The Elkster Examiner 11/30/18

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:17am

The Elkster Examiner ~ November 30, 2018



Monday, December 3

CogAt Testing 5th Grade 9:30 am

CogAt Testing 3rd Grade 1:00 pm


Wednesday, December 5

CogAt Testing 3rd Grade 1:00 pm


Thursday, December 6

CogAt Testing 5th Grade 9:30 am

PTA Meeting 7:00 pm Media Center (5th Grade events committee meets at 6:30pm) 


Friday, December 7

CogAt Testing 5th Grade 9:30 am


Tuesday, December 11

CogAt Testing 3rd Grade 1:00 pm


Friday, December 14

PTA Holiday Shoppe


Tuesday, December 18

Chick-fil-A Restaurant Fundraiser 5:00 – 8:00 pm Linthicum


Wednesday, December 19

Quarter 2 Interims issued



What an amazing November! We have enjoyed a busy season including American Education Week, Madagascar Musical, The Turkey Trot, and parent conferences to name a few. I wanted to say thank you to the many Elkridge families that have been able to join us.   I know your children are especially appreciative of the time you take out of your routines to be a part of their school day.

I would like to congratulate our 5th graders for their performance of “Madagascar” on Wednesday and Thursday evenings! It was an excellent show and we are so proud of the performers.  A production like this takes a tremendous team effort to coordinate.  I would like to extend a big THANK YOU to Ms. Loughry, Ms. Cameron, Ms. Whitebloom, Mrs. Sloat, Ms. Green, and Ms Schwarzl for their instruction and guidance throughout the entire process.  A special thanks to the EES staff and PTA for all your support.

Michael Caldwell, Principal


CogAt Testing

This year, the Howard County Public School System will be administering the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) to all students in grades 3 and 5. The CogAT is a group-administered abilities test that measures students’ reasoning abilities, which they develop through in-school and out-of-school experiences. It is not designed to test a student’s academic achievement, but their potential.

The test is made of three batteries – Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal. Each battery takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. The CogAT helps educators understand a student’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses and assists with adapting instruction to meet the needs and abilities of each student.

All students in Grades 3 and 5 will participate in the testing. The CogAT will be administered to students in grade 3 on December 3th, 5th and 11th. The CogAT will be administered to students in grade 5 on December 3rd, 6th and 7th. No special preparation is required. Just send your child to school ready to learn as you do daily.

The Gifted and Talented Education Program will use the data from the CogAT as one criterion for placement into fourth grade Gifted/Talented mathematics classes and middle school Gifted/Talented content classes. Students’ individual scores will be reported to parents in late February/early March.


Cold Weather Reminders

As our weather continues to get chillier, we find that many students are being dropped off prior to the start of the school day.  Please remember our doors open at 9:10am.  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. 

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.



Holiday Help

EES is happy to assist families who are in need of assistance this holiday season. If you are a member of our community and would like to make a donation to families in need, we will accept gift cards in denominations of $25.00 to Green Valley, Walmart, or Target. We cannot accept cash. Please drop off your donation in the EES front office no later than Monday, December 10th. Thank you for your generosity. Happy Holidays!




Elkridge Elementary is looking for temporary employees to work with students with special needs to meet requirements of their IEP plans under the direction of the Special Education Team.  It is preferred applicants have some experience working with children with special needs.  Applicants must pass Maryland/FBI fingerprint background check, as required by law.  Hours are Monday – Friday during student school hours.  No summer hours.  The person in this position will follow the HCPSS schedule.  This is a non-benefit position.  Hourly rate is $10.50 per hour.  If you are interested in interviewing for this position, please contact the front office at 410-313-5006. 



At this time of giving, a lot of charities are asking for monetary donations. EES PTA would really love donations of a little of your time to volunteer at an event or help out at a lunch or recess time at school. Please take a look at our active sign ups and see if you can give of your time. We also really appreciate those who have made monetary or other donations to the PTA!  Thank you to all the wonderful people who support our kids through PTA!

*Holiday Shoppe, December 14th (evening):

*December Lunch and Recess (various dates, during school):


Save the date for the 2nd Annual International Night, Friday, January 25th!


Upcoming events:



6th: PTA Meeting, 7pm Media Center (5th Grade events committee meets at 6:30pm) 

Note: Children's activities and supervision will be provided for those who need it at the PTA meeting.

14th: Holiday Shoppe, 6:30-8:30pm (Vendors and Scholastic Book Fair open at 6:30pm, Kids Shoppe will open at 7pm)

18th: Chick-fil-A Restaurant Night, 5-8pm 1610 W. Nursery Rd, Linthicum (we will earn 15% through mobile orders and 10% through drive through and at the counter orders with flier)



3rd: PTA Meeting 7pm Media Center

Note: Children's activities and supervision will be provided for those who need it at the PTA meeting.

10th: Texas Roadhouse Restaurant Night, 4-10pm

25th: 2nd Annual International Night Celebration



Holiday Shoppe Vendors

The EES PTA's Holiday Shoppe will be held December 14.  We're looking for vendors, crafters, and direct sales reps to reserve tables at the vendor portion of this popular event.  The cost is $20 per space or $15 for EES families and staff.  Visit for the sign up and PayPal link.  We do not duplicate companies, so please contact, before submitting payment.  



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