Lansdowne Elementary School

November Newsletter ~ 2020

Principal's Monthly Message

Dear Lansdowne Families ~ It's hard to believe November is here and Thanksgiving Break is less than three weeks away. First quarter is also coming to a close on Friday, November 13th. Report cards will be available for viewing via BCPSOne on Monday, November 30th. As we reflect on this first quarter I continue to commend the outstanding and tireless efforts of the Lansdowne staff, students and families. We could not do this without each other!

As always we look forward to connecting with your child each and everyday. Students are expected to log on everyday, synchronous or asynchronous days to participate in the morning class meeting beginning at 8:45am. This allows time for students to connect with each other, build relationships and be prepared for the rest of the days learning.

We appreciate all efforts to ensure asynchronous classwork is completed and submitted for teachers to review. The timely completion of student work allows teachers to provide responsive feedback, monitor student understanding of skills, and opportunities for resubmission as needed. Make sure to connect with your child's teacher and/or check on Schoology for any outstanding assignments, as well access excellent resources to support learning.

The falling back of our clocks and the cool, crisp air reminds us that we are entering the season of giving thanks. Especially this year as so many of us have and continue to encounter hardships. It is so important to take time to be thankful for the moments, people and memories we hold most dear.

Here at Lansdowne there is much to be thankful: hard-working, responsible students, supportive parents and families, and a faculty all working together to make Lansdowne the best it can be!


Be well,

Principal McBride

November Calendar

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Scholastic Book Fair is Coming!

Students will have an opportunity to participate in the Scholastic Book Fair beginning Friday, November 20th - Thursday, December 3rd. Boys and girls will have a preview and will be given more specific shopping information when they visit Mrs. Lynch, Library Media Specialist.

Our book fair will be virtual this year, however we hope that you and your child can still participate and dive into a new book(s) together. Spread the LOVE of reading!

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Penguine Patch Holiday Shoppe

The Lansdowne PTA's Penguin Patch is still open! To shop please visit and choose "Lansdowne Elementary-Lansdowne, MD" after typing our school into the box. Shipping is free for orders of $25 or more, and 10% of your purchase will support our LES PTA!

You can shop until Monday, November 16th. Enjoy!

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First In Math

What is First In Math?

• Our school chose this outstanding educational tool to help students practice and master mathematics skills.

• Your child may log on to the First In Math® website with their User ID & Password at any time, on any device with Internet access.

Why use First In Math?

• First in Math® online activities increase problem-solving and critical-thinking abilities, and boost basic math skills.

• Children using this website show consistent improvement in math scores—from those needing to advance their skills to the top students.

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Mental Health Moments

Please join us for our monthly Parent Informational Sessions. These sessions will center around Mental Health and Personal Wellness. Sessions align with the monthly themes and read aloud segments provided to our students. Helpful information and tools will be provided for you as an adult and also how to support your child.

Hope to see you Thursday, November 19th via Google Meet @6pm-7pm.

Monthly Themes & Student Read Aloud Segments

Read Aloud Monthly Themes

November – Coping with Anxiety/Worrying

December – Growth Mindset

January – Making Good Choices

Read Aloud Book Choices

Ms. West:

November Coping with Anxiety/Worrying – The Whatifs 11/20/20

December – Growth Mindset – Giraffes Can’t Dance 12/18/20

January – Making good choices – What Would Danny Do? 1/22/21

Ms. Martin:

November – Coping with Anxiety/Worrying - Don't feed the Worry Bug 11/13/20

December – Growth Mindset - (I'll get a book when I go into the building on 10/28) 12/11/20

January – Making Good Choices - Do Unto Otters - A Book about Manners 1/15/21

Ms. Muise, Social Worker

November – Coping with Anxiety/Worrying – Wilma Jean the Worry Machine 11/6/20

December – Growth Mindset – Jabari Jumps 12/4/20

January – Making good choices – What If Everybody Did That? 1/8/21

The Choices I Make 1/29/21

Read Alouds will be posted via Dojo Friday mornings at 9A.M.

American Education Week ~ Parent University Schedule of Events

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How to check on missing assignments?

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Seven Facts for Understanding Attendance in BCPS Virtual Classroom Environment

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Accessing the Language Line for Translation Services

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