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Westchester Updates and
Communication
In effort to keep all Westchester
Stakeholders informed and up to
date, the following slides have been
created by your Administration
Team and STAT Teacher.
BCPS Digital Transition
A 5 year transformation that began in 2013 and involves a shift in teaching and learning.
Digital Conversion for Students
All students currently have
access with their username
and password (username and
password will be reissued at
the beginning of the school
year).
One-to-One Devices at Westchester Elementary School
• Grades 1-3 will receive devices in December of 2015
• K and Grades 4-5 will receive devices in the 20162017 school year
BCPSOne
• BCPSOne has been restructured based on all BCPS
stakeholder input.
• Students can access all digital resources and individual
grades through BCPSOne using their username and
passwords.
• Parent logins only allow for the viewing of grades.
If you have any questions or concerns
accessing BCPSOne please contact Amanda
Crabb at acrabb@bcps.org.
Boundary Change Process
• Westchester Elementary School’s population will increase in the 2016-2017
school year as a result of redistricting.
• To determine new boundaries a committee has been formed to develop
and evaluate a variety of scenarios to present to the entire community for
selection.
• School Committee Members include the following individuals:
• Mr. Byers, Principal
• Mrs. Merashoff, Assistant Principal
• Mrs. Noppenberger, 2nd grade Teacher
• Community Committee Members include the following individuals:
• Mr. Tadd Russo
• Mrs. Allison White
• Please refer to your handout for additional information and a calendar of
meetings.
Westchester Construction Update
• This school year we will be under construction for an addition that
includes the following:
• 10 classrooms
• Rooftop garden
• Additional playground
• Monthly construction progress updates will be available on the
website
• http://www.westchesteres.bcps.org
• Please refer to your handout for additional information
Westchester
Construction
Snacks
• Limited snack breaks are being provided to students
who are in school for 4 hours or more prior to having
lunch. This includes the following grades:
• First Grade – Lunch 1:00-1:35
• Third Grade – Lunch 1:10-1:45
**Please provide students with a healthy snack option that
does not contain nuts or peanut oil.
• A healthy, safe snack option list was provided to
students in grades 1 and 3 on the first day of school.
Birthday Cupcakes
• Must be store bought
• Please drop off to nurse, in the office by 9:00am on the day of the
celebration
• The nurse will check the ingredients, to ensure the safety of all
students, and deliver the cupcakes to the classroom teacher
• Your child’s teacher will determine the best time to provide a small
celebration
• If you would like to be present please contact your child’s teacher, in
advance, to determine the best time
Gifted and Talented
Advanced Academics
Elementary Advanced Academics in BCPS is a continuum of opportunities that
allows all students access equitably.
Elementary School
• All students have access to enriched and accelerated learning experiences through a
responsive model.
• Daily small-group instructional time is provided with their academic /intellectual peer
group.
• Students are not identified or coded as “GT” until the end of 5th grade.
• Please refer to your handout for additional information.
We Need You!!!
• Westchester needs volunteers who are willing to come during the school
day and work with children on academic skills and/or assist in the
cafeteria.
Come get more information!
• When: Wednesday, September 9, 2015
• Time: 9:30-10:00 AM
• Where: Westchester Elementary – Library Classroom
• What: A brief meeting to explain Westchester’s need and expectations
for volunteers in the classroom and cafeteria.
***A copy of the invitation was included in the Back to School newsletter!
Julie Bogusz
Ben Maguire
Beth Miller
Krissy Weber/ John Pendleton
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Visual Arts: Gina Santos and Ellen Cook
Physical Education: Bob Barbagallo and Jeff Walen
Vocal/Instrumental Music: Liane Ruppert and Kristen Trumpler
Library/Media Specialist: Colleen Adam
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Guidance Counselor: Stephanie Walsh
School Psychologist: Pam Herzberger
Reading Specialist: Betty Mondesir
STAT: Amanda Crabb
• Special Education: Mary Lynn Forte, Jennifer Garancheski
and Patty Hixenbaugh
• Speech/Language Pathologist: Chris Klein
• Physical/Occupational Therapists: Jeanette Curry
M
T
W
TH
F
9:00 – 9:20
Arrival/
Announcement
9:00 – 9:20
Arrival/
Announcement
9:00 – 9:20
Arrival/
Announcement
9:00 – 9:20
Arrival/
Announcement
9:00 – 9:20
Arrival/
Announcement
9:20 – 10:20
AM Academics
9:20 – 10:20
AM Academics
9:20 – 10:20
AM Academics
9:20 – 10:20
AM Academics
9:20 – 10:20
AM Academics
10:20 – 11:10
Special
10:20 – 11:10
Special
10:20 – 11:10
Special
10:20 – 11:10
Special
10:20 – 11:10
Special
11:10 – 12:30
AM Academics
11:10 – 12:30
AM Academics
11:10 – 12:30
AM Academics
11:10 – 12:30
AM Academics
11:10 – 12:30
AM Academics
12:30 – 1:05
Lunch
12:30 – 1:05
Lunch
12:30 – 1:05
Lunch
12:30 – 1:05
Lunch
12:30 – 1:05
Lunch
1:05 – 1:20
Recess
1:05 – 1:20
Recess
1:05 – 1:20
Recess
1:05 – 1:20
Recess
1:05 – 1:20
Recess
1:20 -3:45
PM Academics
1:20 -3:45
PM Academics
1:20 -3:45
PM Academics
1:20 -3:45
PM Academics
1:20 -3:45
PM Academics
3:45-4:00
Dismissal
3:45-4:00
Dismissal
3:45-4:00
Dismissal
3:45-4:00
Dismissal
3:45-4:00
Dismissal
Grades 4-5
Time:
An average of 60 minutes per day for all subjects combined with the possibility of
long-term assignments which may occasionally require additional time.
Frequency:
Four to five times a week would be anticipated. No specific assignments will be
given which must be completed over holidays.
Interims
• Used between reporting periods to communicate student
progress.
• Generally sent home in the middle of the term, but may be
sent at anytime and as often as necessary to communicate
effectively.
• Self-Development
– SOAR
 Safe, Organized, Accountable,
Respectful
– Goals
– Behavior
– Responsibility
• Classwork Policy
– Completion of tasks
– Participation
• Homework Policy
– Extension of classwork
– Independence
– Complete to the best of ability
– Recess : individual help time
• Agenda: Parent signatures, notes
• Westchester Folder/Plastic Folder – check and clean out daily
 Decide the best organizational method for you and your
child
 Email us with absences, dismissal changes, etc.
• Grade 5 will attend:
• Marshy Point/Miami Beach –9/30
• BSO - TBD
• End of the Year Field Trip
• End of Year Picnic – Patapsco State Park
Instrumental Music
-Optional Pull Out Program during the school day, from September until MAY (I
really try to encourage the students to stick it out ALL year. We’re a Team!)
-All students MUST turn in the permission form, even if they are opting out of the
program (Due September 17th)
-There are (2) 25 minute lessons per week, which will rotate every other week
(For example your student will miss an Academic for 25 minutes every other
week. IF there is a test/ test review then they should stay in class.)
-IF the schedule is NOT working, Ms. Trumpler is VERY flexible with trying to make
an adjustment and working with the 5th grade team.
-Students will have a BUDDY in each class they are leaving for Band/ Orchestra.
This buddy is a reference and will be someone to help fill them in on work they
missed, and someone they can call for help at home. Buddies will be assigned the
first week of lessons.
Concerts
-There are THREE concerts:
Winter Concert
Tuesday January 11th at 6:30pm (Snow Date Tuesday January 26)
Please have your student wear Black pants/ skirt and white tops
Side by Side Concert
At Catonsville Middle School (with other elementary schools)
Thursday April
Report at 6:10pm and the concert begins at 7pm
Please have your student wear Black pants/ skirt and white tops
Spring Concert
Tuesday May 24th at 6:30pm
Students will wear the 5th grade T-Shirts
WHY should they do Music?
1. It teaches them a skill. You don’t have to be good at first. TRUST Ms. T
2. It teaches them to be a part of a team.
3. They learn Time Management. There’s only 10 minutes of home practice
required each day… but WHEN should they do that?
4. They get to MAKE MISTAKES! (Then learn from them, but with no fear of
failure!)
5. Friendships/ Working together. They form them. They develop the social
skills to do this.
6. It teaches them determination and perseverance.
7. It helps with Spatial-Temporal Brain Skills (it can help them visualize, which
helps in problem solving which is a HUGE skill in MATH!)
8. It helps with fine motor skills/ coordination. There’s nothing like trying to
press down 3-8 fingers at one time, while trying to sit up tall, move your
arm or use your air. WOW. Lots going on.
9. Fun Field Trips. More to come on that later… but Ms. T is trying to plan a
Hershey Park trip for the Band/ Orchestra in the Spring…
• Ms. Bogusz: jbogusz@bcps.org
• Mr. Maguire: bmaguire@bcps.org
• Ms. Miller: bmiller9@bcps.org
• Mr. Pendleton: jpendleton@bcps.org
• Ms. Weber: kweber4@bcps.org
• Ms. Baldwin: jbaldwin@bcps.org
• Ms. Foster: lfoster3@bcps.org
Let’s Make It a Great Year!!!!!
The Grade 5 Team
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