Clemens Crossing Cougar Comments

June 1 2018 - VOLUME 39, ISSUE 34

Events Coming Up

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


  • 4 - Field Trip to Pointers Run ES for students being redistricted
  • 4 - Move-up Day for Grades K - 4
  • 5 - PTA Restaurant Night: Chick-fil-a, 6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Profits will support our Green School Initiative
  • 8 - Kindergarten End of Year Program and Picnic: doors open at 9:45 a.m., slideshow at 10:00 a.m., and students perform at 10:15 a.m.
  • 12 - School Spirit Day - Hat Day
  • 12 - REVISION - Full School Day
  • 12 - 2nd Grade Picnic, 12:35 p.m.
  • 13 - REVISION - Full School Day
  • 13 - 1st Grade - Author's Celebration and Picnic, 11:00 a.m.
  • 14 - REVISION - Full School Day
  • 14 - End of Marking Period
  • 14 - Flag Day - Wear red, white, and blue
  • 14 - 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 9:30 a.m.
  • 14 - 4th Grade Book Viewing and Picnic, 12:30 p.m.
  • 15 - Early Dismissal - All schools close 3-hours early. CCES dismisses at 12:45 p.m.
  • 15 - 5th Grade Picnic, 9:30 a.m.
  • 15 - 3rd Grade Picnic, 10:45 a.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 Dismisses at 12:45 p.m. Inclement Weather Make-up Day #5.

From School Administration

The conclusion of each school year brings changes to schools. This year we wish quite a few staff members the very best as they transition to new places in their lives and career.


Congratulations to the following teachers who will retire at the end of the school year:

  • Ms. Beverly Butler
  • Mrs. Mary Leach

Teachers Leaving Clemens Crossing ES

Due to redistricting and the projected decrease in enrollment, our staffing allocations will decrease for the 2018-19 school year. A few teachers know their new placement, but many are still waiting for their new assignment. The following teachers will be leaving CCES at the end of the school year:

  • Ms. Crystal Bennett - Ms. Bennett will be the 4th-grade team leader at Hanover Hills ES
  • Ms. Shelly Alban
  • Ms. Amanda Rooney
  • Ms. Alana Berman - Ms. Berman will be the Art teacher at Hanover Hills ES
  • Ms. Kelly Olsen
  • Mrs. Monica Chuppetta
  • Mrs. Lauren Farrelly
  • Mrs. Rebecca Whitaker - Mrs. Whitaker's part-time placement will be at Bollman Bridge ES

Changes in Staffing at Clemens Crossing ES

With many teachers retiring or moving to different schools, we had to make a few changes to teams for next year. Here are the current grade level teacher assignments for the 2018-19 school year:

Kindergarten - Mrs. McCue, Mrs. Hodgins, Mrs. Ludicke, Ms. Thomerson

First Grade - Mrs. Beem, Ms. Holdefer, Mrs. Hutt, Ms. Morstein

Second Grade - Mrs. Shockey, Ms. Addy, Mrs. McKim, Mrs. Small

Third Grade - Mrs. McBrien, Mr. Jones, Mrs. Shaw

Fourth Grade - Mrs. Billingsley, Mrs. Greenlee, Mrs. Halvorson

Fifth Grade - Mrs. Haube, Mr. Fischer, Mrs. Lee

Please note: There could be changes to staff assignments over the summer. We will communicate that in our August newsletter.

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Restaurant Day

Tuesday, June 5th, 6am-10pm

10975 Johns Hopkins Road

Laurel, MD

Take a break from cooking and come to our final Restaurant Night. 30% of the proceeds will go directly to CCES. Funds raised during this event will be used to convert one of our hallway water fountains into a water bottle refilling station. This is part of our Green School initiative.

From the Health Room

If your child has had medication kept in the Health Room this school year, any remaining medication should be picked up by the parent/guardian by the end of the day on the last day of school, Tuesday, June 19th.

Students are not permitted to transport medication to or from school.
Any medication not picked up will be destroyed.

If you have questions, please call the Health Room: 410-313-5609.

Thank you for your cooperation!

From the Media Center

All books are due back to the Library Media Center next week. Please try to return them on Monday, June 4. Overdue reminders will be sent home beginning June 5.

#ECSTRONG Attention CCES Community!

Ellicott City needs our help! Recently, Historic Ellicott City was impacted by a serious flash flood. Second graders will be organizing a fundraiser to help Old Ellicott City. We can help rebuild Ellicott City by collecting spare change. Please think about donating by bringing in small bills and change from June 4-11, or donate directly by visiting the following website:

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Simulated Congressional Hearings

The Simulated Congressional Hearing (SCH) is the culminating activity for fifth-grade Social Studies in the Howard County Public School System. Throughout the year, students study four units of instruction: The American Revolution, Building a New Nation, Challenges of a New Nation, and We the People. The SCH is an authentic, performance-based assessment where students demonstrate their understanding of the founding of U.S. Constitution and the impact of its creation. While preparing for the SCH, in addition to showing off their content knowledge, students are able to transfer the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills they learned in Language Arts to this authentic experience.

During the SCH, students assume the role of constitutional experts. The students present prepared oral testimony before a panel of simulated congressional committee members (“judges”). Following the formal presentations, students respond to follow-up questions from the panel. Student groups are evaluated on these criteria: understanding, constitutional application, reasoning, supporting evidence, responsiveness, and participation.

The original format and content of the SCH was developed as a culminating activity by the Center for Civic Education in 1987 as part of the national acclaimed We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program. The SCH was introduced to the Howard County Public School System in 2003 with one school and has now grown to 100% implementation across HCPSS elementary schools.

Fifth graders held their SCH this past week. Here are some pictures of the event below.

WLMS PTSA Amazing Race Event for Incoming 6th Graders

Tuesday, June 12 - 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Contestants: 5th Graders from RBES, BWES, CCES who will be 6th graders at WLMS next year.

Meet kids from other schools that will go to Wilde Lake Middle School. Introduce your friends from other schools so they will know each other! Meet a WLMS "Buddy" who can answer questions from a kids' perspective! Have fun and win prizes too!

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 June 1 is canceled

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HCPSS Community News and Programs on the HCPSS website

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

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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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