The Elkster Examiner - January 5, 2018

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 4:05pm


Friday, January 12 ~ 1st Grade Field Trip to Port Discovery

                                    Spelling Bee (2:45-3:40)

Monday, January 15 ~ School Closed (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

Tuesday, January 16 ~ Band Concert 7:00pm

Thursday, January 18 ~ Strings Concert 7:00pm

Friday, January 19 ~ PTA Bags and Bling Bingo 6:30

Monday, January 22 ~ Talent Show Auditions 4:00

Tuesday, January 23 ~ Talent Show Auditions 4:00

Wednesday, January 24 ~ No Pre-K classes

Thursday, January 25 ~ No Pre-K classes

Friday, January 26 ~ 3-hour Early Dismissal (End of Quarter 2) No Pre-K classes

Tuesday, January 30 ~ PTA Math Night 7:00pm





As we head deeper in the winter I want to pass along information from the Howard County Health Department about Flu Prevention and Severe Illness Symptoms.

  1. Get a flu shot.  Doses may still available at local pharmacies and your family physician.
  2. Cover your mouth and nose by using the crook of your elbow as you cough or sneeze.
  3. Wash your hands more frequently than you do normally.  In particular, wash your  hands after using the restroom, after sneezing or coughing, and before eating or touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  4. Stay home when you are sick.  This prevents spreading germs.


While it may be difficult to determine the difference between a common cold and something more severe, the following symptoms in children may require urgent medical attention:

*high or prolonged fever.

*fast breathing or trouble breathing.

*bluish skin color.

*severe reduction in fluid intake.

*change in mental status, such as not waking up or not interacting; being so irritable that the child does not want to be held; or seizures.

*flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worsening cough.

I wish you all a safe and healthy weekend.



Upcoming 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

*Understanding of the Instructional Timeline

*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


Please join us for our upcoming Math Night. Be on the lookout for an RSVP to come home next week.



Michael Caldwell




EES Spelling Bee

Elkridge Elementary will have its annual Spelling Bee this school year on Friday, January 12 from 2:45-3:40 pm. Parents and other guests are invited to attend.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Please note: The assembly is only for grades 3,4, and 5.  If you have any questions, please contact Olivia House, our Spelling Bee Coordinator, at


Family Orientation Night at Elkridge Landing Middle School

Elkridge Landing Middle School will have a family orientation night for the parents of incoming 6th grade students on Thursday, January 25.  Both presentations will be held in the ELMS cafeteria.

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm – GT Presentation

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Regular Presentation


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.



All sessions will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 24 

Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia

Thursday, January 25

Centennial High School, 4300 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City

Monday, January 29

Hammond High School, 8800 Guilford Road, Columbia 21046

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




No Change in Start and Dismissal Time for 2018-19 School Year

The Howard County Board of Education voted to retain the existing model for school start and dismissal times for the 2018–2019 academic year during its regularly scheduled meeting on December 19, 2017.



School Closings/Delays Due to Inclement Weather

At times it is necessary to close or delay the start of schools due to weather conditions.  Please see the following link to find out procedures and resources you will need to know if a change occurs.


Cold Weather Reminders

Please be reminded that our school doors open at 9:10 am and students are not allowed in the building until this time.  The final bell rings at 9:25 am, both front doors are closed and students are marked tardy.  Any time after 9:25 am students are required to be signed into the school by a parent or guardian.  Please understand this is for both student safety and record keeping.  We appreciate your understanding and support.

It’s also a good time for a reminder about recess.  In accordance with the HCPSS Health and Wellness Policy we believe that outdoor exercise is a healthy and an important part of each day.  It provides a break from the regular school routine, a chance to get some outdoor air and an opportunity to run off excess energy to revitalize children and physically prepares them for additional learning throughout the school day.  Children should come prepared for outdoor recess every day and wear clothing that considers the season and outdoor conditions.  HCPSS guidelines are for students to have outdoor recess when the wind chill is at or above 20° F. 


Elkridge Elementary PTA 

Bags and Bling Bingo!

PTA will be hosting a Bingo Night on Friday, January 19.  The event will be held at Glen Burnie Elks Lodge, 878 Stevenson Road, Severn, MD 21144.  Ticket price is $20 in advance and $25 at the door.  There will be twenty games of Bingo, Special Games, Raffles, Silent Auction, Door prizes and Food (available for purchase). PTA is in need of silent auction items.  If you can provide support, please e-mail PTA at    


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.