The Elkster Examiner - April 8, 2016

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 8:52am


Friday, April 8


I can’t believe it is the end of the third quarter already! This year is going by so very quickly. I continue to be impressed with how you send your children to school ready and willing to learn. Our staff has been working hard to deliver a qualityprogram to your children. This afternoon, teachers worked on report cards, which will be  distributed on Friday April 22nd.  

Picture Day at EES is next week and students will take class group pictures as well as spring individual portraits.  Picture envelopes were sent home with students yesterday.  The class schedules are as follows:

April 11, 2016: 

AM and PM Pre-K, 2nd grade, Kindergarten, 4th grade not including Mrs. House and Ms. McNally’s 3rd grade class will take Spring and class pictures.

April 12, 2016: 

1st grade, 5th grade, 3rd grade, not including Ms. McNally's class and Ms. House’s 4th grade class will take Spring portraits and class pictures.

For the Class Group Pictures there are order forms.  Payment for the Class Pictures only is due on "picture day".

For the Individual Portraits no pre-payment is required.   Each student will be photographed.  The portraits are mailed to the school and each student will receive a portrait package to take home   Families will decide which portrait sets they'd like to keep and submit payment for and which they'd like to return.

Debra Anoff, Principal


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!

Kristen Tacka & Sarah Coppi, Guildance Counselors



Monday & Tuesday, April 11 & 12

Spring Portraits & Class Pictures

Thursday, April 14

3rd Grade Field Trip to Robinson Nature Center

Friday, April 15

Have you signed up for Family STEM Night?

Tuesday, April 19

PTA Family Fit Night

Thursday, April 21

Kindergarten Field Trip to Clark’s Elioak Farm

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

Friday, April 22

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

Report Cards Issued

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

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

Saturday, April 30

Elkster 5K

Monday, May 2

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

Tuesday, May 3 

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

Family STEM Night - A Night at the Fair!

May 4 – May 6

PARCC Testing (Math) – AM/5th Grade

Monday, May 9

PARCC Testing (Math) – AM/5th Grade

May 10 – May 12

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

Friday, May 13

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

May 16 – May 18

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

May 23 – May 26

PARCC Testing (Math) – AM/3rd Grade


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 now open. Visit  for more information or to register online.  Look for paper registration forms coming home this week.  

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.

Food on the 15th

Volunteer opportunities for students. 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


CrossLife Community Church

Financial Peace University, Apr. 9- June 4, Sat., 9-11 a.m., at 5941 Setter Dr., Elkridge.  Cost is $93. Contact Sandy Cook Click on the slideshow link at


Howard County Library System

2016 Children’s Discovery Fair: Books Come Alive, Sat., Apr. 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. East Columbia Branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD. Admission is FREE. Please bring a non-perishable donation for the Howard County Food Bank. For more information, call 410-313-1940 or 410-313-7750 or e-mail          


Recreation and Parks

Painting For Teens, This class begins Sat., Apr. 9, 10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m., Register by calling Recreation and Parks at 410-313-7275. For more information, contact Holly Harden at or 410-313-4625.


Recreation and Parks

Modeling School, Join Model Citizens Models, LLC, Sat., Apr. 9, 11:30 a.m.- 1p.m. Register by calling Recreation and Parks at 410-313-7275. For more information, contact Holly Harden at or 410-313-4625.


Recreation and Parks

Intro to Piano, learn to play the piano, Sat., Apr. 9, 12 p.m.- 1 p.m. Register by calling Recreation and Parks at 410-313-7275. For more information, contact Holly Harden at or 410-313-4625.


West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department

Volunteer Emergency Responders 2nd Annual Volunteer Recruitment Open House, Apr. 10, 12-4 p.m., This event is free. All professional Training & Uniforms are free for active volunteers.   Sgt Trent Fuller, 410-564-6174,   FF John Logan, 410-302-2285



NAMI’s Peer-to-Peer Education/Support Course begins its spring session. Wed., Apr. 13, 6:30 p.m. Meeting on ten consecutive Weds. in Columbia.  Contact Alikah Hawks for more information and to register:  410-772-9300,


Howard Community College

SAT Prep, Sat., Apr. 13-May 21, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., HCC’s Hickory Ridge Building. For more information,, Elizabeth Watson at 443 518-4102.



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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