Note from Mr. FitzGerald
Greetings Guilford! Although we've experienced 60 degree temperatures this week, February has arrived! February is a very exciting month at Guilford with many events taking place. We'll be celebrating Black History Month all month long on our morning announcements, during classroom lessons, through our Unheard Perspectives Showcase and during our school-wide program on February 21st. Our PTA Raise Craze "It's Cool To Be Kind" Fundraiser kicks off with Justin Berk's Faith in the Flakes Assembly on February 6th and will go through February 28th. Hopefully you've marked your calendar for February 18th to attend the PTA's Evening of Kindness. Sprinkled in during our Black History Month and PTA celebrations, we'll have our Cozy Reading and Math Night on Thursday, February 6th and parent conferences on February 13th and 14th. Please note that on the 13th and 14th, we'll have 3-hour early dismissals, which means dismissal will begin at 12:50pm on those two days. The next Paw Prints will be sent home on Wednesday, February 19th. If there is anything you need between now and then, do not hesitate to contact me. Have a great day!
Dates To Remember for 2020
Screening for Students at Risk for Reading Difficulties
In accordance with Maryland’s Ready to Read Act (2019), all HCPSS kindergarten students* will be administered a screener assessment that includes a battery of four one-minute reading measures (DIBELS 8th Edition) to examine their letter naming, decoding, and word reading skills. The assessments will occur throughout winter, 2020. Parents and guardians will be notified if assessment results indicate that your child would benefit from an intervention.
*This includes kindergarten students who do not have a current Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) with reading foundational skills goals.
All youth face difficulties which can range from traumatic losses to every day disappointments. The ability to cope and recover (or “bounce back”) after a setback is important to their success. Experts call this “resilience,” and it’s a skill that can be learned.
Remember: With your help and support, children can learn to be more resilient. For more information and parenting tips go to https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/resources/tip-sheets/
Other Helpful Ideas: Resilience Handouts
Attendance Procedures: When your child has been absent, please send a note in immediately on your child’s return to school. The note should be sent within 2 days of returning and include:
A doctor’s note is preferred for medical appointments. We encourage you to have your child attend class both before and after medical appointments when possible.
If you have any further questions, please contact the health room.
Clean Out Your Closet Challenge
Guilford is participating in the Clothing to Cash Recycling Program
Help our school raise money! We accept New and Used clothing, shoes, sneakers, towels, textiles, and stuff animals. We want items in ALL conditions unwanted, outgrown, and out of style.
All items must be in a plastic bag and tied shut. Look for the large white collection bin in the school parking lot. Collections will be Reworn, Repurposed or finally Recycled.
Save our landfills and give your items a second life. This is a easy way for our school to raise money. Help support our school & save the environment one bag at a time!
The PTA would like to welcome all our new Hammond Elementary School students who will be Guilford Tigers next year. I met many of you two weeks at our “back to school” night, and invite you to our upcoming PTA Meeting on February 11th and our Evening of Kindness on February 18th. Feel free to join our private facebook group to get updates from the PTA. https://www.facebook.com/groups/guilfordpta/
The PTA has big plans for 2020 and we could use your help! Come out to our February meeting on the 11th from 6:30-8:00pm in the media center. We will be discussing final plans for our Evening of Kindness. And as always, we look forward to the report from the administration on important happenings at Guilford and HCPSS.
We look forward to seeing you on February 11th.
It’s Cool to be Kind
The PTA’s main fundraiser – RAISE CRAZE – kicks off on Thursday, February 6th. Look for a handout to come home with your student. You can register to participate at my.raisecraze.com/A9VV1U. Students can earn prizes by being kind and collecting donations for the school. Cash and Check, made payable to Guilford PTA, can be sent into the school including your student’s name and teacher.
2/6 - PTA Raise Craze Kickoff w/Faith in the
2/11 - PTA Meeting (6:30 in the Media Center)
2/18 - PTA Evening of Kindness (6:30-8:00 in
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