Pajama Spirit Day
Our monthly Pajama Spirit Day is tomorrow, December 2nd. This month you can show your Westowne pride with Wacky Tacky mismatched clothes instead of or with your PJs!
Your PTA organizes Pajama Day and encourages those who can to make a donation to fund fun and educational events like Literature Night and Field Day. The donation is very appreciated but entirely optional. If desired, please send cash or check made out to Westowne PTA in your student’s folder on Friday, December 2nd.
The class with the most donations will get a class party at the end of the school year! The current class leaders are:
- Ms. Rotolo $98
- Ms. Durm $68.50
- Ms. Jones $61
Last Call for Holiday Shoppe Donations
Holiday Shoppe is coming on December 13th - 15th. We need donated items that students can buy as low-cost gifts for their families.Consider donating gently used hats, gloves, scarves, toys, coffee mugs, re-gifted gifts, neckties, dad gifts, spa products, and other not-quite-new gift items cluttering your basement. Please, no fragile glassware or oversized items since they can't safely get home.
Donations may be brought to the school office on Monday or Tuesday or Friday, December 9th. Thanks so much for participating in this popular program. Questions? Please let us know.
Holiday Shoppe Volunteers Needed
Nothing helps get you into the holiday spirit like volunteering. 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!
Five Below of Catonsville is hosting a fundraiser for Westowne starting next week, December 5th through December 11th. Do a bit of shopping (stocking stuffers, perhaps?) and present your flyer to the cashier to support the PTA's 5th Grade Committee.
We'd like to thank the following businesses for supporting the Westowne community this year:
Platinum Level Event Sponsor
- Focused Support, LLC
Kindergarten Library Night
Bring your kindergartner to the Catonsville library tonight, Thursday, December 1st from 5:00 to 7:00. Students may get their own library cards, tour the library, and enjoy story time hosted by Ms. Johnson and our kindergarten teachers.
St. Jude Math-A-Thon
The St. Jude Math-A-Thon is a school-based fundraiser that benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since 1962, St. Jude has treated children who are battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases, and no family ever receives a bill from St. Jude. That’s why our school is hosting a St. Jude Math-A-Thon!Take a look at this info letter from Ms. Bill and Ms. Rees for more details.
The BCPS Calendar is available online. Remember these important dates this month:
- Friday, December 9th - Three hour early dismissal
- Friday, December 23rd through Monday, January 2nd - Schools closed for Winter Break
Winter Accessories Drive
Westowne’s National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) will be coordinating a Winter Clothing Drive from Thursday, December 8th to Friday, December 16th. Please consider donating NEW gloves, mittens, hats and/or scarves to help keep the community warmer this winter.
The Honor Society is still in need of artificial trees on which donations can be hung. If you have an artificial tree to loan the Honor Society for the weeks of December 5 and 12, please contact Miss Johnson or Ms. McIntosh.
Maryland Green Author Jennifer Keats Curtis is returning to Westowne for a week-long residency. She’ll work with all the classes (PS-5) during the week of December 12th. Westowne families can order her books at a discounted rate. She’ll autograph and/or inscribe the books and deliver them when she comes. Information and order forms were sent home on Monday. Orders and payments are due to Miss Johnson in the school library by Friday, December 2. Orders will be accepted after the 2nd, but there is no guarantee that the requested books will be available.
Six Flags Read to Succeed Program
Students can participate in the Six Flag’s Read to Succeed program this year. All they have to do is record 360 minutes (6 hours) of reading time and turn in their logs by Friday, February 10th. Reading anything counts, except assignments for school or homework. Students who complete and submit the log on time will earn a free ticket to Six Flags for this summer. Forms are available in the school library or you can print your own from the attached file.
Catonsville Farmers Market
Many of your favorite vendors return next week for a special winter farmers market.
Wednesday, December 7th at the Christian Temple from 10:30-12:30