The Elkster Examiner Sept. 16, 2016
September 16, 2016
DATES TO REMEMBER
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
FROM THE DESK OF THE PRINCIPAL
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.
6:00 1st Grade-directly to homerooms
6:00 2nd Grade--cafeteria
6:00 3rd Grade- directly to homerooms
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 http://www.hcpss.org/newsposts/2016/07/2016race/ for more details including a link for registration.
IMPORTANT EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION:
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 http://www.hcpss.org/connect. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the body of the email please include:
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.
IMPORTANT POLICY INFORMATION
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.
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 http://www.slideshare.net/secret/3kOPMb14aX3g3e
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 https://apm.activecommunities.com/howardcounty/ 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 email@example.com.
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: www.SmashingANTs.com. Info: Scott Corning, 410-313-4622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: www.clubscikidz.com or Adam Wienckowski, 410-313-4714 or email@example.com. 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. Info:www.bricks4kidz.com/ellicottcity-md or Adam Wienckowski, 410-313-4714 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: www.bricks4kidz.com/ellicottcity-md or Adam Wienckowski,
410-313-4714 or email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
6-11 yrs Classes: 11
RP1041.101 Sep 27 4-5:15pm Tuesday $205
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.hcpss5k.com. 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; email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
After School Cheerleading- SuperSquads
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 www.gotrcentralmd.org.
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. www.columbiafestival.org
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 Eileen.email@example.com.
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 www.howardcountymd.gov/familyinstitute. Information: Lisa Rhodes, 410-313-1440 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 www.lechicacademy.com
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 http://bit.ly/HCMHFFfler .
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