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 http://www.hcpss.org/connect. 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: email@example.com
In the body of the email please include:
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
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 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!
**********************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
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, Katherine_Carter@hcpss.org
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.
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 myschoolbucks.com. 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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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 www.musicaltheatrix.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Classes are held at Slayton House beginning Sept. 9, from 5-6:30 p.m. Call Slayton house at 410-730-2380.
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 www.glenmar.org/gmcevents/5k/. For more information, call Connie Ballenger at 410-796-0290 or Dave Eddy at 410-465-2976.
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 www.eyosports.org
Season starts after Labor Day. Questions email: email@example.com
Elkridge Elementary School | 7075 Montgomery Road, Elkridge, MD 21075 | 410-313-5006 |