Clemens Crossing Cougar Comments

May 5, 2017 - Volume 38, Issue 17

Clemens Crossing Elementary School

Edward Cosentino, Principal

Elizabeth Yankle, Assistant Principal

From Mr. Cosentino and Mrs. Yankle

We appreciate the input and feedback from our communication survey included in the Cougar Comments last month. A majority of the comments and feedback were constructive and positive. We are happy that we are able to reach our community in a wide variety of ways through email, social media, take home folders, and on our website. We are going to work on improving some areas of communication that was recommended in the results of the survey.

We encourage parents/guardians to take the time to complete the consideration form for next year. This helps us learn more about your child as we make classroom placements. The consideration form is included in the Cougar Comments below. The form closes May 18.

Finally, we are going to bring back a Cougar Comments column from a few years ago. Do you have a question about the way we do something at Clemens Crossing? Are you unsure about a policy or procedure? If so, we want to hear from you. We are going to reintroduce a column in our Cougar Comments called, “Why Do They Do That? How Does That Work?” In this column, we answer questions asked by the CCES community. If you have a question you want to be answered, please email it to or

Field Day - May 31, 2017

Our annual Field Day will take place on May 31, 2017 with a rain date of June 1.

Each year, we require many parent volunteers to run our events. Please use the Google form below if you would like to assist us. You will receive notification from us to let you know we received your correspondence. Plan to arrive at school at 9:00 a.m. and no later as your punctuality is imperative to a successful start!

Our field day emphasizes team spirit and good sportsmanship. The morning events will end at 12:40 with the students gathering together at 3:00 for the awards ceremony. (Space limitations allow students only for the awards ceremony.) If you are selected for Scores table you will be required to stay until at least 1:00 p.m.

The students are being asked to wear the color T- Shirt that matches the squad color they sit in during PE. (Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Purple, or Orange).

Mr. Robinson/Mr. Griffis

PTA Spring Carnival May 12, 2017

The annual PTA Clemens Crossing Spring Carnival is here. It will be held Friday, May 12 from 5-8 p.m. Please come out and join in the fun. We are in need of volunteers throughout the event, so don't be shy. We will be providing service hours to any students willing to come out and help. If you have artistic talent, please consider assisting with face painting, as it has been one of the most popular attractions at the carnival in the past. Hope to see you there:)

* Rain date will be the following Friday*

Contact: Tiffany Hall (

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Change Matters Collection Continues Through May 12, 2017

Small change donations for Change Matters continues through May 12. Collection jars are located in each team and the cafeteria. All money collected through Change Matters will go to Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center.

Congratulations CCES Battle of the Books Teams!

This year, Clemens Crossing had 11 Battle of the Books groups compete at the Mt. Hebron High School site along with 29 other groups from five other schools from around Howard County. The evening was full of great spirit and excitement!

Congratulations goes out to the following groups from CCES

  • Overall First Place - Bounty Book Hunters (Josh Pennsy, Daniel Hamilton, Colby Evans, Josh Varghese, Zachary Bellows)
  • Overall Second Place - Grimm Readers (Katie Wood, Ian Martinson, Hyrum Scott, Anna Sommerville, Rowyn McCormick)
  • Best Team Civility Third Place - Underground Readers (Noah Thompson, Ella Howarth, Chris Martin, Blaze Blackston, Isabella Maldonado)

A special thank you goes out to all of the parents who coached each of our 11 groups. Your help and support made this such an incredible experience for our students. Finally, a huge thank you goes out to Mrs. Marshall for helping in so many ways. Her encouragement helps foster a lifelong love of reading and literature!

More About Battle of the Books

One of the most exciting components of A+ Partners in Education, Battle of the Books gets fifth grade students excited about reading. A lively academic competition, Battle of the Books improves reading comprehension, builds vocabulary, and teaches teamwork and good sportsmanship. The 2017 competition runs concurrently at area high schools to be announced.

Teams of five students and one adult coach each read the same 14 pre-assigned books over four months. Selected by HCLS instructors and HCPSS media specialists, titles include a wide range of reading levels and subjects. Thanks to generous sponsors, all teams receive a set of books. In addition to reading the books, teams choose a team name then dress accordingly.

During the “battle” (a 50-question exam), a moderator asks questions that relate to one of the following: a direct quote from one of the book characters; a statement about something that happens in the book; a passage taken directly from the book; details about an illustration or picture.

We included some of our team pictures below. You can also view close to 500 pictures from the Battle of the Books through the Howard County Public Library's Flicker page.

CCES Schoolwide Showcase

Wednesday, May 17th, 6:30pm

10320 Quarterstaff Road

Columbia, MD

The CCES Schoolwide Showcase on May 17 will feature the GT Enrichment Fair, Science Fair, PTA Reflections project, and the Artist in Residence weaving unveiling. Come see the wide variety of student work and projects from the 2016-17 school year.

From the Health Room - Spring Allergies

Spring allergy season is upon us here in Maryland and Clemens Crossing Elementary is no exception. We are seeing high numbers of students with varying degrees of allergy symptoms including itchy, red, watery eyes, runny noses, and sneezing / coughing.

This is a gentle reminder that if your child takes allergy medication(s) – oral, eye drops and/or inhalers, please make sure that they are being given consistently at home as directed by your physician. The sooner you start taking the allergy medication – the better!! And it’s not too late to start.

There are a couple of other simple daily routines that can help minimize allergy symptoms. Frequent hand washing especially when coming in from outdoors help to decrease the amount of pollen the student brings to their face and eyes. Also, showering in the evening before bedtime will decrease the amount of pollen on bed sheets and pillowcases.

Throughout the spring season, there are many different plants that start to bloom that are triggers for allergies. In early spring trees are the primary culprit. Grasses and weeds tend to be culprit during the late spring, summer and fall months. You may access local pollen levels/information by logging onto and click on “pollencast”.

Students will continue to go outside for recess during pollen season and will be expected to go outside. Teachers will be reminded to have students wash their hands when they return to the classroom but if your child is a severe allergy sufferer please remind them to wash several times during the day and try their best to keep their hands from their face.

If you have any questions are concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Clemens Crossing Health Room at 410-313-5609.

Are You Moving and Not Returning to CCES for the 2017-18 School Year?

If you know that you will be relocating over the summer, please notify CCES Front Office as soon as possible at 410-313-6866 or email Mrs. Barnhouse at You will need to sign a release of records form to ensure that your child’s new school receives the records before the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. During the school year, transfer packets take a minimum of 24 hours to prepare. As we do not have a full registration staff during the summer, transfer packets and records may take longer to get to you and new school(s).

Memory Books On Sale Now

The 2016-17 Clemens Crossing Elementary School Memory Book is now on sale. To purchase this year's memory book, visit Click purchase yearbook and search for Clemens Crossing. Select Clemens Crossing PTA 2017 and follow the instructions.

Please contact Joy Spies at or call 410-963-9170 with any questions.

HCPSS to Host Family Resource Fair

Saturday, May 6th, 10am

11630 Scaggsville Rd

Fulton, MD

The Howard County Public School System will host a Family Resource Fair for students age birth to 21 receiving special education and early intervention services and their families on Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m., at the Cedar Lane School, 11630 Scaggsville Road in Fulton. The event is sponsored by HCPSS Special Education and Early Intervention Services, and it will feature more than 50 local vendors and service providers.

Jump Start into Middle School Spanish

Entering Grade 6 ONLY - 0 Credit

This course is designed for students who will be enrolled in Grade 6 Spanish during the 2017 school year and have not had previous Spanish language instruction. The course is taught in the target language and students will begin to build proficiency in Spanish in order to communicate at the novice level. Classes with low enrollment may be cancelled. To avoid cancellation of a course due to low enrollment, early registration is recommended. Students who take this course are eligible to sign up for the Afternoon Enrichment session of the Summer Institute for an additional $300.

SIU6.E1 Morning Course

Date: June 26-July 21 Cost: $300

Time: 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Location: Lake Elkhorn MS

Harpers Choice MS - Night of Excellence

The Harper’s Choice Middle School community is cordially invited to the HCMS Night of Excellence May 18 at 6:30 - 8 p.m. Are you a 5th grader who will be coming to HCMS next year? Find out about all the different ways you can become involved in school programs and see the amazing work of students this year! What will our 3D printer be making? Bring your own thumb drive and stand in front of our green screen to record your own news show. Learn how to program a Lego Robot and watch a demonstration from our team that went to the state championships. Check out the variety of student research projects, science fair projects, National History Day winners, and health fair projects on display. Learn about protecting your device from hackers and the benefits of reading from our 8th graders in their TED style talks. How well do you know history? Try your hand in a simulated trivia style History Bowl competition. The Culture Club will be presenting fashion from around the world. Check out these exciting interactive presentations and more! Bring a non-perishable food item to be donated and be entered to win a gift card. We look forward to seeing you May 18th!

Cougarthon 5K & 1K Fun Run - June 4

Scratch Day

Sunday, May 21st, 1pm

Howard Community College, Columbia, MD, United States

Columbia, MD

The coding non-profit Be You, is hosting Scratch Day at Howard Community Collect on Sunday, May 21st. It is a collaboration between Girls Who Code, How Girls Code and be.a.coder (coed), aimed at getting kids exposed and exciting about coding and technology. There will also be a teacher training led by How Girls Code for educators interested in incorporating coding into their classrooms.

Events Coming Up

For a complete list of dates and events visit This now includes the approved 2017-18 HCPSS calendar.


  • 10 - PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
  • 12 - PTA Spring Carnival 5:00 p.m. (rain date 5/19)
  • 17 - Schoolwide Showcase Featuring the Science Fair, GT Enrichment Fair, Artist in Residence Weaving Unveiling, PTA Reflections, and Classroom Displays
  • 17 - Spirit Day - Crazy Hair Day!
  • 19 - School Closed - Professional Work Day
  • 22 - Feeder High Schools Graduations - AHS at 11:00 a.m., WLHS at 2:00 p.m.
  • 23 - 5th grade visits middle schools
  • 24 - Interim Reports issued
  • 25 - Strings Concert, 6:30 p.m. & Band Concert, 7:30 p.m.
  • 26 - 2nd grade - Wildlife Habitat Presentation
  • 29 - School Closed - Memorial Day
  • 30 - Library books are due
  • 30 - Chorus Concert, 7:00 p.m.
  • 31 - Field Day (rain date 6/1)
  • 31 - In-school Banking

Due to the snow day on March 14, a few end of year dates were adjusted on the CCES school calendar for June. Please find those dates below:


  • 1 - Rain Date for Field Day
  • 2 - 4th grade field trip - Mary's Land Farm
  • 4 - PTA Cougarthon 5K and Fun Run
  • 5 - 4th grade - Days of Taste Presentation
  • 6 - Volunteer Breakfast
  • 7 - 5th grade - Simulated Congressional Hearing
  • 7 - Spirit Day - Patriotic Day
  • 8 - End of Year Kindergarten Program, 10:00 a.m.
  • 12 - 5th Grade Farewell Ceremony, 9:45 a.m.
  • 13 - 1st grade Author's celebration and picnic
  • 13 - Early Dismissal, 12:45 p.m.
  • 14 - Last Day of School, Early Dismissal, 12:45 p.m.