The Elkster Examiner - January 26, 2018

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 12:00pm



Tuesday, January 30 ~ 5th MAP Assessment (Language Arts) 10:30 – 12:00

             Family Math Night 7:00pm

Thursday, February 1 ~ 5th Grade MAP Assessment (Math) 12:15 – 1:45

              High School 13 Community Meeting 7:00 pm Howard HS auditorium

Monday, February 5 - 3rd Grade MAP Assessment (Language Arts) 12:00 – 1:30


Tuesday, February 6 ~ 2nd Grade MAP Assessment (Math) 9:30 – 11:00

Band Concert 7:00 pm

Wednesday, February 7 ~ 3rd Grade MAP Assessment (Math) 12:00 – 1:30

Thursday, February 8 ~ 4th Grade MAP Assessment (Language Arts) 9:30 – 11:30


Friday, February 9 ~     3rd Grade Field Trip (Columbia Symphony Orchestra @ WLHS)

            Family Fun Night (Pajama Jammy Jam) 

Monday, February 12 ~ 4th Grade MAP Assessment (Math) 9:30 – 11:30

Tuesday, February 13 ~ Vision and Hearing Screening

              2nd Grade MAP Assessment (Language Arts) 9:30 – 11:00

Wednesday, February 14 ~ Valentine’s Day Celebrations (More information to come)

Thursday, February 15 ~ 1st Grade MAP Assessment (Language Arts) 9:30 – 11:00


Friday, February 16 ~ No School for Students (Professional Development)


Monday, February 19 ~ Schools closed for President’s Day


Tuesday, February 20 ~ 1st Grade MAP Assessment (Math) 9:30 – 11:00

Tino’s Restaurant Night, 8775 Centre Park Dr. Columbia


Wednesday, February 21 ~ Hearing and Vision Rescreen 


Friday, February 23 ~ EES Talent Show




Congratulations to our Spelling Bee participants!  The winner of the 2017-18 Spelling Bee is Shreyash Gajam and runner-up is Janet Dorapalli.  We would like to thank all who participated which included Fifth Graders:  Simone Agbedo, Rafay Qasiar, Samantha Gutierrez, Ronmir Staley, Brooklyn Fortney, Mariana Allen-Jones, Alexis Dunn, Connor Sweeney, and Jaden Oloko.   Fourth Graders:  Kei’mani Williams-Wran, Laasya Ampani, Kiree Ricks, Jonathon Samuel, Jacob Thang, Ava Sesay, Kennedy Williams, Julia Irvin, Colin Parker, J’adore Anderson and Yohanna Dawit. 




Students of African and African American heritage who are currently in grades 4-9 and have achieved one or more of the following levels of academic success during the 2016-17 school year were honored January 10.


  • Received a grade of “A” or “B” for Mathematics in each of the four marking periods
  • Received a grade of “A” or “B” for Language Arts in each of the four marking periods


Congratulations to the following honoree students from EES. Chinekwu Agbedo, J’Adore Anderson, Aubrey Armstrong, Lauryn Boyd, Jeremiah Braimoh, Jayden Bullock, Jaleel Carroll, Daisja Cummings, McKenzie Eichelberger, Ariana Felder, Jasmine Ford, Kamariah Gaither, Wengel Getachew, Mark Glover, Avery Graham, Dahlia Haroon, Malai Hill, Sydney Jennings, Jamal Lafrance, Izabella McDonald, Amara Odunukwe, Jaden Oloko, Chioma Onukwugha, Oziomachiziri Onyemaechi, Mettabel Owusu, Trinity Parker, Carma Streets, Faith Tabirih, Remy Valiente, and Kennedy Williams. 




EES students Nabilah Rahman (Flute), Esther Ho (Clarinet), and Connor Trout (Baritone) were accepted as members of the Howard County Honor Band!  These nominated students were nominated by the band director and will perform at the same venue as the Howard County GT Band.  The band consists of students from every elementary school in the county.  Congratulations to all three of them!



Youth Day in Annapolis

Please see the attached information regarding Youth Day in Annapolis on Saturday, February 10.  This event provides an opportunity for students to learn about how our government works.  Note: Youth Day is not a school-sponsored activity.  PDF icon2018 Youth Day Packet.pdf



Are you looking for an experience working with students with special needs?


Apply to Social Service Consultants, Ltd.


Job Title: Special Education TE at Elkridge Elementary School


Job Description:  Applicant will work with students with special needs to meet requirements of their IEP plans under the direction of the Special Education Team.

It is preferred that applicants have some experience working with children or children with special needs.

Applicant must pass Maryland/FBI fingerprint criminal background check, as required by law.


Hours are Mon-Fri./Student hours. No summer hours. The person in this position will follow the HCPSS schedule. This is a NON-benefit position.  Houry rate is $ 10.40/hourly.


Social Service Consultants, Ltd. has been serving students and adults with disabilities since 1992.  Social Service Consultants, Ltd. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please contact Bob Tencher via email for an application packet, if interested:






Winter MAP testing begins on January 30, 2018.  MAP testing will not impact our school wide schedule because students will take their assessments during their designated reading and math times.  Below is the schedule we will follow.


1/30 – 5th (Language Arts) 10:30 – 12:00

2/1 – 5th Grade (Math) 12:15 – 1:45

2/5 – 3rd Grade (Language Arts) 12:00 – 1:30

2/6 – 2nd Grade (Math) 9:30 – 11:00

2/7 – 3rd Grade (Math) 12:00 – 1:30

2/8 – 4th Grade (Language Arts) 9:30 – 11:30

2/12 – 4th Grade (Math) 9:30 – 11:30

2/13 – 2nd Grade (Language Arts) 9:30 – 11:00

2/15 – 1st Grade (Language Arts) 9:30 – 11:00

2/20 – 1st Grade (Math) 9:30 – 11:00


For more information on MAP Assessments please visit




Note From The Nurse Regarding Illnesses!   


As we are into flu season, this is a reminder that good hand washing and covering sneezes and coughs with tissues and sleeves are essential steps to preventing the spread of "germs."    Also, remember that despite concerns about school attendance, your children's health (and the health of other children) is most important of all.    For this reason, we ask you to please:


  • Call the school nurse to let us know if your child is absent with a contagious illness such as strep throat, flu, gastrointestinal virus, etc.  Please provide any documentation from your physician about diagnosis and release to return to school.  (Ear and sinus infections, while often a reason for keeping a child home, are usually not contagious.)


  • Keep your child home if he/she has symptoms of a gastrointestinal illness such as vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramps or any illness with a fever of over 100.0.  A fever indicates that your child has an infection that could be passed to other students.  Children must be fever-free for 24 hours (without medication) before returning to school!  Additionally, students with gastrointestinal illnesses should not return to school until they have been without symptoms for at least 48 hours.


  • Have your children wash their hands properly after using the restrooms and prior to eating. 


  • If the doctor prescribes medication for your child, please make sure he/she takes it as directed-which means the right amount at the right time and without missing doses.  


Thank you very much for helping keep all our students healthy!


Jennifer Tucker and Marianne Jones, EES Health Room





Family Math Night -(That’s Not How I Learned Math in School)


When: January 30 from 7-8:30


Who: Intended for Parents grade K-5 (children may attend)



*Introduction to the Math Practices that guide instruction for students in Grades K-5

*Introduction to various methods used in class

*Review of online paper resources to support instruction at home

*Experience a day in the life of a math student


 RSVP’s for this event were due last week but if you haven’t signed up and would like to come, contact the front office at (410) 313-5006. 




 Howard County Health Department will be at Elkridge Elementary School on Tuesday February 13, 2018.  Vision and hearing screenings are required by Maryland state law for students in PreK, K and 1st grade.  Students that are new to the state of Maryland will also be screened if their record wasn't transferred with their paperwork from the old school.  Your child will be screened unless you object in writing and submit the letter to school.  You may contact the health room if you have questions at 410-313-8506.                       



Road to Kindergarten January 24-29, 2018

Do you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2018?

Is there a family in the neighborhood who has a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2018?


Please join us for an information session about Kindergarten in the Howard County Public School System.  At this workshop you will learn:


·         Expectations for school readiness (and receive a Ready for Kindergarten toolkit).

·         Details about the kindergarten program.

·         Information about HCPSS kindergarten registration.


·         Ways that families and children can be supported during the transition to kindergarten.

Choose a session that is convenient for you. No registration required.  Childcare is available at each session for children ages 2 and older; the session is designed for adults only. Doors open at 6 p.m. to allow time for parking, childcare drop off, and check-in.  If Howard County public schools are closed for inclement weather, the session is canceled.


Road to Kindergarten Information Session

Session will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.


Monday, January 29

Hammond High School, 8800 Guilford Road, Columbia 21046

For more information, please visit our “Getting Ready for Kindergarten” page



Elkridge Elementary PTA 


Lunch and Recess Help

We're looking for volunteers to help out during lunch and recess times.  Sign up here for dates in January or February   Your help is appreciated.


Upcoming dates:

2/1 High School 13 Community Meeting, 7:00 pm at Howard HS Auditorium

2/9 Pajama Jammy Jam, 6:30-8:30 at EES

2/20 Tino's Restaurant Night, 8775 Centre Park Dr. Columbia

3/1-16 BJs Discounted Memberships

3/8 PTA Meeting, 7:00 pm Media Center




Community News for Parents 

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