The Weekly Duck 11/3/23

Fri, 11/03/2023 - 7:16pm





  • 6 -  Parents are able to sign up for November Conferences at 8:00 a.m.  
  • 8 -  Q1 Report Cards are available to view in HCPSS Connect at 4:00 p.m.
  • 10 - PTA Duck Dash
  • 13 - American Education Week Begins
  • 13 - PTA Restaurant Night @ Coal Fire
  • 16 - Sign up for November Conference Closes at 4:00 p.m.
  • 17 - PTA Duck Dash (Rain Date)
  • 20 - Schools Close 3 Hours Early at  12:15 p.m. for In person Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 21 - Schools Close 3 Hours Early at 12:15 p.m. for virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 22 - Schools Closed for students,virtual  Parent/Teacher Conference
  • 23 & 24 - Schools Closed (Thanksgiving Holiday)



MWES Parent/Teacher Conference Sign-Ups:

The parent teacher conference sign-up window opens on Monday, November 6 at 8 a.m. and closes on Thursday, November 16 at 4 p.m.  Each conference will be 15 minutes.  On Monday, November 6, please login to HCPSS Connect to sign up for a conference time.  

On Monday, November 20, all conferences will be held in person only and will begin at 12:45 p.m.  Parents may only attend their scheduled conference in person.

On Tuesday, November 21, and Wednesday, November 22, all conferences will be held virtually only. Parents/Guardians may only attend their scheduled conference virtually.


  • Fall Parent teacher conferences will take place with the ELA/Homeroom teacher on Monday, November 20 and Tuesday, November 21.  Some teachers may also offer conferences on Wednesday, November 22. 
  • Ms. Parker and Ms. Broadhurst will meet with their grade 4 math classes.  

​​​​​​​If you need assistance with scheduling conferences, please feel free to contact our front office staff.


MWES ~ Staff Appreciation

Month of Gratitude

Let's Give a SHOUT OUT to our Staff

As we move forward into the month of November, this is always a great time to share our appreciation, thanks and gratitude. Reflecting on our many blessings and sharing our gratitude with others can truly make a difference. The staff at Manor Woods works so hard every day to make sure our students and families are happy and successful and we would love your help in recognizing our staff during this month of Thanksgiving. Will you join us in recognizing a staff member? Will you recognize any staff member who is making a difference for your child(ren)?

Please take a moment to recognize a staff member who is making a positive difference. Use this link to SHOUT OUT a MWES staff member: #MWES STAFF SHOUT OUT. We will share the SHOUT OUT with individual staff members as they are received. Thank you for your support in recognizing our amazing staff! 


Lost and Found

Students are starting to collect belongings that have been displayed on tables in our front lobby from our lost and found. Please take a look at the updated pictures and if you recognize something, let your child know to retrieve it from the lost and found area or parents/guardians can stop by school to retrieve the item(s). In the meantime, if your child is missing something, tell them to take a look at the lost and found area outside of the cafeteria or on the tables in the front lobby. As our students are starting to dress in more layers with the colder weather, please consider labeling your child’s coat, sweatshirts, etc. with their name. This makes it easy to return items to students rather than place them in the lost and found area. 




We would like to honor all military veterans related to Manor Woods families.  If you would like to honor a family member or friend, please complete the following form no later than Friday, November 3rd.  We will display these names in our school during Veterans Day in November. MWES Veterans Day Recognition


MWES Food Drive is Coming!

Nov. 8 - Nov. 17:  Manor Woods will sponsor our annual food drive to support the Howard County Food Bank. Beginning next Wednesday, Nov. 8 non-perishable items can be placed in the collection bin located outside of the main office. Items needed are listed here. Your kindness and generosity are greatly appreciated!


PTA News 

Duck Dash

We are busy planning for our biggest fundraiser of the year! SAVE THE DATE: Friday, November 10th (Rain date: Friday, November 17th)! 

We plan to have the 99Pledges fundraising website up and running by early next week so students can start fundraising. Stay tuned for more information about registering on our fundraising website. 

In addition to student fundraising, we are also looking for sponsors who help pay for a Duck Dash t-shirt for all of our students, teachers, and staff. If you or someone you know owns a local business and would like to become a sponsor, please reach out to Allie at for more information about this year's Sponsorship Levels. More Duck Dash information to come as details are confirmed!  


If you haven't already, please take a moment to join the PTA! It's quick, easy and membership funds help to support our school! The PTA funds and supports school-wide presentations, family fun events, teacher appreciation activities, items needed by the teachers for their lessons and classrooms and much more!

Join Today!

Did you know the PTA has a Facebook group to stay up to date with PTA events? Join here today!


Community News & Events


Community Health Fair Free Event

See flyer for more details about this free community health fair on Saturday, Nov. 11, 11am - 2pm in Ellicott City. Activities include annual flu shots, hearing & vision screening, health & wellness coaching and much more! All are welcome.


Parent Information Series

MSDE is proud to partner with our families through the publication of the Parent Information Series. These booklets provide essential information for families of students with disabilities from ages 3 through 21 on important topics that increase collaboration between home and school in planning for their child's education. Topics include:

HCPSS News                      

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

HCPSS Student & Parent Handbook

Click HERE for the county's 2022-23 handbook.  The Student & Parent Handbook can be found online and outlines districtwide practices and policies related to parents and students, including the Student Code of Conduct, school procedures, student responsibilities and more. 

HCPSS Student Code of Conduct

The Howard County Public School System is committed to providing a safe, engaging and supportive learning environment where all policies are enforced fairly and consistently. HCPSS policies and regulations emphasize instruction and rehabilitation rather than punishment and are designed to foster and reward appropriate behavior and keep students connected to school so they can graduate college and career ready. Please read and review the HCPSS student code of conduct with your child(ren) before the school year begins:





MAP Reading and Math reports for students grades 1-5 are now available

Parent directions for how to access scores can be found here.


Save The Date For Picture Retakes

Picture Retake Date is November 15, 2023. 

Order Form Click Here

The Young Authors 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 Young Authors’ Contest Guidelines 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 by December 11, 2023. Contact Mrs. Miskimins with any questions.  All 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.