Elkster Examiner - 3-7-2016

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The Elkster Examiner
March 7, 2016

This past week was Kindergarten Registration Week for the upcoming school year.  We registered 98 new Kindergarten students!  We are well on our way to introducing the class of 2029! We are very excited. Pre-K applications are also now being accepted for the 2016-17 school year.  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.  Applications are available in the front office.  
Thank you so much to the vast majority of you who follow the student drop off and pick-up procedures. This is especially true on rainy days. Waiting in the pickup/drop off line is one thing you can do to reinforce safe practices with your child.  Please remember a few things complicate the pick-up/drop-off process. These include; parking perpendicular to parked cars and driving around cars in the car rider line. We appreciate your help in making pick-up and drop off go as smoothly as possible.
We are looking forward to the PTA Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast this Saturday.  It’s a great opportunity to support the school and spend time with your favorite teachers and staff members.  Hope to see you then!

Debra Anoff, Principal



Friday, March 11

Q3 Interim Reports Issued (New Date)

Saturday, March 12

PTA Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast 8am – 10am  (Laurel)

Friday, March 18

Elkster’s Birthday Party (6:30 – 8:30pm)
Thursday, March 24

1st Grade Field Trip to Science Center

March 25 – April 3

Spring Break (Schools Closed)

Wednesday, April 6

PTA Meeting 6:30 Media Center

Monday & Tuesday, April 11 & 12

Spring Portraits & Class Pictures

Thursday, April 14

3rd Grade Field Trip to Robinson Nature Center

Tuesday, April 19

PTA Family Fit Night



Pancake Breakfast at Applebee’s in Laurel
Saturday, March 12 8:00am – 10:00am
Join us this Saturday at Applebee’s in Laurel (13600 Baltimore Ave, Laurel 20707) for our annual Pancake Breakfast hosted by EES teachers and staff.  Tickets are $10 for adults and children.  Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage will be served.
You can buy your tickets in advance now by sending the bottom portion of the attached AppleBee's Flyer.pdf  and payment in to your child’s teacher by Friday, March 11.  Checks can be made payable to EES PTA.  Tickets can also be bought at Applebee’s the same day.  Credit cards will not be accepted on the day of event.
Box Tops/Labels for Education
Please continue to send in those box tops and labels for education.  We ask that you place them in a small Ziploc bag with your student’s name, grade, and teacher’s name.  Please try to make sure the expiration date is not cut off and the box tops are neatly cut around the dotted lines.  (This saves us money by reducing the weight when we mail them.)  Thank you for your support!

Elkster 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run
The 6th Annual Elkster 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run will be held on Saturday April 30th.  We are looking for race sponsors. Sponsorship details and forms can be found at http://elkster5k.blogspot.com/p/sponsor-form.html or contact eespta@hotmail.com for more information.

Upcoming PTA Events:
•    Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast, March 12 8am-10am

•    Elkster's Birthday Party, Friday, March 18 from 6:30-8:30 pm
•    Family Fit Night, Tuesday, April 19 from 6-8 pm

•    Elkster 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run, Saturday, April 30

•    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.



Free tax preparation is available at The MultiService Center, 9900 Washington Boulevard (Route 1) in Laurel.  Taxpayers who earned up to $54,000 in 2015 are eligible. MakingChange, a Howard County non-profit, is providing the service.  Call 410-313-0220 to make an appointment.


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 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.
Healing Dimensions Foundation

Offers Stressless Test, Middle School classes start Mar. 1 and meet for four Tuesday evenings at Burleigh Manor Middle School from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. High School classes start Mar. 2 meeting for four Wednesday evenings at Centennial High School from 6:30-8:30 p.m.   For more information, email Bcaldwell202@gmail.com or go to www.Stresslesstest.org.
Glen Mar Church

Glen Mar church summer mission trip opportunities. The first trip is to Crisfield, MD. The second and third trips are to Hurley, VA. The fourth trip is to inner city Baltimore. The fifth trip is to Cherokee, NC. Join us at www.glenmarumc.org and click on the ‘Mission’ tab.  There are pictures from last year, dates, and information on costs.  For more information, contact:  D.C. Veale at 410-465-4995 ext. 205 or dc.veale@glenmarumc.org.

Howard County Government
Student Loan Forum and Resource Fair on Wed., Mar. 2, 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/comsumer or call 410-313-6420 (voice/relay) for more information.

Empty Bowls , the National Art Honor Society, the National Honor Society and the Culinary Department at Howard High School are hosting an Empty Bowls fundraiser for Grassroots in the school cafeteria on Wed., Mar 2, from 5-8 p.m.  The Art Department is creating 300 bowls for painting by attendees and later will kiln-fire the bowls.  For $10, guests get their own bowl and a soup dinner prepared by the Culinary Department. Pay at the door.


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.
Strathmore Hall Foundation

Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and world-renowned cellist Lynn Harrell will perform at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD. Sun., Mar. 6, 3 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets visit http://www.startmore.org/events-and-tickets/annanpolis-symphony-16 or contact the Strathmore at 301-581-5100.
University of Maryland
iEngineer is a summer STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) camp for rising 4th and 5th grade girls. July 11-15, deadline Mar. 7 , this one-week commuter day camp is an exciting opportunity for girls to learn more about STEM. Contact: Candice Staples, 301-405-6610, cstaples@umd.edu, http://wie.umd.edu/k12/iengineer  
Oakland Mills Village Center

Lively Arts for Little Ones presents: “Mr. Gabe” on Fri., Mar. 11, 10 a.m., The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.  Tickets are $5.00 (ages 2 and up). For more information, call 410-730-4610 or visit oaklandmills.org.

St. Louis Catholic Church

Youth Ministry Presents The 35th Annual Italian Dinner On Sun., Mar. 13, 12:30-6:30 p.m., 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.


Girl Scouts

Teddy Bear and Me Tea on Sun., Mar. 13, 1:30- 3:30 p.m., at the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 12430 Scaggsville Road, Highland. Contact Gay Williams gaywilliams12@gmail.com or call 301.740.0295.  Delicious treats, crafts, songs and activities Coordinated by G.S. Cadette Troop 10076 Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at 301.740.0295.

Soup’r Sundae, the annual Soup’r Sundae fundraiser for Grassroots, hosted by Wilde Lake High School and the The Faith Community Partnership, is set for Sun., Mar. 13, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., in the school cafeteria.  A silent auction, music, entertainment for children and all the soup, bread and ice cream you can eat is included.  Admission is $20 for adults, $5 for children under 12.  Register at www.souprsundae.eventbrite.com

Boy Scouts

Scouting For Food, Elementary Schools and Middle School, Sat., Mar. 19. Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts who attend these schools will be out in your neighborhood on that day to collect your donations. A bag will be dropped off at your home a few days before.  Please remember to put your donations by your front door or your mailbox by 8 a.m. on Mar. 19.  Thanks for your generous donations.  For more information scoutingforfoodnpd@verizon.net.

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


University of Maryland

Exploring Engineering is a one-week residential summer program for high school women (rising juniors and seniors) who are considering engineering as a possible major and career. July 10-16, (Session I) or July 17-23, (Session II) The application deadline is Mar 31. Students will live on campus for one week and be immersed in the world of engineering through hands-on activities, laboratory experiments, informative workshops, team challenges and seminars with professional engineers. Space is limited to 32 girls per session. Bria Barry, 301-405-3283, bmcelroy@umd.edu  http://wie.umd.edu/k12e2atumd

24rd Annual Viking 5K Cross Country Race/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run

Please mark your calendar for this annual event to be held on Sun., Apr. 3.  Details and registration for the event can be found at http://viking5k.wikispaces.com/Details. An early registration discount is in place if you register by 3/13.  Please consider participating in this event as it supports a variety of clubs, sports teams, performing arts and campus projects at Mt. Hebron HS.  Lots of volunteers are needed.  To help with this event, please visit Vikingbackers.org

Cedar Lane School

Walk for Our Stars, Sat. Apr. 23, 10 a.m.  Come join us for this fun, non-competitive walk.  All money raised will be used to support our students with significant special needs and our staff.  Funds will go towards the purchase of specialized equipment, expand the school's cultural arts program, increase the number of student field trips, and provide staff development beyond what is provided by the county.  Please support The Walk and help those who can't walk, learn to stand on their own and those who can't speak, find their voice.  For further information please contact Cedar Lane School at 410-888-8800 or karioreilly@verizon.net

Howard County Government

Womenfest, a FREE Health & Wellness Event for Women, Sat., Apr. 30, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Gary J. Arthur Community Center at Glenwood, Cooksville. For more information about WomenFest, visit the event’s website at www.howardcountymd.gov/WomenFest or call 410-313-5440.

University of Maryland

Stepping Stones to Your Future (SSTYF) summer camp. This week-long coed commuter camp is for rising 7th & 8th graders who are interested in learning more about engineering.  Each day is filled with a variety of fun hands-on activities and engineering challenges.  There are two weeks to choose from:  Session 1 July 18-22 or Session 2 July 25-29.  To apply, we require an online form and a teacher recommendation from a current math or science teacher.  For more information and to fill out the application, visit our website at http://wie.umd.edu/k12/sstyf.  If you have any questions, contact Dawn Ginnetti at dginnett@umd.edu. 301-405-0315. July 18-22, (Session I) or July 25-29, 2016 (Session II)

University of Maryland
SPICE Camp – Students with Potential and Interest, Considering Engineering, June 27-July 1. SPICE Camp is a week-long commuter program for young women who will be entering the 9th and 10th grade next fall and would like to learn more about engineering University of Maryland, College Park. Space is limited. The application deadline is March 31st. Scholarship opportunities will be made available once admittance decisions have been made. Bria Barry, 301-405-3283, bmcelroy@umd.edu, http://wie.umd.edu/k12/spice-camp.  

College Park Tennis Club

Learn Tennis at the Premiere Tennis Center, June 13 –Aug. 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., College Park Tennis Club 5200 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD.Our students will learn the sport of a lifetime, under the direction of our certified teaching staff. Center. tdelaney@cptennisclub.com, 301-779-8000, www.cptennisclub.com
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
It's not too late for after school cheerleading with SuperSquads.  Team practice is once a week and ends late April in 11 county schools.  Please contact supersquadsinfo@verizon.net or 410-796-2244.

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