Clemens Crossing Cougar Comments

Special Edition - March 20, 2020 - Volume 41, Issue 27

Clemens Crossing Elementary School

Edward Cosentino, Principal

Sonia Hurd, Assistant Principal

From School Administration

Greetings Clemens Crossing Families,

I hope this weekly newsletter finds you and your family well. I know I am speaking on behalf of the entire Clemens Crossing staff when I say we really miss all of our students and families! Please continue to stay informed by monitoring the HCPSS website and regularly checking your inbox for updates from Dr. Martirano. I am also updating our CCES website frequently and sending information out through social media. On that note, consider following two important Twitter handles @hcpss and @hcpss_cces. Our Facebook also has information as well. We will be posting items on social media, so keep up-to-date.

Our custodial team is hard at work cleaning our school. Thank you to our entire team for taking such good care of our building while we are away and making sure it is in excellent condition when we return to teaching and learning.

I want to uplift some important information that has been shared recently by Dr. Martirano and is available on the HCPSS website. As mentioned earlier, please continue to check the website and your inbox for the most up to date information during this time away from school. If you have questions or need assistance with anything please contact me through email at or by my cell phone at 410-294-8129.

Take good care,

Ed Cosentino, Principal


Reading with the Cougar

We know you are reading incredible books! Tell us what you are reading and one thing you like about the book. Maybe others will want to read that book too. Share it with the rest of the Clemens Crossing community by taking a picture of yourself reading with the cougar.

Share it one of two ways

You can email it to Mr. Cosentino at to share on Twitter and Facebook. You can also post on Twitter by including our Twitter handle @hcpss_cces and hashtag #CCESCougarsRead. Then we will re-tweet your Tweet.

Twitter: Handle @hcpss_cces; Hashtag #CCESCougarsRead


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Digital Resources on

While HCPSS staff work on a comprehensive distance learning plan should schools be closed for an extended period of time beyond the current closure, families are reminded that through, students may access the following approved online tools:

  • Canvas: HCPSS’ learning management system
  • MackinVIA: Provides students access to ebooks and databases
  • HC Library: Provides students access to online resources and content through the Howard County Library System
  • Clever: Provides students with access to approved online apps, browsable by content area
  • G Suite: Allows students to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations
  • WeVideo: Allows students to engage in video production
  • Office 365: Allows students to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, as well as email for secondary students
  • Typing Agent: Students can continue to work on Typing Agent at home. This provides great practice to improve keyboarding skills.

If you need your child's login, please email Mr. Cosentino at I will get the login information.

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What Happened to iXL? What else can we use?

Many people have been asking, what happened to iXL at CCES? Long story short, without Giant A+ Rewards donating $5,000+ a year, we could not afford the $7,000 cost of iXL. In addition, it was not an HCPSS approved digital tool. So, we had to discontinue it. An alternative to iXL is DreamBox, which is approved by HCPSS. Unfortunately, DreamBox cost even more than iXL, which is why we used iXL in the first place.

Try using DreamBox through under the Clever link. If that works, continue to use that. If that does not work, you can sign-up for DreamBox for 90-day free trial directly through DreamBox.

Here is the link....

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Grab and Go Meals

The Howard County Public School System will provide free “Grab-N-Go” meals to anyone age 18 and under and/or any HCPSS student, regardless of age, during the March school closures.

Meals will be available from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., weekdays through Friday, March 27.

Participants will be given a Grab-N-Go lunch and dinner for that day, as well as a Grab-N-Go breakfast for the following day. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag to carry home meals each day.

There is no application, enrollment, or fee for this program.

School Sites:

  • Howard High School, 8700 Old Annapolis Road, Ellicott City
  • Oakland Mills Middle School, 9540 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia
  • CLOSEST TO CCES - Swansfield Elementary School, 5610 Cedar Lane, Columbia
  • Cradlerock Elementary School/Lake Elkhorn Middle School, 6680 Cradlerock Way, Columbia

Mobile Sites:

  • Laurel Woods Elementary School Parking Lot, 9250 North Laurel Road, Laurel
  • Ducketts Lane Elementary School Parking Lot, 6501 Ducketts Lane, Elkridge
  • Bushy Park Elementary School Parking Lot, 14601 Carrs Mill Road, Glenwood
  • Monarch Mills Apartments, 7600 Monarch Mills Way, Columbia
  • Forest Ridge Apartments, 5890 Stevens Forest Rd, Columbia

Counseling Services for Students and Families

The COVID-19 pandemic has made this an especially stressful time for many, especially those already impacted by mental health concerns. In-person assistance may be limited to try to slow the spread of the virus. However, help is still available online, over the phone, and face-to-face when needed. Please also note that Medicaid is covering temporary telehealth sessions during the state of emergency.

If you or your family need mental health supports, please contact your current health care provider. If you don’t have or cannot reach your current provider, you can find providers in the directories linked below.

If you have an immediate need for help with depression, suicidal thoughts, or other serious mental health issues, please contact:

  • Grassroots Crisis Intervention team at 410-531-6677
  • The Maryland Crisis Hotline: Dial 211 and then choose option 1
  • The Crisis Text Line: Text 741741 and a trained counselor will respond
  • The National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255

Additional resources:

Free Internet for Eligible Families from Comcast

To help connect more families to the internet at home, Comcast is offering two months of free internet to new Internet Essential customers. More information

From the Art Room - Mr. Schmitt's Recommendations

These are links to museums and articles about museums during the shutdown. For older children (grades 4 and 5), it would be very easy to work through them to find activities and museum tours that would be of interest to them. For younger students, you'd have to cull through them a bit and see what you find most interesting and appropriate.

A great colleague of mine in the district has created a Creativity Challenge and posted it to the web. It also looks as though they will be updating weekly.

The author and illustrator, Mo Willems, is doing a daily live Doodle class around lunchtime.

There are many comic book illustrators and artists offering live streams during this time.

The popular book series, Rebel Girls, has a section of their site with free activities. They also have downloadable and printable coloring pages too.

And a group of indigenous educators started offering free tutorials and lessons on a variety of subjects.

Science Fair

Doing any of the types of science fair items below is a great way to study something of interest between now and the science fair. Please take advantage of that during your home science time.
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CCES Science Fair 2020

Your child is invited to participate in this year’s Science Fair on Thursday, May 28 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. during our Schoolwide 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 corresponding attachment below. Students may do projects individually or as a group. Once your child has identified a project, please complete the online, “Intent to Participate form.” 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.

Science Fair COLLECTION (K-2 only)

Science Fair INVESTIGATION (K-5)

Science Fair INVENTION (K-5)

Health Coverage

As part of the state’s overall response to the Coronavirus COVID–19 pandemic, Maryland Health Connection opened a new Special Enrollment Period to uninsured Marylanders who need health coverage during the State of Emergency for Coronavirus (COVID–19). Click for more information.


Save the Date - Open House 2020

Please save the date for our Annual Open Houses for the 2020-21 school year.

Kindergarten Open House

Friday, August 21, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

First Grade through Fifth Grade

Friday, August 21, 2020 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

We are still working on logistics for Back-to-School Nights and will notify the community in the Spring.

A Story Called Kindness Poster Contest - Entries Due April 1

All students in grades K–12 are invited to design a poster to illustrate a scene from your life story where you’ve shown someone kindness or offered a helping hand. Students may enter as an individual or as part of a group. Full details, including entry criteria and submission information, are available online.

Order Your 2020 - 2021 CCES Yearbook

Your Online Code is: YB100057 Deadline to order - April 15, 2020

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CCES Talent Show

Thursday, April 23rd, 6:30pm

10320 Quarterstaff Road

Columbia, MD


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