The Wellwood Globe

Wellwood International May 2021

From the Principal's Desk

Greeting Wellwood Families,


How can it be the middle of May already? It’s hard to believe this is the final newsletter of the school year, and my final newsletter as Wellwood's Principal. As you can imagine, I am filled with many emotions. I am truly going to miss the students, families, and staff at Wellwood. The past five years have been an amazing experience! It has been an honor to be a part of Wellwood's transformation from International Baccalaureate candidacy, to becoming an authorized IB World School.


As previously shared with families, I am excited that Mrs. Alkire will be stepping in as the new principal at the beginning of July. Please be on the lookout for opportunities to meet Mrs. Alkire over the summer and into the fall.


As you make plans for your summer, please include the reading program from the Baltimore County Public Library. Students need to keep reading all summer to maintain reading skills. Additionally, BCPS will be offering Summer Hike again to our students. This is a wonderful way to help keep skills sharp over the summer! More information will be shared soon.



I wish you well!


Mrs. O’Neill

Principal

Upcoming Events


May 31st Memorial Day- Schools and Offices Closed

June 2nd Instructional Day to Make Up Monday, 5/31 (Follow Monday's Schedule)

June 9th Summer Reading Kickoff 10:00- 11:00 AM

June 16th 5th Grade Farewell Ceremony at Wellwood

June 21st Wellwood Dismisses 3 Hours Early

June 22nd Last Day of School! Wellwood Dismisses 3 Hours Early

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From Our School Nurse

As you think about next school year, please see this link to access BCPS health forms for the 2021- 2022 school year.


Students Health Forms

Special Education Corner

Happy May to Wellwood! From the BCPS Special Education Resource Center (443- 809-5443) and your Wellwood special education liaison to the PTA Aviva Goldman (aviva.goldman@gmail.com & call and text 718-877-2758).: Be in touch!

Hand in Hand Spring Edition

The spring 2021 edition of the Hand in Hand newsletter is out and chock full of resources and information! Take a look and share widely throughout your communities.

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The Spring 2021 SERC FREE Parent Webinar Schedule is out! See below and register today.

Week of May 17:

Behavior Management at Home

Presented by Tana Hope, Ph.D. The Child and Family Therapy Clinic, Department of Behavioral Psychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute

May 20, 2021 7:00-8:30 PM REGISTER

OR

May 22, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM REGISTER

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Special Education Parent Involvement Survey

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD! YOUR OPINION MATTERS!

Parents or guardians of children receiving special education and related services will be mailed the Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement Survey from the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services during the week of February 8, 2021. Parents are asked to complete the survey and return it in the postage paid envelope by May 21, 2021. The survey may also be completed online. Please look for details in your survey packet. Your feedback will help guide efforts to improve special education and related services in your local school system. Your voice can make a real difference for your child and many other children across the state of Maryland. To learn more, please visit https://www.mdparentsurvey.com.

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Are you struggling with figuring out how to help your kids adjust as our society slowly starts to return to work, school and socializing? Check out this quick read from the PBS News Hour How to help your kids break out of their pandemic bubble and transition back to being with others.

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Summer is just around the corner! Many camps are making plans for in-person programs with COVID safety precautions in place. Our summer camp list is a great place to start when you are researching ways to keeps your kids active and engaged this summer.

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LISS FUNDING

The Developmental Disabilities Administration’s Low Intensity Support Services (LISS) Program serves children living at home with their family and adults with developmental disabilities living in their own home in the community who are not receiving any support services from the DDA. The LISS program goal is to ensure that children and adults with developmental disabilities live happy, healthy, independent lives while being integrated into their communities across their lifespan. Below are just a few highlights:

· It is flexible to meet the needs of children as they grow and adults as they mature across their lifespan. And;

· Provides up to $2000 to assist eligible children and adults with developmental disabilities with purchasing eligible services and/or items to address their needs. And;

· Enhances or improves the quality of life, for eligible children and adults with developmental disabilities as well as promotes independence and community integration.

The next round of LISS funding applications will be open from May 1 through June 30 with random selection taking place on July 15. For more information click here.








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Community Bulletin Board

It is important for all of us to stay connected! The following groups are continuing to offer virtual support groups and activities for students and parent alike.

· Athletes Serving Athletes

· Chesapeake Down Syndrome Parent Group

· Baltimore Chesapeake Chapter Autism Society of America

· Special Olympics Maryland

· KEEN Greater DC-Baltimore

· Pathfinders for Autism

· The Parents' Place of Maryland

· The Image Center

· Spirit Club Fitness for All

· Maryland Coalition of Families

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BCPS Calming Rooms

During overwhelming times in our life, it's important to find ways to relax and cope. The BCPS virtual calming room is a space that has been designed for students, families, and staff to identify and implement tools and strategies for navigating emotions and feelings.

​​The BCPS virtual calming room is broken down into seven categories: Animals, Books and Games, Creative, Mindfulness and Movement, Resources, Sensory, and Virtual Tours.


The BCPS virtual calming room is a result of collaborative efforts by the Mind Over Matters Campaign workgroup, Mental Health Services, Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), and the Office of Psychological Services.


You can access the Calming Room by clicking on this link.

Global Kids
Wellwood International School Showcase

About Us


Our Mission


Wellwood International strives to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring students in an engaging, rigorous and multi-cultural environment to instill inter-cultural understanding and respect.


Our Vision


Empowering inquiring minds to change the world.



Principal
Mrs. Jodi O'Neill

Assistant Principal Mr. Paradis


Other Important Numbers:

Office:410-887-1212

School FAX: 410-887-1213

Guidance: 410-887-1212

Nurse:410-602-0642