Clemens Crossing Cougar Comments

February 14, 2020 - Volume 41, Issue 22

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


  • 14 - Spirit Day: Valentine's Day - Wear Red!
  • 14 - Elementary Schools Close 3-hours Early: 12:45 p.m. Parent/Teacher Conferences (Math)
  • 17 - Schools and Offices Closed: Presidents' Day
  • 25 - Vision & Hearing Screening
  • 26 - In-School Banking, 9:00 a.m.
  • 28 - CCES School Play: Aladdin Kids - (held at Wilde Lake Middle School), 7:30 p.m.


  • 1 - National Women's History Month
  • 6 - 3rd Quarter Interim Reports Issued
  • 6 - 1st Grade Field Trip to Toby's, 9:30 a.m.
  • 8 - Daylight Savings begins
  • 11 - PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
  • 13 - Class Picture Day
  • 13 - PTA International Night, 6:30 p.m.
  • 18 - Cultural Arts During School: Author Visit - Duncan Tonatiuh (during Related Arts)
  • 18 - Restaurant Night - On the Border
  • 19 - Boy's Night Out, 6:30 p.m. (Grades 3-5)
  • 20 - World Down Syndrome Day
  • 25 - In-School Banking Day
  • 25 - Maryland Day
  • 26 - Cultural Arts During School: Andes Manta - Music from the Andes Mountains


  • 1 - Arab American Heritage Month
  • 2 - Maker's Faire and Math Night (rescheduled from January), 6:15 p.m.
  • 3 - World Autism Day
  • 3 - Schools close 3 hours early, Professional Work Day, 12:45 pm
  • 3 - End of the third quarter
  • 4 - 13 - Spring Break
  • 14 - School reopens
  • 23 - Take Your Child to Work Day
  • 28 - Schools and offices closed - Primary Election Day
  • 29 - In-school banking

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From School Administration

We are fortunate to have an outstanding Music and Arts Program at Clemens Crossing thanks to the continued commitment of the arts in the Howard County Public School System. There are so many benefits of the arts in elementary school. In addition to being a creative outlet for students, studies show that the arts improve academic performance, motor skills, and decision making. The arts also help enhance students' social and emotional growth in school by providing opportunities to collaborate with classmates, persevere, and build personal confidence.

We want to thank Ms. DeSantis for leading our Instrumental Music Program and Mrs. Ritchie for leading our vocal music program. Both sets of concerts this winter have been incredible. If you missed the concerts, you can view them on our Twitter feed. Our students made incredible growth from the beginning of the school year to now.

Our Art teacher, Mr. Schmitt, helps create an incredible environment for young artists to thrive. If you have not had an opportunity to see student work on display at school, here are a few samples of artwork below. It is amazing to see the outstanding talents of our students as they develop their artistic talents in school.

New Information


Kindergarten Registration begins Monday, March 9 through Friday, March 13 at Clemens Crossing Elementary School. Children who will be five years old as of September 1, 2020, must enroll in Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year. Registration will take place daily from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at CCES Front Office. No appointment is necessary. We will have one evening registration time available, by appointment only, on March 11 prior to our PTA meeting.

You will need to bring the following documents:

  1. Birth certificate, birth registration or passport. Note: If presenting a passport, you will need to also provide proof of parental relationship.
  2. Current immunization record - must be a print out from the pediatrician and signed.
  3. Deed or lease to your home
  4. Current utility bill
  5. Photo ID of parent/guardian registering the student

Please visit the Howard County Public School System website for complete information about enrollment and registration. Please follow steps 1-4 at home and Online before finalizing the process in step 5 at the school. You may begin the online registration as early as February 25.

Message from the Media Center About Visiting Author Duncan Tonatiuh

Dear CCES families:

Thanks to the generous support of our PTA, author/illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh will be visiting CCES on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Students will be learning about Duncan’s books and illustrations for the next few weeks in Library Media class. His work is inspired by ancient Mexican art, particularly that of the Mixtec codex. His aim is to create images and stories that honor the past, but that are relevant to people, especially children, nowadays.

We invite you to purchase books on your own and send them to the Media Center for the author to autograph. The books will be returned to students the afternoon of his visit or the following day. Feel free to click the author information below to find out more about Duncan Tonatiuh.

Please attach a copy of this form (see link below) when your child sends a book, or books, to the Media Center. The media staff will respond with an email confirmation when we receive the books. The deadline to send books to the Media Center is Friday, March 13.

Thank you,

Christy Marshall and Kristi Seamonson

Library Media Staff


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Calling All Female Coders and Engineers!

How Girls Code is looking for female members of the community to come talk to our How Girls Code students, grades 1st-3rd, about being a coder or engineer. We would love for you to share how you became interested in your career, how you use coding, math, and STEM-related skills and what it is like working in your field. We are looking for 15-20 minutes time slots on any Wednesday afternoon between 4:15-5:15 pm the weeks of February 26th- April 22nd. Please email Mrs. Gelinas, if you or someone you know would be interested in coming to chat with our girls.

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CCES International Night

CCES PTA’s International Night will be held on Friday, March 13th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Join us for an evening of food, fun, craft, the music of Irish Bagpiper, Kevin O'Brien, and a performance by the amazing dancers from Teelin Irish Dance School as we take a trip around the world and discover the many different cultures and countries that represent our students, family and faculty at Clemens Crossing Elementary!

To make our biggest cultural event of the year a success, we need your help! Please sign up to be a ‘Country Host’ during the event. ‘Country Hosts’ are provided space to display any items you would like to bring to represent your country – a trifold of facts, books, clothing, artifacts, and, of course, food! We have space for approximately 20 different countries to be represented.

We are also in need of a few volunteers to help with set up and clean up. If you are interested in volunteering for any of these opportunities, please click on the link below to sign up.

CCES International Night

Friday, March 13th, 6:30pm

10320 Quarterstaff Road

Columbia, MD

SPONSOR NEEDED for Student Planner/Datebooks for 20-21

Up until this year, the Howard County Public School System provided students with school planners in grades 2 through 5. Due recent budget cuts, the school system will no longer fund this expense.

It is up to us, as a school, to fund and purchase the student planner/date books. The approximate cost for our school is $1,000. Since we are not permitted to charge families the cost of the student planners, we are looking to get a funding sponsor. The sponsor will get credit and a page in the book to advertise. If you know of a company willing to sponsor this expense, please email Ms. Stacey Wells, the principal's secretary.

Makers Faire - New Date!

Thursday, April 2nd, 6:15pm

10320 Quarterstaff Road

Columbia, MD

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Information Worth Repeating

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Upcoming Regional Activities for Families

Two regional events for families are coming up over the next two months. We thought you would like to plan ahead and save the dates for these two great events in Baltimore and Washington.

B'More Healthy Expo

Saturday, March 7th, 10am-4pm

1 West Pratt Street

Baltimore, MD

Are you looking for fun things to do on the weekend?

Check out the 11th Annual B'More Healthy Expo. The largest health event in Maryland is free!

USA Science & Engineering Festival

Saturday, April 25th, 9am to Sunday, April 26th, 4pm

801 Mount Vernon Place Northwest

Washington, DC


Kids: Free

Adults: $15 Ahead of time, $20 at the door

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Restaurant Night Benefiting Cub Scout Pack 618

On February 19, Pack 618 will be having a restaurant night at Modern Market Eatery (6181 Old Dobbin Ln, Suite 200) from 5-8 pm. Just mention Pack 618 when you order. Come and have dinner and support the Pack!

In March, Pack 618 will be shooting off model rockets. All girls and boys are welcome to check out the activities. Please contact the Pack 618 Cub Master ( with any questions.

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CCES School Play - Aladdin Kids

Friday, Feb. 28th, 6:30pm

10481 Cross Fox Lane

Columbia, MD

PTA Meeting w/Board of Education Candidate Sezin Palmer

Wednesday, March 11th, 7pm

10320 Quarterstaff Road

Columbia, MD

On the Border - PTA Restaurant Night

Wednesday, March 18th, 5pm

8230 Gateway Overlook Drive

Elkridge, MD