The Elkster Examiner - Sept. 23, 2016

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The Elkster Examiner - Sept. 23, 2016


September 23, 2016




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



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


Monday, October 3 ~     Schools Closed


Tuesday, October 4 ~     Fall Portraits 

                                    PTA Meeting 7pm (Media Center)


Wednesday, October 5 ~   Fall Portraits 

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

                                        5th Grade Musical Rehearsal 4pm

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 (Kirby, Wensien, Boardley)


Wednesday, October 19 ~ 5th Grade Musical Rehearsal 4pm


Thursday, October 20 ~ K Field Trip to Miller Branch Library (Vannurden, Nation, Jagoda)


Friday, October 21 ~ 4th Grade Field Trip to Annapolis


Wednesday, October 26 ~ 5th Grade Musical Rehearsal 4pm


Friday, October 28 ~ PTA Fall Festival (6:30 – 8:30)





It was great to see so many parents at our Back to School Nights this week!  The large parent turnout is evidence of the solid partnership that EES has between home and school.  Thank you to all who attended.


Fall portrait information and order sheets were sent home with students today.  The scheduled picture dates are October 4th and 5th.  Please see the schedule below to determine which day your student will take pictures.  Note: Pre-K picture time and date has yet to be determined but will take place on either October 4th or 5th.  We will post those times as soon as possible.


Tuesday, October 4 ~ 5th Grade and 1st Grade (am)  /  3rd Grade (pm)

Wednesday, October 5th ~ Kindergarten and 4th Grade (am)  /  2nd grade (pm)


Enjoy your weekend!

Michael Caldwell, Kathy Carter, & Nancy Richardson




Family File (Emergency Information)

It is essential that families complete their students’ emergency card information each year to ensure we have the most recent information on file for your child here at school.  Please update your child’s emergency card on HCPSS Connect and note that updated information is required for student field trips. Incomplete emergency cards may result in students not being able to participate in field trips.

1.    Log in to HCPSS Connect and select the Family File tab.

2.    Update your child’s emergency form.

3.    Update your child’s medical information.

4.    Update arrival/departure information.

5.    Update your preferences regarding data confidentiality.

This must be completed each school year.



After School Classes Offered at EES this Fall 2015

 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 & 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


Let’s Go HoCo 5K and Fun Run:

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;





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. 


Upcoming Restaurant Nights

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




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. The events listed are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Howard County Public School System.


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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