Elkster Examiner December 11, 2015

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 3:54pm



Interim Progress Reports

Interim Progress Reports were issued to student yesterday. Please take some time to review this report with your child using a growth mindset approach. Recognize your child’s efforts and be specific with feedback. Discuss areas of strength, plans for improvement and actions that will lead to an excellent report card. This is also a good time to review the Learning Behaviors and our school-wide expectations. Ask your child what it looks like to Be Safe, Be Respectful, and to Be Responsible at school. Thank you for your continued support.

PARCC Home Reports

PARCC Home Reports were also distributed with progress reports for students in grades 4 and 5 yesterday. The individual PARCC Home Report will contain the results of last year’s PARCC assessments in English Language Arts and Math for your child/children. PARCC Home Reports for students who attended a school other than EES last year will be sent to you directly from the central office. In order to receive a PARCC Home Report, your child had to participate in both the Spring and the end of year PARCC testing sessions. Last year’s 5th graders will receive their report from their current middle school.

The HCPSS has scheduled four parent nights for all parents of elementary and middle school students to assist with interpretation of individual student PARCC results*.

•    1/5    7-8pm  – Atholton Elementary School Cafeteria

•    1/6    7-8pm  – Steven's Forest Elementary School Cafeteria

•    1/11  7-8pm – Clarksville Middle School Cafeteria

•    1/12  7-8pm – Oakland Mills Middle School Cafeteria

*Elementary and middle school parents may attend all four sessions
.  Please visit https://understandthescore.org  for a detailed breakdown of the information on the home report. Additional details about the PARCC assessments can be found at http://www.hcpss.org/academics/testing/parcc/.

Elkridge Elementary School Gym Repair Information Update
In an effort to keep everyone updated on the gym repairs here at Elkridge Elementary School, I would like to share with you the information that was shared with our PTA at Wednesday night’s meeting.
Cracking of the gymnasium wall was identified as a concern and the temporary solution of helical piles, to support the wall structure, was suggested on September 16th of this year.  On October 1st, the determination was made that the cracks in the wall were increasing and had become a serious safety issue.  The gym was immediately closed and there has been no further access by school or community groups.
A helical pile installation began on October 13th to provide support for the existing wall structure.  The pile installation was completed on October 23rd.  A three-week waiting period was recommended by the engineer to check for any additional cracking of the wall.  The wall now has additional stabilization and there has been no additional cracking in the wall.  To allow students and community to be able to use the gym, HCPSS engineering consultants are designing a temporary wall.  The installation of this wall will be completed by the end of December.  Once the temporary wall is installed, the county will turn over usage of approximately 75% of the gymnasium back to our school while they continue to investigate the remaining structure.  When the temporary wall is completed we will be able to resume using the gym.  Installation of a new wall is planned for summer 2016.
Debra Anoff, Principal

EES Spelling Bee
This year EES will hold its annual Spelling Bee.  The school-wide bee will take place on Thursday, January 21, from 2:45-3:40 P.M. in the cafeteria.  Students in grades 4 and 5 are eligible to participate in the bee.  Each fourth and fifth grade homeroom class will send two representatives to participate in the school-wide bee; a winner and a runner-up.   When we hold the school-wide bee grades 3, 4, and 5 are invited to attend.  Students who win at the homeroom level will receive a packet by Thursday, December 17, to help prepare them for the school-wide spelling bee.


On Friday, December 18, 2015 the Howard County Health Department, in cooperation with the Howard County Public School system, will be offering influenza vaccinations to our students. We will need parent volunteers the morning of the school's annual FluMist clinic.  If you are available to help or have any questions, please contact Marianne Jones at Marianne_jones@hcpss.org.


MAP testing begins on January 6, 2016.  Students will first take the reading assessment followed by the math assessment.  MAP testing will not impact our school wide schedule because students will take their assessments during their designated reading and math times.  Below is the schedule we will follow.

1/6 – 1st and 5th Grades (Language Arts)
1/7 – 2nd and 3rd Grades (Language Arts)
1/11 – 4th Grade (Language Arts)
1/12 – 4th and 5th Grades (Math)
1/13 – 2nd and 3rd Grades (Math)
1/14 – 1st Grade (Math)

Envision Payment Solutions has been selected by Howard County Public School System as its check service provider.  Please be aware that if your check is returned, it may be re-presented electronically.  Also, in presenting a check for payment, you authorize service charges and processing fee to be debited from the same account should the check be dishonored.  These fees, as permitted by state law, may be debited as a paper draft or an electronic funds transfer, at our option.  Each dishonored item is subject to the applicable state returned check fees.   If you wish to inquire about a returned check written to Howard County Public Schools, please contact “Envision Payment Solutions” directly at:  Envision Payment Solutions; (877) 290-5460 or P.O. Box 157, Suwanee, GA  30024-0157 or customerservice@envisionpayments.com

December Counselor Corner
Our Character Education focus of the month is Self-discipline (also referred as self-control and self-regulation). Ms. Coopi and Mrs. Tacka work with students in guidance lessons, individually, and in small counseling groups to help develop self-discipline. Here are a few of the ways we teach about self-control: 
•    TAKE FIVE when listening to directions
•    Brainstorming and practicing coping strategies for various feelings
•    Learning about the ZONES of REGULATION (See zonesofregulation.com)

As a parent, you can help your child develop self-discipline by teaching them to wait patiently, by modeling how you cope with stress/anger, and to allow them time to “chill out” in a quiet place in your home before talking about their feelings.
sarah_coopi@hcpss.org or kristen_tacka@hcpss.org


Spirit Wear
EES Elkster spirit wear will be available for ordering online until 12/18 and will ship directly to your home.  To order visit: http://elkridgeelementary.itemorder.com/sale.

Restaurant Night
Please join us at McDonald's (Route1, Elkridge) on Wednesday January 27th from 5pm – 8pm. There will have face painting, coloring pages, small games with prizes, and cupcakes.


Tuesday, December 15
Chorus Concert 7pm

Friday, December 18
Flu Mist Clinic

Wednesday, January 6
MAP Testing 1st and 5th Grades (Language Arts)
PTA Meeting 6:30-7:30 Media Center

Thursday, January 7
2nd and 3rd Grades (Language Arts)

Monday, January 11
4th Grade (Language Arts)

Tuesday, January 12
4th and 5th Grades (Math)

Wednesday, January 13
2nd and 3rd Grades (Math)

Thursday, January 14
1st Grade (Math)

Wednesday, January 20
Just For Dads Event (Speaker: Joe Ehrmann)

Friday, January 22
Bingo Night 6:30-8:00pm

Wednesday, January 28
Restaurant Night @ McDonald’s

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.

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  

Columbia Association
The Columbia Art Center offers a variety of Art Classes for children of all ages. Check out the Fall Brochure on www.columbiaartcenter.org for more information. For inquiries or to register, please call Columbia Art Center at 410-730-0075 or email art.staff@columbiaassociation.org.

Columbia Association
Visiting Artist Workshops! On Dec. 29-Dec. 30, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. For more information, please call Columbia Art Center at 410-730-0075 or art.staff@columbiaassociation.org

Healing Dimensions Foundation Offers Stressless Tests
Stressless Tests Winter study skills classes. High School classes start Jan. 27, meeting for four Weds evenings at Centennial High School. Middle School classes start Jan. 19 and meet for four Tues. evenings at Burleigh Manor Middle School. For more information, email Bcaldwell202@gmail.com or www.Stresslesstests.org

Food on the 15th
Volunteer opportunities for students of all ages. We collect, sort and deliver free non-perishable groceries directly to low-income Howard County senior citizens. To learn more about what we do, visit our website at www.foodonthe15th.org/. We are always looking for students and groups to do food drives for us.  We can be reached at foodonthe15th@gmail.com.

Elkridge Library
Tween Club, Tues., 6:30-8 p.m., ages 9-12, 90 minutes, Dec 15, 2015: Craft & Create; Dec 29, 2015: "Art Market" - craft supplies with a "cost"; Jan 12, 2016: Scratch Games; Jan 26, 2016: Pop-Ups and More  Feb 9, 2016: Design Challenge; Feb 23, 2016: Bubble. Bubble. Toil & Slime Science."


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

Savage Boys and Girls Club
Is accepting registrations for boys and girls ages 7-17 for its recreation basketball program for the 2015-16 season.  Visit www.savagebgc.org for more information.


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