Clemens Crossing Cougar Comments

January 17, 2020 - Volume 41, Issue 18

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


  • 20 - Schools and Offices Closed: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • 23 - Parent Orientation for CCES families redistricted to Bryant Woods ES, 6:00 p.m. (at BWES Cafeteria)
  • 23 - Parent Orientation for incoming Swansfield ES families at CCES, 7:00 p.m. Cafeteria
  • 24 - Compliment Day 2020
  • 24 - End of the Second Quarter
  • 27 - Schools Closed for Students - Professional Work Day
  • 28 - The Great Kindness Challenge Begins
  • 29 - In-School Banking, 9:00 a.m.
  • 29 - Makers Faire, 6:15 p.m.
  • 30 - HCPSS Connect Opens in Family File for Conference Scheduling


  • 1 - Black History Month Begins
  • 3 - School Counselor's Week
  • 3 - Report Cards Issued
  • 12 - PTA Restaurant Night - Chick-fil-a (Johns Hopkins Road)
  • 13 - Elementary Schools Close Early for Parent/Teacher Conferences (Math), 12:45 p.m.
  • 14 - Elementary Schools Close Early for Parent/Teacher Conferences (Math), 12:45 p.m.
  • 17 - Schools and Offices Closed: President's Day
  • 25 - Vision & Hearing Screening
  • 26 - In-School Banking, 9:00 a.m.
  • 27 - CCES School Play - Aladdin Kids - (held at Wilde Lake Middle School), 6:30 p.m.

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

From School Administration

Recently we have noticed an increase in the amount of toys and electronics brought to school. We would like to remind all families that toys and electronics should be kept at home. These items are often distracting to students, even if they are kept in the backpack. We don't want a toy to become broken or lost. We cannot be responsible for the security of toys and electronics brought to school. Thank you for your support at home.


New Confidentiality Agreement for Classroom Visits and Volunteer Opportunities

As of January 13, the Howard County Public School System will be using a new form for classroom visits and volunteering. This replaces the old form used. Visitors and volunteers will be asked to sign the new form starting January 21.

Feel free to print the form and give it to the office staff upon arrival.

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Information Worth Repeating

Calling all Makers!

We are looking for Makers to display items at our 2nd Annual Maker Faire on January 29, 2020!

What is a Maker Faire?

A Maker Faire is a gathering of people interested in Science, Technology, Math, Art, Sustainability, Creativity, and Innovation. The Faire will consist of hands-on activities centered around unique solutions, creativity, and construction.

Who is a maker?

Anyone can be a maker! All you have to do is use your creativity and skill to make something that solves a problem.

We are looking for student makers interested in displaying and sharing items they have created!

Items could include, but are not limited to:

-A model using Lego

-A handmade musical instrument

-A tool to solve a problem

-crochet/knitting project


-Handmade toy

If your student/family is interested in sharing items at the Maker Faire, please complete the information below.

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The Great Kindness Challenge 2020

We are excited to announce that we are participating in The 2020 Great Kindness Challenge where we will join thousands of schools across the country to create a culture of kindness.

Your child is part of a powerful and positive bullying prevention initiative that will lead to more kindness, unity, and respect at school and beyond. We will participate in the challenge between January 28th and February 7th.

As part of the Great Kindness Challenge, we are going to have a fun-spirited week during The Great Kindness Challenge. Each day is designated as a Spirit Day with a theme (see below).

For more information on The Great Kindness Challenge, please visit: Thank you in advance for helping to create a culture of kindness and compassion in our community and beyond!

To learn more and to read about the Counseling Program at Clemens Crossing click here:

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Change Matters!

To help build upon this momentum of the Great Kindness Challenge, we are participating in a unifying service project: Change Matters!
Change Matters! is a collection of spare change to benefit our local homeless shelter, The Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center.

All students are invited to participate by giving their extra coins! The money we raise will go towards supporting this important service in our own neighborhood. This is a great opportunity for our students to respond to the needs of others, which teaches empathy and compassion.

To kick off our campaign week, Kim Steffans, an authorized representative of Grassroots, will present the campaign to Kindergarten-grade 5 students during lunch shifts on January 21, 2020.

If you are able to donate, please send the change in your child's lunch bag or backpack during this campaign week through January 31, 2020.

Celebrating Black History Month

Thank you to those who contribute to our display case in the front of the school. It ’s time to start thinking about our next display, which will be for Black History Month in February. We are once again encouraging the community to participate by sending in anything that represents this culture. You may begin sending in your items as soon as possible. Please be sure to label items with your child’s name and homeroom so we may return it. Thanks in advance!

Cultural Awareness Schedule

  • Feb: Black History Month
  • March: Women's History Month
  • March: Youth Art Month
  • April: Arab American Heritage Month
  • May: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Parent/Teacher Conferences in February

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for February 13 and 14.
  • Conferences will be with your child's Math Teacher.
  • In order to schedule conferences, you will need to login to HCPSS Connect.
  • HCPSS Connect will open to schedule your conferences on Thursday, January 30.
  • Conference scheduling will be open until Tuesday, February 11.
  • The directions for parent conference registration linked here from the HCPSS website. You can also download the directions from the icon below.
  • If you have any questions, please call the front office at 410-313-6866.
  • Please note: This is the second of two conference periods for the school year.

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Message for Families Redistricted to Bryant Woods ES

The Welcoming Committee at BWES is excited to invite all of our incoming families to our January 23, 2020 orientation! Moving to a new school is a huge change for students and families, so we want to make sure the transition is seamless. So, you may be wondering . . .

What time is the orientation?
The Bryant Woods Elementary School Orientation is on Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. at Bryant Woods ES

Can students attend the Orientation?
Of course! We want our new students to get a look at their new school too.

Will we have a chance to meet teachers and staff?
You will meet the Principal, Assistant Principal and other members of the school leadership team. Several of our teachers are planning to attend as well. Our PTA President will be there to greet you too!

Will dinner be provided?
No dinner, however, we will have a few snacks for you to much on.

Will I have the opportunity to ask questions?
Definitely! We will collect questions so that we can start a Q & A on our website.

Will there be a tour of the school?
Of course! We have a fun activity set up for you to explore “The Woods.”

We are super excited to meet our new families! If you have any questions about this event please contact our Front Office at 410-313-6859.

Kelley Hough, BWES Principal

Danielle Shanks, BWES Assistant Principal

Fundraising for The Memory Mission 2020

If you are interested in donating to help build the Memory Mission school, feel free to donate any amount here. Thank you.

Road To Kindergarten

Do you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2020?

Do you have a neighbor who has a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2020?

If you said yes, to either question above, please review and/or share this information.

Please join us for an information session about kindergarten in the Howard County Public School System.

At this workshop you will learn:

  • Expectations for school readiness (and receive a Ready for Kindergarten toolkit).
  • Details about the kindergarten program.
  • Information about HCPSS kindergarten registration.
  • Ways that families and children can be supported during the transition to kindergarten.

Sessions are designed for adults only. Child care is available for children ages 2 and older. Doors will open at 6 p.m. to allow time for parking, child care drop off, and check-in. Sessions begin promptly at 6:30. We anticipate large crowds so please allow yourself ample time.

Choose a session that is convenient for you. No registration required.

All sessions will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 22
Hammond High School, 8800 Guilford Road, Columbia

Thursday, January 23
Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia

Wednesday, January 30
Centennial High School, 4300 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City


Wednesday, February 19
Hammond High School, 8800 Guilford Road, Columbia

To learn more information about preparing for Kindergarten, visit the following page on the HCPSS website:

Kindergarten registration begins Monday, March 9, 2020 in-person and online.


Families who are redistricted to Bryant Woods ES will need to register at BWES.

Families redistricted from Swansfield ES, and designated to go to Clemens Crossing ES, will need to register at CCES.

In-School Banking - January 29

CCES teamed up with First National Bank to provide banking opportunities for our students.
In-School Banking takes place once a month on the last Wednesday of each month between

9:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. in the Cafeteria. You can find all of the dates on our school calendar.

Students can start banking at any time during the year. Here is the letter from First National Bank as well as the Banking Information Sheet needed to open an account:

First National Bank Letter

In School Banking Form

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