Clemens Crossing Cougar Comments

May 22 2020 - Volume 41, Issue 36

Clemens Crossing Elementary School

Edward Cosentino, Principal

Sonia Hurd, Assistant Principal


  • 25 - Memorial Day


  • 8 - Virtual Orientation for rising 6th grade students going to Wilde Lake MS, TIME TBD
  • TBA - Virtual 5th Grade Farewell
  • 23 - Final day of school


  • 21 - Kindergarten Open House, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • 21 - Grades 1-5 Open House, 2:30-3:15 p.m.
  • 25 - First day of school for students

From School Administration

It is hard to believe that we are already at the end of May, and Memorial Day is this weekend. It is a perfect time to step away from screens and enjoy the unofficial start of summer.

Thank you for your continued support. Enjoy the long weekend.


Adjustments to Distance Learning Schedule: Week of May 25:

Schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2020 in observance of Memorial Day. The following adjustments have been made to the distance learning schedules to accommodate this school closure:

  • All teachers will publish required weekly assignments by 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
  • Students will only be expected to engage in Dreambox and Lexia Core four days this week.

The regular distance learning weekly schedule will resume June 1, 2020. This message was shared with the community on May 15.

This is a great opportunity to catch-up if needed.

Pick-up & Distribution of Items

We are in the process of figuring out a plan to distribute yearbooks, school pictures, and any other important items. That information will be coming out in early June.

Final Last Call For Yearbooks

If any parent is interested in ordering a yearbook, please contact PTA President Dani Gardner at She needs the order by May 24.


Reminders for Distance Learning

The graphics below summarizes the information shared last week, and serves as a good reminder for students.
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Spring Online Chess Club

Silver Knights is offering small group and broadcast chess classes and tournaments all online for $19/month. The PTA gets a donation for each signup - so make sure you specify CCES. The registration page is

Any family with financial hardship (either in general or due to job loss during coronavirus) can join for FREE. Reach out to for details.

They are also doing weekly webinars for interested families on Mondays at 8 pm. The link to join those is here.

Columbia Community Care

Our goal is to provide families in the community with food and supplies due to the effects of Coronavirus such as unemployment and financial challenges.

If you are in need and have NO transportation to one of our five sites*, you may order home delivery through this form. Please note that delivery will take between 10-15 days.

If you are in urgent need and have transportation, we encourage you to visit one of our sites for faster service. If you have any questions, please email

*Our sites are:
•Swansfield Elementary School
•Wilde Lake Middle School
•Oakland Mills Middle School
•Lake Elkhorn Middle School
•Howard High School

We are open from 11:30 am-1:30 pm everyday


Nuestro objetivo es proporcionar a las familias de la comunidad alimentos y suministros debido a los efectos del Coronavirus como el desempleo y desafíos financieros.

Si está necesitado y NO tiene transporte a alguno de nuestros cinco locales*, puede pedir una entrega a su vivienda llenando este formulario. Tome en cuenta de que la entrega será entre 10-15 días.

Si está necesitado urgentemente y tiene transporte, le urgimos que visite a alguno de nuestros locales para servicio más rápido. Si tiene alguna pregunta, envíe un correo electrónico a

*Nuestros locales son:
•Swansfield Elementary School
•Wilde Lake Middle School
•Oakland Mills Middle School
•Lake Elkhorn Middle School
•Howard High School

Estamos abiertos entre las 11:30am-1:30pm todos los días

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, please fill out the attached fillable Address Change Form and email it back to us with your new deed or lease. This way we can electronically verify your school district and update your new address on file. If you have any questions, contact our registrar, Jennifer Aballo:

HCPSS Continuity of Learning Website

Check-out the school system's most current information about Continuity of Learning.

Mrs. Rogers' Office Hours

Dear CCES Students and Families,

I hope you are doing well. I have been thinking about you and missing you! I look forward to reconnecting with you!

I will have office hours available daily from 9:30am - 11:30am and from 12:00pm - 1:00pm starting Tuesday, April 14th. I will be scheduling appointments to meet during that time.
We can meet virtually (I’d love to see you) or on the phone. Please use this link to request your appointment. Click here to schedule a time with Mrs. Rogers

The School Counseling Department will also be making announcements and posting college, career, and our class lessons on Canvas in the upcoming weeks.

I look forward to talking with you in the upcoming days and weeks. Please know that I am still here to talk with you. Stay safe and well.


Mrs. Rogers

School Counselor

Dr. Eng's Office Hours

Hello CCES Parents and Teachers,

Our school psychologist, Dr. Eng, will be holding office hours on Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:00pm - 3:30pm.

If you need to reach him, you can schedule a time to access my services by clicking on the link below.

When you click on the link, you will be taken to a google calendar with the available time slots. Please click on the time slots entitled Dr. Eng Office Hours to choose a time to meet. Please type in the following information in the description box and click the SAVE button at the bottom of the page.

Counseling Connections

The HCPSS Elementary School Counseling Connection Newsletter is a great resource for students and parents to read together.

Included in the School Counseling Connection newsletter are celebrations, activities for home as well as self-care ideas.

Click on the first two issues below:

Free Meal Services

The Howard County Public School System will continue to provide free Grab-N-Go meals to anyone age 18 and under and/or any HCPSS student, regardless of age, throughout state-mandated school closures, extended through the end of the school year.

Participants will be given a Grab-N-Go snack, lunch, and dinner for that day, as well as a Grab-N-Go breakfast for the following day. Friday distributions at school-based locations only also will include meals to sustain children through the weekend. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag to carry home meals each day.

Children do not need to be present; parents/guardian may pick up meals for their child(ren). There is no application, enrollment, or fees to participate in this program.

HCPSS Free Meal Service

  • Ongoing, Weekdays
  • 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • School-Based Locations:
    • Bushy Park Elementary School, 14601 Carrs Mill Road, Glenwood
    • Cradlerock Elementary School/Lake Elkhorn Middle School, 6680 Cradlerock Way, Columbia
    • Deep Run Elementary School, 6925 Old Waterloo Road, Elkridge
    • Ducketts Lane Elementary School, 6501 Ducketts Lane, Elkridge
    • Hollifield Station Elementary School, 8701 Stonehouse Drive, Ellicott City
    • Howard High School, 8700 Old Annapolis Road, Ellicott City
    • Laurel Woods Elementary School, 9250 North Laurel Road, Laurel
    • Oakland Mills Middle School, 9540 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia
    • Swansfield Elementary School, 5610 Cedar Lane, Columbia
    • Talbott Springs Elementary School, 9550 Basket Ring Road, Columbia
    • Wilde Lake Middle School, 10481 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia
  • Community Locations: (Weekend meals not provided at community locations)
    • Forest Ridge Apartments, 5890 Stevens Forest Rd, Columbia
    • Monarch Mills Apartments, 7600 Monarch Mills Way, Columbia
    • Bethel Christian Academy, Campus 1, 8455 Savage Guilford Rd., Savage

A list of additional food distribution locations, not sponsored by HCPSS, is available online. Additionally, the Community Action Council of Howard County sponsors a Food Bank and supports 14 food pantries that support families in need of emergency food assistance. More information about food assistance and a list of the food pantries remaining open during the COVID-19 crisis is available on the Community Action Council’s website.

Device Return Procedures

If you no longer need an HCPSS issued device, please email Mrs. Marshall at She will process your request. You will receive information from FedEx for device return.

Kindergarten Registration

Parents/guardians of new incoming students and those entering Kindergarten in the 2020-2021 school year (who are not already enrolled) are able to begin the enrollment process online, followed by completion of the registration process with the registrars when schools reopen. Online registration is not required and parents may elect to complete the full registration in person at the time of reopening.

Once school buildings reopen, parents will be contacted to complete the registration at the child’s school. Parents or legal guardians must visit their child’s school and provide proof of parental relationship and any other documents not provided during the online registration process.

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