Clemens Crossing Cougar Comments

October 10, 2019 - Volume 41, Issue 7

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


  • 11 - PTA Family Fun Night, 6:30 p.m.
  • 16 - PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
  • 18 - Schools Closed for Students
  • 25 -Field Trip - Gr.4 to Annapolis
  • 29 - Flu Clinic
  • 30 - Pumpkin Run (Gr.3, 4, & 5 during Related Arts times)
  • 30 - In-School Banking
  • 30 - Field Trip - Gr.1 to HoCo Conservancy
  • 31 - Halloween Parade, 2:45 p.m.


  • 1 - Schools Close 3 Hours Early for Students
  • 11 - Q1 Report Cards Issued
  • 15 - PTA Bingo Night (moved from 11/8)

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From School Administration

The Annual Halloween Parade and parties are scheduled for Thursday, October 31. The parade will begin at 2:45 p.m. with our Kindergarten students leading us out the Kindergarten side doors onto the blacktop. We will proceed through the blacktop to the sidewalk in front of the school building and then back into the school through the 5th-grade doors.
Parent viewing areas will be in the center of the blacktop or the bus loop area.
Please see the Halloween Parade Route & Viewing Area map below.

Each grade level will communicate their party times and needs through their room parent.
Due to space limitations, only two predetermined parent volunteers per class will be permitted in the building during classroom parties.
Parents/visitors will not be permitted in the school building after the parade.

We ask that you avoid any costumes that perpetuate violence, have any blood, gore, scary masks, or contain any type of weapons. Props that come with costumes that are play weapons are not allowed in school. This includes, but is not limited to, toy guns, knives, swords, sickles, pitchforks, etc. Please send costumes in a bag for the students to put on independently over their clothing before the parade.
Students are not allowed to wear their costumes to school.

Parking will be limited. Please park at the Clemens Crossing Pool or walk to the parade. Parking will be permitted in the bus loop until 3:10 p.m.
All cars must be gone from that area by 3:10 p.m. so our buses can park when they arrive for dismissal.

If there is rain, there will not be a rain date for the parade, but the classroom parties will proceed.

As always, if you prefer that your child does not take part in the Halloween Parade and/or party, please send a note to your child’s teacher or contact Mr. Cosentino or Mrs. Hurd.

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New Information

HC DrugFree Updates for Parents/Guardians

Free Parenting Classes for Parents/Guardians of 9-14 Year Olds:
HC DrugFree and the Howard County State's Attorney's Office, partnering with the Howard County Public School System and the Howard County Health Department, will once again provide the evidence-based series Guiding Good Choices for parents to gain skills and knowledge to reduce the risk that their children will use drugs. This 4-week series will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, October 22, 29 and November 5, 12 at Wilde Lake Middle School in Columbia. Parents are expected to attend all 4 sessions. To register, go to or see attached flier. Free workbook included. If you have questions, email Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree’s Executive Director at or call 443-325-0040.

Drive-thru EpiPen, Medication and More Collection:
Howard County's next convenient drive-thru collection for over-the-counter and prescription medication and “sharps” (needles, syringes and EpiPens) will be held on Saturday, October 26 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot near the Swim Center and The UPS Store.
HC DrugFree and the Howard County Police urge you to clean out your medicine cabinets. Teams, clubs, students, PTAs/PTSAs, families, scouts, etc. are welcome to volunteer at the event and receive community service hours. Please visit HC DrugFree’s website at and go to the Events/Drug Take Back Day page for more information about medication disposal, or let us know if you plan to volunteer by emailing or calling 443-325-0040.

Community Service Hours:
All students (elementary through college) may receive Community Service Hours for volunteering during any HC DrugFree event. For information, please email or call 443-325-0040.

Information Worth Repeating

PTA Family Fun Night

Friday, Oct. 11th, 6:30-8pm

10320 Quarterstaff Road

Columbia, MD

We will have all sorts of fun with a DJ from
Bach to Rock playing in the gym, free ice cream for the kids, Holy Crepes! Food Truck, take away DIY kits for purchase from The Urban Pallet to raise money for Blessings in a Backpack, crafts by KidzArt and an activity by Little Medical School of Maryland.
It’s going to be so much fun!

See you there!

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Howard County G/T Program Parent Academy

Wednesday, Oct. 16th, 7-8:30pm

6101 Old Dobbin Lane

Columbia, MD

HCPSS families interested in the Gifted and Talented (G/T) Program are invited to come learn about the advanced-level offerings available through the G/T Education Program and how their students can become involved.

The evening will begin with an overview of the G/T Education Program offerings at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

Following the general session, parents and community members will have an opportunity to meet for a question and answer session by school level.

Full Schedule:

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: G/T Education Program Overview Presentation – Auditorium

8:05 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Question and Answer Sessions:

  • Elementary G/T Program Offerings: Auditorium

  • Middle G/T Program Offerings: Classroom A127
  • High School G/T and AP Courses: Classroom B115

For more information, please email or or call 410-­313­‐6800.

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AHS Robotics Open House

Thursday, Oct. 10th, 6pm

6520 Freetown Road

Columbia, MD

On behalf of the Atholton High School Space RAIDers Robotics Team, I'd like to invite you and all of your students to our Open House. The event will be on Wednesday, October 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and we would really love if you could attend. Come meet the team that competed in the 2017 and 2018 FIRST Robotics World Championships and see a meeting in progress! This open house event includes student-led demonstrations and STEM activities for all ages. Students will also share what they have learned, honor our sponsors, and answer your questions. Our mascot (Fred the Space Unicorn) will be available for selfies and refreshments will be served.
The event is free and open to the community! Hoping to see you there!


Nicole of Robotics Team 2537 Operations
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Media Center Volunteers Needed

Clemens Crossing students love to read and they borrow hundreds of books each week from the Library Media Center. We rely on adult volunteers to help reshelve those books. If you could spare an hour or two on a weekly or biweekly basis, please email Thank you!

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Don't Delay, Join Your PTA

After trying a lot of different fundraisers over the years, the CCES PTA’s major fundraiser is a direct donation program (and later in the fall, a Read-a-thon). Rather than sell candles or other merchandise, we ask each family to contribute $50 (or whatever you can afford) in addition to their membership dues to support the programs we sponsor throughout the year.

Our PTA membership rates are $15 for a family and $10 for an individual.

Consider all the programs your PTA brings to the school -- Cultural Arts assemblies, after-school classes, field trip support, the Science Fair, International Night, Visiting Author, Talent Show, Spring Carnival, etc., etc., etc. Support your PTA!

You can sign up online at

Or, you can print the membership form attached below and write a check payable to CCES PTA.
Send the form and check back to school with your child.

Thank you so much!!


For PTA Membership Payments or Direct Donations