Clemens Crossing Cougar Comments

March 17, 2017 - Volume 38, Issue 14

Clemens Crossing Elementary School

Edward Cosentino, Principal

Elizabeth Yankle, Assistant Principal

From Mr. Cosentino and Mrs. Yankle

After a relatively mild winter, we finally had our first snow day of the school year this week. This year, snow days were not built into the school calendar. That means we have to makeup any days missed due to inclement weather. According to the school calendar, June 14 through June 20 may be used as inclement weather makeup days. Since we were off on March 13, it should shift our calendar by one day in June designating June 12 as the last full day of school. June 13 and 14 will be early dismissal days, and June 14 will be the last day of school. Once we are completely clear of winter weather, the Board of Education will finalize any changes to the calendar.

We want to thank our community for getting the word out to register for kindergarten next year. We currently have 81 students registered for next year's kindergarten class. We are planning for five kindergarten classes again next year. Kindergarten registration is ongoing, so it is not too late to register if people missed the registration week.

Finally, we would like to thank our PTA for partnering with our school in so many ways. International night was a fantastic success on March 3rd! Thank you for celebrating cultural diversity at CCES! It was great to have so many families share food, personal belongings, and displays with the school. We enjoyed a wonderful Mexican-themed dinner on March 9th when many teachers stayed late to meet with parents. Thank you to everyone who helped make that dinner so wonderful. In the coming weeks, we are celebrating disability awareness in our school. PTA is providing a cultural arts program, Stories By Hand, in kindergarten. The Stories By Hand program teaches about American Sign Language and Deaf Culture through high-energy, interactive storytelling, music, and games. PTA is also coordinating our annual science fair. This is a great way to explore and have fun with science and STEM related activities. Again, we appreciate all of the dedicated support from our PTA.

JA in a Day Rescheduled to March 27

Teaching financial literacy is extremely important to prepare students for the future. But it can be a challenge for students who have varying levels of experience with money management at home to see the connection between personal finance decisions and the larger financial world. Junior Achievement of Central Maryland is helping us teach financial literacy to our students. JA in a Day is a great way to instill those essential skills.

We want to thank so many people for volunteering for JA in a Day. Due to the late arrival on March 15, we are postponing JA in a Day to March 27. Some volunteers are not able to come on March 27. Specifically, we need volunteers in Mrs. Halvorson's class, Mr. Lee's class, and Mrs. McBrien's class. If you are interested in volunteering to teach the JA in a Day lessons, please email Mrs. Mary Ngo at

Class & Individual Pictures March 20

All class and individual pictures will be on March 20. Please look for the order form in your child's take-home folder. We originally had an additional day on the schedule, but our photographer needs to use that day for a snow makeup day at another school.

Science Fair 2017

Your child is invited to participate in this year’s Science Fair on Wednesday, May 17th during the Clemens Crossing Elementary School Showcase from 6:30-8:00 pm.
The Showcase will highlight the remarkable things our extraordinary students have done this year at Clemens Crossing Elementary School. If your child is interested in doing a Science Investigation, Collection, or Invention at home, please visit the Clemens Crossing Elementary School website at to download documents with further information and instructions. Once your child has identified a project, please complete the online form titled, Intent to Participate below. 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 in future Cougar Comments. We are excited to highlight the commitment shown and the hard work done by the CCES students this year.

Science Fair Projects

· Students in any grade may conduct an Investigation to answer a question/problem. Students will use The Scientific Method to learn the systematic approach to solving a problem.

· Students in Kindergarten, First or Second grade may submit a Collection.

Students will collect and organize something of interest, answering questions related to observations made while exploring their world.

· Students in any grade may submit an Invention. Students will use the engineering design process to create an invention that will solve a problem or answer a question.

6th Annual CCES 5K T-Shirt Art Contest

Calling all artists! The CCES PTA needs a new design for the 5K Fun Run t-shirts. Please enter the 6th Annual CCES 5K T-Shirt Art Contest. The winning artist’s work will be featured on the 2016 race shirts worn by all participants at the 5K on June 4, 2017.

The contest is open to all students.

Entries must be turned in to Mr. Schmitt by Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

  • Use an 8 ½ x 11-inch piece of paper.
  • Include a cougar or paw print in the design.
  • You may use up to 4 colors. Crayons work best!
  • Include your name, grade, and teacher on the back.

Building Resilience: Workshop for Parents on How to Support your Child’s Emotional and Mental Health, March 30

Thursday, March 30, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Rd, Columbia, 21044

Join local health professionals, community agencies and guest speaker, child psychiatrist – Jeff Bostic, EdD, MD for this incredible workshop for parents! Learn how youth and adolescents experience stress within today’s culture and how to use resilience to support your child’s social and emotional health and development. Attendees will receive mental health resources currently available within Howard County.

Dinner, childcare and interpretation services will be provided free of charge.

To register, please visit

For more information, Contact Jacqueline Dougé, M.D. at or 410-313-7569.

A community partnership between Howard County Health Department, Howard County Public School System, Howard County Mental Health Authority, Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services, and HC DrugFree.

CCES will be celebrating disability awareness/acceptance in the coming weeks!

Please join us on March 21- World Down Syndrome Day- by wearing blue and yellow to school, and on April 3- in honor of World Autism Awareness Day- by wearing blue.

HERO Boys Run Club Spring 2017 Season: Come run after school with the HERO boys run club!

HERO boys is a youth development and engagement program for boys in 3rd to 5th grades. Using running as a base activity, HERO boys inspires boys to discover character and courage. The season starts on March 30th and will run for 8 weeks after school at Clemens Crossing on Thursdays 3:45 - 5:00 p.m. The program culminates with the HERO boys 5K on Sunday, May 21st. Any questions contact Tanya Martof at Registration information and more about HERO boys can be found online at

Lost and Found Is Overflowing

Please be sure to check out the lost and found in the front hallway. Unclaimed items in the lost and found will be donated to charity on March 31.

Events Coming Up

For a complete list of dates and events visit


  • 20 - Class and Spring Pictures
  • 21 - World Down Syndrome Day- Wear Blue and Yellow to school
  • 24 - Spirit Day - Maryland Day - Wear Red, Gold, White, Black or the Maryland Flag
  • 27 - JA in a Day (rescheduled from March 15)
  • 29 - In-School Banking
  • 31 - 1st & 2nd Grade Field Trip to Toby's Dinner Theatre
  • 31 - 3rd Grade Bread Making, Cafeteria
  • 31 - World Autism Awareness Day - Wear Blue to school

Please note: Family Reading, Math, STEM Night scheduled for March 23 is cancelled. We are planning something new for 2017-18


  • 4 - PTA Restaurant Night at MOD Pizza
  • 5 - PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
  • 7 - End of Third Quarter - Early Dismissal, 12:45 p.m.
  • 10-17 - Spring Break