2017-2018 National PTA Reflections

Time to get your creative thoughts flowing - Reflections is starting!! The theme this year is:

“Within Reach”

Reflections is a National PTA program to encourage all children to participate in the arts for fun and recognition. Students work independently to present their artistic interpretation of this year's theme. Works can be visual art such as drawing, painting, collage; literature including prose, poetry, drama, reflective essay, narrative, short story; dance choreography; musical composition; and film/video. There is also a Special Artist Division for students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or Section 504.

Rules and Entry Forms can be found here: http://www.waverlypta.net/reflections.php.

Questions?   contact 
Jennifer Donahoe:  happymom93@verizon.net  
Kelly Baumgartner: kellylaurencrawford@gmail.com or
Dara Packer: dara.packer@gmail.com 

Entries are due Monday, October 16th!   

HCPSS Redistricting

Elementary School #42 will be opening this fall.  As is customary when a new school opens, redistricting will be taking place.  Due to overcrowding at a number of elementary schools in the county, it is believed that a comprehensive redistricting of elementary schools will be taking place across Howard County this year.

Be aware that redistricting could affect Waverly.  The Attendance Area Committee will meet over the summer to develop redistricting scenarios.  In the early fall, public forums will be held to gather input on the scenarios.  The BOE will vote on redistricting recommendations in their November meeting.

For those who couldn't make the forums on redistricting last week, you can still fill out the survey they handed out online until May 12th.


 Volunteer Requirements

Maryland State Law requires volunteers, including Parent Volunteers, complete annual Child Abuse Training prior to serving as a school volunteer (in any capacity, including field trip/chaperones).  Child Abuse Training provides volunteers with the opportunity to learn about child abuse reporting procedures when abuse is suspected. We are asking that each of our volunteers complete Child Abuse Training prior to assisting in school.  

STEP 1: Please view the child abuse presentation by clicking here. STEP 2: Once you have viewed the presentation, please download and print the certificate of completion and return it to Waverly Elementary School.  Please turn in your completed certificate to the front office as you enter.

Thank you again for your participation in our school and helping to ensure that each of our students remains safe.

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 IMPORTANT DATES

10/19 - School Picture Day

10/19 - Spirit Wear Orders Due

10/20 - School Closed

10/31 - 2:45 p.m., Halloween Parade/Party Sponsored by the PTA

11/1 - 7 p.m., Monthly PTA Meeting


COMMUNITY NEWS 

 GREAT savings from GREAT businesses that support Waverly and the PTA! Click here or on the PTA Partnerships tab for more info.

HCPSS Board of Education Initiative to Change School Start Times

UPDATE: Beginning with 2018-2019 school year, all schools will start between 8:00 and 9:25am. Learn more here
Bethany Glen Development

Information received by HARP regarding development plans for the parcel of land adjacent to 99 and Bethany Lane:

At present we are in a bit of a lull. As planned and stated on August 13th, we are currently waiting for Elm Street to share a revised plan of the Bethany Glen Development with the HARP group and the hired consultant.  Elm Street advised some weeks ago that it would be more weeks away before they would be ready with a new plan that takes the community's concerns into consideration. There is no urgency unless an official meeting comes about. 

Elm Street is able to determine the timetable for Bethany Glen.  HARP is not surprised by what might appear on the outside to be a delay.  Given the July 30th flooding devastation in historic Ellicott City and severe damage to some homes in Valley Mede, We imagine they are either reconsidering their overall plan as well as their approach to stormwater management and or allowing time to be on their side, in the least to see ultimately what the County's response to the known flood-prone areas (Tiber-Hudson and Plumtree Branch) will be.  As we saw this week with Allan Kittleman's extended presence (street-side for over an hour) in Valley Mede and his announcement of a full-fledged study and commitment to the flood-prone area at the Longview Dr and Brookmede Rd location, it's clear that the County is involved and cognizant of community's concerns for the area. 
      
As a further note, a couple of people on HARP are working on further communications and materials (alas, they are also people who are employed full-time and the HARP work is done as time permits). This information will come out when we know more regarding Elm Street's plans.  Suzanne Jones, with community support, is assembling disparate pieces of traffic accident data -- it's tedious, time-consuming work, but it is coming along (again, this is also done in her 'spare' time).  

The HARP website is down for now. We plan to revise the site with new information soon.  Holly, our wonderful CPA, is maintaining impeccable records of funds collected thus far (which remain close to the goal amount).

Once HARP knows more from Elm Street and the County, we will disseminate that information to the rest of our community.