Grilled Cheese & Co. TODAY
All day today, Grilled Cheese & Co. is hosting a restaurant event for Westowne PTA. Pick up lunch or join friends and classmates for dinner. Just bring your flyer or mention the PTA at the register.
The PTA's largest fall event is just around the corner on Saturday, October 24th from 3:00 - 6:00 PM. This family friendly afternoon is not to be missed. Festivities include:Games & activities : $5 wrist bands get your kids access to all this fun stuff --new games, Hazel's Henna, Hoop Love hula hoops, a juggler, crafts (masks and paper pumpkins), bubbles, and spray paint murals.
Basket raffle : Raffle tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5, or $10 for 15. Bring a canned good for the Maryland Food Bank for a free raffle ticket.
These are the awesome baskets that Westowne families have donated so far:
- Ravens basket, including T-shirts donated by Albert Bulson
- Fondue basket, donated by Grace Imwold on behalf of Kindergarten
- Caffe di Roma, donated by George Stewart on behalf of 1st & 2nd grade
Silent auction : Support the PTA while doing some early holiday gift shopping. Auction items include the following so far:
- Pizzeria Paradiso ($25 gift certificate)
- Historic Ships of Baltimore (4 tickets to 4 ships)
- Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (2 tickets to Bolero OR Handel's Messiah)
- Catonsville Gourmet ($50 gift certificate)
- Medieval Times (2 tickets)
- Baltimore Orioles signed photo of Steve Pearce
- Starbucks coffee set, courtesy of Felicia Minkey on behalf of the 4th grade
- Westowne Spirit Wear
- The Breadery ($20 gift certificate)
Teachers' pumpkin decorating contest: Vote on your favorite decorated pumpkin showcasing the artistic talents of our Westowne teachers. The pumpkins will be raffled off to the students who voted for them.
Teacher pie-in-the-face: Help the school raise funds for purchasing technology by buying raffle tickets for the privilege of throwing a pie at one of our beloved teachers. We will be selling raffle tickets at school during lunch the week leading up to the event, as well as at Fall Festival. The willing victim will be announced that day.
Volunteer opportunities: Get to know other Westowne families by volunteering for this awesome event. Sign up on Volunteer Spot and email us with questions. There are many spots still open for adult help.
In addition to hands, we also need to borrow:
- Canopy tents - bring your canopies to the school to set up
- Corn hole - let us borrow your game boards
Go Fund the PTA
A very BIG thank you to everyone who has supported the PTA's Go Fund Me campaign. Here is a list of our generous supporters. There are countless more caring folks who made donations when they joined the PTA and families who supported Pajama Day. Many thanks!
Brian & Julie Mills
Grace & Ethan Dellinger
Than Win Sein
Schwan's Cares - Grocery Delivery
Support the 5th Grade Committee while filling holes in your pantry. Schwan's offers over 350 grocery items to choose from that you are probably already purchasing for your families. Choose your delivery date and time, and they deliver it right to your door.
Grocery purchases contribute 20% and gift certificates contribute 40%. Anyone in a delivery area can participate, including both new and existing costumers. Please share the campaign with friends and family and on social media to help make this fundraiser a success. Thank you!
Check out the PTA's 5th Grade Committee Schwan's campaign.
The Southwest Area Boundary Committee had its third meeting last night. Information and the meeting videos may be found online. Several new draft maps were presented and critiqued by the committee. Use this website or this email address to provide feedback directly to BCPS about the proposed changes.
In order for parents and community members to provide feedback to Westowne's Boundary Committee representatives (community member Chris Burk, parent Kecia Johnson, Ms. Musacchio, and Principal Palmer), we have created a devoted email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember these kind folks are working hard for our community.
The next Boundary Committee meeting will be held Wednesday, October 28th at 6:00 at Catonsville High School. Only committee representatives may participate at this meeting, but community members should definitely attend to observe and demonstrate stakeholder interest.
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.
Friday morning, October 23rd
Tim Hall - Comedy Magician
The PTA, in collaboration with the school, is excited to offer more ways for you to keep up with all the news from Westowne. We have just launched a public PTA page you can "like" for all the news. Expect announcements from us an average of once a day. We'll continue to moderate a community forum for questions and conversation. Westowne also has a new and improved school page you can "like" for information directly from the source.
Light the Night
Light the Night is the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's fundraising and awareness walk. Join 4th grader Braydon and his mom, Kristal on Saturday, November 14th. The walk starts at Camden Yards at 4:30 PM.
Westowne is eager for Braydon to come back to school when he's well enough! In the meantime, show your support by walking with his team or donating to the LLS.
Words to the Wise
Check out the October Words to the Wise newsletter from Mr. Palmer and the faculty. In this issue, you'll find information about the happenings at school, including Math Homework Helpers, drill procedures, Westowne's social media outlets, and much more.
Art to Remember
Once again this year, art teacher Mrs. Albert, with help from PTA parent volunteers, has brought Art to Remember to Westowne's 1st through 5th grade. Use your child's personalized order code to purchase a variety of gift items featuring their original artwork. Proceeds benefit art education at our school. Please place your paper orders for collectibles and holiday gifts, like mugs, mousepads, and matted prints by Monday, October 19th. Even easier, place your order online.
Some order forms had to be distributed prior to turning in students' projects to the company. Your order forms may have a generic project on the cover. The items ordered will feature your child's project. We just didn't want to push the delivery date too far forward. Thank you.
Anyone who has completed the training and turned in their paperwork is welcome to arrange times with their children's teachers to volunteer. Volunteers are also welcome to lend extra support during the lunch, especially from 11:30-12:30. Come when you can, help open juice boxes, hand out sporks, and encourage owl-standing behavior in the lunch line.
Starting Monday, October 19th classes will be collecting items to be recycled in Westowne's state-of-the-art recycling center. Please send in these items:
- juice pouches
- writing instruments - pens and markers (not wooden pencils)
- ink cartridges
- dental products - floss containers, toothbrushes, and toothpaste tubes
Battle of the Books
Students in 4th or 5th grade who like to read, pay attention to detail, want to show what they know in a competition format, and can make a six month commitment are invited to an information meeting next week. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend.
Tuesday, October 20th, 4:00 - 4:45 in the school library
School Closed Tomorrow
Here's your friendly reminder. Schools are closed for students tomorrow, Friday, October 16th.