Clemens Crossing Cougar Comments

September 27, 2019 - Volume 41, Issue 5

Clemens Crossing Elementary School

Edward Cosentino, Principal

Sonia Hurd, Assistant Principal

Important Upcoming Dates and Events

For a complete list of dates and events visit


  • 27 - Student Picture Day
  • 30 - Schools and Offices Closed
  • 30 - National American Indian Heritage Month Begins


  • 1 - School Spirit Day! Wear CCES colors Blue,Orange,White
  • 8 - Interim Progress Reports Issued
  • 9 - Schools and Offices Closed
  • 11 - PTA Family Fun Night, 6:30 p.m.
  • 16 - PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
  • 18 - Schools Closed for Students
  • 25 -Field Trip - Gr.4 to Annapolis
  • 29 - Flu Clinic
  • 30 - Pumpkin Run (Gr.3, 4, & 5 during Related Arts times)
  • 30 - In-School Banking
  • 30 - Field Trip - Gr.1 to HoCo Conservancy


  • 15 - PTA Bingo Night (moved from 11/8)

To subscribe to the CCES calendar on your smartphone, electronic device, or email system use the calendar ID

From School Administration

On Wednesday, September 25, the Howard County Public School System celebrated the many outstanding educational partnerships that the school system has with area businesses at the Annual Business Partnership Celebration.

We are extremely fortunate to have educational partnerships at Clemens Crossing Elementary School. Business partnerships benefit our school in many ways. Whether the business partnerships provide financial assistance, help enhance the curriculum, or allow students to learn basic life skills, everyone benefits from these collaborations.

As our school benefits from these partnerships, the organizations also benefit from their collaboration with our school. Please support the organizations that partner with our school.

We would like to thank Smoothie King of Wilde Lake, Patient First, Chick-fil-a (Johns Hopkins Road), Towson University, Giant Food, Howard County Public Library, MKD Kids Learning Center, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Hickory Ridge Village Association, Wendy Slaughter Team at Elevate Real Estate Brokerage, Horace Mann, Corporation, and First National Bank for their commitment to our school and students.

New Information

From the Health Room

Parent Responsibilities for Medication Administration at School

Prior to the Nurse administering medication to your child during school:

  • Parent must deliver a Medication Form/Physician's Order (HS6401-01-39513035) with physician signature and parent signature to the Health Room. Faxes are also accepted to the Health Room at 410-964-5602.
  • Parent must deliver the medication labeled with student's name to the Health Room.
  • In special situations, medications may be sent to school with the student. The parent must first call the Health Room and provide the Nurse with the name of the medication, the number of tabs in the bottle, and the date the medication is to be sent to school.
HCPSS Taking Medications at School

Information about taking medicine in school as published on the Howard County Public School System's website.

Online School Directory Available Through Family File

Parents/Guardians who have completed their Family File can now access their School Directory in HCPSS Connect. The directory will display only the information that parents select when completing Family File. The directory will update daily as families complete Family File or change their information.

To access the School Directory for your school, log in to HCPSS Connect,
select Family File/School Directory on the left drop-down menu, and then select
School Directory.

Information in the School Directory is for personal use only and may not be distributed, sold, or shared in any way.
Parents who do not wish to be included in the directory should update their Family File permissions.

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National School Lunch Week

Mark your calendar for National School Lunch Week! The #NSLW19 theme is
“School Lunch: What’s on Your Playlist?” which spotlights the wide variety of flavors, dishes, delivery options, and tastes that can be customized in today’s school lunch.

HCPSS Food and Nutrition Services is celebrating National School Lunch Week with an Art Competition!

2019 Art Competition Guidelines


  • Any K-12 student in HCPSS may participate

Artwork Theme

  • School Lunch: What’s on your playlist? Artwork should display your favorite meal and song you enjoy listening to while eating!

Age Categories

  • Winners will be chosen from each level (Elementary, Middle and High)

Judging and Winners

  • Food and Nutrition Services staff will review entries by grade level
  • A total of nine finalists will be selected from Elementary (3), Middle(3) and High (3) Schools
  • Three winners will receive an Apple iTunes gift card ($25-1st place winner, $20-2nd place, $15-
  • 3rd place)

Judging Criteria

  • Interpretation of theme and creativity


  • Artwork should be submitted on an 8.5”x11” sheet of paper
  • Artwork should include name, email address (parent), school/grade
  • Artwork should be submitted to the school cafeteria manager by October 14th, 2019
  • Winners will be notified via email and gift card delivered to your school by October 28th, 2019

MAP - Measure of Academic Progress

The MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) assessment window for Grade 1 opened on September 23rd and will open for Grades 2-5 on October 1st. The window closes on October 29th.

The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments are computer adaptive achievement assessments in reading and math. As a student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down the difficulty of the questions presented to the student. MAP assessment items align to objectives in the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards. This assessment is designed to measure student growth in math and reading, both during the school year and across multiple school years. The assessment allows teachers to see instructional strengths and needs for each student.

At the conclusion of the assessment, each student receives a score that aligns to an instructional level. MAP in conjunction with other measures throughout the school year helps teachers differentiate instruction within their classrooms. Home reports will be sent at the end of the testing window. A reminder will be shared with families for when these reports are being sent home.

Testing Date Range by Grade Level

  • 9/23-9/27 - 1st Grade
  • 10/1-10/3 - 2nd Grade
  • 10/7-10/10 - 3rd Grade
  • 10/14-10/16 - 4th Grade
  • 10/21-10/23 - 5th Grade
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National PTA Reflections

Click to find out more information on the National PTA Reflections Creative Arts Recognition Contest

Destination Imagination

Are you interested in starting a Destination Imagination team at CCES? Destination Imagination is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students' creativity, courage, and curiosity through open-ended academic challenges in the fields of STEM, fine arts, and service-learning. The challenges for the current DI season can be found here:

Each team requires a team manager and two additional parent volunteers. Managers will run weekly meetings with their team of students (between 4 and 7) and work towards performing a season-long challenge at the regional tournament in February. Students in grades K-2 will participate in a developmental "Rising Stars" team, and students in grades 3-5 will participate on a competitive team.

If you are interested in starting a team, please email Chris McDonald at

Information Worth Repeating

No Dogs Permitted on School Property

As much as we enjoy seeing family dogs at arrival and dismissal, all HCPSS schools are expected to adhere to the following policy:

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. Service animals or service animals in training per MD Annotated Code Section 7-705 (Service Animals) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as animals approved for instructional purposes are exempt from this prohibition.

Parents who bring dogs on their walks to school must wait for students off school property. We want to ensure the safety of our students as they arrive and leave school.

Thank you for adhering to this policy.

School Picture Day is Coming - September 27

Friday, September 27 is the fall individual picture day. Order forms will be coming home in Friday Folders.

Orders may also be placed online at Use the code FM313231 when ordering.


This year's school Flu Vaccine Clinic will be on Tuesday, October 29. If you would like your child to receive the flu vaccine, you may sign and return the paper consent form that will go home with your child OR you may register online at

Please do NOT do both the paper and the online registration. Thank you!

Howard County G/T Program Parent Academy

Wednesday, Oct. 16th, 7-8:30pm

6101 Old Dobbin Lane

Columbia, MD

HCPSS families interested in the Gifted and Talented (G/T) Program are invited to come learn about the advanced-level offerings available through the G/T Education Program and how their students can become involved.

The evening will begin with an overview of the G/T Education Program offerings at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

Following the general session, parents and community members will have an opportunity to meet for a question and answer session by school level.

Full Schedule:

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: G/T Education Program Overview Presentation – Auditorium

8:05 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Question and Answer Sessions:

  • Elementary G/T Program Offerings: Auditorium

  • Middle G/T Program Offerings: Classroom A127
  • High School G/T and AP Courses: Classroom B115

For more information, please email or or call 410-­313­‐6800.

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Community Conversation on Restorative Justice

Monday, Oct. 7th, 6-9pm

5460 Trumpeter Road

Columbia, MD

More information

The HCPSS Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, in sponsorship with the Howard County Education Association and the Restorative Justice Partnership, will be hosting a community conversation on Restorative Justice. The event will take place October 7 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Rouse Theater. Refreshments will be served from 6:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.

To RSVP, click here.

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Media Center Volunteers Needed

Clemens Crossing students love to read and they borrow hundreds of books each week from the Library Media Center. We rely on adult volunteers to help reshelve those books. If you could spare an hour or two on a weekly or biweekly basis, please email Thank you! Fundraiser

This year we will be participating in to help raise funds for CCES. With SchoolStore our school can earn cash through online shopping with over 400 stores including Target, Kohls, Walmart, Old Navy and Best Buy. You can also purchase magazine subscriptions, food items, and home décor items which our school will receive a percentage of sales. information packets will be coming home with students this Monday, September 23rd. These packets will include an introduction letter to parents and information on ways your student can win prizes. If you are interested in participating, you can do so by visiting and entering Clemens Crossing as you school of choice. Our school ID number is 151709.

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Market Day Returns

Market Day has been the premier fundraising partner for schools and non-profit organizations for over 30 years. With new leadership and dedication, we are excited to bring Market Day online, and we look forward to continuing to be your trusted partner in fundraising.

Market Day remains committed to donating 10% of every purchase with the designated school or non-profit organization.

After a five year absence, Market Day has returned. The company was purchased and relaunched to provide families with meal options. Market Day used to require pick-up at school on a designated day. Now, Market Day ships directly to your home or office.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at

Market Day School Fundraiser

Register by creating an account and selecting Clemens Crossing Elementary. Start Shopping! You can also share with family and friends all over the country.

Upcoming HCPSS Boundary Review Process

This past January, the Board of Education directed that HCPSS initiate a systemwide school boundary review, which could potentially impact any or all of the 74 comprehensive schools in our county beginning in the 2020-2021 school year. This review officially began on June 13 with the presentation of the 2019 Feasibility Study and is critical due to population growth that has resulted in crowding at many schools while schools in other areas are underutilized.

Families are encouraged to remain informed and engaged throughout the process and there will be multiple opportunities for you to participate. As Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano has said that a successful outcome for this process depends directly on the level of respect, empathy, and careful listening that we as adults model for our children. We must remember that they will follow our lead in responding positively to the challenges and changes that are inevitable throughout life. I ask our community to practice civility during what can be an emotional process.

Please be sure to visit the boundary review page on the HCPSS website for more information, resources, a timeline, and ways to participate and provide input.

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CCEA PTA Read-a-thon - Through October 11

The CCES PTA Annual Read-A-Thon taking place through October 11. Please encourage family and friends to sponsor your child or children.
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PTA School of Excellence Survey

The Clemens Crossing Elementary School PTA knows that a strong partnership among our families, school leaders, and community members is important to the success of our students and school. That’s why we are participating in the National PTA School of Excellence Program, which grows partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being of all students.

At a National PTA School of Excellence, families feel welcomed and empowered to support student success, and PTA is a key partner for continuous school improvement. We feel Clemens Crossing Elementary School and Clemens Crossing PTA can continue to achieve that together—and the result will be national, state and community-wide visibility for the positive impact we are making together at Clemens Crossing Elementary School.

We need your help! As part of the process, National PTA requests feedback from families at two points in the school year—the beginning and the end. Your feedback will help National PTA generate a customized Roadmap to Excellence for us, which will provide specific recommendations for improving our family-school partnership and achieving excellence.

Please take 5-10 minutes to reflect on your experience at this school and complete the survey below using Google Forms. This survey is completely anonymous.
Please complete the online survey to by Monday, October 7, 2019.

Does this sound like a PTA program you’d really like to help with? Join us! Contact either one of us to help out.


Dani Gardner, Clemens Crossing PTA President

Edward Cosentino, Clemens Crossing Elementary School Principal

Thank you for your continued support and collaboration as we work toward becoming a National PTA School of Excellence!

PTA Parent Partner Program

Would you like to be a volunteer for CCES? We are seeking volunteers for our Parent Partner program. We ask our volunteers to meet one on one with a student for 20mins once per week to assist with reading, math or handwriting. We may find additional ways to help our teachers with classroom preparations as well. This year we hope to find ways to use volunteers who cannot accommodate a rigid schedule. There may be opportunities to assist inside or outside of the school at varying times. We have an immediate need afternoon help 2:35+ if you are interested!

If you would like to be more involved in the school and have some spare time to give, we would love to hear from you! Please contact Christy Pine at for more information. And if you have little ones at home, we are looking into forming a group of parents to participate in a childcare swap allowing more families to participate.

Thank you for your consideration!

Don't Delay, Join Your PTA

After trying a lot of different fundraisers over the years, the CCES PTA’s major fundraiser is a direct donation program (and later in the fall, a Read-a-thon). Rather than sell candles or other merchandise, we ask each family to contribute $50 (or whatever you can afford) in addition to their membership dues to support the programs we sponsor throughout the year.

Our PTA membership rates are $15 for a family and $10 for an individual.

Consider all the programs your PTA brings to the school -- Cultural Arts assemblies, after-school classes, field trip support, the Science Fair, International Night, Visiting Author, Talent Show, Spring Carnival, etc., etc., etc. Support your PTA!

You can sign up online at

Or, you can print the membership form attached below and write a check payable to CCES PTA.
Send the form and check back to school with your child.

Thank you so much!!


For PTA Membership Payments or Direct Donations

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Shop Amazon and Help CCES

Amazon will donate a percentage of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to CCES! Last school year, Amazon donated $200 to CCES!

Simply go to and select Clemens Crossing Elementary School as your charity or click on the link The same products and prices are available through this portal but every purchase you make will deliver .5% of the purchase price to the CCES PTA to help fund our programs. Only purchases at (not ) support charity.

Remember to use this link each time you make an Amazon purchase and tell your family and friends!