Elkster Examiner- September 19, 2015

Fri, 09/18/2015 - 5:20pm

FROM THE DESK OF THE PRINCIPAL -Thank you to all the families who attended the PTA restaurant night at Chick-Fil-A on Wednesday night.  We apologize for any inconvenience the temporary closure may have caused.  The PTA has been working hard with Chick-Fil-A to reschedule this event.  A new date has been set for Wednesday, September 30.  Chick-Fil-A will combine the sales from both nights for EES fundraising benefits.  See you there!

IMPORTANT EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION: Thank you for all the parents who have completed their emergency contact information on Family File.  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.

Debra Anoff, Principal



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:eesabsence@hcpss.org

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.


Schools Out Nature Program

The Howard County Conservancy offers our School’s Out Nature Program for children ages 5-12 on select days that schools are closed to students.  On September 23rd, kids will “Go Native!” and learn all about Howard County’s Natural History at our Belmont location in Elkridge.   A program runs from 9am-3:30pm and costs $50 for the day. Before and after care are available. To register and more information, visit www.hcconservancy.org/schools-out.html.



After School Classes Offered at EES this Fall 2015

Howard County Recreation & Parks are offering the following After School Classes this Fall at Elkridge ES!Some begin next week so please register ASAP to save your spot and ensure these classes have enough children to run. Listed below are classes offered with a class descriptions.

To Register:  Go to https://apm.activecommunities.com/howardcounty/ and type in the course number of the program (ex RP3329.543), or you may register over the phone at 410-313-7275 (8am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday).

Bricks4Kidz LEGO After-School Interesting Inventions

Grades K-5 / 6 classes starting Sep 21 / $99

Build and learn about the origins of inventions we use every day – like the hand mixer, windshield wipers and conveyor belts. Each model is motorized for maximum movement and fascination! Discuss the difference between an invention and a discovery; learn how inventions solve problems; and find out how inventors get their ideas patented. You are encouraged to think of what you could invent, improvements you could make, or problems you could solve. Bricks4Kidz is a STEM-based program that teaches science and technology concepts using LEGO bricks. Info: www.bricks4kidz.com/ellicottcity-md or Adam Wienckowski, 410-313-4714 or awienckowski@howardcountymd.gov.

RP3329.543 4-5 PM Mondays


KidzArt After School

Grades K-5 / 8 classes, start dates below / $120 + $24 materials

Our curriculum never repeats, enabling you to create your own masterpieces each week. Explore a variety of artist-grade mediums, such as Prismacolor Markers, ArtStix, Oil Pastels, Chalk Pastels, Charcoal, Watercolor, Clay, Copper, Textured Papers and more! (No class 11/23, 12/28.) Info: Melissa Calleri, 410-313-4721 or mcalleri@howardcountymd.gov.

RP0113.503 Session I Sep 21 4:05-5:05 PM Mondays

RP0113.513 Session II Nov 16 4:05-5:05 PM Mondays


Abrakadoodle Art Education After School

Grades K-5 / 8 classes starting Sep 22 / $115 + $24 materials

All skill levels are welcome at Abrakadoodle. This fall, each session has new lessons and new inspiration artists; there are no repeats. Info: Melissa Calleri, 410-313-4721 or mcalleri@howardcountymd.gov.

RP0136.502 4-5 PM Tuesdays


Science Club After School with Club SciKidz Tech Scientific

Grades K-3 / 8 classes starting Oct 1 / $149

Small Discoveries - The Life Cycle Protocol It is time to discover the secret to life! Little scientists, discover how fungi are in a kingdom all by themselves. Growing yeasts, investigate their energy source and how they are affected by temperature. Understand how every bite you take is part of a giant worldwide food web. Topics covered include The World of Fungi and Yeast, Food Chains and Food Webs. Info: www.clubscientific.com or Adam Wienckowski, 410-313-4714,orawienckowski@howardcountymd.gov.

RP3355.502 4-5:15 PM Thursdays


NEW! Jr. Minecraft Programming After School with C3 Cyber Club

Grades 1-3 / 6 classes starting Oct 7 / $145

Looking for a fun way to learn programming? Use a game you love. Using a custom mod called “Computercraft,” learn how to program robots called “Turtles” inside the world of Minecraft. Use problem-solving skills by learning how to program your robot to complete various tasks and objectives such as programming turtles to automatically build, mine and craft items and structures. Be introduced to programming if-then-else statements, for-while loops, and implement their own functions using LUA, a simple scripting language. Info: www.c3cyberclub.com or Adam Wienckowski, 410-313-4714orawienckowski@howardcountymd.gov.

RP3326.503 4-5 PM Wednesdays


After-School Floor Hockey

8-10 yrs / 6 classes starting Nov 2 / $47

This fast-paced, fun, beginner hockey class does not involve checking. Learn and improve skills including puck/ball control, passing, shooting, teamwork and game play. Shin guards are recommended. Meet in the gym. (No class 11/23.) Info: Brian Wyman, 410-313-4705 or bwyman@howardcountymd.gov.

RP6263.511 4-5 PM Mondays


Kiddie Floor Hockey

5-7 yrs / 6 classes starting Nov 2 / $47

Come learn how to play hockey! This first-time/beginner level class does not involve checking. Learn and improve skills, including puck/ball control, passing, shooting, teamwork and game play. Shin guards are recommended. Meet in the gym. (No class 11/23.) Info: Brian Wyman, 410-313-4705 or bwyman@howardcountymd.gov.

RP6265.511 5-6 PM Mondays


Bricks4Kidz LEGO After-School Amazing Animals

Grades K-5 / 6 classes starting Nov 9 / $99

It’s a zoo in here! Do you love creatures? Then prepare to be delighted! Build models of snakes, insects, mammals and more! Each week, discuss fascinating facts about the animals we build, from the chameleon that changes colors to the seal model that waddles across the table. These moving models celebrate the wonders of the animal kingdom! Bricks4Kidz is a STEM-based program using LEGO bricks. (No class 11/23.) Info: www.bricks4kidz.com/ellicottcity-md or Adam Wienckowski, 410-313-4714 or awienckowski@howardcountymd.gov.

RP3329.503 4-5 PM Mondays





Saturday, September 19

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


Wednesday, September 23

No School – Yom Kippur


Wednesday, September 30

NEW: Chick-Fil-A Restaurant Night (Dobbin Center, Columbia)


Friday, October 2

No School – Professional Learning Day


Saturday, October 3

PTA Yard Sale 7am – noon


Monday, October 5

Individual Fall Pictures

Quarter 1 Interim Reports Sent Home (Date Change)


Tuesday, October 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 & Yogi Castle (McGaw Road, Columbia)


Tuesday, November 10

PTA Restaurant Night / Green Turtle (Arundel Mills)




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.


The school system has the legal authority to take action when anyone willfully disturbs or otherwise prevents the orderly conduct of school system instruction, administration or activities. Additionally, Maryland law provides criminal penalties for any individual who trespasses on property or fails to leave school property after being asked to do so by authorized personnel. Any willful disturbance or interference with the orderly conduct of activities, including bodily harm or threats of bodily harm to an individual who is awfully on school property; threats to a student or employee by any means including in‐person, by telephone, or by electronic means; or any willful damage or defacing of school property or building is a violation of policy and may be a violation of the law. Any individual who is found to be on school property after receiving prior legal notice that his/her access to school system property has been denied, or who remains on the property after being asked to leave, is considered to be trespassing. When an individual commits any of the offenses noted above, the building administrator may take several actions:

Explain how the individual’s behavior is unacceptable. Issue a warning letter to the individual. Issue a letter that summarizes the disruptive behavior and any prior discussions or warnings and which informs the individual that any further incidents will lead to a formal denial of access. Issue a denial‐of access letter. When a denial‐of‐access letter is issued to the parent of a student enrolled at the school, the letter will explain how the parent may continue to discuss legitimate school issues regarding his or her child.


The presence of weapons on school property poses a serious threat to the safety and well being of students and staff. It is unlawful for any person to carry or possess any rifle, gun, knife, or deadly weapon of any kind on any public school property in the state of Maryland. A weapon, as defined by school system policy, includes: any gun, dirk knife, bowie knife, switchblade knife, star knife, buck knife, hunting knife, throwing star, razor, metal knuckle, Nunchaku, explosive device, or any other object or implement intended to cause harm to another or used in such a way as to cause harm to another. Any student found in possession of a weapon on school property will be suspended and the police notified. Possession of a gun, or any implement possessed under a circumstance that would reasonably lead a person to believe it was a gun, will result in expulsion.




Upcoming Restaurant Nights – Please join us for restaurant nights in October and November.

Jason's Deli and Yogi Castle on McGaw Road in Columbia on Wednesday, October 14th

The Green Turtle at Arundel mills on Tuesday, November 10th. 

PTA Membership – Join our PTA today!   Extra membership forms are located in the front office

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




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.



HCPSS Public Information Office


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.


ADHD Awareness

The Howard County Public Schools (HCPSS) will be holding its 9th Annual ADHD Awareness Evening on October 8, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Centennial High School auditorium.  Our guest speaker will be Dr. George McCloskey a professor in the Psychology Department at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Dr. McCloskey's presentation "Executive Functions and the Gap between Knowing and Doing"  will provide participants with information regarding executive functions and strategies to improve them.  This event is free to the public and there is no registration required.  For more information, please contact Sally Dorman at 410-313-1252 or e-mail sally_dorman@hcpss.org.

Robinson Nature Center

Sky-Scanning, Sat., Sept. 19, 7-9 p.m., Alpha Ridge Park, 11685 Old Frederick Rd, Marriottsville, MD. $6 per person or $18 per family. Preregistration required. Contact: 410-313-0400


Robinson Nature Center

Open House, Sun., Sept. 20, 12- 5 p.m., Robinson, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD. We can’t wait to celebrate Robinson Nature Center’s 4th birthday with you. No registration necessary. Activity and parking info:www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCopenhouse.htm


Howard Community College

Advanced Driving Skills, Sat. 12:30-4 p.m., Sept. 19, Oct. 17 and Dec. 12.

Designed for newly licensed and seasoned drivers and offered in partnership with DriveTeam. Learn a variety of skid avoidance and recovery skills using state of the art equipment (Skid-Vehicle). Offered at HCC (Main Campus, Lot F). For more information go to howardcc.edu/ConEd or call Loretta Farb at 443 518-4971.


Howard County Police Department

Collision Avoidance Training classes beginning Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21, and Dec. 12.

The C.A.T. program is an advance defensive driving and vehicle control program for licensed teenage driver’s ages 16-20 years old. The one-day program (8.5 hours) is designed to provide young drivers with the knowledge and understanding of vehicle dynamics.  The course and classroom are instructed by Police Officers. The cost to each student is $ 95.00. Any questions or inquiries may be directed to: Ms. Jessica Beram– C.A.T. Coordinator JBeram@howardcounty.gov, Howard County Police Department Special Operations Bureau

410-313-3700 / 410-313-3758. 


HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council 
HC DrugFree’s Teen Advisory Council (TAC) meets one Monday evening a month from 5:30-7 p.m., at The Barn (Oakland Mills Village Center) and is open to all Howard County high school students. The first TAC meeting will be held on Sept. 21. Community service hours are available. For more information, please visit www.hcdrugfree.org and go to the Teen Advisory Council page, or contact Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree’s Executive Director at Joan@hcdrugfree.org or call 443-325-0040.


Howard County Library System/Elkridge Branch

Tween Club for ages 9-12.  It is a 90 minute program, starting at 6:30 pm, on the following Tues. evenings: 9/22, 10/13, 10/27, 11/10, 11/24.  Each program is independent of the others and each will feature fun activities just for tweens.  


Howard Community College

Everything Twitter, What is all this tweeting about? Learn about Twitter and how to connect with businesses, friends, news organizations, etc. Set up your own account and join this social medium phenomenon. Wed.,Sept. 23-Oct. 7, 7-9 p.m., Gateway Campus. For more information go tohowardcc.edu/ConEd or call Rosemary Muir 443-518-4404.


HC Drugfree

Parents: Sign Up for HC DrugFree's Electronic Newsletter. To sign up for our electronic newsletter, please forward your email address to Info@hcdrug.org call 443-325-0040 or sign up online at www.hcdrugfree.org and click on the "Join Our Mailing List" box. 


NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

Greenbelt will be hosting a free open house event on Sat., Sept. 26. This will be our first open house since 2011. The event is an opportunity for the pubic to get up close and learn more about NASA’s work. Virtually all of Goddard’s biggest projects will have some kind of display, demonstration or tour. One of its primary objectives is to get the next generation of scientists and engineers exposed to possible careers in engineering and space exploration. All guests will have the chance to speak directly to NASA scientists and engineers. www.nasa.gov/explorenasagoddard


Downtown Columbia Partnership and Howard County Library System

Discover Downtown Columbia Running Event on Sun., Sept. 27. This exciting run winds through many iconic landmarks of Downtown Columbia, both old and new. Runners tackling the 5k will take off from the Plaza at The Mall in Columbia at 9:07 a.m., following our Fun Run younglings at 9 a.m. The finish line will be at the People Tree on the downtown lakefront and post-race festivities are in the works for a fun and festive celebration. For more information please visit –http://discoverdowntown5k.com


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.  For more information, call Connie Ballenger at 410-796-0290 or Dave Eddy at 410-465-2976.


Oakland Mills Community Center

Fall Festival, Sat., Oct. 3, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors - rain or shine - to a festival where admission and fun is always free. For schedule of events and details, call 410-730-4610 or visitwww.oaklandmills.org.


Robinson Nature Center

Scope out The Night Sky, Sat., Oct. 3, 6:30- 9:30 p.m., 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD.

Preregistration is highly encouraged to save your family’s spot. Call 410-313-0400 to www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCprograms.htm Contact: 410-313-0400


Sundays At Three

Chamber Music Series begins its 19th year of concerts with the Kobayashi/Gray Duo. The internationally distinguished violin and piano team will perform music by Beethoven, Dvorak, Debussy, Piazzolla, and three pieces by little known women composers, Rosalind Ellicott, Emilie Mayer and Marie Clémence de Grandval. Sun., Oct. 4, 2015, 3:00 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Rd, Columbia. Adults $15. Age 17 and under admitted free with an adult. www.SundaysAtThree.org or 443-288-3179.


Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue

Fire Prevention week, Sat. Oct. 10, 12-2 p.m., the Mall in Columbia. More information www.hcdfrs.org


Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department

Open House, Oct. 10, 1-4 p.m. 4150 Montgomery Road.


CrossLife Community Church

Summer’s End Jam 2015, Oct. 10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Green Valley Marketplace, 7280 Montgomery Rd., Elkridge, MD, this event is a festival to raise funds for Elkridge Food Pantry & Garden. Activities, food and games. All proceeds go to the Elkridge Food Pantry. Melinda Hamilton 410-960-6301, CrossLifeEvents.org. 


NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Howard County will begin its free 6-session Basics course for parents and primary caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness. OnOct. 13, 7-9:30 p.m., this supportive educational course is taught by trained volunteers who have personally experienced the impact of mental illness on their children and the family.  For more information, Contact:  Leslie Kain,lkain.namihc@gmail.com 410-772-9300.


Columbia Association

The Columbia Art Center is offering Figure Drawing for Teens. Tues., 5-7 p.m., starting Oct. 13. Draw from live models.  For inquiries or to register, please call Columbia Art Center at 410-730-0075 or email art.staff@columbiaassociation.org

Columbia Association

The Columbia Art Center offers a wide variety of Art Classes for portfolio development and personal interest. Also offering a new Youth Artistic Masters Certificate Program. For more informationwww.columbiaartcenter.org. For inquiries or to register, please call Columbia Art Center at 410-730-0075 or email art.staff@columbiaassociation.org

Howard County Government
HC DrugFree is a non-profit in Howard County contracted by the Howard County Health Department to provide substance misuse prevention educational programs and services in the County. Sign up for HC DrugFree’s FREE electronic newsletter to learn about local drug/alcohol issues affecting everyone in Howard County. Learn about safe medication disposal and storage, policy changes and prevention programs to build community awareness in the County. To sign up for our electronic newsletter, please forward your email address to Info@hcdrugfrfee.org I call 443-325-0040 or sign up online at www.hcdrugfree.org and click on the "Join Our Mailing List" box. 


Champions Against Cancer 

Golf Classic, Mon., Oct. 19,. Champions Against Cancer Inc. is a Howard County based charity established to provide financial support and resources to the children and families of those effected with Cancer in Howard county. This first annual golf classic at Hobbit's Glen Golf Club will tee off at 10 a.m., and will raise funds to offer scholarships to seniors in the HCPSS. You can support this charity by sponsoring this Golf event and/or by golfing for as little as $200. Contact David Borucki with questions at 410-977-0160 or register at: www.champsagainstcancer.org.



Elkridge Youth Organization (EYO)

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

4-6 yrs, Machine Pitch, ages 7-8yrs, Kid Pitch, ages 9-18 yrs. Register atwww.eyosports.org 

Season starts after Labor Day. Questions email: jclark@dbaco.com



Cheerleading After School Program is starting the week of 9/21 in participating elementary schools!  Register at www.supersquads.org or contact supersquadsinfo@verizon.net or 410-796-2244.


The Savage Boys and Girls Club announces the travel basketball tryouts schedule for the 2015-16 season. Please contact for additional information.  The organization is still seeking coaches for girls teams at other grade levels. If interested, contact Mike Hewitt at mikehewitt95@gmail.com


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