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The Montebello School Newsletter: May 2023

Principal's Message

Montebello Community,

We are fast approaching the end of SY 2022-2023, our centennial year of service to the Baltimore City community. We have many things to celebrate and look forward to in the remaining weeks of school. We are preparing for our closing exercises for our Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 5th Grade and 8th Grade Scholars. We will be celebrating their accomplishments and academic achievements as they transition into the next phase of their education.

We are firmly in the middle of our assessment calendar and our students are taking MCAP in Mathematics and English Language Arts as well as curriculum assessments. It is important that students attend regularly so that they can acquire the information necessary to do well on the assessments. Our testing window goes through the month of May, ending on May 26, 2023. All testing and make-up testing must be complete by that date.

Montebello will be hosting two (2) major events in the upcoming weeks for students and families. On Friday, May 12, 2023 we will have "Montebello Day" a carnival type activity day with games, food and fun. Students will rotate out by grade bands and enjoy the activities we have scheduled. Families are welcome to participate during their students' time outside. The next event is Montebello's Cultural Night, sponsored by the Cultural Affairs Committee. We want to celebrate the cultural diversity of our school community. They have planned a night of cultural awareness activities, food, and music that is designed to make our students and families aware of the beauty of diversity. This event is open to families and the community on Friday, May 19, 2023.

Schools in the United States acknowledge educators the week of May 8, 2023 for Teacher Appreciation Week. Send your teachers a thank you note for all of the wonderful things they do for our students. Our teachers are dedicated to ensuring that our students receive the comprehensive education they deserve each day. When you see your teacher thank them.

Finally, it continues to be the ultimate honor to be principal of Montebello Elementary Middle School. Our goal is to provide the Montebello community a learning experience and environment that is world class because our students and families deserve it. Thank you for partnering with us in creating the school that WE want.

Dolphin Pride,

Troy K. Mitchell, Principal

Montebello's Core Value of the Month

May Core Value - Justice

A just person treats others as he or she would like to be treated; displays self-control; and is concerned with the well being of others.

City Schools Family Survey

Each year Baltimore City Public Schools offers families and community members an opportunity to share their feedback about the schools their students attend. Montebello is dedicated to being responsive to families and welcome your insight on where we can improve. Please use the link below to share your feedback.

At Risk for Chronic Absence (ARCA)

ARCA is defined as any student who has missed 10% or more of the possible school days. This is a floating % based on the school day. (i.e. School day 80 / 8 absences = ARCA , School day 90 / 8 absences not ARCA). Students who miss 18 or more days at any point in the school year are identified as ARCA. We will continue to reach out to parents of students who have consecutive day absences or 3 or more days absent in a week to help identify barriers to attendance. The attendance team is also working on ways to address our attendance issues.

Student Safety

Parents we value our students' safety utmost. We are asking that during drop off and pick up that you follow all traffic and parking rules. In the morning and afternoon 32nd Street is a congested throughway. We have citizens who are speeding down the road and not paying attention as our students are crossing the street. Please do not double park on the street or park in the bus loading and unloading zones. There is parking on the front side of the school and also a parking lot on Curran drive. Parking enforcement will be giving citations to cars that are parking illegally and creating a safety hazard.
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Montebello's Earth Day Activities

Kindergarten Enoch Pratt Trip

Superhero Day

Closing Exercises

Closing exercises for Montebello Scholars 2023

8th Grade - Monday, June 5, 2023 (2500 E. Northern Parkway)

Pre-Kindergarten - Thursday, June 8, 2023 (Montebello Gymnasium)

Kindergarten - Thursday, June 8, 2023 (Montebello Gymnasium)

5th Grade - Friday, June 9, 2023 (Montebello Gymnasium)

Details will be forthcoming (i.e. colors, times, themes) from the individual grade level teams. Be on the lookout through Dojo and flyers mailed home.

Orange Wednesday's

We have resumed "Orange Wednesdays" at Montebello. This is a way to show some hometown pride in our Baltimore Orioles. Please feel free to allow students to wear Orioles paraphernalia on Wednesdays throughout the end of the year. If you or your student is not a fan of the Baltimore Orioles they can wear the jersey or shirt of the team they like or their own jersey if they are a member of a team.

School ID Cards

Montebello has instituted the use of identification cards for all students. These ID cards are being used to issue late passes in the morning to speed up the process. We will eventually use these to track student class attendance and tardiness for Middle School. Please make sure that your scholar has their ID cards with them daily.
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Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP)

Montebello began English Language Arts (MCAP) testing the week of April 17th for all students in grades 3-8 and Mathematics (MCAP) testing began the week of April 28th. It is important that students attend school daily and on time for this assessment. Please encourage your student to take the assessment seriously and to do their best on the test. We will be doing reviews in school and continuing to teach but your support at home is a must. Ask your students what they are learning and ask to see their notebooks. These scores ultimately impact student opportunities in the future (i.e. Middle School Choice). Help us write the narrative of what Montebello students can do.
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Montebello's Daisy Girl Scouts

Is your Kindergarten or First Grade scholar interested in becoming a Daisy Girl Scout. If so, please join the Zoom Interest Meeting being held on Wednesday, March 1st from 6pm to 7pm.

What: Montebello's Daisy Girl Scouts Troop #4315

Who: Girls aged 5-7

When: 1st Monday of the Month from 2:45pm to 3:45pm

Where: Mrs. Whites Classroom

Why: To help you girls develop courage, character and confidence.

Cost: $38 for yearly membership and $23 for Tunic

For more information, please contact Troop Leader, Mrs. White @ or call 667.895.7102

Daisy Interest form click here

Get Involved!

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Parent Teacher Organization Meeting (PTO)

The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is a supportive and advisory body that supports school initiatives. The meetings are every second Wednesday of the month. Meetings begin at 5:45 pm. We need your input! Your voice matters!

School Family Council Meeting (SFC)

Montebello hosts their monthly SFC meetings on the third Wednesday of each month. The SFC is an advisory organization that supports the implementation of the School Performance Plan as well as the school's mission and vision. Meetings begin promptly at 6 pm. Please be part of the solution and help us create the school you want to see.

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Key Dates - May/June 2023

May 8-12, 2023- Teacher Appreciation Week

May 12, 2023- Montebello Day

May 17-18, 2023- Quarter 4 Progress Report Distribution Window

May 17, 2023- Early Release Day (11:30am Dismissal)

May 29, 2023- Memorial Day- Schools Close

June 5, 2023- 8th Grade Closing Exercises (2500 E. Northern Pkwy)

June 7, 2023- Early Release Day for Students (11:30am Dismissal)

June 8, 2023- Pre-Kindergarten Closing Exercises (Montebello Gymnasium)

June 8, 2023 - Kindergarten Closing Exercises (Montebello Gymnasium)

June 9, 2023- 5th Grade Closing Exercises (Montebello Gymnasium)

June 13, 2023- Last day of school for students and teachers.