White Marsh Elementary School
2023 - 2024
Week of November 13 - 17, 2023
Greetings, White Marsh Families!
Our Food Drive continues this week, and will end on Friday. Thank you for your donations! They will go to local food pantries.
This week, we recognize World Diabetes Day on Tuesday. Please consider having your student wear blue on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, the SMCPS Elementary Honor Chorus will present their concert at Leonardtown High School. Congratulations to the fifth grade students representing White Marsh: Annelise, Kate, Kensley, Jayce, Lenox and Callie. We are proud of you!
On Wednesday, students participating in Battle of the Books will meet after school in the Media Center. Students should be picked up at 4:30 at the Media Center exit door.
Friday is White Marsh Spirit Day- students are encouraged to wear their White Marsh shirts, or the color blue!
Have a great week!
Reminder for Car Riders
The Winter Concert is Coming!
Our 3rd grade and 4th and 5th Grade Chorus students will all be performing! This concert will be held in the gym at 10:00. Doors will open at 9:40 am, and guests will enter through the rear gym door. There will be no evening performance.
WMES students will be invited to view the performance at a separate time, and will not be permitted to leave class to attend with family members.
We are looking forward to having an opportunity for our Bears to perform for you!
Food Drive Ends this Week!
The following are general reminders:
SMCPS Instructional Terms and Resources Definitions
1) register to be a SMCPS volunteer
2) attend a WMES Site Based Volunteer Training.
The SMCPS Volunteer information can be found on the WMES Family Links document, and the next WMES Site Based Volunteer Training can be found on the WMES website by accessing the calendar.
Have you Completed the Acceptable Use Agreement for your Student(s)?
Early Sign-outs and Late Arrivals
WMES Family Handbook
WMES Links for Families
Field Trips and Volunteers!
Methods of Communication
There are lots of ways we will communicate with you. Once school begins, you should receive a weekly email with the WMES Smore Newsletter for the week. (It will come on Sunday evenings; contact the Main Office if you don't receive the newsletter.) Be sure to review it every week; it is kept up to date with important information for you and your student. We also communicate via Twitter, and our PTA has a facebook page. If you have not elected to receive texts from SMCPS, please do so! This is our fastest way to communicate in the event of a delayed bus, or other important information. Finally, our teachers also have a variety of ways to communicate with our families; you will receive more information the first week of school.
Chronic Absenteeism: Students are chronically absent when absent 10% or more of the school days while enrolled at that school. For example, a student who is registered to attend a school for 30 days and who is absent 3 of those 30 days is considered chronically absent.
WMES will follow up with chronically absent students through the Pupil Services Team, Pupil Personnel Worker, and the Department of Student Services. In order to reduce the number of our students with Chronic Absenteeism, incentives to encourage good attendance include participation in the Bear Crawl, Running Club, and School Dance.
SMCPS Text Alerts are a great way to get information quickly. They are not sent often, and usually only in the event of an unexpected school delay or closure. On occasion, WMES will send a text alert about a late bus, substitute bus, or school event. Click the link for information about registering for text alerts.
White Marsh Elementary School
Location: 29090 Thompson Corner Road, Mechanicsville, MD, USA