Clemens Crossing Cougar Comments

March 1, 2019 - Volume 40, Issue 23

Clemens Crossing Elementary School

Edward Cosentino, Principal

Sonia Hurd, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Events


  • 1 - National Women's History Month Begins
  • 1 - Youth Art Month Begins
  • 1 - SPIRIT DAY - Read Across America - Dress as a favorite book character
  • 5 - PTA Restaurant Night: CHIPOTLE 11811 W. Market Pl., Fulton - 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • 6 - Interim Progress Reports Issued
  • 8 - K Field Trip to Toby's
  • 11 - Kindergarten Registration Week Begins
  • 11 - Gr.1 Field Trip to Toby's
  • 11 - JA in a Day Volunteer Training, 4:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m.
  • 13 - Class Picture Day
  • 13 - PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
  • 14 - PTA International Night, 6:30 p.m.
  • 14 - SPIRIT DAY: Wear clothes that represent your culture
  • 18 - Junior Achievement In A Day
  • 20 - Math Night, 6:00 p.m.
  • 21 - World Down Syndrome Day
  • 25 - SPIRIT DAY: Wear Maryland Colors
  • 27 - In-School Banking, 9:00 a.m.
  • 28 - Gr.2 Field Trip to Toby's


  • 26 - PTA Talent Show (NEW DATE! Moved from the end of March)

June - Adjusted Final Days of School

  • 17 - Full Day of school
  • 18 - Full Day of School
  • 19 - School Closes 3-Hours Early, 12:45 p.m.
  • 20 - School Closes 3-Hours Early, 12:45 p.m.
  • 21- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL: School Closes 3-Hours Early, 12:45 p.m.

For a complete list of dates and events visit

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From School Administration

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an important aspect of Clemens Crossing and our students. PBIS is an approach to student discipline that is a proactive instead of reactive.

The staff of Clemens Crossing Elementary School is committed to working with students and their families to promote a safe and nurturing environment in all school settings.

What is a PBIS Program?

Below are the guiding principles of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS):

  • PBIS is a behavioral support system to promote and recognize positive behavior.
  • The program rewards students for exhibiting positive behavior.
  • Expectations, language, and consequences concerning behavior are consistent throughout the school.
  • The program promotes the development of intrinsic motivation.

Part of a successful schoolwide PBIS program is to have a school-based committee. Our PBIS committee monitors data related to any consequences (see below) to determine if there are trends associated with any misbehavior (location, time of day, or type of misbehavior). If there are trends, the committee and administration discuss interventions to change the behavior. Additionally, the committee discusses areas of improvement and how to celebrate students' positive behaviors.

Please take some time to read about the components of our PBIS program at Clemens Crossing below. Our PBIS program has been part of Clemens Crossing since 2006. We are one of 840 PBIS schools in Maryland and one of 66 schools in Howard County. Additionally, our PBIS program has been recognized by Maryland PBIS each year.

Daily Pledge... Be a ROARing student!

We have four school expectations which are reinforced daily. Each morning we say our pledge:

Today I will be: Respectful, Organized, Achieving, and Responsible. I will be a ROARing Student!

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ROAR Tickets

Students who are following the school rules and displaying appropriate behavior may be recognized for their efforts by receiving ROAR Tickets from any member of the school staff.

  • Staff members distribute tickets to students to recognize their positive behavior.
  • Once received, the students collect their tickets to trade in for various rewards.
  • Rewards are special privileges the students can earn. A few examples are sitting in a special seat for the day, being first to pick classroom jobs, or lunch with a staff member or administrator.
  • Students are also recognized when they earn 50, 75, and 100 ROAR tickets. At 50, they receive a certificate and have their picture taken and displayed on the bulletin board. At 75, they earn a coupon for the school store, and at 100, they earn a wristband and are recognized at a PEP rally.
  • Students with exemplary behavior will participate in quarterly celebrations!

Consequences for Inappropriate Behavior

Students have been taught the school rules for classroom and non-classroom settings.
All students are told what the expected behaviors or tasks are in each classroom. If a child does not exhibit the expected behavior, any of the following strategies may be used to help redirect and reteach that behavior:

  • Individual verbal warning with an explanation of expected behavior.
  • Timeout in the classroom.
  • Timeout in a different classroom or the pod area.
  • Students are given an opportunity to calm down and reflect on their behavior by completing a “Cool Out” form.
  • Minor Incident Report (MIR) completed and sent home to parents/guardians to be signed and returned the following day.
  • If the behavior still does not improve, an administrator will be called in to intervene.

*Certain actions, such as fighting, using inappropriate language, harassment and threats warrant immediate administrative involvement and can follow-up with a formal Disciplinary Referral Form.

How Can You Help at Home?

Please review the information on this page with your child.

  • Ask your child to tell you the school rules.
  • Ask your child to discuss ways that he or she can use these rules to help them to learn and participate in school.
  • Ask your child how his/her behavior affects others.
  • Discuss ways that your child can be a helpful and kind classmate.
  • Discuss ways that these rules can be used at home and in the community.

If you have any questions about our PBIS Program, please ask your child's teacher, Mrs. Rogers, Mrs. Hurd, or Mr. Cosentino.

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40th Anniversary Photo Gallary

Check out some of the pictures from our 40th anniversary celebration.
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The Council for Art Education (CFAE) administers Youth Art Month. Youth Art Month encourages support for quality school art programs and promotes art material safety.
The Council for Art Education (CFAE) administers the program at the national level. The program provides a medium for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences unlike any other curriculum subjects, including:

  • Problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Observation
  • Communication

We are fortunate to be part of a school system that values the arts! Here at CCES, we have a student-based Youth Art Month Committee. Congratulations to our YAM Committee Members, 5th Graders: Magnolia Rinehart, Penelope Cortes, Batool Haider, Mikele Griffis, Maddison Stull, Christopher Thompson, Natalie Werner, Lily Pang, Corine Kelly, Jason Seo, Avery Gilbertson, Elizabeth Gomez, Justin McNeel, and Nick Aumiller. YAM will be celebrated in two major ways. The first being a banner that the committee designed and painted that is hung outside of the Art Room in the hallway. The second is daily “Artist of the Day” announcements given by each student celebrating the life and work of an artist they’ve chosen to highlight. Along with the announcement, students will create posters featuring those artists that will line the hallway outside of the Art Room as well. Come on by, check out the hard work of this fabulous group of students, and join in on the celebration.


Kindergarten Registration begins Monday, March 11 through Friday, March 15 at
Clemens Crossing Elementary School. Children who will be five years old as of September 1, 2019 must enroll in Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year.

Registration will take place daily from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at CCES Front Office.

There will be two evening registrations available: Tuesday, March 12 and Thursday, March 14 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

You will need to bring the following documents:

  1. Proof of child's birth - Birth certificate, birth registration or passport
  2. Photo ID of parent/guardian registering the student and additional legal document showing proof of parental/legal guardianship (if not stated on birth cert/registration)
  3. Current immunization record - must be a print out from the pediatrician and signed.
  4. Deed or lease to your home
  5. Current utility bill

Please visit the Howard County Public School System website for complete information about enrollment and registration. You can follow steps 1-4 Online from your home before finalizing the process in step 5. You may begin the online registration as early as February 25.

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Science Fair 2019

Your child is invited to participate in this year’s Science Fair on Wednesday, May 15 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. during the Clemens Crossing Elementary School Showcase.
The Showcase will highlight the remarkable things our extraordinary students have done this year at Clemens Crossing Elementary School. The Science Fair, GT Enrichment Fair, PTA Reflections, and Classroom Displays are all part of the annual showcase.

If your child is interested in doing a Science Fair - Collection, Investigation, or Invention - at home, please download the attachments below or visit the Clemens Crossing Elementary School website to download documents for one of the three different types of science fair projects. Students may work individually or in groups. Once your child has identified a project, please complete the online form titled, “Intent to Participate.” That form is also included below. Students who elect to participate will have their name read on the morning announcements and their name printed and hung on a hallway wall display. Directions on where and when to bring in the projects will be shared individually with participants and in future Cougar Comments and by email correspondences. We are excited to highlight the commitment shown and the hard work done by the CCES students this year.
Many thanks for all of your support at home and in the building this year!

Types of Science Fair Projects

· Students in Kindergarten, First, or Second Grade may submit a Science Collection.

Students will collect and organize something of interest answering questions related to observations made while exploring their world.

· Students in any grade may conduct a Science Investigation to answer a question/problem. Students will use The Scientific Method to learn the systematic approach to solving a problem.

· Students in any grade may submit a Science Invention. Students will use the engineering design process to create an invention that will solve a problem or answer a question.

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In March our Fifth Grade Students will be participating in MISA (Maryland Integrated Science Assessment). This is a computer based, state mandated assessment.

The dates of this assessment are:

March 14, 15 (10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)

Upcoming Spirit Days

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Social Media Game Targeting Youth

HCPSS has also shared information about the Momo Challenge in addition to the information we already shared earlier today. Please read the additional information below.

We would like to make you aware of a dangerous social media game called “The Momo Challenge,” which has recently been discussed across a number of media outlets. The game reportedly targets children and teenagers across a variety of social media platforms. According to these reports, the Momo Challenge shares a disturbing image of a character and encourages the user to participate in challenges that can potentially be dangerous to themselves and others, including challenges related to suicide. From what we have learned, these and other suggestions can also be found spliced into some YouTube Kids videos, including Fortnite and Peppa the Pig. This challenge also occurs through an app called WhatsApp, which could function on both phones and tablets. We recommend you talk to your child about these kinds of challenges, in a way that you feel is appropriate for their understanding. Given the connection and concern with messages within YouTube Kids videos, we also recommend you monitor what your child is watching, as well as screen the videos, even if they appear to be safe, in order to ensure their viewing does not include harmful messages.

In response to similar social media concerns in the past, the University of Maryland Center for School Mental Health provided guidelines for parents and guardians which are adapted below:

  • If you know someone is engaging in the Momo Challenge, it is important to connect them with mental health professionals immediately.
  • Monitor your child’s use of electronic devices. Discuss the websites, links and social media apps they are using. Caregivers can monitor media use by looking through browsers and search histories.
  • Know the warning signs of psychological distress. Observable signs include changes in behavior (e.g. outbursts or being withdrawn) or physical health (e.g. weight loss or gain; loss of appetite), hopelessness, sadness, boredom, and depression. If you see signs of distress, ask if they are considering suicide. Asking about suicide does not increase the risk of suicide.
  • Have discussions with your child about distress. When having conversations with children, listen to their thoughts, remain calm and be nonjudgmental. Avoid statements like “you should get over it.” Talk to community or school mental health professionals if you are concerned about someone’s health or safety.
  • Call for help. If someone makes an immediate threat to hurt or kill themselves, call 911. If a person shows warning signs of distress, but does not make an immediate threat, you can encourage him/her to:

◦ Call Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center: 410-531-6677

◦ Call Maryland Suicide Hotline: 1-800-422-0009

◦ Call National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

◦ Text Crisis Text Line at 741741

If you have concerns about the mental or emotional well-being of your child, seek help from a community-based mental health provider or contact the school counselor, school psychologist or other student services staff at your child’s school.

Some additional resources are listed below:

• Talking to Kids When They Need Help

• Parent Guides from Connect Safely

• Prevention of Cyberbullying

Thank you once again for partnering with us to ensure the mental and emotional well-being of all our students.

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PTA Restaurant Night at Chipotle 3/5/19 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

CHIPOTLE 11811 W. Market Pl., Maplelawn, Fulton

Come out to eat at Chipotle on Tuesday, March 5! Show the flier (hard copy or on your phone), or notify the cashier before you pay, that you are there to support Clemens Crossing. Our school will receive 33% of the proceeds from our purchases. Hope to see you there!

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Special Guest for March 13 PTA Meeting

We are very excited to announce that we will be joined by a special guest speaker for our March 13th PTA Meeting. Dr. Zaneb Beams, a local pediatrician and mom, will be speaking to us about her approach to preventive mental health care and overall wellness for parents and their children of all ages. Join us at 6:30 p.m. in the Media Center for this informational session. A modified PTA Meeting will follow at 7:15 p.m.
Please be sure to make time in your schedule to attend this great event! You are welcome to join the open Facebook group:

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CCES PTA International Night 2019

CCES PTA’s International Night will be held on Thursday, March 14th from 6:30p.m. – 8 p.m.

Join us for an evening of food, fun, crafts and a performance from the amazing Chinese Acrobats as we take a trip around the world and discover the many different cultures and countries that represent our students, family, and faculty at Clemens Crossing Elementary!

To make our biggest cultural event of the year a success, we need your help!
Please sign up to be a ‘Country Host’ during the event. ‘Country Hosts’ are provided space to display any items you would like to bring to represent your country – a tri-fold of facts, books, clothing, artifacts, and, of course, food! We have space for approximately 20 different countries to be represented.

We are also in need of a few volunteers to help with set up and clean up. If you are interested in volunteering for any of these opportunities, please click on the link below to sign up or fill in the embedded form below.

Click here to volunteer for International Night

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

CCES PTA Afterschool Spanish

CCES - PTA in partnership with The Language & Cultural Club (TLCC) is offering an exciting After-School Program for young children to learn the Spanish language and culture through immersion, music, and play-based activities. Spanish made fun and easy! Class starts Tuesday March 12th! Register with the link below. More details below.

  1. Visit
  2. Select Clemens Crossing from the drop down menu
  3. Click "Enroll Now"
  4. Fill out the form entirely. Be sure to select the 8-week program (it is the only option being offered at CCES)
  5. Click "Submit Registration"
  6. You should receive a confirmation email immediately.

If you indicate interest in being a parent volunteer, you will be notified one week before classes start about whether your position is confirmed. We will need 2-4 parent volunteers total.

Grades: K - 4 | 8-week session | SPRING SESSION, 2019

Tuesday | 03:50 - 04:50 PM | Tuition: $150

Dates: March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 23, 30, & May 7, 2019. Make-up Class: May 14, 2019. No class: April 16 (Spring Break)

Location: CCES - Room #164 (First Grade)

About Our Program: Our elementary-age curriculum is designed to learn the Spanish language and culture through visuals, activities, and music. We teach Spanish in an immersion setting using a natural approach to language acquisition in the classroom. Classes are taught 90% in Spanish. Level: Beginner/Novice Low.

Community News and Programs

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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.

Guiding Good Choices Parenting Classes: Free for Parents of 9-14 Year Olds

HC DrugFree and the Howard County State's Attorney's Office will once again provide evidence-based classes for parents to gain skills and knowledge to reduce the risk that their children will use drugs. This 4-week series will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19 and 26 in the Elkridge Library. Parents are expected to attend all 4 sessions.
Visit HC DrugFree's website calendar at for more information and to register. Free workbook included. If you have questions, email or call 443-325-0040.

Drive-thru EpiPen, Medication and More Collection

Howard County's next convenient drive-thru collection for over-the-counter and prescription medication and “sharps” (needles, syringes, and EpiPens) will be held on Saturday, April 27 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot near the Swim Center and The UPS Store. HC DrugFree and the Howard County Police urge you to clean out your medicine cabinets. Teams, clubs, students, PTAs/PTSAs, families, scouts, etc. are welcome to volunteer at the event and receive community service hours. Please visit HC DrugFree’s website at and go to the Events/Drug Take Back Day page for more information about medication disposal, or let us know you plan to volunteer by emailing or calling 443-325-0040.

Rankers Sports Camp at Reservoir High School

Looking for a fun and active camp this summer for your son and/or daughter? Come out to Reservoir High School for Rankers Sports camp with Howard County teachers/coaches Phil Ranker (phys ed), Erika Lupo (phys ed) and Tom Dougherty (math). We play many different sports throughout the week including: capture the football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, tseg ball, tag games, tennis, scooter games and many many more. If your child likes PE class, they will absolutely LOVE this camp. Dates for camp: July 1-5 (no camp on July 4-prorated cost) and July 15-19. Half day and full day options are available. Please email or visit for any questions.