PTA Meeting Recap
It was great seeing so many of you at the first PTA meeting this year. For those of you who had other commitments, we know how full your schedules are; we'll routinely post meeting recaps on our blog so you can stay informed, too. Email us at any time with suggestions or questions.
Save the Date
Fall Festival - Saturday, October 25th, 3:00 - 6:00
5th Grade Bake Sale - Election Day, November 4th, 7:00AM - Noon
Bring individually wrapped homemade goods -marked with "nuts" if they include them- to school on Monday, November 3rd to support the 5th Grade Committee.
School Assembly: Eric Energy - Wednesday, November 5th
Pajama Day - Friday, November 7th
Movie Night - Friday, November 7th
More details to come!
Holiday Shoppe - 2nd week in December
Fall Fest is around the corner on Saturday, October 25th from 3:00 - 6:00. Here's what to expect:
Games & activities: $5 wrist bands get your kids access to all this fun stuff --new games borrowed from Catonsville Assembly of God, Fall Fest Salon (colored hair spray, face painting, tattoos), Hoop Love hula hoops, Spin Art machine, crafts (bookmarks and face masks), and a live music performance by Sahffi Lynne
Used book drive & sale: Love to read? Pass it on. Prior to Fall Fest, donate your gently used, outgrown books to your child's teacher and earn "Book Bucks." For more information and extra book donation slips, see our website. Donated books will be sold at Fall Fest ($1 per book or use your Book Bucks) to share the love of reading with the school community. Unsold books will be donated to the teachers' classroom libraries and to literacy programs.
Basket raffle: Raffle tickets are $1 or 6 for $5. Bring a canned good for the Maryland Food Bank for a free raffle ticket. You can also pitch in by putting together items for the basket raffle. Get creative with any theme you can think of--like spaghetti night, favorite games or characters, pet pampering, or arts and crafts--and email Tracy Horch to let her know what you're preparing and ask raffle questions.
Silent auction: Support the PTA while doing some early gift shopping. Auction items include Cheesecake Factory gift certificates, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra tickets, Christmas collectibles from Forget-Me-Not Factory in Ellicott City, services and goods donated by Westowne parents, and more.
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.
Teacher pie-in-the-face: Help the school raise funds for purchasing technology (digital projectors) by buying raffle tickets for the privilege of throwing a pie at one of our beloved teachers. The willing victim will be announced at Fall Fest. Tickets will be sold during lunchtime on October 23rd and 24th and at Fall Fest.
Paper shredding: 3:00 - 5:00 in the teachers' parking lot. Securely dispose of your documents for a $10 donation and help an alum earn his Eagle badge and purchase materials to build a bike rack for Westowne,
Volunteer opportunities: Get to know other Westowne families by volunteering for this awesome event. Sign up on Volunteer Spot and email us with questions.
- Canopy tents: bring your canopies to the school to set up
- Ticket table: sell wristbands for the games
- Fall Fest 'Salon': work with middle-school volunteers as they spray colored hair spray and apply fake tattoos.
- Spin Art station: operate the bike-powered spin machine that turns ordinary painted pictures into amazing art.
- Concessions: Sell popcorn and pizza to hungry festival goers
- Clean up crew: pack up all the fun.
We look forward to seeing you and your families at our Fall Festival!
Winter Clothing Drive
We are collecting winter outerwear for Westowne students in need. We need gently used coats, gloves, and hats for PreK - 5th grade. Drop them off at the school office with a note specifying that they are donations for the "Winter clothing drive." Thank you for helping keep students warm this winter!
We have a new treasurer, Kimberly Evans, approved by the Board of Directors on October 14th. With the change of board members, we need three volunteers to review account activity and financial records from July 1 to September 30, 2014. Please let us know if you're up for this task.
Art Supplies Needed
Mrs. Albert, the art teacher, has requested paper tubes. The 5th grade is going to be making funky furniture a la Tom Miller. They need about 300 tubes, in addition to shoe boxes and newspaper. Donations can be dropped off in the office.
Dessert Bonus Days: the more desserts purchased, the more our school earns. Pomegranate Blueberry or Candy Cane Pie, perhaps? Place your October Market Day order by Monday, October 20th. Our account number is 8132 for online orders. Pickup is scheduled for Wednesday, October 29th from 6:00 - 7:00.
Want something sooner? We have frozen Lemon Cooler, Cranberry Orange Oatmeal, and Coconut Pecan cookie dough leftover from last month's sale. For $15 each, we'll get the order right to you.
In honor of ADHD Awareness Month, Westowne parent Wendy Stevens shares all of the resources she collected as she advocated for her child with ADHD. Here is the first post in this three part guest series.
Kindergarten Library Night
Bring your kindergartner to the Catonsville library on either Tuesday, October 21st or Wednesday, October 22nd at 6:00. Students will get their own library cards, tour the library, and enjoy story time.
Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon is school spirit with a focus on staying healthy and not using drugs:
- Thursday, 10/23 Wear red
- Friday, 10/24 Wear clothes inside out
- Monday, 10/27 Wear sweats or workout clothes
- Tuesday, 10/28 Dress professionally
- Wednesday, 10/29 Wear crazy socks
On Thursday, October 30th, bring in recyclables and help Westowne raise funds for technology. Terracycle items include plastic writing utensils, glue bottles and sticks, chip bags, juice pouches, toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, floss containers, and e-waste like cell phones, printer cartridges, GPS devices, & cameras. The class that brings in the most items wins an ice cream party!
On Friday, October 31st, dress up for fall to celebrate the changing of the season. Just assure your child's outfit or costume follows the school dress code. Have fun, but leave the masks and toy weapons at home.
695 Construction Project
The Baltimore Beltway Outer Loop South of US 40 to Frederick Road will be widened and the bridges over Edmondson and Ingleside will be replaced. Work is expected to begin this coming summer. A public meeting is being held at Catonsville Elementary in the cafeteria, from 6:30 - 8:30 on Wednesday, October 22. For more information, see the Maryland State Highway Administration 's website.