Elkster Examiner - May 27, 2016

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The Elkster Examiner


May 27, 2016



During this past week we have had several amazing activities here at Elkridge Elementary. The week started with our Strings Concert on Tuesday night.  Our students did a fabulous job and we are very proud of their tremendous progress this year.  A special THANK YOU to Mrs. Lawrence and Mrs. Gill for their leadership and dedication to our Strings program here at EES.


The week ended with our 5th Grade Simulated Congressional Hearings.  Throughout the year, our students have studied the four units in Social Studies: Colonial America, The American Revolution, Building a New Nation, and We the People.  Today’s Simulated Congressional Hearings were an authentic performance-based activity where our students demonstrated their understanding of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  EES students did a phenomenal job assuming the role of constitutional experts.  They prepared and presented oral statements before a panel of “judges” and responded to follow-up questions.  Hats off to Mrs. Sloat, Mrs. Grabowski, Ms. Walsh, Ms. Stahr, Mrs. Bauman, Ms. Rager, Ms. Burroughs, Mrs. Schriefer, Mrs. Chamberlain, Ms. Bateman, and Ms. Staffa for all their hard work in making this day a success.  We would also like to thank our EES PTA for their support.  The PTA organized and provided a delicious breakfast and lunch for the judges and SCH staff members.  


Enjoy your holiday weekend!


Mrs. Anoff, Principal



5th Grade 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



Field Day Next Friday

Field Day is scheduled for next Friday, June 3.  Students will participate in various activities throughout the day.  Please see the schedule below for times and locations.  Each grade will wear colored t-shirts to represent their class.  Kindergarten: Field Trip Shirts, 1st: Red, 2nd: Purple, 3rd: Green, 4th: White, 5th: Blue.



Field Day Schedule:


**Morning Session


K (Blacktop)

1st (Back Field)

2nd (Front Field)

3rd (Picnic Area)

4th (Outdoor Classroom)

5th (Gym)



K (Back Field)

1st (Front Field)

2nd (Picnic Area)

3rd (Outdoor Classroom)

4th (Gym)

5th (Blacktop)


10:30-11 am

K (Front Field)

1st (Picnic Area)

2nd (Outdoor Classroom)

3rd (Gym)

4th (Blacktop)

5th (Back Field)


**Afternoon Session


K (Picnic Area)

1st (Outdoor Classroom)

2nd (Gym)

3rd (Blacktop)

4th (Back Field)

5th (Front Field)



K (Outdoor Classroom)

1st (Gym)

2nd (Blacktop)

3rd (Back Field)

4th (Front Field)

5th (Picnic Area)



K (Gym)

1st (Blacktop)

2nd (Back Field)

3rd (Front Field)

4th (Picnic Area)

5th (Outdoor Classroom)



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.  




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.  



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



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.




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) 6:30pm


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 (9:45am)


Thursday, June 16

Students dismiss 3-hours early (12:55)


Friday, June 17

Last Day of School

Students dismiss 3-hours early (12:55)


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.


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




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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