Clemens Crossing Cougar Comments

May 31, 2019 - Volume 40, Issue 34

Clemens Crossing Elementary School

Edward Cosentino, Principal

Sonia Hurd, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Events


  • 3 - Fifth Grade Simulated Congressional Hearings
  • 3 - SPIRIT DAY- Wear Red, White, and Blue
  • 4 - Early Dismissal 12:45 p.m. - Professional Work Day
  • 5 - Career Day (Grades 3-5) Morning Only
  • 5 - SPIRIT DAY - Dress for Success Day
  • 6 - 2nd Grade Entomologist Visit
  • 7 - Kindergarten End of Year Celebration 10:00 a.m.; Picnic 11:00 a.m.
  • 10 - Volunteer Tea Appreciation Celebration, 2:30 p.m.
  • 10 - Howard County Library Visits all grades for Summer Reading Program
  • 17 - 2nd Grade Picnic, 12:35 p.m.
  • 17 - Full Day of School
  • 18 - Full Day of School
  • 18 - 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 9:30 a.m.
  • 19 - 3rd Grade Picnic, 10:30 a.m.
  • 19 - 1st Grade Picnic, 11:00 a.m.
  • 19 - School Closes 3-Hours Early, 12:45 p.m.
  • 20 - 4th Grade Picnic, 12:05 p.m.
  • 20 - School Closes 3-Hours Early, 12:45 p.m.
  • 21 - 5th Grade Picnic, 11:30 a.m.
  • 21- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL: School Closes 3-Hours Early, 12:45 p.m.

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From School Administration

Changes in Staffing at Clemens Crossing ES

The conclusion of each school year brings changes to schools. We are making a few internal changes with teacher assignments for next year.

Here are the current grade level teacher assignments for the 2019-20 school year:

Kindergarten - Mrs. McCue, Mrs. Hodgins, Mrs. Ludicke, Ms. Thomerson

First Grade - Mrs. Beem, Ms. Holdefer, Mrs. Hutt, Ms. Morstein

Second Grade - Mrs. Shockey, Mr. Jones, Mrs. Small, Mrs. Weinig

Third Grade - Mrs. McBrien, Mrs. Shaw, Ms. Addy, Mrs. Halvorson

Fourth Grade - Mrs. Billingsley, Ms. Alban, Mr. Lee

Fifth Grade - Mrs. Haube, Mrs. Greenlee, Mrs. McKim

Please note: There could be changes to staff assignments over the summer. We will communicate that in our August newsletter.

Report to Parents - Verbal Abuse - Slurs and Name Calling

It is far easier for teachers, parents, and playground supervisors to spot physical harassment than it is for them to notice something that can be just as damaging— slurs and name-calling. In reality, the phrase “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me” has little merit. Words truly can hit as hard as a fist, and unkind labels can follow children throughout their school years.

Don’t allow labels in your home. Forbidding your children to use curse words is important, but it isn’t enough. You also need to make sure they’re not using ethnic, racial, religious, or sexual orientation slurs. Explain that using labels like these is insensitive and prevents them from seeing the person as an individual.

Talk about the cruelty some words convey. The phrase “That’s so gay” has become a common slur among young children, although many don’t understand the cruelty that is behind these words. Help children understand the pain that slurs and name-calling can cause.

Explain that being “different” isn’t a justification for being harassed. Although children have always picked on peers who didn’t seem to fit in, today the abuse has become bolder and, in some cases, led to deadly beatings. Other children, long-term targets of bullies, have turned to violence—or even suicide—in a form of sick revenge. It is simply not acceptable for families or schools to allow the harassment of children for any reason at all.

Talk with them about false impressions. A girl who would rather play sports than play with dolls is not boyish or a lesbian; she’s just a girl who would rather play sports. The same is true for boys who may not enjoy rough-and-tumble activities. Calling children names like “gay boy” or “queer” just because they choose to follow their own interests, is an ignorant choice and cannot be allowed.

Help them understand when words are okay, and when they’re not. Some children may feel that it’s okay to use a slur if they’ve heard it over and over from others. Help them understand the difference between a word that is being used as a put-down and a word that is simply a description.

Use non-judgmental terms. If children are curious about the terms “gay” and “straight,” tell them that some people are gay, or homosexual, which means that they are attracted to people of the same sex, while most other people are straight, or heterosexual, which means that they are attracted to people of the opposite sex. Saying “my uncle is gay” (if he is) is simply a statement of fact. Calling classmates “gay” or “queer” simply to be hurtful is just as unacceptable as those old ethnic and racial slurs that have long been forbidden. Pay close attention to how your children—and their friends—are behaving toward others and talk with them about how it would feel if they were the targets of name-calling.

Report to Parents, written to serve elementary and middle-level principals, may be reproduced by the National Association of Elementary School Principals members without permission.

Remember to check HCPSS News for Announcements and Events

HCPSS News is delivered to each parent’s inbox every Wednesday during the school year and periodically in the summer. Watch for it to find system-level news, announcements and upcoming event listings. Parents/guardians do not need to sign up for HCPSS News emails. All parents are opted in via the email they identify in Family File. Parents will receive communication from their child’s current school until the Synergy rollover in early August, at which point they will automatically change to receive messaging from their child’s 2019-2020 school.

Medication at School

Most medications, whether prescription or Over-The-Counter, require a Medication Form signed by an authorized prescriber. Please call the nurse at 410-313-5609, or email to discuss these options. Teachers are not permitted to administer medication to students.
Students may not administer their own medication unless they have a doctor's order and the nurse approves it. If you would like your student or the nurse to administer medication to your student during school, please do the following before sending a medication into school with your student:

  1. Obtain a blank HCPSS Medication Form (HS6401-01-39513035) from the nurse.
  2. Obtain an authorized prescriber's signature on the Medication Form.
  3. Please administer the first dose of any medication at home and observe for adverse reactions.
  4. Bring the signed form and the medication, labeled with your student's name, to the Health Room in person.
    Please do not send medication to school with your student.

The Summer Food Service Program

The Summer Food Service Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), through the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and is an extension of the National School Lunch Program, which is designed to guarantee eligible children free and nutritious breakfasts and lunches during the school year. Meals served will be healthy and will follow USDA nutrition guidelines.

All meals will be served on a first-come first-served basis and all meals must be eaten on site.
No portion of the meal may be taken out of the meal serving area(s) and adults may not eat any portion of a child’s meal. Small children must have adult supervision. The days/hours of operation and start/end dates may vary based on participation levels.

For more information, please contact the Howard County Public School System, Food and Nutrition Service at 410-313-6743.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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HCPSS Summer Meals FAQs

What is the summer meals program?

The summer meals program is one way to fill the nutrition gap for many of our children when school is closed during the summer. Hunger does not take a summer vacation.

Can any child participate?

Yes! All children ages 18 years and under can receive free meals at any HCPSS Open Site. There are no other qualifications needed. Meals will be provided without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of meal service.

Do children or parents need to register in order to participate in the Open Site

Summer Meals Program?

No registration or application is required. You can simply bring your child to the summer meal site.

How do I know where the serving sites are located and the times for the meals?

Serving sites and times will be on June’s menu for all schools. We will be sending out flyers and posters will be displayed throughout the community. Site locations, meal times and the summer menu will also posted on our district website.

Will there be activities?

We are scheduling activities at some sites in conjunction with the Howard County Police Department. We will post the time and locations of these activities on the district website.

May we take the food home?

ALL food must be consumed at the site, with the exception of fresh fruit and prepackaged items. This is to ensure that the children do not eat or drink food that may spoil because of improper refrigeration or reheating.

May I come to the site with my children?

Yes! We love having the parents involved. The children love it too! We do ask that children under 4 years of age have an older child with them if you cannot accompany them.

Are the meals nutritious?

Yes! We serve 1% and fat-free milk, fruit, vegetables and all of our meals meet the nutrition guidelines for children.

Is there a place I can call if I have additional questions?

Yes. You may call Howard County Public School System, Food and Nutrition Service at 410-313-6743.

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Upcoming Spirit Days

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5th Grade Promotion Ceremony June 18

5th Grade Promotion Ceremony
Our 5th Graders have worked so hard this year! Our 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 18 at 9:30 a.m. Promotion Ceremony guests will be able to enter the school after the arrival of our students at 9:15 a.m.

Due to limited seating, school-aged siblings are not permitted to attend the ceremony.

ARRIVAL: Please plan on arriving by 9:20 a.m. in order to find parking in the neighborhood, enter the building, and find a seat.
Parking is very limited. Guests need to follow the signage along Quarterstaff Road. Additional parking is available at the Clemens Crossing Pool off Martin Road. We encourage people to walk if you live close by.

CAKE CELEBRATION: Immediately following the ceremony, we invite you to join your child in the cafeteria for cake and pictures.
If you wish to take your 5th grade student home after the cake and pictures, please be prepared to show your state issued ID to your child’s homeroom teacher.
All students need to be signed-out before leaving.

We look forward to celebrating with you! Please contact the CCES Front Office if you have any questions.

Are You Moving?

If you have moved or are moving soon, please notify us as soon as possible.

We are available to assist you with transitioning to your child's new school. Whether it be another HCPSS school, private school, or to a school out of the HCPSS district, we are here to help. If you are transferring to another HCPSS school, our registrars will partner to make the transition as smooth as possible.

If you have an address change, bring your new residency documents to the front office and we will update your address in the system. If you have any questions, call Jennifer Aballo, our Registrar.

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Community News and Programs

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.
Community News and Programs

Community notices are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Howard County Public School System.

Cub Scout Pack 618

Cub Scout Pack 618 would like to invite all students and their families to our Spring Picnic on Wednesday, June 5th from 6pm until 8pm at Martin Road Park. Cub Scouts is for girls and boys in grades K through 5th. Please come join us, there will be food and fun!

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