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January 19, 2018 - VOLUME 39, ISSUE 16

Events Coming Up

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


  • 22 - The Great Kindness Challenge Starts Spirit Day #1: Crazy or Colorful Sock Day
  • 22 - Change Matters Collection starts for Grassroots Homeless Shelter
  • 23 - PTA Restaurant Night at Grotto's Pizza
  • 23 - Spirit Day #2: Kindness Counts - wear something with numbers
  • 23 - Wilde Lake MS 6th Grade Orientation, 6:30 p.m.
  • 23 - Dr. Martirano Town Hall Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at OMHS
  • 24 - Spirit Day #3: Wild About Kindness - dress like an animal or wear animal print
  • 24 - (Cancelled) Family Fit Night snow date
  • 25 - Spirit Day #4: Respecting Differences - wear clothes with different patterns or colors
  • 25 - Winter Concert - Strings, 6:30 p.m. & Band, 7:30 p.m. (also Live on Twitter)
  • 26 - Spirit Day #5: We Can Work Out Problems - dress in work-out clothes
  • 26 - End of Second Quarter
  • 26 - Professional Development Day - Early Dismissal, 12:45 p.m.
  • 31 - In School Banking, 9:00 a.m.


  • Black History Month Begins
  • 2 - PTA Family Fun Night, 6:30 p.m.
  • 2 - NFL Spirit Day
  • 5 - School Counselor Week Begins
  • 5 - Report Cards Issued
  • 7 - PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
  • 9 - SNOW DATE - PTA Family Fun Night, 6:30 p.m.
  • 14 - Valentine's Day Parties
  • 14 - School Spirit Day - Wear Red or Pink
  • 15 - Vision and Hearing Screening
  • 16 - Schools Closed - Countywide Professional Day
  • 19 - School Closed - President's Day
  • 21 - Pointers Run ES Welcome Meeting (families affected by redistricting), 7:00 p.m. at Pointers Run ES
  • 24 - Roller Skate Night at Supreme Sports Club, 4:30 p.m.
  • 28 - In-School Banking, 9:00 a.m.


  • 1 - National Women's History Month Begins
  • 2 - Read Across America Day & Dr. Seuss Spirit Day
  • 2 - International Night, 6:30 p.m.
  • 5 - Kindergarten Registration Begins 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Daily
  • 6 - Kindergarten Registration Evening hours #1, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • 8 - Kindergarten Registration Evening hours #2, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

From School Administration

Next Friday marks the mid-point of the 2017-18 school year. One way to help mark the mid-point of the year is through our participation in The Great Kindness Challenge. It is no coincidence that the annual Great Kindness Challenge falls at the mid-point of the school year. This is a great opportunity to refresh, renew, and refocus our desire to have a positive environment for our students, staff, and community. The Great Kindness Challenge provides an opportunity for our students to care for each other in ways that go above and beyond their normal interactions. By showing compassion, unity, and respect, our students can continue to thrive in a positive environment. We encourage everyone to participate and spread kindness around the school and in the community.

Staff Spotlight: Mr. Robinson

Mr. Robinson is our Staff Spotlight for this week. This is Mr. Robinson's 16th year as a Physical Education teacher in Howard County and his 15th year at Clemens Crossing.
He has been full-time for the past three years. Before that time, he was part-time between CCES and a combination of six other schools around Howard County.

Mr. Robinson lives in Elkridge with his wife and three children, Makenzie, Landon, and Jaxson. He is an avid West Virginia Mountaineer's fan and looks forward to a promising basketball season. In his spare time, he enjoys time at the beach and spending time with his family.

Winter Instrumental Music Concerts on Twitter/Periscope on January 25

If you cannot attend the Winter Strings and/or Band Concerts in person, we have the next best thing. You can listen to and see the Winter Concerts on Thursday, January 25 at 6:30 p.m. for the Strings Concert and 7:30 p.m. for the Band Concert. Simply go to our Twitter feed at the respective times to listen and see the concert. You will see the live stream of the concert using Periscope on Twitter. Feel free to share the information with family and friends.

The Great Kindness Challenge and CHANGE MATTERS!

Next week is the annual Great Kindness Challenge! Clemens Crossing Elementary is joining thousands of schools across the country and around the world to create a culture of kindness.
Your child is part of a powerful and positive bullying prevention initiative that will lead to more kindness, unity, and respect at school and beyond. To help build upon this momentum, we are participating in a unifying service project, Change Matters!
Change Matters! is a collection of spare change to benefit our local homeless shelter,
The Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center.

All students are invited to participate by giving their extra coins! The money we raise will go towards supporting this important service in our own neighborhood. This is a great opportunity for our students to respond to the needs of others which teaches empathy and compassion.

Additionally, we are going to have a fun spirited week during The Great Kindness Challenge. Each day is designated as a Spirit Day with a theme (see below).

For more information on The Great Kindness Challenge, please visit: Thank you in advance for helping to create a culture of kindness and compassion in our community and beyond!

Next Week - The Great Kindness Challenge Spirit Week

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Road to Kindergarten January 24-29, 2018

Do you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2018?

Is there a family in the neighborhood who has a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2018?

Please join us for an information session about Kindergarten in the Howard County Public School System.

At this workshop you will learn:

  • Expectations for school readiness (and receive a Ready for Kindergarten toolkit).
  • Details about the kindergarten program.
  • Information about HCPSS kindergarten registration.
  • Ways that families and children can be supported during the transition to kindergarten.

Choose a session that is convenient for you. No registration required.

Child care is available at each session for children ages 2 and older;

the session is designed for adults only. Doors open at 6 p.m. to allow time for parking, child care drop off, and check-in.

If Howard County public schools are closed for inclement weather, the session is canceled.


All sessions will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 24

Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia

Thursday, January 25

Centennial High School, 4300 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City

Monday, January 29

Hammond High School, 8800 Guilford Road, Columbia 21046

For more information, please visit our “Getting Ready for Kindergarten” page

Kindergarten & New First Grade Registration Starts March 5

Kindergarten registration begins Monday, March 5 through Friday, March 9 at
Clemens Crossing Elementary School. Children who will be five as of September. 1, 2018, must enroll in Kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year.

Registration will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. There will be two
Evening Registrations available on Tuesday, March 6 and Thursday, March 8 from
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

You will need to bring the following documents:

  1. Birth certificate, birth registration or passport.
  2. Current immunization record - must be a print out from the pediatrician and signed.
  3. Deed or lease to your home
  4. Current utility bill
  5. Photo ID of parent/guardian registering the student

Please visit the Howard County Public School System website for complete information about enrollment and registration.

PLEASE NOTE: Families in the River's Edge neighborhood will need to go to Pointers Run Elementary School to register for Kindergarten.

Front Office Notes

Early Dismissal Reminder

Due to the busy nature of Dismissal, we request early dismissal pickups take place
3:15 p.m.

Visiting or Picking-up Students at CCES

All visitors to Clemens Crossing must bring a driver’s license and sign in on our LobbyGuard visitor management system. Details regarding this mandatory process are explained in Superintendent Michael Martirano’s blog.

Additionally, we require a picture ID when you pick-up your child early from school.

Feedback From the CCES Community

We would love to hear your thoughts or feedback on how we can improve your experience!
The electronic feedback form below goes directly to Mr. Cosentino, Clemens Crossing Principal. For any urgent issues, call the school at (410) 313-6866 or email Mr. Cosentino directly at Thank you for your feedback!
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From Our Business Partner, Patient First

Winter and flu season are in full swing. Flu activity continues to increase across the Mid-Atlantic and much of the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). What are the best ways to fight the flu, colds, and other infections? These five tips can help you avoid the bug:

1. Wash Your Hands – This is the single most important way to stop the spread of flu and colds. According to the CDC, about 80% of infectious diseases are spread through touch alone. Scrub with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol is a good substitute if soap and water are not available.

2. Cover-Up When You Sneeze and Cough - Many of us were taught to cover our mouths and noses with our hands when sneezing and coughing. However, a better option is to use the crook of your elbow or a tissue when available. This way the germs will not get onto your hands and spread through contact with others.

3. Disinfect – Flu and cold germs can live on surfaces for hours. Disinfecting items like remote controls, doorknobs, table tops, keyboards, phones, and toys can kill germs and stop them from spreading.

4. Don’t Share Your Germs - Take steps to stop the spread of flu and colds at home and work. Stay home from work when you know you are sick. The same goes for sending sick children to school. Keep them home. If you have the flu, be sure to stay home until you have been fever-free without medicine for at least 24 hours to avoid making others sick.

5. Live Healthy - Help yourself win the battle of the bug by eating healthy, getting a good night sleep, exercising, and reducing stress. These things can help strengthen your immune system and potentially make your body more capable of fighting a cold or virus.

The flu is different from a cold. Flu symptoms usually come on suddenly. They are more severe and may last two weeks. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose

About Patient First

All Patient First Medical Centers are open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the year, including holidays. Patient First provides non-appointment urgent care for routine injuries and illnesses, as well as primary care for patients who do not have a regular physician. Each Patient First center has on-site digital x-ray, on-site laboratory, and on-site prescription drugs. Patient First currently operates medical centers in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

The closest Patient First to Clemens Crossing is located at 5900 Cedar Ln, Columbia, MD 21044.

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PTA Restaurant Night at Grotto Pizza

Tuesday, Jan. 23rd, 4-9pm

7075 Minstrel Way

Columbia, MD

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FIT Family Night Cancelled

The original date for FIT Family night was January 17. Due to the school closure that day, it was cancelled. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we cannot have FIT Family Night on the January 24 snow-date.

Great Wolf Lodge Discount for CCES Families! Deadline Jan 26!

Thinking of taking a mini-vacation at Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg? For a limited time, there is a block of rooms available the weekend of March 9-11 (family suites that sleep 6) for Clemens Crossing Families. Reservations must be made by January 26.

The discount rate is $159.00/night/room ($211.78/night/room after tax and service fees).

Call 1-800-551-9653 or reserve online at

Use discount code 0318CLEM.

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International Night

Mark your calendar for the biggest cultural event of the school year. CCES International Night will be held on March 2nd, 6:30 p.m. in the Gymnasium. For the first hour, families get a chance to visit different country tables and experience various foods, traditions, music, henna, and crafts. At 7:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria, there will be an Indian Bhangra Dance Performance and workshop by JHU's Blue Jay Bhangra. Last year we had tables representing Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Moldova, Nepal, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Romania, South Korea, and Taiwan. If you are able to host a table or help with the event, sign up through this link: Feel to send any questions about the event or volunteering to or

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