Weekly News From The Hill

March 16th, 2018

Important Dates

  • Class Group Pictures and Spring Individual Portraits - 03/19
  • Hearing and Vision Rescreening - 03/19
  • Girls on The Run starts - 03/20
  • Rehearsals begin for Schoolhouse Theater Production of Beauty and the Beast - 03/21
  • 3rd Grade Field Trip (Howard County Conservatory) - 03/23
  • 2nd Grade Field Trip (Baltimore Museum of Industry) - 03/28
  • Crazy Hair Spirit Day - 03/29
  • Cheeburger Cheeburger Restaurant Night - 04/10
  • 4th/5th Grade In-House Field Trip - 04/17
  • PTA Meeting - 04/19 at 6:30pm
  • Spring Concert (Chorus, Advanced Band, Advanced Strings) - 04/24 at 7:00pm
  • 3rd Grade Field Trip - 04/25
  • Twin/Triplet Spirit Day - 04/27

MAP Assessment

The Winter 2018 administration of the Measures of Academic Performance (MAP) assessment for 1st - 5th graders has ended and performance reports are being sent home today, Friday, March 16, 2018. Students in grades 1 and 2 will participate in a Spring adminstration of the assessment between May and June. Students in grades 3, 4 and 5 will not take the MAP assessment during the Spring as they will be participating in PARCC assessments. Additional information regarding Spring assessments will be shared in the coming weeks, but you can learn more about the MAP assessments and PARCC assessments by visiting the respective websites.

--Mr. Vanisko

Jump Rope For Heart

Our JHES Heart Heroes were out in full force this year, raising an amazing $20,000 for heart research and education! This American Heart Association Fundraiser provided a chance for students to be a positive force in our community and country. They should be so proud of themselves! Our event with 110 jumpers was a huge success and great fun! Thank you to all the parents and staff who helped us with this event!! JHES HEART HEROES……YOU ROCK!!!!! Take a look at our pictures to see how much fun we had!

--Ms. Brown and Ms. Zinalabedini

Howard County Spelling Bee Competition

Davon C was the 1st place winner at the JHES Spelling Bee and Yusuf A was the runner up. Tonight, Friday, March 16th they have the privilege to represent Jeffers Hill at the Howard County Spelling Bee where they will compete with students from different schools and grade levels. The competition will take place at Howard High School at 7:00pm. The address is 8700 Old Annapolis Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043. Please come support them if you can.

--Ms. Sanudo

Music Update

Congratulations to two of our outstanding fifth grade band students! Matthew C, on flute and Diego F, on trumpet will represent Jeffers Hill in the Howard County Elementary Honors Band. The concert will be this Sunday, March 18th at 3:00pm at Atholton High School. The address is 6520 Freetown Road, Columbia, MD 21044. Families and friends are invited to attend this free event.

--Ms. Curry

Youth Art Month

March is Youth Art Month. Below is a list of art shows featuring students at Jeffers Hill! Please congratulate our hard-working students!

Third Grade Showcase is at the Howard County Department of Education Gallery. Jeffers Hill is represented by Aboriginal inspired paintings from Nelson A. and Kate A., and self-portraits by Zion C. and Aanya C.. The show runs until April 16th, 2018.

The Youth Art Month show opened March 1st at the Miller Branch Library in Ellicott City. Congratulations to 5th graders Jacob B. and 5th grader Lily S.. who had their work chosen for the show.

Drawing for Understanding is at the Howard County Arts Council. This show features Georgia O’Keeffe-inspired still-life drawings from 4th graders Luke T., Andrew B., and Mai Anh N.. The show is open until April 20, 2018.

Coming up in April is the 46th Annual Columbia Mall Show, from April 10th-April 23rd. This show is our biggest, featuring artwork from about 50 students from Jeffers Hill. More information about this show TBA.

Thank you for supporting the arts at JHES!

--Ms. Odom


Class Group and Spring Individual Portraits will be taken on Monday, March 19th. Payment for the group picture is due at the time the photograph is taken. Payment for the individual pictures will be due after you receive the proof and select the photos you want to keep.

--Ms. Cabrera

Hearing and Vision Rescreening

Hearing and vision rescreening is scheduled for Monday, March 19th. Students in kindergarten (who were not screened in pre-k), first grade, and anyone new to the state will be screened. If your child wears glasses please be sure they wear them to school that day.

--Ms. Blouse and Ms. Standeven

Inclement Weather Make-Up Days

Inclement Weather Make-Up Days Update (3/2/2018): To make up for the five inclement weather school closings this current school year, 2017-2018, schools will now be in session: Wednesday, April 4; Thursday, April 5; Friday, April 6; Friday, May 18 (dismiss three-hours early); and Friday, June 15 (dismiss three hours early). Additionally, to adjust for the June 15 last student day, Tuesday, June 12 is now a full day for students. Learn more about the calendar update → http://www.hcpss.org/calendar/

Community Fundraiser Event

Please see the flier below for a Grassroots fundraiser.

Community Fundraiser Event

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2018-19 school year is underway. Please call Ms. Taylor to set up an appointment. To register online, click the link below.

Kindergarten Online Registration

Please bring the following documents:

  • Birth certificate
  • Immunization shot record
  • Deed or Lease
  • Current utility bill (no welcome letters)

Click on the link below for additional information.

Kindergarten Registration

--Ms. Taylor

Online Payments

We encourage parents to use our online service when paying for field trips. Doing so limits the amount of money that children have to carry and the amount handled in the school. Click on the link below to find your child's trip. Please note: Each trip has a drop down menu bar that displays the teachers' name. Please be sure to select the correct teacher.

If you have any issues with the system please contact Ms. Allen in the front office or email latonya_allen@hcpss.org. Thank you for helping us improve our money collection process.

Pay For My Field Trip

--Ms. Allen

Free Dental Clinic

There is one more free dental clinic on Saturday, March 17th. Please see the flier below for the details.

--Ms. Blouse and Ms. Standeven

PTA News

The next PTA meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 19th at 6:30pm.

PTA Website

PTA Facebook

PTA Twitter

JHES Website

Community News

Click on the link below to find all information related to non-profit organization activities.

Community News

Association of Community Services of Howard County