Clemens Crossing Cougar Comments

June 14, 2019 - Volume 40, FINAL ISSUE 36

Clemens Crossing Elementary School

Edward Cosentino, Principal

Sonia Hurd, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Events


  • 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.
  • 19 - 3rd Grade Picnic, 10:45 a.m.
  • 19 - 1st Grade Picnic, 11:00 a.m.
  • 19 - School Closes 3-Hours Early, 12:45 p.m.
  • 20 - 4th Grade Picnic, 11:05 a.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.
  • 26 - Report Cards Mailed home

2019-2020 School Year


  • 16 - Kindergarten Play Date for Incoming Kindergarten Students
  • 19 - Kindergarten Play Date for Incoming Kindergarten Students
  • 29 - Kindergarten Open House 10:00 a.m.
  • 29 - Open House grades 1-5, 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.


  • 3 - First Day of School
  • 4 - GT Back to School Information Session, 6:00 p.m.
  • 4 - Back to School Night - Grades 3-5, 6:30 p.m.
  • 5 - AHS and WLHS Back to School Night
  • 6 - PTA Welcome Back Picnic, 5:00 p.m.
  • 9 - Back to School Night - K, 1, and 2, 6:30 p.m.
  • 11 - PTA Kick-off Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
  • 12 - Wilde Lake Middle School Back-to-School Night
  • 13 - RAIN DATE: PTA Welcome Back Picnic, 5:00 p.m.

For a complete list of dates and events visit

To subscribe to the CCES calendar on your smartphone, electronic device, or email system click the +Google Calendar icon in the bottom right-hand corner to add our calendar to your personal device. By subscribing to the calendar, school events and activities will always be up-to-date.

Please note the adjusted calendar that was set on April 23 and published in the Cougar Comments since then. Our last day of school is Friday, June 21. On June 19-21, we dismiss at 12:45 p.m. each day.
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From School Administration

It has been another amazing year for our Clemens Crossing Community! Our students have grown tremendously as readers, writers, mathematicians, historians, and scientists! Mrs. Hurd and I enjoy this time of year when teachers invite us to celebrate the learning that has happened all year with special presentations. We know that you join us in celebrating your child's success this school year. We are very proud of their accomplishments in all of these areas. Thank you all for your partnership in the education of our students. We have enjoyed instructing your children and watching them grow in knowledge and confidence. We are very proud of all our many accomplishments and achievements both individually and as a community.

For those who are moving to different schools next year, we wish you well in the future.
We look forward to seeing everyone who is returning to CCES on September 3.
Have a fantastic summer!

Mr. Cosentino, Principal

Boundary Review Process Starts This Summer

Last week, the Superintendent sent a letter detailing the upcoming boundary review process and providing clarity on his expectations to engage in a transparent and civil process.

As we near the presentation of the 2019 Feasibility Study on Thursday, June 13, at the Board of Education meeting, I want to share with you a number of resources that have been developed to help you easily navigate the upcoming boundary review process. We understand how anxiety-provoking and at times, confusing this process can be. We have activated more supports than ever this year to ensure we are doing our best to equip you and your neighbors with consistent messaging and resources throughout the process.

Many of our schools are outside of their target utilization and the Board of Education has tasked the Superintendent to develop a comprehensive solution that could ultimately impact all 74 comprehensive schools in the county. The Feasibility Study is not that solution. This study provides possible options based on data and available capacity for boundary adjustments. Dr. Martirano will use the study, as well as public input gathered during this process to present his recommendation to the Board on August 20, 2019.

Please visit the Boundary Review page on the HCPSS website where you will find more information, the timeline of events and opportunities to participate and provide input. Additionally, an overview video and comprehensive FAQ have been added this morning to help clarify the process and answer questions we have received from you. If you have any additional input or questions, please continue to use this form.

The video and one-pager provide a quick overview. I encourage you to share this information with your neighbors and friends and be an active part of this process.

Thank you for your continued participation throughout this process. Have a wonderful week.

Jahantab Siddiqui
Chief Communications, Community and Workforce Engagement Officer
Howard County Public School System

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Supply List for SY 2019-2020

The 2019-20 school supply list is attached below. It is also posted on the main page of our website.

Staying Sharp During the Summer

What can children do during the summer to sharpen their skills for school? The goal is not to make the summer turn into school at home, but rather to give students a variety of opportunities to continue learning and growing while still enjoying themselves.

  • All current CCES students will have access to their iXL account through August 23. After that date, iXL will no longer be active for any student. If you forget your iXL login information, please email Mr. Cosentino.
  • Nothing is more important than reading and a visit to the public library is the best way to help your child find books that (s)he will like. The library has books at all reading levels, including leveled books for beginning readers. The Howard County Public Library offers a wide variety of activities during the summer, too.
    Visit the HCPL website to learn about what they have to offer.
  • When students write, they are practicing so many skills. Encourage your child to keep a summer journal and document some of the things that happen this summer.
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Summer Reading Cougars

We know our students will enjoy many books and stories during summer vacation. Let’s celebrate our summer reading! Students and families are invited to color, decorate, and cut out the Clemens Crossing cougar. Then take a photo of yourself or your family reading with the cougar! Email your photos to Mrs. Marshall at Photos will be shared when we return to school in September. All families are invited to participate, even if students will attend a different school next year. Read in your backyard! Read on vacation! Read at the pool! We can't wait to see where you're reading!

Back-to-School Nights - Save the Dates

Clemens Crossing ES

  • 3rd, 4th, 5th grade - Wednesday, September 4, 6:30 p.m.
  • GT Information - Wednesday, September 4, 6:00 p.m.
  • Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade - Monday, September 9, 6:30 p.m.

Wilde Lake MS

  • Thursday, September 12

Atholton HS & Wilde Lake HS

  • Thursday, September 5

Art News

Congratulations to fifth graders, Regen Pingaro and Avery Gilbertson, along with fourth grader Ethan Evans. They all had artwork on display at the Columbia Mall, and their work was chosen by the HCPSS Visual Arts Office to go on to other exhibits next year. Way to go!

As we end the school year, make sure to check what artwork your children have brought home. Many things have been passed out this week, and will be next week as well. They’ve worked very hard in class, and will probably have a lot to say about their creations! Also, parents and students often ask what kinds of things can be done over the summer to keep skills sharp and fresh. The best thing to do is some type of drawing, especially from observation. It’s great for hand/eye coordination and for improving drawing skills. However, almost any type of artistic activity will be helpful to maintain improvement and interest. Things such as coloring, drawing, cutting, reading about art/artists, and even going to museums are all great. If going on a long car or airplane trip, children can take a mechanical pencil (so it won’t have to be sharpened) and a sketchbook. And if in DC or Baltimore, many of the art museums/galleries have designated spaces for children to explore and create.

Feel free to email me with any questions, especially about things to do or places you may be going and what art there may be to see!

Mr. Schmitt

Summer Learning

Summer Reading Lists

As part of the A+ Partnership with the Howard County Library System, summer reading lists developed by HCPSS library media specialists and Howard County Library System Children’s Instruction and Research staff are available for students in all grade levels. Books included are just a sampling of what students may enjoy reading during the summer. Students are encouraged to check out other books by the authors included as well as explore additional book topics at the library.

Recommended lists for all grade levels are available both in schools and online. Don’t forget to sign up for the library system’s Summer Reading Club online or at your nearest branch.

A+ Student Card

All HCPSS students received an A+ Student Card account number at the beginning of the 2018–2019 school year. With it, they have access to all HCLS eContent by using their account number to login via Using their A+ Student Card, students can place holds and check out physical materials, as well as take advantage of all the library’s digital resources.


All students have access to their school’s digital MackinVIA eBook and audiobook collection all summer long by logging in through with their active directory credentials.

Students continue to have access to all the digital tools they used during the school year. This includes databases available from the “Databases” tab in MackinVIA, such as:

  • CultureGrams, which offers country reports on over 200 cultures of the world.
  • World Book Online Reference Center, which includes encyclopedia, multimedia, e-book and primary source databases.

Summer Activities

Students can use their digital tools, available at, to document and celebrate their summer activities. Elementary students can use Wixie to create a summer postcard or travel journal. All students can utilize G-Suite to create a slideshow of their favorite summer day.

Contact Melissa Daggett at with questions or for more information.

Media Books

We have over 300 books checked-out of our Library. Please look for any books and return them to our Library Media Center.

iXL Ends August 23

IXL is no longer an approved supplemental tool for use in the Howard County Public School System. Our contract with IXL will continue through the summer. Feel free to continue to use both the math and ELA practice tools that IXL offers. Although our contract ends on August 23, you are more than welcome to subscribe to that service on your own.

We are considering a new supplemental tool for next year if we have a funding source to support it.

Medication Pick-Up

If your child has a medication(s) in the Health Room, it must be picked up by the Parent/Guardian before the end of staff hours on the last day of school, 1:00 pm on Friday, June 21st.
We are not permitted to send home medication with your child. Any medication not picked up will be destroyed. You are welcome to pick up the medication sooner. Thank you!

The Summer Food Service Program

The Summer Food Service Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), through the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and is an extension of the National School Lunch Program, which is designed to guarantee eligible children free and nutritious breakfasts and lunches during the school year. Meals served will be healthy and will follow USDA nutrition guidelines.

All meals will be served on a first-come first-served basis and all meals must be eaten on site.
No portion of the meal may be taken out of the meal serving area(s) and adults may not eat any portion of a child’s meal. Small children must have adult supervision. The days/hours of operation and start/end dates may vary based on participation levels.

For more information, please contact the Howard County Public School System, Food and Nutrition Service at 410-313-6743.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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HCPSS Summer Meals FAQs

What is the summer meals program?

The summer meals program is one way to fill the nutrition gap for many of our children when school is closed during the summer. Hunger does not take a summer vacation.

Can any child participate?

Yes! All children ages 18 years and under can receive free meals at any HCPSS Open Site. There are no other qualifications needed. Meals will be provided without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of meal service.

Do children or parents need to register in order to participate in the Open Site

Summer Meals Program?

No registration or application is required. You can simply bring your child to the summer meal site.

How do I know where the serving sites are located and the times for the meals?

Serving sites and times will be on June’s menu for all schools. We will be sending out flyers and posters will be displayed throughout the community. Site locations, meal times and the summer menu will also posted on our district website.

Will there be activities?

We are scheduling activities at some sites in conjunction with the Howard County Police Department. We will post the time and locations of these activities on the district website.

May we take the food home?

ALL food must be consumed at the site, with the exception of fresh fruit and prepackaged items. This is to ensure that the children do not eat or drink food that may spoil because of improper refrigeration or reheating.

May I come to the site with my children?

Yes! We love having the parents involved. The children love it too! We do ask that children under 4 years of age have an older child with them if you cannot accompany them.

Are the meals nutritious?

Yes! We serve 1% and fat-free milk, fruit, vegetables and all of our meals meet the nutrition guidelines for children.

Is there a place I can call if I have additional questions?

Yes. You may call Howard County Public School System, Food and Nutrition Service at 410-313-6743.

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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.

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Community News and Programs

In alignment with Howard County Board of Education Policy 10010, Distribution and Display of Materials and Announcements, the following announcements have been approved by the
Public Information Office for distribution. Please visit Distributing Community Information through the School System or contact the Public Information Office at 410-313-6682 if you have any questions.
Community News and Programs

Community notices are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Howard County Public School System.

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