The Weekly Duck

Fri, 02/23/2024 - 3:59pm




28 - PTA Black History Month Celebration  'African Americans in the Arts', MWES Cafeteria, 6:30-8:00 PM 


4 - Kindergarten and New First Grader Enrollment
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




Department Of Education Gallery

Congratulations to Jacob KonikkaraOmaya RatnatilakeEmma Woods, and Nathan Zhang for having your artwork displayed at the Board of Education!

               4th Grade Showcase 



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

Information For 5th Graders Parents/Guardian

State law requires that all public schools in Maryland survey students about school climate. The purpose of the survey is to gain valuable information about the quality and character of each school’s learning environment so that schools can promote a climate that supports student learning.

Fifth grade students will take the Maryland School Survey during regular school hours on Tuesday, February 27. The survey will ask students about topics such as student engagement, interactions with adults and with other students in the school, the school environment, bullying, and safety. The survey will not ask about a student’s personal experiences, and students will not be asked to provide any information that might violate their privacy.  

The survey is confidential and school personnel will not have access to the responses of specific students. The responses your child provides will be combined with the responses from other students in the school, and results will be reported for each school and district. 

In March, fifth graders will also participate in the Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA) as part of the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP).  MCAP provides information to educators, parents and the public on student progress towards proficiency on the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards. Through a strong assessment system, stakeholders gain an understanding of how schools are performing and where assistance can be directed to support student growth and achievement.  For more information, visit .  Fifth grade students at Manor Woods will take the MISA on Tuesday, March 5 and Wednesday, March 6.

Please make every effort to have your child to school on time on the days mentioned above.  If you have any questions about the survey or MISA, please contact Jennifer Zinn at

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


PTA NEWS                       

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


Mustang Flea Market - March 16th

Marriotts Ridge Music Foundation is hosting a huge indoor flea market fundraiser on March 16th from 8 AM - 1 PM in the MRHS cafeteria. That means it's time to spring clean your closets and clear the clutter. Turn your trash into someone else's treasure and help support our MRHS music program!  For additional information: MHRS Mustang Flea Market


Flea Market Acceptable: gently used clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, furniture, books, games, electronics, curtains, fabric, ornaments, craft materials, knick-knacks, dishes, appliances, toys, exercise equipment, etc.
Large Furniture Items:  please hold until Friday, March 15th drop-off
Not Accepted:  couches or large upholstered furniture, old TVs, mattresses, or pianos
Donations will be accepted at the storage units in the MRHS parking lot near the cafeteria during the following times:  

Saturday     February 24th   12pm - 2pm
                 March 2nd       12pm - 2pm
Friday       March 8th        3pm - 5pm
Sunday       March 10th       2pm - 4pm
Friday       March 15th       4pm - 8 pm

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:



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