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May 25 2018 - VOLUME 39, ISSUE 33

Events Coming Up

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


  • 28 - Schools Closed - Memorial Day
  • 30 - School Spirit Day: Wear Red, White, and Blue
  • 30 - 5th Grade - Simulated Congressional Hearing
  • 30 - In-School Banking (final for the year)
  • 31 - AHS Graduation, 11:00 a.m.


  • 1 - PTA Spring Carnival, 5:00 p.m. (rescheduled from 5/17).
  • 4 - Field Trip to Pointers Run ES for students being redistricted
  • 4 - Move-up Day for Grades K - 4
  • 5 - PTA Restaurant Night: Chick-fil-a, 6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Profits will support our Green School Initiative
  • 8 - Kindergarten End of Year Program and Picnic, 9:30 a.m.
  • 12 - School Spirit Day - Hat Day
  • 12 - REVISION - Full School Day
  • 12 - 2nd Grade Picnic, 12:35 p.m.
  • 13 - REVISION - Full School Day
  • 13 - 1st Grade - Author's Celebration and Picnic, 11:00 a.m.
  • 14 - REVISION - Full School Day
  • 14 - End of Marking Period
  • 14 - Flag Day - Wear red, white, and blue
  • 14 - 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 9:30 a.m.
  • 14 - 4th Grade Book Viewing and Picnic, 12:30 p.m.
  • 15 - Early Dismissal - All schools close 3-hours early. CCES dismisses at 12:45 p.m.
  • 15 - 5th Grade Picnic, 9:30 a.m.
  • 15 - 3rd Grade Picnic, 10:45 a.m.
  • 18 - Early Dismissal - All schools close 3-hours early. CCES dismisses at 12:45 p.m.
  • 19 - Last Day of School - Schools are Open for a Half Day.
    CCES Dismisses at 12:45 p.m. Inclement Weather Make-up Day #5.

From School Administration

This weekend ushers in the unofficial start to summer. When we return from the Memorial Day Weekend, we will still have more than three weeks of school left before summer break. Although we have fun activities planned, we still have a lot of learning that will take place over the next three weeks. After that time, learning can still take place away from school during the summer. The Howard County Public Library visited grades 4 and 5 this past week. They will visit grades K through 3 on May 29. They shared summer reading lists which will be going home next week. Additionally, be on the lookout for a special CCES summer reading family activity. Mrs. Marshall and Mrs. Farrelly will be sharing that information next week in their Media classes. Finally, please find an article from the National Association of Elementary Principals below. It lists ways children can continue learning throughout the summer. In addition to the suggestions, ALL of our current students will continue to have IXL access throughout the summer. This includes students who are going to middle school and Pointers Run ES.
Have a Happy Memorial Day weekend.

Mr. Cosentino

Exercise Kids’ Minds During the Summer

If students laze away the days of summer without using their minds, they can lose up to a month of learning—especially in reading and math. Stem the summer slide and keep your child engaged with these fun, brain-friendly activities.

Devise a plan. Tell your child that reading and learning activities will be an important part of their summer. Assure them that they’ll still have lots of time for play.

Teach mini-lessons. Transform everyday activities into learning opportunities. Children can count change, read directions for a trip, write a shopping list, or calculate a recipe’s measurements.

Gather activity books. Give children their own activity book with crossword puzzles or number games customized for their specific age group. Set a “due date” to keep them on track, but let them work at their own pace.

Initiate a writing project. Have your child keep a summer journal, write letters to family members or friends, or craft a play to perform with siblings or neighbors. Or, start a family cookbook with your favorite recipes, instructions, and shopping lists.

Strategize screen time. Educational computer games or apps can engage students’ minds, but make sure your child is spending enough time away from the screen. Assign a daily block of time for family members to turn off phones, computers, and the TV. Instead, play a board game or read together. Designate daily reading blocks. Set aside at least 15 minutes a day for your entire family to read (That means parents, too!). Find reading recommendations by grade level on the American Library Association’s book lists (see Web Resources). Organize a summer read-a-thon with goals for each family member or sign your child up for your library’s summer book club.

Go global. Set aside several nights during the summer to have an international evening. Together, cook a meal with recipes from a different nation. Learn basic words in that country’s language. Find the country on a map and examine a book or article with information on what life is like there.

Sneak learning into family trips. If your family is able to take a vacation during the summer, include stops at zoos, children’s museums, or historic sites. Have your child help you plot out the journey using maps and keep a journal along the way. Older children can tally up miles, keep track of expenses, or compute gas mileage.

Get moving. Build physical activity into your child’s summer days. Even if he or she can’t participate in a local sports league or community-based team, encourage activities such as jumping rope, playing catch, and taking family walks.

Web Resources

Field Day Photo Album on Flicker

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Restaurant Day

Tuesday, June 5th, 6am-10pm

10975 Johns Hopkins Road

Laurel, MD

Take a break from cooking and come to our final Restaurant Night. 30% of the proceeds will go directly to CCES. Funds raised during this event will be used to convert one of our hallway water fountains into a water bottle refilling station. This is part of our Green School initiative.

WLMS PTSA Amazing Race Event for Incoming 6th Graders

Tuesday, June 12 - 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Contestants: 5th Graders from RBES, BWES, CCES who will be 6th graders at WLMS next year.

Meet kids from other schools that will go to Wilde Lake Middle School. Introduce your friends from other schools so they will know each other! Meet a WLMS "Buddy" who can answer questions from a kids' perspective! Have fun and win prizes too!

Schoolwide Showcase Success!

Take a look at some of the amazing projects our students produced for the Schoolwide Showcase this past week. The science fair, enrichment fair, and class projects were awesome!

Are You Moving and Not Returning to CCES for the 2018-19 School Year?

If you know that you will be relocating over the Summer, please notify CCES Front Office as soon as possible at 410-313-6866 or email Mrs. Aballo at You will need to sign a release of records form to ensure that your child’s new school receives the records before the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. During the school year, transfer packets take a minimum of 24 hours to prepare. As we do not have a full registration staff during the summer, transfer packets and records may take longer to get to you and new school(s).
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PTA Spring Carnival June 1

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5th Grade Parents, WLMS PTSA Needs You!

Are you interested in joining the Wilde Lake Middle School Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) as a board or committee member? Elections will be held on June 5th at the 7:00 p.m. PTSA Meeting. Interested in the PTSA?

Here is the link to the form online for the website -

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HCPSS Community News and Programs on the HCPSS website

Announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.

Cub Scout Pack

We have set a rain date for our rain date. Here's hoping that third time's a charm.

Your local Cub Scout Pack is inviting everyone to join them for their annual Spring Picnic on Wednesday, May 30, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Martin Road Park (6701 Martin Road, Columbia, MD 21044). Cub Scouts is a great way for children grades K - 5th to learn about our community, the outdoors, and teamwork in a safe and established environment. Starting in June, our pack will be open to girls and kindergartners, so pass this invitation to any incoming families that might be interested. All children attending will get a chance to build a small sail boat and race them in our Raingutter Reggata. For more information, please go to If you have any questions, contact our Cubmaster, Charlie Beard, at Food and drinks will be provided.

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Note: The Public Information Office encourages all community organizations to distribute notices electronically through this online resource. However, organizations may choose to distribute printed documents, such as the 2018 Parent Guide, through student backpacks, etc. per the provisions of HCPSS Policy 10010. For more information, please refer to Distribution Guidelines for Schools. Contact the Public Information Office with any questions, at 410-313-6682 or

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