You Need to Get the School Year Off
To A Great Start 2018 -2019
You and your child are invited to
attend the traditional WMES Open House on Friday, August 31, 2018 from 2:00
p.m. – 3:00 p.m. for students in Kindergarten and Grades 1-5. We also invite
you to enjoy a box lunch from (3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) The WMES Open House is an opportunity for you
to come to school with your student, visit his or her classroom, and meet the
teacher. We look forward to seeing you on Friday, August 31 from 2:00 – 3:00
p.m. The PTA will have a table set up in the lobby at open house. I urge you to join the PTA. The PTA supports the students and staff at
Watkins Mill in many ways in order to promote teaching and learning.
All WMES students in Kindergarten and Grades 1–5 will
receive a postcard from their teacher for the 2018-2019 school year. Postcards
will be mailed on Monday, August 27 and will hopefully reach you
before the Open House on Friday, August 31 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. In the
event that your student does not receive his/her postcard prior to the Open
House, class rosters will also be posted on the front doors of the school on
Friday, August 31. The first day of
school is Tuesday, September 4.
School starts on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, for all
students in Kindergarten and Grades 1–5. Head Start and Pre-K students will
receive information about their first day of school as part of their home
- School Breakfast 8:55 a.m.
- School Hours (Grades K-5) 9:00 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
- Office Hours 8:00
a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
- Head Start (full day) 9:00 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
- Pre-K (full day) 9:00
a.m. – 3:20 p.m.
- Bar T (Before & After School Care) 6:30 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. &
3:25 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
in this packet is the bus schedule for 2018-2019. During the first week or
the buses may be a little early or a
little late, as the drivers get accustomed to the run and the new time
schedules. The front entrance lane of the school is reserved for buses during
arrival and dismissal times. Cars are not allowed in the front entrance lane
during school opening and dismissal hours for safety reasons. If you use the
Drop-Off Circle, NEVER leave your vehicle unattended and be sure to pull all
the way up to the curb before loading and unloading students. Your cooperation
is greatly appreciated! ***If your student attends the School Based Learning
Center (SBLC) you will receive information on transportation the week before
school starts directly from the Office of Transportation. IF YOU HAVE NOT HEARD OR HAVE A CHANGE IN
PICK-UP OR DROP-OFF FOR YOUR CHILD, PLEASE NOTIFY TRANSPORTATION IMMEDIATELY at
Dismissal and Parents: Please read
Beginning Tuesday, September 4, we
are asking parents to follow the schedule below when picking up their students:
CAR RIDERS - Parents picking up CAR RIDERS will be given a number on
the first day of school for their student. Parents are asked to put the paper
plate on the right hand side of the dashboard so that the staff members on car
rider duty can see the number and call out the number. Please help your student
to learn his/her car rider number. *A letter containing
important reminders for Car Rider Parents/Guardians/Drivers is included in this
HEAD START, Pre - K and KINDERGARTEN
WALKERS – Parents
who pick up Head Start and Kindergarten walkers should walk down the front
sidewalk past the front doors and dumpster, then form a line in front of the
double blue doors. The Head Start Teacher or Assistant and one of the
Kindergarten teachers will be there to release your student to you or a
designated adult. Parents whose child attends Pre-K should line up outside in
front of the blue door opens to the classroom.
WALKERS IN GRADES 1-5 – Parents, babysitters, and
middle/high school students are asked to wait outside the main front doors to
pick up walkers in Grades 1-3 and outside the far doors for Grades 4 – 5. We
are asking again this year for everyone to wait outside of the building so that
students are able to get through the hallway and front doors quickly and
BUS RIDERS---Will be dismissed from
I am happy to report that Watkins
Mill ES is one of seven schools that has been selected to participate in the
Universal Lunch Program. What this means is that all students in addition to
breakfast will receive lunch free of cost.
There is no need to put money in your child’s SNAP account.
You will still have to complete and return the Household Application for
Free and Reduced price meals as this determines our Title I status. It is critical that we maintain our Title I status. Title I status entitles us to extra staff,
parent programs, and additional funds to purchase instructional materials. You will receive this form during the first week of
school. The form will also be available on line for you to complete. NO INFORMATION IS SHARED OUTSIDE OF
MCPS. I will send out more information
once school starts.
Late…Leave Early…Absent… Go Home with A Friend:
- ARRIVE LATE – When a student is late, an adult must bring the student to the office to “sign him/her
in” for the day. The student should not go to the classroom first.
- LEAVE EARLY – A note should be sent to school with your student.
Parents must come to the office to sign their student out. Parents are
NOT to go to the student’s classroom to pick up the child --- office staff
will call the classroom. NO STUDENT WILL BE PERMITTED TO LEAVE
SCHOOL UNACCOMPANIED FOR ANY REASON!! In addition, students will
only be released to those adults who are listed on students’ emergency
sheets. Adults may be required to show identification even if their
name is on the emergency sheet.
- ABSENT – Please call the school office by 9:30 a.m.
(301-840-7181) to report your student’s absence. The office opens at 8:00 a.m.; if you
need to call prior to that time, please call and leave a message on the
voice mail. When your student returns to school, a note explaining the
absence (i.e. sick, doctor’s appointment, etc.) should be sent to the
- STAY AFTER SCHOOL – If a student is to stay at school for an
after-school activity, a note must be sent in by the parent or the student
will not be permitted to stay.
- WALK HOME WITH A FRIEND – If a student is to go home with a friend, a note
must be sent in by the parent.
- Students MUST
bring a note to school if there is any change in the bus that they will be
riding or how they will get home at the end of the day.
IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT
STUDENTS REPORT TO SCHOOL NO EARLIER THAN 8:45 A.M., AS SUPERVISION IS NOT
AVAILABLE UNTIL THAT TIME! ALSO,
STUDENTS REPORTING TO SCHOOL AFTER 9:00 A.M. WILL BE MARKED LATE. When
students are late, they miss valuable instructional time. Please make sure that
your child reports to school on time!
Thank you for your cooperation. Special Note: If you are
planning to videotape or take pictures of your student on his/her first day of
school, please be sure not to include other students in your video/picture.
Parent permission must be granted in order for other students to be included in
your videotape or pictures. Your
cooperation is greatly appreciated.
On September 11, 2018, teachers will
provide specific information about our instructional focus and suggested
strategies for working with students at home to support their learning. During
the year, we will continue to communicate with you about student performance in
many ways. Teachers will use report cards, conferences, progress reports, phone
calls, email, and/or notes home to keep you up-to-date about your student’s
performance at school. Back-to-School
Night begins at 6:30 p.m.
parents, students, and staff have asked that we adopt a new mascot. The Viking mascot will be retired and a new
mascot selected by the students and staff.
The school colors may also change
has been set aside as the day when most of the general notices from the school
and from the PTA will be distributed.
to Students During the Day
Please communicate all messages to
your student BEFORE he/she comes to school in the morning. Office staff are not
permitted to call into classrooms to give students messages from their parents,
as this poses a potential safety and liability concern. Your cooperation will
help ensure your student’s safety!
Any money sent from home for field
trips, school pictures, or other activities should come in an envelope with the
child’s name, teacher’s name, amount enclosed and purpose. Checks should be written separately for each
child; checks for field trips should be made payable to Watkins Mill Elementary
Students are strongly discouraged
from bringing cell phones to school. If a student brings a cell phone to school,
they may not turn it on/use it during the student day. It must remain in the
student’s book bag/backpack. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that
cell phones are turned off and out of sight during times of unauthorized use. Cell phones may be confiscated by school
authorities if used in a manner inconsistent with Montgomery County Board of
Education policies. WMES has adopted a zero tolerance policy for inappropriate
use of cell phones by students. MCPS regulations
or rules. MCPS will assume no responsibility or liability for loss, theft, or
damage to a device or for the unauthorized use of any such cell phone.
Visitors to the School
For the safety and
security of our students all visitors to the school - parents, grandparents,
volunteers, everyone - must check in at the main office and present a valid,
state-issued ID before going anywhere else in the building. If you
need to give your child a message, lunch money, homework, supplies, etc. please
go to the office. Do not go directly to
a classroom for any reason. All
visitors must wear identification badges while in the school building.
We strive to keep classrooms with students that have
life-threatening allergies to peanuts and tree nuts free of these allergens. To
that end, all classrooms are nut-free. We ask your cooperation in following
No homemade goods
No food items with disclaimers “may contain traces of
peanuts” or “manufactured on equipment that also processes peanuts and tree
items brought into school to be shared must have a list of readable list
No medication will be administered
in school without the parent’s/guardian’s written permission and a physician’s
statement. Medication forms are available in the school office and are required
for each episode of illness and for each medication. If you have any questions,
call our health technician, Ms. Jain.
The parent/guardian must hand-deliver the medication, properly labeled
by a pharmacist, and the completed MCPS form to Ms. Sarita Jain. Our Community
Health Nurse is Ms. Elizabeth Leatherman.
A health technician is
on duty from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm each school day. It is important for us to have
every child’s emergency information on file so that we may contact parents
quickly if necessary. Please notify the school of changes in your emergency
telephone numbers. If your child becomes too ill to remain in class, you will
be contacted and asked to pick up your child.
Food allergies are becoming more and
more prevalent in our country. Each
year, more of our Watkins Mill students seem to be affected. While we do not attempt to provide a
completely allergen-free environment for our students with food allergies, we
at Watkins Mill strive to create a safe and respectful atmosphere for all students. We focus on awareness, inclusiveness, and
allergy education to ensure that all of our students remain safe.
can find additional useful information on our school website on all school
WATKINS MILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL VISION AND MISSION
is to create a school of excellence that is the center of the community.
Watkins Mill Elementary School is dedicated to
celebrating the cultural diversity of our students, families, and community by
building and strengthening positive relationships. We will provide all students
with rigorous, culturally responsive and differentiated learning experiences to
meet or exceed social-emotional and academic benchmarks. We will inspire,
motivate and empower all students in developing a lifelong love of learning.
YOU FOR BEING PARTNERS WITH US IN
YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION