The Elkster Examiner 4/12/19

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 3:43pm


April 15 – 22

Spring Break


Tuesday, April 23

School Resumes


Wednesday, April 24

3rd Quarter Report Cards Issued


Thursday, April 25

5th Grade Field Trip to DC

National Take Your Daughter and Sons to Work Day


Saturday, April 27

Spring Fest PTA event 3 – 6 pm (See information below)


Thursday, May 2

5th Grade Field Trip Frederick Keys

PTA Meeting 7:00


Friday, May 3

2nd Grade Field Trip Sharp’s Farm


May 6 – May 10

Staff Appreciation Week


Tuesday, May 7

4th Grade Field Trip to SERC (Williams and Ridgley)

5th Grade Panoramic Picture



Wednesday, May 8

4th Grade Field Trip to SERC (Chun and House)


Thursday, May 9

4th Grade Field Trip to SERC (O’Carroll and Tiralla)

Pre-K Field Trip Clark’s Elioak Farm

1st Grade Field Trip to Toby’s


Tuesday, May 14

Chorus Concert


Thursday, May 16

4th Quarter Interims Issued

Night of Excellence 6:00 – 6:45 PM for last names beginning with A-M

                                    7:15 – 8:00 PM for last names beginning with N-Z


Friday, May 17

3-hour early dismissal


Tuesday, May 21

Band Concert 7:00


Thursday, May 23

3rd Grade Field Trip Oriole Park

Strings Concert 7:00


Monday, May 27

Schools Closed ~ Memorial Day


Thursday, May 30

Field Day 9:30


Thursday, June 6

4th Grade Art Field Trip DC

PTA Meeting 7:00


Friday, June 7

Reading/Math Night


Friday, June 14

Simulated Congressional Hearings (SCH)


Free Lunches Available During Spring Break:  April 15-18

Free lunches will be available to Howard County children during Spring Break--April 15-18.  The program is available for children ages 18 and younger.  The lunches will be at the East Columbia Library, the Bain 50+ Center, and the North Laurel Community Center.  For more information, please see the attached files.   PDF iconSPRING LUNCH flyer 19 (1).pdf  PDF iconSPRING LUNCH flyer 19 -SPANISHfinal (1).pdf



Elkridge Read-A-Thon Due Date Extended

Wow!  We are so impressed with all of our student readers!  So far, we have raised over $2,000! Thank you to everyone who has participated!  If you are still collecting donations, we will extend the due date to after spring break, April 26th.  If you have any questions or need more forms, please email



Spirit Week: April 23rd – 26th


Let’s show our readiness-to-test spirit with motivational clothing!


Monday - No School, Spring Break

Tuesday, 23rd - Wear fruity colors to remind yourself to eat a good breakfast.

Wednesday, 24th - Wear Pajamas to remind you to get a good night’s sleep.

Thursday, 25th - Wear workout clothes to remind you to pace yourself and persevere.

Friday, 26th - Wear your favorite EES gear or team jersey to remind you that you are part of our team, and we all support each other. 



Please join us on Thursday, May 16th for our annual Night of Excellence (formally Enrichment Fair).  This year we will be celebrating all students’ achievements.  Each student will be recognized and have something displayed during this exciting evening.  To help alleviate parking issues we have split the event into two shifts.  These times are 6:00 – 6:45 PM for last names beginning with A-M and 7:15 – 8:00 PM for last names beginning with N-Z.  Hope to see you there!


Students can purchase Night of Excellence T-shirts designed with this year’s logo on it – “All Star Learners”.  These shirts are short sleeved, baseball style and are being sold for $13.00 each.  You may purchase these shirts online or pay with check (made out to EES).  The link for online purchases is htts://  Please note that there is a handling fee for paying online.  T-shirt orders are due by April 29th.   Look for flyer send home with students yesterday. 


SCH Judges Needed

Fifth graders at EES will be participating in Simulated Congressional Hearings (SCH) on Friday, June 14th. In order for the event to be successful, we are in need of judges. We ask that you are available from 8:45-2:15 the day of; lunch will be provided. This is a great opportunity for you to be involved in an inspiring and uplifting event that showcases what our students have learned. You do NOT need to be a constitutional scholar to be a great judge. It will be the students' job to teach you. To sign up to be a judge please visit this link:


If you have any questions please send them to Ms. Stahr at


HCPSS International Office

International Achievement Liaisons

The International Achievement Liaisons facilitate communication and understanding across cultures between schools and the international families. They also serve as members of the schools’ intervention teams and collaborate with the school staff to provide supports to international students and their families.

Interpreting Services

The HCPSS has a cadre of certified interpreters who assist with communication at school meetings, parent-teacher conferences and at other school functions when appropriate. Interpreter services should be arranged through the local schools.

HCPSS Publications

View a list of HCPSS publications available on our website. For translated publications return to the Languages page and choose your language. Many publications have been translated into Spanish, Korean and Chinese.

International Call Center

The OISFS also provides phone referral services in Spanish and Korean for families with questions and concerns related to school matters. LEP parents may call the International Call Center and leave messages in their native language. The phone calls are checked daily to support LEP parents who are speakers of Korean or Spanish.

•             Chin: 410-313-5968

•             Chinese: 410-313-5920

•             Korean: 410-313-1592

•             Spanish: 410-313-1591


National Take Your Daughter and Sons to Work Day

The fourth Thursday in April of each year has been designated as National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Day (this year it falls on April 25, 2019). The program was created by the Ms. Foundation for Women as an educational experience for daughters and sons. It provides an opportunity for daughters and sons to become more aware of their parents’ work day, and encourages them to think about their own futures.

If your child is going to observe an adult mentor on Thursday, April 25th, please send in a note in to your student’s home room teacher or report the absence to by April 24th. This permission note is very important because it allows the school to keep accurate attendance records.  When participating in this program students will be considered to be on a field trip and will not be marked absent. 


Spring Fest – April 27th

It's that time of year again - SPRING!  That means we at the PTA are busy planning a fun event for all of our students and families.  This year the event will be Saturday, April 27th, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.  There will be lots of games and fun for everyone.  A lot of things will be free, but we will be selling some food and bake sale items.  The cake walk will be 50 cents again.  There will also be a basket raffle and teacher experience raffles.  The baskets are created from donations that our community provides.  Please see attached flyer for more information. 

Volunteers Needed!



Here is the link for the sign up: Spring Fest 2019



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





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. 



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.


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. 



Lunch and Recess Volunteers

We still need some helpers at lunches and recess times.  Please take a look at the sign up if you can help.  All of the remaining months of the year are tabbed at the top of the sign up.


Spring Fest

The PTA is seeking out donations for a basket raffle at the Spring Fest which will be held on Saturday, April 27th.  Donations should be sent in to school by April 24th.  Help is also needed to assemble the baskets.  For more information, contact the chair, Christina Wilson at


PTA Elections

Elections were held at the PTA meeting Thursday night.  The officers for next year are 

President - Meg Ricks

Vice President - Angela Shiplet

Treasurer - Christina Wilson

Recording Secretary - Tina Meeks

Corresponding Secretary - Lisa McCollum

PTACHC Delegates - Laura Wisely and Terri Marcus

Congratulations to those newly elected and thank you to all those who served in the last term!

If you're interested in committee positions or getting involved next year, please come out the last meeting of the year May 2, or email


Upcoming Restaurant Nights

4/26 Subway, 5-10pm

4/29 On the Border, 11am-10pm

5/8 Ledo's,  2-9pm

5/20 Tino's 


PTA Meetings and Events at a glance

4/27 Spring Fest, 3-6pm

5/2 Final PTA meeting of the year, 7pm Media Center

5/6-10 Teacher Appreciation Week


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