Clemens Crossing Cougar Comments

May 11 2018 - VOLUME 39, ISSUE 31

Events Coming Up

For a complete list of dates and events or to subscribe to the CCES Calendar,


  • 14 - Volunteer Appreciation Celebration, 2:30p.m.
  • 14 - Rube Goldberg Celebration
  • 16 - PTA Meeting, 7:00p.m.
  • 17 - Interim Progress Reports Issued
  • 17 - Spring Carnival, 5:00p.m.
  • 18 - Crazy Hair Day
  • 18 - Schools are Open for a Half Day- Inclement Weather Make-up Day #4
  • 18 - CCES dismisses at 12:45p.m.
  • 21 - Schoolwide Showcase (Science Fair, Enrichment Fair, PTA Reflections, and Classroom displays), 6:30p.m.
  • 22 - Middle School Visitation, 9:30a.m.
  • 23 - Spring Chorus Concert, 7:00p.m.
  • 24 - Field Day (Rain Date on 5/25)
  • 25 - WLHS Graduation, 2:30p.m.
  • 28 - Schools Closed - Memorial Day
  • 30 - 5th Grade - Simulated Congressional Hearing
  • 30 - In-School Banking (final for the year)
  • 31 - AHS Graduation, 11:00a.m.


  • 5 - PTA Restaurant Night: Chick-fil-a - Profits will support our Green School Initiative
  • 8 - Kindergarten End of Year Program and Picnic
  • 12 - REVISION - Full School Day
  • 13 - REVISION - Full School Day
  • 14 - REVISION - Full School Day
  • 14 - Flag Day - Wear red, white, and blue
  • 14 - 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 9:30a.m.
  • 15 - Early Dismissal - All schools close 3-hours early. CCES dismisses at 12:45 p.m.
  • 18 - Early Dismissal - All schools close 3-hours early. CCES dismisses at 12:45 p.m.
  • 19 - Last Day of School - Schools are Open for a Half Day.
    CCES Dismissal at 12:45 p.m. Inclement Weather Make-up Day #5.

From School Administration and PTA

PTA School of Excellence Survey

The Clemens Crossing Elementary School PTA knows that a strong partnership among our families, school leaders, and community members is important to the success of our students and school. That’s why we are participating in the National PTA School of Excellence Program, which grows partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being of all students.

At a National PTA School of Excellence, families feel welcomed and empowered to support student success, and PTA is a key partner for continuous school improvement. We feel Clemens Crossing Elementary School and Clemens Crossing PTA can achieve that together—and the result will be national, state and community-wide visibility for the positive impact we are making together at Clemens Crossing Elementary School.

We need your help! As part of the process, National PTA requests feedback from families at two points in the school year—the beginning and the end. Your feedback at the beginning of the year helped generate a customized plan specific to our Clemens Crossing community. As a result, the PTA School of Excellence Committee focused on the area of "Ensuring Health & Safety of Students." Specifically, the committee wanted to focus on providing resources for parents/guardians around the social-emotional well-being of children. We called this the "Whole Child, Whole Health" initiative. Over the course of the year, the committee shared articles and resources through the Cougar Comments Newsletter. Additionally, the school sponsored Boys Night Out and Girls Night Out which helped with the initiative. Finally, the PTA sponsored the screening of the movie, Screenagers. This provided an opportunity for parents and children to share ways to navigate the realities of raising kids and growing up in the digital age of devices, social media, and gaming.

Now that we are at the end of the school year, it is time to complete a post-survey. Please take 5-10 minutes to reflect on your experience at this school and complete the attached survey using Google Forms. This survey is completely anonymous.
Please complete the online survey by Monday, May 21, 2018.

One of the great results of initiatives like this is the ability to incorporate the results and practices now and in the future. In other words, this is not a "one and done" initiative. We want to make this part of our school and PTA culture to provide these resources to our school community in the future.

Thank you for your continued support and collaboration as we work toward becoming a National PTA School of Excellence!


Karen Pang, Clemens Crossing PTA President

Edward Cosentino, Clemens Crossing Elementary School Principal

Consideration Form Due May 17.

Field Day 2018

Our Annual Field Day will take place on May 24, 2018 with a rain date of May 25.

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 no later than 9:00a.m. as your punctuality is imperative to a successful start!

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

If you are available to volunteer, please complete the form below.

Mr. Robinson/Mr. Griffis

Spring Concerts on Twitter and Periscope

If you cannot attend the Spring Concerts in person, we have the next best thing. You can listen to and see the concerts live on Periscope through our Twitter feed. Simply visit at the respective times to listen and see the concert. Feel free to share the information with family and friends.
  • Chorus - May 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Rube Goldberg Community Favorite Award

Community Favorite Award

Vote for your favorite video. It’s simple:

  1. Click this link ( to view the videos.
  2. From Monday, May 7 at 9:00a.m. through May 13 at 11:59p.m., watch the videos, then vote for your favorite. In order to place your vote, click on the word "VOTE" under the image of the team you want.

Deadline to cast your vote is Sunday, May 13 at 11:59p.m. The team with the most votes wins the Community Favorite Award and will be recognized at the Celebration.

From the Health Room

Allergy Season

The Health Room is seeing many children with pollen and seasonal allergy symptoms, mostly itchy eyes & congestion. We are seeing students as they get off the bus and at recess. Please consider giving your child their allergy medication prior to school.


Please consider applying sunscreen on your child before school. The application of sunscreen is not allowed during school by our staff or by students.

Arrival Reminder

Please be sure students arrive on time. Students should be in their seats by 9:15a.m. Students who arrive after 9:15a.m. are considered late and must be signed in by an adult in the office.

Lost and Found

Are you missing a jacket or sweatshirt? There is a very good chance your child's missing clothing is in our Lost & Found. The Lost & Found is located in the front hallway across from the Music Room. Please be sure to check the Lost & Found soon.
We will donate all items to a local charity if they are not claimed.
The donation date will be May 17.

Are You Moving and Not Returning to CCES for the 2018-19 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. Aballo 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 2018-2019 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).
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PTA Spring Carnival

Thursday, May 17th, 5pm

10320 Quarterstaff Road

Columbia, MD

Join us for a fun family night with food, games, moon bounces, prizes, and a chance to soak staff members in the soak-o-matic.
Cost of admission is $10 per family, $5 per individual.

Please Volunteer for 2018 Clemens Crossing PTA Carnival!

Lots of volunteers are needed for this fun event! Please sign up to help at the Spring Carnival through the link below to volunteer to bring a cake, work a game, help run admissions, help clean up/take down, or paint faces. (High school and middle school students can get service hours too) Please direct any questions to Tiffany Hall at or 443-745-2828.

Use this link or the button below to volunteer.

Slate of PTA Executive Board Candidates for 2018 - 2019

The PTA's Nominating Committee is pleased to propose the following slate of executive board candidates for the 2018 - 2019 year. Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in the open board positions.

On May 17, we will have an election during the General Meeting at the Spring Carnival to approve new board members. We will gather on the blacktop at 6:45pm for a brief general meeting and election. We will also accept board position nominations from the floor during the election.

President - Karen Pang

Vice President - Dani Gardner (NEW)

Recording Secretary - Vanessa Beltran (NEW)

Corresponding Secretary - Denise Giuliano (NEW)

Treasurer - Hyung Chang (NEW)

PTA Council Rep 1 - OPEN

PTA Council Rep 2 - OPEN

School Improvement Team (SIT) Rep - Vanessa Castleberry (NEW)

If you have questions about the nominating process or election, please contact a member of our Nominating Committee:
Hyung Chang, Risa Carlson, or

Dani Gardner for more information.


CCES PTA Nominating Committee

Cereal Collection for Grassroots

What's your favorite cereal? Next time you're at the grocery store, pick up an extra box of your favorite cereal to donate to Grassroots*. The collection will be May 14-18. (For questions, contact

*Grassroots provides supportive and professional 24-hour crisis intervention, suicide prevention, shelter, and outreach services to individuals and families experiencing a personal, situational, mental health, or shelter crisis.

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Message from Cub Scouts

Your local Cub Scout Pack is inviting everyone to join them for their Annual Spring Picnic on Wednesday, May 16, from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. at the Martin Road Park (6701 Martin Road, Columbia, MD 21044).

Cub Scouts is a great way for children Grades K - 5th to learn about our community, the outdoors, and teamwork in a safe and established environment. Starting in June, our pack will be open to girls and kindergartners, so pass this invitation to any incoming families that might be interested. All children attending will get a chance to build a small sailboat and race them in our Raingutter Reggata. In case of rain, our rain date is Tuesday, May 22nd, same time. For more information, or if rain is expected, please go to If you have any questions, contact our Cubmaster, Charlie Beard, at Food and drinks will be provided.

HCPSS Community News and Programs on the HCPSS website

Announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.

Note: The Public Information Office encourages all community organizations to distribute notices electronically through this online resource. However, organizations may choose to distribute printed documents, such as the 2018 Parent Guide, through student backpacks, etc. per the provisions of HCPSS Policy 10010. For more information, please refer to Distribution Guidelines for Schools. Contact the Public Information Office with any questions, at 410-313-6682 or

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