Elkster Examiner - February 5, 2016

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 3:48pm


The Elkster Examiner


February 5, 2016


It was great to see so many parents here for conferences this week.  Those conversations are so important and we really appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedules to come and meet with us.  One of the main reasons that Elkridge Elementary is such a successful school is the partnership between home and school that we create together.  Thank you to our PTA and parent volunteers for providing a delicious dinner last night to the Elkridge Staff.  It was greatly appreciated.  Thank you for your support and generosity!

Enjoy the weekend and remember that schools are closed to students on Monday, February 8th.  We look forward to seeing you Tuesday.

Debra Anoff, Principal

Valentine’s Day
Elkridge Elementary is pleased to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Friday, February 12.  We will have classroom celebrations (food allowed) and exchange cards.  Students are allowed to bring cards that have candy attached; however, they will take the candy home and will not eat it in class.  Individual teams will notify families about needs for their celebrations.

Kindergarten Registration and New 1st Grade Registration
Kindergarten registration and new 1st Grade registration, for the 2016-2017 school year, will be held February 29th - March 4th.  Students must be 5 years old by September 1st, 2016 to register for kindergarten. If you would like more information on the requirements for registration, please visit Howard County Public School System website at http://www.hcpss.org/schools/enrollment-and-registration/

Pre-K applications will be accepted beginning February 29th.  Students must be 4 years old by September 1, 2016 to apply.  This Pre-K program is based on income eligibility and approval needs to be granted prior to registration.

February is Black History Month

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.

Why not take this time to visit a museum, or visit Elkridge Howard County Public Library to pick out a good book celebrating the accomplishments of great African Americans? Here are a just a few museums to visit:  Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore, Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum in Oella, and the Banneker-Douglass Museum in Annapolis.

February Counselor Corner

February 1 – 5 National School Counseling Week

From the American School Counselors Association website: (www.schoolcounselor.org)

Why Elementary School Counselors?
“Today’s young people are living in an exciting time, with an increasingly diverse society, new technologies and expanding opportunities. To help ensure that they are prepared to become the next generation of parents, workers, leaders and citizens, every student needs support, guidance and opportunities during childhood, a time of rapid growth and change. Children face unique and diverse challenges, both personally and developmentally, that have an impact on academic achievement."

– “Toward a Blueprint for Youth: Making Positive Youth Development a National Priority,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

If you feel your child needs individual support from one of our school counselors please contact kristen_tacka@hcpss.org for grades K, 1, 3, & 5; and sarah_coppi@hcpss.org for grades 2nd & 4th.

February EES Character Education Word of the Month is HONESTY in honor of Presidents’ Day.


Monday, February 8
Professional Development (No school for students)

Tuesday, February 9
Report Cards Issued

Friday, February 12
Sweetheart Dance/Game Night 6:30 – 8:30pm

Monday, February 15
Presidents Day – Schools Closed

Tuesday, February 16
PTA One Dish Cuisine Restaurant Night, Ellicott City 5-8pm

Friday, February 19
Talent Show 6pm (PTA Bake Sale)

Thursday, February 25
3rd Grade Fieldtrip to BMI 9:30 -2:00 (Ruffing and Ridgley)
GT & Middle School Orientation @ ELMS 7pm

Friday, February 26
3rd Grade Fieldtrip to BMI 9:30 – 2:00 (Shilling, McNally, Bass)

February 29 – March 4
Kindergarten Registration

PTA News
Upcoming PTA Events:

Allergy Friendly Restaurant Night at One Dish Cuisine in Ellicott City. Tuesday, February 16th from 5-8pm. This restaurant is completely free of gluten, oats, soy, eggs, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts and sesame.  Also two separate lines in the kitchen for dairy free items without cross contamination.  One Dish Cuisine will be donating 20% of sales from this event back to EES.  If your family has been unable to attend other monthly restaurant nights due to food allergies and sensitivities, this is the night for you. Hope to see you there.
Note: Flyer is required to receive donation

•    Sweetheart Dance/Game Night, Friday, February 12 from 6:30-8:30 pm.
•    PTA Bake Sale at the Talent Show, Friday, February 19 from 6-8 pm
•    Elkster's Birthday Party, Friday, March 18 from 6:30-8:30 pm
•    Family Fit Night, Tuesday, April 19 from 6-8 pm
•    2nd Annual Spring Fling, Saturday, May 21 from 11-3 pm

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.

Center for Creative Life and Learning
The Girls on Fire Mentoring program is designed to help girls build self-esteem. The program targets Girls age 8-14, 8-11 and 12-14. Girls participate in a variety of art forms activities and self-esteem building group sessions. Meets the 4th Sat. each month at the Columbia Art Center. For information call 410-312-0758.

Columbia Association
The Columbia Art Center offers a wide variety of Art Classes for portfolio development and personal interest. Also offering a new Youth Artistic Masters Certificate Program! 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
The Columbia Art Center offers a variety of Art Classes for children of all ages and a new Youth Artistic Masters Certificate Program! 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.

Howard County’s Department of Citizen Service
Winter 2016 Edition of Parent Pages, a newsletter designed for parents and families raising children in Howard County. Published by the Department’s Office of Children’s Services, the Winter issue contains articles about topics such as helping children with stress, how to start difficult conversations with teens and planning for the long term. To view the newsletter, click on Winter 2016 Parent Pages.

North Laurel Community Center
Mother and Son dance, Sat. Feb. 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Mothers (or special adults) and sons, ages 3-12 are invited to an evening jam-packed with fun to include refreshments, live DJ, dancing and more. Inclement weather date is Feb. 20. Preregistration is required. Contact: Ashley Jones 410-313-0459 or amjones@howardcountymd.gov.

Columbia Association
When Howard County is out of school the Columbia Art Center host an Artsy Fun Day. The next one will be held on Fri., Feb. 5, and Mon., Feb. 8, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Art lesson begins at 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. For more information, please call Columbia Art Center at 410-730-0075 or email art.staff@columbiaassociation.org

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.

Howard County Government
Chess Club After School with Silver Knights Chess Company
Grades K-5 / 14 classes starting Feb 9 / $185   Learn how to play chess from highly rated professional chess instructors who have coached many state and national champions. All chess supplies provided. (No class 3/29, 4/26.) Info: Adam Wienckowski, 410-313-4714 or awienckowski@howardcountymd.gov

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.

St. Louis Church
Middle School Feb. Fun Friday Event, Fri, Feb 12, 7-10 p.m., school cafeteria.
Ticket Sales, Feb. 8-12, 9 a.m., ticket sales, Feb. 8-12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., PAC Building.
For Information 410-531-6668 psprankle@stloiusparish.org

Howard County Government
“2016 “Children On Board" Preschool/Child Care Information Fair, Sat., Feb.13, 1-4 p.m., Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville, MD. The new 2016 Parent’s Guide to Howard County will be distributed at the event free of charge. For more information about the Fair, contact the Office of Children’s Services at either 410-313-1940 or via e-mail at children@howardcountymd.gov.

American Association of University Women
All organizations and individuals interested in the advancement of girls in STEM fields are invited to attend the upcoming MAGiC Research Forum, Sat., Feb.13, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., University of Maryland Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building College Park, MD.  http://ngcproject.org

Columbia Association
Join the Columbia Art Center for Free Family Art Frenzy on Sun., Feb. 14,1-3 p.m. All ages welcome, come and enjoy making a small heart mosaic. For more information, please call Columbia Art Center at 410-730-0075 or email art.staff@columbiaassociation.org

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.

Columbia Orchestra
The Columbia Orchestra presents the Young People’s Concerts on Sat., Feb. 20, at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., at the Jim Rouse Theatre are Wilde Lake High School. Visit us at www.columbiaorchestra.org or call 410-465-8777 for tickets.

Oakland Mills Community Center
Lively Arts for Little Ones presents: “Musical Fun with Mr. Hyson” on Fri., Feb. 26, 10 a.m. at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.  For more information, call 410-730-4610 or visit oaklandmills.org.

Columbia Association
The Columbia Art Center is offering Drape and Texture:Graphite Drawing with Alina Poroshina, Sat. Feb 27, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.  For inquiries or to register, please call Columbia Art Center at 410-730-0075 or art.staff@columbiaassociation.org.

Howard County Government
Student Loan Forum and Resource Fair on Wed., Mar. 2 at 7 p.m. at the George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Drive in Ellicott City, Md. A panel of local, state and federal experts will answer questions about the student loan process, provide vital resource materials and offer one-on-one guidance. A printable flier is available at www.howardcountymd.gov/consumer or call 410-313-6420 (voice/relay) for more information.
University of Maryland
Keys to Empowering Youth program, Mar. 5, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the University of Maryland. Registration is conducted on a first come, first serve basis until all available spaces are full. Submit your registration form, which can be found at www.wie.umd.edu/k12/key-program as soon as possible to secure your place in the March program. For further about this program, please contact Dawn Ginnetti at dginnett@umd.edu or 301-405-0315.

Howard Community College
Educational Foundation cordially invites you to the annual Silas Craft Collegians Dinner to benefit the Silas Craft Collegians Scholarship Endowment and Program. The Chinese dinner buffet will be served continuously from 5-8 p.m. on Mon., Mar. 7, at 7091 Deepage Drive in Columbia.  Tickets are $45 per person and the Silas Craft Collegians Endowment receives 100% of the proceeds from the ticket sales to the event.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the Development Office at Howard Community College, 443-518-1970 or visit www.howardcc.edu/sccathunan.

Howard County Government
TEEN Anxiety: How to Recognize, Communicate, and Help Your Teen
Wed., Feb.17, 6:30-8 p.m.
Ellicott City 50+ Athletic Center Conference Room, $8 Space is limited, pre-registration is required. www.howardcountymd.gov/familyinstitue/ or phone (voice/relay): 410-313-1440.

St. Louis Catholic Church
Youth Ministry Presents The 35th Annual Italian Dinner On Sun., Mar. 13, 12:30-6:30, St. Louis Cafetorium, Rte. 108 & 32.  All meals include Spaghetti or Lasagna soda/coffee/tea, salad, garlic bread, and homemade desserts. Tickets cost $10/adult, $5/children (10 & under), $13/Lasagna, $16/Combo Spaghetti/Lasagna & $40/Immediate family of 6. Call (410) 531-6668.

Howard County Government
Youth and Teen Model Call. Young men and women are invited to participate in an audition to perform in the 4th annual Fashion Show produced by Sean Gibson of Model Citizen Models. Model Call for 8-10 year olds will run from 1-2 p.m.; Model Call for 11-17 year old will run from 2-3 p.m. Fashion Show will take place on Sat., Mar. 19. Preregistration is encouraged, but not required. Registration: 410-313-7275. Information: Holly Harden, 410-313-4625 or hharden@howardcountymd.gov  
Columbia Association
Howard County Library System, Howard County Public School System, and the Columbia Association Art Center are calling on students in grades K to 12 to enter the annual Choose Civility Poster and Video Contest. Posters and videos should be submitted by Mar. 25 by mail or in person to: Monica Herber, Columbia Association Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia, MD.

Glen Mar Church
Singers (adults and high-school age) are needed to perform John Rutter’s entire “Requiem” at a Good Friday Worship Service on Mar. 25, 7:30 p.m. at Glen Mar United Methodist Church in Ellicott City.  Practice starts on Thurs., 7 -7:30 p.m. in Jan.  Contact Sophie Hong, Glen Mar’s Music Director at 410-465-4995 ext. 209 or sofie.hong@glenmarunc.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


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