Clemens Crossing Cougar Comments

November 3, 2017 - VOLUME 39, ISSUE 8

Clemens Crossing Elementary School

Edward Cosentino, Principal

Elizabeth Yankle, Assistant Principal

Events Coming Up

For a complete list of dates and events or to subscribe to the CCES calendar visit


  • 6 - Individual Picture Make-ups
  • 8 - Conference scheduling opens in HCPSS Connect, 9:00 am
  • 8 - 5th Grade Field Trip - Living Classroom (Haube/Lee)
  • 8 - PTA meeting, 7:00 pm
  • 9 - 5th Grade Field Trip - Living Classroom (Halvorson/Greenlee)
  • 10 - End of Marking Period - School dismisses 3 hours early at 12:45 p.m.
  • 10 - Veterans Day Celebration, 9:30 am
  • 10 - Spirit Day - Red, White, and Blue
  • 13 - American Education Week starts
  • 13 - Book Fair Begins
  • 14 - 2nd grade - Tell Me a Tale w/HC Library
  • 15 - Kindergarten field trip to Howard County Library
  • 16 - Kindergarten field trip to Howard County Library
  • 16 - School Play
  • 17 - Conference scheduling closes in HCPSS Connect, 4:00 pm
  • 17 - Report Cards Issued
  • 20 - 3-hour Early Dismissal - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 21 - 3-hour Early Dismissal - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 21 - Book Fair Ends
  • 22 - Schools Closed - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 23 - Schools Closed - Thanksgiving Day
  • 24 - Schools Closed - Thanksgiving Weekend
  • 29 - In-School Banking, 9:00 am

From School Administration

Please join CCES administration for coffee and conversation on Tuesday, November 14 at 9:30 a.m. in the cafeteria. This is a great time to talk to Mr. Cosentino and Mrs. Yankle about what is going on at Clemens Crossing. Please RSVP with Mrs. Barnhouse at If you have any specific topics you would like to discuss, please indicate that when you RSVP.

Staff Spotlight - Mrs. Christy Marshall, Library Media Specialist

Mrs. Marshall is our staff spotlight for this week. Mrs. Marshall has served as a Library Media Specialist in Howard County since 1986. She started teaching at Longfellow Elementary School where she worked for eight years. From there, she moved to Manor Woods Elementary where she spent another eight years. After taking five years off to be with her children, she returned to teaching and started working at Clemens Crossing Elementary. This is Mrs. Marshall's eleventh year here at CCES!

Mrs. Marshall is an avid reader, and she loves working with children. She thought being a library media specialist was the perfect fit!

Mrs. Marshall is a life-long Marylander. She attended the University of Maryland where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Library Science Education. Later, she earned her Master's Degree in Instructional Technology from the Johns Hopkins University.

Mrs. Marshall resides in Columbia with her husband, two daughters, and Boston Terrier, Finney.

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American Education Week

During American Education Week, November 13—17, 2017, Americans nationwide will join the National Education Association (NEA) in raising awareness about the need to provide every child with a quality public education. The celebration highlights the importance of bringing together educators, parents, students, and communities in a unified effort to build great public schools. It also reflects NEA's vision of calling upon America to provide public school students with quality schools so that they can grow and achieve in the 21st century. As part of the celebration, we provide parents and guardians the opportunity to visit their child’s classroom during the week. Feel free to visit your child's classroom any day during the week. Please refer to the CCES Master Schedule below to help you guide your visitation.

When you visit, please be prepared to sign-in through the Lobby Guard kiosk in the office. You will need your driver's license to sign-in with Lobby Guard. As a reminder, we do not allow younger children in the classrooms when parents visit. Additionally, we ask for visitors to refrain from using their phones in the classroom. Please put your phone on silence or vibrate. If you need to use your phone or device for any reason, please go to the front lobby or outside the building.

We look forward to our continued partnership in your child's education, and we are excited to see you in school during American Education Week.

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Parent Teacher Conferences

Fall Conferences

Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for November 20, 21, and 22. Conferences will be with homeroom teachers. In order to schedule conferences, you will need to login to HCPSS Connect. HCPSS Connect will open to schedule conferences on Wednesday, November 8 at 9:00 a.m. The program will be open until Friday, November 17 at 4:00 p.m. 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 only conference period for the school year. There was no conference window built into the schedule for February or March.

Math Conferences

If you are in need of a math conference, please schedule a time with your child's math teacher at any time during the school year.

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Veterans Day

On Friday, November 10 CCES will celebrate Veterans Day. Starting at 9:30 a.m., the

Cryptologic Warfare Group 6 Navy Honor Guard from Ft. Meade will present the colors to help celebrate Veterans Day at CCES. Students will raise the United States flag out front, and then the entire student body will recite the Pledge of Allegiance. To finish the program, students in the chorus will lead the rest of the school in singing the National Anthem.

If you are active or retired military, please join us on Veterans Day. We will announce your name and your child's name at the beginning of our program. Please email Mr. Cosentino at if you would like to be part of our program.

Redistricting Process- BOE November Timeline

The Board of Education wants to make sure that all residents are aware of the Attendance Area Adjustment Process that has been underway for a number of months. It is now in the hands of the Board of Education.

It is very important that everyone keep in mind that the Board will take all of the information that has been assembled to date via the Feasibility Study, the Attendance Area Committee, and the Superintendent, and develop the final plan.

We will be reviewing all levels, including elementary, middle and high school. Everything is on the table.

Whether your polygon has been part of any preceding proposal or not, it is still possible it will be included in the final plan. It is critical that everyone remain engaged in this process. We will be doing all of our work in public via work sessions and public hearings. The schedule of events can be found below.

If you have any questions, please call the Board office at 410-313-7194.

Redistricting Process – November Timeline

Thursday, November 2 – 7:30 p.m.

Attendance Area Adjustment Work Session #3

10910 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042

Tuesday, November 7 – 7 p.m.

Attendance Area Adjustment Public Hearing #2

River Hill HS Auditorium, 12101 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029

Thursday, November 9 – 7:30 p.m.

Attendance Area Adjustment Work Session #4

10910 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042

Tuesday, November 14 – 7:30 p.m.

Attendance Area Adjustment Work Session #5

10910 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042

Thursday, November 16 – 7:30 p.m.

Approval of Attendance Area Adjustment Plan

10910 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042

Upcoming School Spirit Days

Periodically, we will celebrate school spirit days. The purpose of school spirit days is to get kids enthused, supportive, and excited about their school community. In order to maximize full participation, we want to help you plan ahead for school spirit days.
Below, you will find information about school spirit days through the end of December.
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PTA Parent/Conference Dinner for Staff

Our fall 2017 Parent/Teacher conferences are coming up in a few weeks. Traditionally, the PTA hosts a dinner for teachers who stay late to hold conferences. Our dinner this year will be on Monday, November 20th at 5pm. Please sign up here and help us create a delicious dinner for our CCES teachers and staff! This year we are hosting an Asian themed dinner-Thank you in advance for all your support!

2017-18 CCES Spirit Wear

The CCES Spirit Wear sale begins this Friday 11/3 and continues through 11/17. Purchases made will be available for the holidays. Flyers are being sent home on Friday/Monday. Purchases may also be made online at

PTA Book Fair is Coming

The Book Fair is coming to CCES November 13-21! It will run every day after school in the Media Center. We need volunteers to help with set-up, to bring in food for the teacher preview on 11/10, and to help work the fair each afternoon. Please sign up to help here: Even if you can't volunteer, please come shop (with or without your children- the holidays are coming!). All sales will benefit CCES students. Contact Dani Gardner ( if you have any questions.

PTA Membership

Our website is now up and working! You can join your PTA by going to Click on "Join the PTA and Donate - Family Membership", complete the online form, and submit payment (to pay by credit card).

If you have any questions, or another method you would like to use, please email Hyung Chang (

Your PTA Membership cards and magnets will be sent home with your child by the end of this week. If you do not receive your membership cards or magnets by next Friday 11/3, please email Hyung Chang (

Thank you for your support. We do make a difference!

Open PTA positions

We are still looking for volunteers for the following PTA positions:

  1. Talent Show
  2. Room Parent for Related Arts Teachers
  3. CAC Representative

Please email Karen Pang ( if you can help!

Reminder: Send in those Box Tops!

Clemens Crossing receives cash for your Box Tops! Remember to cut them out and send them in with your child. Each grade level has a collection bin -- the more Box Tops your grade brings in, the more cash your child's class receives! Box Tops are collected all year-round.

Questions? Contact Angela Stark,

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