The Elkster Examiner - April 15, 2016

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The Elkster Examiner

April 15, 2016

STEM Night at Elkridge Elementary


We hope you can join us the evening of May 3rd from 6:00 P.M.-7:30 P.M. for a special EES S.T.E.M. Night. The theme of the event is A Night at the Fair! and should prove to be some good, clean fun exploring the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. You will have the opportunity to work together and participate with your family in two exciting engineering challenges in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.


If your family is planning on coming, please sign up for S.T.E.M. Night by filling out the flier that was sent home last Friday in your childs’ Friday Folder or by filling out the following sign up online by April 15th. Here is the link: The sign up is to ensure adequate materials for everyone in attendance.  Thanks for helping us make this night a success!

-The E.E.S. S.T.E.M. Team





The GT Enrichment Fair is going to be on May 19th.  The event takes place for the students all day and for the students AND their parents, family and friends in the evening from 6:30 to 7:30. Please mark your calendar with this important date. T-shirts will be going on sale soon.  Our theme this year is EES MIND-CRAFTERS.



Endangered Species Fund Raiser


Three 4th grade boys are participating in a GT Type III project.  They all have love for animals and want to help endangered animals and need your help!  Starting on Monday, April 18 through April 29 they would love for you to donate your spare change. Located in each team area will be a box.  The box is labeled with the words, “Help Endangered Animals.” All the money collected will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund. With the money collected an animal will be adopted.  The team that donates the most money will get to pick the animal that we adopt. Each Tuesday and Thursday we will announce the totals collect for each grade.  We have placed posters around the school to help remind you to donate your spare change.   Thank you so much!


Vision and Hearing Screening


Vision and Hearing testing is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19th with a re-screening on Tuesday, May 3th.  The Health Department will screen all pre-K, kindergarten, 1st Grade and any students (2-5) that are new to the state of Maryland school system.  Permission slips have already been distributed to parents.  There is no need to send in to the health room unless you choose not to have your child screened.


April Counselors Corner

What do you call sharing, taking turns, and compromising? COOPERATION. Our Character Education focus this month is on modeling good cooperation skills for our students. You can help reinforce this trait at home by playing family board games, making sure even the youngest family member has a chore that benefits the whole household (like setting the table, or emptying the bathroom trash), and coaching siblings on how to use compromise to solve a conflict (for example, split the last cookie on the cookie jar in half). Using the vocabulary word of COOPERATION at home is good way to trigger your child's memory of what is expected when playing with neighborhood friends, cousins, and siblings. 

The Character Ed Kids and I would like to extend a warm thank you to all of the families who contributed to the Elkridge Food Pantry food drive the week before Spring Break. In just four days, our school donated about 400 pantry items!! We were able to move Elkster on the school track to work towards another school-wide PBIS celebration.

Also, we want to congratulate the FIFTH GRADE for donating the most items, and the FOURTH GRADE for runner ups! I've ask that Mrs. Sloat and Mrs. Law to move Elkster on both fourth and fifth grade's tracks. Additionally, fifth grade also earned EXTRA recess!! 

Thank you EES for showing compassion to hungry families in our community!





Tuesday, April 19

Hearing & Vision Screening

PTA Family Fit Night


Thursday, April 21

Kindergarten Field Trip to Clark’s Elioak Farm

PARCC Testing (Language Arts) – AM/4th Grade


Friday, April 22

PARCC Testing (Language Arts) – AM/5th Grade


Monday, April 25

PARCC Testing (Language Arts) – AM/5th Grade


Tuesday, April 26

Election Day, No School


Wednesday, April 27

PARCC Testing (Language Arts) – AM/5th Grade  

Thursday, April 28

PARCC Testing (Language Arts) AM/4th Grade (Tiralla only)


Friday, April 29

2nd Grade Field Trip to Howard Co Conservancy

4th Grade Field Trip Art Museum DC


Saturday, April 30

Elkster 5K


Monday, May 2

PARCC Testing (Language Arts) – AM/4th Grade (except Tiralla)


Tuesday, May 3  

EES STEM Night 6:00 – 7:30 pm

PARCC Testing (Language Arts) – AM/All 4th Grade


May 4 – May 6

PARCC Testing (Math) – AM/5th Grade

Monday, May 9

PARCC Testing (Math) – AM/5th Grade


Tuesday, May 10

PARCC Testing (Language Arts) – AM/3rd Grade


Wednesday, May 11

4th Grade Field Trip SERC (Law, Bradbury, & Auxt)

PARCC Testing (Language Arts) – AM/3rd Grade


Thursday, May 12

4th Grade Field Trip SERC (Tiralla, House & Fastman)

PARCC Testing (Language Arts) – AM/3rd Grade

Friday, May 13

5th Grade Field Trip Philadelphia

PARCC Testing (Math) – AM/All 4th Grade

May 16 – May 18

PARCC Testing (Math) – AM/All 4th Grade


Thursday, May 19

Enrichment Fair 6:30 – 7:30


Friday, May 20

No school for students/Professional Learning/Articulation Day


Saturday, May 21

PTA Spring Fling


May 23 – May 26

PARCC Testing (Math) – AM/3rd Grade


Friday, May 27

5th Grade Simulated Congressional Hearings


Monday, May 30

No School Memorial Day


Friday, June 3

Field Day


Monday, June 6

(Rain Date) Field Day



PTA News


Family Fit Night

It’s time to register for a FREE family Elkridge wellness event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19 from 6:00 – 8:00pm.  Wellness stations include: Kid Friendly Boot Camp, Karate, Zumba, Yoga, Dance Party Finale, and Parent Nutritional Workshop.  A parent or guardian must accompany children to the event.  Please come dressed to exercise together!  Registration is from April 5th through April 18th.  To register for this event, go to, hover on programs for drop down menu and select registration.  Next, click on the FIT Family tab at the top and scroll down to Elkridge.  On the registration form, please click to add registrant to include all family members.  For more information, please contact Terri Marcus at


Elkster is hitting the streets!  

The Elkster 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run is Saturday April 30th.  This year's course includes ELMS/EES campus as well as some of the surrounding streets and neighborhoods.  Online registration is open now until the 27th. Visit for more information or to register online.  Paper registration forms have gone home.  Please register by Monday April 18th to guarantee your shirt size. 


We need race day volunteers!  Check out our Sign Up Genius to see how you can help.  Volunteers will get breakfast and a special volunteer shirt.



Upcoming PTA Events:

•    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





Community Notices


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




NAMI’s Family-to-Family Education/Support course begins its spring session, Thurs., Apr. 21, 7 p.m. Meeting on twelve consecutive Thurs. in Columbia. Contact Leslie Kain for more information and to register:  410-772-9300,



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.   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



Money Matters Fair, Sun., Apr. 24, 11 a.m. -2 p.m. Wilde Lake High School This event is FREE. For more information, visit


Ellicott City Soccer Club

Spring soccer programs, FREE Special Needs Program, and FREE 'Birth Year' Soccer Clinic, Apr. 26, (no school): We will offer a FREE clinic 9 a.m.-12 p.m., at Rockburn Park for players born in the years 2005-2009. Contact with questions. Space is limited. Go to

Columbia Gym

KidSpace Adventure Days, Grades K-6, Apr. 26, Full Day 7 a.m.-6 p.m. $50 per child, half-day, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. $25 per child.  Register online, over the phone 410-531-8984 or in person at the Columbia Gym KidSpace.

Howard County Poetry and Literature Society

Blackbird Poetry Festival, Apr. 28, Howard Community College. The Sunbird poetry reading will start at 2:30 p.m. The Nightbird Poetry Reading, will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Smith Theatre of the Horowitz Center for Visual.


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 visit the event’s website at or call 410-313-5440.



Host Families Sought for AFS Exchange Students:  Next school year almost 20 exchange students will come from around the world to experience a life-changing year or cross-cultural sharing here in Howard County. If you are interested in more information, please contact Christina McGarvey at or 410.997.7087.  



Howard County Police Department

FREE overnight Youth Police Academy, July 24-29, Public Safety Training Center. It is for students between the ages of 15-18 years old who are interested in a law enforcement career. For more information, contact your School Resource Officer or check out the Howard County Police Department website at under Youth Programs.


Starthmore’s Summer Intensive

Apply now for a select spot in Strathmore’s Summer Intensive—part of our Institute for Artistic and Professional Development. This program will take place July 11-15 and is designed to provide in-depth experience to outstanding high school instrumentalists as they consider a performing arts career. For more information  



Columbia Association is seeking host families for high school students from Columbia's new Sister City, Tema in Ghana (West Africa) from July 15 to 31, 2016. For a host family application and more information, please contact Laura Smit, Program Manager for International Exchange & Multicultural Programs at or 410-715-3162.



Soccer Association of Columbia

SAC Training Academy Summer Camps scheduled throughout the summer.  Players of all abilities, ages 5 to 14. Both full and half days sessions are offered. SAC also offers extended care from 4-6 p.m., for an additional fee. Go to For more information, contact



CrossLife Church

Track and Field Camp, June 20-June 24, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Ln, Columbia, MD.


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,,


Bethany United Methodist Church

Surf Shack Vacation Bible School (VBS), June 27-July 1, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City. 

For more information or to register, please visit:

Howard County Conservancy

Full-day nature camps, June 27-Aug. 19, camps are located in Woodstock on our 232-acre nature center and at the Belmont in Elkridge


University of Maryland

TerpsTalk, a new National Foreign Language Center Spanish and French Language summer camp for middle school students- at the University of Maryland. The Camp will take place July 11- July 22, 9 a.m. -3:30 p.m.


Center for Disease Control

The National Center for Health Statistics is excited to announce the 2016 Data Detectives Summer Camp, Aug. 15-19, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Contact us at


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  If you have any questions, contact Dawn Ginnetti at 301-405-0315. July 18-22, (Session I) or July 25-29, 2016 (Session II)



Ellicott City Soccer Club

Spring soccer program FREE Special Needs Program, and FREE 'Birth Year' Soccer Clinic, Apr. 26, (no school): We will offer a FREE clinic 9 a.m.-12 p.m., at Rockburn Park for players born in the years 2005-2009. Contact with questions. Space is limited. Go to

The Howard County Recreation and Parks

Volleyball classes and leagues for all ages and skill levels, for questions, please contact Carson Nickell at or 410-313-4720. To register, call 410-313-7275. Sign up now to reserve your space.


Howard County Striders

Bullseye Running/HO CO Striders is now taking registration
for two training programs Youth Track Team (competitive) and
Youth Fitness Spring Training (non-competitive)



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 or 410-796-2244.



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