The PTA sponsored Scholastic Book Fair runs next week. We'll set up on Tuesday and then run the shop through Friday. Every student will get a shopping trip during a school day. We also run the fair during Literature Night so that parents and kids can shop for themselves and for their classroom libraries.
To those who have already signed up to help, thank you! To those who haven't yet, please carve out some time next week. See Volunteer Spot to sign up now.
Join us for our annual multicultural literature night next Friday, March 18th, from 6:00 - 9:00. Literature Night includes activities, stories, and crafts featuring themes from around the world. Snacks will be available to purchase and support the PTA's 5th Grade Committee. The night concludes with a performance by Skher Brown and the Dancing Warriors, who will share Capoeira Angola with us. Learn about this unique martial art and dance form, with ties to cultures from both South America and Africa.
Many thanks to those who have signed up to help make this event a success. If you haven't already, please sign up online to help bring this celebration of literacy and culture to our school. We can't do it without you!
Your children can help decorate for Literature Night. Take some time this weekend, using the attached template, to design a doll to represent your culture. Students may be as creative as they like. The dolls should be cut out and returned to the PTA via your child’s folder by Monday, March 14th.
Westowne's going to Camden Yards on Sunday, April 10th, at 1:35 on the Orioles Kids' Opening Day. Tickets are $15 and support the PTA's 5th Grade Committee. Children 14 and under may win an O's t-shirt and will get to run the bases after the game.
Get your tickets now. Return this order form to the PTA in your child's folder.
Make our community more pedestrian friendly! The county is soliciting public input on funding priorities. We need you to tell them about our area and our needs. Attached is a basic letter that you may send to Kathy Schlabach (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 18th. Personalize the letter as desired, but please keep the listed projects as this helps the planning board identify priorities.
Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten Screening
Westowne is hosting screenings on April 5th and 6th. Preschool students turning 3, Pre-K students turning 4, and kindergarten students turning 5 by 9/1/16 are eligible. Please call the school office to request your appointment.
Clean Green 15
The Clean Green 15 Challenge ends on March 31st, so we only have a few weeks left to try to win the prize. Imagine the possibilities if our school wins $4,000 for Green School! Please get your kids outside anytime you can to clean up and log it online.
Westowne students and staff will celebrate Earth Hour 2016 on Friday, March 18th from 2:30-3:30. As done in the past, the school will turn off all non-essential lights for the hour to help conserve energy. Students and teachers will use natural light to brighten their classrooms, or if the weather cooperates, teachers can take classes outside for a lesson. The official Earth Hour is on Saturday, March 19th from 8:30-9:30 PM. We are encouraging families across the community to participate along with millions of others around the world!
On Tuesday, March 1st, the BCPS Board of Education voted on the final boundary decision for Westowne and the surrounding Southwest area elementary schools. Our school boundaries remain exactly as they are currently. For more details, see the link below for an article in the Baltimore Sun.
Student Art Exhibit
Visit the Walter's Art Museum to see the BCPS Student Art Exhibition, now through Sunday, March 13th. Congratulations to the two Westowne students who have art on display!
African American Family Heritage Festival
Honor the unique history of the African American experience in Maryland, connect with local cultural groups, and enjoy energizing performances, storytelling, and art activities. This free, family festival is Saturday, March 19th from 11:00 - 4:00 at the Walter's Art Museum.
Westowne in the News
Amid Criticism, Baltimore County Board Approves New Southwest Elementary School Districts