Elkster Examiner - January 8, 2015

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January 8, 2016


I would like to wish all our Elkridge Elementary families a very Happy and Healthy New Year!  I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break and 2016 has started well for you and your family.  Staff and students are in full swing here at EES and looking forward to a great academic year!

With more cold days ahead of us, I want to remind everyone to check the weather forecast daily to ensure that your student are dressed appropriately.  Please make sure your child has a winter coat, hat, gloves, etc.  Outdoor recess occurs daily with the exception of inclement weather.  In the event of unexpected delays and/or closings due to inclement weather, please remember that information will be shared with the community through the following: HCPSS website (www.hcpss.org), HCPSS News email alerts, and the school system’s cable TV Comcast 95 or Verizon 42.  

Debra Anoff, Principal


MAP testing began this week and will continue through next Thursday.  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.

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



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.

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.

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 orcustomerservice@envisionpayments.com.


Monday, January 11
4th Grade (Language Arts)

Tuesday, January 12
4th and 5th Grades (Math)
Band Concert 7pm

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

Thursday, January 14
1st Grade (Math)

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)

Friday, January 22
Quarter 2 Ends
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 (Early Dismissal 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)


The following events are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Howard County Public School System.

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 athttp://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 sitewww.sucessinstyle.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 ticketswww.candlelightconcerts.org

River Hill Community Association
Coupon clipping event to benefit military families will be held in Jan., please drop off any unwanted/unused coupons to Claret Hall in the River Hill Village Shopping Center (6020 Daybreak Circle, Clarksville). Expired coupons are accepted since the base commissaries allow their use up to 6 months after the expiration date. If you are interested in participating in the actual coupon clipping on Jan. 13 and 14, call 410-531-1749 to sign upnewsletter@villageofriverhill.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 Sewing: Make use of your trusty, dusty sewing machine. Learn (or relearn) to thread it, select material, follow a pattern, Tues., Jan. 12-March 8, 7-9 p.m., Wilde Lake High School.Howardcc.edu/Con Ed or call 443- 518-4404.

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 toHowardcc.edu/Con Ed or call 443-518-4404 for more information.

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 atwww.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 atfoodonthe15th@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 atelizlindblom@hotmail.com with questions.

Glenelg Country School
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.

North Laurel Community Center
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.


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 orjguy@the4thqtr.org


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