The Elkster Examiner - September 11, 2015

Sat, 09/12/2015 - 4:06pm


Thank you to those who have completed the Emergency Contact information in Family File!  At this time we have 56% of EES families who have completed this task.  Our goal is to have 100% completed by Wednesday, September 16th.

If you have not done so, please complete and/or update each child's Family File. We noticed that for many families with more than one child at Elkridge Elementary, only one child has been completed. 

Please be sure you have clicked "submit" once you have completed/updated your information. Find the "Family File" at  If you encounter any problems logging in or accessing Family File, please contact the front office at 410-313-5006. If you need access to a computer, you can utilize computers at the Howard County Libraries or make an appointment to come to school. Once logged in, parents will be able to provide or update all of their contact information, medical considerations, and preferences in approximately 10 minutes or less.

Please be sure to update or complete this information today for your child's safety. We rely on this information should we have an emergency involving your child.  We must be able to contact you quickly! We appreciate your help.




When your child is not going to be in school for the day, we ask that you use the following email to notify us of their absence:

In the body of the email please include:

Student’s Name:

Homeroom Teacher:

Reason for Absence:

This notification is extremely important, as we keep official records of your child’s attendance. We want to thank you, in advance, for using this method of communication.  Please don’t hesitate to call the front office if you have any questions.




Please remember to send in a written reminder to your child’s homeroom teacher whenever there is a change in dismissal instructions at the end of the day.  Many after school activities have begun, children are staying after school, or going home early, and EES needs prior written notification of change in dismissal.  With enrollment topping 800, we ask that parents write notes so phone calls to the front office won’t be necessary.  The afternoon is a very busy time of the day and we thank you for your cooperation in sending prior written notices to your child’s teacher rather than calling the front office.






Monday, September 14

No School – Rosh Hashanah


Wednesday, September 16

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


Saturday, September 19

5K - Rocky On The Run & 1/3 Mile Fun Run  / 10am


Wednesday, September 23

No School – Yom Kippur


Thursday, October 1

Quarter 1 Interim Reports


Friday, October 2

No School – Professional Learning Day


Saturday, October 3

PTA Yard Sale 7am – noon


Monday & Tuesday / October 5 & 6

Individual Fall Pictures


Wednesday, October 7

PTA Meeting 6:30pm Media Center


Sunday, October 11

HCPSS Community 5K & Fun Run


Wednesday, October 14

PTA Restaurant Night / Jason’s Deli




PAPER COPIES OF Elkridge Elementary Newsletter

EES will share news every week with our families via this newsletter.  In order to save paper, however, this will be the last issue 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 today, the Elkridge Newsletter will be available only on the EES website at or by subscribing to the free service 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! 

**********************TEAR OFF AND RETURN TO THE EES FRONT OFFICE***********************

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

               _________________________ Student’s name          __________________________ Teacher          ______________________________ Parent Signature                    




Morning Drop Off/ Afternoon Pick Up Reminders

We know that we have many families who are new to our car rider and walker drop off and pick up procedures.  Here are a few reminders to make the process go smoothly and safely.

1.      The pick-up and drop off area permits 5-8 cars to unload or pick-up students at the same time.  In the AM students will enter the school’s side door.  Staff will greet and assistant students to the side door.

2.      To exit, cars will continue around the lane on the outside of the parking lot.

3.      In the PM, students will be dismissed from the back gym door; staff will call students to their assigned cars.

4.      Your child is a walker if you park and meet them at the gym door.  You may request a car sign if there are days you will be in the car rider line.

**Please do not park along the sidewalk or islands.  Thank you for your cooperation.  If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Carter by phone or e-mail,




A Student/Parent Handbook 2015-2016 was sent home to every family the first day of school with important policies for parents and student to become familiar with.  We would like to communicate one of these policies.

Bullying, Cyberbullying, Harassment, or Intimidation (Policy 1060)

The Board prohibits acts of bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, or intimidation because these behaviors compromise the learning environment and well‐being of students, staff and community. Bullying may include the following specific behaviors: Hitting, kicking, shoving, spitting, hair pulling or throwing something. Getting another person to hit or harm the student. Teasing, name‐calling, critical remarks, or threatening, in person, by email or text message. Bullying by demeaning and making the target of jokes. Rude and/or threatening gestures. Intimidation, extortion or exploitation. Spreading rumors or harmful gossip. Cyberbullying. Hazing.   Students, parents, employees and service providers are responsible for reporting violations of this policy that occur on school property, on a school bus, or at a school‐sponsored activity or event off school property. Incidents of cyberbullying occurring from a student’s home that impact another student’s well‐being at school may also be reported.

All reports of bullying, cyberbullying, harassment and intimidation will be documented and the student making the report, or an appropriate adult, should complete and submit a Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation

Reporting Form is available on the school system website under Forms. The victim and witnesses will be informed that confidentiality cannot be insured because it is not possible to predict what will be discovered as a result of the investigation. The offender will be informed that retaliation against any victim or bystander is strictly prohibited and that progressive consequences will occur if the activity continues.  Appropriate support services will be provided to a student or staff member exhibiting bullying behaviors or to the victim or bystander. A student or staff member who violates this policy may be required to participate in appropriate counseling or intervention. Consequences range from a parent conference to expulsion.



PTA Restaurant Night – Please join us for our first restaurant night of the school year!  Location: Chick-fil-A at Dobbin Center (6375 Dobbin Road, Columbia) Wednesday, September 16 from 5:00pm – 9:00 pm.  If you present the restaurant flyer, EES will receive 20% of all sales generated by Elkridge families.  Flyers were distributed in your child’s Friday folder last week.   If you are in need of additional flyers, you can visit the PTA Website @  There will not be flyers available at the restaurant.



Giant A+ School Rewards – Register your Giant rewards card to benefit EES!  You can sign up at if you have a bonus card number.  Our school ID number is 01550.   


Point of sale for school lunches

Again this year we will be using the POS (Point of Sale) system for students to buy student lunches. Elementary school lunches are available for $2.75 and milk is available for $.50. Parents may prepay for student meals by setting up an online account at  The prepay system works very well and we encourage parents to use it.   There are two ways to place money into your student account.  One, you may go to the website and use a credit card to put money in the account, however there is a service charge.  Two, you can send in any amount of money in an envelope marked POS system, our cafeteria manager, Ann Puffinberger, will place this amount of money into the system for you at no extra charge.  Students also have the option of paying with cash on a daily basis, but we’d like to encourage the use of the POS system this year, as our paraeducators will not be collecting money each morning.  Students will be responsible for holding onto their daily lunch money until it is time for them to eat.  Each student has been issued a PIN to use when purchasing meals with cash or prepayment. If a student has forgotten his or her PIN, cashiers can look the PIN up by student name.   We encourage students to practice their PIN number; they will have this same number until they graduate from High School.


Community News:

The following announcements have been approved by the Public Information Office for school notices and distribution. Please feel free to contact the Public Information Office at 410-313-6682 if you have any questions.

Columbia Association

Columbia Art Center for Free Family Art Frenzy on Sun., Sept. 13, 1-3, ages welcome. For more information, please call Columbia Art Center at 410-730-0075 or email


Columbia Association

When Howard County is out of school the Columbia Art Center host an Artsy Fun Day! The first one will be held on Mon., Sept. 14, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Art lesson begins at 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. For more information, please call Columbia Art Center at 410-730-0075 or email


Slayton House

Musical Theatrix opens their fall season with this larger than life classical production of “Wizard of Oz”. Enjoy rehearsals with live accompaniment. Sing, dance and act-Get a brain, find your heart and develop courage in this timeless tale. Follow the yellow brick road to our website at or email us at Classes are held at Slayton House beginning Sept. 9, from 5-6:30 p.m. Call Slayton house at 410-730-2380.


The Glen Mar Community Church

Family 5K and 1-Mile Walk will be held on Sat., Oct. 3, 9 a.m. at Glen Mar United Methodist Church, 4701 New Cut Road, Ellicott City.  The event will benefit the Howard County Food Bank.  To register visit For more information, call Connie Ballenger at 410-796-0290 or Dave Eddy at 410-465-2976.


Cub Scouts 761

PACK 761 is looking for new cub scouts!  We have openings for boys in grades 1-5.  Please join us at our recruitment meeting on Thurs., Sept. 10, 7 p.m., at Glenelg United Methodist Church for more information, fun activities and to meet our current cub scouts and leaders.  Feel free to call Cubmaster Jon Raimondi (240) 286-7918 for questions/information.  Hope to see you there! 



Elkridge Youth Organization (EYO)

Fall Baseball and Softball, Tee Ball and Coach Pitch (co-ed)

ages 4-6yrs, Machine Pitch, ages 7-8yrs, Kid Pitch, ages 9-18yrs. Register at

Season starts after Labor Day. Questions email:



Cheerleading After School Program is starting the week of 9/21 in participating elementary schools!  Register at or contact or 410-796-2244.




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