Elkster Examiner - October 1, 2015

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 4:45pm

FROM THE DESK OF THE PRINCIPAL-Interim Reports Coming Home on October 7

Last week marked the mid-point of the first quarter.  Teachers are learning our new student data management system called Synergy.  Since teachers are learning a new reporting system, interim reports will go home on October 7 instead of the original date on October 1.    Your child’s interim report is your first glance at how your child is performing in school.  Most importantly, it gives you an opportunity to reinforce your child’s learning behaviors.  Strong learning behaviors are essential for school success.  Please take some time to review the interim report with your child to celebrate successes and plan for areas of improvement.

MAP Testing in Grade 1-5

Students in grade 1 through 5 started taking the MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) tests online this week.  The window for taking the test is through October 21.  MAP is a computer adaptive test, which helps teachers look at each student individually and differentiate instruction accordingly.  We are in our second year using MAP at Elkridge.  Our focus this year is to deeply analyze and interpret the results as well as help our students create goals based upon those results.

Emergency Preparedness at Elkridge Elementary School

Did you know that September was National Preparedness Month?  The website www.ready.gov encourages everyone to, “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”  It is very important for you to make a plan within your family in case of an emergency. 

As a school, we take emergency preparedness seriously.  In addition to ten fire drills a year, we conduct at least four emergency drills to prepare for an emergency situation. 

Our Elkridge Emergency Preparedness Team meets to review our school-based emergency plan throughout the year.  During these meeting, staff members have an opportunity to learn their roll in our plan.  Furthermore, different scenarios are discussed so we can respond in a coordinated manner in the event of an emergency.  Our primary goal is to keep all students and staff safe.

There are four types of emergency scenarios; duck, cover and hold-on, shelter-in-place, lockdown, and modified lockdown.  Each scenario requires a different response by the emergency team. 

Duck, Cover, and Hold On - The “duck, cover, and hold on” command would be given in the event of an explosion (bomb, mechanical malfunction), severe winds (tornado, extreme weather), earthquake, or other situations that might cause significant structural damage to the school.  Students, staff, parents, and any visitor to the building should drop to the ground where they are and cover their heads until the extreme activity subsides.

Shelter-In-Place – The purpose of a shelter in place emergency response is to protect the inhabitants of a building from dangerous fumes or other environmental poisons that are outside the building.  This means moving students into the school building if they are outside.  In some situations, the school’s HVAC system would be shut down and doors and windows would be sealed and locked.  Shelter-in-place emergency procedures would be initiated in the event of a hazardous materials spill in the area (especially with our close proximity MD Route 29 or 32) or in the event of some type of bioterrorism in the region. 

Modified Lockdown – This command would be given if there were a potential for violent or criminal activity but not an imminent threat to our school.  The day-to-day operation of the school would continue, but with modifications. Students would not be permitted to go outside for recess or physical education and classes in the portable classrooms would be relocated. 

Lockdown – This emergency command would be given in the most extreme and threatening situation such as violence or criminal activity inside the school or in the surrounding area.  Students, staff, parents, and any visitor to the building are expected to stay where they are and follow instructions given.

Off-Site Evacuation – In the event that our building is no longer safe, we may determine that we need to evacuate the students.  We have designated three locations for our off-site evacuation, and transportation to those sites may be provided by HCPSS if necessary. Students will be released to parents or other individuals listed on the student's emergency form.  Please keep in mind that no student is released to any individual who is not specifically listed on the student's emergency form, including an older sibling.  All adults must show photo I.D. when picking up a student.

Parents can help by:

• Giving and updating the most accurate, up-to-date health and emergency information on your child using HCPSS Connect/ Family File.

• Ensuring your own safety.

• Not calling the school during an emergency situation; it jams the phone lines.

• Not rushing to the school to pick up your child in the event of an emergency. It creates congestion and can delay the tasks of emergency responders and school staff in responding to the emergency.

• Tuning in to local radio and television stations and checking the HCPSS website at http://www.hcpss.org

Mrs. Debra Anoff



Individual Student Pictures Monday and Tuesday next week!

Don't forget that school photos will be taken Monday, October 5 and Tuesday October 6.  Please check your child's Friday folder for purchasing information.  Pictures will be taken of students in 1st, 4th, 5th grades on Monday. Students in Pre-K, Kindergarten, 2nd, and 3rd will take their pictures on Tuesday.  




We want to share with you some important information about our “Fall Into Words” parade scheduled for Friday, October 30th.  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 30th we will have a regular ½ 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.  





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.




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).

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.

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


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, 410-313-4714 orawienckowski@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






Friday, October 2

No School – Professional Learning Day


Monday, October 5

Individual School Pictures (1st, 4th & 5 Grades)


Tuesday, October 6

Individual School Pictures (Pre-K, Kindergarten, 2nd & 3rd Grades)


Wednesday, October 7

Interim Report Cards Issued

PTA Meeting 6:30pm Media Center


Saturday, October 10

PTA Yard Sale 8am – noon (NEW DATE!)


Sunday, October 11

HCPSS Community 5K & Fun Run


Wednesday, October 14

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


Friday, October 23

4th Grade Annapolis Field Trip

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


Friday, October 30

Fall Into Words Parade 9:30 – 10:30

End of reporting period (Dismiss 3-hours early)


Friday, November 6

1st Grade Field Trip to Sharps Farm


Tuesday, November 10

PTA Restaurant Night / Green Turtle (Arundel Mills)



PTA Yard Sale – Due to predicted weather on Saturday, the PTA Yard Sale has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 10.  If you have any questions please contact PTA directly at eespta@hotmail.com.  


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. 

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.   



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.

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. 



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 www.glenmar.org/gmcevents/5k/. 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 visit www.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



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.


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 information www.columbiaartcenter.org. For inquiries or to register, please call Columbia Art Center at 410-730-0075 or email art.staff@columbiaassociation.org

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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