MWES Newsletter

Mon, 02/13/2023 - 9:42am




Dear Manor Woods Families,               

February 6-10 is National School Counselor Week.  Our school counselors make a big positive impact in the lives of our students.  Our two school counselors work with students individually, in small groups, and teach whole class lessons in every grade level. They are members of our problem solving teams, consult with teachers and staff, and support families in various ways. Ms. Heinlein is scheduled at MWES every day and focuses her support in grades K, 2, 3 and 5. Mrs. Salapata is split between two schools. She is scheduled to support MWES on Tuesdays, Fridays and alternate Wednesdays. She focuses her support in grades 1 and 4.  We are so grateful for them and all they do to support our school community!  You can complete this google form to share your appreciation or simply send them a quick message.

Monica Heinlein, 
Christina Salapata, 

Our teachers enjoyed meeting with you and your child this week during student-led conferences.  We thank you for your participation, support, and engagement during math conversations.  Please take a moment to complete a quick survey to provide your feedback regarding student-led conferences.  Translated surveys can be found using the QR codes below.  Thank you!




Carol DeBord, Principal

Jennifer Zinn, Assistant Principal


Wednesday was the 100th day this school year!


and the 1,000th day of school altogether for our 5th graders! 

They made structures with 1,000 toothpicks to celebrate.







Important Dates


2/20/23 - Schools and Offices Closed


3/15/23 - Schools Closed 3 Hours Early
3/31/23 - Schools Closed 3 Hours Early

RA Color Days


School News


Young Authors' Contest Updates

Manor Woods Elementary is proud to announce that we have two students who are winners at the county level of the Young Authors' Contest!

  • Congratulations

  •  to 3rd grader Avery Gemi for earning first place at the county level of the Young Authors' Contest. HIs story, The 4 Keys will advance to the state level of the contest!

  • Congratulations to 5th grader, Darshit Sai Gedela for earning first place at the county level of the Young Authors' Contest. His poem, Tomorrow Is My Unbirthday will advance to the state level of the contest! 

Best wishes, Avery and Darshit!

Math Night 

Do you want to support your child's math thinking, but don't want to just give them more work to do?  Are you looking for fun ways to engage with your child?  Does your child like playing games?  If you answered "Yes!" to any of these questions, please join us Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. for our Family Math Night!

Math Night will have specific grade-level games as well as cultural math activities for your children to play in the gym or the cafeteria. While your children play the math games, parents may attend a math presentation in the media center with the HCPSS Coordinator of Mathematics, John SanGiovanni.  His presentation will focus on how parents can help their children with math at home.

We hope you will join us for our MWES Family Math Night on Thursday, March 9th from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

In order to help us prepare for this night, please RSVP with the form below by 2/23/23. If possible, please have your child bring a deck of cards with their name on it for the evening games. Thank you!

Register at:

MWES Kindness Matters Challenge 2023

In recognition of The Great Kindness Challenge and Random Acts of Kindness Day, Manor Woods will combine these initiatives to celebrate The Manor Woods Kindness Matters Challenge January 24 - February 18. Students and staff will use this 28 Day Kindness Challenge Calendar  to spread daily acts of kindness at school, home and in the community. We encourage families to participate in this fun and meaningful initiative. "Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person's life."

From The Health Room

Important Health & Safety Message

All HCPSS students and staff must stay home if they are experiencing symptom(s) associated with any communicable disease. Families, students, and staff should perform daily health checks and stay home if they have symptoms of a communicable disease, including the seasonal flu, COVID-19 and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). Families are encouraged to consider taking advantage of flu and COVID vaccines and boosters.

Students Attendance Procedures

MWES would like to remind families about our attendance procedures. If your child is going to be absent from school, or if you need to provide a note to excuse your child’s absence from a previous day, please use our school absence inbox by emailing, put the student name on the subject line.  You may also send in a note the day your child returns to school. 

Your message must include your: 

  • Child’s First And Last Name

  • Grade/Teacher

  •  The Date Of Absence

  • The Reason For Absence

 Please see the policy for attendance here:  HCPSS Policy 9010: Attendance. 

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. 

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.

Manor Woods Elementary School is super excited to be celebrating Maryland Reading Month 

We will be having special days throughout January:

Tuesday, Jan. 31st - Dress Up as Your Favorite Book or Character


PTA News


All students are invited to enter the Yearbook Cover Contest. Teachers and staff will vote for their favorites, based on creativity and representation of the yearbook theme. First and Second Place will be displayed on the front or back cover of the yearbook. All other entries will be displayed throughout the yearbook.

Yearbook Cover Contest 

Submission requirements:

• All entries MUST use an 8 ½ x 11 sheet of white paper with a vertical orientation AND include:

1.     Our current yearbook theme: “Ducks Fly Together”

2.     “Manor Woods Elementary School 2022-2023”

3. First and last name of the student artist and classroom teacher on the BACK of the picture. Entries with names on the front will be disqualified.

• Only one entry per student

• Submission Due Date: February 17, 2023

Envelopes will be available in all classrooms for students to submit their entries.

Tips for a good entry:

-Use a lot of colors including the background 

-Use up the entire sheet of paper and leave minimal white space

- The bigger the better

- Markers and dark colors are preferred, but you may also use other art medium (crayons, paint, colored pencils)


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

To learn more please visit:

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - DEI Participation

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. 

Black History Month