The Elkster Examiner 5/31/19

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 4:17pm
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER 
 
Tuesday, June 4
3-hour early dismissal / Students dismiss at 12:55
 
Wednesday, June 5
Surprise-A-Staff Breakfast 8:30 – 9:00
 
Thursday, June 6
4th Grade Art Field Trip DC
 
Friday, June 7
5th Grade Picnic 9:30 
All EES library books due
Reading/Math Night 6:30
 
Monday, June 10
1st Grade Picnic 10:45 – 11:45
 
Tuesday, June 11
3rd Grade Picnic 11:45
4th Grade Picnic and Kickball 12:45
 
Wednesday, June 12
School Spirit Day: Beach Day
 
Thursday, June 13
2nd Grade Picnic 11:45
 
Friday, June 14
Simulated Congressional Hearings (SCH) 
 
Monday, June 17
Kindergarten Picnic 10:45
PreK Closing/Picnic 
 
Tuesday, June 18
5th Grade Closing Ceremony (10:00 – 10:45) 
 
Wednesday, June 19 – Friday, June 21 
3-hour Early Dismissal / Students dismiss at 12:55
 
Friday, June 21
Last Day of School for Students
 
 
Yearbooks
 
Yearbooks were sent home this week.  If you ordered one and did not receive it, please contact Angela Shiplet at elkridgeyearbook@gmail.com by Friday June 6th. Extra copies will be released for sale, after they are gone there is no way to secure additional copies.  
 
 
MATH AND READING NIGHT
Prepare for summer.  Join us for Math/Reading Night here at Elkridge Elementary Friday, June 7th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  We will share ideas, tasks, and games that will help prepare your child(ren) for summer and help further his or her learning.  There will also be a book exchange.  Details on the book exchange can be found on the flyer sent home with students Thursday.  Light refreshments will be served.  If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Stahr (Melissa_stahr@hcpss.org).  
 
5th Grade Picnic
Our Fifth Grade picnic is Friday, June 7.  A rain date has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 11.  All parents are invited to come and spend the afternoon with us. The PTA will be providing pizza.  Please visit the Sign-Up Genius link below to donate items for the picnic.  During the picnic we will be tie-dying t-shirts.  We are asking for each student to send in a $3 donation to cover the cost of the dye.  In addition, students are asked to bring in a white prewashed t-shirt to tie dye.  Students should bring sunscreen, a hat and/or sunglasses and a blanket.  
 
 
Schedule of Events for June 7th
 
9:30 – 11:30 Morning Rotations:  Tie Dye, Kickball, Australia Tag
11:45 – 12:45 Related Arts
12:45 – 1:15 Recess
1:15 – 1:45   Regular Lunch in Cafeteria (If your child would rather   wait for pizza, send a snack for lunch time.)
1:45 – 3:00 Pizza Picnic on Blacktop
3:00 – 3:45 Classroom 
 
 
5th Grade Closing Ceremony
 
The Fifth Grade Closing Ceremony will be Tuesday, June 18 at 10:00am in the cafeteria. Each family will receive two tickets due to the capacity limitations of our cafeteria which is 515 people. The ceremony tickets will be sent home on Tuesday, June 4th. Additional tickets will not be available. On the day of the ceremony, the doors will open at 9:45am and all family members with tickets will enter through the side cafeteria doors.  Cake will be served in the gym directly following the ceremony.  Semi-formal or concert attire is suggested for this event.  After the ceremony, you are welcome to sign-out your child for the day or they have the option of staying at school for the remainder of the day.
 
Summer Meal Program
The Howard County Public School System is pleased to announce its participation in the 2019 Summer Food Service Program.  For more information on this program, please see attached.   PDF iconSummerMealsProgram.Color_.4.19 (1).pdf    PDF iconSummer Meals FAQ's (1).pdf
 
 
Capstone eBooks - Free Access for Summer
Feel free to share this information to your school community in addition to the summer reading program. All students have free access to Capstone eBooks through August 31, 2019.
Access thousands of books right now by going to MyCapstoneLibrary.com and entering:
 
Username: capstonesummer Password: interactive19
You may also send a paper letter home if you'd like. Here's a letter in English and Spanish for you to send home.
 
If you are interested in purchasing any Capstone eBooks for your collection, you may view the catalog. Capstone is offering BOGO on qualifying eBook purchases through August 31, 2019.
 
 
 
Are You Moving and Not Returning to EES for the 2019-20 School Year?
If you know that you will be relocating over the summer, please notify EES Front Office as soon as possible at 410-313-5006 or email Jenny Whitebloom (Jennifer_whitebloom@hcpss.org) or Laura Nichols (Laura_Nichols@hcpss.org).  You will need to sign a release of records form to ensure that your child’s new school receives the records before the beginning of the 2019-20 school year. During the school year, transfer packets take a minimum of 24 hours to prepare. As we do not have a full registration staff during the summer, transfer packets and records may take longer to get to you and new school(s).
 
 
NOTE FROM THE HEALTH ROOM
 
 Medication Notice 
Any student medication or supplies in the health room during this school year should be picked up by parent/guardian by the end of staff hours on the last day of school, June 21st.  Any questions, please contact the health room at 410-313-8506.
Thank you!
 
Jennifer Tucker, RN, BSN and Marianne Jones, Health Assistant
 
 
 
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.  
 
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.
 
 
EES PTA NEWS 
It's not too late to volunteer!  Please check out our end of the year sign ups listed below.
 
Lunch and Recess Volunteers
 
5th Grade Social
 
 
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.