The Weekly Duck

Fri, 02/16/2024 - 3:59pm

Dear Manor Woods Families,

We had another awesome week at Manor Woods! On Monday, we started The Manor Woods Kindness Matters Challenge and our students and staff have been spreading kindness in all aspects of the day. We hope families access this Action for Happiness Feb. calendar which provides ideas that you and your children can put into action throughout the month to spread kindness at home, at school and in the community.

Our students and staff continue to set goals throughout the quarter and schoolwide we do the same. We continuously look at a wide range of data (quantitative and qualitative) to help drive our instruction as well as make improvements as needed to the culture/climate at Manor Woods. Through this work, we revisit and make adjustments to our school improvement plan to ensure continued progress for the remainder of the school year. 

Below, please find the most recent report, Manor Woods Measures That Matter. You will find important academic and attendance data. This snapshot of information is something we use to continually improve our school. 

Just a reminder, HCPSS schools and offices are closed on Monday, February 19th in observance of Presidents Day. 

We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! 




19 - Schools and Offices Closed - Presidents Day
28 - PTA Black History Month Celebration  'African Americans in the Arts', MWES Cafeteria, 6:30-8:00 PM 


13 - Professional Work and Wellness Day - Schools close 3 hours early
14 - Math Night at 6:00 PM
25 - 29 -  Spring Break - Schools and Offices Closed


1 - Spring Break - Schools and Office Closed
10 - Professional Work Day - Schools Closed for students





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 14, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. for our Family Math Night!

Math Night will have specific grade-level games as well as cultural math activities that families can play together. You will leave the evening with a host of ideas and games to play at home. We hope you will join us for our MWES Family Math Night on Thursday, March 14th from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

In order to help us prepare for this night, please RSVP with the form below by 2/29/24. If possible, please have your child bring a deck of cards with their name on it for the evening games. Thank you!

Register at: 

Math Night RSVP Form


Kids Heart Challenge

Last Call to register and donate in support the Kids Heart Challenge at Manor Woods! Visit to register. Thank you to everyone who has donated to help us reach $5000 towards the America Heart Association!


Counselors Corner

MWES Kindness Matters Challenge 2024

We invite all students and their families to participate in the Manor Woods Kindness Matters Challenge during the month of February (and beyond!). This Action for Happiness Feb. calendar provides ideas that you and your children can put into action throughout the month to spread kindness at home, at school and in the community. Each month, Action for Happiness posts a monthly themed calendar with the goal of helping us be happier, kinder, together. "Kindness is doing what you can, where you are, with what you have." - Unknown

NAMI Howard County

The mission of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is to improve the lives of individuals with mental illness and their families through education, advocacy and support, and to increase awareness of mental illness throughout the community. Visit NAMI Howard County for more information about support group offerings.

Schools Counselors

Ms. Heinlein and Mrs. Salapata, School Counselors, are here to support our students and families. Mrs. Heinlein works with grades K, 1, 4 and 5. Mrs. Salapata works with grades 2 and 3. Ms. Sam Schildt, Counseling Intern from McDaniel College, will be working with us on Wednesdays this semester. Please reach out through email or by calling 410-313-7165 if we can be of assistance. 


Howard Count Recreation and Parks Afterschool Classes

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

Link for parents to view & register for the Manor Woods ES After School classes:¢er_ids=135&activity_department_ids=3&viewMode=list




Yearbook Cover Contest

Yearbook Purchase

Be sure to purchase a yearbook for the 23-24 school year!

Go to:

Schoold Passcode 1014749226162236

Customize Your 2 Free Yearbook Pages by April 11!

  • Add photos from your computer, Facebook, Instagram, Google Drive & more. 

  • Answer fun Memory Questions to help remember the year. 

  • The 2 Custom Pages are FREE and are printed ONLY in your book. 

Want more pages? Each additional 2 pages is just $0.99.

Click Here To View The PTA Newsletter


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

HCPSS and The Council of Elders (TCOE) Community Academies

HCPSS and The Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County (TCOE) have partnered to sponsor the following parent workshops series: 

  • January 27: Processes for Parent Empowerment

  • March 9: Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships

Each engaging session is held virtually on Saturdays from 9-10:30 a.m. Please see the save the date flyer for more information.


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:



Click here to access the 2/9/24 Weekly Duck

23-24 Mid Year MWES Data