Clemens Crossing Cougar Comments

May 24, 2019 - Volume 40, Issue 33

Clemens Crossing Elementary School

Edward Cosentino, Principal

Sonia Hurd, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Events


  • 27 - Memorial Day - Schools and Offices Closed
  • 29 - In-School Banking


  • 3 - Fifth Grade Simulated Congressional Hearings
  • 3 - SPIRIT DAY- Wear Red, White, and Blue
  • 4 - Early Dismissal 12:45 p.m. - Professional Work Day
  • 5 - Career Day (Grades 3-5) Morning Only
  • 5 - SPIRIT DAY - Dress for Success Day
  • 6 - 2nd Grade Entomologist Visit
  • 7 - Kindergarten End of Year Celebration 10:00 a.m.; Picnic 11:00 a.m.
  • 10 - Volunteer Appreciation Celebration, 2:30 p.m.
  • 10 - Howard County Library Visits all grades for Summer Reading Program
  • 17 - 2nd Grade Picnic, 12:35 p.m.
  • 17 - Full Day of School
  • 18 - Full Day of School
  • 18 - 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 9:30 a.m. - Just added
  • 19 - 3rd Grade Picnic, 10:30 a.m.
  • 19 - 1st Grade Picnic, 11:00 a.m.
  • 19 - School Closes 3-Hours Early, 12:45 p.m.
  • 20 - 4th Grade Picnic, 12:05 p.m.
  • 20 - School Closes 3-Hours Early, 12:45 p.m.
  • 21 - 5th Grade Picnic, 11:30 a.m.
  • 21- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL: School Closes 3-Hours Early, 12:45 p.m.

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From School Administration

Professional Development At Clemens Crossing

I've often times been asked by people outside of education what we do during staff meetings or professional learning days. You would be amazed at all of the learning that often takes place with teachers during that time! This year, our staff started a more focused journey with the implementation of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in our classrooms. Additionally, we have been looking at Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as they relate to our work with children, families, and colleagues here at Clemens Crossing Elementary and in the Howard County Public School System.

Earlier this year, we received new Caring School Community resources from Collaborative Classroom. This year, we have explored the new resources with the intention to fully implement the resources during the 2019-2020 school year. As we have looked at the five core competencies of social emotional learning, we quickly discovered that our school is doing A LOT in regards to SEL and supporting students. Our goal is to build upon a strong foundation and naturally embed SEL in classroom activities, small group discussions, and other learning opportunities for students. As we continue to plan for next year, we will build on our foundation.

In regards to our work with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, we started to do work around discovering what makes identity and how our experiences have influenced us. We also explored how our experiences have played a role in unconscious biases that may occur in our everyday world as a result of media, upbringing, and many other factors.

Our goal is to increase our individual and collective capacity to support learning for ALL students through SEL and practices that are inclusionary. We want to make sure that children have equitable access to programming and services, and that families and staff have the opportunity to be involved and feel welcomed. We will continue this important work to help reach our school mission and vision!

Mr. Cosentino

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The Rewards of Reading

The seeds for success in the classroom are sown at home. Encouraging children to read at home is one of the most powerful ways that parents can support students’ learning. Just 15 minutes of reading at home per day can make a difference in students’ reading fluency. Prioritize reading with these tips attached.

CCES Field Day Fun 2019

Field Day each year brings our whole school together for fun, friendship, and healthy activity and competition. Please thank our amazing physical education teachers, Mr. Robinson and Mr. Griffis for their time and dedication towards making Field Day a huge success. Additionally, thank you to our volunteers who helped run each station. These are definitely memories our students will cherish in the years to come.

IXL at Clemens Crossing Elementary

IXL is a comprehensive, standards-aligned math and language arts practice program offering unlimited problems in thousands of skills. One of the best things about IXL is that you may use it from school and from home!

Before you start, be sure to sign in to your IXL account! Enter your username and password on this page and click "Sign in." If you do not know your username or password, please ask your teacher. Also, remember to bookmark this page so that you can return here easily.

After signing in, click on your grade to select skills to practice. You may place your mouse over any skill to see a sample question. Or, click the Awards tab to begin conquering challenges and uncovering prizes!

All current students will have access to IXL throughout the summer.
IXL - Practice and excel!

Upcoming Spirit Days

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5th Grade Promotion Ceremony June 18

5th Grade Promotion Ceremony
Our 5th Graders have worked so hard this year! Our 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 18 at 9:30 a.m. Promotion Ceremony guests will be able to enter the school after the arrival of our students at 9:15 a.m.

Due to limited seating, school-aged siblings are not permitted to attend the ceremony.

ARRIVAL: Please plan on arriving by 9:20 a.m. in order to find parking in the neighborhood, enter the building, and find a seat.
Parking is very limited. Guests need to follow the signage along Quarterstaff Road. Additional parking is available at the Clemens Crossing Pool off Martin Road. We encourage people to walk if you live close by.

CAKE CELEBRATION: Immediately following the ceremony, we invite you to join your child in the cafeteria for cake and pictures.
If you wish to take your 5th grade student home after the cake and pictures, please be prepared to show your state issued ID to your child’s homeroom teacher.
All students need to be signed-out before leaving.

We look forward to celebrating with you! Please contact the CCES front office if you have any questions.

Are You Moving?

If you have moved or are moving soon, please notify us as soon as possible.

We are available to assist you with transitioning to your child's new school. Whether it be another HCPSS school, private school, or to a school out of the HCPSS district, we are here to help. If you are transferring to another HCPSS school, our registrars will partner to make the transition as smooth as possible.

If you have an address change, bring your new residency documents to the front office and we will update your address in the system. If you have any questions, call Jennifer Aballo, our Registrar.

Giant A+ Rewards Success

Thank you goes out to Giant Food for donating $5,000 to Clemens Crossing ES through the A+ School Rewards program. Additionally, thank you to our community for signing up for the rewards program this year. This will help purchase needed supplies for instruction for next year. The new A+ Rewards program will resume again in September.

Career Day 2019 – Volunteers needed!

Clemens Crossing Career Day is Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Would you like to spark an interest in the next generation? Do you have a job that you like to talk about? Can you spare an hour or two?
We invite you to be part of this exciting day! We are in need of parents to speak to students in Grades 3-5 about their careers. Presenters will speak to individual classes during 30-minute blocks. You may sign up for as many or as few blocks as you like. Our goal is to expose students to a variety of occupations. Whether your child is participating or not, we would love to have you! Please consider sharing your experiences and helping the children to begin thinking about the world of work. If you would like more information, please email our School Counselor, Ann Rogers at


PARCC Testing Dates at Clemens Crossing, Grades 3-5 Only

Grade 3

Math: May 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st

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