Elkster Examiner - October 15, 2015

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 3:15pm




Our annual “Fall Into Words” parade is NOW SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29.  The parade will begin at 9:30 AM with our 5th graders leading the way.    

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.  


Fall Festival/Trunk or Treat Night

Please join us for our 2nd Annual Family Fall Festival next Friday, October 23 from 6:30-8:30pm here at EES.  There will be crafts, games, pumpkin raffles, a fall photo area, cakewalks, food and a chance to go Trick or Treating at our Trunk or Treat competition.  Feel free to come in costume (or not) and enjoy our fall celebration.  Admission is free. Hope to see you there!



The Flu Mist Clinic originally scheduled for November 2 has been canceled.  A new date has yet to be determined.  Consent forms will be sent home in Friday folder next week. If you have any questions or would be willing to volunteer your time to help with the upcoming Flu Mist clinic, please contact Marianne Jones at Marianne_jones@hcpss.org or Brooke Risdell at brooke_risdell@hcpss.org


Debra Anoff, Principal



HCPSS Coffee and Conversation

Saturday, October 24, 9:30 a.m. at Deep Run Elementary School

The Howard County Board of Education regularly holds Coffee & Conversation sessions at schools throughout the county. These meetings provide citizens with an opportunity to share a cup of coffee and chat informally with Board members. Interested persons from throughout the county are invited to attend any or all of the meetings.


Changing Weather

These cooler nights and days have clearly let us know that fall is here!  At this time of year, it is often difficult to decide how to dress for the weather.  We will be going out to recess as much as possible, so please help us by having your child dress for the weather each day.  A coat/jacket can help make recess more comfortable for our students.  PLEASE LABEL YOUR STUDENT’S CLOTHING.  Thank you for your help.



1st Grade News

Thank you to all the families who donated toys/games to the 1st grade.  We really appreciate your generosity!  At this time no other items are needed. 




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 30th is EES Blue Shirt Day (NEW DATE).  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 last 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.  






Friday, October 16

No School for Students – Professional Work Day


Friday, October 23

4th Grade Annapolis Field Trip

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


Thursday, October 29

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


Friday, October 30

Anti-Bullying “Blue Shirt Day”  (NEW DATE!)

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 – Includes lunch, dinner & merchandise)

Thursday, November 12

Student Picture Retakes

Friday, November 13

Family Fun Night: Holiday Extravaganza

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 

Wednesday, December 2

PTA Meeting 6:30 

Friday, December 4

Holiday Shoppe



Fall Festival/Trunk or Treat Night

The PTA will be hosting our 2nd Annual Family Fall Festival on Friday, October 23 from 6:30-8:30pm.  There will be crafts, games, pumpkin raffles, a fall photo area, cakewalks, food and a chance to go Trick or Treating at our Trunk or Treat competition.  Feel free to come in costume (or not) and enjoy our fall celebration.  Admission is free.  Please join us for a fun-filled evening.


Upcoming Restaurant Nights:

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. 




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: 10/27, 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