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					                            Manchester Elementary School
                                              Where Learning Never Ends




        Yellow Jacket News                                                             December 2010


         There was standing room only for our annual Donuts and Dads breakfast. It was wonderful to see so
many of our families able to take part in this event. Thank you to the PTA for sponsoring the breakfast and to
all the volunteers who helped make the mornings run so smoothly.
         The Holiday Giving Tree, sponsored by the Manchester Student Council, is being held from November
30th through December 13th. This is a chance for students to support families who are struggling. Personal care
items, new clothing and gifts for children of all ages may be donated to the tree.
            As the Holidays approach, may we all find time from the hustle and bustle to relax and enjoy the
season. Take advantage of each opportunity to spend quality time with your child/children preparing for and
enjoying the holidays. There is a quote from the Polar Express which states “There is no greater gift than
friendship.” May all of our Manchester School Community families receive this special gift. Have a wonderful
Holiday and a healthy, happy new year.

December Early Dismissals
There are two early dismissal days in December. Students will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. on Friday,
December 10th and on Thursday, December 23rd. Students in Mrs. Cole’s pre-kindergarten class will not have
school on either of these days.

National Inclusive School’s Week
National Inclusive School’s Week is being celebrated from December 6th through December 10th. Every
student at Manchester has unique characteristics and learning styles. It is this array of different learning traits,
that makes our students special and our school such a wonderful place to learn.

Winter Holiday
Schools will be closed from Friday, December 24th through January 2nd . Schools reopen on Monday, January
3rd . Manchester’s School Office will close at 1:15 p.m. on December 23rd and reopen on Monday, January 3rd.


                                               Save the Date
                           * February 3, 2011                  MAEP Test for 4th Grade
                       * March 8 – 9, 2011                  Math MSA for 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade
                   * March 15 – 16, 2011                     Reading MSA for 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade



       Address: 3224 York Street, Manchester, MD. 21102-2071               Telephone: 410-751-3410

       Baltimore Line: 410-239-9345          Fax: 410-751-3439           TDD (Central Ofc.): 410-751-3034

       Principal: Martin Tierney      Assistant Principal: Jan Bubnash     School Hours: 8:45 AM – 3:15 PM
   Student Council News
   December 2010

   Next Spirit Day: December 10 – Neon Color Day. Wear your favorite neon colors. Shirt,
   pants, socks, it’s your choice!!

   Next Spirit Game: December 23- The next spirit game with 5th grade students competing
   against teachers will be floor hockey!

   Giving Tree – November 29 to December 13 – Please place items under or on the tree in the
   front lobby. All donations will be given to Neighbors in Need. Donations may include: socks,
   hats, pajamas, slippers, baby wipes, toys, games, stuffed animals, and gloves. A complete list of
   donation items is below. Thank you for your support!



   Thank you to everyone who donated items to our Canned Food Drive. It was a wonderful
   success! We raised 640 pounds of food!!! That’s fantastic!! Thanks Manchester, many families
   will have a happy Thanksgiving because of your donations.



   Thank you,
   Mrs. Furano and Mrs. Murphy, Student Council Advisors

                                     Neighbors in Need Gift Donation Ideas
            Babies, Kids, Teens and Adults Kids and Teenagers
            Socks* Toys                            Underwear* Games                     Sweatshirts* Puzzles
            Sweaters* Sports Equipment             Pajamas* Lava lights                 Gloves, mittens and hats* Dolls
            Boots* Stuffed animals                 Flannel Shirts* DVDs and CDs
            Bathrobes* Handheld Electronic Games          Slippers* Portable CD players
            Jackets, coats* Arts and Crafts kits
            *Needed in all sizes – infant to 3X
            Gift and Household Items 4-place dish sets
            Miscellaneous Personal Care Items
            Flatware sets                          Razors, Shaving Cream Cookware – pots, pans, crock pots
            Lotion Small appliances – mixers, toasters, Sanitary Napkins and Tampons Coffee pots
            Toothpaste, Toothbrushes Clocks        Body Sprays Watches, jewelry
            Deodorant Umbrellas
            Soap, Shower Gel Tool kits, Shampoo, Conditioner Cologne, perfume, gift sets Hair Spray, Accessories
            Handbags, wallets, cosmetics, nail polish
            Baby Items
            Hair Dryers, curling irons             Diapers – all sizes Room Decorations
            Baby Wipes                             Sippy Cups, Pacifiers Other
            Pacifiers Oranges, grapefruits, apples
*Note all items should be new and unwrapped. Due to extreme need for holiday help, “gently used” items will be accepted
for books, stuffed animals and coats.
For questions, more information, or to coordinate a gift drive or adopt a family, please contact Holly Hutchins with
Human Services Programs 410-386-6673 or hhutchins@hspinc.org
PBIS NEWS- December 2010

Happy Holidays from the PBIS Team!
Pep Rally News
On November 15th, we had the first quarter pep rally. 98% of the students at Manchester met the criteria for the
quarter and attended the pep rally! We are very proud of how hard our students worked to reach this goal! All
the students also received a special prize and a gift certificate to the Hungry Parrot in Hanover, PA. They also
got to the meet the Hungry Parrot mascot at the pep rally as well as watch a slide show with pictures of
themselves turning in bee tickets for special incentives. There was a lot of noise at the pep rally as the students
and staff screamed cheers about the 4 Bee’s. Our second quarter pep rally will be held on Friday, January 28th!

PBIS Drawing
All students received a PBIS school-wide behavior contract during the month of September. Students were
asked to review the contract with their parent/guardian at home sign it and then return it to school.
All the slips that were signed and returned were entered into a drawing for a $25.00 Miller’s
Market gift card. The slip that was chosen was Chloe Ketterman’s slip. Congratulations
to the Ketterman family!

PBIS T-shirt Design Contest
All students at Manchester had an opportunity to enter a contest to design the back of the PBIS t-shirt for 2010-
2011. 71 entries were received. The staff at Manchester voted on the t-shirt designs. Congratulations to Jack
Ryan and his family for the winning design! The design will be posted outside of the Media Center for all to
see. Jack was recognized at the pep rally and will receive one of the t-shirts that he helped to design.



     Important Information Regarding Absences & Tardies
A note from the parent/guardian explaining a student’s absence is required within 5 school days
whenever a student is absent from school. Absence notes can be sent to the school in a variety of
ways. Parents may send an email to our attendance email, manattendance@carrollk12.org, send a
note when the child returns to school, fax the school at 410-751-3439 or call 410-751-3410. After
five school days, if a note from the parent has not been received, the absence is marked as unlawful.
If your child is ill, please include general symptoms in your note so our nurse can keep track of
contagious illnesses.

Also, please remember when signing your child in to school or out of school, to include a reason. If
we have no reason, we must mark it as an Unexcused absence or tardy.

If a child is at school for at least four hours, but leave early or come late, they will receive a “tardy”.
All doctor, dentist, orthodontist appointments and other medical appointments are excused. Please
specify that it is a medical appointment. “Leaving early”, “pick up”, “appointment”, “family event” are
unexcused.

Family trips are excused as long as the school is notified in writing prior to the trip. An administrator
will approve the trip and it will be excused. If the notification comes at the time the student is picked
up or after the trip, the absence/tardy will be unexcused.

Please call the office if you have any questions regarding attendance.
                              Notes from the Music Department
        Please mark your calendars! Our 5th Grade/Advanced instrumental music and chorus students are hard
at work preparing for our upcoming “Winter Concert”. The concert is scheduled for Tuesday, December 14th at
9:00am, for the school, and 7:00pm, for parents and the community. (Please note that in the event of a
postponement due to weather, our snowdate will be Tuesday, December 21st.) We have prepared a variety of
songs for you ranging from a march, to classical music, to traditional and “jazzy” holiday tunes. More detailed
information will be sent home with students the first week of December. Please mark your calendars and plan
to join us as we try to get you into the holiday spirit!

        Performers, remember to report to the cafeteria by 6:45pm to warm-up for our evening performance.
Students should wear proper concert attire. Girls may wear dresses, skirts or dressy slacks. Boys should
wear dress shirts and pants. Ties are not required. NO shorts and NO t-shirts with words, please. Concert dress
is optional for the day concert (school clothes are fine).

       In addition, all of our instrumental music student will be presenting “mini-performances” throughout our
building as we lead up to the holiday break. Our beginners will perform “Jingle Bells” and other simple
melodies they have learned, while our 5th graders will go “caroling” with their instruments, visiting each of the
various grade level areas. Consider having them give you a preview as a way to practice these tunes!

       Looking for some “stocking stuffers” for your young musician? Check out our local music stores for
some fun holiday books (I’ll be happy to make a few suggestions), reeds, or even some music-themed gifts!



Notes from Mrs. Hare:
Mrs. Kadis and Mrs. Smith's third grades will be starting recorder lessons during their music classes in January.
Parents please look for a purple information letter coming home after Thanksgiving break.

Parents of Toddlers: Mrs. Hare, out part-time music teacher, teaches a toddler music class on Tuesday
mornings in the Manchester area. If you are interested in more information, contact her at
johnmacfarm@gmail.com or call 410-374-5108 and leave a message.


                    Brush Strokes from the Art Department
I hope everyone noticed the awesome "Green" holiday tree in front of the Municipal Building on York
St. Our theme was "Go Green" - so we created ornaments from recycled and reused items. This was
created and decorated by the 4th grade students in Mrs. Roy's class. Way to go students! Ms. Kemph-
Art Teacher.

I hope all students, teachers, and parents notice all the awesome artwork that hangs throughout
Manchester Elementary. Be sure to make a positive comment to the artists - when you see their artwork
hanging on the walls. As projects get finished - they will replace those that are currently hanging and
then be sent home. Thank you. Ms. Kemph and Mrs. Snyder - Art Teachers
Eco – Quiz for December
What common household product is responsible for widespread destruction of virgin forests?
(See bottom of Refrigerator Page for the answer)


                      2011 Carroll County Summer Enrichment Program
    The program booklets for the 2011 Carroll County Summer Enrichment Program is available in the s office.
If you’re interested in applying, you may request the booklet from your child’s teacher or the office. The first
session runs from June 27 – July 8, at Friendship Valley Elementary, and the second session runs from July 12 –
July 22, at Linton Springs Elementary. Registration information is due by Friday, February 25, 2011.

      Important Information Regarding Absences & Tardies
A note from the parent/guardian explaining a student’s absence is required within 5 school days
whenever a student is absent from school. Absence notes can be sent to the school in a variety of
ways. Parents may send an email to our attendance email, manattendance@carrollk12.org, send a
note when the child returns to school, fax the school at 410-751-3439 or call 410-751-3410. After
five school days, if a note from the parent has not been received, the absence is marked as unlawful.
If your child is ill, please include general symptoms in your note so our nurse can keep track of
contagious illnesses.

Also, please remember when signing your child in to school or out of school, to include a reason. If
we have no reason, we must mark it as an Unexcused absence or tardy.

If a child is at school for at least four hours, but leave early or come late, they will receive a “tardy”.
All doctor, dentist, orthodontist appointments and other medical appointments are excused. Please
specify that it is a medical appointment. “Leaving early”, “pick up”, “appointment”, “family event” are
unexcused.

Family trips are excused as long as the school is notified in writing prior to the trip. An administrator
will approve the trip and it will be excused. If the notification comes at the time the student is picked
up or after the trip, the absence/tardy will be unexcused.

Please call the office if you have any questions regarding attendance.


                                                   Please remember …

 We recycle used ink and computer cartridges and batteries. For a full list of the cartridges that Cartridges for
 Kids accept, please see the website at www.cartridgesforkids.com . If you have any questions regarding either
                    recycling program, please feel free to call Linda Matos at 410-374-0426.
Dear Parents & Guardians,
      On Friday, January 14th, Lois Szymanski, author of 18 wonderful children’s
books will visit Manchester’s first through fifth grades! Her newest book, The
True Story of Sea Feather is the tale of “an amazing wild pony that changed the
lives of the Szymanski family.” Many of the author’s stories are set on the
eastern shore of Maryland and in Gettysburg.
To learn more about Lois Szymanski, please visit her home page at
http://www.loisszymanski.com/
The author may autograph books after each grade level presentation.

If you would like to order her books, please see the reverse of this paper for an
order form.

Student’s Name_____________________________________

Grade_________Teacher_____________________________

Please return your order form and check payable to Lois Symanski by December
17, 2010. (No cash, please.)
Mrs. Bailey will collect the orders.

                          Program sponsored by Manchester PTA.
                                THE TRUE STORY OF SEA FEATHER See reverse side.

GRANDFATHER’S SECRET (A ghost mystery) Grandfather’s old house boat comes home to Stevensville, MD on Kent
   Narrows Island after he passes. Will begs his father to let him fix up the dilapidated old boat. When the ghost of
Grandfather appears he sends Will on mysterious missions to retrieve what seem to be useless items. But he is in for a
                                                     big surprise.

OUT OF THE SEA: Today’s Chincoteague Pony The complete guide to Chincoteague Ponies, including their history,
 the breed's evolution and stories from Chincoteague Pony owners across the United States. This beautifully photo
                                      illustrated nonfiction book on quality paper

GETTYSBURG GHOST GANG (series) White Mane Kids ghost series is for ages 8 to 12. Three boys who live on a campground in
 Gettysburg meet the spirit of Corporal Jared Scott, a friend who is at their sides as they uncover more ghosts on one of the most
                                               hallowed battlegrounds in America.
  Review: "A lighthearted look at ghosts that incorporates some of the history of the Battle of Gettysburg" -- Children's
                                                             Literature
      This series includes the titles, THE GHOST COMES OUT, GHOST ONBOARD, GHOST HUNTER and NIGHTMARE.




                                                        ORDER FORM:

             THE TRUE STORY OF SEA FEATHER $15.00 each                          Quantity ____ Amount _____

             GRANDFATHER’S SECRET                          $13.00 each         Quantity ____ Amount _____

             OUT OF THE SEA:                               $15.00 each         Quantity ____ Amount _____

                                                  The Ghost Gang Series:

             THE GHOST COMES OUT                           $ 6.00 each          Quantity ____ Amount _____

             GHOST ONBOARD                                  $ 6.00 each         Quantity ____ Amount _____

             GHOST HUNTER                                  $ 6.00 each          Quantity ____ Amount _____

             NIGHTMARE                                     $ 6.00 each          Quantity ____ Amount _____


                                                                                  TOTAL: _____________




                                                                                                        Please make checks
                                                                                                        payable to:

                                                                                                          Lois Szymanski
                                     Outstanding Teacher Awards

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the twenty-second annual Outstanding
Teacher Awards. The deadline for nominations is January 3, 2011.


The Outstanding Teacher Awards recognize the men and women of the Carroll County Public School System
who represent excellence in the teaching profession. Any full-time elementary, middle, high school, career
and technology, special education teacher, counselor, or media specialist in the Carroll County Public School
System is eligible for nomination. Any parent, student, fellow teacher, or school administrator may submit a
nomination.

Nomination forms may be submitted electronically through the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce website
at http://carrollcountychamber.org/ota.html. The form also is available on the Carroll County Public Schools
website at:

http://carrollk12.org/Assets/file/CCPS%20News/2010%20OTA%20nomination%20form.pdf.

Forms must be received (not just postmarked) by Monday, January 3, 2011, before 5:00 p.m. at the Chamber
office located at 700 Corporate Center Court, Suite L, Westminster, MD 21157. Nominations received after
5:00 p.m. on this date will not be considered. Please do not mail or deliver nomination forms to Carroll
County Public Schools.

Nominators are urged to nominate teacher(s) who have made a difference in their lives or a student’s life and
to give specific examples of the teacher’s impact and fully answer the form’s three questions. These questions
are the basis for selecting the Chamber’s eight Outstanding Teachers who will receive an award at the
reception and awards program on March 23, 2011. These teachers will be eligible for the Carroll County
Teacher of the Year Award presented by Carroll County Public Schools. The awards are sponsored by members
of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, call 410-848-9050 or visit www.carrollcountychamber.org.


                                            Lost and Found
We have a lot of eyeglasses in the office. If you think your child has lost a pair of glasses,
please contact the office.

Attention 4th Grade Parents
      We are pleased to tell you that Manchester Elementary School has been selected to represent
schools across our state and the nation by participating in the National Assessment of Educational
Progress (NAEP). In our school, the NAEP assessment will be given on February 3, 2011.
      Your child will represent many other students, so participation is very important. However, if
you do not want your child to participate, please notify me in writing by December 10, 2010.
                                              CUSTODY
        We are confronted almost daily with custody issues. Parents should keep the school updated in regard to custody
documents. Unless there is a court document, both parents have equal rights in regard to access to students and student
records. It is a parental responsibility to produce documents of which the school must be aware. When in doubt about
custody issues and how the school will respond, please schedule a conference with the principal.

                                    CUSTODIAL AND NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS/
                               ACCESS TO STUDENTS AND STUDENT INFORMATION
         Parents are the natural guardians of their children under the law and both parents have equal rights and
responsibilities for their children. These rights may be modified as families become separated and/or divorced. In many
cases of separation or divorce, school personnel are asked to make decisions regarding release of records, school
visitations, and release of the child from school. The following regulations have been developed to protect the
safety/welfare of the child, maintain neutrality as much as possible regarding parents rights and provide a safe learning
environment for the child.
A.       The Custodial Parent:
         1.       has the obligation to provide a copy of any court order restricting the rights of the non-custodial parent if
                  related to school matters.
         2.       is the legal custodian of the child through court order. The child normally lives with this parent and is
                  sent to school in the morning from his/her home and is to be returned to this home at the end of the school
                  day.
         3.       receives day-to-day communication, correspondence, report cards, and other school- related information,
                  is welcome to visit the school, observe classroom instruction, and review student records.
         4.       is notified when the non-custodial parent seeks school-related information.

B.      Depending on the custody order the non-custodial parent may maintain certain parental rights, even though a
        separation/divorce has occurred. Unless there is a court order that states the non-custodial parent may not receive
        school related information, the non-custodial parent:
        1.      is entitled to receive copies of report cards, school newsletters, interim reports and other information that
                pertains to the child’s education and which is routinely sent to or available to the parent who has custody.
                Requests for this information must be made in writing to the principal and should include the non-
                custodial parent(s) name, address, and type of information desired. The custodial parent shall be notified
                when such a request has been made.
        2.      is welcome to visit the school, observe classroom instruction, review student records, and be generally
                informed about the child’s educational progress, unless forbidden by court order provided to the school by
                the custodial parent.

        Notes: The non-custodial parent may not take the child away from school without the written consent of the
               custodial parent, unless permitted by court order. If the court order provides the non-custodial parent
               permission to remove the children from school it can only occur, on any given day, with the knowledge of
               the custodial parent.

                Court orders granting “reasonable visitation” do not include visitation during the school day and any
                request to visit with the children at school should not be granted. However, unless the court order states
                otherwise, the non-custodial parent may observe classroom instruction.

                A non-custodial parent, unless restricted by a court order, may participate equally in educational decision
                making. If parents are in disagreement, the school will take a neutral position but will expect the parents
                to resolve the issue.

C.      Joint custody is a situation where both parents have responsibilities for the child or children. These
        responsibilities are defined by a court order. Unless specified otherwise in that order, each parent can make
        educational and emergency medical decisions, have access to student records and can transport a student to and
        from the school. Unless the court order is on file in the school, and states otherwise, school officials will honor
        either parent’s requests. If parents are in disagreement, the school will take a neutral position but will expect the
        parents to resolve the issue.
D.      Step Parent
     A step- parent, as a result of marriage to the child’s natural parents, often has contact with school officials. In this
     section, the following apply:
     1.       The school, consistent with A. and B., will consider the natural parents as the ones to make educational
              and emergency medical decisions. A step- parent can make medical decisions only as listed in the
              appropriate section of the emergency procedure card.
     2.       A step -parent may not register a child for school, nor withdraw a child from school.
     3.       The school will not release the child to the step- parent, unless the step- parent is listed in the appropriate
              section of the emergency procedure cards.
     4.       A step- parent, living with the child, is welcome to visit the school and observe classroom instruction.
     5.       A step--parent with whom the child lives can be considered as a parent in situations involving special
              education processes and decisions and in certain matters related to record review. (Ref:
              C.O.M.A.R.13A.05.01.02 (5) and 13A.08.02.07 H)
E.   Primary Care Parent
     In separation cases where parents live apart without a formal agreement or court order awarding the child to a
     particular parent, the primary care parent is the one with whom the child resides. In such case.
     1.       The school will consider the primary care parent as the one to make educational and emergency medical
              decisions.
     2.       The primary care parent shall be contacted prior to release of the child to the non-
              primary care parent to advise the primary care parent of the situation.
     3.       Day to day communication, correspondence, report cards, and other school- related needs are directed to
              the primary care parent. However, the other parent also has the right to receive copies of any documents
              that the primary care parent receives.
     4.       The non-primary care parent may be involved in educational and medical decision making. If parents are
              in disagreement, the school will take a neutral position but will expect the parents to resolve the issue.
     5.       A non-primary care parent is welcome to visit the school, observe classroom
             instruction, review student records, (See B1 and 2 above) and be generally
             informed about the child’s educational progress.
                          REFRIGERATOR PAGE – December 2010

Nov. 29 – Dec. 10 Giving Tree

December 9              2nd Grade Field Trip to Baltimore Museum of Industry

December 10             2 hour 45 minute Early Dismissal (12:30pm)

                        Spirit Day - Neon Color Day. Wear your favorite neon colors

                        Cookies with Santa Session 1: 2p – 4p and Session 2: 5:30p – 7:30p

December 14             Winter Concert 9:30a and 7:00p – Instrumental and Choral

                        Green Club Meeting 3:15p – 4:00p

December 20             2nd Grade Reader’s Theater 10:00a – 11:14a

December 21             Student Council Meeting 3:15p – 4:00p

December 23             2 hour and 45 minute Early Dismissal (12:30pm)

                        Spirit Game – Floor Hockey

December 24 – 31 Schools Closed




Answer:         Toilet paper and tissue use is destroying virgin forests in North America. As North Americans, we use 50
pounds per person of tissue and toilet paper per year. That’s up from 37 pounds per person 20 years ago. If every
household in America replaced one box of 100-sheet facial tissues with recycled, we’d save 103,000 trees. Reusable is
even better! Try replacing tissues with cloth handkerchiefs and paper towels with sponges or washable cloths.

				
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