The Elkster Examiner - September 9, 2016

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 3:30pm

The Elkster Examiner


September 9, 2016


Friday, September 9 ~ PTA Back to School BBQ @ 6:30PM (blacktop behind school)

Monday, September 12  ~ No School for Students ~ Professional Development Day

Wednesday, September 14  ~ 5th Grade Musical Auditions 4pm

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 Unos Restaurant )

Tuesday, October 4 ~ PTA Meeting 7pm (Media Center)

Wednesday, October 5 ~ PTA Restaurant Night (5pm-9pm Dobbin Center)



PARCC Reports  (2015-2016 State Assessment Results)

Parents of current 4th and 5th graders should receive last year’s results from the PARCC Math and Language Arts testing in the Friday folders today, September 9.

A summary of the Maryland PARCC results was released on Tuesday, August 23rd and can be viewed at County and school summaries will be released on September 27th after the state board meeting.

Digital Access to Test Results

You now have access to a running record of your child’s raw standardized assessment scores in the HCPSS Connect.

1.    Go to

2.    Login and find “Standardized Test Scores” on the left menu

PARCC, High School Assessment (HSA) and MSA Science results from the 2015-2016 school year have been loaded and are viewable now.

Indoor Recess

Please note that indoor recess is not just for rain and snow.  HCPSS guidelines prohibit outdoor activities including recess and PE classes when the heat index is greater than 95 degrees.  We will work to have as many outdoor classes as possible as long as the heat index does not surpass 95 degrees.  

I look forward to seeing students and families tonight at the Back to School BBQ!  Please be reminded that Howard County Schools will be closed for students on Monday, September 12 for professional development.  Enjoy your weekend!

Michael Caldwell




Emergency Procedure Card – ACTION REQUIRED / Very Important!!!

If you have not done so already, please login to HCPSS Connect to update your child's emergency contact information on Family File.  As of today, only 56% of EES families have submitted updated information.  Please take time to update this information.  Our goal is to be 100% complete by Wednesday, September 21.   User guides for HCPSS Connect account activation and password reset are available here.  For further help, contact the front office at 410-313-5006.



EES will share news every week with our families through our school newsletter.  This information is sent directly to your e-mail on Fridays.  In order to save paper, an electronic copy of the newsletter will be sent home on a weekly basis.   If you do not have access to viewing this electronically or would prefer a paper copy of the newsletter, please inform the homeroom teacher or the front office at 410-313-5006.  We urge you to stay in touch with the school via HCPSSNews if at all possible so that you do not miss out on the important information that parents need to know!



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.

Cell Phones in School
In accordance with school system policies, students bringing cell phones to school should have them turned off and stored in their backpacks during the school day.


Please remember to send in a written reminder to your child’s homeroom teacher whenever there is a change in dismissal instructions at the end of the day.  Many after school activities have begun, children are staying after school, or going home early, and EES needs prior written notification of change in dismissal.  With enrollment over 850, we ask that parents write notes so phone calls to the front office won’t be necessary.  The afternoon is a very busy time of the day and we thank you for your cooperation in sending prior written notices to your child’s teacher rather than calling the front office.



Welcome Back to School! We are fortunate to have two counselors at Elkridge Elementary. Sarah Coppi who works at our school some Wednesdays and every Thursday and Friday primarily with grades 1 and 3; and Kristen Tacka who is full time at our school and primarily works with grades K, 2, 4, & 5. Both counselors are available whenever a child or parent needs support!

We support the social, emotional, and academic growth of our students. One way we encourage positive social growth is by promoting Character Education and Bully Prevention. This month the Character Trait we are focusing on is RESPECT.  Please share with your child ways that your family share RESPECT with each other.

Buddy Bench

Three caring fifth grade girls last year got together and wanted to do a GT project to make a difference at EES. Together they formed the Buddy Builders! They brainstormed a way to prevent bullying and encouraging inclusion and researched the Buddy Bench idea. Thanks to our generous PTA who funded the project, we have a BUDDY BENCH located on our playground.

How does it work?

If a student doesn’t have someone to play with he/she sits down on the bench. When other kids see the child alone on the bench and they are motivated to invite him/her to join his/her group to play.  Or, when there are two or more students that sit on the bench, those students can play together. Please encourage your child to use the Buddy Bench during recess, or to be a caring student to invite other students to be his/her buddy.

Why the buddy bench?

The buddy bench idea was imported from Europe to the US when a student brought the idea to his principal. Now hundreds of schools have brought a buddy bench to their school to help encourage children to include every child, and to help socialization during recess.


Contact Kristen Tacka, School Counselor, or Lee Pfeiffer, GT Teacher at 410-313-5006.

Check out this YouTube video on how to use the Buddy Bench…

Morning Drop Off/ Afternoon Pick Up Reminders

We know that we have many families who are new to our car rider and walker drop off and pick up procedures.  Here are a few reminders to make the process go smoothly and safely.

1.    The pick-up and drop off area permits 5-8 cars to unload or pick-up students at the same time.  In the AM students will enter the school’s side door.  Staff will greet and assistant students to the side door.

2.    To exit, cars will continue around the lane on the outside of the parking lot.

3.    In the PM, students will be dismissed from the back gym door; staff will call students to their assigned cars.

4.    Your child is a walker if you park and meet them at the gym door.  You may request a car sign if there are days you will be in the car rider line.

**Please do not park along the sidewalk or islands.  Thank you for your cooperation.  If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Carter by phone or e-mail,


A Student/Parent Handbook 2015-2016 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.

Bullying, Cyberbullying, Harassment, or Intimidation (Policy 1060)

The Board prohibits acts of bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, or intimidation because these behaviors compromise the learning environment and well‐being of students, staff and community. Bullying may include the following specific behaviors: Hitting, kicking, shoving, spitting, hair pulling or throwing something. Getting another person to hit or harm the student. Teasing, name‐calling, critical remarks, or threatening, in person, by email or text message. Bullying by demeaning and making the target of jokes. Rude and/or threatening gestures. Intimidation, extortion or exploitation. Spreading rumors or harmful gossip. Cyberbullying. Hazing.   Students, parents, employees and service providers are responsible for reporting violations of this policy that occur on school property, on a school bus, or at a school‐sponsored activity or event off school property. Incidents of cyberbullying occurring from a student’s home that impact another student’s well‐being at school may also be reported.

All reports of bullying, cyberbullying, harassment and intimidation will be documented and the student making the report, or an appropriate adult, should complete and submit a Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation Reporting Form is available on the school system website under Forms. The victim and witnesses will be informed that confidentiality cannot be insured because it is not possible to predict what will be discovered as a result of the investigation. The offender will be informed that retaliation against any victim or bystander is strictly prohibited and that progressive consequences will occur if the activity continues.  Appropriate support services will be provided to a student or staff member exhibiting bullying behaviors or to the victim or bystander. A student or staff member who violates this policy may be required to participate in appropriate counseling or intervention. Consequences range from a parent conference to expulsion.


Thank you to everyone who came to our first meeting.  If you missed the meeting and would like to know more, please refer to the PTA meeting minutes listed here.PTA Meeting 9-6.docx   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

Point of sale for school lunches

Again this year we will be using the POS (Point of Sale) system for students to buy student lunches. Elementary school lunches are available for $2.75 and milk is available for $.50. Parents may prepay for student meals by setting up an online account at  The prepay system works very well and we encourage parents to use it.   There are two ways to place money into your student account.  One, you may go to the website and use a credit card to put money in the account, however there is a service charge.  Two, you can send in any amount of money in an envelope marked POS system, our cafeteria manager, Ann Puffinberger, will place this amount of money into the system for you at no extra charge.  Students also have the option of paying with cash on a daily basis, but we’d like to encourage the use of the POS system this year, as our paraeducators will not be collecting money each morning.  Students will be responsible for holding onto their daily lunch money until it is time for them to eat.  Each student has been issued a PIN to use when purchasing meals with cash or prepayment. If a student has forgotten his or her PIN, cashiers can look the PIN up by student name.   We encourage students to practice their PIN number; they will have this same number until they graduate from High School.

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.   Registration closes Sept. 23rd.  This information can also be received online by clicking on the following link


Community News

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 or

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