Mission Statement

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To provide a learning environment which fosters mutual respect among all members of the school community, emphasizes high expectations for student achievement, promotes positive perceptions and attitudes about learning, respects the individual needs of all learners, and promotes a shared responsibility for the education of all students.

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Attention Charlestown Parents!

Helping your child learn how to manage his/her time is one of the best ways to help him/her do better in school. Here are some tips on helping your child make time for learning:
FOLLOW ROUTINES- Routines make life easier for parents. Kids who know that homework time is before TV may grumble but they will follow the rules. Creating regular times for homework, reading, watching TV and bedtime will make life easier for the entire family. PLAN AHEAD: At the end of the day, prepare for the next day. For example, your child can write a checklist of things to bring to school.
TIMING: Allow enough time for big projects; they take time to finish. Help your child break the big jobs down into smaller ones. This helps to alleviate the feeling of being overwhelmed for you and your child. TRANSITIONS: Some children have trouble moving from one thing to another. Give your child (ren) plenty of advance warning. It may be helpful to have a picture
schedule on the calendar with times next to the picture. Some older children may prefer to use a calendar with a daily schedule.
I hope that these hints are helpful and make your life easier.
Congratulations to Mrs. Holter’s Pre-K, Miss Murson’s first grade, and Miss Wood’s fourth grade. These classes have earned a charm for demonstrating CHARM in the cafeteria.
Remember, CHARM stands for: Caring Honesty Attitude Respect/responsibility Manners
Many other classes are close to earning charms as well. Keep up the good work!

Green School Information

Charlestown Elementary “Trash into Cash” And the My Coke Rewards Program The Charlestown “Green Team” made up of the entire student body at Charlestown Elementary has been a member of the Terracycle Inc. “Juice Pouch, Cookie Wrapper and Chip Bag Brigades” which has been a great success. We have collected more than 12,000 juice pouches, 1000 cookie wrappers and 6200 chip bags over the last few years. Because of this success we have expanded our collection to include old MP3 players, keyboards & mice, cell phones, digital cameras, inkjet printer cartridges, laptops (Note: all data on electronic items will be destroyed by shredded), #6 plastic cups, any brand spread containers, lunchables and plastic Tape dispensers and plastic tape rings . All the items that we collect are “Upcycled” into new useful products by Terracycle Inc. and in return the corporate sponsors for each brigade pays our school a charitable donation of .02 - $2.50 for each item collected. This money will help to fund future Green Projects like the Meadow Restoration Project that was created during the 2009-2010 school year. The meadow can be utilized as an outside science classroom for the students at Charlestown Elementary. We would like to encourage you to save any of the items listed and bring them in. This would be a great help. There will be a receptacle in the Café designated just for these items. Look for more items to be collected in the near future. This is a wonderful opportunity to help reduce the amount of trash going into our landfills, plus earn some cash for our school. We also participate in the “My Coke Rewards Program for Schools” that allows us to earn points by redeeming codes printed on all Coke a Cola products either under the soda caps or on the packaging when you purchase by the case. Those points are redeemed for all sorts of items that benefit your child’s classroom. You can join the coke rewards program, enter and donate your points to Charlestown Elementary School or bring your caps and codes from Coke product packaging into the school and deposit them into the bin in the lobby. I look forward to your participation in these fantastic programs that support our children’s education. Feel free to email me at sgonce@ccps.org with any questions. Sincerely, Samuel F. Gonce Samuel F. Gonce Chief Custodian

ATTENDANCE is the key to your child’s success in school. Research has shown that children who are in school most of the time get better grades and do better on state tests. Research also shows students who are absent a lot often do poorly in school and score lower on state tests.

Being late for school hurts a child’s learning, too! A student who misses 10 minutes everyday will miss 30 hours of instruction during the school year. Older students can copy notes but younger students can never get back what they miss. A student who is frequently late or absent will miss very important discussions, questions and explanations by the teacher and the thinking that makes learning come alive.

Your child’s success in school and in the future depends on having a solid educational background- that can only be gained through regular on-time attendance at school.


Dress Code

Cecil County Public Schools seeks to promote good citizenship, to provide a safe and comfortable environment conducive to learning, and to prepare students for adult professional life. Certain clothing types and styles are deemed not appropriate as school-day attire and in addition may present an unhealthy or unsafe situation. Appropriate dress is expected of all students. The responsibility for appropriate student dress lies with the student and his/her parents or guardians within approved standards set by the Board of Education and the schools.
Prohibited clothing and accessories are those that:
• Are not acceptable to the work or learning environment
• Pose a safety or health hazard
• Interfere with or disrupt the educational process
• Advocate unsafe or inappropriate behavior
• Are vulgar, obscene, revealing or offensive
• Demean others on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, gender, disability, or other attribute
• Promote the use of tobacco, drugs or alcohol.

Examples of prohibited clothing and accessories include but are not limited to:

  • Pants or slacks that drag on the floor, footwear that pose a tripping, falling, or safety hazard or clothing that conceals the identity of the wearer.
  • Clothing that is vulgar or obscene; promotes drug, tobacco, or alcohol use; demeans or defames others; or promotes violence or antisocial behavior.
  • Tube tops, spaghetti straps, single strap shirts, backless shirts or blouses, halter-tops, muscle shirts, or tank tops
  • Excessively short skirts, dresses, skorts, or shorts
  • Skin tight pants or shorts
  • Pants or shorts that hang below the hips
  • See-through shirts, blouses, pants or other apparel.
Flip-Flops or shoes that are safety hazards



Homework Hassles!

Some evenings homework hassles can affect the whole family. If you follow these four simple steps you will be able to eliminate “Homework Hassles.”

1. Establish a regular time to complete homework.  Do not fight with your child about when homework will be completed; he/she will benefit from a regular routine. Some children work better right after schoo,l others need a break and will work better in the evening or right after dinner. You can give your child a choice but once the choice is made; stick with it. Homework should be as routine as brushing his/her teeth.

2. Homework time happens daily. There should be time set aside every day. This will solve the problem of “I did my homework at school.” It is important that you check over your child’s assignments to be sure that they are complete. If your child truly has nothing to do; he/she can read a library book or do some extra practice problems for math. It is important that he or she will spend time doing something that with help her/him do better in school.

3. Ask your child questions when he/she doesn’t understand something. In math for example, ask your child to explain how they had solved other problems? You could also say, “Could you do that here, too?” In reading for example, have your child reread the directions; then try breaking the task into smaller parts.

4. Don’t ever do his work for him/her. Teachers want to know how much your child knows by checking their homework. If you do the work for your child; the teacher will not know whether your child needs to be retaught the material.

I hope that these hints are helpful and make your life easier.


Bus Riders

The safest way for your child to travel to and from school is by bus!  Research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association has proven that more children are seriously injured in car accidents on their way to school than in bus accidents. 

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Walkers should arrive at school no earlier than 8:30 a.m.  If your child is late, after 9:00 a.m., please bring them to the front office and sign them in on the “Late Arrivals” sheet. 

Walkers are dismissed before the buses.  A staff member is outside to help supervise students at 8:30 a.m. and at the end of each day.

Car Riders

Car riders can be dropped off in the morning no earlier than 8:30 a.m.  Please do not drop students off unless a staff member is there.

At dismissal please wait in your car and students will walk out to meet you.  This is for child safety.  An over crowded hallway and lobby is an invitation for mistakes in steering students in the right direction.

Early Dismissal

If you have an occasional need to pick up your child at the end of the day, please sign them out on the “Early Departure” sheet in the front office and wait for your child to be called from their classroom by someone in the office.
***Please be sure your child knows where to go in case of inclement weather.  Keep in mind, if we are closed, the Boy’s and Girl’s Club is closed.

Students are expected to ride the same bus to and from school on a daily schedule.  Please make sure your child knows where to go after school and what bus they should be riding.  Travel arrangements should stay the same throughout the year.  Please do not call the school and ask to change your child’s “after school destination”.   We cannot interrupt classroom instruction unless it is an absolute emergency.  If it is necessary for your child to ride a different bus or be picked up by someone different, please send a note.  We cannot accept e-mail requests for changes in your child’s daily transportation.  Students will not be permitted to go home with classmates unless both parties send notes. 
If you have any questions or concerns regarding buses please call the school, or the CCPS Department of Transportation at 410-996-5414.

Image 2All visitors must come in the office, sign in and get a pass before going down the hall.  No one is permitted passed the office without a pass.  Thank you.


Please do not send home made goodies for your child to share with other students.  Goodies to be shared with other students should be store made and wrapped.

Because our AC is still on, your child may need a sweater or sweat shirt in the classroom.

Office hours are 8:00 AM-4:30 PM

Did you know that each year the local Lions Club in your community offers free vision screenings to Pre-K and Kindergarten students at each elementary school?  These screenings are conducted to help detect the presence of vision problems which could place your child at risk for developing amblyopia, more commonly known as “lazy eye”.   The exam simply consists of an instrument screening the child’s eyes.  There is no physical contact made with the child’s eyes and drops are not necessary.

Last year 851 Cecil County Public Schools students participated in the free eye screenings. This year, we are encouraging parents of each Pre-K and Kindergarten student to take advantage of this opportunity. The screening date for Charlestown Elementary will be determined at a later date.  At that time a  permission slip will be sent home by the school nurse.  A permission form will be sent home prior to the first day of the screenings and must be returned to the school in order for your child to participate

Month At A Glance

Feb 4 - PTA Available to help with Yearbook 6:00 - 7:00
Feb 5 - Report Cards Go Home
Feb 7 - Snow Date for Winter Carnival
Feb 10 Awards Assemblies
Board of Education Meeting
9:15 - Grade 2 and 3
10:00 - Kindergarten and Grade 1
10:45 - Grades 4 and 5
Feb 14 Schools are in Session
Feb 14 Jump Rope for Heart
Feb 17 - No School President's Day
Feb 19 - Open House for Perryville Families 5:30 - 6:30
Feb 21 - Grade 4 Field Trip to Annapolis
Feb 24 Board of Education Work Session
Feb 26 Third Marking Period Interium Period Ends
Feb 27 Empowering Perryville Parents Workshop at PHS 6:00 - 7:30

Mar 3 - 25 All County Chorus Program:
Mar 3, 10, 17 Rehearsal at Holly Hall Elem.
Mar 24 Rehearsal at Elkton High School
Mar 25 - Evening Program at Elkton High School

Mar 4 - 18 MSA Testing Window
Mar 4 and 5 - Grade 4 Reading and Grade 5 Math
Mar 6 and 7 Grade 3Math and Grade 5 Reading
March 10 Only Makeup Testing
Mar 11 and 12 Grade 3 Reading and Grade 4 Math

Mar 5 Interiums come home
Mar 10 Board of Education Meeting
Mar 11 PTA Meeting 5:00PM
Mar 14 Toddler Time (ST. Patrick's Day Theme) 10:00 AM
Mar 25 - Cecil Dance Center presents "Aladdin" to our children
Mar 26 Grade 4 Field Trip to Fair Hill Nature Center
Mar 26 Open House for Perryville Families - 5:30 - 6:30
Mar 27 PTA March Birthday Celebrations
Mar 28 Schools are in session
Mar 31 Schools Closed- Professional Day

May 23 School is in Session
May 23 Fun and Fitness Day

June 9 - 16 Schools in Session