Charlesmont Chatter

November 1, 2021

Principal's Message

Happy Fall! It has been wonderful to be face to face with students and to work with our families. The students have made a great transition into the school year. They are are working hard and learning to persevere through challenging work. One way we support perseverance is through building students’ stamina. For example, if your child is reading independently for 5 minutes a day, set a goal to add on 30 seconds to a minute by the end of the week. Every week or so, increase the goal. Once your child reaches their goal, celebrate his/her success! As the cold weather is upon us, we hope that you will support your child in reading at home as a preferred activity.

On Friday, October 15th, we had an amazing turn out for our Fall Fun Festival. Students had fun playing fall games, painting pumpkins and stuffing scarecrows. Parents had the opportunity to learn strategies to support free writing and where they can find resources to extend math learning at home. I encourage parents to find ways to reinforce and connect learning through the home and community environments. This will help our students see the relevance of their learning! We are thankful for the wonderful partnerships we enjoy with our families. You are an important part of the work of our school and your child’s success.

As the holidays are fast approaching, we take time to reflect on all that we are thankful for. We are thankful for the privilege of serving our students and families, face-to-face learning, and the supportive Charlesmont community who are committed to our students' success. Thank you for your continued partnership!

Dawn Hoffmaster, Principal

Maria Henry, Assistant Principal

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Charlesmont ES Wins Grand Prize for the Clean Green 15 Challenge

Charlesmont was the Clean Green 15 Challenge grand prize winner for the 20-21 school year. Our students were part of the efforts to clean up 57,000 pounds of trash in Baltimore County. County Councilman Olzewski, Superintendent Dr. Darryl Williams, and Education Foundation representative, Debbie Phelps presented the school with a check for three thousand dollars to be used for science based instruction in our school. Mrs. Enders leads our school's Green Team and spearheaded trash clean up efforts. She reached out to community business partners to help. We hope you will get in on the action! To log your community trash clean up, go to

School Safety

Keeping our students safe is our first priority. Therefore we ask that you do the following to support a safe arrival and dismissal process at school!

  • Please remember that no cars are allowed in the bus loop during the hour windows of arrival (8:15-9:15 a.m.) and dismissal (3:15-4:15p.m.). Students arriving after 9:00 a.m. must be signed in the front office by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Please remind your child to cross at crosswalks only. Crossing guards are on duty in the morning from 8:30-9:00 a.m. and in the afternoon from 3:30-4:00 p.m
  • Parents picking up students in the carpool line must remain in their cars and wait for an adult to assist students in exiting/entering the car. If a parent needs to get out of their car, they are to park in a parking spot and exercise caution while crossing the lot.
  • Parents waiting for students to walk home should wait in the "Kiss and Go" zones for students so as to keep crowding to a minimum in front of the school.


If your middle or high school student has permission to pick up your elementary child, please have him/her apply for a Grounds Permission Pass in the school office. Students who do not have this special pass should not be on school property during dismissal time (3:15 p.m. until 4:15 p.m.). Students must carry the Special Grounds Pass and have it readily available if requested by a staff member. Middle and/or high school siblings who are unruly, disruptive, or using foul language will have their sibling pass removed and will have their sibling pass revoked and will not be allowed on school grounds. Please review this important information with your child as well as the procedures related to safety during dismissal and arrival as noted in this newsletter. Thank you!

Raptor School Safety

Due to COVID we are limiting visits to school. However, visitors who enter our building must register in the school office immediately upon entering. When you visit our school for the first time, you will be asked to present a government-issued photo ID, or a driver’s license, to a staff member in the school office. The ID will be scanned and the following information will be collected: your photo, your name, and your date of birth. This information will be used to check you in, create an ID badge, and compare your information against sex offender databases throughout the country.

If your name appears on any of the lists or you refuse to allow the school to scan your ID, you will not be allowed access to the school. Please come early to allow time to be scanned and issued an ID. Once you have been cleared by the Raptor Security System, you will receive a Visitor Pass. All visitors must have a Visitor Pass displayed at all times they are in the school building or visiting with classes on school grounds. The safety and security of our students and staff is of the utmost importance.

After you initially have your ID scanned, you will be asked to show your ID on future visits, and your name will be selected from an existing list of previous visitors. You will also be asked to check out with the office staff upon leaving the school so that we know you are no longer in the building. The information collected will not be shared outside of school and is kept on a secure server. Your assistance in keeping our students and school safe is appreciated.

American Education Week: November 15th

BCPS has decided there will be no in-person visitation for AEW due to Covid. They will host online activities and celebrations in honor of the week.


Report cards will be published to the Focus Student Portal at 4 p.m. on Monday, November 22, 2021. Parents will be able to access marking period 1 grades in Focus. If you have not set up access to FOCUS, you can find directions to do so at the following link:

Calendar Corner


10/25-29 (M-F) Red Ribbon Week

10/25-29 (M-F) Fall Book Fair


11/4 (Th) Lifetouch Pictures

11/5 (F) First Marking Period Ends – School Closes at 12:45 p.m.

11/11 (Th) Veterans’ Day School Spirit Day – Wear Red, White and Blue

11/15-11/19 (M-F) American Education Week (Virtual)

11/17 (W) PTA Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

11/19 (F ) Grade Five Turkey Trot Fundraiser – 4:00-5:00 p.m.

11/22 (M) Report Cards Distributed at the end of the school day.

11/23 (T) PS/PK Conference Day – No PS/PK Sessions (Virtual meetings, In-person upon request)

11/24 (W) Elementary Conference Day (Virtual meetings, In-person upon request)School Closed for Elementary Students

11/24 (W) PTA Setting up for Holiday Gift Shop

11/25-26 (Th-F) Thanksgiving Holiday – Schools and Offices Closed

29 (M) First Quarter Celebration

11/29-30 (M, T) Holiday Gift Shop


15 (W) PTA Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

16 (Th) Make-Up Picture Day

23 (Th) Holiday School Spirit Day – Wear a holiday themed outfit.

23 (Th) Christmas/Winter Holiday Begins at the end of the school day.


3 (M) School Reopens

Charlesmont Elementary


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