The Weekly News

Fri, 03/22/2024 - 2:19pm


Dear Manor Woods Families,

Spring Break is here! Whether you're planning family adventures, relaxing at home, exploring new hobbies, or simply enjoying the warmer weather, we hope this break brings rest, renewal, fun, and wonderful opportunities to connect. We'll see you refreshed and ready to learn after the break on Tuesday, April 2nd!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Kelli Jenkins, Principal

Jennifer Zinn, Assistant Principal



25 - 28 -  Spring Break - Schools Closed
29 -  Spring Break - Schools and Offices Closed


1 - Spring Break - Schools and Offices Closed
2 - Schools and Offices Reopen
9 - End of 3rd Quarter
10 - Professional Work Day - Schools Closed for students 

11 - PTA Meeting, 6:30PM

17 - Report Cards To View on HCPSS Connect, 4:00 PM





The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that states administer annual state assessments to all students in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics in grades 3-8 and once in high school.  

Manor Woods students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will take the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) in both ELA and math.  The MCAP provides information to educators, parents, and the public on student progress towards proficiency on the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards.  For more information, visit 

The MCAP assessment window is Thursday, April 4 - Friday, May 31.  Specific testing dates are below for each grade level.  Please make every effort to have your child attend school on testing days and to refrain from scheduling any appointments during these times to minimize missing instruction due to make-up testing.  There is no need to study for the MCAP.  To prepare, have your child get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and arrive at school on time.  


3rd Grade - April 17, 19, 22, and 23

4th Grade - April 17, 19, 22, and 23

5th Grade - April 9, 12, 15, and 16 


3rd Grade - May 3, 6, 7, and 8

4th Grade - May 3, 6, 7, and 8 

5th Grade - April 26, 29, 30 and May 1


Parents of students with IEPs,

Please take time to complete the MSDE Parent Survey that was recently mailed to you. This survey provides HCPSS the information about how well we are partnering with you and promoting parent involvement. Your feedback will help guide efforts to improve special education and related services in HCPSS. Please access the survey using this link:


Lost and Found

Please make sure you check the lost and found.  Items may be found by the cafeteria entrance. 

Congratulations Advanced Robotics Team 

Congratulations to two of our fifth graders, Evan Tan and Christopher Zhao, who are members of the first Lego team: Advanced Robotics. Their team won first place in the FLL Maryland state championship on February 24th. They will represent Maryland and compete in the international 2024 First Championship in Houston in April. WAY TO GO MIGHTY DUCKS!

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

Counselors Corner

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!

Click here for Flyer

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

On Saturday, April 13, 2024, the Howard County Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) will sponsor the annual Children’s Discovery Fair, "Math All Around Us". This free event for preschoolers and caregivers will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the new East Columbia 50+ Center (6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045)..

This school readiness event, part of the Launch into Learning initiative, is in celebration of Howard County’s Month of the Young Child. The Children’s Discovery Fair has been very successful in past years, attracting hundreds of families. This event is an opportunity for Howard County programs and organizations to give back to the community by offering fun, hands-on learning opportunities for children. Families will learn important information about school readiness and community resources.

This year's event will include the Colgate Dental Van, which will be offering free on-site dental screenings for children!

Please share news of this event with your students and families!

Children's Discovery Fair Flier- English

Children's Discovery Fair Flier-Spanish

Children's Discovery Fair Flier-Chinese

Children's Discovery Fair Flier-Korean



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: