Warren Elementary School Home of the Cubs!


Warren Elementary School Home of the Cubs!
Warren Elementary School
Home of the Cubs!
900 Bosley Road
Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
Jason Barnett, Principal
Jodi O’Neill, Assistant Principal
The Warren Website - http://warrenes.bcps.org/. Be sure and check it out!
Warren News
January 6, 2015
Calendar of Events
Jan. 12
Snyder Foundation -
Jan. 13
PTA Meeting
7:30 pm
Jan. 15
Opera Bear Assembly PreK, KG, Grade 01 and Gr 02
9:00 am
Jan. 16
Field Trip to the National Aquarium – Gr 01
Jan. 19
Schools Closed – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday observed
Jan. 20
Baltimore Blast vs. Warren Staff Volleyball Game
Jan. 21
Wacky Wednesday – Chick-Fil-A Night
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Jan. 21
Black Eyed Susan Club
3:20 pm to 4:20 pm
Jan. 23
Schools Close 3 Hours Early – End of marking period
Jan. 26
Schools Closed – Professional Development
Jan. 28
Geography Bee – Cafeteria
Jan. 30
Family Pizza Bingo Night (SNOW DATE February 6th!)
Feb. 5
Distribution of Report Cards
Feb. 10
PTA Meeting
Feb. 13
Pajama Day
Feb. 13
Schools Close 3 Hours Early for Elementary and Middle
Feb. 16
Schools closed – Observance of President’s Day
Feb. 18
Black Eyed Susan Club
Feb. 25
Snyder Foundation – PreK and Kindergarten
January 6, 2015
appy New Year! I hope the start of 2015 brings
good health and happiness to all. Welcome
As the New Year begins, I would like to take this
opportunity to remind everyone that school begins each
day at 8:45 AM. Anyone arriving after this time misses
important instructional time. Breakfast is served at 8:30
and families are reminded that if your child is eligible for
free or reduced meals, that includes breakfast as well as
lunch. In addition, dismissal is at 3:20 PM. Students
are not supervised after this time, so please make every
effort to pick up your child on time.
9:00 am to 11:00 am
9:30 am to 1:30 pm
6:30 pm
Warren closes at 12:20 pm
1:20 pm
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
7:30 pm
Warren closes at 12:20 pm
3:20 pm to 4:20 pm
9:00 am to 10:00 am
Schools are closed for students on Monday, January 19th
for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The second marking
period ends on Friday, January 23rd and students are
dismissed at 12:15 PM that day. They are also closed for
students on Monday, January 26th while teachers
participate in professional development. These last
weeks of the grading period are an excellent time to talk
with your child about his or her progress. Please login
and check BCPS One frequently in order stay informed
of your child’s progress. There is still time for hard work
to bring up any grades that do not reflect the best effort.
On these frosty mornings, it is important to remind all
families to listen to the news to learn whether school is
open on time. Most television news programs run
information along the bottom of the television screen
throughout the broadcast. You may call 410-887-5555
for information or check the BCPS website. I
recommend that you sign up for School’s Out email
alerts. It is important that we keep the school phone
lines open for communication, so please do not call
school. This is also a good time to review procedures
with your child in case schools close early. If your phone
numbers have changed during the first part of the school
year, please call school so we can send home new
Emergency Contact forms to update your information.
he winners of the “I am NOT a Turkey” contest
are Bonnie Chesser, Mackenzie King and Ethan
Sonntag. Students were learning P21 skills
defined as using creativity and innovation to make a new
product from an existing concept. Take a look at their
creative drawings below:
I look forward to a rewarding 2015 with all of our
Warren families. If you have any questions or concerns,
please do not hesitate to stop by for a visit. My door is
always open and I welcome the opportunity to talk with
Jason Barnett
News from the PTA
Happy New Year Warren Families!
e hope you had a relaxing, fun-filled break!
School is back in session and the PTA has some
fun planned for your family. We are currently
sponsoring the Fifth Grade Ballroom Dance program
and it’s getting rave reviews from our students! Please
plan to join us on Friday, January 30th for Pizza BINGO
night (snow date is Friday, February 6th). Flyers will be
coming home in the next few days for this fun, family
event. The PTA is also proud to sponsor two LEGO
league teams for grades K-3…details will be coming
soon. It’s going to be a great year, we look forward to
seeing you!! Please join us for our next meeting,
Tuesday, January 13th at 7:30 in the Library.
Thank you for your support!
Kitty Fowler, PTA President and the Warren PTA
News from the Library
he library is getting ready to put in a new book
order and your input is valued! The rules for
purchasing new books in the library are that they
are age appropriate and have at least two positive
(favorable) reviews by professional organizations or
journals. Please let me know any suggestions as soon as
possible at [email protected]
“I am NOT a Turkey”
Ethan Sonntag
BCPL Visits Warren
he Baltimore County Public Library visited
Warren kindergarteners to do a read-a-loud and
distribute their new library cards. Each student
that applied for a card was given a new BCPL: My First
Library Card and a backpack to transport all of those
books they can check out at this wonderful facility. The
BCPL staff love children to visit. Ms. Seipp sent me the
following email after she visited Warren Elementary on
Dec. 5th. “Dear Ms. Foltz, I saw a mother and two boys
come into the library this afternoon. The boys were
carrying their SAIL cards and had the BCPL backpacks
on. I recognized one of the boys from Warren. The
mother said they could not wait to come to the library
and use their cards and backpacks. It was a wonderful
moment for me.” Good job Warren Kindergarteners!
The next Black Eyed Susan Club is Wednesday, January
21 and students are reading “I Funny” by James
Patterson. Any club member can come ready with a skit
or funny joke to share with the group. Please make sure
that all skits and jokes are short and are appropriate to
be shared at school. Someone from BCPL will address
the group about the battle of the books. Students must
complete reading the book to attend club that afternoon.
MacKenzie King
Mrs. Foltz
Library/Media Specialist
NEWS from the ART Room
IFE IS A BLAST Art Contest
Education is a Blast Night is being held at the
Royal Farm Arena on Friday, February 13, 2015,
recognizing BCPS students.
Every elementary student is invited to make an
artwork illustrating LIFE IS A BLAST!
Now this could be about the BLAST soccer team, or it
could be about anything that students think is a BLAST!
Bonnie Chesser
EVERY student will receive a free ticket to the
BLAST game on February 13th.
EVERY student will have their work featured on
the HUGE big screen at the arena.
EVERY student will be invited to participate in
the PARADE OF CHAMPIONS that night with
their artwork.
The BLAST will award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place
Awards for each grade, plus a Grand Prize
Winner. Awards and winners will be announced
that night at the game.
question the trustworthiness of a student who has been
caught in a lie. It is that important.
Adults who accompany the student artists will
get reduced price tickets for the game.
All the teachers and support staff at Warren will be
reading stories and doing activities and instructing our
children to be honest. Please help support our character
education program and help to ensure your child’s future
success and happiness by supporting our efforts to
reinforce the value of honesty this month and
throughout the year.
Digital image of the artwork is due to Mrs. Seitz
by 1/14/15.
SUMMER Art Enrichment Camp 2015
he Baltimore County Summer Visual Arts
Enrichment Program provides a wonderful
opportunity for students in Grades 3-12 to build
their personal art skills and add to their art portfolios. A
variety of courses are offered to meet the varied needs
and interests of the student whether the student is
seeking to improve his or her art skills or is preparing a
portfolio for consideration for GT coursework,
acceptance into a magnet program, entrance into a
college program, or preparation for an Advanced
Placement exam. For more info…Please see the camp
brochure attached to this newsletter or visit the Visual
Arts Dept on the BCPS website.
Mrs. Seitz
Thank you very much,
Laura Sherline, School Counselor
Student Leadership Team
School Store
Everything Your Child Needs for Class but Forgot to Tell You
as your child ever told you he or she needs a
pencil, notebook, eraser, highlighter or some
other school supply item at the last minute? Go
to the school store every morning from 8:30 until 8:45!
We stock all the required school supply items as well as a
wide variety of sharpeners, pencil cases, and fun school
stuff. We have new items almost every week. Parents
and students come and look for yourselves!
Ruth Spivak
Counselor’s Corner
Character Trait of the month for January – Honesty
t Warren Elementary our value of the month for
January is “Honesty”. On a regular basis and
consistently throughout the year, you will hear
the teachers, the School Counselor, administrators and
support staff reminding students of the importance of
telling the truth. If you tell us the truth, we say, even if
you made a mistake you will have less of a consequence.
This is because it is incredibly important to be able to
trust each other. Everyone has known the feeling of
betrayal that accompanies the discovery of a
compounded lie, one that has been adhered to for a long
period of time, or even a ‘little’ lie. It is damaging to
relationships and to our fundamental ability to keep
order at school and in our homes.
As the School Counselor I have personally seen students
lose friends because the friends discover that someone
has not told the truth. The feeling of betrayal is hard to
forgive. Teachers and administrators cannot help
100 Book Challenge
ongratulations to our December 100 Book
Challenge Milestone Achievers! The Holiday
Break is a GREAT time to catch up on steps! Our
target by the end of break is 150 steps. Keep reading!
Malik Alves-Ray - 100
Veah Bagley – 100
Sophia Cespedes-Mohedano – 100
Bonnie Chesser – 100
Ryan Chester - 100
Brayden Cooper - 100
Nasya Croft - 100
Stephanie Dietz – 100
Aaron Ditto - 200
Marley Edwards – 100
Julianna Elkins - 200
Denisha Foster – 100
Grady Fowler – 100
Jack Fowler - 200
Ashel Gerald – 200
Romer Gutierrez - 100
Riyanna Hall – 100
Sydney Healthington - 100
Amelia Iacoboni - 100
Tamia Jackson – 100
Ashna Jolad – 100
Nikhil Khosla - 300
Mariah Knight – 200
Lemuel Koualau - 200
Christopher Larios-Grez - 100
Berkeley Lynch - 200
Nicholas Marlowe – 100
Vinny Martillini - 100
Chelsea Medrano – 100
Xavier Moragneel – 100
Wyatt Mummert – 100
Sidney Mutau – 200
Shivani Mutreja – 100
Jasmin Nam - 100
Carlos Perez-Lesso - 100
Aliceanna Phelps – 200
Ashley Pullen - 100
Joseph Sanga - 100
Rodrick Sanga – 500
Jamire Sinclair – 100
Gervise Ssekuwanda - 100
Addison Stashik – 100
Rowan Stashik – 500
Sophia Strande - 100
Sophia Triantafilos – 100
Gabby Watson – 100
Ayana Wilson - 100
Takara Wilson – 100
Daniell Xu – 200
Ethan Yu – 200
Dharil Zambrana - 100
Anna Zhao - 100
Stacy Argiriadi
Reading Specialist
Warren Elementary School
Vocal Music News
ongratulations to 4th and 5th grade music
students. Your winter concerts were
wonderful! Many, many compliments came my
way on your behalf. Many thanks to parents for
your support for our music program! Happy
Debbie Anderson
Vocal Music Teacher
News from Phys Ed
he Phys Ed Department is happy to announce that
our Fifth Grade students are beginning their
Ballroom Dance Program. This program is part of
the Rhythms and Dance Unit for Baltimore County.
Students will be learning Merengue, Tango and the ChaCha. This will culminate in a performance on Friday,
January 9th from 1:20 pm to 2:10 pm in our gym, family
members are invited.
Students and teachers practice their Ballroom Dancing
Jeff Dyke
Physical Education Teacher
Inclement Weather Policies
e ask that parents review the following
information in the event of inclement
All Schools-Closed for the Entire Day
In the event of bad weather and very hazardous road
conditions throughout the county, all schools may be
closed for the entire day. Every effort will be made to
have such an announcement given over the radio and
television, Twitter, Facebook and the BCPS phone app
by 5:30 am. (If on an inclement morning no
announcement is made over local stations or social
media, it is to be assumed that schools will be open as
All Schools-Late Opening
When weather conditions are such that it appears
extremely hazardous to operate schools at the regular
early morning hours but that traveling conditions will
improve later in the morning, the opening of schools
may be delayed one or two hours. In addition to
delaying bus schedules, it may be necessary to
temporarily alter certain bus routes. If school opens
later than usual, please make sure that your child does
not arrive before the announced opening time. We are
unable to provide supervision prior to 15 minutes before
the adjusted starting time.
Pre-kindergarten students will be dismissed at their
usual time (11:10am).
LUNCHES - Lunches will be served to students as usual
STUDENT ARRIVAL: Students in Grades Pre-K thru
5 should arrive at school one hour later than normal.
Buses will run their regular routes one-hour later than
STUDENT ARRIVAL: Students in Grades KG thru 5
should arrive at school two hours later than normal.
AM Pre-Kindergarten students will not have
school when there is a 2 hour delay.
Buses will run their regular routes two hours later than
Schools-Early Closings
When inclement weather develops throughout the
county while pupils are in school, it may be advisable to
close all schools early. In this event parents will be
notified by radio and television announcements, or they
may access Twitter, Facebook or the BCPS phone app.
In the event that only Warren Elementary is closed due
to some unforeseen condition that warrants an early
closing, we will refer to the Student Emergency
Information form to contact parents via a Connect Ed
phone call and/or e-mail message.
Please make sure you have provided us with the
most updated information.
Be sure your child knows what to do and where to go if
schools close early or opens late.
STUDENT DISMISSAL: Students in Grades KG thru
5 will be dismissed one hour earlier than normal.
STUDENT DISMISSAL: Students in Grades KG thru
5 will be dismissed two hours earlier than normal.
Pre-kindergarten students will be dismissed at their
usual time (11:10 am) and there is no afternoon PreK.
LUNCHES - Lunches will be served to students as usual
STUDENT DISMISSAL: Students in Grades KG thru
5 and all-day kindergarten programs will be dismissed
three hours earlier than normal. Pre-kindergarten
will remain in elementary schools until
dismissal for students in kindergarten through
grade 5 and will travel home on the same buses
with these students. Of course, parents are welcome
to come and pick up pre-kindergarten students at their
dismissal time (11:10 am) and there is no afternoon
LUNCHES: Lunches will be served to students,
although, some adjustment to lunch shift schedules will
be necessary.
If school is delayed or closed, the updated
information also will be announced on The
Education Channel (Comcast cable Channel 73,
Verizon Channel 35 in Baltimore County), on the
BCPS web site at www.bcps.org, and on a voicerecording that is available to the public on the
weather telephone line at 410-887-5555 you may
also access Twitter, Facebook or the BCPS phone
app. Please do not call schools or media outlets
for this information.
Media Organizations for Inclement Weather
WBAL (NBC, Channel 11), WMAR (ABC, Channel 2),
WJZ (CBS, Channel 13), WBFF (FOX, Channel 45)
The Education Channel (Comcast Cable Channel 73,
Verizon 35)
WBAL (1090 AM), WCBM (680 AM), WTTR (1470 AM)
WLIF (101.9 FM), WPOC (93.1 FM), WQSR (102.7 FM),
WRBS (95.1 FM),
WRNR (103.1 FM), WWMX (106.5 FM), WZBA (100.7
Facebook at the BCPS Facebook page
Sign up for Schools Out Alert at
Pictures – We Have Pictures!!
The Traveling Holiday Band serenades the office!
Can anyone say Ugly Sweater Contest?
The second grade visited the Fire Museum of Maryland
– Fun and Informative!
Faith Dore is Assistant Principal for a Day!
Mrs. Malowitz helps students at the Holiday Shop
Isaiah Johnson gets help from Mom before the concert!
Our Kindergarten students learn to build Dams
PreK students share their artwork with Mrs. O’Neill
M is for Mustache – Mrs. O’Neill and PreK students
Mrs. Ches at an after school enrichment session
Kaitlyn and Ainsley Petroski enjoy lunch with Mrs. O’Neil
Remind your children not to share personal items
like drinks, food, or unwashed utensils.
 If you have not gotten your family vaccinated
against the flu, contact your health care provider
to see if he/she has vaccine available. It’s not too
late to get vaccinated against seasonal flu!
What are signs or symptoms of the flu?
Persistent Unwelcome Visitors!
ince head lice is a common occurrence, especially
in elementary school, it is a good practice to
examine your child’s head weekly to make sure
he/she does not have head lice. The following signs
indicate that the condition may be present:
Persistent itching of the scalp
An insect about 1/8 inch long in the hair, usually
found underneath the top layer of hair
Tan or white nits (eggs) approximately the size if
a flake of dandruff and firmly attached to the
hair shaft.
Please remind students not to share hats, combs,
brushes, hair ornaments or sports helmets. It is also a
good idea for students with long hair to keep it tied back
or braided to minimize the chance of exposure. The
School Nurse should be notified if your child has
Flu Season!
inter of 2014-15 has brought a “real” flu
season. Reports from the Centers for Disease
Control show that flu has arrived earlier than
in typical years, and that flu is widespread throughout
the United States. Widespread flu is no reason for undue
concern; like snow, it often comes with winter!
What can parents do to protect their children
against the flu?
Teach your children good hand hygiene. Washing
hands often with soap and water is the most
important way to prevent the spread of illness.
Hand washing should last 20 seconds (about the
time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice).
Washing after coughing or sneezing helps prevent
a person with the flu from spreading it to others.
Washing hands before you eat or put your hands
near your nose or mouth helps prevent you from
getting the flu. Hand sanitizers, containing at least
60 percent alcohol, are also effective if soap and
water are unavailable. BCPS permits students to
carry hand sanitizer for personal use. Set a good
example by using good hand hygiene yourself.
Teach your children to cover their mouths and
noses when they cough or sneeze. If a tissue is not
available, cough or sneeze into the elbow or sleeve,
not the hands.
Symptoms include: fever (100 degrees or higher)
with cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose,
body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some
people may vomit or have diarrhea. Children with
fever feel warm to the touch, may appear flushed,
and may sweat or shiver.
What if my child has symptoms of a flu-like
Sick children need to stay home for at least 24
hours after there is no longer a fever or signs of a
fever (without the use of fever-reducing drugs).
Keeping a child with a fever home helps reduce the
spread of flu. BE CAREFUL, the fever with the flu
often goes up and down, so it is important to
watch your child closely for 24 hours to be sure
that the fever is truly gone.
 If your child has a health condition that places
him/her at risk of flu complications, contact your
health care provider at the first sign of illness.
What other steps should I do to be prepared?
Plan now for your children’s care at home if your
children become ill with the flu.
If you have additional questions about the flu, please
contact my office. You may also want to read more about
the flu at the Centers for Disease Control flu website,
Hearing and Vision Screening Update
ision and Hearing Screening was conducted
in October, however, there are many students
for whom I have not yet received follow-up.
If you have not done so already, please make an
appointment for your student to checked by his/her eye
care professional and contact me with any updates. The
notice you received in the mail should be completed by
the eye care professional and returned to school.
Thank you for your attention to this very important
Mrs. Nee
Health Suite
The Baltimore County Summer Visual Arts Enrichment
Program provides a wonderful opportunity for students in
Grades 3-12 to build their personal art skills and add to their
art portfolios. A variety of courses are offered to meet the
varied needs and interests of the student whether the student
is seeking to improve his or her art skills or is preparing a
portfolio for consideration for GT coursework, acceptance
into a magnet program, entrance into a college program, or
preparation for an Advanced Placement exam.
A typical day consists of:
Questions Should Be Directed to:
The Office of Visual Arts
Phone: 410-887-4030
Fax: 410-887-3175
Email: [email protected]
Studio Experiences: Activities will vary from day to day
but will generally include group interaction, individual
exploration and experimentation in new media, instruction
in the use of art elements/principles, and introduction to art
history, criticism and aesthetics. Breaks will periodically be
Critiques and discussions of work in progress.
Open House
An Open House/Reception will be held in the evening
on Thursday, July 16, 2015, to give students, families, and
teachers an opportunity to share in the two week experience
and see the art products created over the two week period.
If your child or the student for whom you are responsible does not
have permanent and adequate housing, is temporarily staying in a
shelter, group home, or with friends/family due to economic hardship,
please contact his/her principal to ask for a waiver and a copy of the
brochure entitled Homeless Children and Youth in Baltimore County
Public Schools.
July 6-17, 2015
The Cost of the Program: $375.00
Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Perry Hall High School
Visual Arts
July 6 - 17
(Students entering Grades 9-12)
Bus pick up is available at the following
locations: (Tentative)
Bus 1: Catonsville Elementary, Sudbrook
Middle Magnet, Woodlawn High,
Bus 2: Holabird Middle School, Golden
Ring Middle, Parkville High,
Bus 3: Hereford High, Cockeysville Middle,
and Cromwell Elementary
Applications can be downloaded at:
Contact Any Baltimore County Visual Arts
(Students entering Grades 3-5)
This two-week program provides students with opportunities
to explore a theme through a variety of art materials as
they learn about the work of various artists. Students will
be encouraged to refine their current art skills and develop
new skills with different materials by experimenting with
and using 2-dimensional drawing and painting media and
3-dimensional materials. Students will learn about the
artistic process as they solve visual problems, develop their
own interpretations of the theme, and create their own art.
(Students entering Grades 6-8)
During this two-week program, students will create works
of art that incorporate the traditional art forms of drawing,
painting, and sculpture, with computer arts. Students will
work from direct observation, references, and imagination as
they build a portfolio of work that provides a record of the
progression of their ideas, skills, and images. This program
is highly encouraged for students interested in developing
portfolios for consideration for the gifted and talented art
program or magnet art programs.
This two-week program allows students
to survey their own artistic development
to choose an area of concentration that
will further their personal artistic growth.
Students will research artists to find influences
for their own work. Students may focus on
drawing and/or oil painting. This program
is highly recommended for students who
are interested in pursuing the sequential art
program at the high school level and those
who are preparing portfolios for Advanced
Placement or college entrance.
Family Fun!
*Pizza Bingo Night!*
Bake Sale and Raffle!
When: Friday, January 30th from 6:30 to 8:30
(Snow date- February 6th)
Where: Warren Cafeteria
Why: A FUNdraiser for the PTA!
Bake sale items, and Raffle tickets will be SOLD at
the event. We are raffling off some really great prizes
this year!! (Raffle tickets will be 3 for $5, or an arms’ length for $10)
* Event Ticket Price: $8.00 per person for bingo and food
(Children over 2 and accompanying adults must buy a ticket!)
NO tickets sold at the door! Fill out this form and turn it in, with
payment, to your child’s teacher by Monday the 26th* don’t wait, this
event sells out!! A max of 250 tickets will be sold! Buy yours ASAP!
Student’s name-__________________________________________
Homeroom teacher’s name-_______________________________
Number of tickets (checks to Warren PTA)-________________

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