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.

JOIN US FOR THE NEXT PTA MEETING:
Thursday, November 19 @ 7pm-8pm PTA meeting via Zoom
Meeting ID: 892 7517 9012, Passcode: woespta

[remember: you can use your child’s chromebook if you “join with browser”]

IMPORTANT DATES:

November 15 - American Education Week

November 17 - Individual Student Pictures ~ Retake/Make-up November 18 - Conference Scheduling Closes

November 18- PTA Meeting @ 7 pm

November 22 - School Closes 3 hours early for Parent/Teacher Conferences No 1⁄2 Day PreK/RECC

November 23 - School Closes 3 hours early for Parent/Teacher Conferences No 1⁄2 Day PreK/RECC

November 24 - School Closed for Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 25 - School Closed for Thanksgiving November 26 - School Closed for Thanksgiving Weekend

December 9 - PTA Meeting @ 7 pm

December 15 - School Closes 3 hours early for a Professional Work Day No 1⁄2 Day PreK/RECC

December 23 - Winter Break Begins

Keep up with the Related Arts schedule with this color coded calendar


RELATED ARTS COLOR ROTATION ~


NOVEMBER & DECEMBER

CHANGES TO THE SCHOOL YEAR 2020-2021:

On Tuesday, November 2, the Board of Education approved modifying the 2021-22 school calendar. The days listed below are now 3-hour early dismissal days. Our school will close at 12:55 PM each day.


Those days are:

December 15th January 19th February 16th

March 16th April 27th May 18th

COMMUNITY NEWS

HCPSS COMMUNITY NEWS & PROGRAMS: For more information on community resources, programs, and other news, visit https://community-programs.hcpss.org/

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.

WORTHINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

4570 Roundhill Road Ellicott City, MD 21043

Phone: (410) 313-2825 Fax: (410) 313-2829

http://wes.hcpss.org




FREE & REDUCED MEALS PROGRAM: HCPSS will provide meals at NO COST to any HCPSS student and all children under 18. Click here to learn more or to apply. NOTE: The free Grab-N-Go summer meals program has been extended through the summer at select school locations.

HCPSS NEWS

2020/2021 SCHOOL CALENDAR: Please ensure you have the latest calendar updates. The 2020-2021 school calendar was modified. 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/

FAMILY FILES: It is important that we have up-to-date emergency contact information for each student , in the event that our staff need to communicate directly with our families. You can access the Family File by logging in to the HCPSS Connect at www.hcpss.org/connect/.


ATTENDANCE: Active student participation is the key to student achievement, both in the classroomand 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:

If your child is absent, please send a note explaining the absence to this email address: WOESABSENCE@hcpss.org. All absences will be considered unexcused without a note/email explanation. Please contact Iris Feinberg at iris_feinberg@hcpss.org or Donna Thorn at donna_thorn@hcpss.org if you have any questions.



It is essential to ensure students are healthy enough to attend in-person instruction. Parents/guardians are to perform a symptom check every day before the student leaves home. A student having any of the following symptoms should not be sent to school and may continue to access their classrooms virtually, if they are well enough to do so:

  • Fever of 100.4 or higher/chills

  • New uncontrolled cough

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Extreme fatigue (or feeling very tired)

  • Congestion/runny nose (notify health room of seasonal allergies)

  • Sore throat

  • Headache (if that is unusual for your student)

  • Muscle/ body ache

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Nausea/vomiting, diarrhea

Please contact the WoES health room at 410-313-2575 with any questions or concerns and remember to update the health room with your student's health conditions. We are here for you and committed to keeping the Worthington community safe!

Sue Wingard RN (school nurse) Suzanne_Wingard@hcpss.org

Alisha Coleman (Health Assistant) Alisha_Coleman@hcpss.org

IMMUNIZATION NOTICE: You may have received a letter or phone call from the health room regarding your child's immunizations. The HoCo Health Department is holding immunization clinics for students who do not have insurance or have Medical Assistance. The clinics are held on Wednesdays and Thursdays and are free of cost. You can make an appointment by calling 410-313-7500. When school resumes, children who have missing vaccines will not be able to attend school until they are up to date with their vaccines. An email will be sent next week to parents of students still requiring immunizations. Please contact Suzanne Wingard RN, school nurse, with any questions. Email: suzanne_wingard@hcpss.org


2021/2022 SCHOOL START/END TIMES:

With the transition to hybrid instruction during spring 2021, school start and dismissal times were shifted by 20 minutes, to reflect the concurrent in-person and virtual learning environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the return to a normalized, fully in-person instructional program in fall 2021, and with consideration for feedback provided by school staff and community stakeholders, the school bell schedule willreturn to the original, pre-COVID times for the 2021-2022 school year.

● 9:25 AM - 4:05 PM

● Doors to open at 9:10 AM

● Students are expected in their classes by 9:25 AM

NEWS FROM OUR SCHOOL COUNSELOR: Please reach out to Julia Southern if you need additional support or visit her canvas page.


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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.

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