MWES Newsletter: 9/16/22

Fri, 09/16/2022 - 3:25pm

 A Note From Our Administrators


Dear Manor Woods Community,

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

Happy Independence day to our students of Hispanic origin!  Please see the link below for activities and events. Also, stop by the school and see our Hispanic Heritage bulletin board, created by the PTA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee.


Carol DeBord, Principal

Jennifer Zinn, Assistant Principal





Important Dates


9/16/22 - PTA BINGO Night at 6:00 p.m.
9/20/22 - PTA Meeting at 6:30 p.m
9/22/22 - School Pictures
9/26/22 - Schools and Offices

10/5/22 - Schools and Offices Closed
10/18/22 - PTA Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
10/21/22 - Schools Closed - Professional Work Day
10/24/22 - Schools Closed - Professional Learning Day


School News


MAP Testing

September 19 - October 20, 2022, students in grades 1-5 will be participating in the Fall administration of the MAP assessment.  MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) is an untimed, computer-adaptive assessment that provides our teachers with specific information about where your child is performing in reading and mathematics. Teachers use this information to drive instruction in the classroom.  Although the assessment is untimed, students typically finish each session in approximately one hour.  You do not need to do anything special to prepare your child for the MAP assessment other than ensure that they have a good breakfast and a good night’s rest the night before. We do ask that you avoid scheduling appointments on the day when your child will be assessed. Students who are absent on the day their grade takes the assessment will be afforded the opportunity for a make-up session on another date.                                 

Parents will receive a report on their child’s performance on the MAP assessment in the coming weeks. More information about MAP, how it is scored, and how you can interpret your child’s performance is available at .


Fall MAP Testing Dates


Math MAP

Reading MAP

First Grade

September 19

September 21

Second Grade

September 28

October 4

Third Grade

September 29

October 3

Fourth Grade

September 30

October 6

Fifth Grade

September 28

October 4



School Meals 2022-2023

Families are reminded that the federal government has NOT extended waivers allowing free meals for all students. Consequently, for the 2022-2023 school year, students whose families do not qualify for free or reduced lunch will be required to pay the daily meal price:

• Student Breakfast - $2.00

• Free/Reduced Breakfast $0 (Find out more about FARMS here)

• Student Lunch - $2.80

• Free/Reduced Lunch - $0 (Find out more about FARMS here)

• Milk only (1/2 pint) - $.50

Many HCPSS families are eligible to participate in the Free and Reduced Price Meals (FARMs) program, which provides children with a wide range of benefits including free or discounted college tuition, testing and application fees, academic and athletic program fees and many others in addition to free or discounted meals.

Families are urged to check their eligibility and complete a FARMs application as soon as possible. Families must submit a new application every school year.

Details on the Free and Reduced Meals program are available online. Use the link below to apply.

FARMS Online Application Link

Families may prepay with a credit card by setting up an online account at, which also allows parents to view account activity and receive balance alerts. Menus are available on the HCPSS website through Nutrislice.

MWES Reminder

Drop Off Time:  8:30 am,  Late Bell Rings:  8:45 am,  Dismissal:  3:15 pm

When your child is absent, please send an email on the day your student returns to the following address:

Please send an email to the above address with your child's name, the date of absence and the reason for the absence. If a reason is not included, the absence will be considered unlawful. You may copy your child's teacher on the attendance email if you'd like.

We appreciate your help to ensure that our children are marked accurately on their attendance record. 

Late Arrivals
If you arrive at 8:45 AM or after, you MUST park your car in the big parking lot, and walk your child to the building to sign in with a staff member. This is for the safety of your child.

Tardies are tracked on your student(s) report card.

School opens at 8:30 am. If your student isn't in their classroom by the late bell (8:45 am), he/she is considered late. You must accompany your child to and from the building each time your child has a late arrival.

Early Dismissals
Please bring your drivers license. If your student has an early dismissal, please make certain he/she is picked up before 3:00 pm to make certain you are out before our buses begin to arrive. Early dismissals cannot be conducted after 3:00 pm. If you arrive after 3:00pm, you will need to wait in the car loop line until our regular dismissal begins. It is best to alert your child(s) teacher and the front office regarding early dismissals ahead of time.
We would also like for you to provide a note each day your child has an after-school activity. This helps the teacher and your child remember the activity on a weekly basis.

Manor Woods Chorus accompanist needed!

We are in search of a parent volunteer that would be interested in accompanying our 4th and 5th Grade Choruses for our Winter and Spring concerts.  If you are interested or have any questions, please email Ms. Rinaldi at by September 20.

Thank you!

Mr. Dobson & Ms. Rinaldi

Chorus Directors

Save The Date For School Pictures


PTA News


Cub Scout Pack 333 – Please join us!

Is your son or daughter interested in becoming a Cub Scout? Here’s a great opportunity at the Pack 333 Meeting on Tuesday, September 20th at 6:30pm. Adult leaders will be there to answer questions and talk with you about the fun plans that are lined up for the year and have engaging activities planned for the scouts. No prior knowledge or skills required.  Stop by Tuesday, September 20th at 6:30pm at St. James United Methodist Church at 12470 Old Frederick Road.  Boys and girls K through 5th grade welcome! For more info, contact Becky Ciecka ( or sign up here:


September 20th - First PTA Meeting

Help us kick off the new school year by joining the PTA! This is a great opportunity to be more involved in our school, hear from our administration and meet other Manor Woods families. Join now for early bird pricing of just $25. It's quick, easy and membership funds help to support our school! The PTA funds school-wide presentations, family fun events, teacher appreciation activities, and items needed by the teachers for their lessons and classrooms. 

Join Today! The price goes up October 1st!

Did you know the PTA has a Facebook group for our families to connect? Join here today!


Did you know the PTA has a Facebook group to stay up to date on all things Manor Woods? Join here today!


MWES PTA invites you to attend our kick-off school event -- BINGO!  Join Betty Bingo, Manny the Duck, and your fellow classmates for a fun, family night out next Friday, September16 at 6pm. Weather permitting, the event will take place under the outdoor pavilion and on the blacktop. Pizza and snowballs will be available for sale, so please bring cash for concessions! Registration for BINGO Night is required. Get signed up today! (insert link) Parents are required to stay with their children for the duration of the event. Parking space is limited so please carpool if possible to allow space for more families. We hope to see you there!

Registration link available here:


Help us kick off the new school year by joining us for our first PTA meeting of the year TUESDAY, September 20th! This is a great opportunity to learn more about the PTA, hear from our administration and meet other Manor Woods families. We will be voting in our new PTA Board members at this meeting as well. Per our bylaws, a quorum of 15 past PTA members will need to be present to vote in the 2022-2023 PTA board, so please stop by to help get the school year started! Hope to see you there!


The DEI Parent Team would like to invite you to our first meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 21st at 6:30PM. It will be held virtually at the Zoom link below. "DEI is a space where people can come share, learn, and listen." The more voices, the better, so please join us! Please contact DEI Chair DD at for more information. 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 829 7964 8012

Passcode: 937877

Mabel's Label's Fundraiser

Happy Back to School! Are you tired of all that new gear ending up in the lost and found?? And do you like supporting your kids' school and education, while ALSO getting something for yourself?? We are here to help solve that problem! Manor Woods PTA has partnered with Mabel's Labels, the best-known brand of durable labels for families - for every purchase, 20% goes back to the PTA! The labels are dishwasher (so label those lunch containers) and laundry safe (hoodies and coats!). 

Follow this link and click "Support a Fundraiser" in the top right corner and search Manor Woods Elementary School PTA. 


Community News & Events


Families are encouraged to visit the HCPSS website for all your needs, including:

Students and families are reminded that, returning to pre-pandemic procedures, for the 2022-2023 school year students whose families do not qualify for free or reduced lunch will be required to pay the daily meal price. Eligible families are encouraged to apply for the Free and Reduced Meals program. Full details can be found online.

Wilde Lake Community Association 

This is a free community event featuring face painting, bouncy houses, crafts, games, and lots of great music!  The Wilde Lake Highschool's marching band will perform, along with several other student led bands.  We'll also have a dance party with TK the DJ and delicious food for purchase.  



Howard Lions' Pride Second Annual Craft Fair:  Sunday, November 6th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Howard High School. Our 100+ vendors will be selling crafts, books, candles, kitchen goods, jewelry, home decor, clothing, accessories, and much more! General Info link:

We are still accepting craft and food truck vendors, so please spread the word and this link:

Food Distrubution Information

Free Parenting Classes for Parents/Guardians/Grandparents Starting Soon! 

Adults can learn how to help kids avoid risky behaviors, all while learning how to say NO to drugs and alcohol. HC DrugFree is pleased to present another series of Guiding Good Choices, an evidence-based, interactive prevention program that provides families with the skills and knowledge to reduce the risk that their children will use drugs and alcohol or engage in other dangerous behaviors, for Howard County parents, guardians, and grandparents. This program will meet via Zoom for 5 class sessions (September 21, 28 and October 12, 19, 26) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information or to register visit or email

Medication and Sharps Collection: Clean out your unwanted and expired medicines and sharps!  The next convenient drive-thru collection will be held on Saturday, October 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot (near the Swim Center). Community service hours available. HC DrugFree and the Howard County Police invite families, student/adult groups, scout troops, religious organizations, and sports teams, etc. to volunteer to join us. Medically-trained adult volunteers are needed (nurses, EMTs, pharmacists, chiropractors, etc.) to help safely handle the medication and sharps collected. For more information and to volunteer,  visit contact  or leave a message at 443-325-0040.

Please click here for more details: Take Back & Events (2 boxes) (7J)- Double Sided Color 8-31-22 (1).pdf 

Stay Informed about What’s Happening in Howard County: Sign up for HC DrugFree’s newsletter at to get updates on events as well as information to keep your family safe and informed. 

Positive Solutions For Families

OEIS is excited to announce our fall 2022 Positive Solutions for Families (PSF) parent workshops. PSF is a Pyramid Model parent training program designed to promote positive parenting behaviors to support children’s social and emotional development and help address challenging behaviors. It provides a foundation for understanding child development, building parent-child relationships, and promoting positive parenting practices. We are offering two sessions: one during the morning on Wednesdays and the other in the evening on Thursdays. Workshops will begin the week of October 10th. Please share the Positive Solutions for Families flier with your families and reach out with any questions. 


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) is fast approaching! Our staff has been deliberately learning and exploring Hispanic Heritage Month for several years now. We are sharing slides that have been shared with our students.  We've also included lists of books that may interest your student(s) and a resource page from NEA. Enjoy!



Learning Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month from NEA


Great List of Books

Scholastic Book List


Hispanic/Latin Heritage Month

Hispanic/Latin Heritage Month Opening Series: Latino & Proud: Overcoming Challenges and Adversity - Johns Hopkins, Office of Public Health Practice, Centro SOL

Thursday, September 15th, 2022. This will be a HYBRID event. In-person and virtual options are available. FREE to attend. Register NOW./ Jueves, Septiembre 15, 2022. Este será un evento HÍBRIDO. Habrá opciones presenciales y virtuales. La asistencia es gratuita. Regístrese ahora.

For information about this and other events visit our website at or follow us on our social media channels at JHCENTROSOL/ Para obtener información sobre este y otros eventos, visite nuestra página web o síganos en nuestras redes sociales en JHCENTROSOL

More information


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“We are Here...We are Back!”

  • DATE: September 17th

  • Time: 11:00-5:00

  • $20.00 donation (includes meal)