Elkster Examiner - Aug 28, 2015

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 4:01pm


From the Principal: We had a great first week of school at Elkridge!  Our staff worked very hard getting classrooms ready and it was wonderful to welcome our students back when that bell rang last Monday morning.  The start of a new school year is such an exciting time!  Mrs. Carter, Ms. Richardson and I have met with all the students to talk about expectations for the year and we have been so impressed with the answers the students have had to our questions.  

This newsletter is a key means of communication between home and school.  I highly recommend you take 15 minutes each week to read it.  I know it is not the most exciting document you will ever read, but it is important!  The best way to get our Elkridge Weekly Newsletter is electronically.  We send it out via HCPSSNews every Friday and also put a copy on our website.  If you have not yet subscribed to HCPSSNews, do so now.  You will get a few emails a week from the school and the school system with important reminders and your weekly Elkridge Newsletter.  Go to HCPSS News Subcriptions to sign up.

I do have a few important reminders.  First, if you have not yet logged on to HCPSS Connect and either completed or updated a 2015-16 emergency card for your child please carefully read the article later in this newsletter, which contains detail about the process.  It contains specific directions about the process.  Second, we will continue to use LobbyGuard, an automated visitor management system.  When any volunteer or visitor comes to the school he or she will sign in on the LobbyGuard computer in the front office.  Part of the sign-in process is the scanning of your license, so be sure to bring it with you when you come to school.  Your license must also be provided when picking-up a student from school.

Finally, we will be providing volunteer training to anyone who wishes to volunteer in our classrooms and throughout the school.  This training will be done in a variety of ways. You can view the training on line, print out the certificate, and bring it to the front office or you can view the training directly in our front office. Volunteers are critical to the success of both students and teachers and I hope everyone takes advantage of this training!  We look forward to working collaboratively and closely with all our wonderful volunteers!

I feel very fortunate to be principal at Elkridge Elementary.  I look forward to working with you to make this an exceptional school year.

Debra Anoff, Principal



Back-to-School Nights

We are looking forward to welcoming parents for Back-to-School Nights next week.  Our Back-to-School Nights are scheduled on August 31 at 6:00 p.m. for Kindergarten and 1st grade, on September 1st at 6:00 p.m. for 2nd and 3rd grades, and September 2 at 6pm for 4th and 5th grades. We will have our Gifted and Talented orientation in the Media Center at 5:15 p.m. on September 2nd.  Back-to-School Night is a great opportunity to see your child’s classroom and receive information about the grade level expectations for the school year. This evening is not a time to have a lengthy conversation about specifics related to your child as a learner and/or socially.  Please schedule a time to meet one-on-one with the teacher at another time for this purpose.  The information that will be presented on these evenings is geared towards parents, and we ask that children do not attend.  Pre-K Orientation is August 31 at 5:00pm.



Home/School Communication

Emergency Procedure Card – Very Important!!!

This year HCPSS will be using Family File to maintain student information for emergency procedures. Those families who were previously registered in the old system will (if you haven't already) receive an email from HCPSS with specific instructions on how to register in the new system. Parents and Guardians can also visit HCPSS Connect to begin the process of registering in the new system.  Additional resources are available for families to reference on the HCPSS Connect link including: 

•                Instructions for parents that forgot their username or password

•                Account activation support for parents new to HCPSS

•                Account access for parents of previously enrolled students

•                The Family File (Emergency Form) Quick Reference Card

•                The Family File (Emergency Form) Detailed User Instructions 

•                Frequently asked questions



HCPSS Connect

Beginning August 31, parents will have access to the many communication and student progress resources available through HCPSS Connect. We are excited to offer new opportunities for parents to stay better engaged with their child's academics.

Our teachers have diligently learned the Canvas Learning System platform to prepare their course pages for the August 31 launch date. While parents of secondary students (grades 6-12) will see course content immediately, elementary schools’ class access will be phased in as class lists are finalized. 

Throughout the first quarter, parents of elementary students (grades K-5) can expect to see pages for their child appear as class lists are finalized and loaded into the system. Our school staff members are making every effort to have these lists finalized as soon as possible to ensure parents can gain access to their child's course pages in a timely manner.



How to Receive Emergency/School Closing and Delay Information

The HCPSS uses the methods listed below to announce school closings and delays. 


The school system’s website is the first and most complete source of information on school closings and delays.

HCPSS News email and text message alerts

Register at HCPSS News. Parents who subscribe to this free service can also opt to get news from their child’s school, and will receive the school system’s Weekly News, which provides valuable information on school activities and HCPSS-related information.

HCPSS TV - Cable TV Comcast 95/Verizon 42

Local media:

WBAL-TV – Channel 11         

WRC-TV – Channel 4 

WBAL-AM – 1090 Regional Emergency Broadcast Alert System

WTOP-FM – 103.5 Regional Emergency Broadcast Alert System

HCPSS Information Hotline 410‑313-6666

 Twitter – @hcpss

Please note: The HCPSS does NOT use schools-out.com (which charges for text messages) or e-schoolnews.com.



PAPER COPIES OF Elkridge Elementary Newsletter

EES will share news every week with our families via this newsletter.  In order to save paper, however, only the September 4th and 11th issues will be sent home in paper form to every family.  We ask that if you have access to this electronically, PLEASE help us SAVE PAPER and not request a paper copy!  If you do not have access to viewing this electronically, pleased fill out the bottom of this cover page and send it back to school.  After September 11th, the Elkridge Newsletter will be available only on the EES website at ees.hcpss.org or by subscribing to the free service www.hcpssnews.com where you will also receive important school notices from Public Information at HCPSS, including weather related announcements.  We urge you to stay in touch with the school via HCPSSNews if at all possible so that you do not miss out on the important information that parents need to know! 





__________ YES, I prefer a paper version of the “Elkridge Newsletter” be sent home weekly with my student.


______________________________          Student’s name                  ________________         Teacher        


______________________________ Parent Signature ________________ Date







Monday, August 31

Pre-K Orientation 5pm

Back to School Night, Grades K & 1 (6-7pm)


Tuesday, September 1

Back to School Night, Grades 2 & 3 (6-7pm)


Wednesday, September 2

GT Orientation 5:15 – 6:00pm

Back to School Night, Grades 4 & 5 (6-7pm)


Monday, September 7

No School – Labor Day


Tuesday, September 8

Band & Strings Parent Meeting 6:30pm


Wednesday, September 9

PTA Meeting 6:30 – 7:30 Media Center


Monday, September 14

No School – Rosh Hashanah


Wednesday, September 16

PTA Restaurant Night – Chick-Fil-A 5-9pm


Wednesday, September 23

No School – Yum Kippur




Elkridge Elementary School | 7075 Montgomery Road, Elkridge, MD 21075 | 410-313-5006 | ees.hcpss.org