The Elkster Examiner 1/25/19

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 11:56am


Monday, January 28

End of 2nd quarter

February Conferences Schedule opens to parents beginning at 10:00 am

3-hour early dismissal (12:55) No Pre-K Classes


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


Thursday, February 7

PTA Meeting 7:00 pm


Monday, February 11

Group Photos


Thursday, February 14

Valentine’s Day Celebrations (More information to come)

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)


Tuesday, February 19

Chipotle Restaurant Night 5:00 – 9:00 pm (Dobbin Center)


Friday, February 22

Talent Show 6:00 pm




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




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.


Valentine’s Day Celebrations

Valentine’s Day celebrations will take place on Thursday, February 14th.  Further information on celebrations will be provided by each team. 


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 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

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

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


For more information please visit or call 410-313-4700.



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. Workshop will be presented at:


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


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.



PTA Meeting

Please join us at the next PTA Meeting on Thursday, February 7th at 7pm in the Media Center.  Need to bring your child to be able to attend?  Girl Scouts from our area will be providing activities and supervision during the meeting.


The Yearbook Committee is looking for photos of school events for the yearbook and also for people who would like to help with designing pages.  Send photos to  The PTA provides a free year book for all 5th graders.  Yearbook order forms will be going home to all other grades in March.

Box Tops

We got $683.80 from Box Tops so far this year!  Please keep sending in box tops, and indicate which class they are from. 

Lunch/Recess Volunteers Needed

The school is still in need of volunteer help with lunch and recess.  Please take a look and sign up to help out sometime if you can.


Upcoming PTA Dates:


7th PTA Meeting, 7pm Media Center

14th Teachers’ Conference Night Dinner

19th Chipotle Restaurant Night, 5-9pm Dobbin Location

21st 5th Grade Social Committee Meeting

22nd Talent Show Bake Sale, 6pm



7th PTA - Meeting, 7pm Media Center

14th/15th - Munchkins with Moms 8:30-9am

29th - Elkster’s Birthday Dance Party


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