Dear Roland Park Elementary/Middle School families and students,

    Recently, concerns have been raised about the efficiency of the air conditioning system at the school and the district’s communication methods. As a mother, I share these concerns and take them seriously.

    As the district shared last month via our website, social media channels, and community e-newsletter, the board recently developed new guidelines about when to dismiss a school early due to unacceptable classroom conditions caused by hot weather. Early dismissal for all non-AC schools will be considered when...

    • The temperature in the majority of classrooms in most buildings is 85 degrees or higher, and students cannot be relocated to cooler areas (principals will report inside temperatures to the district office no later than 10:00 a.m. each day during hot weather)

    - or -

    • The outside heat index reaches 100 degrees by 10:30 a.m. (this is the "feels like" reading that combines temperature and humidity)

    If either of these conditions is met, the non-AC schools listed online will dismiss three hours early. While these guidelines were developed primarily to address the needs of schools without air conditioning, the guidelines also provide clear procedures for an air-conditioned school like Roland Park, if the school’s cooling system is not working properly and if repairs cannot be made quickly.

    Please be assured that representatives from our facilities teams are conducting a thorough review of Roland Park’s air conditioning system and will continue to monitor its operation through the final weeks of the school year. Thank you for working with us to support our students and to ensure that they have the resources they need to learn.


    Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises

    Chief Executive Officer

    Baltimore City Public Schools




    Dear RPEMS families,

    I am writing today to inform you that, after many years here at Roland Park Elementary/Middle School, I have decided to take a new step in my career.  Although the details of a new position are not quite final, my term as your principal will end with this school year.  I am deciding between multiple opportunities which will result in leading a different school community.  Each option allows me the chance to further develop my leadership skills and capacities and apply them to a new setting.

     I’ve spent twelve years at RPEMS beginning as a physical education teacher and I cherish every moment of our time together.  Words cannot express the gratitude that I have for this entire community.  I feel that we developed a family atmosphere over the years and saying good bye is not easy.  The connection that I feel to Roland Park is something that will never go away.  I’ve learned so much from this community of students, staff, and families and I plan to apply these learned lessons in my new setting.  My decision is simply about challenging myself in new ways and lending my skillset to another school community. 

     It’s important to me that RPEMS continues to move forward with the many initiatives put in place to ensure every child is successful.  We have a solid leadership team and involved parent base that will continue to work together to fulfill our potential.  As this year winds down and I transition to a new role, our assistant principals Ms. Carter (pre-k to grade 4), Mr. Hellerbach (grades 5 and 6), and Ms. Ferris (grades 7 and 8), or I will be available to assist you with end-of-year information and plans for next school year.  There will be several meetings with our school community beginning on Thursday, May 3rd at 6:00 pm in the multi-purpose room, where you can get answers to your questions.  I hope you will be able to attend one of these sessions.  Staff from the district office will also communicate with you throughout this spring about the process for selecting a new principal and how you can participate.

    Finally, please feel free to share this information with your child.  I will be interacting with students over the next few weeks to speak to them directly. 


      Nicholas D’Ambrosio


    Roland Park elementary/Middle School



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