The Elkster Examiner 10/19/18

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 12:30pm


Wednesday, October 24 ~ Musical Rehearsal 4:00 pm

Friday, October 26 ~ PTA Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat 6:30 pm

Wednesday, October 31 ~ Word Parade 10:00 am  (Bus Loop)

     Celebrations 3:00-3:40 pm (except 1st grade 2:00-3:00pm)

Thursday, November 1 ~ Musical Rehearsal 4:00 pm

                                          PTA Meeting

Monday, November 5 ~ 3rd Grade Field Trip to BMI (Grabowski, Tolland, ½ Schwarzl)

                                        End of 1st Quarter

Tuesday, November 6 ~ General Election Day / Schools Closed

 Chuck E. Cheese Restaurant Night, noon- 6pm in Glen Burnie

Wednesday. November 7 ~ Professional Work Day / No School for Students

Thursday, November 8 ~ 3rd Grade Field Trip to BMI (Gregory, Shilling, ½ Schwarzl)

November 12 – November 16 ~ American Education Week

Tuesday, November 13 ~ Picture Make-up/Retakes

Wednesday, November 14 ~ Musical Rehearsal

                                               Quarter 1 Report Cards Issued

Saturday, November 17 ~ Elkster 5K

Monday, November 19 ~ Turkey Trot (See schedule below)

                                         3-hour early dismissal (12:55) Parent/Teacher Conferences


Tuesday, November 20 ~ 3-hour early dismissal (12:55) Parent/Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, November 21 ~ No school for students – Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thursday and Friday, November 22 & 23   ~ Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 26 ~ Musical Dress Rehearsal

Tuesday, November 27 ~ Musical Dress Rehearsal

Wednesday, November 28 – Musical 6:00 pm

                                               Uno's Restaurant Night, Long Gate                                 

Thursday, November 29 ~ Musical 6:00 pm



I am pleased to highlight that this year’s American Education Week will be November 12-16. 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. 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 1921, the NEA Representative Assembly in Des Moines, Iowa, called for designation of one week each year to spotlight 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 need for community involvement, in the education process, is as strong now as any time in our history.  With the many reforms that impact the content, instructional strategies, assessment practices and school evaluation standards currently being implemented, we invite you to join us as partners in education.  You are welcome to have lunch with your child/children or volunteer anytime. As for American Education Week, please feel free to come at a time that works for you. There are a few “highlight” events that you may interest you.  See below:

Kindergarten - Wednesday, Nov. 14 9:45-10:45 “Math Activity”

First Grade - Thursday, Nov. 15 Morning (exact time TBD) “Thanksgiving Meal”

Second Grade - Friday, Nov. 16 10:45-11:45  Activity TBD

Third Grade - Tuesday, Nov. 13 1:30-2:30 "Language Arts Activity"

Fourth Grade -Thursday, Nov. 15 11:45-12:45   "Math Activity”

Fifth Grade - Friday, Nov. 16, 2:30-3:30  "Writing Activity"


Michael Caldwell, Principal



With the changing weather, it is often difficult to decide on how to dress.  Please keep in mind that 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.

Please be sure to label your student’s clothing and other personal items.  This will make it easier to return lost items back to students.  Our lost and found currently has several items that have not been claimed.  If your student is missing a jacket, lunch box, other personal item, please have them check the lost and found located on the right hand side of the stage in the cafeteria. 



Our annual Word Parade will be held on Wednesday, October 31st at 10am.  Students will parade around the bus loop located in the front of both EES and ELMS (Elkridge Landing Middle School). Parents viewing the parade will be invited to watch from the sidewalk. 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 at 3pm, with the exception of first grade who will party at 2pm, and then go to Specials. Parties will be held in the afternoon and will be for students only. For more information on the Word Parade, click here.  If your student will not be participating in the parade or afternoon celebrations, please contact the homeroom teacher by e-mail or note.    

When selecting a costume, please be reminded that school policy does not permit violent or gory outfits. Full make-up and scary masks are not permitted.  We have students as young as four years old and would like to assure that everyone can participate in a fun and appropriate event.  Students may not bring weapons or toys resembling guns, knives, swords, etc.  Please provide costumes that students can independently assemble. This makes preparation for the events much easier for the class.  An alternative activity will be provided for students not participating in the vocabulary parade or the classroom party. Should you have any questions regarding the festivities, please contact your child(ren)’s teacher(s) or the administrative team.




Our annual Turkey Trot will take place Monday, November 19th.  The Turkey Trot is a fun activity for families, students, and staff to exercise together.  A course of about a mile will be marked off for runners.  The route travels around both EES and ELMS properties.  Parents and other guests are welcome to run or just come to watch.  Please enter through the building, sign in, head down the hallway and directly out to the blacktop.  The Turkey Trot is to highlight the benefits of exercise only; no awards will be given.  Please check the following schedule to determine the time your student will participate.


9:30 – 10:00 4th Graders

10:00 – 10:30 3rd Graders

10:30 – 11:00 5th Graders

11:00 – 11:30 2nd Graders

11:30 – 12:00 Kindergarten

12:00 – 12:30 1st Graders




Our conference window for this school year is November 19-21.  Schools close 3-hours early (12:55) on Monday and Tuesday, the 19th and 20th and there is no school for students on Wednesday the 21st. 

This year there will be two conference windows, Language Arts Conferences in the fall and Math in the winter.  This fall’s conferences will include 5th grade GT classes and Ms. Rager’s 3rd grade math class.  4th grade GT conferences will be scheduled in the winter.  Parents will be able to begin scheduling fall conferences starting Wednesday, October 31.  Please visit HCPSS Connect to schedule a conference.  All conferences will last 15 minutes. When you register, you will see they are set up for twenty minute blocks to allow for transition time between conferences and to help keep on the start times on schedule. It is important arrive on time to your conference as teachers will not be able to go beyond the scheduled time.

The directions for parent conference registration, please see attached document.  If you are in need of extra support, resources can be found on the HCPSS website.

Conference Scheduling Timeline:

October 31 at 10:00 AM       Language Arts Scheduling Opens (HCSPP Connect)

November 12 at 4:00 PM       Language Arts Window Closes (HCPSS Connect)

November 14 at 3:00 PM       Math and Language Arts Scheduling (Including GT) can only be done by contacting the front office directly at 410-313-5006 on November 14 and 15. 

November 15 at 4:00 PM       All Conference Scheduling Closes




Parents are encouraged to pre-pay for school meals online. The cost of lunch is $2.75 and breakfast is $2.00.  Additional information about the meal programs can be found on the HCPSS Website.

HCPSS participates in the Free and Reduced Meals (FARMs) program.  Students (PreK-12) who meet the federal income guidelines are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals through HCPSS Food and Nutrition. PLEASE NOTE: a new application must be submitted each year.  Applications are available on-line or in paper form.  Those who haven’t yet applied this year, should do so as soon as possible.  The initial deadline for application submissions has already passed and will now affect your student’s ability to receive free or reduced priced meals at school.  If you have not been approved for this year, please apply and send in a lunch or money for school lunch until your application is approved.  Go to to get the application process started.  Paper copies of these applications can be found in the front office per request.




If your student missed picture day, Strawbridge will be here again on Tuesday, November 13 for make-up and picture retakes. 



Thanksgiving is just around the corner! The Thanksgiving Holiday is a time to enjoy special traditions with family and friends. If a family of Elkridge Elementary could benefit from a gift of food for the upcoming holiday, EES and the community would be happy to assist by providing either a food basket or gift card to Green Valley. Request forms were  sent home with students.  Completed forms are due by Friday, October 25.




The Haunted Experience

Whether you choose fright or fun, a memorable experience awaits you... an ink black night sets the stage for a spooky hay ride through the eerie trails to the ghostly dwelling deep in the woods. Hear haunting tales of ghosts and goblins and horror that will tingle the spine!

$10 at gate (cash only)

7 yrs + Rockburn Branch Pk (Montgomery Rd)

Oct 19 & 26 7-10pm Friday

Oct 20 & 27 6:30-10pm Saturday

Inclement Weather: 410-313-4451


Happy Haunted Hayride

It’s cute, it’s friendly and not so scary. This hayride is for fun – not fright!

$5 at gate (cash only)


2-7 yrs + Rockburn Branch Pk (Montgomery Rd)

Oct 21 & 28 2-4pm Sunday

Inclement Weather: 410-313-4451



Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat

The Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat will be next Friday, October 26 starting at 6:30pm. Fliers will be coming home soon with details if you'd like to decorate your trunk and hand out candy.  The best decorated trunks will get a prize!  A sign up genius has gone out looking for some donated items and volunteers to help make this very fun and popular night a success.  The sign up can be found at


Upcoming PTA Dates:

11/17: Elkster 5K, 8am at EES

11/28: Uno's Restaurant Night, Long Gate

11/28 and 29: 5th Grade Musical Bake Sale


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