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
































FIELD DAY:
 
Friday, May 24th starting at 9:30am and ending at 3:30pm! America Ninja Warrior: Revenge of the Wildcats is the winning theme for our Field Day this year! We will be 'mashing' together two other themes to make it the most memorable experience for our students! Students will have 9 rotations throughout the day: Upper Field (Ninja Warrior), Lower Field (WOES Olympics), Blacktop (WOESNOPOLY), Snowballs, Gymnasium, Cafeteria, Water Relays, and Side of the School (Face painting, etc.). We will need many volunteers to make this event possible. Please consider helping and enjoying this fun-filled day with us! 


WoES NIGHT AT CAMDEN YARDS:
 
Join us for a night of baseball at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Friday, May 31 at 7:05PM as the Orioles take on the San Francisco Giants. Tickets are $24 each and a portion of each ticket purchased goes to our PTA. To register, complete the WoES at the O's Registration form HERE AND THEN proceed below to make payment using the PayPal link below or by dropping a check payable to Worthington PTA to 4637 Tall Maple Court Ellicott City, MD 21043.  Registration AND payment due by 5/19. See you at the yard!

5th GRADE CLOSING CEREMONY: 
This in-school 5th grade closing ceremony will be on Tuesday, June 18th, 9:30-10:30 AM. Due to our cafeteria’s limited capacity of 343, we must limit our number of family members/guests who wish to attend by distributing TWO TICKETS PER FAMILY.  All tickets will be distributed in early June. Please add this date to your calendar!







































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”! In progress

OKINAWAN KARATE DOJO: (K-5) In progress http://www.okdkarate.com/

SILVER KNIGHTS CHESS: (K-5) In progress https://skenrichment.com

LITTLE SCHOLARS NEWSPAPER: (2-5) In progress https://newspaper3rded.eventbrite.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

THANK YOU
Over 100 sets of adoarble pajamas were picked up for Casey Cares and the Kami's Jammies program. That will make many children happy! Your generosity and love will be shared!
































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.

GIRLS ON THE RUN: 
Do you have a 3rd-5th grader interested in Girls On The Run? 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. 


FITNESS CAMPS: After School Transportation/Childcare and Year-Round Camps! The Okinawan Karate Dojo, business partner of Worthington, will be providing after school transportation (and more) at their new facility on 4900 Waterloo Road in Ellicott City! Ready for the 2019-2020 school year and fully licensed by Howard County and Maryland State, the Karate Dojo will have your solution! Services include: transportation from school to the dojo, homework assistance, game and sanctum  recreational activity (karate, tumbling, etc), Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course, and much more!!  Visit them online at www.okdkarate.com. For more information, call 443-574-8999 or okinawankaratedojo@gmail.com.







































































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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.


SPRING ALLERGIES
have started.  Does your child suffer from spring allergies?  The following are some things you can do to help your child during the allergy season:

1) Regularly give allergy medication as prescribed by the doctor.
2) When your child comes in from outdoors, the following may help alleviate symptoms:
a) wash hands with soap and water,
b) wash off face, including glasses, with a washcloth or splash water on face,
c) wipe down from head to toe with the wet cloth, and
d) change clothing, if not going back outside.
3) Try not to allow your child to go into the bedroom with the clothing worn outside; this will prevent the pollen to fall on the bed.

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.