It is with our distinct honor and privilege that we welcome you back to Govans Elementary School. We sincerely hope that everyone’s summer is full of fun and relaxation. As we begin to embark on the 2017-2018 school year, we are asking that you be prepared for an exciting, rewarding, challenging, and successful school year.
In the 2016-2017 school year we said farewell to Ms. Proctor, one of our custodians that retired after many years of service. We wish her a restful and peaceful retirement. We also said goodbye to Ms. Pinchback, our school nurse. Ms. Pinchback has gone on to pursue other endeavors in her career.
This year we welcome Ms. Micheleen O’Neill, Special Education Resource teacher. Ms. O’Neill has several years of experience and is excited about joining the staff at Govans Elementary. Ms. O’Neill will teach reading groups and provide additional one-on-one support to individual students, both in and outside the classroom. We also welcome Mr. Alexander Blue. He graduated from Morgan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and will teach 1st grade this upcoming school year. He has had experience teaching at Northwood Elementary and Walter P. Carter. Welcome Ms. O’Neill and Mr. Blue.
As we all know, students and staff need learning spaces that enable innovative, high-quality instruction and a physical infrastructure that supports use of current technology and ensures safety and security. To that end, we anticipate that this school year will be our last year in this current school building. The 21st Century School Buildings Plan will create an inspiring educational environment for the students and staff of Govans Elementary. Our renovated school will include teaching and learning space with flexible and adaptable spaces designed for interaction and collaboration. Please check the weekly Friday Flyer and watch for developments and update as we begin this lengthy process.21st Century School Buildings Plan will create City and its public
The 2017-2018 school years promises to be rewarding both socially and academically for our children. There are so many great things in store for our students this year. We will continue to ensure that our students excel in academic areas and enjoy a rich array of experiences and have opportunities to grow as responsible citizens.
We will continue on as a neighborhood charter school operating under the auspices of the Baltimore Curriculum Project (BCP). BCP is a non-profit organization that currently empowers five other neighborhood charter schools in Baltimore with the tools they need to help every child succeed. BCP has operated Baltimore City Schools since 1996, when it assumed operation of City Springs Elementary School under Baltimore City’s New Schools Initiative. As a neighborhood charter school, Govans Elementary will continue to serve the students from the surrounding neighborhood as well as those non-zoned students enrolled at the school. Govans will continue to receive public funding but operate independently. Our staff comes with a wealth of experience and a passion for working with children.
The 2017-2018 school year begins on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 7:45 a.m.
Please bring your child’s invitation that was mailed to you, which includes your child’s name, grade level, homeroom teacher and classroom number.
As you shop for school clothes, please remember our uniform dress code, which is navy blue pants, shorts, or skirt with a white shirt. The school uniform colors are available for purchase from places such as Family Dollar, Forman Mills, JC Penney, Rainbow, Sears and Wal-Mart.
Early Dismissals are discouraged because it disrupts the instructional day for everyone. If, however, an emergency arises and it is necessary for you to pick up your child early, you must report to the office and sign them out. No child will be dismissed early unless an authorized adult picks them up. All authorized names should be written on the Emergency Contact Sheet. Please remember to complete it and return it to your son/daughter’s teacher the first week of school. It is important that we are able to contact you and your designee in case of an emergency. No child will be released to any adult other than the parents, guardians, or designees (Adult-21 years of age or older with proper ID).
I am requesting that parents make arrangements to have your children picked up promptly at the end of the school day, 2:25 p.m. Afterschool programming does not begin until the end of September. Unless a child is enrolled in an after school program, club or activity, the school is unable to supervise children who have been left with no one to pick them up at the end of the day. Children who are waiting to be picked up must wait in the Pick-Up Zone in front of the school. If an emergency arises and you are going to be late, please call to inform the school at (410) 396-6396.
I have enclosed the items listed below to make the transition back to school a smooth one.
· Invitations (bring with you the 1st day of school)
· Emergency Contact Sheet
· Grade Level Supply List
· 2017-2018 School Calendar
We are anticipating a marvelous school year and we look forward to serving your child and you. Remember, when teachers, parents, and students work together as a team, then Together Everyone Achieves More. Please plan to attend the Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.
Linda M. Taylor