Elkster Examiner - December 18, 2015

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The Elkster Examiner


December 18, 2015




Students and staff enjoyed our “In-School” Snow Day today at EES.  It was a great way to celebrate our school PBIS accomplishments.  We would like to continue this positive move forward in the upcoming year.  WAY TO GO, ELKRIDGE STUDENTS!  Thank you to our PBIS Staff Committee for organizing this fun event!


Our Chorus Concert on Tuesday night was amazing!  It was great to the EES community support our talented students.  Thank you to Ms. Loughry and Mr. Washington for their incredible leadership and talent. We look forward to more beautiful concerts in January.  


This will be our last newsletter before the winter break. We would like to wish all of you a safe and joyous holiday season. Enjoy this time with your families. There is so much to worry about in this world, I just want all of us to have some well deserved time to celebrate our friends and families.  Our holiday begins at the end of the day on Wednesday December 23rd.   We are looking forward to your children returning on Monday January 4th.


Debra Anoff, Principal





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)




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.


PARCC Home Reports
PARCC Home Reports were distributed with progress reports for students in grades 4 and 5. The individual PARCC Home Report 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.






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





PTA Direct Donation Campaign

We would like to send a big thank you to those of you who have supported the EES PTA this fall.  With your help we were able to hold several successful events. We hoped your children enjoyed as much as ours did!  As 2015 comes to a close we would like to ask for your continued support.  The PTA has opted to raise all the funds it needs to sponsor its programs through a direct donation campaign.  What this means for you is you can support the efforts without selling or buying anything, and 100% of your tax deductible donation goes towards the school.  We are still far short of our goal of raising $15,000.  Please consider going online to make your tax-deductible donation at https://eesptadirect-donation-campaign.cheddarup.com or fill out the form sent home in your child’s Friday folder.


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.





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


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.


Crisis Text Line

Help at your fingertips, Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, bullying, self-harm, and more. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds quickly to help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment and to stay safe and healthy. Text START to 741-741, anonymous and confidential. If you have any questions or would like more information about Crisis Text Line, please contact Laurie Carson at lauriecarson@verizon.net for more information or to volunteer, visit www.crisistextline.org


Howard County Recreation and Parks 

Volleyball classes starting this Jan., you can view all of the programs and get more info at http://www.howardcountymd.gov/volleyball.htm. Just click on the Youth Volleyball Programs and Leagues link. For questions, please contact Carson Nickell at cjnickell@howardcountymd.gov or 410-313-4720. To register, call 410-313-7275.


Success in Style

Success in Style is looking for high school volunteers to help hang and tag clothing, organize donations and maintain neat and orderly retail spaces. If you'd like to volunteer, please go to our web site www.sucessinstyle.org.


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.


Brightminds Foundations

Invites you to attend The Business and Economics Impact of Howard County Public School System Locally and Globally. Register by Dec. 28, www.brightmindsfoundation.org 410-740-0707.


Columbia Association

Visiting Artist Workshops, 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.


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.


University of Maryland

Evaluation for Parents and Teens at the Comprehensive Assessment and Intervention Program (CAIP) teens age 14 to 15 years, University of Maryland, College Park. Assessment consisting of a series of questionnaires, interviews, and videotaped activities assess how teenagers and their parents think and act around each other. The study would last for approximately 3-4 hours. Office Phone: (301) 405-4264, caipumd@gamil.com


Candlelight Concert Society 

Brentano Quartet, Sat., Jan. 9, 8 p.m., Smith Theatre – Columbia, MD

For more information and to purchase tickets www.candlelightconcerts.org 


Candlelight Concert Society

Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School by Theatreworks USA, Sun., Jan. 31, 2 & 4 p.m.

Smith Theatre Columbia, MD. www.candlelightconcerts.org 410-997-2324 


Glen Mar Church

Second annual Day of Service: Mon., Jan. 18, (MLK Jr. Day) 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.  Family-oriented short-term service opportunities. Free and open to public. Come for an hour or come for the day.  Glen Mar Church: 4701 New Cut Road, Ellicott City.  Visit us at www.glenmarumc.org or call D.C. Veale at 410-465-4995 ext. 205. 


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."


Columbia Association

When Howard County is out of school the Columbia Art Center host an Artsy Fun Day Culture

Kaleidoscope: Celebrations Around the World, Dec 28 - Dec 30, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Cost is 50$ per day. Art lesson begins at 9:30 a.m. and finishes at 3:30 p.m. For more information, please call Columbia Art Center at 410-730-0075 or email art.staff@columbiaassociation.org.


Columbia Association

When Howard County is out of school the Columbia Art Center host Visiting Artist Workshops, Dec. 29, enjoy Character Drawing with Alina Poroshina and Dec. 30, experience Realism to Abstract Painting with Korey Rosenbaum. Cost is 50$. Art lesson begins at 9:30 a.m. and finishes at 3:30 p.m. For more information, please call Columbia Art Center at 410-730-0075 or email art.staff@columbiaassociation.org.



4th Quarter 

Spring after school leadership program at Bonnie Branch and Elkridge Landing Middle School (Spring registration ends Mar. 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 


Ellicott City Soccer Club

Winter Soccer will host two winter indoor training five week sessions for players 3-12 years old, Sessions will be run by the City coaching staff and the entire Foundation Program will be run by City technical staff member Wade Whitney.  www.ellicottcitysc.org.  

Tot Development Academy, 3-5 yrs, Wednesdays. 5:30-6:15 p.m.; $89

Youth Academy: 6-8 yrs; Wednesdays, 6:15-7:15 p.m.; $99 

Transitional Academy: 9-12 yrs, Mondays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; $99




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