Norwood News

Thursday, April 7th, 2022

Latest news & events for Norwood ES of Baltimore County Public Schools available in written (Smores) & video (YouTube) form, published every 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month!

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Important Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, April 11th through Monday, April 18th: All schools are closed for Spring Break (students return Tuesday, April 19th)
  • Friday, April 22nd: Norwood Spring Picture Day
  • Monday, April 25th: Q3 Report cards distributed & available in FOCUS


      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, and no early pickup after 2:55pm)

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

      Newsletter Callbacks!

      Suggested reads & resources from previous newsletters:


      • 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 & explanation of excused absence, late arrival, & early dismissal policies (click here for a NEW YouTube video)

      Norwood Spring Picture Day Envelopes are here

      We finally received envelopes from Lifetouch for Spring pictures and they will be sent home in students’ yellow folders after Spring Break on Tuesday, April 19th. Reminder notices were sent home this week on Wednesday, April 6th, with all the pertinent information as seen below. Families will be able to purchase new individual pictures for their children, except all picture packages now will include a class picture with their teacher. The same exact procedure for ordering pictures will be followed from the Fall, where you either order online using a special Picture ID from the envelope, or manually by filling out the envelope & turning it in with money on the actual picture day. As always, purchases with LifeTouch are not mandatory. All students should come dressed their best since everyone will have a picture taken for student records regardless of whether the family purchases a package. Feel free to watch this video below if you are new to pictures or want a refresher on how to order.


      Date: Friday, April 22nd, 2022

      Online Ordering Picture ID: EVTVVBSNK

      Online Ordering Website: www.mylifetouch.com

      BCPS Student Picture Day Ordering Explained

      March Coffee & Conversation Wrap-up

      Mr. Castro and Mr. Jeremiah would like to thank everyone who came out to participate in our March Coffee & Conversation session in person, which was also our first in-person parent event since schools shut down in March 2020. The topic was how parents can become more involved at the school, where we discussed how to become a parent volunteer, participation in the drafting of the School Progress Plan, the potential formation of a PTA/PTO at Norwood, asking what new or previous events families would like to see held at the school, and Mr. Jermiah gave an important update on the Community School Initiative.


      Click on the link below for a 1 page bilingual takeaway guide (in English & Spanish) that summarizes the key points of the meeting with helpful links & resources. Anyone, regardless of whether you attended or not, is welcome to review the takeaway guide. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the school at 443-809-7055 if you are interested in anything that was covered during the session.


      Takeaway Resource | Guía de Referencia

      Local Summer Theater Program for children

      The Children's Playhouse of Maryland is a local non-profit that offers theater-based workshops and summer programs for children 18 yo and under. They need your help! Like many other businesses, the COVID pandemic has taken its toll on the program and they are in need participants! If your child cannot participate or is simply not interested, you are always welcome to click here and still show your support by making a donation via your PayPal account.


      The upcoming summer performance workshop of The Music Man Jr is open to all area children ages 6 - 15 and will run July 18th - August 5th, 2002 at the CCBC Essex campus (7201 Rossville Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21237). The program will run daily, Mon - Fri, from 9:30am - 4pm and costs $650. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration. Food will not be provided, so participants will need to arrive already having had breakfast as well as bring lunch from home. Click here to register, and if you have additional questions, you can email: cpm@ccbcmd.edu

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      Please turn in updated health forms

      The results from the vision and hearing school screenings came in last month. Only if they did not pass hearing, vision, or both should a form have been sent home in your child’s yellow folder. Please take the form to their doctor and have them evaluated. Their doctor can refer them as needed to a specialist. After the doctor or specialist sees your child, please ask them to fill in the bottom part of the form and return it to the school in the student's yellow folder.


      We would also like a copy of any updated annual physical exam reports, as well as a report from your child's latest 6-month dental cleaning. Please call the nurse at 443-809-6029 if you have any questions.

      Aliza Brandwine Center (ABC) Program Update 2021-2022

      The Aliza Brandwine Center (ABC) has some new openings during some of its Friday classes here at Norwood Elementary. This program is a parent-child school readiness class for children ages 0-5 (meaning that a parent or caregiver attends the class with the student). Classes meet once a week for 90 minutes. During class you will participate with your child in activities, such as play time, learning stations, circle time, arts/crafts, and songs/dancing. Check below for the current openings:


      9:00am-10:30am = Openings

      10:50am-12:20pm = No Openings

      1:40pm-3:10pm = Openings


      Mask wearing is now optional for adults & children ages 2 and up. To set up a registration appointment, please email Ms. Pohlman at bpohlman@bcps.org, or contact the school and let us know you are interested so that Ms. Pohlman can reach back out to you.

      April Math unit overviews for families

      Here are the monthly Math unit overviews 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 skills via English Language Arts (ELA). These unit overviews are simply 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

      Registration for new PK & KG students in 2022-2023

      For those families who are interested in applying to register a new student in pre-kindergarten or who need to register for kindergarten for the upcoming school year, we will hold registration events to assist families on Thursday April 21, Friday May 13, and Tuesday June 7. Please refer to the information below to check eligibility:


      • Your child must be 4 years old on or before September 1st, 2022 to be age-eligible for pre-kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year
      • Your child must be 5 years old on or before September 1st, 2022 to be age-eligible for kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year


      For additional questions, do not hesitate to call the front office at 443-809-7055.

      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.