Clemens Crossing Cougar Comments

January 24, 2020 - Volume 41, Issue 19

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


  • 24 - Compliment Day 2020
  • 24 - End of the Second Quarter
  • 27 - Schools Closed for Students - Professional Work Day
  • 28 - The Great Kindness Challenge Begins
  • 28 - Spirit Day: "Kick-Off" with Fun Socks Day
  • 29 - In-School Banking, 9:00 a.m.
  • 29 - Spirit Day: "Kindness Counts" wearing something with Numbers
  • 29 - Makers Faire, 6:15 p.m.
  • 30 - HCPSS Connect Opens in Family File for Conference Scheduling
  • 30 - Spirit Day: "Respecting Differences" - Wear different Patterns or Color Clothes
  • 31 - Spirit Day: "We Can Work Out Problems" - Dress in Workout Clothes


  • 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.

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From Mr. Cosentino

As many of you know, I was away for 10 days on the Lifetouch Memory Mission in the Dominican Republic. I traveled to Constanza, Dominican Republic with 50 people from all over the United States and Canada. We helped build a library, health room, and computer lab for the Cecani Rio Grande School along the Rio Grande River 3 miles from downtown Constanza.
The school serves over 140 children in PK through 6th grade who live along the Rio Grande River and on a hill called Villa Poppy. If the school was not there, children would have to walk for three miles through the mountains to get to the next closest school; meaning most children would not go to school. The need for the school increased due to the relocation of 50 families from the rural countryside in order to establish a national park. The relocated families live above the Rio Grande River in Villa Poppy. The addition to the school not only provides more space for classrooms and more students, but it also helps to fulfill a requirement by the government to have a health room, library, and computer lab. Once the school has those three requirements, the teachers and principal will be paid by the government instead of by donations. Being paid by the government means that those people will double their salaries. Over the next few weeks, Dominican construction workers will finish the project, and the addition will be completed in March. It was such a great experience to impact the children, staff, and community of the Cecani Rio Grande School. There are similarities between children here and children in the Dominican Republic, and it was great to be able to experience that.

Finally, I would certainly be remiss if I did not thank our incredible staff, especially our assistant principal Mrs. Hurd. Her outstanding leadership during my absence kept our school running smoothly while I was gone. We are truly lucky to have such a wonderful assistant principal!

Lifetouch Memory Mission Facebook Page

If you are interested in viewing pictures and Facebook Live sessions (including Mr. Cosentino's session), visit the Lifetouch Memory Mission Facebook page.


Happy Lunar New Year!

To all those who celebrate, we would like to wish you a Happy Lunar New Year! We wish you great happiness and prosperity this year and in the years to come!

Family Fit Night - January 31!

January 31: Join us for Family Fit Night! Have fun learning exercises you can do as a family. Three 30 minute sessions will be available 6:30; 7:00: 7:30. To help volunteer, email Hope to see you there!

PTA Reflections Participants and Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Reflections Arts Contest this year. Students were asked to create a piece of visual art, a piece of music, or write a story or poem that reflected the theme "Look Within". All participating students will receive a certificate and their artwork will be displayed at the Student Showcase in May. Congratulations to everyone!

2019-2020 Reflections Participants:

Harrison Abbamonte

Michael Arant

William Arant

Dalton Cross

Dalton Cross

Kovid Dash

Ruari Hodgins

Will Josiger

Zaviyar Khan

Mikhail Khan

Ava Mansfield

Maisie Monroe

Stella Platino

Elizabeth Pullen

Ellie Scata

Trey Scata

All submitted works were judged based on their connection to the theme, technique and creativity. The artwork of these winners was sent on to the Howard County Reflections Contest. Here are the top prize winners from Clemens Crossing:

Literature - Primary (K-2):

  • Award of Excellence: Harrison Abbamonte (1st grade)
  • Award of Merit: Dalton Cross (Kindergarten)
  • Honorable Mention: William Arant (1st grade)

Music - Intermediate (3-5):

  • Award of Excellence: Will Josiger (5th grade)

Visual Arts - Primary (K-2):

  • Award of Excellence: Kovid Dash (1st grade)
  • Award of Merit: Elizabeth Pullen (2nd grade)
  • Honorable Mention: Stella Platino (1st grade)

Visual Arts - Intermediate (3-5):

  • Award of Excellence: Trey Scata (3rd grade)

Visual Arts - Special Artist (K-5):

  • Award of Excellence: Michael Arant (3rd grade)

PTA Bake Sale

CCES PTA is hosting a bake sale to benefit our neighbors at Bryant Woods. Come out and watch the Boy Scouts' Pinewood Derby and enjoy some baked goods Wednesday, Feb 5 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria. (Snow date Feb 12.) Proceeds will go towards a BWES pantry. Thank you for all of your support and commitment to our communities! If you are interested in baking or volunteering, please sign up here:

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.

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

Thursday, 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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