PTA Board Updates
Your PTA board is comprised of four individuals who are elected to serve a two year term. This coming May, elections will be held to vote for the board that will serve starting next school year. We're happy to announce that four members have come forward to run for these positions:
President: Justine Stull
Vice President: Sarah Fondelier
Treasurer: Stacie Lauer
Secretary: Crystal Shelley
Thanks to the current board (China Williams, Jessica Brown, Stacie Lauer, and Justine Stull) for all their effort. Thanks also to these new faces for throwing their names in the hat and supporting our school!
Are you interested in stepping forward next year? Do you have ideas for how our PTA can be even better? Join the conversation on our Facebook forum and at the monthly PTA meetings on the second Tuesdays at 7:00. There's more than enough room for everyone to get involved. As always, email us with questions.
Beginning in February, we are offering an Intro to Lego Robotics club with Mr. Landel. In March, we are offering a chess club. Please watch your child's folder for club flyers. Returning the form and payment is the only method for registering, and clubs fill very quickly.
Many thanks to the parents and staff who help your PTA plan and run clubs for Westowne's students. Thanks to Mr. Landel and Westowne parent, Gregory Russell, for running the upcoming sessions!
We work hard to keep everyone on the same page. Keep up with Westowne PTA's help. Find us on Facebook, both on our public information page and in our community forum for Westowne families and staff; on our website, including our calendar loaded with PTA and school events, and on our blog; and with this weekly email newsletter, The Blast. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, send us an email.
Words to the Wise
Check out the January Words to the Wise newsletter from Mr. Palmer and the faculty. In this issue, you'll find valuable information about the happenings at school, including construction updates, news from our nurse and councilors, important dates this month, and information about the National Attendance Month challenge.
Drama Club Performances
The Drama Club is hard at work preparing The Wizard of Oz for their late January shows. Save these dates.
- Thursday, January 28th - assembly for students at school
- Friday, January 29th - 7:00 PM performance
- Saturday, January 30th - 3:00 PM performance
Drama Club Ticket Sales
Tickets are $3 per person, general admission, and limited to 250 each show. Tickets can be purchased at the following times:
- Today, January 14th, from 5:00-5:30: Presale for cast and crew member families only
- The week of January 18th for the entire school community. Flyers will go home for ticket orders, and tickets will be sent home via students' folders.
Drama Club Volunteers
Concessions will be sold at both shows to benefit the PTA's 5th Grade Committee. Fifth grade parent volunteers are needed to staff the concession tables.
We also need volunteers to help with ticket sales and performance day tasks. Here's what is needed:
- January 30th, 5:30: help get kids into costumes, collect tickets, and handout programs
- January 31st, 1:30: help get kids into costumes, collect tickets, and hand out programs
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. 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, including our Clean Green 15 team efforts, on Ms. Getsinger's blog. Sundays are the unofficial Westowne litter cleanup days. Get a group together or just take a walk down your block. Help cleanup Catonsville! And help us earn a grant by logging your efforts.
Benjamin Banneker Park Programs
Located in Catonsville on Oella Avenue, the Benjamin Banneker Historic Park and Museum offers free and low cost programs for all ages. Programs often highlight history, science, and music--like Black History topics, preschool educational events, outdoor concerts, and evening or weekend hikes to discover owls and meteorites. Their Facebook page offers the most comprehensive list of their programs. Some events require pre-registration, which can be done by calling them directly.
Free Assistance for Taxes
The Baltimore Cash Campaign offers financial services, including free tax preparation and filing, as well as free tax software, throughout the Baltimore area. The tax prep program is available by appointment only, for individuals and families who earned $54,000 or less last year. See the website or all them for more information.
County Executive Outlines Priorities for State Funding