Clemens Crossing Cougar Comments

June 8, 2018 - VOLUME 39, ISSUE 35

Events Coming Up

For a complete list of dates and events or to subscribe to the CCES Calendar,


  • 12 - School Spirit Day - Hat Day
  • 12 - REVISION - Full School Day
  • 12 - 2nd Grade Picnic, 12:35 p.m.
  • 13 - REVISION - Full School Day
  • 13 - 1st Grade - Author's Celebration and Picnic, 11:00 a.m.
  • 14 - REVISION - Full School Day
  • 14 - End of Marking Period
  • 14 - Flag Day - Wear red, white, and blue
  • 14 - 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 9:30 a.m.
  • 14 - 4th Grade Book Viewing and Picnic, 12:30 p.m.
  • 15 - Early Dismissal - All schools close 3-hours early. CCES dismisses at 12:45 p.m.
  • 15 - 5th Grade Picnic, 9:30 a.m.
  • 15 - 3rd Grade Picnic, 10:45 a.m.
  • 18 - Early Dismissal - All schools close 3-hours early. CCES dismisses at 12:45 p.m.
  • 19 - Last Day of School - Schools are Open for a Half Day.
    CCES Dismisses at 12:45 p.m. Inclement Weather Make-up Day #5.

2018-19 School Year
  • 30 - Kindergarten Open House, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • 30 - Grades 1-5 Open House, 2:30-3:15 p.m.


  • 3 - Labor Day
  • 4 - First Day of School
  • 5 - GT Information Session, 6:00 p.m.
  • 5 - Back-to-School Night - Grades 3, 4, & 5, 6:30 p.m.
  • 7 - PTA Back-to-School Picnic, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
  • 10 - Schools and Offices Closed
  • 11 - Back-to-School Night - Grades K, 1, & 2, 6:30 p.m.
  • 12 - Band/Strings Information Night, 6:30 p.m.
  • 19 - Schools and Offices Closed

From School Administration

Can you believe it is June? This time of year gets busy both in-school (with events, celebrations, field trips,...) and out-of-school (spring sports, graduations, family celebrations,...) and more! While most of these activities are positive and exciting, they can create stress for students as they try to balance "normal" with very different schedules as well as some anxiety that comes with the end of the school year and leaving their teachers and classmates. If you are able to take some time to reflect as a family, you may want to consider some of these questions:

  • What were your favorite memories of this past year?
  • What can you do now that you couldn't do in September?
  • What goals did you accomplish?
  • What do you hope for your summer? For next year?
  • What goals do you have for yourself next June?

It may be that your child is counting the days until summer, sad about the days they have left, or both! Either way, it is a great time to pause, process, and reflect.

Summer Reading

The best thing about summer is having plenty of time to read….
This year we are encouraging summer reading by inviting CCES students and families to take photos of themselves reading with our Clemens Crossing Cougar.
Download and print out the Cougar of your choice, then read with it and take a photo from interesting places. Photos can be emailed to Mrs. Marshall at, so we can share them in the fall. All are welcome to participate, including fifth graders and students heading to other schools. You can also Tweet your summer reading with the Cougar and include our CCES Twitter handle @hcpss_cces and the hashtag, #SummerReadingCougars. We will retweet summer reading Tweets from all over!

So download below, print a Cougar, grab a book, and enjoy your summer reading.
Read at the pool! On vacation! In your kitchen! We can’t wait to see your photos.

Staying Sharp During the Summer

What can children do during the summer to sharpen their skills for school? The goal is not to make the summer turn into school at home, but rather to give students a variety of opportunities to continue learning and growing while still enjoying themselves.

  • All current CCES students will have access to their iXL account through the end of the summer. This includes fifth graders and students in kindergarten through fourth grade who are moving to new schools next year. Students returning to CCES for the 2018-19 school year will have continuous access to their iXL account without interruption. We encourage students to practice iXL Language Arts and Math throughout the summer! If you forget your iXL login information, please email
    Mr. Cosentino and/or Mrs. Rausch.
  • Nothing is more important than reading and a visit to the public library is the best way to help your child find books that (s)he will like. The library has books at all reading levels, including leveled books for beginning readers. The Howard County Public Library offers a wide variety of activities during the summer, too.
    Visit the HCPL website to learn about what they have to offer.
  • When students write, they are practicing so many skills. Encourage your child to keep a summer journal and document some of the things that happen this summer.
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More Summer Learning

Summer Reading Lists

As part of the A+ Partnership with the Howard County Library System, summer reading lists developed by HCPSS library media specialists and Howard County Library System Children’s Instruction and Research staff are available for students in all grade levels. Books included are just a sampling of what students may enjoy reading during the summer. Students are encouraged to check out other books by the authors included as well as explore additional book topics at the library.

Recommended lists for all grade levels are available both in schools and online. Don’t forget to sign up for the library system’s Summer Reading Club online or at your nearest branch.

A+ Student Card

All HCPSS students received an A+ Student Card account number at the beginning of the 2017–2018 school year. With it, they have access to all HCLS eContent by using their account number to login via Using their A+ Student Card, students can place holds and check out physical materials, as well as take advantage of all the library’s digital resources.


All students have access to their school’s digital MackinVIA eBook and audiobook collection all summer long by logging in through with their active directory credentials.

Students continue to have access to all the digital tools they used during the school year. This includes databases available from the “Databases” tab in MackinVIA, such as:

  • CultureGrams, which offers country reports on over 200 cultures of the world.
  • World Book Online Reference Center, which includes encyclopedia, multimedia, e-book and primary source databases.

Summer Activities

Students can use their digital tools, available at, to document and celebrate their summer activities. Elementary students can use Wixie to create a summer postcard or travel journal. All students can utilize G-Suite to create a slideshow of their favorite summer day.

Contact Melissa Daggett at with questions or for more information.

From the Health Room

If your child has had medication kept in the Health Room this school year, any remaining medication should be picked up by the parent/guardian by the end of the day on the last day of school, Tuesday, June 19th.

Students are not permitted to transport medication to or from school.
Any medication not picked up will be destroyed.

If you have questions, please call the Health Room: 410-313-5609.

Thank you for your cooperation!

From the Media Center

Overdue book noticed went home June 5. We still have over 200 books checked-out of our Library. Please look for any books and return them to our Library Media Center.

#ECSTRONG Attention CCES Community!

Ellicott City needs our help! Recently, Historic Ellicott City was impacted by a serious flash flood. Second graders will be organizing a fundraiser to help Old Ellicott City. We can help rebuild Ellicott City by collecting spare change. Please think about donating by bringing in small bills and change by Monday, June 11. Donations are also being accepted directly at

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WLMS PTSA Amazing Race Event for Incoming 6th Graders

Tuesday, June 12 - 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Contestants: 5th Graders from RBES, BWES, CCES who will be 6th graders at WLMS next year.

Meet kids from other schools that will go to Wilde Lake Middle School. Introduce your friends from other schools so they will know each other! Meet a WLMS "Buddy" who can answer questions from a kids' perspective! Have fun and win prizes too!

Giant A+ Rewards

A huge thank you goes out to our community for helping our school raise money through Giant Food's A+ Rewards program. This year, Giant Food donated $4,900 to our school through that program. That money goes to help fund the use of the iXL program.

Are You Moving and Not Returning to CCES for the 2018-19 School Year?

If you know that you will be relocating over the Summer, please notify CCES Front Office as soon as possible at 410-313-6866 or email Mrs. Aballo at 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 2018-2019 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).
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OPEn PTA Positions for 2018-19

Thank you to everyone who voted at Chick-fil-A -- the new PTA Board is successfully voted in! There are still some open PTA committee positions. Many of these can be done from home, do not require attending PTA meetings, and are a short one-event commitment. Please, please consider helping out next year! The list below shows PTA positions that are still open (or half-open -- the Spring Carnival needs a co-chair!) for next year -- sorted by type of position.


Bingo Night – Coordinates Bingo night in the fall -- organizes volunteers and staff member mystery callers, purchases refreshments and prizes.

Fitness and Health - Organizes a team from CCES to run in the Howard County 5K. Plans and organizes Family Fit Night in January. Arranges a possible CCES Orioles Night at Camden Yards.

Spring Carnival - Coordinates annual school carnival which includes securing food/entertainment vendors, purchasing prizes, coordinating games and mobilizing volunteers (parents and local high school students) to run the games.

Talent Show - Organizes school talent show including creating and distributing flier, overseeing auditions, creating program schedule, advertising event to CCES community, and overseeing activities on event night.


Policy - Advises the PTA on policies and legal issues and facilitates bylaw update process (bylaws are updated every three years).

Spirit Wear - Coordinates sale of spirit wear including identifying merchandise to be included in the sale and working with a vendor, collecting orders and payments, and distributing merchandise.


Bulletin Board - Designs, decorates, and updates the PTA Bulletin Board in the front lobby of the school.

Diversity - Maintains the showcase at the entrance of the school with displays for Black History Month, Native American Heritage Month, etc.. Creates opportunities to involve and support the diverse international backgrounds and religions in our CCES community.

Parent Partners - Recruits parent volunteers who are available during the school day to work with individual students once a week throughout the year. Work closely with the assistant principal to set up volunteer schedule at the start of the year. Serve as a liaison between CCES and parent volunteers as needed.


PTA Council of Howard Council Representative - PTA Council delegates are the all-important communication link between the CCES PTA and the PTA Council. CCES’ representative attends monthly PTACHC meetings and relays information at CCES PTA meetings.

CAC Representative - The CAC is the Community Advisory Council to the Board of Education of Howard County. The CAC meets one evening a month and facilitates communication between the Board and the community on issues of concern and matters involving education. The CAC Representative is a liaison between the CCES PTA and the Board of Education.

Communications - Oversees communication of PTA information to parents, teachers, and community including: creating/editing PTA news for Cougar Comments, helping update PTA bulletin board, coordinating the management of content with Website and Social Media chairs. Creativity and writing skills are great skills for this position.


Career Day - Supports the guidance counselor during Career Day for grades 3 to 5. Needs to be on-site for the entire career day (8:15 am to 2:00 pm). Guidance counselor recruits speakers and develops the schedule for the day. Committee chairperson organizes volunteers for the day, orders and sets up breakfast and lunch for the speakers, helps volunteers check in speakers and direct them to the appropriate classroom, and cleans up at the conclusion of the event.

Junior Achievement in a Day - Assists the school administration in organizing and finding volunteers for the JA in a Day program at school. This program will take place in the fall.

Newcomers - Coordinates the Family Mentoring Program: identifies volunteers at each grade level who would be willing to host playdates and answer questions for new families joining our CCES Community.

Volunteer Coordinator - Oversees CCES volunteer activity. Creates a spreadsheet of who volunteers for which committee at the beginning of the year, answers questions about volunteer opportunities within the PTA and coordinates the assembly of the first day folders. Also, serves as POC for Room Parents. Works with President and administration to schedule Fall and Spring Room Parent Meetings.

If you have questions about any of the positions, please contact a member of our nominating committee (Risa Carlson --, Hyung Chang --, or Dani Gardner --

Thank You!

Thank you for all of your support this year. We wanted to report that the Chipotle Night earned $1,200 for our PTA. That money helped to fund PTA programs this past year.

Additionally, our recent Chick-fil-a Night earned our school over $600. These funds will go toward replacing our water fountain in the front lobby by turning it into a combination water fountain/water bottle refilling stations. This is part of our Green School initiative and recertification.

Box Tops for Education

Thank you for sending your Box Tops for Education into school. This year, the school earned $1,100. This money is divided so individual grade levels have extra funds to purchase items that they need.

Please continue to save the box tops during the summer and send them in at the beginning of the school year.

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HCPSS Community News and Programs on the HCPSS website

Announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.

Note: The Public Information Office encourages all community organizations to distribute notices electronically through this online resource. However, organizations may choose to distribute printed documents, such as the 2018 Parent Guide, through student backpacks, etc. per the provisions of HCPSS Policy 10010. For more information, please refer to Distribution Guidelines for Schools. Contact the Public Information Office with any questions, at 410-313-6682 or

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