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February 10, 2023 - Volume 44, Issue 23

Clemens Crossing Elementary School

Edward Cosentino, Principal

Jaime Gittleson, Assistant Principal

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Important Upcoming Dates and Events


  • 10 - Schools close 3 hours early, 12:45 p.m. (Math Parent-teacher Conferences)
  • 10 - Spirit Day: Football Friday, Wear your favorite football team colors, jersey or hat
  • 14 - Spirit Day: Valentine's Day, Wear Hearts, Pink or Red
  • 20 - No School - Presidents Day
  • 22 - Clemens Crossing Day - Happy 44th Anniversary of our first day - Wear CCES Spirit wear
  • 23 - CCES Parent University Session 1, 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center
  • 24 - Spirit Day: My Name Is - dress up as an influential black leader
  • 28 - PTA Restaurant Night - Chick-fil-a Johns Hopkins Road

To subscribe to the CCES calendar on your smartphone, electronic device, or email system use the calendar ID

From School Administration

A warmer-than-average winter has helped our students and staff get back in full swing. With no snow days in sight, we recently had our 100th day of school filled with fun activities and acknowledgment of the hard work our students have shown this school year. While we have many snow lovers who are still hoping for some winter weather, it has been great to have a consistent school schedule following winter break to help students re-establish their school routines.

February celebrates Black History Month at CCES and across our nation. Our curriculum includes lessons throughout the year that teach our students about the contributions and struggles of African Americans at various times in our history. Yet, February allows us to expand our learning and reflection. I encourage families to speak with your children about their experiences in their classrooms this month as we spotlight Black history.

Thank you for your continued collaboration and support.

Mr. Cosentino, Principal


PTA Reflections Results

The CCES PTA is pleased to announce the winners of the Clemens Crossing Elementary Reflections Arts Contest this year! Students were asked to create artwork that reflected the theme "Show Your Voice". All participating students will receive certificates and a trophy, medal, or ribbon. Congratulations to everyone!

2022-2023 Clemens Crossing PTA Reflections Artists:

  • Leo Burke-Hicks
  • Zarah Crosby
  • Jules Hines
  • Ruari Hodgins
  • Emily Josiger
  • Zaviyar Khan
  • Amy Kikanzira
  • Maya Kroll
  • Mateo Magdoff
  • Stella Platino
  • Kate Rhee
  • Emma Rhee
  • Theodore Sakelaris
  • Abha Singh
  • Muhammed Subhan Hassam

All submitted works were rated based on their connection to the theme, technique and creativity. A very special thanks goes to Mrs. Aristidou, who helped to judge our many Visual Arts entries this year! The three highest-scoring pieces of artwork in each category were sent on to the Howard County Reflections level. Here are the entries that have been sent on to the county level:

Dance Choreography- Primary (K-2):

1. Award of Excellence: Abha Singh (1st grade)

Dance Choreography- Intermediate (3-5):

1. Award of Excellence: Emily Josiger (4th grade)

Film Production

Award of Excellence: Zarah Crosby (5th grade)

Literature - Primary (K-2):

1. Award of Excellence: Emma Rhee (1st grade)

Literature - Intermediate (3-5):

1. Award of Excellence: Kate Rhee (4th grade)

Music Composition - Primary (K-2):

1. Award of Excellence: Theodore Sakelaris (1st grade)

Music Composition - Intermediate (3-5):

1. Award of Excellence: Mateo Magdoff (3rd grade)

Visual Arts - Primary (K-2):

1. Award of Excellence: Muhammed Subhan Hassam (1st grade)

2. Award of Merit: Jules Hines (1st grade)

3. Honorable Mention: Leo Burke-Hicks (1st grade)

Visual Arts - Intermediate (3-5):

1. Award of Excellence: Stella Platino (4th grade)

2. Award of Merit: Amy Kikanzira (4th grade)

3. Honorable Mention: Zaviyar Khan (4th grade)

We will hold an awards ceremony and present certificates, trophies, medals, and ribbons to all participating students later this month!

Nominate an Educator

Nominate an Outstanding Educator!

Now through March 3rd, families and students have the opportunity to recognize a G/T Resource Teacher, content or classroom teacher, or administrator who has enriched the educational experience of advanced-level learners. ALL educators for whom submissions are received will be recognized.

Submissions will be accepted via an online form, which includes a minimum 150-word description of the educator’s contribution to the education of advanced-level learners.

Online Form:

Contact with any questions.

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You can still sign-up even though the class already started.

KidzArt After School

Session 3

Join us for an ALL NEW session of exciting projects each Thursday after school at Clemens Crossing! Classes start this Thursday, February 9th! Register now!


Spring Picture Day

Spring picture day is coming up on March 8! Individual portraits as well as classroom group photos will be taken. Students will receive proofs of their individual portraits to bring home. If parents would like to purchase the individual portrait, then you will keep what you receive and send payment. If you do not wish to purchase the portraits, simply return the entire photo package to school with your child. Classrom group photos must be purchased on or before picture day, using the Classroom Group Photo envelope that will be sent home with your child. The cost for classroom group photos is $10 each. Both the individual and classroom group photos are a fundraiser for our school.

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PTA Ice Skating Sunday Feb 25

Saturday, Feb. 25th, 10-11am

6000 Merriweather Drive

Columbia, MD

Ice Skating at Colorburst Park! Join us for CCES' own private session, the last final weekend of the outdoor rink.

Limited Spaces! Reservation, payment and waiver required. Signup here: Thank you for supporting our PTA!

PTA Bake Sale at the Scouts Pinewood Derby

PTA is hosting a bake sale at the Scouts Pinewood Derby on Saturday, Feb 11th. We need you to be part of it! Donate homemade or store-bought goodies - all proceeds support Clemens PTA. Baked goods can be dropped off at the school cafeteria between 1:30-2:00 pm on the day. Additionally, you are welcome to stay (optional) and check out the amazing derby cars the Scouts have made! (If you need to arrange to drop off your items earlier or day before, simply email me at and we can figure it out.)

Sign up here

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MAP Testing

Clemens Crossing will administer the Measured Academic Progress (MAP) assessment to all students in 1st through 5th grades in Reading and Math between January 24 - February 24th. The data from the MAP assessment will help schools and teachers measure your student’s academic progress. The MAP test does not affect grades and the difficulty adjusts depending on how your child responds. It is normal for students to only answer about half the questions correctly. Please check with students to see if they need headphones to use at school. The HCPSS website contains detailed information about MAP testing here. If you have questions about MAP testing, please contact Jaime Gittleson at

Parent University

My name is Mr. Allen, and I am a 4th-grade teacher at Clemens Crossing! I will host an after-school program for you to attend called Parent University. Parent University is designed to help you, the parent, help your child at Clemens Crossing and in their time in the Howard County Public School System. During the sessions, I will be able to provide you with resources that will allow your child to receive the best education possible here at Clemens Crossing. These sessions will take place in February and March in the Clemens Crossing media center.

Session 1 (February 23rd, 2023, 7 pm-8 pm) - Overview of K-5 Curriculum with a preview of what to expect in middle and high school - This session will allow you to prepare for what is to come throughout your child's experience at HCPSS.

Session 2 (March 9th, 2023, 7 pm-8 pm) - Navigate Canvas and the many online resources - This session will provide you with an opportunity to explore the available resources our county has available for you to use.

Session 3 (March 16th, 2023, 7 pm-8 pm) - Digging Deeper into Math Standards - This session will allow you to take a look at the math common core standards that your child is and will be working on.

Session 4 (March 23rd, 2023, 7 pm-8 pm)- The Importance of English Language Arts - This session will develop your understanding of the English Language Arts common core standards that your child is and will be working on.

Don’t miss these sessions, as they will be essential to giving your child the best possible education. Please fill out this survey to RSVP for the sessions. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at

Thank you so much!

Mr. Allen

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PTA - Parent Teacher Association


Don't forget to renew your annual PTA membership, or join if you haven't already:



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