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April 17, 2020 - Volume 41, Issue 31

Clemens Crossing Elementary School

Edward Cosentino, Principal

Sonia Hurd, Assistant Principal

Important Dates


  • 20 - Start of Phase 3 Continuity of Learning
  • 22 - K-5 Orientations
  • 24 - Official End to the 3rd Marking Period
  • 27 - Start of 4th Marking Period


  • Early May - Report Cards will be available through Family File.

From School Administration

This week, students will receive access to Lexia® Core5®, the Reading eLearning tool we will use during the school closure. Lexia® Core5® is an adaptive, engaging computer-based learning program. The activities in Lexia® Core5® support and build on reading standards and focus on developing reading skills in six areas: phonological awareness, phonics, structural analysis, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Teachers will provide information access to students and families via Canvas. Students should explore Lexia® Core5® throughout the week.

Schools will host virtual Family Orientation meetings via Google Meet to provide more information on distance learning schedules and expectations as indicated in the following schedule. Families should plan to attend one session. School teams will provide an orientation video for families who are unable to attend a live orientation session.

Wednesday, April 22

  • Grades K and 1 Family Google Meet Orientations: 9–9:45 a.m. and 1–1:45 p.m.
  • Grades 2 and 3 Family Google Meet Orientations: 10–10:45 a.m. and 2–2:45 p.m.
  • Grades 4 and 5 Family Google Meet Orientations: 11–11:45 a.m. and 3–3:45 p.m.

For April 27 and Beyond - In the event school closures continue beyond the current April 24 date, beginning Monday, April 27, elementary school students will engage in the full Distance Learning model. The HCPSS Distance Learning model for elementary students will consist of two components: 1) weekly Learning Tasks, and 2) weekly Virtual Class Check-in via Google Meet.

Learning Tasks

Students will engage in 1–2 hours of the following learning activities each day, which will be shared through Canvas each Monday morning:

  • elearning for mathematics via DreamBox
  • elearning for reading via Lexia® Core5®
  • prerecorded video lessons in writing, mathematics, or social emotional learning
  • content learning tasks in science, social studies, or health
  • related arts learning tasks in art, music, physical education, technology, or library media (K–5)
  • optional enrichment tasks

Virtual Class Check-ins

Weekly virtual class check-ins will be held for 15–20 minutes via Google Meet. The check-ins will be an opportunity for students to connect with teachers and classmates, to discuss weekly learning tasks, and to ask questions. Students previously receiving additional reading or mathematics support, IEP services, or ESOL services may be invited to additional small group virtual instruction sessions each week.

The charts below provide more grade-level specific information about daily tasks for students. Families will receive more information about student expectations and schedules during the orientation week.

Elementary K–2 Daily Activities

  • Watch daily Teacher Video, which will include Math, ELA, or Social Emotional Learning and complete associated learning tasks, about 30 minutes daily
  • eLearning online – DreamBox Learning® (Math), five or more lessons per week, about 20 minutes daily
  • eLearning online – Lexia® Core5® (Reading), five or more lessons per week, about 20 minutes daily
  • Content Learning Tasks – Science, Social Studies, or Health, about 20 minutes daily
  • Related Arts Learning Tasks – Technology, PE, Art, Music, or Media, about 30 minutes daily, a different one each day
  • Virtual Check-in with Teacher & Classmates 20 minutes, once a week
  • There will be time allotted each week for interventions, related services, and English language instruction based on student need.

Elementary 3–5 Daily Activities

  • Watch daily Teacher Video, which will include Math, ELA, or Social Emotional Learning and complete associated learning tasks, about 30 minutes daily
  • eLearning online – DreamBox Learning® (Math), five or more lessons per week, about 20 minutes daily
  • eLearning online – Lexia® Core5® (Reading), five or more lessons per week, about 20 minutes daily
  • Content Learning Tasks – Science, Social Studies, or Health, about 30 minutes daily
  • Related Arts Learning Tasks – Technology, PE, Art, Music, and Media (and Instrumental Music, as appropriate), about 30 minutes daily, a different one each day
  • Virtual Check-in with Teacher & Classmates, 20 minutes, once a week
  • There will be time allotted each week for interventions, related services, and English language instruction based on student need.


These schedules are intended to give families an idea of how days might be structured. Times are flexible. The schedule is not required.

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Canvas: Understanding the Parent and Student Sides

Below, you will find 15 Google Slide snapshots that explain the parent and student sides of Canvas. The full Google Slide presentation is linked below too.
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Canvas and Canvas Announcements

Teachers have and will continue to send messages to students using Canvas.
Visit to ensure that your child is set up to receive notifications. This page is also a great resource to make sure that you understand Canvas and Synergy. Parents/guardians unfamiliar with Canvas may find it helpful to review the features in this Canvas Orientation.

Special Education Continuity of Learning

This new webpage provides an overview of special education services for continuity of learning, timeline for service delivery and links to online resources for family use at home.

GT Instruction During Distance Learning

As part of the elementary distance learning that will begin in the next few weeks, Gifted and Talented Resource teachers will provide optional weekly enrichment activities in which students may engage in lieu of current Curriculum Extension Units (CEU) and Instructional Seminars. In addition, they will continue to provide instruction for students currently in GT Math. We look forward to resuming regular CEU and Seminar instruction in the future.

Talking to Kids About COVID

Please find a publication below from the National Association School Psychologists and the National Association of School Nurses about talking to your kids about COVID.

New Chromebook Requests

If you requested a Chromebook already, those computers have been shipped and should have already arrived. Please be sure to follow the instructions from Mr. Cosentino's individualized email earlier this week.

Here are the new procedures to request a Chromebook:

  1. Parent logs in to HCPSS Connect (
  2. From the left menu, the last choice, click on “Student Technology”, then choose “Student Technology” near the top center of the screen
  3. On the HCPSS Student Technology screen, use the drop-down arrows to indicate the Technology Requested for each student. Changes are saved immediately.
  4. If a device has already been issued, it will appear in the inventory list.
  5. The request list will be synced with the distribution team by 8:00 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and devices will be shipped shortly thereafter. If a student already has a device issued, the request will not be processed.

Are You Receiving Emails and Texts from HCPSS and CCES?

It is very important that you receive email updates from CCES and HCPSS. It is especially important now that we are distance learning. If you are not receiving daily updates from
Dr. Martirano via HCPSS news, please update your settings using the link below. Once you've entered your information, please be sure to scroll down to Elementary and select Clemens Crossing Elementary.

HCPSS News Subscription

If you are not receiving text messages from CCES or HCPSS and don't want to miss important information that we send this way, be sure to add your cell phone number to that form as well. Relatives can also use this link to sign up and receive emails and text messages.

Kiss a Pig Fundraiser: Update

Due to the fact that schools are closed, the Kiss A Pig Fundraiser Assembly was canceled.
(We will have to think of something fun for the winner, Mrs. Ritchie, to do next year!)
The money raised was supposed to be used to celebrate the staff at Homewood Center during Teacher Appreciation Week. However, it came to our attention that Homewood Center was in need of donations to purchase grocery store gift cards for some of their families that are hard hit by the current shut down. Thanks to your generosity, on April 13th the CCES PTA used the Kiss A Pig money to donate $655 to support the families in need at Homewood Center.
The staff at Homewood wants to send a big “Thank You” to everyone at CCES!

2020 Census

Several HCPSS programs rely on funding based on accurate census information, so all families are encouraged to participate in the 2020 Census, which may be completed online.
Learn more.

Supporting Language Needs

Find information on the ways that HCPSS is supporting the language needs of families through in-person and online resources.

Student Device Distribution

Devices will be packaged and mailed or delivered by HCPSS staff to families of elementary and middle school students who have requested to borrow them, as well as any high school students who have not yet received a requested device. We are working to ensure that as many students as possible receive their devices in time for the start of Distance Learning instruction. If delivery delays do occur, teachers will be informed and will be flexible with students during the initial days without a device. Families who will receive devices via mail will be notified by HCPSS Technology Staff prior to delivery and provided additional details regarding the shipment.

Parents/guardians who completed the Student Sevice Survey and have had a change in needs should fill out a new survey indicating any applicable changes.

HCPSS will continue to adapt to this evolving situation and appreciates the continued patience of families and staff as we work to implement a thoughtful approach to Distance Learning.

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Columbia Cares Community

Pick up 7 days/week, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Food pick-up locations:

Swansfield ES

Lake Elkhorn MS/Cradlerock ES

Howard HS

Oakland Mills HS

Wilde Lake MS

Food pick-up dates have been extended. Effective 4/25, our donation sites will be closed on Sundays.

Sites will be open Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Also, please note that we will close our sites in the event of a forecast of severe weather or lightning. The safety of our families and our volunteers is our main concern!

Howard County Food Bank

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday 5:00-8:00 p.m. by appointment only

Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. by appointment only

If it is your first time, bring ID and proof of HoCo residency. They will give you prepackaged food (instead of shopping in the food bank)

9385 Gerwig Lane

Columbia 21046

FISH of Howard County

410-964-8660; Call and leave a message for a return call.

FISH Emergency Services:

  • Food (7-10 day supply delivered to clients’ homes)
  • Limited financial aid for: -Rent -Utilities - Fuel Oil - Other Emergencies
  • Financial aid for Prescription
  • Personal hygiene, laundry, paper supplies
  • Follow-up calls to clients with ongoing needs
  • Information & Referral

Howard County React


This service is intended to assist Howard County citizens that cannot leave their homes during the COVID-19 crisis and are having trouble getting groceries delivered in a timely fashion.

To get started:

  1. Place your order for PICKUP with any Howard County Safeway, Harris Teeter, or Walgreens (Medications only)
  2. Please set up a pickup date and time at least 24 hours from now
  3. Once you place your order, please fill out the form below
  4. When the form is completed, a representative from Howard County REACT will touch base with you shortly

If you are having trouble placing your request, please call 410-782-0432.

SNAP (also known as food stamps) - View Flier below

SNAP has issued an emergency allotment for families who already are receiving food supplemental support or have recently signed up due to changes to their financial situation. For the months of April and May, households will receive the maximum amount of SNAP support according to the household size. I have included the flyer for further information.


Mrs. Rogers' Office Hours

Dear CCES Students and Families,

I hope you are doing well. I have been thinking about you and missing you! I look forward to reconnecting with you!

I will have office hours available daily from 9:30am - 11:30am and from 12:00pm - 1:00pm starting Tuesday, April 14th. I will be scheduling appointments to meet during that time.
We can meet virtually (I’d love to see you) or on the phone. Please use this link to request your appointment. Click here to schedule a time with Mrs. Rogers

The School Counseling Department will also be making announcements and posting college, career, and our class lessons on Canvas in the upcoming weeks.

I look forward to talking with you in the upcoming days and weeks. Please know that I am still here to talk with you. Stay safe and well.


Mrs. Rogers

School Counselor

Yearbook Orders - SALE ENDS April 26

Only 175 yearbooks have been ordered so far. Please order your yearbook before the deadline!

Since we are unable to collect paper order forms at this time, yearbooks must be ordered online. The cost is $20 each. Go to: and type in the code: YB100057 to order yours.

NEW Extended Deadline for orders is April 26.

Order Your 2020 - 2021 CCES Yearbook

Your Online Code is: YB100057 NEW deadline to order - April 26, 2020

CCES PTA Nominating Committee

The Clemens Crossing Elementary School PTA Nominating Committee is looking for volunteers to chair several positions during the 2020-2021 academic year. We would love to tell you more about them! Many do not require regular PTA meeting attendance and there are varying levels of time commitment. Please consider joining in the fun and supporting our great school! Click here to see openings.

Student Access

Over the past few weeks, Mr. Cosentino helped numbers of families by providing student usernames and passwords in order to access You can continue to email him to request your current username and password if you need help.

UPDATE: Spring Pictures - Check Your Email

If your child was in school on March 13, we have a code for you to access their picture.
Please look for a message from any one of our three secretaries in the front office (Stacey Wells, Jennifer Aballo, or Dulce Boyer). One of them sent instructions for ordering your child's school picture through Strawbridge. The email is personalized with information specifically for you and your child.

A Reminder: CCES Playground and Blacktop Area is Closed

As Springtime approaches, we know that our students and community members are eager to play on our blacktop and/or playground, however, due to COVID-19 restrictions, these areas are not available to community members. Please inform your elementary, middle, and high school aged children of this mandate. We appreciate your assistance with this.

All HCPSS athletic practices and games are canceled until schools reopen. While the business of the school system continues remotely, all schools and office buildings are closed, including playgrounds, fields, basketball courts and other outdoor spaces.

Science Fair

Science Fair information is on the CCES website in case you missed the blurbs in the newsletter.

Health Coverage

As part of the state’s overall response to the Coronavirus COVID–19 pandemic, Maryland Health Connection opened a new Special Enrollment Period to uninsured Marylanders who need health coverage during the State of Emergency for Coronavirus (COVID–19).
Click for more information.

Save the Date: Open House 2020 - 2021

Please save the date for our Annual Open Houses for the 2020-21 School Year.

Kindergarten Open House

Friday, August 21, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

First Grade through Fifth Grade

Friday, August 21, 2020 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

We are still working on logistics for Back-to-School Nights and will notify the community in the Spring.

Kindergarten Registration

Parents/guardians of new incoming students and those entering Kindergarten in the 2020-2021 school year (who are not already enrolled) are able to begin the enrollment process online, followed by completion of the registration process with the registrars when schools reopen. Online registration is not required and parents may elect to complete the full registration in person at the time of reopening.

Once school buildings reopen, parents will be contacted to complete the registration at the child’s school. Parents or legal guardians must visit their child’s school and provide proof of parental relationship and any other documents not provided during the online registration process.

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