Welcome to the WoES PTA Website! 

The goal of this site is to provide all parents and caregivers of the children attending Worthington Elementary School, up-to-date information on events and activities associated with the PTA and our school.


SCHOOL NEWS

SCHEDULES FOR VIRTUAL LEARNING:  The 2020-2021 virtual instruction model provides students with, on average, 3 hours of synchronous learning with their teachers four days each week. The remaining instructional time is designated for students to complete asynchronous learning activities and assignments. (2020-2021 Virtual Instruction Schedules)
FREE & REDUCED MEALS PROGRAM:  The Coronavirus pandemic is causing a lot of hardship for many of our friends and neighbors. Many HCPSS families have been impacted financially by the pandemic, and may be eligible now to receive benefits through the Free and Reduced Price Meals (FARMs) program. Qualifying families can take advantage of a wide range of additional resources and discounts, including testing fees, tuition, internet and more. Click here to learn more or to applyNOTE:  The free Grab-N-Go summer meals program has been extended through December 30, 2020. 

FACE TO FACE GROUPS:
 
In the coming weeks, HCPSS will begin providing face-to-face support to small groups of students. Identified students and staff have been invited to complete an interest 
survey. If you did not receive a survey, it is because your child has not yet been identified for in-person support. All students who receive special education services will receive an email with directions to complete a survey. If your child receives special education services, and you have not received an email by Friday, September 25, then please reach out to Ann Scholz from the Office of Special Education Compliance, Non-Public Services, and Family Support. For more information, click link on HCPSS In-Person Support initiative. 

NEWS FROM OUR SCHOOL COUNSELOR: 
The first Elementary School Counseling Newsletter of the year is
Worthington Elementary School features resources for promoting a
growth mindset in young learners, the mental health benefits of
exercise for children (and easy ways to work this into your daily
routine), and strategies to calm the body and mind during stressful
situations. Please reach out to Julia Southern if you need additional support.

COAT DRIVE: 
Howard County MultiService Center
HCPSS PTAs collected coats, hats and gloves for an annual coat drive to help keep Howard County families warm this winter. Any family in need may receive items at the Coat Giveaway on Saturday, October 10, 10 a.m. to noon, or until supplies last, at the North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel.






 
COMMUNITY NEWS

FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION:
The Catholic Community of Ascension and St. Augustine has partnered with Lancaster Foods and Feed America, and we have received a grant to distribute boxes of food that contain 36 pounds of fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy and meat. The boxes will be distributed beginning at 10:00 am on Saturdays during the month of October at Ducketts Lane Elementary School.

WORTHINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

4570 Roundhill Road    Ellicott City, MD 21043
Phone: (410) 313-2825     Fax: (410) 313-2829

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BE IN THE KNOW! 
Stay up-to-date on activities and events and stay connected. 

STAY CONNECTED
https://www.facebook.com/WOESPTA/ https://twitter.com/HCPSS
Next Meeting: We aim to set up regular occurring PTA meetings starting the first half of October.

Location: TBD

ATTENDANCE: 
Active student participation is the key to student achievement, both in the classroom
and during distance learning. Teachers will design engaging lessons and activities,
both for virtual live classes and online assignments. Regular participation is
essential for student growth, and students are expected to engage in learning
activities every week. Student attendance for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday instruction will occur
as follows:

● At the elementary level, both the Homeroom teacher and Mathematics teacher
will take attendance, noting whether students were present online for
synchronous instruction.
● Daily attendance will be based on teacher-recorded attendance for the entire
school day.
● If there is a technical difficulty, a student may submit asynchronous work for a
particular day to receive credit for attendance.
Student attendance for Wednesday instruction will occur as follows:
● A student will be counted as present if they do one or more of the following
since the previous Wednesday:
○ Submit an assignment to one of their teachers
○ Engage in synchronous instruction with an HCPSS teacher
○ Complete work in the Canvas learning management system, DreamBox
or Lexia Core5

If your child is absent, please send a note explaining the absence to this email
address: WoESAttendance@hcpss.org


  

Please contact WoES' School Nurse at 410-313-2575.

PTA NEWS
PTA FUNDING:
PTA memberships also support our parents organizations, while direct donations stay local to WoES. If you want to have the most direct impact on WoES PTA, we recommend the direct donation through our website.


HCPSS NEWS
2020/2021 SCHOOL CALENDAR: Please ensure you have the latest calendar updates. The 2020-2021 school calendar was modified, making Tuesday, September 8, 2020, the first student day and with school staff returning on Tuesday, August 25, 2020. Spring break will be shortened to April 2–6, 2021, and the last scheduled day of school is June 15, 2021 with possible inclement weather days after that date. 

HCPSS SCHOOL MESSENGER/CANVAS/SYNERGY REPORTING FORMS: If you are having issues receiving HCPSS district/school emails and/or text messaging please use this new form for reporting your issues regarding emails/text messages not being delivered. If you are experiencing issues with Canvas/Synergy messages, please complete this form. 

SCHOOL DIRECTORY INFORMATION: Parents/guardians who have completed their Family File can now access their school directory in HCPSS Connect. The directory will display only the information that parents select when completing Family File. The directory will update daily as families complete Family File or change their information. To access the directory for your school, log in to HCPSS Connect and select Family File/School Directory in the left menu, and then School Directory. Information in the directory is for personal use only and may not be distributed, sold or shared in any way. Parents who do not wish to be included in the directory should update their Family File permissions.

REPORT CARDS: HCPSS has a new-style learning behavior report card. Furthermore, HCPSS has aligned the elementary interim progress report for first quarter and students and parents will see the new learning behaviors on progress reports as well as report cards. Please refer to this website while reading the progress report and/or report card:  https://www.hcpss.org/academics/learning-behaviors/


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LOCAL BUSINESSES
Do you own or work for a local business? The Worthington Elementary School PTA would like to work with you to promote your business while assisting us with the many fun events we host throughout the year. Contact worthingtonptapresident@gmail.com for more details.