MWES Newsletter

Fri, 03/10/2023 - 3:52pm



Dear Manor Woods Families,               

As part of our school improvement process, we are asking families to provide input about their equity priorities at our school. Please use the link below to complete the HCPSS Indicators of Educational Equity Survey by May 31, 2023.  We will use your input, along with other school data, to refine our school improvement plan for next year. 

This survey is anonymous and available in multiple languages. If you have children at more than one school, please complete one survey per school. 

If you have any questions, please contact Carol DeBord, Principal or Razia Kosi, ODEI Coordinator for HCPSS.



Carol DeBord, Principal

Jennifer Zinn, Assistant Principal




                                              Important Dates

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

RA Color Days


                                                    School News

MWES School Wide Reading Incentive 

MWES is participating in the 2023 Bowie Baysox "Read & Hit a Home Run" Reading Program!!! To participate in the program children are to read a total of 4 books between Monday, March 13, 2023 and Wednesday, April 12, 2023. Children can read the books both in and out of school. Your child will need to tell their classroom teacher if they read a book outside of the school day, so it is included in the poster that the classroom teacher will keep. 

Each child that reads 4 books will earn 2  FREE tickets to the Bowie Baysox Game on Saturday, May 20th at 6:35 pm for MWES Reading Night. The 2 FREE tickets are for the child and an adult. 

Additional tickets can be ordered at a reduced rate. That information has not been shared yet and the 2 FREE tickets will arrive to MWES a few days before the game and then given to the children once the tickets arrived. 

More details will be shared in the coming weeks, so for now read, read, read!!! ????  If you have any questions please reach out to Natalie Miskimins (Reading Specialist) at

Spring MCAP Testing Grades 3, 4, and 5

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that states administer annual state assessments to all students in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics in grades 3-8 and once in high school.  

Manor Woods students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will take the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) in both ELA and math.  The MCAP provides information to educators, parents, and the public on student progress towards proficiency on the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards.  For more information, visit  

The MCAP assessment window is Tuesday, April 11 - Friday, May 26.  Specific testing dates are below for each grade level.  Please make every effort to have your child attend school on testing days and to refrain from scheduling any appointments during these times to minimize missing instruction due to make-up testing.  There is no need to study for the MCAP.  To prepare, have your child get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and arrive at school on time.  

Third and Fourth Grade

ELA - April 14, 17, 18 and 19

Math - May 1, 2, 3 and 4

Fifth Grade 

ELA - April 24, 25, 26, and 27

Math - May 5, 8, 9 and 11

2023-2024 Kindergarten Registration Opens March 6

Kindergarten registration for the 2023-2024 school year begins Monday, March 6. Parents/guardians of children who will be five on or before September 1, 2023, must enroll their children in kindergarten for the 2023-2024 school year. Details about the enrollment process are available online. Click here to register:

Enrollment Information

Kindergarten Online Registration Week is March 6, 2023.Parents/guardians of children who will be five as of September 1, 2023, must enroll their children in kindergarten for the 2023-2024 school year.

Gather Documentation

Having all your documentation prepared in advance of registration will keep the process moving quickly. If you are missing documentation, your registration will be denied.**

**If you are a multi-family registration (2 or more families living together), please contact our PPW, Jared Woodley,, to complete your registration.

Student Identification Documentation

  •  Student’s evidence of birth (birth certificate, passport/visa, physician’s certificate, baptismal or church certification, hospital certificate, parent/s affidavit or birth registration.)
  •  Proof of parental relationship, custody, or guardianship. If applicable, bring legal proof of custody (court order).
  • Any additional paperwork that may be necessary due to special living arrangements or circumstances.

Academic Documentation

  • Student’s most recent grade report, transcript, report card from last school attended at time of withdrawal.
  • Documentation of Special Education (IEP), 504, Psychological Report, or related services.

Parent Identification Documentation

  • Parent picture ID: driver’s license, passport, MVA identification or other legal form of photographic identification.
  • Signed original, current complete lease or complete deed with your address, valid dates, signatures.
  • Current utility bill with name and address (non-cellular telephone, gas and electric, cable bill issued in the last 45 days.)

Health Documentation

HCPSS Summer Course Registration Info.

Synergy online enrollment requests for currently enrolled HCPSS students will reopen Wednesday, March 1 at 6 p.m. for the BSAP Summer Institute, Gifted and Talented Summer Institutes for Talent Development, Innovative Pathways High School (all courses except credit recovery and Gear Up for 9th Grade), and Summer Math Scholars programs.

HCPSS staff will provide in-person assistance for current HCPSS families who need help submitting their Synergy online enrollment requests for the registration-based summer programs. Support will be provided on Thursday, March 9 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the following elementary schools: Bollman Bridge ES, Swansfield ES, Talbott Springs ES, Waterloo ES, and Waverly ES.

Families can find up-to-date course information and enrollment directions on the Summer Programs web page ( Contact the individual program offices with additional questions.

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. 

March Mindfulness Calendar 

Action for Happiness is an organization whose mission is to inspire people to take action to be happier and kinder, together. Use this calendar at home with your family to live mindfully each day. 

Summer Activities for Children

These summer programs offer children a variety of educational and recreational opportunities during the summer to learn, meet new friends and have fun:

HCPSS BSAP Summer Institute

HCPSS GT Summer Institute

Howard County Public Library System

Howard County Recreation and Parks

Howard Community College Kids on Campus

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


Order your yearbook today at and to Enter your school’s passcode: 1014749226162236. Order anytime but customized pages are due by May 3rd. 


Our next restaurant night is just around the corner and we think this will be a favorite amongst our students! Join us Monday, March 13 at The Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar and receive a custom MWES jar with your milkshake order! There are only 120 custom jars, so be sure to hurry in. 

*All milkshake orders after 4:00PM will receive a custom MWES jar, even if it is not the order of an MWES family.

**If the custom jars run out prior to your family receiving a jar, you can purchase a custom jar after the event. If we determine a separate sale is needed, we will provide those details following this event. 

Please reach out to Allie at if you have any questions!

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.     


Ramadan will begin in the evening of March 22nd, we are working with our students who celebrate Ramadan in completing posters to share with our school staff and students. Thanks to our parent volunteers, Mrs.Altales and Mrs.Baibars, the posters will be displayed on the school bulletin board starting the first week of March. Please check out the following padlet as well!

Volunteers Needed

• Book Club - April

• Multicultural Night  - May 11th from 6pm - 8pm at Marriotts Ridge HS

Please contact DD at or Jasmine Brenan at if you would like to join or have questions.

DEI Book Club: Please join us in reading a book to discuss the subject of race and diversity.  As a first step, help us decide what book to read as a group.  Then we will come together to discuss the book and share our thoughts, perspective, and takeaways. If you are interested in joining the Book Club please complete the Google Form below.

Cultural Night: The DEI Parent team will be hosting a Cultural Night on May 11th from 6pm-8pm at Marriotts Ridge HS. Flyers and Sign-Up Genius to come soon. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Xin at or Jada at

Community News & Events


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

Audition Opportunity 

Please see the flyer for an upcoming audition opportunity for adults and children!

We are looking to cast 15-20 young actors (rising 2nd grade and up) for the "River City Boys Band" (can be female too), as well as one young male actor to play the role of Winthrop and one young female actor to play the role of Amaryllis. The other characters/ensemble will be adults. For those of you with theatrical kids, this would be a fun experience for the whole family to perform together. 

This show will not interfere with any day camps/work as this production rehearses in the evening or on the weekends.

Visit for more details!

Join us for HebronFest 2023 on March 9th at 6pm

Come experience all that Mt. Hebron High School has to offer! Please join us for HebronFEST 2023 on Thursday, March 9th starting at 6pm. HebronFest showcases all that student and parent groups have been working on beyond the classroom. There will be trivia, games, displays, performances and much more! Make sure to join in on the fun! Everyone is welcome!

2023 Summer Programs Registration Open

Online enrollment requests for currently enrolled HCPSS students will reopen today, March 1, at 6 p.m. for the following programs: BSAP Summer Institute (Entering Grades K-9); Gifted and Talented Summer Institutes for Talent Development (Entering Grades 1-8); Innovative Pathways High School (Entering Grade 9 and Current Grades 9-12) - all courses except credit recovery and Gear Up for Grade 9; and Summer Math Scholars Program (Entering Grades 6-8). Enrollment requests can be made by a parent, guardian, school counselor or school achievement liaison via HCPSS Connect Synergy.


School Start Times Adjusted for 2023-24 School Year

The Board of Education voted at its Feb. 23 meeting to adjust school start times for the 2023-2024 year. The exact start time for each school will be determined this spring and shared with the community as transportation routes are finalized. The new start times will take effect beginning with the 2023-2024 school year, slated to begin for students on Aug. 28, 2023. There is no impact to the current school year.


Modifications to the 2023-2024 Academic Calendar

The Board of Education modified the HCPSS 2023-2024 academic calendar and approved the 2024-2025 academic calendar at its Feb. 23 meeting. The return date for staff for the 2023-24 school year will be Thursday, Aug. 17, 2023, and the last day for students is scheduled for Tuesday, June 11, 2024. The first day for students for the 2024-2025 school year is Monday, Aug. 26, 2024.

Positive Solutions For Families

Positive Solutions For Families flier that now includes both a daytime session (at Swansfield Elementary) and an evening session (at Central Library Branch). Registration is now open!!

Affordable Internet

 Affordable Connectivity Program to assist with reducing the cost of high-speed internet.

How to apply
Participating Vendors

Comcast               Free Internet with the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) | Xfinity


HCPSS Student & Parent Handbook

Click HERE for the county's 2022-23 handbook