Message from the Principal

Moving Day Update

Good evening Sharpsburg Parents and Families,

            I am writing to inform you of a change in the school calendar for Sharpsburg Primary and Elementary.  Due to the upcoming renovations of the elementary building and the completion of the primary renovations, we will not be having school for students on Monday, November 18th.  This day will be utilized for staff, teachers and administrators to safely prepare their new classrooms and learning spaces that will be moved back into the Primary building and into the modular classrooms.  Due to the fluid nature of construction, this was the earliest we could notify families of this change, as we wanted to be sure of the moving dates for both buildings were accurate for families to plan.  By moving all classrooms at once, we are able to maximize learning time and avoid multiple days of moving, inconveniences and other challenges that a large-scale move incurs.  As a result, primary students will return to the primary building and elementary students will begin in the modulars on Tuesday, November 19th.

            The renovations in the Primary are nearly complete and we are excited for the upcoming renovations of the elementary building.  We are grateful for the support and understanding that our Sharpsburg family has shown throughout this challenging process. Additional information regarding pickup, drop-off and classroom locations will be finalized and shared with families in the upcoming days.

            As a reminder, we still will be closed in observance of Veteran’s Day on Monday, November 11th.  If you have any questions regarding this update, please reach out to myself at westendorf.j@norwoodschools.org or 924-2600.

Sincerely,
 
Mr. Joe Westendorf
Principal, Sharpsburg Primary and Elementary

Primary Modular Update

Dear Sharpsburg Primary Families,
 
I am delighted to share with you that all students grades K-2 will begin classes in the modular classrooms this Wednesday, October 2nd.  Many students have already travelled over to the rooms and are very excited to have their own comfortable learning space.  I cannot say enough about the resilience of our students and staff, and I am grateful for your patience as we work through this construction process.  I have included some helpful items below as we begin using the Primary side of the street again on Wednesday.
 

Arrival/Dismissal

Students should not be dropped off or arrive prior to 8:15am.  During arrival and dismissal times, the large gate will be open for students to walk up to/from their modular classrooms.  We ask that parents stay at the bottom of the ramps when dropping off or picking up students.  During the school day, the large gate will remian locked and all students are secure within our fence line, along with locked doors in the modular classrooms.  Safety always remains our #1 priority.

Any student arriving late, or being picked up early, will need to enter through the small gate and proceed to the gray modular, which is where the office is located. 

 

Driving/Parking

The pickup and drop-off area in front of the primary on Forest Avenue is for stop and go parking, and drivers are to remain in their vehicles.  If you wish to walk with your child to the entrance, you will need to park elsewhere in the area and walk.  You may not stop your vehicle on Forest Avenue for any reason, unless in the pickup/drop-off zone.  Again, safety should be everyone's priority.

If your primary child has siblings across the street in the elementary, I would encourage them to be picked up by their older siblings and walk to the pickup area on Robertson Avenue behind the elementary building.  We have had great success utilizing that area behind the school and it has kept traffic at a much safer volume.

 

Thank you for your time and attention to this information.  As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!

 

Sincerely,

 

Mr. Joe Westendorf

Principal

513-924-2601

westendorf.j@norwoodschools.org

Principal Welcome Message

­­­Dear Sharpsburg Students and Families,

      The staff here at Sharpsburg is working diligently to ensure that the 2019-2020 school year is the best yet!  We welcome our new and returning students back to our Sharpsburg family, where everyone belongs!

      Our year will certainly look different as renovations continue in the primary, begin in the elementary, and we utilize the modular classrooms for space.  Please check our website, newsletters and other communications to stay informed and up to date on our progress.
 

      Open House: The Sharpsburg staff cordially invites you to attend our annual Open House on Tuesday, August 20th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Informational booths will be set up in the elementary courtyard to provide you with information and services such as becoming a member of our PTO, volunteering opportunities and much, much more.

      First Day of School: August 21st for students in grades 1-6. 

      Safety First: We open our doors at 8:15 am. On Forest Avenue next to the Primary building and Robertson Avenue behind the elementary is a car drop-off area. The drop-off area was designed with student safety in mind. I ask that parents do not double park, or allow your student to cross the street outside of the crosswalks. We will monitor the arrival and dismissal procedures, so please be patient.  There will be many days where police are present to assist in safe arrival as well.

      *If your child must be at school before 8:15, Avenues for Success (924-2705) provides before and after school care.

      *Students will only be released to adults on the registration form.  Please notify your child’s teacher if someone other than yourself will be picking up your student.

      Emergency Events: Ohio school districts are required to communicate to parents and students the notification procedures utilized to inform parents of threats and emergency events.  The Norwood City School District communicates this information to parents through the use of our automated telephone parent notification system.  Therefore, it is very important to make sure that you have a current phone number on file in your child’s school office.

            I am very committed to ensuring that each student will be provided the opportunity to receive an outstanding educational experience in a warm and welcoming environment, as well as serving the students, parents, and community of Norwood City Schools.  I look forward to greeting you and your family at our Open House on August 20th, from 4-6.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mr. Joe Westendorf, Principal

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