DATES TO REMEMBER
Wednesday, October 25 ~ Musical Rehearsal 4-6pm
Friday, October 27 ~ PTA Fall Festival / Trunk or Treat
Tuesday, October 31 ~ Vocabulary Word Parade 10:00 (Bus Loop)
Wednesday, November 1 ~ 3rd Grade Field Trip to BMI (Shilling, Petry, Schwarzl)
IHOP Restaurant Night (All Day)
Thursday, November 2 ~ 3rd Grade Field Trip to BMI (Bass, Grabowski, Walsh)
PTA Meeting 7:00pm (Media Center)
Friday, November 3 ~ 2nd Grade Field Trip to Sharp’s Farm
Friday, November 10 ~ Early Dismissal 12:55 / No Pre-K Classes (End of Marking Period)
November 13 – 17 ~ American Education Week
(Please see schedule below for grade level events)
Monday, November 13 ~ Restaurant Fundraiser at Panera (All Day / Dobbin Center)
Musical Rehearsal 4:00 – 6:00pm
Tuesday, November 14 ~ Picture Retakes
Wednesday, November 15 ~ 5th Grade Musical
Thursday, November 16 ~ 5th Grade Musical
Friday, November 17 ~ Report Cards Issued
PTA International Night 6:30-8:30 pm
FROM THE DESK OF THE PRINCIPAL
The National Education Association was one of the creators and original sponsors of American Education Week. Distressed that 25 percent of the country's World War I draftees were illiterate and 9 percent were physically unfit, representatives of the NEA and the American Legion met in 1919 to seek ways to generate public support for education. In its resolution, the NEA called for: "An educational week ... observed in all communities annually for the purpose of informing the public of the accomplishments and needs of the public schools and to secure the cooperation and support of the public in meeting those needs." The first observance of American Education Week occurred December 4-10, 1921, with the NEA and American Legion as the cosponsors. A year later, the then U.S. Office of Education joined the effort as a cosponsor, and the PTA followed in 1938. American Education Week is always celebrated the week prior to the week of Thanksgiving.
This year, American Education Week is being held from November 13-17. In keeping with tradition, Elkridge Elementary invites our families (adults only) to support education by joining us at school. While guests are invited to join us throughout the week at any time, various grade levels are also hosting special events throughout the week. Below is a chart of the dates, time and central focus of these events.
If you choose to come at a different time, you will find the master schedule by clicking on the following link to assist in your planning. http://ees.hcpss.org/events/2017-18-master-academic-schedule-0
Please keep in mind that regular instruction will be in place and we ask that siblings not come into class at that time. Student conferences are being held the following week and teachers are not available during the day for this purpose. We hope that you are able to join us during American Education Week!
Michael Caldwell, Principal
IMPORTANT EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION: PLEASE READ
At this time 92% of Elkridge Elementary families have completed their emergency cards for the 2017-18 school year. For those who have yet to complete this through HCPSS Connect Family File, a paper copy was sent home with your student this week. Please complete, sign and return to school as soon as possible. It’s important that this information is updated each year for every student in HCPSS.
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! If this emergency contact information is not complete, your student will not be able to attend upcoming field trips.
Word Parade October 31st
On October 31 we will parade at 10am and have the parties in the afternoon at 3pm, except for first grade who will party at 2pm and then go to Specials. Students should wear their costumes to school over their normal clothing. Students will attend specials on this day. Parties will be held in the afternoon and will be for students only. Parents viewing the parade will be invited to watch from the sidewalk.
Parent Volunteer Procedures at EES
We value our volunteers and the contributions they make to our students and schools. Parents who wish to volunteer must complete a brief training course online and submit a certificate of completion to their school. This also includes anyone who chaperones a field trip. No person can be selected as a chaperone who hasn’t completed this training.
IMPORTANT POLICY INFORMATION
A Student/Parent Handbook 2017-2018 was sent home to every family this week with important policy information for parents and student to become familiar with.
Student Dress Code (Policy 9210)
Student dress and appearance are the basic responsibility of students and their parents/guardians as long as they are consistent with the school system’s responsibility to ensure that school environments are healthy, safe and conducive to student learning. It is a violation of this policy for any student to wear attire that interferes with the educational mission of the schools, is disruptive to the school environment, or that could endanger the health or safety of that student or others during school hours and school activities. This includes, but is not limited to, attire that:
• Unduly exposes or reveals skin or undergarments. This may include: tank tops; halter tops; tops that are strapless, low cut or expose the midriff; pants worn low or loose that expose skin or undergarments.
• Causes or is likely to cause a substantial or material disruption to school activities or the orderly operation of the school. This may include buttons, display bands, armbands, flags, decals or other badges of symbolic expression.
• Covers the head, including hats, sunglasses, bandanas, hoods and visors, or head coverings of any kind.
• Depicts profanity, obscenity, the use of weapons or violence.
• Promotes use of tobacco, drugs, alcohol, or other illegal or harmful products.
• Promotes, implies or contains sexually suggestive messages.
• Depicts gang affiliation.
• Contains language or symbols that demean an identifiable person or group or infringe on the rights of others.
• Contains rude, disrespectful, or discourteous expressions inconsistent with civil discourse and behavior.
• May damage school property. Attire worn for medical reasons or required in practicing a religious belief is permitted.
Student attire will support a healthy and safe academic school environment. Any student failing to comply with the direction of an administrator is subject to disciplinary action in accordance with Policy 9200 Discipline and the Student Code of Conduct.
Elkridge Elementary PTA
Fall Festival / Trunk or Treat
Please join us on Friday, October 27 at 6:30 for our annual Fall Festival / Trunk or Treat event. Come in costume for food, games, raffles, and trunk or treating. We are looking for families that would like to decorate their trunks and hand out treats that night. For more information and sign up go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0849afab2fa46-4thannual.
We are looking for volunteers to assist with lunch and recess. For more information and to sign up for lunch and/or recess help, go to
Register your Giant rewards card to benefit EES! You can sign up at www.giantfood.com if you have your bonus card number. Our school ID is 01550.
The next monthly meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 2 at 7:00PM. Please feel free to join us there.
Community News for Parents
Please visit the Community News and Programs page at http://www.hcpss.org/community-news-and-programs/ for announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.