Elkster Examiner - October 30, 2015

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 7:21am

FROM THE DESK OF THE PRINCIPAL: November is just around the corner.  That means the end of the first quarter, report cards, American Education Week, and Parent-Teacher conferences are all coming up.  Schools close three-hours early today, Friday, October 30th so teachers can grade and work on report cards. On November 9, report cards will be issued to students.

Hats off to our PTA for organizing our 2nd Annual Fall Festival, it was amazing! Over 600 people attended this event with over 20 cars for Trunk or Treating.  Fun was had by all. We are so excited that this is now an annual tradition here at EES! 



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 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!  More information will be sent home with your student early next week.

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

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)


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. Don’t forget to order T-shirts. They are $7.00 each and forms are due by November 3. Looking forward to seeing you all at our performance!



Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for November 23, 24, and 25.  In order to schedule conferences, we will utilize the conference scheduling program through HCPSS Connect.  HCPSS Connect will open to schedule conferences on Monday, November 9.  Specific instructions will go home in early November.


Canvas is open for parents!  Canvas is the new Learning Management System launched this year.  It will provide parents with access to their child’s class information.  The Canvas Learning System is designed to connect parents, teachers, and students with live dynamic instructional materials, content resources and announcements in one easy place. 

As we continue to learn and develop this new tool, we will continue to utilize the vast number of features.  The features include tools like calendars, announcements, and instructional resources.  Teachers will be able to post announcements and use a course calendar.  Feel free to login to HCPSS Connect to view the teacher pages linked to your child.  Please note that we are working very hard to learn this new program.  We will communicate features and tools as the as we begin to utilize them. 



Elkridge Elementary School’s annual Turkey Trot is scheduled for Monday, November 23, 2015. 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



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.


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.





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!


Picture Retakes/November 14

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 14 for retakes. 



Upcoming Restaurant Nights:

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

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.

MUSICAL BAKE SALE - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Attention 5th grade parents: Items and volunteers are needed for the 5th grade musical bake sale November 18th and 19th. 4th grade parents may consider "paying it forward" and volunteering at the bake sale so 5th grade parents can watch their children in the play.  Please contact Jennifer Lefever at eespta@hotmail.com if you are able to help.




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

1st Grade Feast 10:00 – 11:30am

Student Picture Retakes


 Friday, November 13

Family Fun Night: Holiday Extravaganza


November 16-20 American Education Week

Special Persons Days (Dates & Times)

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 at 410-313-6682 if you have any questions.

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 at karissakroll@hotmail.com , 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: www.fuelfundmaryland.org


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

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. www.SundaysAtThree.org 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 www.centennialboostersonline.com  Jackie Crispell at jcrispell@verizon.net


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.


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.




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 contact supersquadsinfo@verizon.net 410-796-2244, www.supersquads.org to 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 www.eyosports.org Season starts after Labor Day. Questions email: jclark@dbaco.com


Warhawks Wrestling

Registration now open, season begins Nov. 9, Register now at http://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.


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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