Clemens Crossing Cougar Comments

November 19, 2021 - Volume 43, Issue 14

Clemens Crossing Elementary School

Edward Cosentino, Principal

Sonia Hurd, Assistant Principal

Important Upcoming Dates and Events

For a complete list of dates and events visit


  • 22 - School Closes 3 Hours Early for Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 23 - School Closes 3 Hours Early for Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 24 - School Closed for Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 25 - School Closed for Thanksgiving
  • 26 - School Closed for Thanksgiving Weekend


  • 8 - PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
  • 14 - PTA Restaurant Day - Chick-Fil-A (Johns Hopkins Road location).
  • 15 - School Closes 3 Hours Early for a Professional Work Day - JUST ADDED
  • 16 - Winter Chorus Concert
  • 23 - Winter Break Begins

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Dear Families,

We have made it to the end of November and Thanksgiving Break next week. The first twelve weeks have been filled with many challenges and struggles; however, I cannot emphasize how much we appreciate being in school. Our students and staff members have established a fantastic routine and we are making it happen. There is no way we would be as successful as we have been without the strong support from our families. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. There have been many sacrifices made and we are extremely grateful.

Virtual parent/teacher conferences are next week. Teachers are looking forward to connecting with parents/guardians next week. We have over 80% of our students with scheduled conferences. This speaks volumes of the support we have at Clemens Crossing Elementary School. Nothing will replace face-to-face communication; nonetheless, this was the safest alternative to share progress of your child.

As a reminder, school will dismiss three hours early on Monday, November 22, and Tuesday, November 23. Dismissal will start at 12:40 p.m. both days. There will be no school on Wednesday, November 24 thru Friday, November 26, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Classes will resume on Monday, November 29.

On behalf of the entire Clemens Crossing Elementary School faculty and staff, I wish you the happiest Thanksgiving.

Mr. Cosentino, Principal


Young Authors' Contest 2021

Who: Students in Grades 1 - 5

What: Write a poem or short story

  • Each entry must be original work written within the last year by a single author. Each entry may not have been previously submitted to this contest.
  • Peers or adults may provide editing assistance (spelling, punctuation, etc.), but revisions should be student-generated, and the final product must be the student’s own work.
  • All entries must use no less than 12-point font in Times New Roman. All entries must be emailed as a Microsoft Word Document.
  • Short story entry must range between 100-400 words (gr. 1-2) and 300-800 words (gr. 3-5).
  • Poem entry will consist of a single poem, any style, and must range between 25-150 words.
  • Students may submit to both categories of poetry and short story, if desired.
  • Entries must not include graphics.
  • All entries must include a completed cover sheet signed by the parent and submitted as a separate PDF file. Parental verification may also be confirmed via a digital signature.
  • Entries avoid bias against any group of people and should include school-appropriate topics.

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Thank You for Thankful Thursdays

The PTA would like to thank all the families that participated by making donations for “Thankful Thursday” snacks for the staff! Through your donations of food and money, we were able to provide snacks for the entire staff every week, with a special surprise of cupcakes and brownies from Touché Touchet on Wednesday this week. Although the official “Thankful Thursdays” is now over, the PTA would like to encourage families to consider donating individually wrapped snack items (salty or sweet) at any time throughout the next couple of months. The front office has a large basket for staff to get snacks out of, and any donations to help keep our staff full of energy is appreciated! Snacks can be dropped off in the main office by students or families. The Staff Appreciation Committee is also asking families to consider sending encouraging emails or cards to staff members to help us let them know how much they are appreciated.


The CCES Spelling Bee is back for all fourth and fifth grade students who want to participate. The Spelling Bee will be online this year, so if you are interested, please let Mrs. Register know. You can do this by sending a canvas message to her or by letting your homeroom teacher know. The deadline for signing up is December 10th. Happy Spelling!

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Half-Day Camps

PTA is coordinating two half-day camps for the kids at Clemens on Monday and Tuesday from
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m..

Kidz Art (you can sign up for Monday, Tuesday, or both) $55 per day. Kindergarten - 5th grade. All materials included.

Sign up here:

Silver Knights Chess - both days $99 total.

Kindergarten - 5th grade. All materials included. They will break up by ability and learn / play chess and take home a little travel set.

PTA Reflections

The National PTA Reflections Arts Recognition Program is a program designed to inspire and celebrate your kid’s creativity. To participate, students create a piece of art in any of 6 different categories that reflect this year’s theme, “I Will Change the World By...”. Every student who enters receives a certificate celebrating their work! Each artwork is evaluated on the interpretation of the theme, creativity, and artistic merit. Reflections is not just for “artsy” kids- it’s for EVERY kid!

And this is a great year for kids to think about how they will change the world! Click here for a video about Reflections at CCES this year.


  1. Reflect on the theme “I Will Change the World By...” and create an original work in one (or more!) of the following categories (click on the hyperlinks for more information about each):

  1. Fill out an Entry Form, and be sure to include your Artist’s Statement, which is how your artwork connects to the theme (this is 50% of your score from the judges).

  1. Turn in your artwork and entry form to the office at Clemens Crossing by November 29, 2021! OR, if your submission is electronic, please email it to me:

Artwork will be judged in 3 categories:

Entries will be reviewed by experienced arts and education judges. All participants will be celebrated with certificates of participation, the top three entries will receive ribbons and the first place entry will receive a medal. The top three entries in each category will move on to the Howard County Reflections Contest; the top three Howard County entries will move on to the Maryland State Reflections Contest, and State winners in each category will compete in the National PTA Reflections Contest.

EVERY artwork will be celebrated!


Contact Risa Carlson, Reflections Chair


Lost & Found

The Lost and Found bin in the side hallway is filling up quickly. We highly recommend labeling items with your child's name so we can reunite kids with their missing items. Items that are in the lost and found bin will be donated to a local charity if they are in the bin for a long period of time.

Reporting Absences

Absence Notes

All students are required to have a note explaining why they were absent. Please send an email to your child's teacher as well as

CCES Breakfast and Lunch Menus

This will take you to the nutrislice website.

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