Elkridge Examiner - October 9, 2015

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 1:01pm

FALL INTO WORDS PARADE:  We want to share with you some important information about our “Fall Into Words” parade NOW SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29.  The parade will begin at 9:30 AM with our 5th graders leading us.   

As you design/buy your child’s costume, we ask that you avoid any costumes that perpetuate violence, have any blood, gore, scary masks, or contain any type of weapons.  Props that come with costumes that are “play weapons” are not allowed in school.  This includes but is not limited to toy guns, knives, swords, sickles, pitchforks, etc.  We ask that everyone come with a creative word that describes the costume or outfit your child is wearing.  No worries, we can help with that creative word if students are in need of assistance.

We also know that some of our families do not participate in this October parade.  We will be hosting an alternate activity for those students.  On October 29th we will have a regular day school schedule following the parade, so we are encouraging families to send their children to school!  If you prefer that your child does not take part in the parade, please send a note to your child’s teacher or contact Mrs. Anoff at debra_anoff@hcpss.org

Debra Anoff, Principal




First grade is in need of board games/activities for indoor recess.  Please send in new or gently used items in with your child to Colleen Smith (1st Grade Para Educator).  Items such as Trouble, Operation, playing cards, coloring books, and Legos would be appreciated.  Thank you for your support.





On Monday November 2, 2015 the Howard County Health Department, in cooperation with the Howard County Public School system, will be offering influenza vaccinations to our students. Consent forms will be sent home, as we get closer to the date.  We will need parent volunteers the morning of the school's annual FluMist clinic.  If you are available for all or any part of that time and would like to help, please contact Marianne Jones at Marianne_jones@hcpss.org or Brooke Risdell at brooke_risdell@hcpss.org.





According to the HCPSS Attendance Policy the only lawful reasons for student absences are: death in the immediate family, illness of the student, court summons, hazardous weather conditions, observance of a religious holiday, state emergency, and suspension.  If you are planning on taking your child out of school for any other reason please fill out a discretionary absence form. The first three days of the absence will be marked as lawful/ excused, any additional days will be marked as unlawful/unexcused. The discretionary absence form can be found at www.hcpss.org/f/aboutus/absence_request.pdf.






October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Mrs. Tacka and Mrs. Coppi discuss bullying vs. conflict, empowering the bystander and conflict resolution skills throughout the school year to teach students the definitions and skills needed to manage bullying and conflict situations. Here are some helpful websites if you are interested in any additional information…




October 29th is EES Blue Shirt Day.  Have your child wear a blue shirt to show your support for stomp out bullying.  www.stompoutbullying.org 

Our monthly school character trait is Responsibility, one of our 3 school rules. This is a great skill to teach at home. Here are some ideas to help encourage your child to gain this important character trait…

·       Assign an age appropriate chore to each individual in the house (create a fun chore wheel or chart to keep track of your progress)

·       Ask your child to empty their own backpack and show you their take home folder/agenda (students in grades 3-5, check to make sure they have filled in their agenda book)

·       Model responsible tasks such as making a grocery list/budget with your child, placing work/school items in a designated spot so they do not get misplaced, and/or pack your lunches together!



Picture Retakes/November 14

Student pictures were taken earlier this week.  If your student missed picture day or you’d like to retake your student’s picture, Strawbridge Photography will be at EES on November 14 for retakes. 





Saturday, October 10

PTA Yard Sale 8am – noon


Sunday, October 11

HCPSS Community 5K & Fun Run


Wednesday, October 14

PTA Restaurant Night / Jason’s Deli & Yogi Castle (McGaw Road, Columbia)


Friday, October 16

No School for Students – Professional Work Day


Friday, October 23

4th Grade Annapolis Field Trip

PTA Trunk or Trick 6-10pm (EES parking lot)


Thursday, October 29

Fall Into Words Parade 9:30 – 10:30 (NEW DATE!)


Friday, October 30

End of reporting period (Dismiss 3-hours early)


Friday, November 6

1st Grade Field Trip to Sharps Farm


Monday, November 9

1st Quarter Report Cards Issued


Tuesday, November 10


PTA Restaurant Night / Green Turtle (Arundel Mills)

Thursday, November 12

Student Picture Retakes

November 16-20

American Education Week

November 18

5th Grade Musical 6pm

November 19

5th Grade Musical 6pm

Monday, November 23

½ day school – Parent/Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, November 24

½ day school – Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 25 – 27

Thanksgiving Break – No School



PTA Yard Sale – PTA Yard Sale has been rescheduled for this Saturday, October 10.  Please join us tomorrow from 8am-noon.  If you have any questions please contact PTA directly at eespta@hotmail.com


Upcoming Restaurant Nights:

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. 

Help Keep Our Community Warm This Winter!

EES is participating in the annual COAT DRIVE sponsored by the HCPSS Pupil Personnel Workers. The coats will be distributed to those in need in Howard County.We are collecting winter coats, gloves, hats and scarves. Infants to adult sizes accepted. Please ensure winter wear are clean and ready to wear.  There is a collection box located in the cafeteria. If you are unable to send in your items to school, contact Laura at laura.wisely@gmail.com to arrange pick up. Items are due by Tuesday, October 20th. 







In order for learning to take place, the school environment must be safe and orderly. Therefore, any assault and/or battery by a student on a school staff member is strictly forbidden. An assault may be physical, oral or written.  Battery I is the unlawful touching of another person by the aggressor and battery II involves unlawful touching plus a display of blatant disregard for the safety of the staff member other Consequences for an assault violation range from suspension to expulsion. A battery I violation results in suspension of up to 45 days. A first battery II offense results in a suspension of at least 45 days and may result in expulsion. A second battery II offense results in expulsion. A student who violates this policy is ineligible to participate in extracurricular activities for the duration of a suspension.




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.


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: 10/13, 10/27, 11/10, 11/24.  Each program is independent of the others and each will feature fun activities just for tweens. 


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 at www.eyosports.org

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


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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