Holiday Shoppe is our most successful fundraiser, and our students love bringing home inexpensive gifts they chose themselves. It is also one of our most labor intensive efforts. We'll need many hands to setup and run the shop. Please sign up to help. We know you will find it a rewarding, enjoyable experience!
The shop will be open for students on Tuesday, December 8th through Thursday, December 10th. Please see below for your child's shopping time. Send cash for shopping in an envelope that day.
Tue. Dec. 8th Wed. Dec. 9th Thur. Dec. 10th
9:30 Bill/Biggertaff Getsinger/Singer Robey
10:00 Ingle Mannion Myers
10:30 Landel/Alter Bolden Jang
11:00 Oster Gutin/Ritzes McIntosh
11:30 Rotolo Kim
1:00 Witz Cvengros
1:30 Claffy Ritzes
2:00 Murray Biggerstaff Gutin
2:30 Connolly Musacchio (2:40) Durm
3:00 Willig Rees McCusker
Also mark your calendar for the Family Holiday Shoppe. Parents and staff are welcome to shop for inexpensive gifts during this time.
- Thursday, December 10th from 4:15 - 6:00
Join us for the monthly meeting to learn more about the PTA, ask questions, and share ideas.
- Tuesday, December 8th at 7:00 in the school library
The Southwest Area Boundary Committee had its public information session and public input survey in late November. Information and the meeting videos may be found online.
The next Boundary Committee meeting will be held Wednesday, December 9th at 6:00 at Catonsville High School. Only committee representatives may participate at this meeting, but community members should definitely attend to observe and demonstrate stakeholder interest. Tentatively, the final map will be chosen to later present to the Board of Education for their approval.
Fitness Fowls Run
Get in the spirit this holiday season. Join Westowne's Fitness Fowls at the Jingle Bell Run/Walk again this Saturday, December 5th. Tie bells to your shoes, dress in a festive costume, and raise funds to help cure arthritis. Find more information online.
Westowne parent and Barefoot Ambassador, Laurie Imhoff, is hosting a book sale to benefit your PTA. Now through Monday, December 7th, place your online order. Use coupon code TENOFF to save $10 off of your purchase of $60 or more. Laurie will then graciously donate 30% of your Barefoot Books orders to the PTA.
Cookies & Cards
It's time to share your favorite holiday treats and spread some cheer for Westowne's teachers and staff. On Thursday, December 17th and Monday, December 21st, bring in homemade baked goods. Drop off donations by 10:00 those mornings so we can set them up in the lounge. Sign up for baked goods to help us bring in enough quantity and variety.
Not a baker? That's okay. Send in holiday cards for the teachers and staff from your families to help us decorate the teachers' lounge. Cards can be sent in your children's folders in envelopes addressed to the PTA.
While you're at it, also consider giving cookies and cards to your bus drivers and our ever present crossing guard, Ms. Bev.
eScrip Online Shopping Mall & Dining
eScrip is the program many online stores and some restaurants use to donate funds to schools. This reputable, widely used program offers several opportunities to give a percentage of your purchases to Westowne PTA. Using their website, securely and easily register the credit and debit cards you shop with. The next time you shop online, start at the eScrip online mall to find your favorite stores. Also use your registered cards to pay the bill when dining out at participating restaurants. A percentage of your purchases will then go toward educational enrichment, classroom support, and parental involvement for Westowne.
Sign up now so that your holiday online shopping supports your PTA.
We'd like to thank the following businesses for supporting the Westowne community this year:
Platinum Level PTA Sponsors
- Thomas Huot of RE/MAX New Beginnings
- Focused Support, LLC
Ground Breaking Ceremony
Please join Westowne for a ceremonial groundbreaking! On Monday, December 14, at 10:00 AM. Baltimore County Public Schools will break ground for a new Westowne Elementary School replacement. The new building is scheduled to open to students in August 2016, and work is already progressing on the site.Please RSVP your attendance or regrets to Westowne Elementary School by phone at 410-887-0854 or by emailing Principal Palmer by Thursday, December 10, 2015.
Clean Green 15 Challenge
Dr. Dance and County Executive Kamenetz have announced the Clean Green 15 Challenge cleanup initiative for the 3rd year in a row. Help us clean up Catonsville. And help us earn a $2,000 grant by logging your efforts using the link below! If Westowne wins, the funds will be used to make our new schoolyard green and welcoming. All it takes is a trash bag, 15 minutes at a time, and completing the log for all of your cleanup efforts--now through the end of March.
Follow all of Westowne's Green Initiatives on Ms. Getsinger's blog.
The BCPS Calendar is available online. Remember these important dates this month:
- Thursday, December 24th through Friday, January - School closed for Holiday Break
The Drama Club is hard at work preparing The Wizard of Oz for their late January shows. They have several supply needs for the set. Drop donations off at rehearsal or by stopping in to the school office.
- Silk flowers and greenery
- 12" x 18" foam sheets in purple, yellow, royal blue (lots), red (with adhesive back), light gray, and black
This year, Westowne has partnered with Santa's Helpers Anonymous to help meet the holiday needs of families in our community. If you would like to support Westowne families, consider making a charitable donation directly to Santa's Helpers or signing up to volunteer. The organization will then provide holiday meals and gifts to families at our school and throughout Baltimore.
The Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department hosts its annual Holiday Train Garden.
The Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department also features a Train Garden and Cookies and Milk with Santa on Saturday, December 5th.
Valley View Farms in Cockeysville
Hampden's Miracle on 34th Street
Share your favorite local, family friendly events on our Facebook community forum.
Westowne in the News
Options for New School Districts Down to Final Four
District Breaks Ground for New Catonsville Elementary School
Santa's Arrival in Catonsville is "Small-town America at its Finest"