MWES Weekly Newsletter

Fri, 11/18/2022 - 5:53pm





A Note From Our Administrators


Dear Manor Woods Families,

Please see the below flyer for our Manor Woods Spirited December!



Carol DeBord

Jennifer Zinn
Assistant Principal




Important Dates


12/8 - Wear a shirt with a positive message
12/13 - Winter Concert at 7p.m.
12/14 - Schools Close 3 Hours Early
12/26 - 12/30 - Schools Closed

RA Color Days



School News

MWES Family Bedtime Stories Reading Night

Thank you so much to all of our students and families for joining us on Wednesday, Nov. 30th for a wonderful Bedtime Stories Night. We loved seeing everyone in their pjs, families bringing in blankets, and stuffed animals. The children did a wonderful job being excellent listeners throughout the read-alouds!! It was so fun to see everyone being cozy together! A special thank you to our PTA for the yummy bedtime treats. Also, a big thank you to all our families who donated juice boxes/mini water bottles. Thank you to the Howard County Public Library and The Office of Infants and Toddlers for fun prizes and great resources. Thank you to our ELA Committee and MWES staff for all of their time to make Reading Night so special!!  Happy Reading!

Please visit links for more information:

Early Childhood Programs – HCPSS

Howard County Library System – (

CogAT Testing - Grades 3 and 5

This year, the Howard County Public School System will be administering the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) to all students in grades 3 and 5. The CogAT is a group-administered abilities test that measures students’ reasoning abilities, which they develop through in school and out-of-school experiences. It is not designed to test a student’s academic achievement, but their potential.

The test is made of three batteries – Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal. Each battery takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. The CogAT helps educators understand a student’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses and assists with adapting instruction to meet the needs and abilities of each student.

All students in Grades 3 and 5 will participate in testing. The CogAT will be administered on December 5, 6, and 7 for all third graders and December 8 and 9 for all fifth graders. Please make an effort to avoid scheduling appointments on these days. No special preparation is required. Just send your child to school ready to learn as you do daily.

The Gifted and Talented Education Program will use the data from the CogAT as one criterion for placement into fourth grade Gifted/Talented mathematics classes and middle school Gifted/Talented content classes. Students’ individual scores will be reported to parents in late February/early March.

Winter Chorus Concert December 13

Mark your calendars for the MWES Winter Chorus Concert on December 13!  The concert begins at 7pm.  Chorus members should arrive at 6:45 pm in concert dress (white shirt or blouse, and navy or black pants or skirts.)  We look forward to sharing a beautiful concert with you! ~Mr. Dobson & Ms. Rinaldi

Announcement to Copy and Paste into Canvas/Newsletters

Registration for the next FAMILY Read the Rainbow book club is now open. 

This virtual book club will feature the title, When Aidan Became a Brother written by Kyle Lukoff and illustrated by Kaylani Juanita and will take place on Saturday, January 7th @ 1:30pm. Both Kyle and Kaylani will be present at the meeting! Kyle will do a read-aloud of his book and Kaylani will talk a little about what it was like to illustrate Kyle's story. Both will answer questions from the audience. 
This is a FREE LGBTQIA+ focused book club and open to ALL (families, students, parents, staff, and community). The first 50 families who register will receive a free copy of When Aidan Became a Brother mailed to their home. Learn more about the book and this author/illustrator team here.

Counselors Corner

Mrs. Heinlein and Mrs. Salapata, School Counselors, are here to support our students and families. Mrs. Heinlein works with grades K, 2, 3 and 5. Mrs. Salapata works with grades 1 and 4. Please reach out to us through email or by calling 410-313-7165 if we can be of assistance. 


As a friendly reminder, cold and flu seasons are approaching quickly.  Please remember if your child is sick, we ask that you keep them home.  If your child has a fever of 100.1 degrees or higher, they will need to remain home until they are fever-free for 24 hours with no fever reducing medication.  Frequent hand washing is the best practice to prevent illnesses.

Outdoor Recess Guidelines

Generally, students will be outside for recess when the temperature combined with the wind chill is not less than 20 degrees Fahrenheit or the heat index reading is less than 95. Children with certain health conditions may need special accommodations during extremely hot or cold weather. Parents of those children should provide medical documentation and may be consulted to determine if other arrangements are necessary.

PTA News


December 7 - 5th Grade Kindergarten Photos Due
December 9 - DEI Traditions Due 
December 18 - Final Day for Staff Gratitude Gifts
January 11 - DEI Meeting
January 25 - Restaurant Night - Zen Garden


5th grade Photos - LAST CALL! 

It is a tradition at MWES to put kindergarten photos of the 5th graders into the yearbook. If you would like to participate we ask that you email a picture from your child's kindergarten year (or another photo of them as a baby/toddler) to Please include your child’s full name and teacher in the subject line. DEADLINE EXTENDED: Photos are due by: Next Wednesday 12/7/22


Our next restaurant night has been confirmed for Zen Garden on January 25th - stay tuned for more details!


Have you joined the PTA? All membership dues go directly back to the PTA to help us plan fun family activities, in-school assemblies, classroom supplies, and more! Join today and help us reach our membership goal!

Please contact PTA President Marva Booth at should you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns.



Community News & Events


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

News From Howard County Health Department

Dear Howard County Community,

Since August, COVID case rates, test positivity, and new hospital admissions due to COVID have continued to trend downward. The COVID Community Level is LOW. As a reminder, Community Levels are categorized as low, medium, and high based on the number of COVID-19 cases in a given community and the impact of severe disease on community-based healthcare systems. The Omicron subvariant known as BA.5 remains the most dominant, with subvariants slowly increasing in Maryland. While COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths remain lower than earlier in the year, we do expect an increase in the coming months. To prevent serious illness, continue with the strategies we have learned over the past 2½ years. These strategies include vaccination, masking, testing, isolating when sick, and use of medications when prescribed. CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and get the bivalent booster when eligible.  

While the COVID Level is currently LOW, our community is seeing a significant increase in other viruses that are especially impacting children. Influenza (flu) and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) are causing many young children to develop severe respiratory disease requiring emergency room treatment and hospitalization. Our Maryland pediatric hospitals are experiencing a surge in patients causing some children to be transported to other states for care. Schools are seeing high absenteeism due to these viruses among older children.

Read more here: Office of the Health Officer - Howard County

New and updated information will be posted on our website,

Annual Writing Contest

The Howard County Literacy Association invites students in grades 1-5 to submit their original poems and/or short stories to the annual writing contest called The Young Authors' Contest. Please see the attached YAC Flyer Announcing Contest for information about the rules and guidelines. All entries must have a completed YAC Cover Sheet sent as a PDF. Submissions may be emailed to Mrs. Moy by December 10, 2022. Contact Mrs. Moy with any questions.   

Young Authors’ Contest information can be found on the HCLA website.. Howard County Literacy Association welcomes parents as members.  Visit the HCLA Welcome Page for information about joining. 

School -Based Mental Health Services

Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) is expanding its school-based mental health services. Previously available in 45 schools across the county, these services will be available at all HCPSS schools by the end of the first semester of the 2022-23 school year. The services, including therapy provided at school buildings during the instructional day, are provided by HCPSS’ school-based student services teams in collaboration with community mental health agencies.

For more information please click on the link:

Teen Mental Health Event

Please see the following flyer regarding the Teen Mental Health Events coming up on December 15th. Please see additional information below. Thank you!

WHO: Teens, ages 11-18

WHAT: The Howard County Health Department shares mental health services available for you and your loved ones, including the 988 Crisis Line, Behavioral Health Navigation Services, Suicide Prevention efforts, Crisis Services, and supports from HCPSS. Get help for yourself or a friend and become a change-maker!

WHEN: Thu, Dec 15, 3 – 4 pm

WHERE: HCLS Savage Branch

Inclement Weather Asynchronous Instruction Plan

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) now allows local school systems to repurpose inclement weather days as asynchronous school days. At the superintendent's discretion, HCPSS will use up to three inclement weather asynchronous days during the 2022-2023 school year. One of two additional codes will be instituted to reflect the decision to transition to an asynchronous instruction day:

  • Code Purple Asynchronous Student Day - School buildings and Office buildings are open for staff only

  • Code Pink Asynchronous Student Day - School buildings and Office buildings closed

On these Code Purple and Code Pink days, HCPSS curriculum resources for secondary students will be delivered within the Canvas learning management system. Resources will be available for all subjects and courses two hours after the start of the regular school day.  Secondary Students are expected to: 

  • log into each course via Canvas 

  • complete work assigned for each course

  • indicate attendance by submitting the “attendance assignment” posted in each class/course

Students will receive grades for assignments in accordance with teacher parameters for the assignments. In accordance with Policy 8020: Secondary Grading and Reporting, all asynchronous day assignments must be completed within 10 days.

For more information, please visit HCPSS Inclement Weather Asynchronous Instruction Plan.



To learn more please visit:


DEI Parent Team/ DEI Staff Team

Winter is fast approaching!  Manor Woods Elementary wants to know what traditions your family has!  We are asking students to bring in a representation of their most favorite traditions.  They can make a poster (see attached for a template) or send in a picture with a small explanation.  This tradition can be a holiday celebration (Hannukah, Christmas, Lunar New Year, Kwanzaa, solstice, etc.) or a yearly winter activity (ice skating in New York City, helping at a soup kitchen, walking through the Festival of Lights, ice sculpting, baking, etc). Our hope is to put up posters and pictures around the school to share our different cultures and traditions!  Please send your poster or picture/explanation in by 12/9 to your homeroom teachers.

Each grade team has a winter tradition padlet. Please share your family photos or videos about your winter traditions via padlet. Thank you!


Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - DEI Participation

As we continue to work on celebrating our differences through cultural events at MWES, we are looking for more parents to participate in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Parent Team. The mission of DEI is a school community where every member feels seen, heard and empowered. Please contact Demika Johnson at if you would like to join or have questions. 

You can volunteer through sign-up genius. Please click the link if you are interested.

Next DEI Meeting 

January 11th at 6:30pm via Zoom