Lisbon Elementary School

November 10, 2017

Lisbon Elementary School

Mrs. Debra Anoff, Principal
Mrs. Amy Green, Assistant Principal

15901 Frederick Road
Woodbine, MD 21797

(410) 313-5506
(410) 313-5508 - Fax

Important Dates to Remember

  • 13-17 - American Education Week
  • Kindergarten - Nov. 16 @ 11:30 a.m.
    1st Grade - Nov. 17 @ 10:00 a.m.
    2nd Grade - Nov. 15 @ 9:00 a.m.
    3rd Grade - Nov. 16 @ 2:00 p.m.
    4th Grade - Nov. 14 @ 1:15 p.m.
    5th Grade - Nov. 16 @ 12:00 p.m.
  • 17 - Geography Bee, 9:00 a.m.
  • 17 - Report Cards Issued
  • 20 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, 3 Hour Early Dismissal (12:10 p.m.)
  • 20 - Jump Rope for Heart, 12:00-1:45 p.m.
  • 21 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, 3 Hour Early Dismissal (12:10 p.m.)
  • 22 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, Schools Closed for Students
  • 23 - Thanksgiving Holiday, Schools & Offices Closed
  • 24 - Thanksgiving Holiday, Schools & Offices Closed
  • 27 - Book Fair Begins
  • 29 - 2nd Grade Visits the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
  • 30 - Picture Make-Up Day

From the Desk of the Principal

Lisbon Elementary School wants to wish all our veterans a very Happy Veterans Day. This morning we were honored to have over 35 veterans join us at Lisbon to celebrate all they have given to our great nation! Our scouts from Pack 827 lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance and our entire student body sang several patriotic songs.

“Special Thanks to Our Veterans”

Every year on the 11th of November,

We honor our veterans and remember,

The sacrifices that you’ve made,

With some big prices that were paid.

In fighting for our country to be free,

You accepted your journey as it would be.

You left friends and family and put careers aside,

To serve your country with honor and pride.

You put your life on the line when there was war,

Always showing courage and strength for what would be in store.

Praying for the day to return home and then,

That our country would be free again.

It’s hard to find the words to say,

How grateful we are every day.

November 11th is just a start.

Of everyday you’re in our heart.

YOU’RE a reason we can proudly fly our flag of red, white, and blue.

It is hard to believe that the first quarter of the school year is over and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. November brings many opportunities to visit LES. Please take time to visit LES during American Education Week. More information is in this newsletter to help you plan your visit. We also encourage you to schedule time to meet with your child's teacher. Parent-Teacher Conferences provide a great way to connect, collaborate, and plan for future success and growth of your child in school.

Walking Wednesday

This past Wednesday was our last Walking Wednesday until Spring.
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The National Education Association was one of the creators and original sponsors of American Education Week. Distressed that 25 percent of the country's World War I draftees were illiterate and 9 percent were physically unfit, representatives of the NEA and the American Legion met in 1919 to seek ways to generate public support for education. In its resolution, the NEA called for: "An educational week ... observed in all communities annually for the purpose of informing the public of the accomplishments and needs of the public schools and to secure the cooperation and support of the public in meeting those needs." The first observance of American Education Week occurred December 4-10, 1921, with the NEA and American Legion as the cosponsors. A year later, the then U.S. Office of Education joined the effort as a cosponsor, and the PTA followed in 1938. American Education Week is always celebrated the week prior to the week of Thanksgiving.

This year, American Education Week is being held from November 13-17. In keeping with tradition, Lisbon Elementary invites our families (adults only) to support education by joining us at school. While guests are invited to join us throughout the week at any time, various grade levels are also hosting special events throughout the week. Below is a chart of the dates and times of these events.

  • K: Nov. 16 @ 11:30 a.m.
  • 1: Nov. 17 @ 10:00 a.m.
  • 2: Nov. 15 @ 9:00 a.m.
  • 3: Nov. 16 @ 2:00 p.m.
  • 4: Nov. 14 @ 1:15 p.m.
  • 5: Nov. 16 @ 12:00 p.m.

If you choose to come at a different time, you will find the master schedule by clicking on the following link to assist in your planning.

2017 - 2018 Master Schedule

Please keep in mind that regular instruction will be in place and we ask that siblings not come into class at that time. Student conferences are being held the following week and teachers are not available during the day for this purpose. We hope that you are able to join us during American Education Week!

Lisbon PTA Food Drive

Morgan Chapel United Methodist Church Food and Pet Pantry

6750 Woodbine Rd., Woodbine 21797

443-920-3356 or Pastor Lynne 410-952-2792

Food Pantry 9:00-11:00 a.m. (2nd & 4th Saturday)

Pet Pantry 9:00-11:00 a.m. (2nd Saturday)

Items Needed:

Baby Food and Formula

Canned Vegetables

Pet food and supplies

Personal Items

Items Needed for Thanksgiving Baskets (need by November 17th)
Canned Corn

Canned Green beans


Pancake Mix

For the Holidays they will be having dinner and giving items for Christmas and Hanukkah. The Information and contact numbers will be posted on the Lisbon PTA Facebook page In December. Information about adopting or sponsoring a family for the holidays will be posted as we get it.

Mt. Airy Net at Calvary United Methodist Church

403 S. Main St Mt. Airy 21771


Monday to Thursday 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

They are serving over 80 families for Thanksgiving, They also accept eggs, fresh produce and meat at their location. It is also possible to sponsor or adopt a family for the Holidays on their website.

There is a green donation box by the front doors for dropping off items. At every PTA event there will be green boxes next to the lion for donations. If you have a large amount of items for donation you can contact Cathy Datz at and a pick up or meeting can be arranged.

Lisbon Lions Care: Book Drive for Children in Puerto Rico

Here in Lisbon, we feel so fortunate to not be touched directly by natural disasters such as hurricanes. Unfortunately, those areas that were impacted by the recent hurricanes are still in recovery and working on rebuilding. We have a connection to a group of families who are still recovering from the destruction brought on the island of Puerto Rico. As a school, we are collecting books for these children. If you would like to participate, please send in a new or gently used (no tears or markings in the book, please) book with your child to school. Over the next two weeks (November 6-16), we will be collecting books to be sent down to Puerto Rico for the children. Here in school, the students will make cards to send to the families letting them know that we are thinking about them and sending cheer through the simple gesture of a card and book.

Thank you, in advance, for your generosity and thoughtfulness in sharing a book with these families who are continuing to struggle to resume some normalcy of life.

The Book Fair is Almost Here!

The Book Fair will be here at school for parents and students to browse and purchase books right after Thanksgiving. Specifically, it will be open during school hours from November 27th through December 7th, and will also be open for parents to shop before the PTA Movie Night on December 1st, as well as before and after our Winter Strings Concert on December 7th. We are looking for volunteers who have completed volunteer training to help our primary students create their book wish lists. Please email Mrs. Hastings at if you can help or sign up online through our Sign Up Genius by clicking here. Thank you for your assistance!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Fall Conferences

Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for November 20, 21, and 22. Conferences will be with homeroom teachers. In order to schedule conferences, you will need to login to HCPSS Connect. HCPSS Connect will open to schedule conferences on Friday, November 3 at 9:00 a.m. The program will close on Friday, November 17 at 4:00 p.m. The directions for parent conference registration linked here from the HCPSS website. If you have any questions, please call the front office at 410-313-5506.

Please note: This is the only conference period for the school year. There was no conference window built into the HCPSS calendar for February or March.

Math Conferences

We will have limited amount of available conference times in November for math conferences. Those times will only be available after our homeroom conferences have been scheduled. If you find it absolutely necessary to meet with your math teacher during the November conference window, please call the front office any time after Wednesday, November 15th and we will try to accommodate your request. Please remember that if you are in need of a math conference later in the year, you can always schedule a time with your child’s math teacher. Teachers are always available throughout the year to conference with parents.

Geography Bee

Families are invited to the Annual Lisbon Elementary School Geography Bee on Friday, November 17th from 9:00-10:00 in the cafeteria. Competing will be 21 fourth and fifth grade contestants who were invited to participate based on their score on a preliminary round administered in Technology class to all fourth and fifth grade students earlier this year. Third, fourth, and fifth grade students will serve as the audience members that day. This year’s contestants are: Gabriel Alas, Giovanny Bastian, Aaron Birner, Adeline Byrne, Benjamin Caldwell, Jaxin Cole, Natalie Davis, Merrick Donner, Gavin Esslinger, Garrett Gleaves, Marie Gordon, Kaitlyn Hill, Edward Johnson, Noah Keener, Grant Knauss, Connor Lenes, Alaina McCoyd, Lana Parks, Malcolm Parson, Vishvarupa Sivam, and Ari Stone. Congratulations to all of our contestants who should be very proud of their dedication to learning geography.

Young Authors' Contest

Join in the Lisbon Elementary 15th Annual Young Authors’ Contest! Maryland students in grades 2 through 5 are eligible to enter an original short story and/or poem. First place and Honorable Mention winners will be selected for each grade, and our 1st place winners will go on to be judged at the county and possibly the state level. Each entry may have only one author. A cover sheet, signed by a parent and teacher, is needed for each entry. Both the entry and cover sheet should be saved as a Word document, typed in either Times Roman or Comic Sans 12- point font. Please include your name on the cover sheet not the entry. For more information and necessary paperwork, please go to

Submit a printed copy of the cover sheet and the entry to Mrs. Olson by December 8, 2017.

National PTA Reflections Creative Arts & Writing Contest

2017-2018 Theme:

“Within Reach”

Reflections is a National PTA program to encourage all children to participate in the arts for fun and recognition. Students work independently to present their artistic interpretation of this year's theme. Works can be:


including prose, poetry, drama, reflective essay, narrative, short story;

visual art

such as drawing, painting, collage; and
musical composition

There is also a Special Artist Division for students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or Section 504.

Reflect on the theme above & create an original work

in one (or more!) of the following categories: Literature, Music, Visual Arts

Winners in each category in three divisions:

Primary (K-2nd grade)

Intermediate (3rd-5th grade)

Special Artist (for students with challenges as covered in the ADA)


Turn in entries to the front office.

ALL entries will be displayed and celebrated at the Enrichment Fair!

Entries will be reviewed by experienced arts and education judges. All participants will be celebrated with certificates of participation, the top three entries will receive ribbons and the first place entry will receive a medal. The top three entries in each category will move on to the Howard County Reflections Contest, the top three county entries will move on to the Maryland State Reflections Contest, and state winners in each category will compete in the National PTA Reflections Contest.


Summary of Rules and link to Entry Form:

Contact Alejandra Conte, Reflections Chair


School Lunch Menus

Breakfast and lunch menus can be found at

Upcoming School Spirit Days

Periodically, we will celebrate school spirit days. The purpose of school spirit days is to get kids enthused, supportive, and excited about their school community. In order to maximize full participation, we want to help you plan ahead for school spirit days.
Below, you will find information about school spirit days through January.

Community News and Programs

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