The Elkster Examiner 3/29/19

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 12:18pm

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER 

Friday, March 29

Elkster’s Birthday Dance Party Tonight! 6:30 – 8:30 pm

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 8:20 – 9:00 am (Students with the last names A-L)

Friday, April 12

Donuts with Dad 8:20 – 9:00 am (Students with last names M-Z)

1st Grade Field Trip to MD Science Center

April 15 – 22

Spring Break

Tuesday, April 23

School Resumes

5th Grade Field Trip to DC

Wednesday, April 24

3rd Quarter Report Cards Issued

Thursday, April 25

Reading/Math Night (More information to come)

 

Elkster's Birthday Dance Party Tonight!

We're celebrating Elkster's birthday with a dance birthday party!  Please join us tonight, from 6:30-8:30pm for cake, music, and fun!  We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Elkridge Read-A-Thon Update

Read-a-Thon UPDATE: Today marks the end of our 2nd Annual Read-a-Thon!  Thank you to all participants!  Please ask your child to finish their reading logs for March and total up their hours read. Your next step is to reach out to sponsors and collect donations. We ask that all money raised, sponsor forms, and tracking sheets be returned by April 10th to homeroom teachers. Checks should be made payable to Elkridge Elementary School. If you have any questions or need more forms, please email kbyle@hcpss.org.

 

MAP Assessments

Attention: 1st through 5th Grade Parents/Guardians

Student Winter MAP Home Reports were sent home yesterday.  Please check your child's Thursday folder for this important information.  Your child's Student Progress Report provides specific information on your child's performance on the Winter 2018 administration of the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) in reading and mathematics.  If you have any questions about your child's academic performance, please contact your child's teacher.  Please visit HCPSS website for more information on MAP Assessments.  

 

SPRING PORTRAITS

Individual Student Portraits were sent home with students yesterday.  Included in the photo package is a price sheet and a return envelope.  If you would like to purchase any of the photos please keep the photos you wish to purchase and return the payment to EES. Please return photos if you are not interested in purchasing. If you are paying by check please make the check payable to STRAWBRIDGE.  Please note: Class photos have not yet arrived to the school.  We will send home as soon as the pictures arrive. 

 

PARCC TESTING

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

 

HCPSS WATER QUALITY REPORT

Howard County Public School System began in September 2018 to test for presence of lead in school drinking water.  The Testing is being conducted to comply with a new state regulation requiring lead testing of drinking water outlets in all Maryland schools and not because of any concerns with drinking water in Howard County schools.  The state regulations apply to all Maryland school systems.  For more information on water quality, please refer to the following link. 

https://www.hcpss.org/schools/water-quality-reports/

 

KINDERGARTEN & NEW FIRST GRADE REGISTRATION

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:

  • Birth certificate, birth registration or passport.

  • Current immunization record - must be a print out from the pediatrician and signed.

  • Deed or lease to your home

  • Current utility bill

  • 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. 

LEARNING TOGETHER PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAM   2019-20

The Elkridge Elementary School Regional Early Childhood Center (RECC) preschool programs are making preparations for classes for the 2019-20 school year.  These classes include children with and without disabilities.  The program’s focus is helping children develop communication, literacy, math, problem solving, motor and social skills.  Parents/guardians of children who will be 3 by September 1st may contact Laura Nichols in the front office for an application package.

Children are selected based upon screening information given on the application form and the “Ages and Stages Questionnaire”, as well as observations of the child’s participation in a playgroup.  If you have questions, please contact Laura Nichols at 410-313-5006 or laura_nichols@hcpss.org.

PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM   2019-20

Enrollment for our half day Pre-K programs at EES for the 2019-20 school year has begun!  The Pre-K program is a high-quality, early childhood instructional program designed to support early learning and school readiness. It aims to provide experiences that foster children’s academic, social, emotional and physical development. The Maryland State Department of Education requires that the Pre-K program be made available to students who meet priority criteria. Parents of children who will be 4 by September 1, 2019 may contact the front office or stop by to pick up an application. All application information will be kept confidential and reviewed only by school staff. The school will review applications and supporting documentation and then invite students to be enrolled according to the criteria described above.  Call the EES Front Office at 410-313-5006 with any questions.

 

CHANGES TO 2019-20 REPORT CARDS

Beginning in the 2019—2020 school year, you will notice a minor modification to your student’s report card.  To align with the changes recently made to HCPSS Policy 8010: Grading and Reporting, the PreK – 5 Learning Behaviors section of the report card will be modified.  Parents and guardians can learn more about HCPSS Policy 8010, CLICK HERE

 

HCPSS WATER QUALITY REPORT

Howard County Public School System began in September 2018 to test for presence of lead in school drinking water.  The Testing is being conducted to comply with a new state regulation requiring lead testing of drinking water outlets in all Maryland schools and not because of any concerns with drinking water in Howard County schools.  The state regulations apply to all Maryland school systems.  For more information on water quality, please refer to the following link. 

https://www.hcpss.org/schools/water-quality-reports/

 

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. 

 

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 

Donuts with Dad

EES Dads (grandpas or other special adults are welcome too), please join us for a light breakfast with your kids from 8:20-9:00.  Students with the last name A-L are invited to attend Thursday, April 11. Students with the last name M-Z are invited to attend Friday, April 12.  Please RSVP by April 4th on forms being sent home next 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 eesptamail@gmail.com.

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 8:20 – 9:00

4/27 Spring Fest

 

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.