re offered, how you apply, etc.). The meeting will be held through Zoom with connection information and other pertinent information included in the flyer below. Everyone is welcome to attend! To connect to the meeting, please use to the following information.


      Meeting Link: https://tinyurl.com/3ty2r9vw

      Meeting ID: 817 9561 5037

      Password: p204L5

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      CCBC Family Literacy ESOL Program for Spring 2022

      In October we had shared information for the Winter 2022 term, and now this is for the upcoming Spring 2022 term. The Family Literacy ESOL Program for non-native English-speaking parents is designed to help them learn English language skills for life, work, and to help with their child’s education. The parent must have a child 0–16 years old living in the home and enrolled in a Baltimore County Public School, the Judy Center of Baltimore County or Baltimore County Head Start program.


      Parents in our area interested in enrolling for this FREE course need to register in-person at one of five locations around Baltimore County. The closest registration locations, as noted in the flyer below, are the North Point Library Community Room in Dundalk or a classroom within Hawthorne Elementary School in Middle River. Classes will be held twice a week with time slots available in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Please click below for more information via the program flyer.

      CCBC Family Literacy Program Flyer

      January Message from the School Nurse

      Amidst rising anxiety with the surge in COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant, Nurse Debbie wants to remind everyone of a few key points to help stay on top of the situation at home:


      • Students who show any signs of illness should STAY HOME! Call the nurse (443-809-6029) to find out when they can return.

      • COVID-19 tests should NOT be taken right away, but rather, after 1-2 days of illness. Tests taken too soon tend to show false negatives.

      • Children should be drinking plenty of fluids to stay hydrated in addition to eating and sleeping well. Exercise is great, so have them go outside and be active!

      • There are lots of jackets and hoodies in the lost and found at the Health Suite. Please have students check with the nurse if they do not have adequate cold weather gear.

      About Us

      Norwood Elementary School is a Title I STEM School within the Baltimore County Public School system. We are located in Dundalk, MD, and we strive for all of our superstars to reach their fullest potential in our ever-changing 21st century world.


      If you have any questions regarding any of the information on this newsletter, please contact David Castro (Norwood School to Community Coordinator) at dcastro@bcps.org, or by calling his direct line at 443-809-1505.