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June 5, 2020 - Volume 41, Issue 38

Clemens Crossing Elementary School

Edward Cosentino, Principal

Sonia Hurd, Assistant Principal



  • 8 - PICK-UP Yearbooks, Paw Print Press, and Class Pictures - (See information below)
  • 8 - Virtual Orientation for Rising 6th Grade Students going to Wilde Lake MS
  • 18 - 5th Grade Drive-Thru Pick-up/Drop-off - Appointment Only
  • 18 - Virtual 5th Grade Farewell, 6:00 p.m.
  • 23 - Final Day of School


  • 21 - Kindergarten Open House, 10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.
  • 21 - Grades 1-5 Open House, 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • 25 - First Day of School for Students

From School Administration

Dear CCES Families,

We are filled with sadness for the hate and racism that is impacting our nation. As we reflected on our school goal of fostering a strong sense of belonging for all of our students and families, we asked ourselves what more can we be doing to stand up to the racism, injustice, and inequities faced by some members of our larger school community. We echo the sentiments of Dr. Martirano and Ms. Ellis in their message to the community, and we recognize the importance of opportunities for communication, collaboration, and dialogue to acknowledge that families in our communities may be hurting, frustrated, angry, and afraid. Our student service team is standing by to assist any student and family in need.

As a community and school family, it is important to take time to pause, reflect, and truly listen with an intent to understand. Further, I ask us as a school family to rise to the challenge to be part of the solution. While only a start, this includes listening and learning from all members of our school family, it includes reflecting on how our own experiences differ from those of others, and it includes having reflective conversations with our families and within our classrooms. It also includes taking an unwavering position that hate and racism have no place in our school community.

As educators, we are accustomed to having the right answers. When our students have questions or engage in actions that we may need to correct, we find comfort in knowing what to do, what to say, and how to respond. As parents, we are our children’s first and most important teachers. We want to share a resource with you that I have found immensely helpful as a parent and elementary educator. This e-book from Teaching Tolerance, titled Beyond the Golden Rule, provides age-appropriate advice for how to talk to your children. I've included it below as an attachment to this newsletter, too.

From the publishers: “Whether you are the parent of a 3-year-old who is curious about why a friend’s skin is brown, the parent of a 9-year-old who has been called a slur because of his religion, or the parent of a 15-year-old who snubs those outside of her social clique at school, this book is designed to help you teach your children to honor the differences in themselves and in others — and to reject prejudice and intolerance. Three age-specific sections feature everyday parents sharing personal stories about the challenges and rewards of raising children in today’s diverse world. Psychologists, educators, and parenting experts offer practical, age-appropriate advice to help you integrate lessons of respect and tolerance in day-to-day activities. And a final section offers guidance for reflecting upon your own biases, and how those biases affect your parenting.”

To our schools’ family members who are hurting - the CCES staff members genuinely love you, value you, and care for you. We are here to support you in whatever ways you need.

Mr. Cosentino, Principal and Mrs. Hurd, Assistant Principal

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New Information

MONDAY, June 8 - YEARBOOK, CLASS PICTURE, & PAW PRINT PRESS Pick-Up Opportunity for Current Kindergarten through Fourth Grade Students

Last week, we issued a drop-off/pick-up survey. If you completed that, someone already reached out to you in order to pick-up or drop-off items. Additionally, all medicine in the Health Room was picked-up through individual email correspondences in May. If you feel you still have something in the school that you must have, please email me at

Our next phase is for the pick-up of yearbooks, Paw Print Press books, and class pictures, if you ordered any of those three items. We will be distributing the items on Monday, June 8 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for current students in Kindergarten through 4th Grade.

Please know that you do not have to pick it up on this date. We will gladly hold on to it until we return to the building.

Fifth Grade students will get these items on June 18 during their Drive-thru Promotion pick-up.

If you are unsure if you ordered a yearbook or Paw Print Press book, please email PTA President, Mrs. Gardner at

If you are unsure if you ordered a class picture, please email Mrs. Boyer at

NOTE: We do not have extra yearbooks, class pictures, nor Paw Print Press books. Ordering took place already. There is no opportunity for sales anymore.

Assigned Pick-up Times

If you would like to pick up your yearbook, Paw Print Press book, and/or your class picture, we ask that you please follow the times listed below as well as several guidelines:

  • 10:00-11:00 - A through F last names
  • 11:00-12:00 - G through L last names
  • 12:00-1:00 - M through R last names
  • 1:00-2:00 - S through Z last names


In all aspects of this process, we will do everything possible to ensure the safety and well-being of every student, staff member, and family:

  • Students and families should remain in their cars and adhere to social distancing throughout this process.
  • Staff, students, and family members must wear masks.
  • Staff, students, and family members must remain at least 6 feet apart at all times. Families/Students cannot pick up items for other students.
  • Please enter through the front bus loop and wait at the cone. Pull up to the awning when we give you the signal.
  • Please place a large paper in the front window of your car with your student’s grade -teacher and last name in large print. (Vehicle Sign Example: K-McCue - LAST NAME)
  • If picking up yearbooks, please put the number of yearbooks your family ordered.
  • If picking up Paw Print Press Books, put the names of the kids who have PPP books.
  • If picking up a class pictures indicate the homeroom class(es) and the name(s) of the child(ren).
  • Must be visible at the first cone/check-in point.
  • Please keep moving through the line and do not stop to talk to staff. Feel free to wave.

Thank you for following our guidelines in order to make it safe for both our staff and your families.

Please reach out to Mr. Cosentino ( should you have any questions.

5th Grade Farewell Ceremony

The date for promotion has been set! Thursday, June 18th will be CCES's Annual 5th Grade Promotion Celebration.

This year, the Promotion Celebration will have 2 different parts:

  • Drive Thru Promotion Pack Pick Up - families can come one at a time to the CCES campus on June 18th to receive a Promotion Pack containing all the promotion awards and recognitions, plus a few surprises! We will email you your family's pick up time and drive thru directions soon.
  • Virtual Promotion Ceremony and Celebration - a module on the 5th Grade Team Canvas course will unlock at 6:00 PM on June 18th and stay available for students and families to view when they wish. That module has the Promotion Ceremony video, a Celebration of Students video, our Three Words to the World video, and some other activities for students to participate in to celebrate each other if they choose. We hope that you'll be able to share the viewing of the videos together as a family (and perhaps with others while maintaining safe physical distancing) to celebrate the end of a fantastic year in 5th grade and promotion to middle school.

We are so very proud of all our 5th Graders at Clemens Crossing and we are excited to celebrate all of their accomplishments! Be on the lookout for more information as June 18th approaches!

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Field Day T-Shirt Refunds

Many parents submitted payments for Field Day T-shirts prior to school closure on March 13th. Because of the extended closure through the end of the school year, these t-shirts were never ordered. Depending on how payments were made, refunds will be issued in one of the following ways:

  • Parents who paid by cash: Will receive a refund check from CCES in the upcoming weeks.
  • Parents who paid by check: These checks are being voided. If you would like a copy of the voided check or the check returned, please contact Stacey Wells (
  • Parents who paid online: Refunds will be issued through OSP in the near future.

If you have any questions regarding this process, please e-mail Stacey Wells at

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ATTENTION 5th Graders - From Mr. Rattay, WLMS Principal

Dear future Tiger Shark Families,

We wanted to make sure you are saving the date and time of Monday, June 8 at 9:00a.m. for the WLMS Virtual Incoming 6th Grade Student Orientation. Please note that if you can't make the 9:00a.m. release time, no worries. The Virtual Orientation and Q&A is pre-recorded and will be uploaded for your student to view when they are available. The virtual orientation will include a tour of the building, introductions to some staff your student will get to know quickly as incoming 6th Graders and include responses from current WLMS students to FAQ's of incoming Tiger Sharks. Again we are excited to welcome all of you and your students to the WLMS family and I look forward to partnering with you for the next three years.

Have a great week and specifics of where to find the link on our school website will be shared this Friday.


Mr. Rattay


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Howard County Public Library Summer Reading Program

The Howard County Library System branches may be currently closed, but our HCLS staff members have been very busy "behind the scenes":

The annual Summer Reading program launched this week! This year's adventures have been designed to take place online at, or via downloadable activity lists and reading logs. Visit for details on how to participate. Instead of physical prizes, participants who complete summer reading will earn a donation to Community Action Council of Howard County.

Since the Howard County Library System staff could not visit schools to promote Summer Reading, they recorded a special introduction and some instructions for this year's summer reading experience. Please see the video below.

Summer Reading: Imagine Your Story & Read for Good!

Pop-Up Food Pantry

The following Pop-Up Food Pantries are open to the public and will each take place from noon to 3:00 p.m. (OR until all the food is gone) on their designated day:

  • June 5th, Chatham Gardens, 3332 N Chatham Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042
  • June 10th, Port Capital Village, 7141 Beverly Dr, Elkridge, MD 21075
  • June 12th, Howard Crossing, 8732 Town and Country Blvd, Ellicott City, MD 21043
  • June 17th, The Seasons Apartments, 9220 Old Lantern Way, Laurel, MD 20723
  • June 19th, Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Rd, Columbia, MD 21044
  • June 24th, Port Capital Village, 7141 Beverly Dr, Elkridge, MD 21075
  • June 26th, Howard Crossing, 8732 Town and Country Blvd, Ellicott City, MD 21043

End of Year Gift Considerations

If you're not sure what to do for an end of the year gift for your child's teachers, the PTA is collecting funds to donate to Columbia Community Care ( ) in honor of our wonderful CCES Staff! If you would like to donate in honor of your child's teachers, you can send PayPal to Please be sure to send as a friend so there are no fees associated with it. In the comments section of PayPal, please put the teachers you would like to honor and who it is from (your child's name or your family's name). We will send an email to the teacher on behalf of your family letting them know a donation was made in their honor. If you have any questions or need to arrange an alternative way to make a donation, please contact

Jen McClurg at All donations should be made by Friday, June 19.


Reminders for Distance Learning

The graphics below summarizes the information shared last week, and serves as a good reminder for students.
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Columbia Community Care

Our goal is to provide families in the community with food and supplies due to the effects of Coronavirus such as unemployment and financial challenges.

If you are in need and have NO transportation to one of our five sites*, you may order home delivery through this form. Please note that delivery will take between 10-15 days.

If you are in urgent need and have transportation, we encourage you to visit one of our sites for faster service. If you have any questions, please email

*Our sites are:
•Swansfield Elementary School
•Wilde Lake Middle School
•Oakland Mills Middle School
•Lake Elkhorn Middle School
•Howard High School

We are open from 11:30 am-1:30 pm everyday


Nuestro objetivo es proporcionar a las familias de la comunidad alimentos y suministros debido a los efectos del Coronavirus como el desempleo y desafíos financieros.

Si está necesitado y NO tiene transporte a alguno de nuestros cinco locales*, puede pedir una entrega a su vivienda llenando este formulario. Tome en cuenta de que la entrega será entre 10-15 días.

Si está necesitado urgentemente y tiene transporte, le urgimos que visite a alguno de nuestros locales para servicio más rápido. Si tiene alguna pregunta, envíe un correo electrónico a

*Nuestros locales son:
•Swansfield Elementary School
•Wilde Lake Middle School
•Oakland Mills Middle School
•Lake Elkhorn Middle School
•Howard High School

Estamos abiertos entre las 11:30am-1:30pm todos los días

Are You Moving?

If you have moved or are moving soon, please notify us as soon as possible.


We are available to assist you with transitioning to your child's new school. Whether it be another HCPSS school, private school, or to a school out of the HCPSS district, we are here to help. If you are transferring to another HCPSS school, our registrars will partner to make the transition as smooth as possible.

If you have an address change, please fill out the attached fillable Address Change Form and email it back to us with your new deed or lease. This way we can electronically verify your school district and update your new address on file. If you have any questions, contact our registrar, Jennifer Aballo:

HCPSS Continuity of Learning Website

Check-out the school system's most current information about Continuity of Learning.

Device Return Procedures

If you no longer need an HCPSS issued device, please email Mrs. Marshall at She will process your request and give you more instructions.

Registration Information

  • Parents/guardians of new incoming students and those entering Kindergarten next school year (who are not already enrolled) are able to begin the enrollment process online.

    While following the online enrollment guide, you will be prompted to create an account for ParentVue through Online Registration Account Access, if you don't already have one for an existing HCPSS student. You can prepare to upload the required registration documents at this point.

    *Notice during this time (Covid-19 school closure), the final step 5 of the registration guide has changed. Your child’s school registrar will contact you to schedule a virtual meeting (e.g., online Google Meet) to complete the registration process. During this virtual meeting, you will be asked to verify guardianship of the child and submit any additional required documentation.

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