The Weekly Duck, 5/17/2024

Fri, 05/17/2024 - 7:28pm


Dear Manor Woods Families,

We hope our students enjoyed this Friday afternoon doing something fun, creative and/or relaxing. This afternoon provided a great opportunity for our staff to articulate and spend time analyzing multiple forms of quantitative and qualitative data to start the process of making informed decisions about classroom placements for SY24-25. Thank you to the many families who completed the consideration form to provide information for us to consider as we continue to work this spring/summer to finalize class placements. 

We wanted to take the opportunity to give a SHOUT OUT to our FABULOUS 4th and 5th grade students who participated in our Chorus concert last week and our Band concert this week. The musical gifts of our students and staff at Manor Woods are vast and truly amazing! Thank you, Mrs. Rinaldi, Mr. Dobson and Mr. Marini for your dedication to our students and our music program. We appreciate you sharing your musical gifts with all of us! Our students are truly fortunate to have each of you. Thank you! We look forward to our Orchestra Concert on June 4th!

In addition, we want to give a SHOUT OUT to Mrs. Peksa, Ms. Holocker and Ms. Parkinson for a FANTASTIC Field Day on Monday! Our P.E. teachers led an amazing day for our students. Thank you to the many volunteers that helped support our Field Day this week. We appreciate your dedication to our Manor Woods community. And we are so thankful for the hard work and dedication of Mrs. Peksa, Ms. Holocker and Ms. Parkinson to our students and our physical education program.

Wishing everyone a fantastic weekend!

Kelli Jenkins, Principal

Jennifer Zinn , Assistant Principal







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                 


Kindergarten Playdate

Save The Date: May 22, 2024. All Kindergarten students are welcome to meet and play with other new kindergarten students.  Please see the flyer for more information.

Kindergarten and New First Grade Enrollment

It is that time of year when we enroll kindergarteners and new students to first grade for next year! If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1st, please enroll them now! If you know anyone who has a child this age, please have them enroll their child now! The official date to begin enrolling was March 4th, and the enrollment link remains open for registration. The link to on-line enrollment is below! 

Please feel free to call the office at 410-313-7165 with any questions! 

Register Your Child For School

Howard County Pride

HoCo Pride is hosting a t-shirt contest for students in grades K-12. Here is the information. 

Counselors Corner

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

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. 




  • Friday, May 31- End of School Blacktop Bash, 5:30 pm-7:30pm

  • Monday, June 3 - Yogi Castle Restaurant Night

Yearbook Purchase

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

Go to:

Schoold Passcode 1014749226162236

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​​​​​​​

Family Read the Rainbow

Our next FAMILY Read the Rainbow book club will occur on Monday, June 3rd at 6:00PM and feature the book Twas the Night Before Pride. The book's author, Joanna McClintick, will be present at our book club meeting to answer questions and talk about writing the book. The first 50 families with students in Pre school - 5th grade who register for this book club will receive a free copy of the book sent to their home or media center. This book club is open to anyone who would like to join us - students, staff, parents, and community.


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: