The Elkster Examiner - Sept. 16, 2016

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The Elkster Examiner Sept. 16, 2016

September 16, 2016


Monday, September 19 ~ Back to School Night  ~ Pre-k 5pm  /  K & 1st 6pm

Tuesday, September 20 ~ Back to School Night  6PM  (2nd & 3rd grades) 

Wednesday, September 21 ~ Back to School Night  ~  GT 5:30PM / 4th & 5th grades 6PM

Thursday, September 22  ~ 5th Grade Musical Rehearsal 4PM

Wednesday, September 28 ~ 5th Grade Musical Rehearsal 4PM

Thursday, September 29 ~ PTA Restaurant Fundraiser (11am – 11pm Pizzeria Unos Restaurant )

Tuesday, October 4 ~     Fall Portraits (More information coming soon)

                                       PTA Meeting 7pm (Media Center)


Wednesday, October 5 ~     Fall Portraits  (More information coming soon)

                                             PTA Restaurant Night (5pm-9pm Dobbin Center)

Monday, October 3 ~     Schools Closed


Tuesday, October 4 ~     Fall Portraits

                                       PTA Meeting 7PM


Wednesday, October 5 ~ Fall Portraits

                                        5th Grade Musical Rehearsal 4pm

                                        PTA Restaurant Night (Chick-Fil-A 5-9pm)


Thursday, October 6 ~     Progress Reports Issued


Tuesday, October 11 ~     5th Grade Musical Rehearsal 4pm


Wednesday, October 12 ~ Schools Closed


Thursday, October 13 ~     K Field Trip to Miller Branch Library 12pm





We are looking forward to hosting our annual Back to School Night events next week.  This time is important to meet the staff, learn about the grade level curriculum and upcoming special events and opportunities.  This year, the schedule is designed to provide 25 minutes within the classroom and 25 minutes with the whole grade level.  In the classroom you can expect to meet the homeroom teacher, see the layout of the room and see the desk/area where your child spends his/her time as well as learn about class specific information.  During the whole grade level time, you can anticipate seeing a slideshow with information regarding instruction, assessments and more.  The administrative team will also be present for introductions during this time.  This year, all grade levels will have their team time in the cafeteria.  Please see the schedule below to indicate where you should report at the beginning of the evening.


Monday, 9/19

5:00    Pre-K-cafeteria

6:00    K-cafeteria

6:00    1st Grade-directly to homerooms


Tuesday, 9/20

6:00    2nd Grade--cafeteria

6:00    3rd Grade- directly to homerooms


Wednesday, 9/21

5:30 GT -Media Center

6:00 4th Grade--cafeteria

6:00 5th Grade- directly to homerooms


As the school year begins, I want to remind families that students in grades 1st-5th generally receive homework four nights a week.  The assignments are designed to be an independent review of material covered in class.  Having students commit to reading daily is one of the best ways to build reading stamina and automaticity. 


I want to encourage all of you to join in the upcoming HCPSS Community 5K and Fun Run on October 16.  Last year, over 2500 participants were involved in the first annual event.  This year we expect that number to grow and hope you will be right there with us! Visit for more details including a link for registration.



Michael Caldwell





Thank you for all the parents who have completed their emergency contact information on Family File.  If you have not done so, please complete and/or update each child's Family File. Please be sure you have clicked "submit" once you have completed/updated your information. Find the "Family File" at  Once logged in, parents will be able to provide or update all of their contact information, medical considerations, and preferences in approximately 10 minutes or less.   Paper copies will be sent home to families on Monday who haven’t submitted by that time.  If you receive a paper copy, please complete, sign and return to EES office as soon as possible.  Also, a staff member will be available to assist you through this process at Back to School Nights next week. 

Please be sure to update or complete this information today for your child's safety. We rely on this information should we have an emergency involving your child.  We must be able to contact you quickly! We appreciate your help.



When your child is not going to be in school for the day, we ask that you use the following email to notify us of their absence:

In the body of the email please include:

Student’s Name:
Homeroom Teacher:
Reason for Absence:

This notification is extremely important, as we keep official records of your child’s attendance. We want to thank you, in advance, for using this method of communication.  Please don’t hesitate to call the front office if you have any questions.




A Student/Parent Handbook was sent home to every family the first day of school with important policies for parents and student to become familiar with.  We would like to communicate one of these policies.


Trespassing or Willful Disturbance (Policy 3020)

The school system has the legal authority to take action when anyone willfully disturbs or otherwise prevents the orderly conduct of school system instruction, administration or activities. Additionally, Maryland law provides criminal penalties for any individual who trespasses on property or fails to leave school property after being asked to do so by authorized personnel.Any willful disturbance or interference with the orderly conduct of activities, including bodily harm or threats of bodily harm to an individual who is awfully on school property; threats to a student or employee by any means including in‐person, by telephone, or by electronic means; or any willful damage or defacing of school property or building is a violation of policy and may be a violation of the law.

  • Any individual who is found to be on school property after receiving prior legal notice that his/her access to school system property has been denied, or who remains on the property after being asked to leave, is considered to be trespassing. When an individual commits any of the offenses noted above, the building administrator may take several actions:
  • Explain how the individual’s behavior is unacceptable.
  • Issue a warning letter to the individual.
  • Issue a letter that summarizes the disruptive behavior and any prior discussions or warnings and which informs the individual that any further incidents will lead to a formal denial of access.
  • Issue a denial‐of access letter.

When a denial‐of‐access letter is issued to the parent of a student enrolled at the school, the letter will explain how the parent may continue to discuss legitimate school issues regarding his or her child.



PTA Meeting: Our next meeting is Tuesday, October 4th at 7 pm in the media center.  For future reference, PTA meetings are always the first Tuesday of the month.  

PTA Membership – Join our PTA today! Membership forms will be sent home next Friday, September 16.  Member ship forms will also be available at the three Back to School Nights.  Look for our table there!  


Upcoming Restaurant Nights

Rita’s in Linthicum – September 12th through September 18th Rita’s in Linthicum will donate a portion of the proceeds to Elkridge Elementary School.  Please remember to bring a flier.

Pizzeria Uno’s – Long Gate Shopping Center.  Please join us on Thursday, September 29th anytime from 11am - 11pm and the restaurant will donate a portion of your bill to the EES PTA.  Please bring flier with you.

Chick-fil-A – Dobbin Shopping Center on October 5 from 5-9pm



After School Programs

How Girls Code

Are you a 3rd-5th grade Girl at EES?  Do you want to learn how to code, or continue your practicing your basic computer science skills using Scratch?  Please check your child’s take home folder for details and registration information about How Girls Code Foundations of Computer Science, and Beginning Scratch, here at EES! This program takes places on Wednesdays after school from 4:00 – 5:30PM.   This information can also be received online by clicking on the following link

Howard County Recreation and Parks


Howard County Recreation & Parks are offering the following After-School Classes this Fall at Elkridge  ES!

Register ASAP to  save your spot and ensure these classes have enough children to run.  To Register: Go to and type in the course number of the program (ex RP3379.601), or you may register  over the phone at 410-313-7275 (8am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday).


KidzArt After School

Enjoy a fun, unique, confidence-building, art experience. Our drawing based  curriculum delivers highly engaging and educationally rich creative lessons that amaze and delight. Explore artist-grade mediums such as Prismacolor ArtStix, Oil Pastels, Chalk Pastels, Charcoal, Watercolor, Clay, Copper, Specialty  Papers, and much more. Create a new masterpiece each week with curriculum that never  repeat! Materials included in registration fee. Please bring a nut-free snack to be  eaten while supervised between school dismissal and when class begins. Please send your  child with a note each day they participate in KidzArt After School (No class 10/3, 10/31,  11/7, 11/21, 12/26, 1/16.) Info: Melissa Calleri, 410-313-4721 or

Grades K-5   Classes: 7

RP0113.103    Sep 19    4-5pm    Monday    $126

RP0113.133    Dec 5      4-5pm    Monday    $126


Kid Empowerment: Smashing ANTs After School

Empowering children to successfully navigate life's inevitable challenges is our mission! Through a variety of engaging games, activities and motivational cartoon lessons, this fun and entertaining program helps you build and use your inner strength to create Positive Empowering Thoughts (PETs) that help "smash" Automatic Non-supportive Thoughts (ANTs). Valuable skills for a lifetime! New and continuing students welcome - different topics each session. $40 materials fee due at first class. (No class 11/24.) Classes now 1½ hours! Info: Info: Scott Corning, 410-313-4622 or

Grades 2-3   Classes: 6  RP3333.105    Oct 13    4:05-5:35pm    Thursday    $119


Science Club After School with Club SciKidz

All Things Extinct and Animal Instincts

Explore the lives of animals past and present! Create, bury and unearth imitation dinosaur fossils and their footprints, and reconstruct a dinosaur skeleton. Learn the intricacies of animal behaviors, survival instincts and how animal anatomy supports their lifestyles.  Info: or Adam Wienckowski, 410-313-4714 or Grades K-2   Classes: 8 

RP3355.105    Sep 29    4-5:15pm    Thursday    $149


Bricks4Kidz LEGO® After School Exploring Everglades

Build an alligator with a mouth that opens and closes, an airboat to  speed across the water, a bird with wings that flap...and imagine yourself on a journey through the Florida Everglades! This unique and fragile ecosystem is the only sub-tropical preserve in North America, and you learn what makes it such a special place, without all the mosquito bites! You even learn why mosquitos are actually VIP's (very important pests). Shrink yourself down to mini-figure size and climb aboard our LEGO® airboat tour through the Florida Everglades to learn about one of our country's largest national parks. Register for another session this Fall of Bricks4Kidz After School Life Science for a discounted price of $185 for both classes. Bricks4Kidz is a STEM-based program using LEGO® bricks. or Adam Wienckowski, 410-313-4714 or  Grades K-5   Classes: 6

RP3329.103    Sep 20    4-5pm    Tuesday    $99


Bricks4Kidz LEGO® After School Life Science

Explore the fascinating science of living things while building models of creatures from caterpillars to dinosaurs! Topics include: how the human body stays cool, the amazing life cycle of a butterfly, and the Venus Fly Trap- a plant that eats bugs! If you love creatures, this class is for you. Register for another session this fall of Bricks4Kidz LEGO® After School Exploring the Everglades for a discounted price of $185 for both classes. Bricks4Kidz is a STEM-based program that teaches science and technology concepts using LEGO® bricks.

(No class 11/8 & 11/22.) Info: or Adam Wienckowski,

410-313-4714 or  Grades K-5   Classes: 6

RP3329.123    Nov 1    4-5pm    Tuesday    $99


Minecraft Animation After School With C3 Cyber Club

Do you want to become an animator? Using Mine-imator software, enjoy being introduced to basic animation techniques with Minecraft characters and stages! Expand your observation skills and imagination by studying motion in reality and how it influences motion in animation. Create various short animation exercises and projects by applying basic acting theories and animation principles to scenes they create. (No class 11/23.) Info: Adam Wienckowski, 410-313-4714, or  Grades 4-5   Classes: 6

RP3328.113    Nov 9    4-5pm    Wednesday    $145


Minecraft Programming After School C3 Cyber Club

Looking for a fun way to learn programming? How about using a game

you love. Using a custom mod called "Computercraft," learn how to program robots called "turtles" inside the world of Minecraft. Learn how to program your robot to complete various tasks and objectives such as programming turtles to automatically build, mine and craft items and structures. Be introduced to programming if-then-else statements, for while loops, and implement their own functions using LUA, a simple scripting language. (No class 10/12.)  Info: Adam Wienckowski, 410-313-4714 or Grades 1-3   Classes: 6

RP3326.103    Sep 21    4-5pm    Wednesday    $145


Disney's High School Musical by CCTA

Howard County Recreation & Parks has teamed up with Columbia Center

for Theatrical Arts to produce Disney's High School Musical! Join Troy and Gabriella as they aim to prove that you can be whatever you want to be. The duo aims to break down the social barriers through song and dance in the classroom, the gym and even the stage. This program immerses you in dancing, singing, acting, technical skills and a new theatrical vocabulary. It is guaranteed to be a memorable experience. The final class is a 7pm performance for friends and family to end the season. Students, bring a nut-free snack to be eaten while supervised between school dismissal and when class begins. (No class 11/8, 11/22.) Info: Melissa Calleri, 410-313-4721 or

6-11 yrs   Classes: 11

RP1041.101    Sep 27    4-5:15pm    Tuesday    $205



Community News

My name is Stephanie Moy. I am an alumni of Elkridge, and now I am a senior at Long Reach. I am a Girl Scout working on the project toward my Gold Award, the highest award for a Girl Scout. My project is an event on the subject of allergy awareness that is FREE of charge for ANYONE, children and adults, to attend. I was wondering if you could advertise this event in the school newsletter so I can spread the word:


Girl Scout Event / Allergy Awareness

Almost everyone knows someone with a food allergy. Come to a FREE event on Sunday, October 2nd to gain intriguing insight into the world of milk allergies. Please grab a buddy and help Stephanie Moy of Troop 4768 earn her Gold Award!


Who? Come all school-age children to adults and their friends

Where? The large room of Clementine Peterson Activity Center at Camp Ilchester (5042 Ilchester Rd, Ellicott City, MD). Please park at Ilchester Elementary and walk across the street along the mulch path to the Activity Center

When? October 2nd from 1-5pm *drop in when you can*

How much? This event is FREE


Visit the various booths that go through the aspects of life with food allergy, such as What-if scenarios, alternatives, and the difference between dairy allergies and lactose intolerant.  If you have any comments or questions, please email Stephanie Moy at


Cub scouts

Please put Saturday, Sept 17th on your calendar from 3-5pm at Grace Episcopal Hall (6725 Montgomery Road, Elkridge) and join Pack 432 for our Fall Kickoff Carnival.  Learn what Cub Scouts has to offer, play GaGa Ball, learn how to setup a tent, basic first aid, the Cub Scout 6, and enjoy a s’more and Sno-ball from Cindy’s.  The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department hopes to provide a truck for tours and demonstrations.  If you have questions, or are REMOTELY curious about Scouting, don’t miss this event!  Questions?  Contact Cubmaster Michael at 301.875.2139


HCPSS Public Information Office


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.

2016 HCPSS 5K and Fun Run, October 16!

Registration is now open for the third annual HCPSS 5K/1-mile Fun Run, to be held Sunday, Oct. 16. We are excited to announce a new location for this year’s race of Columbia Gateway Drive. The event brings together students, families, staff and community members to celebrate health and wellness. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Teachers for Tomorrow scholarship program for HCPSS students who have high academic potential and limited financial resources. Details on this year’s race can be found at Registration is available online or by mail through October 12, and in-person October 14-16. Only those who register by September 30 are guaranteed shirts. Don’t wait; register today!  Contact the HCPSS Public Information Office with any questions, 410-313-6682;

Howard County Board of Elections

Please sign up to work as an election judge! Earn $195.00, meet new people, and participate in the American democratic process. The Judge Department, Howard County Board of Elections, 410-313-5820.


FREE Geocaching Adventure-Cub Scouts

Sun., Sept. 18 from 12-1:15 pm. Rain or shine the Howard County ConservancyTo register, contact:


After School Cheerleading- SuperSquads

Fall after school cheerleading, SuperSquads begins the week of 9/19 at 12 elementary schools. Practice once a week.  Register at, or 410-796-2244.

After school program-Girls on the Run

After-school program for grade 3-5, starting at Ilchester Elementary on Sept. 20 and running 10 weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:55-5:10 p.m., culminating in a season-ending 5k on Dec. 3. Registration closes soon. Sign up at 

Fall Equinox Twilight Hike-Howard County Conservancy

Thurs., Sept. 22, 5 p.m., 10520 Old Frederick Road, Mt. Pleasant Location, 

Free concert - Columbia Festival of the Arts

Fri., Sept. 30, 7 p.m., Columbia Lakefront. Bring your blanket, lawn chairs and enjoy.

Boy Scouts weekly meetings- Boy Scouts of Central Maryland

Come to one of our weekly Wednesday night meetings 7- 8:30 p.m., at Church of the Resurrection, Ellicott City.  If interested, please contact Eileen Gattis at 410.740.0155 or email


Social Media Workshop-Howard County Government

There’s an APP for That Parent Workshop, Thurs., Sept. 29, 6-8 p.m., Bain 50+ Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, MD. Workshop is designed for parents and guardians only. Registration: 410-313-1440 or Information: Lisa Rhodes, 410-313-1440 or


Women in Engineering-Girl Scouts

Girl scout Sat., Oct. 8, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., University of Maryland, College Park Computer Science Instructional Center, 8169 Paint Branch Dr., College Park, MD.  For more information, please contact Julia Anderson by email at or by phone at 301-405-0315.

STEM Shark Tank Competition-Le’Chic Academy Foundation

Le’Chic Academy Foundation invites boys and girls (Ages 5-18), to participate in our annual Young Entrepreneur’s Shark Tank Competition (Oct. 8, 2016 from 12-3:00 p.m.) and “Biz Kidz” Vendor Exhibit Fair (Nov. 5, 2016 from 12-3 p.m. For online registration and detailed information, please call 410-530-4876 or visit

Mental Health Film Festival-Horizon Foundation

Tues., Oct. 25, 5:30-8 p.m. at UA Snowden Square Stadium in Columbia. Get your tickets for this free event that aims to build awareness and compassion for members of our community facing mental health challenges. Choose from one of four films, each followed by a panel discussion .



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