Mon, 03/20/2023 - 8:51am





Dear Manor Woods Families,               

Save The Date:



Carol DeBord, Principal

Jennifer Zinn, Assistant Principal




Important Dates

3/31/23 - Schools Closed 3 Hours Early

4/3 - 4/10 - Schools Closed for Spring Break
4/21 - Schools Closed for Students 

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

File Bowie Baysox Reading Night 2023 (1).docx


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

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.

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

Spring 2023 Before/After School Classes

Spring 2023 Howard County Recreation & Parks Before/After School classes for students at Manor Woods ES. 

These classes provide fun, structured, educational, and enriching activities for Manor Woods ES students, benefitting both the child(ren) and parents!

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. 


Did your family miss our Crazy Mason night? Or would you just like additional jars? If yes, complete this form! The cost is $6 per jar and must be prepaid in full. Allie will follow-up with all families who complete this form by email for next steps. If you have any questions, please email

Save the date: June 6 at Yogi Castle!

Information about the April Restaurant Night coming soon! 


Grab your rubber-soled dancing shoes and get ready to dance the night away with DJ Keion and all your fellow Manor Woods friends! The PTA is sponsoring a Snowflake Ball  on Friday, March 24 from 6 – 8pm. Enter through the outside cafeteria doors into a winter wonderland! DJ and dancing will take place in the gymnasium, so please wear appropriate rubber-soled shoes. Hot chocolate, treats and other goodies will be provided for the children! Pizza will be available for sale (small bills preferred).

Parents are required to stay and chaperone their children. Siblings are welcome to attend. We recommend that families carpool, if possible, to help with parking.

Please help us prepare for the event by RSVPing.
You can register at or by clicking here

We hope to see you there!

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:


Medication & Sharps Disposal Event: Free. The next safe and convenient drive-thru medication & sharps disposal event will be held on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wilde Lake Village Center Parking lot near the Swim Center. HC DrugFree is accepting prescription and over-the-counter medications, sharps (needles, syringes, EpiPens, etc.), vapes, inhalers, veterinary medication and more. Medication will be guarded/transported by Howard County Police. We are in need of Teen and Adult, and medically trained adult volunteers! Groups encouraged to volunteer. Learn more or sign up to volunteer at Members of HC DrugFree’s Teen Advisory Council (TAC) can earn community service hours for volunteering. If your student is interested in joining TAC, please visit  to learn more and download an application.

Free Parenting Classes (open to grandparents too): Free. Guiding Good Choices is 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. Howard County parents, guardians and grandparents will learn how to encourage your child to adopt healthy attitudes and behaviors, how to communicate more effectively, how to build a relationship of trust, and much more! Classes will be held Tuesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. via Zoom. Learn more or register:

8th–12th Grade Teen Advisory Council: Free. HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council is open to all Howard County students in grades 8 through 12. This is a great opportunity to help prepare younger students for success in high school while allowing older students to develop their leadership and mentoring skills. The registration form is available at and community service hours are available. Email your registration form to or mail a hard copy the office. Meetings are on Zoom from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. To register for the Monday, April 17 meeting or any upcoming meeting, click on the TAC registration link next to the meeting date

Know What’s Happening in Howard County: Sign up for HC DrugFree’s newsletter at or follow us on social media to get updates on events as well as information to keep your family safe and informed:  Facebook  Twitter  Instagram  LinkedIn     

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!

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

Registration is now open! 

This Pyramid Model parent training program is designed 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. Please see this PSF Flier .

This program is designed to help address challenging behaviors in young children and is open to families of students both with and without an IEP.

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