Elkster Examiner - January 15, 2016

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 10:27am

 

 
 

Friday, January 15

  
FROM THE DESK OF THE PRINCIPAL

 
February Parent – Teacher Conferences
 
Beginning Thursday, January 21th parents and guardians have the opportunity to signing up for Parent - Teacher conferences. Conference days will be held Thursday, February 4th and Friday, February 5th.
 
You can sign up for your student(s) conference(s) through HCPSS Connect.  To schedule a conference, please visit  http://www.hcpss.org/connect/.  Below are a few reminder and trouble shooting tips to refer to when signing up for conferences:
 
• February Conferences will be with Homeroom teachers
• 5th Grade GT Math students will be able to set up conferences with GT math teachers
• Call Mrs. Whitebloom or Mrs. Morse in the front office at (410) 313-5006 for login information
• The window to sign up for conferences will remain open until 11pm Tuesday, February 2, 2016.
 
We value the opportunity to talk with all parents during this time, so be sure to schedule your conference.  At this time of the year, students can greatly benefit from a mid-year “pep talk” from their family. Helping your child set goals and reiterating expectations – academic and behavioral – provides a target or focus for the remainder of the school year. Now is the perfect time to have your child predict what their report card might look like for the second quarter so that these goals can be set when the report card comes home. Taking steps to achieve a small goal can make a big difference!
 
As we begin 2016, please take time to update your child’s emergency form by sending in any changes in phone numbers and/or address so that our records are up-to-date. We are finding that some families have changed phone service so the number(s) we have are no longer correct. It is important for us to be able to contact parents regarding health or classroom issues, so we appreciate your assistance in keeping this communication updated and accurate.
 
Enjoy the long weekend!  
 
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.
 
 
 
 
January Counselor Corner
 
In January, Elkridge Elementary is promoting the Character Trait of Acceptance. Acceptance means to recognize, and appreciate the many ways that people are different and alike.
 
We teach students that learning about differences with an open mind and an open heart can mean making new friends and trying out new things. We teach students that no matter what religion you practice, language you speak, what you look like, and any other way we are different… ALL people have feelings, want friendship, and deserve compassion.
 
One influential leader that spoke about accepting others is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We remember Dr. King on January 19, 2016. All HCPSS will be closed. An engaging family activity could be to answer the call to the MLK Day of Service.
 
What is the MLK Day of Service?
Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. Please see the below web page for ideas of community service projects for your family.   http://www.serve.gov/  New web address
 
Kristen Tacka, Grades K, 1, 3, & 5                               Sarah Cooley, Grades 2 & 4
 
 
 
NOTE FROM THE HEALTH ROOM:
 
In order to keep our students as healthy as possible, we ask you to assist us by keeping children home from school when they are ill.  The isolation of ill students at home can help to prevent the spread of illness in the school.  
 
Students who are ill and have a fever should remain at home until the temperature has been normal for 24 hours (without medication).   
 
Students with symptoms of acute illness such as vomiting, diarrhea, persistent cough, etc. should be observed at home and be seen by a doctor if necessary.  If your child is diagnosed with any disease that could be passed to others (such as strep throat, chicken pox, flu) please let the health room know.  
 
Frequent hand washing is the best way to reduce the spread of disease.  Please encourage your children to wash their hands frequently, especially after toileting, before eating and when ill.    
 
Jennifer Tucker and Marianne Jones, EES Health Room
 
 
 
PTA NEWS
 
Just for Dads Event 
Dads and Father Figures are invited to hear Joe Ehrmann, speaker, author, activist, and coach for more than 35 years, speak.  Joe was a player in the National Football League for 10 years.  In his book “InSideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives”, he explains how to become a transformational coach, changing lives and society by helping to develop healthy men and women.  Flyers will be sent home in Friday folders today.  Please RSVP for this event.  
 
Restaurant Night
Please join us at McDonald's (Route1, Elkridge) on Wednesday January 27th from 5pm – 8pm. They will have face painting, coloring pages, small games with prizes, and cupcakes.
 
 
ENVISION PAYMENT SOLUTIONS
 
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.
 
 
 
DATES TO REMEMBER
 
Monday, January 18
School Closed ~ Martin Luther King Jr. 
 
Tuesday, January 19
Strings Concert 6:30
 
Wednesday, January 20
Just For Dads Event (Speaker: Joe Ehrmann)
 
Thursday, January 21
School Spelling Bee 4th & 5th Grades 2:45
 
Friday, January 22
Quarter 2 Ends
Pajama Bingo Night 6:30-8:00pm
 
Monday, January 25
Talent Show Auditions 4pm
 
Tuesday, January 26
Talent Show Auditions 4pm
 
Wednesday, January 27
Restaurant Night @ McDonald’s 
 
Monday, February 1
Report Cards Issued
 
Thursday, February 4
Parent-Teacher Conferences (Early Dismissal for students)
 
Friday, February 5
Parent-Teacher Conferences (No school for Students)
 
Monday, February 8
Professional Development (No school for students)
 
Monday, February 15
Presidents Day - No School 
 
Friday, February 19
Talent Show 6pm
 
Thursday, February 25
3rd Grade Fieldtrip to BMI 9:30 -2:00 (Ruffing and Ridgley)
 
Friday, February 26
3rd Grade Fieldtrip to BMI 9:30 – 2:00 (Shilling, McNally, Bass)
 
 
 
 
COMMUNITY NOTICES
 
The following events are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Howard County Public School System.
 
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.
 
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 
 
Howard Community College
Beginning Folk Guitar: Learn to play traditional and contemporary songs using flat-picking and finger picking techniques. Weds, Jan. 13-March 2, 7-9pm, Oakland Mills High School. Go to Howardcc.edu/Con Ed or call 443-518-4404 for more information.
Howard Community College
 
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. 
 
Boy Scouts 
Troop 615 Open House Jan. 27, at the Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City at 7 p.m. Join us to learn about Boy Scouting and the Adventures of Outdoor Cooking. Please RSVP to Dr. Bruce Anderson @ bdaabat@gmail.com
 
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.
 
St. Andrews Episcopal Church
Pancake Supper, Tues. Feb. 9, 6-8 p.m., St Andrew's Episcopal Church, Rt. 97 in Glenwood. Contact Beth at elizlindblom@hotmail.com with questions.
 
The College Admission Process: The Past, Present, and Future, Feb. 10, 7 p.m., Mulitz Theater, Glenelg Country School, 12793 Folly Quarter Rd, Ellicott City, MD. A panel of distinguished college and university  admission officers will host a frank and informative discussion 
Full Details and RSVP: www.glenelg.org/dragindialogues.
 
Howard County Teen Clubs, Fri., Jan 29, 3:30-5 p.m., North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd, Laurel, MD. Volunteer and earn service hours while learning important leadership and life skills. Please register online or by calling Recreation & Parks 410-313-7275 (Course Number RP2880.503).  For more information, please contact Christine Lyons clyons@howardcountymd.gov 
 
Junior Achievement Rising Women
JA Rising Women is a unique after-school opportunity for female high school students in Howard County, Wed., Feb. 17-May 18, 5-6:30 p.m. (with 3 sessions extending to 7 p.m.) at bts Software Solutions in Columbia, MD. For more details and application requests, please contact Hina Naseem at hnaseem@jamaryland.org or 410-313-6403. 
 
SPORTS
 
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
 

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