The Elkster Examiner - October 27, 2016

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 5:30pm


Monday, October 31 ~ Professional Development Day (No School for Students)
Tuesday, November 1 ~ PTA Meeting 7pm (Media Center)
Wednesday, November 2 ~ PTA Restaurant Night ~ Jersey Mike’s 4-9pm
                                             5th Grade Musical Rehearsal 4pm
Friday, November 4 ~ 2nd Grade Assembly 9:45
                                     End of 1st Quarter
Monday, November 7 ~ Professional Work Day (No school for students)
Tuesday, November 8 ~ Election Day ~ No School
Friday, November 11 ~ Flu Shots 
November 14 - 18  AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK (Information coming soon)
Monday, November 14 ~ Picture Retakes
                                          5th Grade Musical Rehearsal 4pm
Tuesday, November 15 ~ Report Cards Issued
Wednesday, November 16 ~ 5th Grade Musical 6pm
Thursday, November 17 ~ 5th Grade Musical 6pm

Monday, November 21 ~ Parent / Teacher Conferences ½ Day for Students

                                          EES Turkey Trot


Tuesday, November 22~ Parent / Teacher Conferences ½ Day for Students


Wednesday, November 23 ~ Parent/Teacher Conferences NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS                


November 24 & 25 ~ Thanksgiving Break Schools Closed



The weather is looking good for our annual Halloween Parade on Friday, October 28 at 10 am.  This year, all parade activities will occur in the front of the school building.  
Friday, November 4th  marks the end of the first quarter and teachers will spend the day November 7th preparing report cards.  
Our fall parent/teacher conferences window will be from November 21  to November 23.  Parents will be able to schedule their conference online beginning October 31st.  Please look for more information to come about how to access the conference system!
Michael Caldwell, Principal


News and Upcoming Events

Words Parade Tomorrow

Our annual “Words” Parade will take place tomorrow, October 28.  The parade will begin at 10:00am.   Please review the following reminders/updates.

  • Avoid any costumes that perpetuate violence, have any blood, gore, scary masks, or contain any type of weapons.  Props that come with costumes that are “play weapons” are not allowed in school.  This includes but is not limited to toy guns, knives, swords, sickles, pitchforks, etc.
  • If you prefer that your child does not take part in the parade, please send a note to your child’s teacher or administration.  There will be an alternative activity for students not participating in the parade.
  • Visitors are welcome view the parade from the sidewalks surrounding the bus loop.
  • Since this is a well-attended event, we recommend parents arrive early and/or carpool together to help with parking. 
  • Celebrations will take place in the afternoon and will be for students only.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.



Halloween Safety Tips from Poison Centers:

Before you go trick-or-treating:
1. Feed your children to help cut the urge to snack on the route.
2. Bring your own candy, so children won't eat unchecked treats.

After you return home:
3. Carefully check all treats before allowing your child to eat them.
4. Only eat candy from original, unopened and undamaged wrappers.
5. Throw away candy if wrappers are faded, torn, or show signs of re-wrapping.
6. When in doubt, throw it out!
7. To reach the poison experts 24 hours a day, call the Poison Help Hotline at 1-800-222-1222.




Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for November 21, 22, and 23.  In order to schedule conferences, we will utilize the conference-scheduling program through HCPSS Connect.  HCPSS Connect will open to schedule conferences on Monday, October 31 beginning at 9am.   Parents will be able schedule conferences using this system through Friday, November 11 ending at 4pm.    


Student Lunch Accounts

Please remember to check the lunch account(s) for your child(ren) periodically to make sure you have money on the account for them to purchase lunch. The program is set up to extend for a few lunches but you must pay back by putting money on the account as well as add enough money to continue purchasing lunch. The school no longer loans money to students to purchase lunch. Parents are responsible for providing a lunch or lunch money on their student account. Access My School Bucks account.


Changing Weather

These cooler nights and days have clearly let us know that fall is here!  At this time of year, it is often difficult to decide how to dress for the weather.  We will be going out to recess as much as possible, so please help us by having your child dress for the weather each day.  A coat/jacket can help make recess more comfortable for our students.  PLEASE LABEL YOUR STUDENT’S CLOTHING.  Thank you for your help.




Our 5th grade will be performing "Dear Edwina Jr." on November 16 & 17 at 6pm.  All are welcome to attend.  5th grade students received information about purchasing show t-shirts this week.  Please keep an eye out for that form and return it as soon as possible.  Contact Ms. Loughry with any questions.  We hope to see you there!  See attached for more musical information.  T-shirt order form.doc 


Picture Retakes/November 14

If your student missed picture day or you’d like to retake your student’s picture, Strawbridge Photography will be at EES on Monday, November 14 for retakes. 


Are you missing important school information?

Are you missing out on important information from your child’s homeroom, math, or specials classes?  Don’t be left in the dark! To find out more information.


Flu Shot Clinic, November 11

We will be in need of parent volunteers to help with the school’s Flu Shot Clinic on Friday, November 11.  We will need volunteers to help walk students from their classroom to the exam and back.  To read more


After School Classes Offered at EES this Fall 2015

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. Register @ 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).  View classes offered
Fall Festival/Trunk or Treat Night
Please join is for our 3rd annual Family Fall Festival on Friday, October 28 from 6:30 – 8:30pm here at EES.  There will be crafts, games, pumpkin raffles, a fall photo area, food, and a chance to go Trick or Treating at our Trunk or Treat Competition.  Feel free to come in costume (or not) and enjoy the fall celebration.  Admission is free.  Hope to see you there! 

Upcoming Events:

​​​​​​​November 9: Elkridge History Night  6:30 PM
November 21: Teacher Conference DInner

Community News for Parents

Please visit the Community News and Programs page at for announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.