The Elkster Examiner - October 23, 2015

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 9:52am

FROM THE DESK OF THE PRINCIPAL: Fall Festival/Trunk or Treat Tonight!

Please join us tonight for our 2nd Annual Family Fall Festival 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. 

Fall Into Words Parade

Our annual “Fall into Words” Parade will take place nextThursday, October 29.  The parade will begin at 9:30.   Please review the following reminders/updates.

·   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. 

     ·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  

    ·Visitors are welcome!  Please enter through the front of our building and continue back down the main hallway to the blacktop.  Staff members will be available to help guide all visitors.  There is no need to sign-in.  We ask that visitors not enter the building for the parade until the final bell rings at 9:25.  It is necessary, for safety reasons, to have all students in the building prior to opening the doors to visitors.  Thank you for your cooperation. 


End of 1st Quarter

On Friday October 30, school will close 3 hours early marking the end of the first marking period. Teachers will have professional time to work on report cards. Next week’s newsletter will include news about signing up for your November parent conferences.

FluMist Clinic

FluMist clinic is POSTPONED due to a nationwide shortage, and will take place on a later date, to be determined.  Letters to parents/guardians and consents are being sent out this week and must be returned by no later than October 30.  Thank you for your cooperation!


See you tonight at the Fall Festival!

Debra Anoff, Principal



Halloween Safety Tips from Poison Centers:

Before you go trick-or-treating:
1. Feed your children to help cut the urge to snack on the route.
2. Bring your own candy, so children won't eat unchecked treats.

After you return home:
3. Carefully check all treats before allowing your child to eat them.
4. Only eat candy from original, unopened and undamaged wrappers.
5. Throw away candy if wrappers are faded, torn, or show signs of re-wrapping.
6. When in doubt, throw it out!
7. To reach the poison experts 24 hours a day, call the Poison Help Hotline at 1-800-222-1222.



HCPSS Coffee and Conversation

TOMORROW: 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.



Peter Pan Jr! Our 5th grade will be performing "Peter Pan Jr." on November 18 & 19 at 6pm.  All are welcome to attend and tickets are not needed.  5th grade students will be receiving information about purchasing show t-shirts this week, so please keep an eye out for that form and return it as soon as possible.  Contact Ms. Loughry with any questions.  We hope to see you there!




Just a reminder, please provide a season-appropriate change of clothing for your child to keep in his or her classroom.  Accidents do happen and this way your child can get changed and return to the classroom quickly!


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. 



Upcoming Restaurant Nights: 

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


Howard County Library System's 75th Diamond Anniversary 

Activiti [ao Robot video] es begin at 10 am with an Opening Ceremony and the induction of middle school students as Chapters-of-Our-Lives Time Capsule Guardians.

At 11 am, visit the HiTech Showcase that features our "technology petting zoo." Experience displays, demos, and presentations about such cutting-edge technologies as 3D printers, augmented reality applications, and a Nao Robot (watch the video!). In addition, students from Johns Hopkins Schoolof Medicine will show how paramagnetic nanoparticles are being used to train a person's own immune system to find and fight cancer.

Grammy Award-winning musician and author Barry Louis Polisarperforms at 11:30. A pioneer in the world of books and music for children, his unique songs and stories are heard around the world. CD’s and books available for purchase and signing.

A variety of fun crafts and activities will be featured for all ages.Poe, the Baltimore Ravens' mascot will also be on-hand to add to the day's spirited festivities.  Schedule and additional details can be found at  HCLS MILLER BRANCH (410.313.1950)Saturday, October 24 10 am - 2 pm





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.  Have your child wear a blue shirt to show your support for stomp out bullying. 

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…






Thursday, October 29

Fall Into Words Parade 9:30 – 10:30


Friday, October 30

Anti-Bullying “Blue Shirt Day” 

End of reporting period (Dismiss 3-hours early)


Wednesday, November 4

PTA Meeting 6:30 Media Center


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

EES Turkey Trot

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

Thursday, December 3

2nd Grade Field Trip to Toby’s

Friday, December 4

Holiday Shoppe

Thursday, December 10

Quarter 2 Interim Reports Issued 

Tuesday, December 15

Chorus Concert 7pm



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 Government

Monster Mash, Sat., Oct. 30, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Roger Carter Community Center, 3000 Milltowne Dr, Ellicott City, MD. Register by Oct. 26, please call Recreation and Parks at 410-313-7275.For more information, contact Holly Harden, 410-313-4625 or

HC Drugfree

Play It Safe, Poster Design Contest

High school students - enter your poster design for a chance to win $100! Play It Safe sponsors free special alcohol and drug-free events during June honoring high school graduates who choose to celebrate their graduation during Senior Week in Ocean City, and holds a contest for a new Play It Safe logo every year. For contest details, visit Entries must be postmarked by Oct. 30.

Howard County Conservancy

FREE Flashlight Night Hike, Fri., Oct. 30, 7 p.m. Check website if weather is uncertain. For more information or to sign up for this program, please visit:

Girl Scouts 

If your child might be interested in girl scouts, there is a troop that meets twice a month on Mon. evenings. This is a great way to meet new friends, explore and learn in a great scout environment.   Please contact Karissa Harris Troop Coordinator for Girl Scouts , for interest, questions or to join.

Fuel Fund

Fuel Fund Trail Run 5K, Sun., Nov. 1., 9 a.m., Schooley Mill Park in Highland, MD.  Participants can also participate in a 1 mile fun run/walk. Registration pricing starts at $30. Volunteer opportunities for ages 13+ are available.  The Fuel Fund of Maryland provides financial and educational resources for vulnerable Maryland families to assist with their heat and home utility needs.  To learn more: 

Islamic Leadership Institute of America

Teen Performance Coaching, Nov 1 - Nov 30 - Deadline to registerOct 25. Various locations in Howard County  $485 a month. More Details and to Register: 

Chapelgate Presbyterian Church

Daddy Daughter Dance, Sat. Nov. 7, 7-9 p.m., 2600 Marriottsville Road, Marriotsville, MD. 

Bethany United Methodist Church

Choirs from five churches will join forces at a Benefit Concert on Sun., Nov. 8, 3 p.m. at Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane in Ellicott City.  The event will benefit the American Cancer Society. Choirs from Bethany, Glen Mar, Glenelg, Linden-Linthicum and Mt. Zion United Methodist Churches will participate.  The Columbia Brass Quintet will perform.  The public is invited.

There will be no charge, but a free-will offering will be taken.  For more information, call 410-531-2324 or 410-796-0290.

Sundays At Three

Chamber Music Series will present internationally acclaimed pianist Brian Ganz, one of Columbia's favorite sons, and Wilde Lake High School's first music prodigy, in an all-Chopin program, Sun., Nov. 8, 3 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Rd, Columbia. Adults $15. Age 17 and under admitted free with an adult. or 443-288-3179.

Centennial Boosters

5K Fun Run/Walk and 1K Kids Run, Sun., Nov. 15, at 9 a.m., at Centennial High School. All proceeds will benefit the Centennial Boosters which funds CHS team sports, clubs and student organizations. Register at Jackie Crispell at 

Howard County Government

Teen Opportunities Fair, Sat., Nov. 21, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Ellicott Mills School, 4445 Montgomery Rd, Ellicott, MD.  This FREE event showcases leadership, volunteer and recreational opportunities for 11-17 year olds. For more information, or to become an exhibitor, please contact Holly Harden or 410-313-4625.

Oakland Mills Community Association

Jazz in the Mills is proud to present the Holiday Extravaganza featuring Lori Williams on Sun., Dec. 6, 5-8 p.m. at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD.  “Light fare” will be included. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $25 at The Other Barn or

online at  or call 301-596-5128 or 410-730-4610;




SuperSquads Cheerleading After School program is in full swing and registration remains open. SuperSquads takes place one day after school and runs through 12/23. Please 410-796-2244, www.supersquads.orgto register. 

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  Season starts after Labor Day. Questions email:  

Warhawks Wrestling 

Registration now open, season begins Nov. 9, Register now at Practices will occur at Glenelg HS, Marriots Ridge HS, and a to be determined location in the Clarksville area. For more information on Warhawks Wrestling Club’s Rec program contact Dmitri Wasilewski, Vice President of Recreational Wrestling, at

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



Elkridge Elementary School | 7075 Montgomery Road, Elkridge, MD 21075 | 410-313-5006 |