The Southwest Area Educational Advisory Council (SWAEAC) Legislative Reception is Wednesday, April 20th at 7:00. Attend this event to chat with our elected representatives and neighbors. The reception will be hosted by Woodlawn Middle School.
Safe Routes to Schools Survey
The Westowne PTA is currently in the process of applying for a federal Safe Routes to Schools grant in order to secure funds for improving the pedestrian and biking infrastructure in our neighborhoods. Families, please take 5 minutes to complete an anonymous parent survey that will help us with the grant proposal.
This is a great opportunity for our area to finally have connected sidewalks, appropriate school zone signage, and crosswalks that are safer for everyone. The survey was also distributed in paper format through your children's folders. Please fill out the online survey OR the paper survey; we only need one per family.
Walk & Bike to School Day
Celebrate Earth Day by walking or biking to school next Friday, April 22nd. Walkers and bikers can enter for a chance to win a prize. See the flyers in your children's folders for more details.
Stream Clean Up
Continue your Earth Day celebrations by beautifying our neighborhood and waterways at Herbert Run Stream on Saturday, April 23 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Thanks to Patapsco Heritage Greenway and the Ingleside Neighborhood Association for partnering with the PTA to organize this event. Pre-registration online is encouraged but not required. Meet up is at the intersection of Lodge Road and Longview Drive. Come wearing boots and gloves.
All trash collected will go toward the Clean Green 15 environmental grant competition!
GTCAC Listening Post
Thanks to Westowne parent, Sarah Fondelier, for attending the Citizens Advisory Committee for Gifted and Talented Education (GTCAC) meeting last week. The purpose of this meeting was to share recent experiences with BCPS Advanced Academics/GT programs and to gather input to focus priorities for advocacy for 2016/17 school year.
Please see the attached document for notes from this meeting.
If you're looking for summer camp opportunities, consider looking at the camps offered by CertifiKid - while supporting your PTA.
Children's nature author and Maryland resident Jennifer Keats Curtis is coming on Tuesday, April 19th. Westowne is excited to welcome her to our school, and the PTA is grateful for the generous support of our community which funded this special event.
Clean Green 15 Challenge
The Clean Green 15 Challenge cleanup initiative has been extended through the end of April! 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.
Help cleanup Catonsville by taking a walk down your block and then joining your PTA for the stream clean up! And help us earn a grant by logging your efforts.
Spring photos are being taken on Friday, April 29th.
Battle of the Books
The Black-Eyed Susan Battle of the Books is a program sponsored by Baltimore County Public Libraries in which students in 4th through 6th grades read Black-Eyed Susan nominated books and come together in teams chosen by the schools to demonstrate their abilities and test their reading comprehension.
Westowne and Westchester Elementary Schools will be competing in the Catonsville branch’s Battle of the Books on Friday, April 22nd. The competition begins at 6:30. All are welcome to attend and cheer on both schools for this second annual battle in Catonsville.
Now in its second year, the Christian Temple is expanding their Community Garden and invites the Westowne community to participate. Reserve a plot of your own to grow fresh vegetables this summer alongside friends and neighbors.
Contact Jesse Fisher or the church office for more information.
Ingleside Community Yard Sale
The Ingleside Community Association of Catonsville is hosting a yard sale on Saturday, April 16th at 8:00 AM. Spaces are free to Ingleside Neighborhood residents. Plan to participate or to shop at Ingleside Avenue on the field in front of St. John Properties, Beltway West Corporate Center.
Bike with a COP
The Baltimore County Police Community Outreach Team is having a Bike with a COP event on Saturday, April 30th.
The event will begin at Catonsville Middle School at 2301 Edmondson Avenue, starting at 08:30 AM. The event will have brief bike safety check followed by a ride on the Trolley Trail up to Frederick Road and back to the school. Children, elementary school age and up, are invited along with their parents. Contact Officer Tom Warehime at (410) 887‐5165 with any questions.