Elkster Examiner - May 20, 2016

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 2:19pm

The Elkster Examiner

Friday, May 20



It’s been a busy week here at Elkridge Elementary!  We’ve had several amazing activities this week including our Band Concert, Super Hero Day, Volunteer Luncheon, Enrichment Fair, and will end with the Spring Fling on Saturday.  

We started the week with Super Hero Day on Tuesday.  It was great to see the incredible super hero costumes designed by the students and staff.  There definitely have so many creative people here at EES!  Thank you to Christine Hipp for organizing this fun day!  Tuesday night was the spring Band Concert.  Our band students did a fabulous job and we are very proud their progress this school year.  A special THANK YOU to Mr. Wampler for his leadership and dedication to our band program here at EES.   

There was a great turnout for our annual volunteer luncheon this past Wednesday.  We hope everyone enjoyed all the great food provided by the staff.  Our school would not function nearly as well as it does without the efforts of our many volunteers.  This event gives us the opportunity to say a small thank you to those parents, grandparents, and community members who have volunteered this year.  We appreciate all you do for the school.  Thank you!

Our G/T Enrichment Fair on Thursday was amazing!  Throughout the building, students presented their G/T projects for students during the school day as well as Thursday evening.   Their displays were impressive, demonstrating their hard work throughout the school year.  A great, big THANK YOU to our very own Mrs. Pfeifer and Ms. Rager who spent many hours organizing and preparing for this spectacular event!

Please join us for the PTA Spring Fling this Saturday from 11am to 3pm!  There will be many fun activities including inflatables, carnival games, face painting, silent auction, pie-in-the-face, cake walk, and more.  All activities will be moved indoors due to the impending rain.  Looking forward to seeing you there!


Mrs. Anoff, Principal


Field Day Volunteers Needed

Elkridge Elementary is looking for volunteers to help with our annual Field Day event June 3.  If you are interested and available, please click on the following link to sign up.  



News from 5th Grade


Next week on May 27, Elkridge Elementary School’s 5th grade class will be holding its Simulated Congressional Hearings (SCH). The SCH is a culminating performance assessment activity in which all EES 5th graders are required to participate. The students have worked very hard to become expert witnesses on the unit of study for which they have prepared speeches and responded to possible follow-up questions the guest judges may ask during their group presentation. There are a few crucial reminders for both parents and students. Please review this letter with your child in order to ensure a successful day!! We are so excited to see the students in action!


•    Students are expert witnesses for the SCH. It is important that they dress appropriately.

Suggested attire:

*Dress pants and a dress shirt or a polo for boys. Ties and suits are great!

*Girls should wear a skirt, dress, or dress pants and a blouse (no strapless or spaghetti straps on dresses unless a sweater is worn over it throughout the day).

Inappropriate attire:

Jeans, shorts, t-shirts, flip flops, sneakers, jerseys

•    Since the cafeteria will be set up for our ceremonies, students are encouraged to bring a bag lunch.

•    We ask that all students come to school WITHOUT a backpack . There will be no time to unpack and no desks in the classrooms. All students will need are their SCH folders that will remain in their teacher’s care until May 27.

•    Since SCH will be the largest portion of the students’ 4th quarter Social Studies grade, their presence for the event on May 27 is essential. Not only is it important for each individual student’s grade, but each group is dependent upon all group members being present for the event.

•    If a student is not present on the actual day of SCH to perform with their group and the absence is EXCUSED, they will be required to present their speech and respond to the follow-up questions to a panel of teacher judges on a future date.


We have a great deal of confidence in all the students due to their preparation for their performance. It is a truly rewarding event that provides the student with real world experience and allows them to see our government and Constitution in action!!! We are proud of their hard work and excited for the big day!


Closing Ceremony

The Fifth Grade Closing Program is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15th. It will take place from 9:45-11 AM in the school cafeteria. This program will highlight the students’ accomplishments this year. Students will be recognized for their participation in various activities, enjoy a slide show, and walk across the stage to receive an elementary school certificate of completion from their teacher.

Each student will receive 2 tickets to give to their parents and/or guests. We must limit guests in order to comply with the Howard County Fire Code. Please note that small children and infants count as guests.  Requests for 1 additional ticket will be on a first come, first serve basis. You can put in a request for only one additional ticket by calling the office. You will be notified if your request was granted by Wednesday, June 8th. Due to the size of our student body, we only have a limited number of extra tickets.

Parents and invited guests should arrive by 9:15 AM with the tickets, so they can be seated prior to the students’ entrance at 9:45 AM. No one will be admitted without a ticket.

Your child’s 2 tickets will be sent home on Friday, June 10th.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email, call, or send in a note. Thanks for your support over the years!

~The Grade 5 Team


Cafeteria Reminders/Food Safety

One of our most important food safety rules is that we never share food between students in the cafeteria.  There are such a variety of food allergies that we cannot have students eating food that is not their own.  In addition to this rule, please remember that if you are visiting your child for lunch and bring McDonald's or some other treat, it is not allowable to share any of that food with other students.  Students may only eat the food they receive from the school lunch program or their own food from home.  Thank you so much with your support with this procedure.

Last Day of School Update

The Maryland State Department of Education has approved our request to waive one inclement weather day for the current academic year. The last day of school for students and teachers will be Friday, June 17, 2016.High schools will close 3 hours early on June 15. All schools will close 3 hours early on June 16-17. There will be no half-day pre-K or RECC June 15-17.


EES Annual Book Exchange Summer Reading Extravaganza 

The Book Exchange will take place on Thursday, June 2.  Please bring in NO MORE THAN 10 gently used books between May 23 - 31. No magazines or adult books, please. Label your bags with:  Student name, number of books, classroom teacher name. Primary (K-2 level) books are exchanged for primary books, and intermediate books are exchanged for intermediate levels. We are happy to accept donations to enhance the selection! 

~EES Reading Team


Important: Medication Notice from the Health Room

Any student medication or supplies kept in the health room during this school year should be picked up by a parent/guardian by the end of staff hours on the last day of school, June 17.  ALL medication and supplies not picked up will be destroyed.  If you have any questions, please contact Marianne Jones or Jennifer Tucker in the Health Room at 410-313-8506.  


Students Not Returning to EES for the 2016-17 School Year

If your child will not be returning to EES next year, please submit the following information to the school office, so that we may best prepare your child’s exit records:

We will need:

•    Your child’s name,

•    Student grade and homeroom teacher

•    The name and location of the school (city and state) they will attend next year.

Lunch Shift Changes

Dear 3rd and 4th Grade Parents:

Due to PARCC testing, the following grades will eat at a different time this upcoming week.  Please note the following changes: May 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th – 4th lunch 1:00-1:30   3rd lunch 1:30-2:00  Thank you for your understanding.  




Saturday, May 21

PTA Spring Fling 11am-3pm

May 23 – May 26

PARCC Testing (Math) – AM/3rd Grade (3rd and 4th grade switch lunch times)

Friday, May 27

5th Grade Simulated Congressional Hearings

Last Day for Media Book Checkout

Monday, May 30

No School Memorial Day

Thursday, June 2

EES Annual Book Exchange Summer Reading Extravaganza

Friday, June 3

Field Day

All Media Books Due

5th Grade Social (Elkridge Landing Middle School)

Monday, June 6

(Rain Date) Field Day

Wednesday, June 8

2nd Grade Picnic 11:00

Thursday, June 9

5th Grade Picnic 1:00

Friday, June 10

1st Grade Picnic 11:30 and 3rd Grade Picnic 1:00

Monday, June 13

4th Grade Picnic 12:45

Tuesday, June 14

Kindergarten Picnic 10:30

Wednesday, June 15

5th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Friday, June 17

Last Day of School


Community Notices

The following announcements have been approved by the Public Information Office for school notices and distribution. These events are neither sponsored nor endorsed by Howard County Public School Systems.  Please feel free to contact the Public Information Office at 410-313-6682 if you have any questions.

STEM Festival

The 4th Howard County STEM Festival will take place on June 5 from 1-5 at  Howard Community College.  Over 2,000 Students and Parents attended last year. WBAL, NASA, US Air Force, Science Cheerleaders, Urban Video Game Association and more will be there.  Meet a Star Wars Character and a Dragon.  Activities for students of all ages grades K-12 include

·         Chemistry demonstrations

·         Build and take home electrical circuits

·         Make origami

·         Play with Rubik’s cubes

·         See robots built by students

·         Learn about the HCPSS high school engineering program& Project Lead the Way

·         Learn how to develop software and apps

·         Learn about cybersecurity, architecture, spiders and their relatives, and more

·         Learn about STEM careers from professionals in various fields

·         Talk with college students to find out about their experiences at college in STEM fields

First 600 students get a free clinch bags.  2016 Maryland STEM Festival will take place at 3:30.  For more information check out www.stemulatingminds.com


Success in Style

Looking for fun volunteer hours at the last minute or over the summer, join us at Success In Style/Charity's Closet/Phil's Closet.   For more information visit www.successinstyle.org  or e-mail our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@succesinstyle.org


The HopeWorks' Youth Leadership Project is now accepting applications for 2016/17 School Year. Youth Leaders engage in frank discussions, raise their social consciousness and participate in creative projects to raise awareness and encourage personal and community safety. Visit the HopeWorks website to download the application or call 410-997 -0304.

Food on the 15th

Volunteer opportunities for students of all ages, Sat., May 21, 1 p.m. Students will 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 at www.foodonthe15th.org.

Howard County Government

Please take this questionnaire to help determine Howard County’s community needs, strengths and gaps for children and families. Your participation and voice are important to the Governor’s Office for Children and the Howard County Local Children's Board. We want to hear from everyone. Thank you, in advance, for taking the time to complete this survey. http://strtigixconsulting.howard-county-family-youth.sgizmo.com/s3/

We Promote Health

9th Annual HC Family Wellness Day, Sun., June 5, Centennial Park 10am -3pm – Free Event for the entire family promoting healthy lifestyles.  www.familywellnessday.org                      


Atholton Swim Club

Registration for Swim Lessons at Atholton Swim Club, June 6, www.AtholtonSwimClub.com.  We offer small class sizes and follow the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim curriculum. Lessons are conveniently offered in the mornings or evenings in 2 week long sessions.

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


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  



Howard County Arts Council

Visual and Performing Arts Summer Camps, June 20 - Aug. 12, Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, MD. For more information, visit www.hocoarts.org/shop/camps or contact Katie Wofford at 410-313-2787 or programs@hocoarts.org.

Elkridge Youth Organization

(EYO) is excited to offer another season of our tennis program.  All activities are at Rockburn Branch Park in Elkridge. Go to www.eyotennis.org.

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 asksac@sac-hc.org.

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. 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, bmcelroy@umd.edu, 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.  For more information or to register, please visit: http://cokesburyvbs.com/bethanyum

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 www.hcconservancy.org/camp.html

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 datadetective@cdc.gov.

Healing Deminsion Foundation Summer Study Skills Camp

Register now for the Healing Dimension Foundation's Stressless Tests Summer Study Skills Camps to be held the weeks of August 1 and 8. Middle School Classes meet from 9-11 a.m., and High School classes meet from 12-2 p.m., Mon.-Fri. To register for more information, go to www.Stresslesstest.org. Contact Betty Caldwell at Bcaldwell202@gmail.com


4th Quarter

Sept. 26, Bonnie Branch Middle School and Sept. 27, Elkridge Landing Middle School.  Download a registration form at the4thqtr.org or jguy@the4thqtr.org  

The Howard County Recreation and Parks

Volleyball classes and leagues for all ages and skill levels, for questions, please contact Carson Nickell at cjnickell@howardcountymd.gov 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/




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