The Elkster Examiner 3/15/19

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 3:34pm


Wednesday, March 20

Hearing and Vision Rescreens (Pre-K, K, 1st)


Thursday, March 21

School Spirit Day – Wear Favorite College shirt


Friday, March 22

5th Grade Puberty Education Parent Meeting 8:30

S.T.E.A.M Family Night (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm


Friday, March 29

Elkster’s Birthday Dance Party


Thursday, April 4

Kindergarten Field Trip to Maryland Zoo

PTA Meeting 7:00


Friday, April 5

3-hour Early Dismissal 12:55 (End of 3rd Quarter)


Thursday, April 11

Donuts with Dad (More information coming soon)


Friday, April 12

Donuts with Dad (More information coming soon)


April 15 – 22

Spring Break


Tuesday, April 23

School Resumes

5th Grade Field Trip to DC


Wednesday, April 24

3rd Quarter Report Cards Issued






Dear Parents/Guardians,

Recent state law requires that all public schools in Maryland survey students about school climate. The purpose of the survey is to gain valuable information about the quality and character of each school’s learning environment so that schools can promote a climate that supports student learning.

5th grade students will take the survey during regular school hours on March 19th.  The survey will ask students about topics such as student engagement, interactions with adults and with other students in the school, the school environment, bullying, and safety. The survey will not ask about a student’s personal experiences, and students will not be asked to provide any information that might violate his or her privacy.  

The survey is confidential and school personnel will not have access to the responses of specific students. The responses your child provides will be combined with the responses from other students in the school and results will be reported for each school and district.

We are eager to receive this very important information about your student’s school and about schools across the state.

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Michael Caldwell or Kristian Rutledge at (410) 313-5006.

Michael Caldwell, Principal




Do you have a favorite college team or know what college you’d like to attend?  Show your spirit by wearing your favorite college shirt or a colored shirt that represents that college on Thursday, March 21. 


Work with Special Needs students K-5th under the direction of a Special Education Team. Some experience working with children or disabilities preferred.  Hours are Monday through Friday, Average hours 27/ per week. Pay rate is $ 10.50/hourly. No Summer hours. School schedule. This is a Non-benefit position.  Please contact the front office at 410-313-5006 if you are interested in applying for this position. 




Students in grades 3-5 will be taking PARCC Assessments on given dates between April 29th and May 22nd.  The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) was developed to measure student achievement in English Arts (ELA)/Literacy and Mathematics for grade 3-8 and high school.  The primary purpose of PARCC is to provide high quality assessments of students’ progression toward postsecondary readiness and success.  If you would like more information about the PARCC Assessments, please visit HCPSS website.  Schedules for these assessments will be announced at a later date. 



Spring individual and class group pictures were taken this past week.  Each student that was photographed will receive a portrait package to take home at a later date.  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 using our school code 101265





Kindergarten Registration is now open for the 2019-20 school year at Elkridge Elementary.  Children who will be five years old as of September 1, 2019 must enroll in Kindergarten for kindergarten next school year.  Please contact the school for a registration appointment at 410-313-5006.


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. 


Pre-K Registration 2018-19 School Year

Pre-K applications are now being accept for our 2019-20 Pre-K program.  Students must be 4 years of age by September 1, 2019 in order to apply.  This Pre-K program is based on income eligibility and approval needs to be granted prior to registration.  Applications will be available on the HCPSS website or in the front office beginning Monday, March 11th. 


Elkridge Read-A-Thon

On 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.  If you’re in need of more information or additional sponsor forms, please e-mail Kelli Byle (


Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA)

Attention 5th Grade Parents: Students in the 5th grade will continue to take the MISA assessment March 18 & 22.  Maryland Integrated Science Assessment is Maryland’s new NGSS-aligned standardized science assessment.  MISA replaces the MSA Science and HAS Biology tests in all Maryland schools.  Click here for more information.


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 19 and 26 in the Elkridge Library. Parents are expected to attend all 4 sessions. Visit HC DrugFree's website calendar at for more information and to register. Free workbook included. If you have questions, email or call 443-325-0040. 


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 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 or calling 443-325-0040. 



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





Elkster's birthday dance party

We're celebrating Elkster's birthday with a dance birthday party!  Please join us on Friday March 29th from 6:30-8:30pm for cake, music, and fun!  We are looking for help with some items for the party and some volunteer help.  Please take a look at the sign up genius here


Thank you volunteers!  

Thank you so much to all those who sent in items for our recent bake sale and to those who volunteered at the bake sale and at our munchkins with moms mornings this week.  


PTA Election

Please join us on April 4th at 7pm for our annual general meeting and election.  If you are interested in pursuing a position on the PTA board or would like more information, please contact the nominating committee at


PTA Upcoming Dates:

3/29 Elkster's Birthday Dance Party, 6:30pm

4/4 PTA Meeting and Election, 7pm Media Center

4/11-12 Donuts with Dads

4/27 Spring Fest


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