Welcome to the WoES PTA Website! 
The goal of this site is to provide the 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

BOOK FAIR:  The book fair is coming to Worthington, March 4th-8th. Family buying night will be Wednesday, March 6th from 4-7PM.


MATH NIGHT
Math Night has been rescheduled for Monday, March 18, 6:30-8:00.


PICTURE DAY
:
Picture day is Tuesday, March 19th. Parents, please check your child's backpack for information on March 15th. Your child will have two picture envelopes to bring home to you. One is for a class picture and the other is for Spring individual pictures of your child. Please return envelopes to school on March 19th.

FAMILY BINGO NIGHT:
  Friday, March 22nd from 6:00-9:00PM  at Howard High School. Tickets are $6/person. Pizzas can be ordered for $10/each. Chips and bottled water are free to each ticket holder. Purchase your tickets HERE! Space is limited to order your tickets TODAY!

Purchase your RAFFLE TICKETS for a chance to WIN a Taylor Village Pool Membership ($650 value) for one summer. You need not be present to win. 
After submitting your PayPal payment, please also complete this form HERE to process your entry.



YEARBOOKS: 
Yearbooks are available through online ordering ONLY. Order yours ONLINE at strawbridge.net and use ONLINE Code: 101341. Cost is $20 per yearbook. Orders due by April 26, 2019.






















Looking for something fun to do before and after the WoES school day? How about drama, karate, science, chess, or newspaper, all conveniently hosted at WoES? 

See below for current activities at WoES!















SCHOOLHOUSE THEATER ARTS PRODUCTION
WoES presents “RECESS”! 
Grades 2-5- Mondays Rehearsals (4:10-6:00): 4/1, 4/8, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20. Dress Rehearsal- 5/22  and Show- 5/23 REGISTRATION Due 3/15/19 Space is limited! Cost: $175  Register HERE . No refunds once program begins. Complete one registration form per child. 

OKINAWAN KARATE DOJO: (K-5) Tuesdays 4:05-5:05PM (4/9, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, and 5/28) http://www.okdkarate.com/

SILVER KNIGHTS CHESS: (K-5) Thursdays 8:10-9:10AM (4/4, 4/11, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30) https://skenrichment.com

LITTLE SCHOLARS NEWSPAPER: (2-5) Fridays 4:05-5:05PM (3/29, 4/12, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/24) https://newspaper3rded.eventbrite.com


GIRLS ON THE RUN: Do you have a 3rd-5th grader interested in Girls On The Run? Our spring registration opens on February 10th at Noon!!! There will only be 16 spots. Our season will begin MARCH 18th! Every Monday and Wednesday right after school until our amazing 5K June 1st! Please register at gotrcentralmd.org and if you have any questions please contact Coach Laura Diaz at thumbsupfamily@gmail.com. 
 
GOT LEGOS?: 
Got some Legos you’d like to clear out of the house for New Year Cleaning? Please consider donating them to Family Lego Night. We had so many families come this year that that we ran out of Legos! We’d love to have more for the kids to play with so please wrap any spare ones you have in a bag and drop them off with Luke Davis, 4200 Seaward Circle, Ellicott City, MD 21043 or email at luke_h_davis@yahoo.com for additional information. 

COMMUNITY NEWS

SUNSHINE BOXES FOR TROOPS: WoES is collecting donations for sunshine care packages February 19 - March 22Items will be sent to troops deployed overseas. Families are invited to send in items from the wish list which includes snacks and personal care/leisure items. A collection box will be located outside the front office. Donated items include: Sunblock, Movie DVDs, Gum, Toothbrushes, Playing Cards          Hardy Candy, Dental Floss, Word Puzzles, Tuna Foil Package, Small Kleenex Pack, Sudoku, Individual Drink Mixes, Small Hand Sanitizer, Frisbees, Quality Coffee K Cups, Chapstick, Beef Jerky, Antibacterial wipes, and Gold Bond Foot Powder.

MT. HEBRON HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMS WIZARD OF OZ:
 
Travel over the rainbow and along the yellow brick road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion on a journey to Oz. A cast of 80 area students and high schoolers bring the characters to life, complete with Glinda, a wicked witch, monkeys, munchkins, and even Toto! Tickets are $10.Performances are at 7pm on March 22, 23, and 28-30. The March 24 show is at 2pm. Order tickets at http://bit.ly/2019HebronOz or purchase at the door. Don't miss this magical production, which reminds us all, that there's no place like home!







CASEY CARES/KAMI'S JAMMIES: Please consider donating new two piece pajamas for critically ill children through Kami’s Jammies. Sizes toddler through adult. Adult (teen) sizes especially needed. Pajamas are delivered to hospitals in the area. Place in the donation bin by the front office. Thank you for your support! Questions? Kristinduda1@hotmail.com.

































































COMMUNITY OUTREACH: Please consider donating school supplies to children in Howard County.  Please fill the box by the front office. Pencils, notebooks, crayons, etc. Thank you for supporting those in need! Questions? kristinduda1@hotmail.com.


BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION: 
WoES is a participant in the programPlease visit their website here for information on the 100’s of eligible products. We will have multiple collection dates throughout the school year.  Please be on the lookout and send in the Box Tops with your child.  
 
INTERESTED IN SCOUTING: 
Boy Scouts: Join Pack 495 Worthington Cub Scouts! Come join in the fun. Any grade level can participate. Contact Robert Hooten at hootenbuilds@gmail.com or 443-802-9864.
Girl Scouts: Anyone interested in joining a troop, either already formed or starting a brand new one, contact Laura Diaz at gscookietroop@gmail.com.


FITNESS IS FUN: At THE OKINAWAN KARATE DOJO, students become focused, more respectful, and skilled with sound self-defense basics!!For more information, call 443-574-8999 or visit www.okdkarate.com.

WEATHER GUIDELINES: Exercise outdoors is healthy and is strongly encouraged. It provides a break from the regular school routine, a chance to get some outside air, and an opportunity to run off excess energy. If conditions preclude the full recess time, even a five-minute break can revitalize children and prepare them for more sitting and academic learning. Children are expected to wear warm clothing to protect them during cold weather when participating in recess or outside activities. 
The decision to go out or stay in for recess is the decision of the Administrator at individual schools. However, the following are to be considered in determining if recess is to be held outside:
Temperature and wind chill
Age of students
Length of time outdoors
Adequacy of the children’s clothing
Condition of the playground
Falling precipitation (more than a sprinkle or mist)

Generally, it is assumed that students will be outside for recess when the temperature combined with the wind chill is not less than 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Children with certain health conditions may need special accommodations during extremely cold weather. Parents of those children should provide medical documentation and may be consulted to determine if other arrangements are necessary.












Wednesday, March 13, 2019
7PM WoES



ATTENDANCE: 
We strive to keep accurate attendance records for all students.  When a student is absent from school, the absence is coded "absent" without a reason. When a note is provided by parents, the absence is then coded with the reason. The following are examples of codes/reasons for absences entered in our system: illness, appointment, parent discretion. We have many students that have unexcused absences. IF your child has been absent and you have not provided a note, this is an unexcused absence.  Please send in a note stating the reason for the absence as soon as possible, and the absence will be properly coded. 

*** PLEASE NOTE *** Rate of chronic absenteeism is being calculated by The Maryland State Department of Education for our “School Report Card” being released last week.  Absenteeism is closely monitored and we will be following the county expectations for monitoring this data.  For any students exceeding 15% absenteeism (excused or unexcused), parents will receive a letter from the school per our county expectations. We encourage families to take vacations during set times off from school as designated from the HCPSS calendar. 


  

Please contact Ms. Alisha Coleman, Health Assistant or Ms. Stacey Naecker, School Nurse at 410-313-2575.


COLD & FLU SEASON: As cold and flu season begins, many parents struggle with whether to send their child to school when they are not feeling well.  Although school attendance is an important part of academic success, there are times when it is best to keep your child home to speed their recovery and to prevent spreading germs to the others. The following guidelines will help you decide whether your child is too ill to go to school.
• If your child has a fever over 100°, keep them home until they are fever free for 24 hours without any medication.
• If your child is experiencing vomiting and/or diarrhea, keep them home until they are no longer experiencing vomiting/diarrhea.
• RED EYES- ESPECIALLY IF THERE IS ALSO DRAINAGE OR CRUSTING AROUND THE EYE -this may mean your child has conjunctivitis, also known as pink-eye.  Although not all conjunctivitis is contagious, a physician should examine your child to determine if they are contagious and when they may return to school.
• EARACHE, HEADACHE, SORE THROAT– If your child is experiencing distracting pain, it is best to keep them home in order to manage their pain and see a physician.

When to Contact the Health Room:  Please notify the health room if your child has been treated for strep throat, chicken pox, flu, an injury or head lice. This information is kept confidential.  The health room uses this information to keep your child and the school community safe and healthy.

For more information, please contact the Health Room or check out these resources from the Centers for Disease Control:
  • http://www.cdc.gov/flu
  • http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/prevent.html
  • http://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/health_and_academics
 











PTA NEWS
 
PTA OPENINGS FOR 2018-19 and 2019-20 SCHOOL YEAR: Our very active PTA needs your help!  Our PTA plans activities for our school such as the Back to School Picnic, After School Activities, Secret Shoppe, Lego Night, Talent Show, Family Bingo Night and silent auction, Orioles Day 5th Grade SCH and 5th Grade End of Year Celebration and more. It also supports our school's parties and staff appreciation efforts. If interested, please contact Ginny Peralta at worthingtonptapresident@gmail.com.

NEW OPENING: After School Activities Coordinator: Are you looking to get more involved in the PTA? We are looking for someone to take over the planning of after school activities! This is a vital role… please consider helping! 
End of Year Celebration Event CoordinatorAre you an event planner at heart? Every year, we try to coordinate a movie night, picnic, or something super fun to celebrate the end of the school year. You would be the one in charge!
Silent Auction AssistantsOur BINGO event is one of the most attended each year and the silent auction is a huge moneymaker for the PTA. Our silent auction chair needs a few hands to help solicit items for the baskets, put the baskets together, store items, and help with the actual silent auction.

We are also looking for WoES PTA Leaders for our next school year. Current terms for President, Vice President and Treasurer will expire this year. Please contact Ginny Peralta if you are interested in taking on one of these vital roles. 

STAY IN THE KNOW...DOWNLOAD 'REMIND' TODAY: 
The Worthington PTA is piloting the use of Remind to help remind you of PTA related information (i.e upcoming events/deadlines, spirit days, community outreach efforts/needs, etc.) Remind is an app that allows you to receive messages from the PTA via push notification, text and/or email – you can choose how you’d like to receive your messages in the account settings. To join, please download the free Remind app in your device- appropriate app store.  You will then join a class - our class name for this school year (2018-19) is gperaltaPlease note that messages will be sent from the PTA, not the school.  You should still watch your email carefully and diligently for school-sent information.

PTA MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: Be your student's hero. . . Join the PTA and donate today! The Worthington PTA organizes cultural arts events, class celebrations, and social events for all Worthington students. Your donation funds these events, and gives you a voice in monthly meetings with the Worthington administration. Join today at www.worthingtonpta.com.

PARENT VOLUNTEER PROCEDURES: Parents who are asked to chaperone field trips or wish to volunteer must complete a brief training course online and submit a certificate of completion to the school.  Visit HERE to complete the training and receive your certificate.










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WORTHINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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

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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.  We are also looking for a business partnership with a printing/copying company. Contact worthingtonptapresident@gmail.com for more details.