Lisbon Elementary

December 1, 2017

Lisbon Elementary School

Mrs. Debra Anoff, Principal
Mrs. Amy Green, Assistant Principal

15901 Frederick Road
Woodbine, MD 21797

(410) 313-5506
(410) 313-5508 - Fax

Important Dates to Remember

  • 1 - PTA Movie Night, 7:00 p.m.
  • 4 - Kindergarten Visits the Glenwood Library, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • 7 - Strings Concert, 7:00 p.m.
  • 9 - Lisbon Horse Parade
  • 13 - Chorus, Handbells & Band Concert, 7:00 p.m.
  • 15 - School Spirit Day - Tacky Sweater Day
  • 15 - Kindergarten Candy Houses, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
  • 20 - 3rd Grade Visits the Maryland Science Center, 9:00 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
  • 20 - Interim Reports Issued
  • 21 - 5th Grade Candy Houses
  • 25-29 - Winter Break, Schools Closed


  • 1 - Winter Break, Schools Closed
  • 2 - Schools Reopen

From School Administration

We hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend. It was great to see so many of you here at school for Parent/Teacher Conferences during the week that led up to Thanksgiving.

The opportunity for parents and teachers to talk about the growth that students are making is always so valuable. Thank you to everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to be here for a conference. We would also like to thank the PTA Staff Appreciation Committee for sponsoring a delicious dinner for all the staff members who were here on Monday night for conferences. The food was excellent and helped everyone make it through the long day!

Geography Bee

Do you know where our third, fourth and fifth graders were on the morning of Friday, November 17th? They were on the continent of North America, in the country of the United States, in the state of Maryland, in the county of Howard County, in the city of Woodbine, in the Lisbon Elementary School Lion’s Den watching the Lisbon Elementary School Geography Bee. Competing were 21 fourth and fifth grade contestants who were selected to participate based on their score on a preliminary round administered in Technology class to all fourth and fifth grade students earlier this year. The winner of our School Bee was 5th grader, Benjamin Caldwell, and our second place winner was 5th grader, Gabriel Alas. Next, Ben will take a test in late January to qualify for the State Bee. Congratulations to all of our contestants. They should be very proud of their dedication to learning geography.

Overdue Book Help!

Currently, 1 out of every 4 students has one or two overdue Media Books. Mrs. Hastings and Mrs. Patrick placed overdue book notices in student mailboxes that they should have brought home. Please lend a hand in helping your child find and return late books if they have them checked out presently. Thank you!

From the Art Room

Thank you for the sewing needles!! The 4th graders are doing an amazing job hand-sewing their stuffed creatures! So now we are in need of stuffing (for stuffed animals - not a turkey) :) If you have any gathering dust, please send it our way. Thank you!

Weather Guidelines for Outdoor Recess

Exercise outdoors is healthy and is strongly encouraged. It provides a break from the regular school routine, a chance to get some outside air, and an opportunity to run off excess energy.

If conditions preclude the full recess time, even a five-minute break can revitalize children and prepare them for more sitting and academic learning. Children are expected to wear warm clothing to protect them during cold weather when participating in recess or outside activities.

The decision to go out or stay in for recess is the decision of the Administrator at individual schools. However, the following are to be considered in determining if recess is to be held outside:

  • Temperature and Windchill
  • Age of students
  • Length of time outdoors
  • Adequacy of the children’s clothing
  • Condition of the playground
  • Falling precipitation (more than a sprinkle or mist)

Generally, it is assumed that students will be outside for recess when the temperature combined with the wind chill is not less than 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Children with certain health conditions may need special accommodations during extremely cold weather. Parents of those children should provide medical documentation and may be consulted to determine if other arrangements are necessary.

CogAt tests for Grades 3 and 5

This year, the Howard County Public School System will be administering the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) to all students in grades 3 and 5. The CogAT is a group-administered abilities test that measures students’ reasoning abilities, which they develop through in-school and out-of-school experiences. It is not designed to test a student’s academic achievement, but their potential.

The test is made of three batteries – Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal. Each battery takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. The CogAT helps educators understand a student’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses and assists with adapting instruction to meet the needs and abilities of each student.

All students in Grades 3 and 5 will participate in the testing. The CogAT will be administered on December 4-6. No special preparation is required. Just send your child to school ready to learn as you do daily.

The Gifted and Talented Education Program will use the data from the CogAT as one criterion for placement into fourth grade Gifted/Talented mathematics classes and middle school Gifted/Talented content classes. Students’ individual scores will be reported to parents in late February/early March.

Lost and Found

Are you missing a jacket or sweatshirt? There is a very good chance your child's missing clothing is in our Lost & Found. The Lost & Found is located in the front hallway next to the health room. Please be sure to check the Lost & Found soon. We will donate all items to a local charity on December 22nd.

Young Authors' Contest

Join in the Lisbon Elementary 15th Annual Young Authors’ Contest! Maryland students in grades 2 through 5 are eligible to enter an original short story and/or poem. First place and Honorable Mention winners will be selected for each grade, and our 1st place winners will go on to be judged at the county and possibly the state level. Each entry may have only one author. A cover sheet, signed by a parent and teacher, is needed for each entry. Both the entry and cover sheet should be saved as a Word document, typed in either Times Roman or Comic Sans 12- point font. Please include your name on the cover sheet not the entry. For more information and necessary paperwork, please go to

Submit a printed copy of the cover sheet and the entry to Mrs. Olson by December 8, 2017.

School Lunch Menus

Breakfast and lunch menus can be found at

Upcoming School Spirit Days

Periodically, we will celebrate school spirit days. The purpose of school spirit days is to get kids enthused, supportive, and excited about their school community. In order to maximize full participation, we want to help you plan ahead for school spirit days.
Below, you will find information about school spirit days through January.

Community News and Programs

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