Clemens Crossing Cougar Comments

January 5, 2018 - VOLUME 39, ISSUE 14

Events Coming Up

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


  • 10 - PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
  • 12 - Spirit Day Kick-Off #1: Super Hero Day
  • 12 - Otto the Auto (Kindergarten), 9:00 a.m.
  • 15 - Schools Closed - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • 17 - Family Fit Night, 6:00 p.m. (snow date 1/24)
  • 17 - CCES Community Outreach, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - CCES Cafeteria
  • 18 - Clarksville MS 6th Grade orientation, 6:30 p.m.
  • 19 - Change Matters Presentation during lunch shifts
  • 19 - Geography Bee, 2:30 p.m.
  • 22 - The Great Kindness Challenge Starts
  • 22 - Change Matters Collection starts for Grassroots Homeless Shelter
  • 22 - Spirit Day #2: Crazy or Colorful Sock Day
  • 23 - PTA Restaurant Night at Grotto's Pizza
  • 23 - Spirit Day #3: Kindness Counts - wear something with numbers
  • 23 - Wilde Lake MS 6th Grade Orientation, 7:00 p.m.
  • 23 - Dr. Martirano Town Hall Meeting at OMHS, 7:00 p.m.
  • 24 - Spirit Day #4: Wild About Kindness - dress like an animal or wear animal print
  • 24 - Family Fit Night snow date
  • 25 - Spirit Day #5: 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 #6: We Can Work Out Problems - dress in work-out clothes
  • 26 - End of Second Quarter
  • 26 - Early Dismissal, 12:45 p.m.
  • 31 - In School Banking, 9:00 a.m.

From School Administration

Happy New Year!

We were glad to usher in the new year with our 551 students returning on January 3rd! Albeit a few sleepy faces, students and staff came back to school ready to embrace learning and launch into the new year! As always, thank you for entrusting us with your children. Having them back at school was a great way to "ring in" 2018!

Thank you!

I would like to personally thank all of the families and students that so generously and thoughtfully gave us holiday gifts and provided gifts to staff. Our office was flooded with baked goods, candies, gift cards, etc. I want to be sure to let our school community know how grateful I am personally, and how touched the staff and I were with your thoughtfulness. You definitely made our busy days and holiday a bit brighter with your gifts, and we are most appreciative!

It's been nearly three weeks since our last Cougar Comments. We have a lot of new information listed below in this newsletter as well as some reminders from our previous issues.

Mr. Cosentino

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.

Staff Spotlight - Mrs. Register

Mrs. Laura Register is our Staff Spotlight for this week. This is Mrs. Register's twenty-first year as a teacher and her eleventh year at Clemens Crossing Elementary. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Towson University. Mrs. Register enjoys spending time with her family, working out, and reading. She lives in Ellicott City with her husband, daughter, and son. Her son, Ryan, is in first grade at CCES.

The Great Kindness Challenge is Coming

We are excited to announce that we are participating in The 2018 Great Kindness Challenge where we will join thousands of schools across the country 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!

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Official Great Kindness Challenge 2017 Newsreel

Official Great Kindness Challenge 2017 Newsreel

Updated Arrival/Dismissal Procedures -RIGHT TURN ONLY In & Out of Car Loop

We witness many near accidents on a daily basis during Arrival and Dismissal.

Therefore, to help create a safer and more efficient arrival and dismissal, all cars must make a right-hand turn entering and exiting the car loop/parking lot between 9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. and

3:40 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.

Please adjust your morning and/or afternoon routine and route if needed.

If you drop-off or pick-up your child in the car loop, please follow the procedures listed below.

Please relay this information with daycare providers and other family members who pick-up or drop off children.

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Wilde Lake Middle School Orientation

WLMS will be holding an orientation for the parents of our incoming 6th Graders on Tuesday, January 23rd from 6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Additional information for parents of students in the GT (Gifted and Talented) Program will begin immediately following the general orientation. Staff will be present to give an overview of WLMS programs and answer questions. The snow date will be January 30th, same time. We hope to see you here for this information session.

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


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

No Change in Start and Dismissal Time for 2018-19 School Year

The Howard County Board of Education voted to retain the existing model for school start and dismissal times for the 2018–2019 academic year during its regularly scheduled meeting on December 19, 2017.

Front Office Notes

Early Dismissal Reminder

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

Current Contact Information

Recently, we have had several incidents where we have tried to reach parents and found that either their voice mail box was full or not set-up to receive messages. We also had several situations where the emergency number(s) we have on file is/are no longer in service. We would appreciate it if you could take a moment and make sure of the following:

1. Please have a voice mail box in place that can receive messages. If need be, please clear the messages currently in your mailbox so that your mailbox can receive new messages.

2. Please take a moment and update any emergency numbers that may need to be updated.

Thank you!

Siblings During Lunch, Recess, and Classroom Visits

We strive to be a welcoming place for parents and visitors. At the same time, we have to maintain a safe environment conducive to learning.

While we do allow siblings to accompany parents during lunch, we do not recommend it. Younger children should be closely monitored by the parent at all times and they should not interfere with the operations of the lunch shift.
Siblings are not permitted at recess or in the classrooms.

Visiting or Picking-up Students at CCES

All visitors to Clemens Crossing must bring a driver’s license and sign in with 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.

Animals on School System Property Including Arrival and Dismissal

The Office of Safety, Environment, and Risk Management informed all schools about the restriction of animals on school property. Animals in schools or offices, leashed or not, present safety, environmental, and liability issues. Students and staff may be exposed to potential physical hazards, such as bites, and/or allergy-related health problems. As a result, animals are prohibited within HCPSS buildings. Animals are also prohibited on school system property during arrival, dismissal, recess or other HCPSS sponsored outdoor activities.

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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Fit Family Night

Mark your calendars for a free family wellness event:

Clemens Crossing's Family Fit Night!

January 17, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Highlights include Martial Arts, Yoga, Zumba, kid-friendly Boot Camp, Wellness Tables, Parent Nutrition Workshop and a Dance Party Finale!!

Registration Link below!

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Volunteers Needed for FIT FAMILY NIGHT 1/17/18

Please volunteer for the FIT Family Night.

Community Service Event During Family Fit Night

Please come help put together snack mixes to put in bags to donate to Grassroots.

Please sign up to bring an item or two. Use the link below to sign-up and help.

Thank you!

CCES Community Outreach - January 17, 2018

Date: 01/17/2018 (Wed.) Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm EST Location: CCES Cafeteria

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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HCPSS Community News and Programs

This link contains community notices are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Howard County Public School System.

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