Clemens Crossing Cougar Comments

October 25, 2019 - Volume 41, Issue 9

Clemens Crossing Elementary School

Edward Cosentino, Principal

Sonia Hurd, Assistant Principal

Important Upcoming Dates and Events

For a complete list of dates and events visit


  • 29 - Flu Clinic
  • 30 - Spirit Day - Wellness Wednesday (Workout Clothes)
  • 30 - Pumpkin Run (Gr.3, 4, & 5 during Related Arts times)
  • 30 - In-School Banking
  • 30 - Field Trip - Gr.1 to HoCo Conservancy
  • 30 - PTA Restaurant Night - Chick-Fil-A Restaurant Day (Johns Hopkins Rd Location)
  • 31 - Halloween Parade, 2:45 p.m.


  • 1 - Schools Close 3 Hours Early for Students
  • 8 - Student Picture Make-up Day
  • 11 - Q1 Report Cards Issued
  • 11 - Conference scheduling window opens (more information will come out soon)
  • 11 - PTA Restaurant Night - Common Kitchen
  • 15 - PTA Bingo Night (moved from 11/8), 6:30 p.m.
  • 18 - American Education Week Begins

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

From Mrs. Hurd, Assistant Principal


Did you know Mr. Cosentino was named the 2019 National Distinguished Principal for Maryland? In March, it was announced that he would represent Maryland as a National Distinguished Principal. Earlier this month, he was recognized by the National Association of Elementary School Principals in a ceremony in Washington DC along with 60 other principals from around the country. Each year, NAESP celebrates principals from across the nation, in both public and private schools, for their exemplary achievements leading their schools. As someone who has only been an assistant principal for a year, I have learned so much from
Mr. Cosentino. I can say first-hand that we have a principal who is child-centered and cares for the wellbeing and growth of our students. He is supportive of our teachers and staff, and I am fortunate to learn from him. Please join me in congratulating him on this incredible honor.

Mrs. Hurd, Assistant Principal

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New Information

Young Authors’ Contest 2019-2020

Who: Students in Grades 1-5

What: Write a poem or short story

  • Entries must be original work.
  • All entries must use no smaller than
  • 12 point font in Times New Roman.
  • Short story entry must range between 100-400 words (gr. 1-2) and 300-800 words (gr. 3-5).
  • Poem entry will consist of a single poem, any style, and must range between 25-150 words (all grade levels).
  • Entries must not include graphics.
  • Each entry must include a completed cover sheet signed by the student author’s parent.

For additional details and guidelines,

contact your local literacy association Young Authors’ Contest Chairperson: Maria Moy, Howard County Literacy Association

Entries due to Mrs. Webster:

no later than Dec. 2, 2019

(Winning entries will be forwarded from local chapters to SoMLA by January 1, 2020.)

Picture Make-Up Day 11/8

Picture day make-up will be Friday, November 8th. If you want a make-up picture taken of your child, return the original pictures to the front office. Ms. Wells will collect and we will give them back to students on make-up day.

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Information Worth Repeating

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Halloween Celebration - 10/31/19

The Annual Halloween Parade and Parties are scheduled for Thursday, October 31.
The parade will begin at 2:45 p.m. with our Kindergarten students leading us out the Kindergarten side doors onto the blacktop. We will proceed through the blacktop to the sidewalk in front of the school building and then back into the school through the 5th-grade doors.
Parent viewing areas will be in the center of the blacktop or the bus loop area.
Please see the Halloween Parade Route & Viewing Area map below.

Each grade level will communicate their party times and needs through their room parent.
Due to space limitations, only two predetermined parent volunteers per class will be permitted in the building during classroom parties.
Parents/visitors will not be permitted in the school building after the parade.

We ask that you avoid any costumes that perpetuate violence, have any blood, gore, scary masks, or contain any type of weapons. Props that come with costumes that are play weapons are not allowed in school. This includes, but is not limited to, toy guns, knives, swords, sickles, pitchforks, etc. Please send costumes in a bag for the students to put on independently over their clothing before the parade.
Students are not allowed to wear their costumes to school.

Parking will be limited. Please park at the Clemens Crossing Pool or walk to the parade. Parking will be permitted in the bus loop until 3:10 p.m.
All cars must be gone from that area by 3:10 p.m. so our buses can park when they arrive for dismissal.

If there is rain, there will not be a rain date for the parade, but the classroom parties will proceed.

As always, if you prefer that your child does not take part in the Halloween Parade and/or party, please send a note to your child’s teacher or contact Mr. Cosentino or Mrs. Hurd.

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Fall Book Fair

The Book Fair is coming! It will be open in the Media Center during Bingo Night on November 15th, November 18-22 from 4-7pm, and November 25 and 26 from 1-7pm during conferences. This is a big fundraiser for the PTA and a lot of fun so, please come shop and support CCES! Also, watch your email for a volunteer sign up sheet coming soon.

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FREE Clothing for All Ages

FREE Clothing for All Ages, Infant to Adult - including winter coats, hats, + gloves

Saturday, October 26, 9:00a.m. - 11:00 a.m

North Laurel Community Center

9411 Whiskey Bottom Road

Laurel, MD 20723

MORE INFORMATION: Grace Community Church 240-553-1090

Space Telescope Science Institute's Youth for Astronomy & Engineering (YAE)

Registration is now open for Space Telescope Science Institute's Youth for Astronomy & Engineering (YAE) Program annual “Parent and Son Evening Under the Stars”, which will be held on Friday, November 1, 2019 and “Parent and Daughter Evening Under the Stars”, which will be held on Friday, November 15, 2019. Both events will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Come join us for a dinner reception, followed by an opportunity to:

  • Learn more about astronomy
  • Engage in night star observation through JHU Offit Telescope
  • Planetarium viewing
  • Hands-on STEM demonstrations

To register online, click HERE

You can also complete the attached registration form and mail it to the address indicated on the form. Please feel free to make as much copies as needed to distribute to your students. Or you can contact us at and request copies to be mailed to your school or organization. Scholarships/Financial aid is available for students who would like to attend but have financial hardships. Large groups/classes are welcome.

For more information about the YAE Program, please visit

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