Guilford Elementary School 410-880-5930/Fax: 410-880-5935 www.hcpss.org/ges Issue 2: September 11, 2015 Note from Mr. Davis: It’s hard to believe we just finished our third week of school. It feels like everyone; students, staff, and parents are settling into our daily routine. Please remember that the doors open at 9:10 each day, we are having many students being dropped off prior to that time and are standing outside unsupervised. Guilford staff typically are outside by 9:05 each day, please plan accordingly. I’m sure you have noticed that there is a new drop-off/pickup lane as well as a designated drop-off/pick-up zone near the flagpole. Please stay in your car and move forward as the other cars move forward. We will call for your children and walk them to your car. If you want to get out of your car, please park in a designated parking spot. Thank you to all the families who have updated/verified their Family File. As we have state in earlier emails, this allows us to have the most up to date emergency contact information. If you have not updated this information, please do so at HCPSS.org/Connect. Our goal is to have 100 percent of our Family files completed. Thank you for helping us reach this goal. The ROAR cart opened for business this week. The students were excited to spend their ROAR tickets at the store. We appreciate you taking the time to talk with your child(ren) about our ROAR Expectations: Show Respect, Take Ownership, Show a Positive Attitude, and Take Responsibility! Together we will continue to make Guilford a wonderful learning community! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Mrs. Stahler, Assistant Principal or Mr. Davis, Principal at 410.880.5930. Have a fantastic weekend! Jonathan Attention all Parent Volunteers: All Parent Volunteers of GES must complete the Parent Volunteer Training packet. You can receive a hard copy in the front office upon your entry into the building. It asks you to read through a few slides and sign that you understand how to report any issue of abuse should a child share with you. Additionally, please connect to the link below and read through a short video about maintaining confidentiality. Once you have completed the video please print and sign the form as instructed. You may return the form to the school's front office. Contact Ms. Dobbs, School Counselor for any questions. The site is available: http://www.hcpss.org/parents/volunteer-information/ DO NOT PHOTO? URGENT! As the parent of a HCPSS student, if you have selected the DO NOT PHOTO option on your child's Emergency Information File – Media Release, as stated below…. “In the course of school activities, HCPSS staff and the news media occasionally photograph or videotape students, and/or make public their names, likeness, or school work for display/use intended for a public audience. Such exposure could occur in print, on TV, on radio, or by electronic means such as the Internet or social media. Unless you exclude your child from all such exposure by opting out, we will assume your permission to do so.” "I do not want my child to be photographed, videotaped or identified by the HCPSS or the news media for display/use intended for a public audience. I understand that this release does not apply to public events, the Yearbook, and use by the Parent Teacher Association.” . . . your child will not be included in photographs that are used in the classroom, team bulletin boards or for purposes of recognition. If you wish to change this designation, you may do so by logging onto HCPSS Connect for parents and revise your child's Family File (Emergency Card- Media Release). Mission Statement: Guilford Elementary will ensure excellence in teaching and learning so that each student will participate responsibly in our diverse and changing world. RESTRICTED NAME? URGENT! As the parent of a HCPSS student, if you have selected the “Name” option on your child's Emergency Information File – Data Confidentiality, your child’s name cannot appear in event programs, bulletin boards, list for recognition purposes or the yearbook. The form clearly states “If you restrict the release of your child’s name, please note that your child will be excluded from such publications as the yearbook, a published honor roll, school event programs, and other publications of this nature.” If you elect to restrict your child’s name, there are no exceptions to be made for any of the events mentioned above. If you wish to change this designation, you may do so by logging onto HCPSS Connect for parents and revise your child's Family File (Emergency Card- Data Confidentiality). Band and Strings Registration Open until Sept. 18! All third, fourth and fifth grade students saw a presentation about the Band and Strings Program. If your child wants to play an instrument, please sign up your child as soon as possible. Classes for new students start the week of Sept. 21. Returning students are started. Go to www.gesmusic.org to register online. Contact Mrs. McDaniel for your child's instrument choice or string instrument size before renting or purchasing an instrument. [email protected] Quarter 1 P.E. Homework All students in kindergarten through 5th grade have received their Quarter 1 PE homework. This quarter our focus is on cardiovascular endurance. Please help your student complete the exercises and sign the homework. PE homework is due September 30th. Extra copies can be found on the GES PE canvas page. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Wolter or Ms. Hancock at (410) 880-5930. Thank you for your support!!! JOIN THE PTA! The number one reason to join the PTA is to benefit your child. Decades of research shows that when parents are involved, students perform better in school, receive higher grades, exhibit increased motivation, and better selfesteem. In helping your child, you’ll also help your school. If you don’t have a lot of time to volunteer, at least become a member. Every member increases the PTA’s voice. September is PTA month, so please send in your membership now, and GET CONNECTED! PTA dues are $15/individual; $20/family. Website: http://www.guilfordpta.com Restaurant Night at Cheeburger Cheeburger – Our first PTA fundraising restaurant night. More details to come. Look out for the flyer in your child’s Friday Folder and a sticker the day before as a reminder to come out to eat, chat, mingle and support! Students have the opportunity to purchase a hot lunch. Lunch (including milk) - $2.75 Milk (1/2 pint) - .50 cents If your child is allergic to milk and you would like him/her to receive juice instead, you must bring a note from your doctor to the cafeteria. In the absence of a doctor’s note, all children will receive milk with a school lunch. Other snacks and drinks are available for purchase with prices ranging from .25 cents to .75 cents. POINT OF SALE SYSTEM FOR STUDENT MEALS - Parents may prepay for student meals by setting up an online account at myschoolbucks.com. There is a $2.25 processing fee for each transaction. Each transaction can be up to $120.00 in total. Students also have the option of paying with cash on a daily basis. Each student has been issued a PIN to use when purchasing meals with cash or prepayment. If a student has forgotten their PIN, cashiers can look the PIN up by student name. This PIN allows HCPSS to receive reimbursements from the National School Lunch Program. We are asking that students bring exact change for purchasing lunch. If a student brings in extra money, please know that the access money will be placed in the student's account. In addition, please remind your child that only one snack should be purchased each day. Please be aware that the students may use the money in their account to purchase snack. If you do not wish for this to be an option for your child, you will need to contact Food and Nutrition Office to have this not be an option for your 2 Mission Statement: Guilford Elementary will ensure excellence in teaching and learning so that each student will participate responsibly in our diverse and changing world. child. They can be reached at 410-313-7134. Thank you for your cooperation and continued support as we continue to use the POS system. GROCERY CARD SIGN-UP Don’t forget about registering your supermarket cards for Guilford. Each year, parents must register so please re-register your Giant, Harris-Teeter, and Safeway cards. GIANT - www.giantfood.com/aplus. Our school ID # is 01033. HARRIS TEETER - It's time to RE-LINK your VIC cards. We have several ways to link your VIC card: At the register in our stores At the Customer Service desk in our stores. Our website - http://www.harristeeter.com/community/together_in_education/tie.aspx . Phone - Call 1-800-432-6111 TIE Coordinators can link parent's cards using the Mass Link feature in the TIE Coordinator section of their website. Please note that you may now provide a VIC card number and/or a phone number when mass linking a card. If you do not have your login information please call 1-800-432-6111. BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION - As in past years, we will be participating in the Box Tops for Education program. There are several different and easy ways in which you can earn money for Guilford Elementary. The first way is to simply clip the Box Tops for Education coupons off the items that you are already using. Bring them into the school and drop them off in the box located in the lobby. The second way is to go to the Box Tops Marketplace at btfe.com. Simply click on the "Shop Online and Earn" tab to shop at some of your favorite stores like Target, Land's End and Staples. A percentage of the qualifying purchases are credited to Guilford. The third way is to shop at Box Tops Reading Room, which teams up Box Tops for Education and Barnes & Noble. Guilford will earn 6% on new book purchases and 3% on all other purchases. OSP- Visit the HCPSS Online School Payment (OSP) website where parents are able to pay school fees by debit or credit card online using a secure web browser at their convenience, 24 hours a day. This will include field trip, yearbooks, recorders and payment for lost media books. Go to OSP website: https://osp.osmsinc.com/howardmd or visit the Guilford website. BSAP SATURDAY MATH ACADEMY REGISTRATION - Saturday, September 19, 2015, 9 - 11 a.m. – Oakland Mills High School Cafeteria, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia, MD 21045 The BSAP Saturday Math Academy (BSAP-SMA) is designed to accelerate academic achievement in mathematics in a unique setting regardless of a student’s academic level. Parents have the opportunity to identify achievement goals for their child […]. FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 3-12. UPCOMING EVENTS September 14 Schools and Offices Closed, Rosh Hashanah 17 Hispanic Reading Night, 6:00 pm 18 School Spirit Day, Celebrating Fall – Wear Fall Colors 22 Restaurant Night at Cheeburger Cheeburger 23 Schools and Offices Closed, Yom Kipper 24 Hispanic Reading Night, 6:00 pm October 1 Hearing and Vision Screening 2 Schools Closed, Professional Development 3 PTA Mum Distribution 5 Interim Reports Issued (revised date) 7 Grade 3 Math Night, 6:00 pm 9 4th Grade Field Trip, Newseum 11 HCPSS Community 5K and Fun Run 12 Individual Picture Day 13 Chat and Chew with Administration, 6:30 pm PTA Meeting, 7:00 pm 14 Grade 4 Math Night, 6:00 pm 15 1st Grade Field Trip, Clark’s Elioak Farm 3rd Grade Field Trip, Sharp’s Farm COMMUNITY EVENTS For a listing of upcoming Community Events access GES Paw Prints online at ges.hcpss.org . 3 Mission Statement: Guilford Elementary will ensure excellence in teaching and learning so that each student will participate responsibly in our diverse and changing world. PAWPRINT SUBMISSIONS are due (in writing) in the office to Teresa Johnson every Wednesday by 12:00p.m. Submissions can be emailed to [email protected] HCPSS Connect HCPSS Connect, previously know as the Family Portal, can be found on the Howard County Public School System’s homepage, www.hcpss.org. Parents who activated their Family Portal account last school year will use the same log-in and password. New and returning families that have not activated their parent account(s) are urged to do so as soon as possible. For assistance you may call the main office, 410-880-5930. Family File To complete or revise your child’s emergency information, please log-on to HCPSS Connect at the Howard County Public School System’s homepage, www.hcpss.org. Parents will use the same log-in and password used for the Family Portal last year. Student emergency information should be completed as soon as possible. Please call the main office, 410-880-5930, for assistance. If you do not have internet access, please be sure to complete a paper copy of this information and return to school as soon as possible. Emergency Notifications As we enter the school year, make sure you know where to find emergency closing information. A complete list of places can be found on the HCPSS website.. SCHOOL HOURS Grades K– 5 9:25a.m. – 3:55p.m. Preschool AM - 9:25 – 11:55a.m./ PM – 1:15 -3:55p.m. Students may enter the building at 9:10 am, when the bell chimes. LATE ARRIVALS Students who arrive at school after 9:25a.m. MUST be accompanied by a parent to the Main Office to be signed in before reporting to class. EARLY DISMISSAL Teachers may not dismiss students to parents/guardians. Parents/guardians must come to the Main Office, with identification, to sign out students and the office will request that the teacher send the student to the office. This procedure is for the safety of all our students. ABSENCE POLICY A parent note explaining a student’s absence is required when a student is absent for any portion of the school day. Please include date(s) of absence(s). When a student in absent 3 or more consecutive days a doctor’s note is requested upon the student’s return to school. BUSES Children are assigned to buses by the Pupil Transportation Office based on where they live. Lists of students who ride a particular bus are kept on record in the office. Children are not permitted to ride on another bus. If an emergency arises, please call the main office 410-880-5930. WALKERS The Crossing Guard will be on post from 8:55-9:20a.m. Please do not send your children before this time. Students will not be permitted in the building until 9:10 a.m. 4 Mission Statement: Guilford Elementary will ensure excellence in teaching and learning so that each student will participate responsibly in our diverse and changing world. Community Events The following events are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Howard County Public School System. Do you want to make New Friends and have Fun Adventures? Then maybe you should be a Girl Scout! We are currently recruiting girls grades K – 5 & adults 18 and up! If you are interested in learning more, girls & adults are invited to attend an open house on Tuesday, September 29th at 7:00pm in the North Laurel Community Center (9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel, MD 20723). If you cannot make it on the 29th please contact Elizabeth Blough at [email protected] or [email protected] Guilford Community Crossroads Church Basket Bingo, Fri., Sept. 11 - Orphan Care Basket Bingo at The Lodge, 2832 Nine Mile Circle Catonsville. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. games begin at 7 p.m. 20 regular games, 5 Reserve seating available for parties of 10 or more! All proceeds go to support orphan care. Email [email protected] to request tickets. St. Louis School St. Louis Catholic Middle School back to school event, Fri, Sept. 11, 2015, 7-10 p.m., school caferteria. Ticket sales, Sept. 8-11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. cost $10. For information call 410-531-6668. [email protected] Columbia Association Columbia Art Center for Free Family Art Frenzy on Sun., Sept. 13, 1-3, ages welcome. For more information, please call Columbia Art Center at 410-730-0075 or email [email protected] Columbia Association When Howard County is out of school the Columbia Art Center host an Artsy Fun Day! The first one will be held on Mon., Sept. 14, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Art lesson begins at 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. For more information, please call Columbia Art Center at 410-730-0075 or email [email protected] Howard Community College Advanced Driving Skills, Sat. 12:30-4 p.m., Sept. 19, Oct. 17 and Dec. 12. Designed for newly licensed and seasoned drivers and offered in partnership with DriveTeam. Learn a variety of skid avoidance and recovery skills using state of the art equipment (Skid-Vehicle). Offered at HCC (Main Campus, Lot F). For more information go to howardcc.edu/ConEd or call Loretta Farb at 443 518-4971. Howard Community College Preparation for the SAT, Sat., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sept. 26-Oct. 24. Take the entire prep class or take only the verbal (9am1pm) or math (1:30-4:30), depending on your needs. Review and refresh tested skills and learn test-taking tips during this five day course. Text book and other materials provided. For more information got to howardcc.edu/ConEd or contact Sara Baum at 443 518-4976. Columbia Association The Columbia Art Center offers a variety of Art Classes for children of all ages and a new Youth Artistic Masters Certificate Program! Check out the Fall Brochure on www.columbiaartcenter.org for more information. For inquiries or to register, please call Columbia Art Center at 410-730-0075 or email [email protected] . Columbia Association The Columbia Art Center offers a wide variety of Art Classes for portfolio development and personal interest! Also offering a new Youth Artistic Masters Certificate Program! Check out the Fall Brochure on www.columbiaartcenter.org, for more information. For inquiries or to register, please call Columbia Art Center at 410730-0075 or email [email protected] 5 Mission Statement: Guilford Elementary will ensure excellence in teaching and learning so that each student will participate responsibly in our diverse and changing world. Columbia Association The Columbia Art Center is offering Figure Drawing for Teens! Tues., 5-7 p.m., starting Oct. 13. Draw from live models. For inquiries or to register, please call Columbia Art Center at 410-730-0075 or email [email protected] Slayton House Musical Theatrix opens their fall season with this larger than life classical production of “Wizard of Oz”. Enjoy rehearsals with live accompaniment. Sing, dance and act-Get a brain, find your heart and develop courage in this timeless tale. Follow the yellow brick road to our website at www.musicaltheatrix.com or email us at [email protected] Classes are held at Slayton House beginning Sept. 9, from 5-6:30 p.m. Call Slayton house at 410-730-2380. Howard County Government HC DrugFree is a non-profit in Howard County contracted by the Howard County Health Department to provide substance misuse prevention educational programs and services in the County. Sign up for HC DrugFree’s FREE electronic newsletter to learn about local drug/alcohol issues affecting everyone in Howard County. Learn about safe medication disposal and storage, policy changes and prevention programs to build community awareness in the County. To sign up for our electronic newsletter, please forward your email address to [email protected] I call 443-325-0040 or sign up online at www.hcdrugfree.org and click on the "Join Our Mailing List" box. Howard County Government HC DrugFree’s Teen Advisory Council (TAC), meets one Mon. evening a month, 5:30p.m. -7 p.m., at The Barn (Oakland Mills Village Center) and is open to all Howard County high school students. The first TAC meeting will be held on Sept. 21. Community service hours are available. For more information, please visit www.hcdrugfree.org and go to the Teen Advisory Council page, or contact Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree’s Executive Director at [email protected] or call 443-435-0040. The Glen Mar Community Church Family 5K and 1-Mile Walk will be held on Sat., Oct. 3, 9 a.m. at Glen Mar United Methodist Church, 4701 New Cut Road, Ellicott City. The event will benefit the Howard County Food Bank. To register visit www.glenmar.org/gmcevents/5k/. For more information, call Connie Ballenger at 410-796-0290 or Dave Eddy at 410465-2976. Hopes for Henry Register today to Make a Kid's Day join us on Labor Day, Sept. 7, Cypressmede Park 5K and Fun Run to Benefit Hope for Henry http://www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-reg/108639 Schedule of Activities: 8:30 am. Breakfast and Registration, 9 a.m. Warmup and Stretch, 9:15 a.m. 5K Race Start New this year, guest appearances from your children's favorite Superhero's, Face Painting, and much more. Cub Scouts Waverly Elementary School Come join Cub Scout Pack 323. We are a fun-focused organization to teach young boys, grade 1-5, the values of exploration, good citizenship, charity, leadership, and self-reliance. We build rockets and cars, go on hikes and camp, contribute to charities, learn about nature. Want to learn more? Come out to our Pack Meeting on Weds., Sept. 2, for our Rocket Launch at St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Church, 10800 Old Court Rd, Woodstock, MD., 6 p.m. Check out our website www.pack323md.org Questions - Please email John Baker, [email protected] Cub Scouts Guilford and Cradle Rock Elementary Schools Cub Scout Pack 373 is hosting an Information Session for prospective scouts on Fri. Sept. 18, 6:30- 7:30 p.m., and a Pack meeting open to guests on Fri., Sept., 25, 7 p.m. Both events will be in the multipurpose room at New Hope Lutheran Church directly across from the Kings Contrivance Village Center. Boys grade 1-5 this year are eligible to join. Pack Meetings are held monthly at this Church and the annual fee is $75. E-mail [email protected] or [email protected] or http://cspack373columbia.scoutlander.com 6 Mission Statement: Guilford Elementary will ensure excellence in teaching and learning so that each student will participate responsibly in our diverse and changing world. Cub Scouts Pack 944 for SJLES Join Scouting: Come join the fun at Pack 944. We invite all boys from 1st thru 4th grade to come join us for our fall open house on Wed., Sept. 16, 7-8 p.m., at Bethany United Methodist Church. Bring your parents to find out all about scouting while you enjoy the night with classmates. Please contact Cubmaster Scott Woolsey at 757-406-6187 or [email protected] for more information. Cub Scouts Pack 371 for Altholton Elementary School Thinking of joining Cub Scouts? Come visit Pack 371 on Thurs., Sept. 17, 7 p.m., Memorial Presbyterian Church (6410 Amherst Avenue, Columbia, MD.). Our scouting program allows kids have fun while teaching them skills that will help them in the future. From learning how to use a bow and arrow to transforming a block of wood into a racecar, Cub Scouts is one adventure after another. Cub Scouts is fun with a purpose, and it shows kids that doing their best is the most fun of all. Cub Scouts Pack 838 for Thunder Hill Elementary School Join Cub Scouts now, Pack 838 invites all future scouts (grades 1-5) to our pack meeting on Sept 16, at THES (7pm). For more information, please contact Carlos Cisneros [email protected] or Lou Hromada ([email protected] Cub Scouts Pack 678 for Phelps Luck and Waterloo Elementary Schools Cub Scout Pack 678 meets at Phelps Luck Elementary! We are an active and family oriented pack that likes to have fun while learning. Some of our activities include: Fall and Spring campouts, Pinewood Derby car racing, community service projects, field trips, arts and crafts, Christmas caroling, and fundraising. Cub scouts is open to boys in the 1st through 5th grades. If you are interested in learning more about us, come talk to us at the Back to School Nights on September 1st and 2nd, or at the Cub Scout Popsicle Social on Fri., Sept. 11; or e-mail us at [email protected] Cub Scouts Pack 794 for Rockburn Elementary School Pack 794 is now looking for boys in 1st thru 5th grade. Scouting is a great way for parents and their sons to spend quality time together. Take part in fun activates that help build character, teamwork and self-esteem. JOIN PACK 794 AT Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church - Harrison Hall, Fri., 11 Sept., 7-8 p.m. For more information contact: Ian Schneller, 410-387-6574, [email protected] or Galen Kane, [email protected] Cub Scouts Pack 793 for Bushy Park Elementary School Cub Scout Pack 793 meets right here at Bushy Park Elementary and is open to 1st graders through 5th graders. Your Cub Scout would attend 1 Den and 1 Pack meeting monthly and enjoy a wide variety of fun pack activities including some favorites like Pinewood Derby, Klondike Derby at Patapsco State Park, and Spring and Fall Campouts at the nearby Franciscan Friary. If interested, contact either: Mike Wilmeth at [email protected] or Kathleen Conley at 443745-4342. Cub Scouts 761 PACK 761 is looking for new cub scouts! We have openings for boys in grades 1-5. Please join us at our recruitment meeting on Thurs., Sept. 10, 7 p.m., at Glenelg United Methodist Church for more information, fun activities and to meet our current cub scouts and leaders. Feel free to call Cubmaster Jon Raimondi (240) 286-7918 for questions/information. Hope to see you there! SPORTS Elkridge Youth Organization (EYO) Fall Baseball and Softball, Tee Ball and Coach Pitch (co-ed) ages 4-6yrs, Machine Pitch, ages 7-8yrs, Kid Pitch, ages 9-18yrs. Register at www.eyosports.org Season starts after Labor Day. Questions email: [email protected] SuperSquads 7 Mission Statement: Guilford Elementary will ensure excellence in teaching and learning so that each student will participate responsibly in our diverse and changing world. Cheerleading After School Program is starting the week of 9/21 in participating elementary schools! Register at www.supersquads.org or contact [email protected] or 410-796-2244. 8 Mission Statement: Guilford Elementary will ensure excellence in teaching and learning so that each student will participate responsibly in our diverse and changing world.