The Elkster Examiner - May 8, 2016

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 8:29pm


May 8, 2016



TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK: Next week is our county’s staff appreciation week. We hope you will join us in congratulating the EES staff on doing such an outstanding job working with your wonderful children. We feel very fortunate to work with so many talented teachers and staff. If you have time over the next week to send an email or card sharing your appreciation with at least one of our staff members, I know they would really value your feedback.

THE ANNUAL PTA Spring Fling IS ALMOST HERE!  Saturday, May 21st from 11:00am to 3:00 pm.  Join us for a fun family event with food, games, inflatables, and a chance to pie a staff members in the face!  We will also have a silent auction with many exciting items and teacher experiences.

Progress reports: Progress reports will be coming home May 12. Be sure to check backpacks to keep up with your child’s current performance. We are entering the home stretch and hope all of our students are working towards a strong academic finish.  

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day Weekend,

Mrs. Anoff

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.

Attention 5th Grade Parents:

On May 12th all students will be receiving interim progress reports. Additionally, fifth grade students will receive course placement forms with information about classes they will take in sixth grade at Elkridge Landing Middle School. Be sure to review the information, and to attend the 6th Grade Orientation on August 20th at 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm at Elkridge Landing Middle School.


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.

HCLS/HCPSS Rube Goldberg Challenge Celebration

Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of 88 teams of fourth and fifth grade students who participated in the HCLS/HCPSS Rube Goldberg Challenge. Since last fall, these students from 20 schools have been working to incorporate STEM principles into the design and construction of an elaborate machine to erase a whiteboard in a complex way.

Beginning at 6:15 pm, students will be available to discuss their contraptions in a science fair format. At 7 pm, we will recognize teams for the Most Scientific Invention, Most Humorous Invention, Most Complex Invention, Most Green Invention, Most Complicated System, and Community Favorite Invention.

Community Favorite Award
Vote for your favorite video. It’s simple: Click on the link below to see the videos. From Monday, May 9 at 9 am through May 15 at 11:59 pm, watch the videos, and then vote for your favorite. In order to place your vote, click on the word "VOTE" under the image of the team you want. Scroll down to Elkridge.  It will take about 30 seconds (longer if you have the time to watch the videos) you really only have to click on the vote button- wait a second for it to accept, then click on the next one to vote.  Also please share this with everyone you know.  Thanks a bunch!!

Date: Tuesday, May 17

Time: Fair at 6:15 pm / Awards Ceremony at 7 pm

Location: River Hill High School, 12101 Clarksville Pike (Route 108) Clarksville, MD 21029

RSVP: or 410.313.7750

Sponsored By: Friends of Howard County Library System and M&T Bank


Lunch Shift Changes

Dear 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Parents:

Due to PARCC testing, the following grades will eat at a different time.  Please note the following changes:

May 5th, 6th, 9th – 4th lunch 12:30-1:00  /  5th lunch 1:30-2:00

May 10th, 11th and 12 – 4th lunch 1:00-1:30  /   3rd lunch 1:30-2:00

May 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th – 4th lunch 1:00-1:30 /  3rd lunch 1:30-2:00

Thank you for your understanding.  


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.



Teacher Appreciation Week May 9-13


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

Progress Reports Issued

Pre-K Field Trip


Friday, May 13

5th Grade Field Trip Philadelphia

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


Monday, May 16

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

5th Grade Panoramic Picture


Tuesday, May 17

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

Band Concert 7:00PM


May 18

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

Volunteer Luncheon


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


Thursday, June 2

EES Annual Book Exchange Summer Reading Extravaganza


Friday, June 3

Field Day

5th Grade Social


Monday, June 6

(Rain Date) Field Day


Friday, June 17

Last Day of School


PTA News


Our Spring Fling is on Saturday, May 21st and we need your help! Please consider volunteering for a little time. We couldn't have this fun event without our amazing volunteers.  To thank you, we will give you 5 raffle tickets for every hour you volunteer to be used towards the Teacher Experiences raffle or the Pie-in-the-Face raffle.


Attention all EES Families! Just a sending a friendly reminder to send in donations for the grade baskets for the spring flings silent auction (there should have been a flier sent out in your child's Friday folder). Donations are not due until May 13th but you can turn them in earlier. Themes for grade baskets are as follows:
K- Disney 
1st- Gift cards
2nd- Family fun night
3rd- Scratch offs 
4th- Food basket
5th- Arts & crafts

Thank you all for your continued support! We greatly appreciate it!  ~EES PTA




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.


Columbia Festival of the Arts

Deanna Bogart in Concert on Sat. May 14, 7 p.m., at Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, Columbia. Tickets are $25 and available at www.ColumbiaFestival.Org


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



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.


Atholton Swim Club

Registration for Swim Lessons at Atholton Swim Club, June 6, .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., 301-779-8000,


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.



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


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:


Forest Hill Swim and Tennis Club

Looking for summer activities for your child?  Forest Hill Swim and Tennis Club, located in Ellicott City offers a variety of weekly tennis camps, as well as swim and dive lessons for children of all ages.  For more information and 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

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)



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)



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