The Falcon Flier

Vol 51, Issue 8 - September 29, 2023

Phelps Luck Elementary School

Edward Cosentino, Principal

Sandra McGraw, Assistant Principal

Jennifer Stairs, Assistant Principal

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From School Administration

The Howard County Public School System released the annual report highlighting Educational Partnerships throughout the county and here at Phelps Luck.

We are extremely fortunate to have educational partnerships at Phelps Luck Elementary School. Business partnerships benefit our school in many ways. Whether the business partnerships provide financial assistance, help enhance the curriculum, or allow students to learn basic life skills, everyone benefits from these collaborations.

In addition to the wide range of At-Large partners, our school benefits directly from a group of businesses and organizations. Please support the organizations that partner with our school.

We would like to thank the following businesses and organizations for their commitment to our school and students:

  • A-OK Mentoring-Tutoring
  • Columbia Association
  • Crosswalk Lutheran Church
  • Dunkin' Centre Park
  • Free Bikes 4 Kidz Maryland
  • Howard County Food Bank, Community Action Council
  • Howard County Health Department
  • Howard County Public Library
  • Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education, Green Schools Program (MAEOE)
  • Okinawan Karate Dojo
  • Prepare for Success, Community Action Council of Howard County
  • Ready At Five
  • The Kindness Pantry

If you have any business or organization that would be a great partner with us, please reach out to me.

Mr. Cosentino, Ms. McGraw, and Ms. Stairs

Important Upcoming Dates and Events

For a complete list of dates and events visit


  • Down Syndrome Awareness Month starts
  • National Bully Prevention Month
  • 9 - Schools closed for students - Professional Learning Day
  • 11 - PTA Meeting (Hybrid)
  • 12 - First Food Pantry Night, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
  • 12 - ESOL Parent Information Night, 6:00 p.m.
  • 16 - Flu Clinic
  • 19 - Field Day
  • 19 - Watch D.O.G.S. Kick-off
  • 20 - Schools closed for students - Professional Learning Day
  • 24 - Picture Day for Individual Student Pictures
  • 26 - PTA Trunk or Treat
  • 31 - Schools close 3 hours early - End of 1st Quarter

*Updated dates are in bold.

To subscribe to the PLES calendar on your smartphone, electronic device, or email system, click the plus sign + at the bottom right-hand corner of the Google Calendar or click this link.

New Information

PLES Field Day October 19th!!!

If you wish to volunteer on Field Day you must complete this course

PLES Field Day Volunteer Sign Up will be shared on ClassDojo in the next few days. Thank you in advance for donating your time!

K, 1st, and 2nd Grade will participate in Field Day from 9am-12pm

3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade will participate in Field Day from 12pm-3:15pm

News From PTA

Coming Soon- Spirit Wear Sales Start 10/2

Beginning Monday, October 2, you will be able to purchase your PLES spirit wear. A link will be sent out through email, Class Dojo and Facebook to access our spirit wear shop. Sales last for two weeks, so get your order in quickly!

Join the PLES PTA in the Howard High School Homecoming Parade

This year's parade will be on Saturday, October 7th, from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. Families from PLES can join the PLES PTA group and walk the route. Sign up and find more information here:

PTA Meeting Wednesday October 11

Join us Wednesday, October 11th at 7PM in the media center or online for our next PTA meeting. We’ll be talking about the upcoming Trunk-or-Treat and other fun events.

Chipotle Dine-Out Night- Tuesday October 17th

Eat at Chipotle between 4 PM and 8 PM on 10/17 and support our school! Order in-store using the flyer or order online for pick-up using code TBFDBWZ.

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Information Worth Repeating

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Standards Based Instruction & Reporting Information

The purpose of this page is to provide students, families, and the community with information and resources about Standards Based Instruction and Reporting (SBIR).

Gifted and Talented Seminars

Our Gifted and Talented Resources teachers, Mrs. Fleck and Ms. Jones, offer many GT recess seminars for the fall. Permission slips are coming home and can be returned by Friday, Sept 22, 2023. Recess seminars are offered to all interested students in grades 2-5 and occur during the recess block once a week.

  • Second grade: Paper Airplanes and Origami
  • Third grade: Maze World and Learn to Play, Play to Learn
  • Fourth grade: Weather Watchers, Dash, Green Team
  • Fifth grade: Weather Watchers, Scrabble, Green Team

For questions, please reach out to or

Nothing Bundt Cakes - Books & Bundts

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National PTA School of Excellence

The Phelps Luck PTA knows that a strong partnership among our families, school leaders, and community members is important to the success of our students and school. As a school, we feel that families should feel welcomed and empowered to support student success, and the PTA is a key partner for continuous school improvement. We feel Phelps Luck Elementary School and the Phelps Luck PTA can achieve that together—and the result will be national, state, and community-wide visibility for the positive impact we are making together at Phelps Luck Elementary School.

We need your help! As part of the process, the National PTA requests feedback from families, administrators, and teachers at two points in the school year—the beginning and the end. Your feedback will help us improve our family-school partnership and achieve excellence.

Please take 5-10 minutes to reflect on your experience at this school and complete the survey below. Choose from the drop-down menu for each question. The survey will be open through Thursday, September 21.

Does this sound like a PTA program you’d really like to help with? Join us! Contact either of us to learn more.


Karen Mattingly, PTA President &
Ed Cosentino, Principal

Free and Reduced Meals Application

HCPSS participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, which provide families with significant benefits to help save money. Qualification is based on family size and income, and enrollment is confidential. All children in households receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can get free meals regardless of income, and students from households that meet federal income guidelines are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals.

Free and Reduced Meals eligibility provides discounts for summer programs, SAT, recreation programs, Maryland Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and internet programs. Other discounts are listed below. FARMs eligibility also may provide your school with much-needed Federal funding. Visit the HCPSS Food & Nutrition Site for more information.

Membership in PTA

Support PLES by joining the PTA! Our memberships help sustain PTA programming from fun events like the “Trunk or Treat” to staff appreciation efforts. Join here:

Calling for Watch D.OG.S. Leaders!

Watch DOGS University is one of the nation’s largest and most respected school-based, family, and community engagement organizations in the country. Since the program’s creation in 1998, more than 6,450 schools across the country have launched a WATCH D.O.G.S. program of their own. Each school year, hundreds of thousands of fathers and father figures make a positive impact on millions of children by volunteering millions of hours in their local schools through this amazing one-of-a-kind program. Who are Watch D.O.G.S.? Fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, uncles, and other father figures who volunteer to serve at least one day a year in a variety of school activities as assigned by the school's administrators.

In partnership with the PLES PTA, we are excited to move into our sixth year! As we plan for the upcoming year, we are putting together our Watch D.O.G.S. Leadership Team of volunteers to plan for our Kickoffs. If you are interested, please email Sandra McGraw by Friday, August 18, 2023. Please either click on the name to email or call the school at 410-313-6886. Once we establish our team, we will contact you for the date and time of our first Watch D.O.G.S. Leadership meeting. Thank you!

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Help Beautify PLES

PTA is collecting money to help fund a special beautification project. Please consider donating money to help purchase banners for the front of the school.

In alignment w/ Policy 10010, the following announcements have been approved by the Public Information Office for distribution. The below community notices are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the HCPSS.