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October 23, 2020 - Volume 42, Issue 11

Clemens Crossing Elementary School

We're Here to Help You!

Edward Cosentino, Principal

Sonia Hurd, Assistant Principal

Stacey Wells, Principal's Secretary

Jennifer Aballo, Teachers' Secretary

Dulce Boyer, Teachers' Secretary

Important Upcoming Dates and Events

For a complete list of dates and events visit


  • 3 - Election Day - Schools Closed
  • 6 - Professional Work Day: School ends 3-hours early at 12:45 p.m. There will be a modified schedule. The day is designated as a YELLOW day.
  • 11 - PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - Use your child's computer and login. CODE: cces-pta
  • 23 - Professional Work Day for Parent/Teacher Conferences: School ends 3-hours early at 12:45 p.m. There will be a modified schedule. The day is designated as a YELLOW day.
  • 24 - Professional Work Day for Parent/Teacher Conferences: School ends 3-hours early at 12:45 p.m. There will be a modified schedule. The day is designated as a YELLOW day.

From School Administration

Seven weeks of online learning is complete. Time is certainly flying during our first quarter.
Our students are doing a fantastic job thanks to teachers and families around them to provide outstanding support! Your child’s learning is important, and although this may not be the learning that we imagined, the process is getting better as each of us learn strategies for engagement. Please continue to reach out to your child’s teacher, Mrs. Hurd, or me if you need any support or help.


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New Partnership with T-Mobile

A few weeks ago, we highlighted our business partners and how they help our school.
We are pleased to announce a new partnership with T-Mobile. T-Mobile will donate $5,000 to Clemens Crossing Elementary School for two main purposes. We will use the funds to establish our new connection with Blessings In A Backpack. This will help provide weekly food supplies for needy families in our community. Additionally, we will use the funds to support our school as we begin to replace out-dated instructional technology in our classrooms. We are very excited about this incredible partnership with T-Mobile, and we thank T-Mobile for the generosity and commitment to our school and community.

The Pandemic Games:

This week we raffled off 3 Halloween gift baskets with items donated by our awesome families. The baskets contain: a mug, candy, covered pretzels, school supplies, a small Halloween wreath, and a $5 Dunkin gift card. The three winners chosen at random are Ms. Kim, Ms. Aballo, and Ms. Walls!

Thank you to all the families that have donated so far! We are still collecting gift cards, arts/crafts, school supplies, etc. Basically, you donate it and we give it away! Or if you want to give money (cash, check or PayPal) so that we can buy stuff, that would be wonderful as well!

For questions or donations, email Rachael Kelly and Raghavi Patel at

MLK Jr. Poster Contest

The Howard County Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission is holding an Elementary School Poster contest. The contest is open to all Howard County elementary school students and the deadline to submit is October 30, 2020. Please see the attached flier for more information.

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MAP Score Access

Thank you for supporting your child during MAP testing. To access your child’s MAP score, you will need to log in to HCPSS connect as a parent.

Please see below for directions. A more detailed home report will be available in Synergy by early November.

How Can I Access my Child’s MAP Test Results?

Fall 2020 MAP test results are entered in Synergy the Friday after a student takes the test. It can take up to 24 hours to become visible for an individual student.

To access test scores:

  1. Log in to HCPSS Connect
  2. Select More Options from the left panel
  3. Select Standardized Test Scores from the middle

DreamBox Questions

Some parents have asked about opting out of DreamBox due to concerns over students not liking the program. The HCPSS curricular office has decided DreamBox is the program that will be used for asynchronous Math instruction in grades K-5. This is not a choice for teachers, therefore a grade will be generated each week for DreamBox completion. The expectation for students is to complete 5 lessons per week. The rubric for DreamBox completion is:

  • 3 pts for 5 lessons completed
  • 2 pts for 3-4 lessons completed
  • 1 pt for 0-2 lessons completed

The rubric was designed to ensure that DreamBox would not dominate the percentage of a student's grade. Teachers are working to have the total Math grade be a balance of classwork assignments, quizzes, and asynchronous work.

The county has made a decision to allow Prodigy as a choice in G/T classes only. This was based on the need to address different concepts that exceed the skills included in DreamBox.

Information Worth Repeating

Limited 2019-20 Class Photos /Yearbooks Available for Purchase

Are you interested in purchasing a class photo or yearbook from last school year? We have a limited number of extra copies here at the school for sale. This sale will be on a first come, first serve basis. Please contact Stacey Wells at if you are interested.

Please note the following:

  • Yearbooks are $20 each (cash or payable to CCES PTA)
  • Class Photos are $10 each (cash or payable to Clemens Crossing ES)
  • Cash or checks are accepted
  • Checks should be written out to Clemens Crossing PTA for yearbooks and Clemens Crossing ES for class photos
  • Parents will need to bring payment to the school when picking up order
  • Call the front office at 410-313-6866 and a staff member will come out to meet you
  • Collected payments given to PTA/Strawbridge Rep when sales are completed

As always, thank you all for supporting Clemens Crossing and our PTA.

CCES Front Office Staff

Updates to School Meals

A stopgap U.S. government funding bill signed into law last Thursday, which includes almost $8 billion in nutrition assistance, allows USDA to extend the meal waivers, previously due to expire at the end of December, through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Thus, HCPSS will be able to provide meals at no cost to any HCPSS student, and all children 18 and under, through the entire school year, assuming continued availability of USDA funding.

As of Monday, October 12, all HCPSS added a snack and dinner to each weekday meal, in addition to breakfast and lunch already being served. Additionally, weekend meals will be included with meals provided on Fridays, and in pre-ordered meals picked up on Thursdays.

HCPSS also has adjusted the pre-order process. Meals for multiple days need to be pre-ordered at least two days in advance for pickup on Mondays and Thursdays. Pre-order meal pickups will be offered only on those two days, to enable Food and Nutrition Services to improve service and efficiency while balancing staffing and food resources.

Full details on HCPSS student meal offerings can be found online.

NATIONAL PTA REFLECTIONS Creative Arts Recognition Program

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 Matter Because…”. Every student who enters receives a certificate celebrating their work! Each artwork is evaluated on 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 why they matter! Click here for a video about Reflections at CCES this year!


  1. Reflect on the theme “I Matter Because….” 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 (50% of your score from the judges).

  1. Turn in your artwork and entry form to the box in front of Clemens Crossing by November 24, 2020! 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 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


CCES Reflections Video

Help us Haunt Out Hunger Oct 21-31

It's time to Haunt Out Hunger with CCES! Let's get "together" for a virtual walk to raise funds for the CCES Blessings in a Backpack, helping to feed our local families. The first 15 families to donate $30 will receive a free CCES facemask and the first 10 families to donate $100 will receive a free Vera Bradley backpack. All participating families will get a goodie bag. Questions? E-mail: Hope you can join us!

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Book check-out

The Clemens Crossing Library Media Center is now open for students to check out books! Please discuss this with your student if you would like to take advantage of this service.

Check your student's Library Media course to learn how to place holds on books.
Mrs. Marshall and Mrs. Seamonson will locate those books and sign them out to the students. Labeled books are available for pickup outside the school's front doors between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM each school day.

Students may borrow 1, 2, or 3 books at a time.

There is a labeled book return bin outside the school's front doors for book returns. Please return books within two weeks. There are no late fees.

Returned books are quarantined for a week before returning to circulation.

Books that were borrowed in the spring may also be returned to the bin outside the front doors. Reminder notes will be emailed home soon.

Please email Mrs. Marshall with any questions and please be patient as we work out these new ways of putting books into students' hands.

Read every day!

CCES Virtual Community Outreach-Save the Date!

We had a very successful virtual community outreach session this week. Our next meeting will take place Monday, November 9th at 4:30 p.m. We will discuss how to access Canvas assignments during virtual learning. To join the group, use the Google Meet Code: cces-community. Please use your child's Chromebook to log on.
All are welcome!

Intent to Participate in Hybrid In-Person Instruction: Survey Open through 4 p.m., October 23

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The Howard County Public School System and Board of Education are evaluating possibilities for a hybrid instructional model for the second semester, beginning February 1, 2021, which could include opportunities for in-person instruction. A hybrid model could provide an option for parents/guardians to send their child to school part of the week and learn virtually for the remainder of the week.

This fall, there will be significant public discussion and consideration around the second semester. At this time, HCPSS is seeking to understand families’ intentions regarding sending their students back to school, if that option becomes available, or continuing fully virtual learning. Please see the directions below for accessing this questionnaire.
Please note, this is separate from the small group instruction survey that some families have received. Additionally, it is crucial for planning to know if students who qualify to receive bus service would use it. Parent/guardian response is not a commitment for the second semester; you will be able to change your decision when plans for the second semester are finalized. Your intention at this time will help facilitate planning. Please complete the form by 4 p.m., Friday, October 23. Contact your school if you require assistance in completing the form.

To complete the form:

  1. Log in to HCPSS Connect
  2. Select More Options from the left panel
  3. Select Intent to Participate in Hybrid In-Person Instruction from the middle of the page
  4. Complete the questions in the form for each child and select “Save”

CCES PTA Read-a-thon

Our CCES PTA Read-A-Thon will run October 7 - 16! Please consider asking your extended family and friends to sponsor your child in the Read-a-thon. 100% of the proceeds benefit the CCES PTA and the many programs that enrich the students, support our teachers, and build lasting memories.

The homeroom with the most participation (how many kids participated and submitted forms) will earn a Starbucks gift card for their teacher and a Roaring Event for each student! A Roaring Event is awarded to students with exemplary ROARing behavior. It entitles the student to 2 ROAR tickets. ROAR tickets can be redeemed for special prizes.

We have two options for submitting donations and pledges: our Read-a-thon webpage or printed out and mailed to the school (forms attached below).
All forms and donations are due by Friday, October 23. Thanks for your support!

Join the PTA – Family Membership

PTA Membership will allow you to be active with the PTA and enjoy discounts with Maryland PTA partners. Most of all, your membership dues support the many programs we offer to the CCES community. While we encourage all of our families to be involved with PTA, membership does not obligate you to volunteer your time.

After trying many fundraisers over the years, the CCES PTA’s major fundraiser is a direct donation program (and later in the fall, a Read-a-thon). Rather than sell wrapping paper or other merchandise, we ask each family to contribute $50 in addition to their membership dues to support the programs we sponsor throughout the year.

To join the Clemens Crossing PTA, please fill out the form below and pay the membership dues (plus any donation you choose to give) through the PayPal link that follows. If you prefer to pay by check, please contact our membership chair, c/o
To report a problem with this form, contact

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Community News and Programs

Please find the link to the Howard County Public School System's Community News and Programs page.

In alignment with Howard County Board of Education Policy 10010, Distribution and Display of Materials and Announcements, the following announcements have been approved by the Public Information Office for distribution. Please visit Distributing Community Information through the School System or contact the Public Information Office at 410-313-6682 if you have any questions.

The below community notices are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Howard County Public School System.