The Weekly Duck, 5/10/2024

Mon, 05/13/2024 - 11:10am



Planning for the 2024-25 School Year

The Manor Woods staff is looking ahead to the 2024-25 school year. As part of this process, we would like to give you the opportunity to share some information that you would like for us to consider as we work this spring/summer to finalize class placement for next school year. This consideration form is for you, as parents/guardians, to share specific information about your child that you feel would be beneficial to determine next year's placement.

When placing students, the staff and administration utilize a wide range of criteria, which are supportive of the Howard County philosophy of heterogeneous grouping. Some of these criteria include, but are not limited to:

•    social emotional strengths and needs

•    learning style

•    math, reading and writing strengths and needs

•    assessment results

•    special education requirements; IEP goals

•    structured versus unstructured needs

•    information from previous teachers and school counselor

There are certain concerns that we cannot consider as part of this Consideration Form: therefore we ask that you not use this form to propose the following:

•    specific teacher requests,

•    grouping based on siblings’ experience,

•    grouping based on friends,

•    grouping based on hearsay.

Your input on this form will be used in our planning for your child rather than a letter requesting a specific teacher. Your response is OPTIONAL but is a very valuable source of information to the school staff and to the next teacher.

The form closes on May 15th at 4:00 PM. Thank you for your help. The time, thought, and commitment put into the completion of this form is appreciated. 

Click on the following link to complete the MWES Consideration Form for 2024-25 School Year.







14 - Schools and Offices Closed -Primary Election 
15 - 4th & 5th Grade Band Concert @ Marriotts Ridge HS  
17 - 5th Grade Panoramic Picture
17 - Schools close 3 hours early -Professional Learning Day
20 - 5th Grade Simulated Congressional Hearings (SCH)
22 - Rising Kindergarten Popsicles on the Playground 
27 - Schools and Offices Closed -Memorial Day
30 - 5th Grade Middle School Visit Day (for students only)
31 - Last Day to Register for SY24/25 Bus Transportation


4 - Orchestra Concert @ Marriotts Ridge High School
5 - Schools Close 3 Hours Early (Professional Work Day)
7 - Kindergarten End-of-the-Year Closing (SAVE THE DATE ~ More Information Coming)
12 - Schools Close 3 Hours Early (Professional Work Day)
13 - Schools Close 3 Hours Early (Professional Learning Day)
13 - 5th Grade End-of-the-Year Promotion (SAVE THE DATE ~ More Information Coming)
14 - Schools Close 3 Hours Early (Last Day Of School)


INFORMATION TO SHARE                 


Field Day Rain Date

Due to the inclement weather today (Friday 5/10), outside activities for Field Day  will be postponed until Monday, May 13th. Students will still see the PTA sponsored show of “Corey, the Dribbler” on Friday afternoon.

Thank you to those that have signed up to volunteer Friday. Volunteers are still able to assist on Monday at the altered times below:

  • 9-10 Fifth Grade

  • 10-11 Third Grade

  • 11-12 Fourth Grade

  • 12-1 First Grade

  • 1-2 Kindergarten

  • 2-3 Second Grade

Due to the change in date, if you would now like to volunteer, please register here.  Volunteers must have completed the HCPSS Volunteer Training prior to arriving.

If you have any questions, please email or


 To our mighty musical ducks who performed stellar concerts in the Howard County GT Orchestra and Sinfonia concerts this past Saturday! 

Jessie Cheng, Myla Durland, Olivia Gurvits, Lucas He, Dana Kim, Sam Lee, Nicole Li, Sophie Mao, Dylan Patel, Riley Pearsall, Edgar Rodriguez Abrego, Jayden Sun, & Nathan Zhang  - We are so proud of you!


To the 4th and 5th Grade Choruses on 2 fabulous Spring Concerts. We are so proud of your performances! Special thanks to Mrs.S.Lee, our collaborative pianist, and parent volunteer. Her talent is such a gift to our Choruses!  ~Ms. Rinaldi and Mr. Dobson

Lost and Found

Please make sure to check the lost and found. Pictures show some of the lost items. 

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month

The purpose of National Mental Health Awareness Month, established in 1949, is to increase the awareness of mental health and its impact on our overall health and well-being and to celebrate recovery from mental illness. Check out the resources below to support families' health and well-being. Take the first step to getting help with mental health, alcohol or drug issues

HOCO Children & Family Services Family Workshops May 2024

MEANINGFUL MAY Calendar Action for Happiness

Spring MAP Testing

First and second graders will take the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test for reading and math this month.  The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment is designed to measure a student’s academic achievement and growth over time in reading and mathematics. Together with other classroom-based information, MAP results can help teachers make instructional decisions that match the needs of each child.

MAP is a computer adaptive assessment. In a computer adaptive assessment, as a student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down the difficulty of the questions presented to the student. This creates a personalized assessment for every student.  

For more information visit 

Grade 1 Reading - May 9

Grade 1 Math - May 13

Grade 2 Reading - May 21

Grade 2 Math - May 16     

Kindergarten Playdate

All Kindergarten students are welcome to meet and play with other new kindergarten students.  Please see the flyer for more information.