Elkster Examiner - November 6, 2015

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 4:24pm


On Wednesday November 11, we are asking all students and staff to wear red, white & blue to honor our veterans.  EES will also host a breakfast for the veterans in the Elkridge community.  All US veterans are welcome to join us at 9:30 am for breakfast items, coffee and juice in the school cafeteria.  We look forward to seeing you then!


The week of November 16 is American Education Week.  That week is an excellent opportunity for parents to visit classrooms and see what students are doing on a daily basis in school.  The National Education Association’s theme for the week is, “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility.”  This is the only week during the school year when parents do not need to contact the school ahead of time to set up a visitation.  Feel free to just come in and visit your child’s classroom.  Teachers will share their schedules on Canvas and/or through Friday Folders in the coming weeks.


Grandparents and Special Person’s Days at Elkridge Elementary are coming soon!

Thursday, November 12th                                  1st Grade Feast (10:00-11:30)

Monday, November 16th                                    2nd Grade (10:00-11:00)

Tuesday, November 17th                                    Kindergarten (9:30-10:30)

Wednesday, November 18th                               3rd Grade (9:35-10:35)

Thursday, November 19th                                  4th Grade (9:45-10:45)

Friday, November 20th                                       5th Grade (11:00-12:00)



Fall conferences will be held at EES on November 23rd-25th.  Parents will be able to sign up for conferences using the online Synergy Conference Management system beginning on Monday, November 9th at 8:30am. This new system is very similar to Pick-A-Time. The system will close on Friday, November 20th at 3:30pm.  If you need to schedule or change a conference after November 20th, you will need to call the office at 410-313-5006. Directions for scheduling conferences are listed below.

We recognize that many parents may want to conference with their child's math teachers but, in order to ensure that all parents have the opportunity to meet with their child's language arts teacher and to value the limited time that teachers have available, we appreciate your understanding in only scheduling a conference with your child’s homeroom/Language Arts teacher.

If you need to schedule a conference with a related arts teacher, please email the related arts teacher directly.  Email addresses can be found on our website by clicking here.

GT Math Conferences:

GT math conferences will be open for 4th grade parents during fall conference times.  5th grade parents will be invited to schedule conference times with GT math teachers during conferences in February.


How to Schedule Conferences

1. Log into HCPSS Connect.

2. In the Navigation Panel, select Conference. The Conference Summary page will display showing any conference history.

3. Click the Parent Conferences link in the top right corner to schedule conferences.

4. Select a time option for each class listed. The conference will be saved automatically. Once you select a time option, all other time options for that class will become unavailable.

5. To select a different time option, clear the first checkbox and select a new option.

6. If you have more than one child, select the next child in the banner across the top. Remember to leave 15 minutes of transition time between conferences.

 View Conference Schedule

1. In the Navigation Panel, select View My Conference Schedule

2. Click the View My Conference Schedule link. A page displays listing the conference for your child.

3. Select another child and repeat if necessary.

Change Conference Times

1. In the Navigation Panel, select Conference. The Conference Summary page will display showing any conference history.

2. Click the Parent Conferences link in the top right corner to schedule conferences.

3. To select a different time option, clear the first checkbox and select a new option.            


5th Grade Musical / November 19 & 20

Coming soon! Our 5th graders will be presenting "Peter Pan Jr.” on November 18 and 19 at 6 pm in the cafeteria. Tickets are not required but 5th grade parents must choose one night only to attend. Children should be at both performances. More information will come home about this the week before the show.  Looking forward to seeing you all at our performance!



Elkridge Elementary School’s annual Turkey Trot is scheduled for Monday, November 23, 2014. The Turkey Trot is a fun activity for families, students, and staff to exercise together. A course of about a mile will be marked off for runners. The route travels around both EES and ELMS properties. Parents and other guests are welcome to run or just come to watch. The Turkey Trot is to highlight the benefits of exercise only; no awards will be given.


Turkey Trot times are as follows:

 9:30 -10:00 5th grade

10:00 - 10:30 3rd grade

10:30 -11:00 4th grade

11:00 – 11:30 2nd grade

11:30 – 12:00 Kindergarten

12:00 – 12:30 1st grade


Debra Anoff, Principal



Picture Retakes/November 12

Student pictures are being sent home today with your student.  If your student missed picture day or you’d like to retake your student’s picture, Strawbridge Photography will be at EES on November 12 for retakes. 



As we enter into flu season, this is a reminder that good hand washing and covering sneezes and coughs with tissues and sleeves are essential steps to preventing the spread of "germs."    Also, remember that despite concerns about school attendance, your children's health (and the health of other children) is most important of all.    For this reason, we ask you to please:

Call the school nurse to let us know if your child is absent with a contagious illness such as strep throat, or the flu etc.  Please provide any documentation from your physician about diagnosis and release to return to school.  (Ear and sinus infections, while often a reason for keeping a child home, are usually not contagious.)


Keep your child home if he/she has a fever of over 100.0.  A fever indicates that your child has an infection that could be passed to other students.  If you give your child Motrin or Tylenol, the fever will, of course, disappear but he/she will still be contagious to others. Children must be fever-free for 24 hours (without medication) before returning to school!


Have your children was their hands properly after using the restrooms and prior to eating. 


If the doctor prescribes medication for your child, please make sure he/she takes it as directed-which means the right amount at the right time and without missing doses.  


Thank you very much for helping keep all our students healthy!



Upcoming Restaurant Nights:

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

EES Holiday Extravaganza

Friday, November 13 from 6:30-8:00pm.  This event will include crafts, games, karaoke and much more!  Food and drinks will be on sales.  For admission, please bring any non-perishable food items for donation.

EES Holiday Shoppe

Our 8th annual EES Holiday Shoppe will be Friday, December 4 from 6:30-9:00pm.  Come and get your holiday shopping done with dozens of local vendors selling crafts, jewelry, clothing, baked goods and more!  Please contact eespta@hotmail.com if you are interested in being a vendor.  The Penguin Patch Kids’ Shop will also be available for your children to take care of their shopping!  Look forward to seeing you there.





Monday, November 9

1st Quarter Report Cards Issued



Tuesday, November 10

PTA Restaurant Night / Green Turtle (Arundel Mills – Includes lunch, dinner & merchandise)


Wednesday, November 11

Red, White & Blue Day

Welcome Veterans!   (9:30 am Breakfast & Coffee in EES cafeteria)


Thursday, November 12

1st Grade Feast 10:00 – 11:30am

Student Picture Retakes


Friday, November 13

Family Fun Night: Holiday Extravaganza 6:30-8:00pm


November 16-20

American Education Week/Special Persons Days

Monday, November 16th                        2nd Grade (10:00-11:00)

Tuesday, November 17th                        Kindergarten (9:30-10:30)

Wednesday, November 18th                   3rd Grade (9:35-10:35)

Thursday, November 19th                      4th Grade (9:45-10:45)

Friday, November 20th                           5th Grade (11:00-12:00)


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 6:30-9:00pm


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 at410-313-6682 if you have any questions.


Howard County Historical Society

Sat., Nov. 7, at the Museum (8328 Court Avenue Ellicott City, MD) for the final day of the Smithsonian Traveling Hometown Teams:  How Sports Shaped America and the History of Howard County Sports 1880-2000.  The day’s festivities include: Marching Through History Parade at 9 a.m., Coach of the Community Award at 1 p.m. and the Howard County High School Mascot Race at 1:30 p.m.  For more information visit -https://www.facebook.com/GoHoCoHS/photos/gm.418845774980293/101531055952...


Howard County Commission for Women

5th Feminine Hygiene Products Drive, now until the end of November.www.howardcountymd.gov/cfw.htm 410-313-6400.


Firn Foundation

Adopt a family for Thanksgiving

Every year, foreign-born families in need apply to receive items for FIRN’s Thanksgiving and Holiday program. If you are interested in adopting a family, please call Kristin Lilly at FIRN at 443-276-3166


Chapelgate Presbyterian Church

Daddy Daughter Dance, Sat. Nov. 7, 7-9 p.m., 2600 Marriottsville Road, Marriotsville, MD.www.chapelgate.org/dddance


Bethany United Methodist Church

Benefit Concert, Sun., Nov. 8, 3 p.m., Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane in Ellicott City.  The event will benefit the American Cancer Society. For more information, call 410-531-2324 or 410-796-0290.


Sundays At Three

Chamber Music Series will present pianist Brian Ganz, 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. www.SundaysAtThree.org  443-288-3179.


Healing Dimensions Foundation Offers Stressless Tests
Stressless Tests Fall Study Skills Courses and Online Classes are offered by the Healing Dimensions Foundation. Classroom based high school classes meet for four weeks, beginning Wednesday evening, Nov. 11, at Centennial High School. Four-week classroom based Middle School classes start Monday evening, Nov. 16 at  Burleigh Manor Middle School. The Online Middle School class starts November 17.  For more information, email Bcaldwell202@gmail.com or www.stresslesstests.org.


ST.  Louis Church

Middle school fun day, Fri. Nov. 13, 7-10 p.m., St. Louis school cafeteria. Ticket sales Nov. 9-13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For information psprankle@stlouisparish.org 410-531-6668.


Howard County Conservancy

FREE PROGRAM Spotting Wildlife in Winter, Sat., Nov. 14, 10 a.m. Check website in event of inclement weather. For more information or to sign up for this program, please visit:http://hcconservancy.org/upcoming-events.html


University of Maryland

Women in Engineering Program, registration is currently available for the fall 2015 Keys to Empowering Youth. It will be held on Nov. 14, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., University of Maryland. For further information about this program, please contact Dawn Ginnetti at dginnett@umd.edu or 301-405-0315


Food on the 15th

The next delivery is Sat., Nov. 14, 1 p.m. in Ellicott City. Food on the 15th is providing non-perishable groceries to 31 low-income senior citizens, and has about 10 volunteer spots available for students who need community service hours. To volunteer, please e-mail us atfoodonthe15th@gmail.com.


Howard County Conservancy

Miracle pond, Sun., Nov. 15, 4 p.m. Take a journey of nature discovery with Indoor event, Rain or shine, $5/person; $10/family. For more information or to sign up for this program, please visit: http://www.hcconservancy.org/upcoming-events.html. 


Girl Scouts

Piggy Banks to Benjamins: A Girls Guide to Financial Literacy is a free event happening at Camp Ilchester, 5042 Ilchester Road, Ellicott City MD, Nov. 15, 11 a.m. -3 p.m. Girls, grades 6th to 12th, have the opportunity to learn about financial literacy. Please pre-register by emailing jpryor@gscm.org  and mquin@gscm.org


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 at hharden@howardcountymd.gov or 410-313-4625 


Candlelight Concert

Hermitage Piano Trio
Sat., Nov. 21, 8 p.m.,
Smith Theatre, Columbia, MD.
All-Russian program featuring works by Shostakovich, Arensky, and Rachmaninov. Pre-Concert Reception with Zakuski (traditional Russian appetizers), 6:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets www.candlelightconcerts.org 410-997-2324
Ages 9-18 admitted FREE with paid adult / HCPSS staff discount available.


Columbia Association

Movie Night, ages 4+, Sat., Nov. 21, 6-9 p.m., KidSpace/PPP Mbrs $10 per child, $16 per family Columbia Cardholder, $12 per child, $18 per family. Non-Mbrs ,$14 per child, $20 per family.  www.columbiaassociation.org/kidspace


St. Louis Church

Honor Veterans- American Heritage Girls Troop wreath sales to raise funds to support Wreaths Across America and their troop operations.  Wreaths are on sale throughout the month of Nov. online at www.wreatsacrossamerica.org. Each wreath costs $15.00. For more information please contact Jennifer Korkosz at 505-918-1582.


Columbia Association

Holiday Breakfast, all Ages, Pre-registration required. Sat, Dec. 19, 9:30-11 a.m., KidSpace/PPP Mbrs, $10 per family. Columbia Cardholder, $12 per family, Non-Mbrs, $14 per family.  Enjoy our multicultural holiday breakfast, music, holiday stories, arts and crafts and more. www.columbiaassociation.org/kidspace 


Candlelight Concerts

CandleKids: The Emperor’s Nightingale, Sun., Nov. 22, 2 & 4 p.m.  Smith Theatre – Columbia, MD
Theatre IV’s musical theater adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale of love and forgiveness. For more information and to purchase ticketswww.candlelightconcert.org  410-997-2324


Glen Mar United Methodist Church

Walk to Bethlehem, Fri., Sat. and Sun., Dec. 4, 5 and 6 at the church, 4701 New Cut Road in Ellicott City.  Drop in anytime between 5 and 8 p.m. for this free event. For more information, visit http://glenmarumc.org/gmcevents/wtb/ or call 410-465-4995 ext. 204.


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 www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1316398  or call 301-596-5128 or 410-730-4610;manager@oaklandmills.org.


Oakland Mills Village Center

Decorate Your Own Gingerbread House Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m., The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia,  All supplies will be provided and you will be able to take your decorated house home at the end of the evening. Tickets are $20/person and can be purchased at The Other Barn beginning Nov. 4-Dec. 2nd.  Advance ticket purchase is required.  Limited spaces are available. For more information, please contact Brigitta Warren at 410-730-4610 or events@oaklands.org


Howard Community College

Advanced Driving Skills, Sat. Dec. 12, 12:30-4 p.m.

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.


Columbia Association

Holiday Breakfast, all Ages , Pre-registration required. Sat, Dec. 19, 9:30-11 a.m., KidSpace/PPP Mbrs, $10 per family Columbia Cardholder, $12 per family, Non-Mbrs, $14 per family. Enjoy our multicultural holiday breakfast, music, holiday stories, arts and crafts and more. www.columbiaassociation.org/kidspace  



Howard County Recreation & Parks

Youth Basketball League (YBL) Hoop Fest, Sun., Nov. 15, 1-4p.m., Meadowbrook Athletic Complex. This co-ed basketball clinic is FREE for 5-14 year olds. Limited spots available, must register in advance. To register, call 410-313-7275 or visitwww.howardcountymd.gov/rap Questions email: kbillingsley@howardcountymd.gov


Warhawks Wrestling

Registration now open, season begins Nov. 9, Register now athttp://www.warhawkswrestlingclub.com. 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 dwasilewski@verizon.net.



Maryland Sports Services at Soccerdome is now accepting team registrations for our premier indoor winter youth soccer leagues. Soccerdome.com  and click on Youth Winter.


4th Quarter

Spring after school leadership program at Bonnie Branch and Elkridge Landing Middle School (Spring registration ends March 1, 2016). The Fourth Quarter uses fitness and touch football to tackle these MAJOR community issues: 1. Lack of focus 2. Experimentation with drugs and alcohol 3. Childhood obesity 4. Failing to reach ones leadership potential.  Become apart of the 4th Quarter TEAM by downloading a 4th Quarter Spring registration form at the4thqtr.org or jguy@the4thqtr.org




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