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!
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 www.fit2order.com, 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 email@example.com.
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 eespta.com/elkster-5k.html for more information or to register online. Look for paper registration forms coming home this week.
• 2nd Annual Spring Fling, Saturday, May 21 from 11-3 pm
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 www.foodonthe15th.org .
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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, TrentFuller258@gmail.com FF John Logan, 410-302-2285 JLogan721@gmail.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, www.howardcc.edu/programs-courses, 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, email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com with questions. Space is limited. Go to www.ellicottcitysc.org.
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 www.howardcountymd.gov/WomenFest 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.hcpd.org 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 https://www.strathmore.org/education/artistic-development/summer-intensive
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 Laura.Smit@ColumbiaAssociation.org 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 www.sackick.com For more information, contact email@example.com.
Track and Field Camp, June 20-June 24, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Ln, Columbia, MD. http://crosslifeevents.org/.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://wie.umd.edu/k12/spice-camp
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.
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 www.hcconservancy.org/camp.html
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. http://nflc.umd.edu/camps
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com with questions. Space is limited. Go to www.ellicottcitysc.org.
The Howard County Recreation and Parks
Volleyball classes and leagues for all ages and skill levels, for questions, please contact Carson Nickell at firstname.lastname@example.org 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) http://www.bullseyerunning.com/youth/
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 email@example.com or 410-796-2244.