CONOWINGO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 471 Rowlandsville Road Conowingo, MD 21918 410-996-6040 410-658-6673 410-996-6059 (Fax) website: www.ccps.org/cono Thomas A. Marinelli Principal Karen Adair Assistant Principal Everyone is receiving a paper copy of this newsletter. Email distribution lists will soon be completed. October is National Bully/Harassment Prevention Month! Oct 3 – Grade 5 to Rising Sun for Civil War Re-Enactment Dec 10 – Winter Concert 6:00-7:00pm Oct 10 – Grade 3 field trip to North Bay Dec 12 – Grade 1 to Dutch Apple Theater Oct 13 – PTO Meeting, 4:00pm in Media Center Dec 12 – PTO Holiday Sing-A-Long, times TBD Oct 15 – Visit from Water Witch Fire Company, 10:30am Dec 22 through Jan 2 – Schools Closed for Winter Holiday Oct 15 – School picture make up day CLOSED Oct 17 – Schools CLOSED for students & 10 month employees Jan 9 – Inclement weather make-up day – if not used, schools Oct 21 – Grade 5D & 5M to Fair Hill Nature Center CLOSED for students and 10 month employees Oct 22 – Unity Day! Wear orange Jan 19 – Schools CLOSED for MLK, Jr.’s Birthday Oct 22 – PTO Trick-or-Treat Night @ school - more info to come Jan 23 – End of 2nd MP Oct 24 – 5Ray to Fair Hill Nature Center Jan 23 – PTO PJ Reading Party Oct 28 – End of 1st Marking Period (MP) Jan 26 – Professional Day, schools CLOSED for students Oct 29 – 2nd MP Begins Jan 27 – 3rd MP Begins Oct 31 – Kindergarten to Whoa Nellie Farm in Rising Sun Feb 2 – 2nd MP report cards issued Feb 23 – 3rd MP Interim Period begins Nov 3 – Professional Day, School CLOSED for students Feb 25 – Grade 3 to Herr’s Snack Factory Nov 4 – General Election Day, Schools CLOSED for students Mar 2 – 3rd MP Interims issued & 10 month employees Nov 6 – Report Cards Issued Mar 30 & 31 – Grade 4 to Fair Hill Nature Center Nov 10 – PTO Meeting, 4:00pm in Media Center Apr 1 – Spring Picture Day Nov 17 – Turkey Day! Sign-ups coming home soon Apr 2 – Schools CLOSED for students & 10 month staff, if not Nov 25 – 2nd MP Interim Period ends used for inclement weather. Nov 26 – Schools CLOSED for students & 10 month employees Apr 3 & 6 – Schools CLOSED for Spring Holiday Nov 27 & Nov 28 – Schools CLOSED Apr 10 – Grade 2 to Hagley Museum, Wilmington, DE Dec 8 – 2nd MP interims issued CCPS/Conowingo Calendar Information CCPS has a new “live” calendar for all school news, events and closures in the county. This “live” calendar is up-to-date and contains all Conowingo Elementary events as well as school closures and other events in all CCPS schools. Here’s how to access this new calendar: Go to www.ccps.org Click on “school calendar” A Google calendar comes up reflecting all CCPS news & events currently posted for the school year. Check it out! NURSE NOTES Please remember Have students wash hands frequently! Especially after using the restroom. Ensure they cough into elbows, not hands. Do not send your child to school if s/he has a fever. They may return after 24 hours of being fever free without the use of medication. If your child is vomiting or has diarrhea, please keep them home. This year our school will continue to showcase our students' artwork on Artsonia, the online student art museum! Photographs of your student's artwork can be uploaded to the museum where you can share it with your family and friends. You can purchase beautiful gifts in the online gift shop with your student's artwork printed on it, and 20% of the Flu Mist! proceeds will return to our school to The flu mist will be administered on support the art program. Permission Oct 23rd to students with permission packets on file with Nurse Linda. These will be sent home soon. If you have any questions, please contact Nurse Linda at [email protected] or 410.658.6673 or 410.996.6040 slips will be sent home soon to those families that have not already given permission for their student's artwork to be put online. ~ School Hours~ ~ School hours for students in K-5~ 9:00am—3:40pm, M,T,Th,F 9:00am—2:00pm, W ~School hours for AM PreK~ ABSENCES Remember! If your child is out sick or has a doctor or dental appointment, please send in a physician or parent note. This will ensure your child’s absence is marked “excused”. Also, if you are planning to take your child out of school for a family vacation, please send in a letter or email informing us of the dates your child will miss school. The principal can approve up to 5 days and the teacher can prepare missed work. Thank you! 9:00am—11:50am, M,T,Th,F 9:00am—11:00am, W ~School hours for PM PreK~ 12:50pm—3:40pm, M,T,Th,F 12:00pm—2:00pm, W ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The school office is open from 8:00am—4:30pm. Mrs. Jennifer Drennen, Lead Secretary, [email protected] Mrs. Edith Lidy, 10 Month Secretary, [email protected] Mrs. Beverly Peschek, Office Asst [email protected] Cafeteria Personnel are here from 8:00am to 1:45pm Families First For the 2014/2015 school year, Mrs. Dawn Reed, School Counselor will be conducting a 30-minute parenting workshop at 8:15 am on the first Tuesdays of every month beginning October 7, 2014. 1st Tuesday of Month All Pro Dad is Family First’s innovative and unique program for every father. We strive to help fathers become passionate about their role in their family’s life. We strive daily to provide them every resource needed to rightly train up their children and give them a hopeful future. Our aim is to interlock the hearts of the fathers with their children and as a byproduct the hearts of the children with their dads. All Pro Dad 10/7, 12/2, 2/3, 4/7 1st Tuesday of the following Month iMOM is an innovative, interactive resource for mothers of all ages who seek to build lasting, meaningful relationships with their children. iMOM’s mission is to support and inspire mothers as they raise their children to be wise, healthy, purpose-minded, and relationally-focused individuals. The program provides a unique, multimedia approach, which includes: I Mom 11/11, 1/6, 3/3, 5/5 Other Dates to Remember: October 24-30 Red Ribbon Week November 19, 2014 2:00pm Parent Personal Safety Meeting. October 24 “Paws-ing to Appreciate Pets with Pennies” Red Ribbon Day Donations will be collected all of Red Ribbon Week for the Cecil County SPCA. October 27 “Anything Is Paws-ible When You Are Drug Free” Students will wear mismatched socks. October 28 “Paws-itively Drug Free” Students will be designing posters with a PAWS theme. These will be judged by grade and prizes awarded. October 29 “Cubs Show Good Character By Being Drug Free” Wear Cub shirts or Conowingo colors of blue and white. October 30 “No Bones About It - I Am Drug Free” Students will be creating Bone Shaped Book Marks October 31 “The Paws-ibilities Are Endless When You Are Drug Free” Students will wear mismatched clothing. Each class will be tallying student and adult participation in all activities. There will be a prize awarded to the class with the highest number of participants for the daily activity. Besides monetary donations we also can use a variety of items that can help the shelter and staff be the best they can be! See if you can help with any of the following. Blankets, Towels & Beds Leashes & Collars Toys Liquid Laundry Detergent Bleach Dawn Dish Detergent Animal Food & Treats Animal Carriers & Cages Updates from our Principal, Mr. Marinelli CCPS guidelines specify that if you, as the legal parent or guardian, would like someone other than yourself to pick up your child from school on any given day, you must notify the school ahead of time by phone, note or email. Even if that individual is listed on your child’s emergency data card, you still must contact the office first. Folks listed on the emergency data card are only called by school personnel if we have been unable to reach the parent or legal guardian and your child is sick, missed their bus, or for some other reason, needs to be picked up from school immediately. Photo ID is required when picking students up, including parents and legal guardians. Additionally, all emergency data cards must be signed by the legal parent or guardian. They cannot be signed by stepparents, boyfriends, girlfriends, grandparents, etc. We are sorry for any inconvenience these guidelines may cause but CCPS’s first priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of all students. There are many different family dynamics, including custody situations that can change. If applicable, please be sure the school office has up-to-date court custody orders on your child. Otherwise, both parents listed on the child’s birth certificate will be granted equal access to the child. Mrs. Drennen is continuing to work on the email sign-up list for parents and guardians who would like to receive newsletters and other notifications via email. Until that process is complete, everyone will continue to receive paper notifications of news and events. If you need another sign-up sheet, please contact Mrs. Drennen at 410.996.6040 or [email protected] Mrs. Peschek continues to update the Family Share List. Since we can’t hand out invitations and other personal information The Family Share List enables us to share your contact information for birthday parties, play dates and so forth. If you need another copy of the sign-up sheet, please contact Mrs. Peschek at 410.996.6040 or [email protected] A Message To Parents & Guardians About Our New Pupil Personnel Worker Our new Pupil Personnel Worker (PPW) is Mr. Berkeley Orr. Mr. Orr is a former Principal with CCPS and is very knowledgeable about CCPS policy as well as student and family needs. PPW’s help to link the home, school and the community. Attendance, student achievement and behavior, guardianship, custody and residency are some areas that may involve the PPW. We look forward to Mr. Orr working with our Conowingo Elementary School community! CAFETERIA CHEER! Conowingo shouts out a great big THANK YOU to Colora Orchards for providing fresh fruit in our cafeteria! We celebrated Farm to School Lunch Table this past month and especially enjoyed this season's Gala apples. Now we're getting ready to "GET IN THE GAME" October 13-17 for National School Lunch Week. The focus is encouraging kids to find a balance between healthy eating and physical activity. Stop in and see us! Beneficial breakfast is $1.15 and nutritional lunch is $2.50. For your convenience, payments can be made online at ccps.schoolcashonline.com, or you can send check/money into school and I will take care of it. Happy Fall, ALL! ~Jenn Greenleaf, Kitchen Manager, 410.996.6040, 410.658.6673, [email protected] Physical Education News From Ms. Brown Welcome back for another exciting year at Conowingo Elementary! I am looking forward to working with all of the students and their families again this year! As the Physical Education teacher, I will be implementing the Maryland Voluntary State Physical Education Curriculum— (http://mdk12.org/instruction/curriculum/physical_education/). During Marking Period 1, the students will focus on these areas: Grades K-2—Spatial awareness, personal space, locomotor skills, and non-locomotor skills. Grades 3-5—Fitnessgram assessment, personal fitness goals, and cooperation. It is also my commitment to promote eating healthy and physical activity into the students’ daily lives and the culture of the school community!! I will be using Fuel Up to Play 60, Play 60, and Action for Healthy Kids to supplement my Physical Education program. The events will take place throughout the year, before school, during school, and after school. Fuel Up to Play 60 has a great website for students to log on and track their healthy eating and activity! The Baltimore Ravens and Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association offer exciting incentives!! Sign-up today!! On November 2, 2014 we will be having a Family Pre-celebration for the Ravens vs. Steelers game from 12 to 3 p.m. ar Rising Sun High School. There will be fun activities and healthy snacks during the day! I hope to see you there! Action for Healthy Kids’ 2013 report, The Learning Connection: What You Need to Know to Ensure Your Kids Are Healthy and Ready to Learn, demonstrates that physical activity supports academic achievement and well-nourished kids learn better. It also shows that schools that offer students healthier food and more time to be active are seeing increasing fitness levels, better student behavior and even higher test scores. I am always looking for suggestions to make our school a healthier place…Let’s work together!! Please feel free to contact me at [email protected] or 410.996.6040. Thank you, Michele Brown. If you want a COOL place to discover HOT books, come to the Conowingo Elementary School BOOK FAIR! This year, the fair will be held from: Monday, October 27th through Friday, October 31st. Wednesday, Oct 29th is Family Night – open until 8pm. See you at the BOOK FAIR!! Business Partnerships & Community Contributors Conowingo Elementary is very fortunate to have a business partnership with the Rock Springs Generation Facility & Old Dominion Electric Cooperative. Melanie Johnson, Site Administrator, Brent Converse, Site Facility Manager and Ralph Jones, Plant Manager have shown support to Conowingo Elementary School for many years. In fact, they support many community businesses and organizations. In August, they donated $10,000 to purchase four books for each student to keep this year! They also attended and purchased our Welcome Back Staff Breakfast; continue to purchase PBIS materials, classroom materials and various publications such as Time For Kids and National Geographic for Kids. We extend a huge thanks to them for their generosity and involvement in our school community. ~~~~~ Another school partner, Cecil Bank, located at the corner of Rt 1 and Rowlandsville Road, continues to support our school events and students. They make supply donations to the school as well. Cecil Bank also displays student art work at their branch for our community to see and enjoy. ~~~~~ The Conowingo Elementary PTO plays a huge part in contributing to our students and their families as well. This allvolunteer organization has raised funds and used PTO money to purchase more than 11 Smart Boards over the last several years. We now have Smart Boards in every classroom as well as several special areas, such as Media & Music. PTO also sponsors many events such as Trick-or-Treat Night, PJ Reading Party, Basket Bingo, Yankee Candle Fundraisers and so mu ch more. Information/membership packets were sent home the first week of school. PTO also collects and turns in Box Tops for us. Please send your Box Tops to the school for the PTO to process. PTO’s contact information is as follows: President, Leslie Clark @ [email protected] Don’t forget to “like” Conowingo Vice President, Stacy Odom @ [email protected] Elementary PTO on Secretary, Charlotte Shaller @ [email protected] Facebook! Treasurer, Toni Hom @ [email protected] Communications Coordinator, Rebecca Price @ [email protected] Please attend our PTO meetings on every second Monday of the month in the Media Center. We would also like to express a huge “thank you” to PTO for making our Back-To-School Night extra special by supplying ice cream and volunteering their time and energy to the evening’s festivities. ~~~~~ Two of our most active organizations are the American Legion Post #194 and another Business Partner: The Conowingo Lions Club. These folks continually provide their time, effort and money to our students and staff. The Conowingo Lions Club assists Nurse Linda each year with the free Vision & Hearing tests for our students. They have helped some qualifying students obtain glasses as well. They also generously donate towards our classroom subscriptions, supplies, Smart Boards, our PBIS program, the beautification of our school and more. The American Legion Post #194 in Rising Sun contributes generously every year as well. They donate funds for Smart Boards, PBIS and classroom supply needs. They also donate food, gifts and necessities for families in need. The Legion also continually donates flags and patriotic books for our students to use in the classroom and in Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day and other ceremonies. They provide awards, both academic and monetary to fifth-grade students who meet their specific criteria. We are very grateful to be able to rely on the support from these two community organizations. ~~~~~ Another community business that continually supports Conowingo Elementary is Martin’s Grocery Store in Rising Sun. Martin’s A+ School Rewards Program is a quick, easy way to earn money for Conowingo Elementary. All you have to do is sign up for a BONUSCARD and designate the School ID Code of 00285. If you would like to participate, visit Martin’s in Rising Sun to obtain an A+ form or go to www.MartinsAplus.com. Money earned from this program will be used towards PBIS and marking period incentives as well as classroom needs for students. ~~~~~ Two local churches who have donated dozens of backpacks filled with supplies as well as meals for families in need are: The Church of God of Prophecy of Rising Sun and The Mt. Zoar AME Church in Conowingo. Without their generosity, community-spirit and kindness, we would not be able to show such amazing support for our students in need.
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