Holiday Shoppe is in full swing this week. Thanks to all for donating, helping run the shop, and sending in your little shoppers.
Parents and staff are welcome to shop for inexpensive gifts today from 4:15 - 6:00. Find the last of the treasures, spirit wear, and Art to Remember deliveries.
If you have a few extra minutes, please help clean up and clear out starting at 6:00 tonight. And while you're at it, give Westowne parent and Holiday Shoppe chair Katie McKnight a high five for a job well-done!
Pajama Day - with Holiday Cheer Tomorrow
Students and teachers may wear their pajamas to school tomorrow. And this month, participants may chose to wear colors from their favorite holidays, too. Everyone can get in on the fun. Those who chose to may send in a monetary donation to support entertaining and educational events like Fall Fest, Literature Night, and Field Day. The class with the most donations wins an end of year pizza party.
Top classes so far:
- Ms. Witz $313.40
- Ms. Musacchio $184.16
- Ms. Rotolo $110
Please remind your children to wear regular shoes (no slippers) and leave their stuffed animals at home. They may be wearing pajamas, but it's still a normal day of school activities.
With your support, your PTA is treating our faculty and staff to a holiday luncheon on Tuesday, December 15th. Thanks to Westowne parent Kerry Johnson and Mission BBQ for their generosity and assistance.
Thanks to your financial support and the coordination of Westowne parent Wendy Stevens, students will be treated to an educational and entertaining assembly during school next week.
Wednesday morning, December 16th
A Westowne favorite, presenting an all new performance: 123 Andres!
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.
A Boundary Committee meeting was held last night. Information and the meeting videos may be found online. The committee reviewed the survey results and reviewed the four maps, along with four new variations developed based on the community's feedback. The committee will meet again next week on December 16th at 6:00. The intention of that meeting is to choose the final map to recommend to the Board of Education for their approval.
The recommendation to the Board is February 2nd at the Board of Education's Greenwood Campus. The boundary board hearing, to which the public is invited to attend and participate, is Tuesday, February 17th (snow date on 2/19) in the Catonsville High auditorium. Please mark your calendars for this important pubic input opportunity. The Board should announce the final boundary decision on Tuesday, March 1st.
Advanced Lego Robotics runs Wednesdays, beginning January 6th through February 17th, from 3:45 to 4:30. This club is for 2nd - 5th grade students who have have already completed the Beginner's Lego Robotics course. The limited spots will fill quickly, so please return the registration form sent home this week and include the $40 tuition fee. If the club is full upon receipt of your registration, payment will be returned to you.
Thank you for your enthusiasm and support for the PTA's after school enrichment programs.
Congratulations to Westowne's Fitness Fowls for completing the Jingle Bell Run/Walk last weekend!
Five Below Fundraiser
Five Below of Catonsville is hosting a fundraiser for Westowne next weekend, Friday, December 18th through Sunday, December 20th. Do a bit of shopping (stocking stuffers, perhaps?) and present your flyer to the cashier to support the PTA's 5th Grade Committee. Thank you!
Art to Remember
Parents may pickup their Art to Remember orders today form 4:15 - 6:30 in the hall by classroom 26. Today is your opportunity to pickup large or fragile orders. All remaining orders will be sent home with students tomorrow or Monday.
Also thanks to Westowne parent, Adele Snow, for supporting Mrs. Albert throughout the process to bring this program to our school.
Ground Breaking Ceremony
Please join Westowne for a ceremonial groundbreaking! This coming 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 today.
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! 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.
Santa's Helpers at Westowne
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.
Westowne in the News
Public Comment on Baltimore County Elementary School Redistricting to be Unveiled