The Elkster Examiner 3/1/19

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 12:15pm

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER 

Wednesday, March 6

Quarter 3 interims sent home

 

Thursday, March 7

2nd Grade Field Trip to Toby’s

Hearing and Vision Screening

PTA Meeting 7:00 pm

 

Friday, March 8

Talent Show 6:00 pm (NEW DATE)

 

Monday, March 11

Spring Portraits

 

Tuesday, March 12

Spring Portraits

 

Thursday, March 14

Muffins with Mom (Students with the last names A-L) – More information to come

 

Friday, March 15

Muffins with Mom (Students with the last names M-Z) – More information to come

 

Wednesday, March 20

Hearing and Vision Rescreens

 

Friday, March 22

STEAM Family Night (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

 

 

FROM THE DESK OF THE PRINCIPAL

 

Through news outlets and word of mouth by our students we have become increasingly aware of highly inappropriate videos circulating online.  The news reports state these video clips are appearing on many social media sites, online games such as Fortnite and YouTube (including Kids YouTube).

One of the videos starts innocently, like the start of a Peppa Pig episode for example, but quickly turns into an altered version with violence and offensive language. Another video clip is going by the name of “The MoMo Challenge”which shows a warped white mask daring children to do dangerous tasks without telling their parents.

As you can imagine, this is highly distressing for the children to view. While we have no confirmed reports of students seeing the videos, the many rumors circulating in the school are impacting the educational environment and spreading fear. As part of a discussion on appropriate use of technology and internet safety with our 3rd-5th grade students, we have reminded them of their responsibilities to:

  1. Avoid viewing, downloading or installing inappropriate content
  2. Never share personal information online
  3. Only communicate online with people you know in real life
  4. Report concerns to an adult
  5. Stop the spread of rumors

We encourage parents and guardians of all our students to be vigilant and monitor when your child is using any device or watching any clips.

If you have any concerns or questions, please speak to your child’s teacher.  Thank you for your support.

 

Michael Caldwell, Principal

 

 

Elkridge Read-A-Thon

Starting today, March 1st, we began a month-long fundraiser, the proceeds of which will be used to purchase curriculum-based read-alouds for our classrooms. You can support your child/children’s efforts by helping track the number of minutes read each day during the month of March, and by asking friends and family to show their support for the readers at Elkridge with their monetary pledges and/or donations. Information and all required forms were sent home yesterday your child’s Thursday take home folder.  If you’re in need of additional sponsor forms, please e-mail Kelli Byle (kelli_byle@hcpss.org).

 

HEARING AND VISION SCREENINGS

The Howard County Health Department will be at EES on Thursday, March 7 (rescreen is Wednesday, March 20) to perform hearing and vision screenings.   These screenings are required by Maryland State Law on students in Pre-K, K, 1st grade and all new students to Maryland that don't have a record of a screening.  If your child has glasses, please make sure that they wear them on the day of the screening.  

Guiding Good Choices Parenting Classes: 

Free for Parents of 9-14 Year Olds. HC DrugFree and the Howard County State's Attorney's Office will once again provide evidence-based classes for parents to gain skills and knowledge to reduce the risk that their children will use drugs. This 4-week series will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19 and 26 in the Elkridge Library. Parents are expected to attend all 4 sessions. Visit HC DrugFree's website calendar at http://www.hcdrugfree.org/events for more information and to register. Free workbook included. If you have questions, email Admin@hcdrugfree.org or call 443-325-0040. 

 

 

KINDERGARTEN & NEW FIRST GRADE REGISTRATION STARTS MARCH 11

 

Kindergarten Registration begins Monday, March 11 through Friday, March 15 at 
Elkridge Elementary School. Children who will be five years old as of September 1, 2019 must enroll in Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Registration will take place daily from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at EES Front Office.

There will be two evening registrations available: Tuesday, March 12 and Thursday, March 14 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

 

You will need to bring the following documents:

  1. Birth certificate, birth registration or passport.
  2. Current immunization record - must be a print out from the pediatrician and signed.
  3. Deed or lease to your home
  4. Current utility bill
  5. Photo ID of parent/guardian registering the student

 

Please visit the Howard County Public School System website for complete information about enrollment and registration. You can follow steps 1-4 at home and Online before finalizing the process in step 5. You may begin the online registration as early as February 25.  Please note that, even if you start the process online, you must visit the school during kindergarten registration week to complete the registration.   You will need to provide your driver’s license at that time. 

 

 

SPRING PORTRAITS/CLASS GROUP PHOTOS

Spring individual and class group pictures will be taken Monday, March 11 and Tuesday, March 12.  For the individual portraits no pre-payment is required.  Strawbridge Studios will photograph every student and each student will receive a portrait package to take home.  Families will decide which portrait sets they’d like to keep and submit payment or return the pictures to the school.  Class photos are $10 each. Payments can be made online at Strawbridge.net using our school code 101265.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

 

STEAM Family Night

Please join us as we explore the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math!  Children will be able to work with their family and friends to complete fun and engaging activities.  Please look for an informational flyer coming home with students soon.

 

Drive-thru EpiPen, Medication and More Collection

 Howard County's next convenient drive-thru collection for over-the-counter and prescription medication and “sharps” (needles, syringes and EpiPens) will be held on Saturday, April 27 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot near the Swim Center and The UPS Store. HC DrugFree and the Howard County Police urge you to clean out your medicine cabinets. Teams, clubs, students, PTAs/PTSAs, families, scouts, etc. are welcome to volunteer at the event and receive community service hours. Please visit HC DrugFree’s website at www.hcdrugfree.org and go to the Events/Drug Take Back Day page for more information about medication disposal, or let us know you plan to volunteer by emailing Admin@hcdrugfree.org or calling 443-325-0040. 

 

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL UPDATE

In order to allow HCPSS families and staff to plan ahead, we wanted to provide this update regarding the last day of school for students. As a result, all of the inclement weather make-up days reserved on the school calendar will be used. The last day of school is now scheduled to be Friday, June 21. The final three school days, June 19, 20 and 21, will dismiss 3 hours early. The updated HCPSS calendar is available online at https://www.hcpss.org/calendar/.

 

The opportunity for winter weather still lies ahead and additional inclement weather closing days may be required. However, there are no additional make-up days built into the Board of Education approved school calendar for the current school year. Maryland state law requires schools to be in session for a minimum of 180 days each year and waivers to this requirement must be approved by the Maryland State Board; these are not automatically granted even when a State of Emergency is in effect.

 

As winter progresses and should additional inclement weather days occur, the Board of Education will have discussions on how to proceed to account for those days. HCPSS will continue to update parents, staff and students on any further calendar adjustments.

 

TALENT SHOW RESCHEDULED

Our annual Talent Show will now take place Friday, March 8th.  Tickets are $4.00 and can be purchased at the door.  The show begins at 6:00 pm and the cafeteria doors open at 5:45 pm.  Come and see our talented students here at EES! In addition to the show, our PTA will also have a bake sale throughout the evening. 

 

 

HCPSS GT SUMMER INSTITUTE

 

Enrollment is now open for the HCPSS Gifted and Talented Summer Institutes located at Wilde Lake Middle School.  The G/T Summer Institutes provide interested students with advanced-level instruction and enrichment experiences not regularly available during the academic school year. Advanced-level classes are offered in mathematics, science, social studies, language arts, technology, and fine arts. The curriculum is focused on talent development and provides academically and artistically rigorous activities.  The program runs for two separate sessions; the first from July 1st- July 12th and the second from July 15th- July 26th.  More information can be found at https://www.hcpss.org/summer-programs/.

EES PTA NEWS 

 

Munchkins with Moms

Elkridge Elementary Moms (grandmas or other special adults are welcome too), please join us for a light breakfast with your kids before school.  Breakfast begins at 8:20 am and concludes at 9:00 am.  Due to the popularity of this event we have split this event into two separate dates.  Students with the last name A-L are invited to attend Thursday, March 14.  Students with the last name M-Z are invited to attend Friday, March 15.  Flyers were sent home with students.  Please RSVP by March 8th.   Hope to see you there!

 

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Upcoming PTA Dates 

 

March 

7th PTA Meeting, 7pm Media Center 

8th Talent Show Bake Sale

12th Eggspectation Restaurant Night 

14th/15th  Munchkins with Moms 8:30-9am 

29th Elkster’s Birthday Dance Party 

 

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. 

 

Rankers Sports Camp

Looking for a fun and active camp this summer for your son and/or daughter?  Come out to    Reservoir High School for Rankers Sports Camp with Howard County teachers/coaches Phil Ranker (phys ed), Erika Lupo (phys ed) and Tom Dougherty (math).  We play many different sports throughout the week including: capture the football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, tseg ball, tag games, tennis, scooter games and many many more. If your child likes PE class, they will absolutely LOVE this camp.  Dates for camp: July 1-5 (no camp on July 4-prorated cost) and July 15-19.  Half day and full day options are available.  Please email phillip_ranker@hcpss.org or visit www.rankerssportscamp.weebly.com for any questions.