The Elkster Examiner 1/11/19

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 2:06pm


Tuesday, January 15

Band Concert 7:00 pm


Thursday, January 17

Strings Concert 7:00 pm (3rd and 4th Grade beginning strings students)


Friday, January 18

6th grade music performance forms due


Monday, January 21

Schools Closed (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)


Wednesday, January 23

No Pre-K classes


Thursday, January 24

No Pre-K classes


Friday, January 25

No Pre-K classes

International Night Celebration


Monday, January 28

End of 2nd quarter

3-hour early dismissal (12:55)


Tuesday, January 29

Talent Show Auditions 4:00 pm


Wednesday, January 30

Mobile Dentist School Visit


Thursday, January 31

Mobile Dentist School Visit

Talent Show Auditions 4:00 pm


Tuesday, February 5

No School for Students - Professional Learning Day


Wednesday, February 6

Quarter 2 report cards issued


Monday, February 11

Group Photos


Thursday, February 14

3-hour early dismissal (12:55) - Parent Teacher Conferences (No Pre-K classes)


Friday, February 15

3-hour early dismissal (12:55) - Parent Teacher Conferences (No Pre-K classes)



The ongoing shutdown of the federal government has caused financial hardship for too many of our friends and neighbors. Additionally, we know that students are experiencing anxiety and fear for their family's financial situation. I wanted to let you know of a few supports that are in place to help at this time.


Howard County families who have lost pay due to the shutdown may immediately apply for the Free and Reduced-Priced Meals (FARMs) program and the HCPSS Food and Nutrition Office will determine their eligibility status within 24-48 hours. Families that would not ordinarily qualify for the FARMs program could be eligible for the remainder of the school year because of the current loss of income.


Families that are adversely impacted, including those who do not receive FARMs assistance, will have the remainder of the school year to pay off any meal balances incurred during the government shutdown.


Additionally, many students may be suffering fear or anxiety about their family’s current financial situation. Student Services staff at our school are prepared and available to assist students at any time during the school day. Additionally, numerous resources for families are identified on the HCPSS website, and other supports are available through the Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services.





Beginning 3rd grade strings and beginning 4th grade strings will have their concert on Thursday, Jan 17th at 7:00 pm.  Students should arrive no later than 6:45 pm.



We invite you to join us as we celebrate our school's rich diversity! There will be international cuisine, a cultural fashion show, cultural displays, special musical performances, and more! 


We are in need of volunteers to showcase the different cultures that represent our EES community. Please use the link below if you are interested in participating. International Night Sign-Up Link:




Elkridge ES Winter 2019  /  Before & After School Classes with Howard County Recreation & Parks:

Chess Wizards Before School: Grades K-5/ Classes: 8/Fridays starting Feb 1/ 8:10-9:10am /$139

I’m the Chef Too Hogwarts Culinary School of Magic: Grades 3-5/ Classes: 8/Fridays Jan 25/ 4:05-5:05pm/$149

KidzArt After School: Grades K-5/ Classes: 6/Session 3/ Mondays starting/Mondays starting Dec 17/ 4:10-5:10pm/$108

KidzArt After School: Grades K-5/ Classes: 6/Session 4/ Mondays starting/Mondays starting Mar 4/ 4:10-5:10pm/$108

Learn Now Music After School Groovy Guitar: Grades K-5 /Classes: 6/Wednesdays starting Feb 6 4-5pm/$139

Learn Now Music After School Poppin Piano: Grades K-5 /Classes: 6/Wednesdays starting Feb 6 4-5pm/$139

Kid Empowerment: P.E.T. Power/Grades 2-4/Classes: 6/Thursdays starting Feb 7/ 4-5:30pm/$119

Science Club with Club SciKidz: Grades K-3/ Pull Your Own Weight/Classes: 8/Thursdays starting Jan 24/ 4-5pm/$145

Science Club with Club SciKidz: Grades 3-5/ Newton’s Toy Box/Classes: 8/Thursdays starting Jan 24/4-5pm/$145

Minecraft Animation with C3 Cyber Club: Grades 1-3/Classes: 6/Tuesdays starting Jan 29 4-5pm/$145

Minecraft Modding with C3 Cyber Club/Grades 1-3/Classes: 6/Wednesdays starting Jan 23 /4-5pm $145

Kiddie Basketball/5-7 yrs/Classes: 9/Tuesdays starting Jan 15 /5-6pm /$75

After-School Dodgeball/7-10 yrs /Classes: 9/Tuesdays starting Jan 15/ 4-5pm /$75

Kiddie Indoor Soccer/5-7 yrs /Classes: 9/Wednesdays starting Jan 16/5-6pm /$75

After-School Indoor Soccer/8-10 yrs /Classes: 9/Wednesdays starting Jan 16 /4-5pm /$75

TGA Premier Youth Tennis/6-11 yrs /Classes: 6/Mondays starting Feb 4/4-5pm/$90





Howard County Public School System has joined with Smile Maryland to
offer in-school dental care.  
The mobile dentist is scheduled to come to Elkridge Elementary School on Wednesday January 30 and Thursday January 31, 2019.   A state licensed dentist will check your child's mouth and teeth and may provide a cleaning, x-rays, fluoride treatment, sealants and additional care such as fillings, placement of crowns over the teeth, pulpotomies, and extractions if needed/necessary.  A dental report card will be sent home with your child.  The provider will bill and collect payment from any Medicaid, insurance or other payer and you will be billed for and agree to pay any deductibles and/or copays.  If you would like your child to be seen by the dentist, please complete the Smile Maryland form (sent home with the students) and send back to school or you may sign up online at  


We are in need of volunteers to help bring students to and from classrooms for dental checks.  If you are available to help, please contact Jennifer Tucker ( or Marianne Jones ( directly by e-mail.


Talent Show Auditions

Attention 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Parents:

Auditions for our annual talent show will be held on Tuesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 31 at 4:00pm.  Information has been sent home with your child yesterday.  If your child is interested, they will need to pick up an audition packet form Ms. Loughry’s room.  All permission slips (included in the information packet) must be signed and returned to Ms. Loughry by Friday, January 25.




February conferences will be scheduled on Thursday and Friday, February 14th and 15th.  Schools will close 3-hours early (12:55) on both days.  GT teachers will meet with 4th grade. (5th grade and Ms. Rager’s math class conferences took place in the fall).

Parents will be able to begin scheduling MATH conferences starting Monday, January 28th.  Please visit HCPSS Connect to schedule a conference.  All conferences will last 15 minutes. When you register, you will see they are set up for 20 minute blocks to allow for transition time between conferences and to help keep on the start times on schedule. It is important arrive on time to your conference as teachers will not be able to go beyond the scheduled time.

The directions for parent conference registration, please see attached document.  If you are in need of extra support, resources can be found on the HCPSS website.

Conference Scheduling Timeline:

January 28 at 10:00 AM     Math Conference Scheduling Opens (HCSSS Connect)

February 8 at 4:00 PM       Math Conference Scheduling Closes (HCPSS Connect)

February 11 & 12     Math conferences can only be done by contacting the front office directly at 410-313-5006

After February 12      All conference scheduling has to be done by contacting the teacher directly through e-mail




Road to Kindergarten 2019

In order to support families of children headed to kindergarten, the Office of Early Childhood Programs is pleased to announce the upcoming Road to Kindergarten informational workshopsHoward County families with children who will be five years old by September 1, 2019 are invited to come with questions and concerns pertaining to the kindergarten process.


The workshop offers information for the upcoming kindergarten year, such as kindergarten registration, school readiness and kindergarten curriculum. The three identical workshops will be presented at:


Oakland Mills High School - Wed. January 23, 2019 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Centennial High School - Thurs. January 24, 2019 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Hammond High School - Wed. January 30, 2019 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.


Choose one session (date & time) that is convenient for you. No pre-registration required. Childcare is available for children ages 2 and older.


Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for child care sign-in; information sessions are from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.



Help Needed

Are you interested in helping to plan our spring activity?  Email us at  Have feedback for the PTA?  Let us know at that same address.  

Upcoming Events:

1/12- Howard County State Delegation Work session, 10am-? George Howard Building (the community is invited to attend and observe, developer school impact fees and other proposed legislation will be discussed)

1/21- Chuck E. Cheese Restaurant Day, noon-9pm Glen Burnie location (food and token purchases count towards fundraiser with flier)

1/25- International Night, 6:30-8:30pm

2/7- PTA Meeting, 7pm Media Center

2/19- Chipotle Restaurant Night, 5-9pm Dobbin Rd.

2/22- Talent Show Bake Sale, 6pm

 Save the date for the 2nd Annual International Night, Friday, January 25th!


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