Clemens Crossing Cougar Comments

February 7, 2020 - Volume 41, Issue 21

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


  • 12 - PTA Meet and Greet for incoming Swansfield ES Families, 6:30 p.m.
  • 12 - PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
  • 12 - PTA Restaurant Night - Chick-fil-a (Johns Hopkins Road)
  • 13 - Elementary Schools Close 3-hours Early: 12:45p.m. Parent/Teacher Conferences, (Math)
  • 14 - Spirit Day: Valentine's Day - Wear Red!
  • 14 - Elementary Schools Close 3-hours Early: 12:45p.m.Parent/Teacher Conferences, (Math)
  • 17 - Schools and Offices Closed: President's 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), 6:30 p.m.


  • 6 - 3rd Quarter Interim Reports Issued
  • 6 - 1st Grade Field Trip to Toby's, 9:30 a.m.
  • 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

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From School Administration

Third-quarter is here, report cards have been issued, and we are preparing for parent conferences next week. This is the perfect time to assess where your child is academically, so you can work with her or him to establish or reestablish goals for the second half of the school. Please read the selection below from the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

Mr. Cosentino


The middle of the school year is a great time for families to check in with students on goals. Setting academic and personal goals helps motivate, energize, and focus students, and it is a valuable skill that will benefit learners throughout their lives. Parents can help students set and achieve these goals.

Goal-setting can be tedious, even intimidating, for some students. Parents can support students in this process by following these steps: pick it, map it, do it, own it, and celebrate it.

Pick it. Encourage your child to consider his or her dreams and passions and pick goals that are important and meaningful. Guide your child to think about, “What motivates me? What would inspire me to give my best effort? What would make me feel good while I’m doing it? What achievement would make me feel proud?”

Map it. After your child picks a goal, help map the path from where he or she is now to where the child wants to be. Offer the following analogy: If we want to drive across the country from New York to California, we don’t just get in our car and start driving—we get a map, pick a route, and follow it until we get to California. With your child, analyze different approaches and define clear steps to reach their goal. For instance, if the goal is to get a higher test grade in a tough subject, each quiz or project is a step on the path to the higher goal: earning an A.

Do it. Once you and your child have mapped a path to their goal, encourage him or her to take action, focus on the first step and give it his or her best effort. Remind your child that no goal is ever reached without focused action.

Own it. As your child makes progress toward their goal, help him or her to take responsibility for making it happen. Teach the mantra, “If it’s to be, it’s up to me!” Reflect with your child. Ask, “How are you doing? What’s working? What’s not working? What can you or your family change to get to this goal?” From there, analyze the map, and make changes to the plan if necessary. Help your child keep a positive attitude and own mistakes as well as successes. Remind your child that if something comes along that holds him or her back temporarily to look at the experience as feedback. Failures, or bumps in the road, can provide us with information we need to succeed. Reinforce the message that we can learn from our mistakes and move on with new, valuable knowledge.

Celebrate it. Acknowledgment and celebrations are huge parts of achieving goals. Acknowledge every effort and celebrate your child’s mini-successes along the way to achieving a goal. This builds his or her confidence and motivation. Your child will feel good and understand that perseverance will result in another mini-success, and finally, goal achievement. Try going through the goal-setting process as a family. Pick a family goal (perhaps a charitable activity) and work together to achieve it. After the family experience, have each family member pick a personal goal. Support and acknowledge one another as you move through the above steps. Success is assured when students believe in themselves and in their ability to achieve. Parents are key to helping them believe and succeed. The middle of the school year is a great time for families to check in with students on goals. Setting academic and personal goals help motivate, energize, and focus students, and it is a valuable skill that will benefit learners throughout their lives. Parents can help students set and achieve these goals.

Report to Parents, written to serve elementary and middle-level principals, may be reproduced by the National Association of Elementary School Principals members without permission. It can be posted to school websites, blogs, or sent via email. Back issues are available to members at

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New Information

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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.

School's Out Workshops With KidzArt

Join us on Thursday, February 13 and Friday, February 14 at Clemens Crossing for our School's Out Half-Day Workshops! Each day will be filled with fun projects and cool materials. Come for just one day or both! Students will come directly at dismissal and stay until 4:00 p.m., perfect for working parents or parents that will be busy in conferences! Convenient and educational fun!

$50 per session/ All Supplies Are Included/12:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m./ February 13 & 14 Sponsored By The PTA


Questions.... Email:

Doodle for Google

This year’s Doodle for Google theme is:


  • Friendship, smiles, thank yous, and hugs.
  • But kindness is so much more than just being nice. This year’s theme invites you to tell us how you show kindness. Is it by helping around your home? Volunteering in your community’s green space? Maybe it’s comforting someone who’s down, or picking up trash in the park.
  • However you define it, let us know how you bring a little bit more kindness into the world. Take your ideas and bring them to life in your doodle!

How it Works

Use your imagination to create a Google Doodle based on what kindness means to you.

How to Enter

We're excited to see some kind doodles this year! Students can work with any materials they want, but all doodles must be entered using the entry form. Parents and teachers can mail us the completed entry form or submit it online as a .png, or .jpg. The contest is open for entries until March 13, 2020 8:00pm Pacific Time (PT), so here's some information to help you get started:

  1. Download or print the entry form.
  2. Doodle:
    Artists create their Doodles using any materials they want. From crayons to clay to found objects.
  3. Write:
    1. Artist’s statement - Tell us about what you have drawn and how it represents kindness to you.
    2. Fill out the rest of the required information and sign the entry form.
  4. Submit:
    1. Enter the contest.
    2. Entry form doodles: If the doodle is created directly on our entry form, you can either upload them to our site as a .jpg or .png (visit the enter tab) or mail them in (address listed on the enter tab).
    3. Other doodles: If the doodle wasn't created directly on our entry form, take a high-res digital photo or scan of the doodle in good lighting and combine it with the entry form.

Judging Criteria

Doodles will be judged on the following parameters:

  1. Artistic merit:
    Based on artistic skill
  2. Creativity:
    Representation of the contest theme, use of the letters in the Google logo, and the unique approach to the doodle
  3. Theme communication:
    How well the contest theme is expressed in both the artwork and the written statement

Doodles will be grouped and judged by the following groups:

  • Grades K-3
  • Grades 4-5

Finalists will be judged on a state-by-state basis as described below.

  1. State and Territory Winners:
    10 or more winners for each grade group, 54 in total
  2. National Finalists:
    1 finalist for each grade group, 5 in total
  3. National Winner:
    Featured on

Screening for Students at Risk for Reading Difficulties

In accordance with Maryland’s Ready to Read Act (2019), all HCPSS kindergarten students* will be administered a screener assessment that includes a battery of four one-minute reading measures (DIBELS 8th Edition) to examine their letter naming, decoding, and word reading skills. The assessments will occur throughout winter 2020. Parents and guardians will be notified if assessment results indicate that your child would benefit from an intervention.

*This includes kindergarten students who do not have a current Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) with reading foundational skills goals.

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PTA Bake Sale - Results

Thank you to all who participated in the PTA Bake Sale to benefit Bryant Woods Elementary School! We had a wonderful evening at the Boy Scouts' Pinewood Derby and raised $284 for BWES! A huge thank you to our bakers, volunteers, and gracious customers! You guys are amazing!

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 that 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.

HELP NEEDED: Parent-Teacher Conference Dinner, Thursday Feb. 13, 2020

It's time again for Parent-Teacher Conferences! Our teachers and staff will be working hard all day and the PTA likes to supply dinner on the first night to keep their energy levels up. The PTA will provide pulled pork, BBQ chicken, and a vegetarian option for the sandwiches, but we need your help with the other items. Please review the Sign-up Genius below and consider donating something for our amazing staff! Non-food items can be turned in to the main office ahead of time or on the day of. Food items should be turned in on 2/13 by 4:30 p.m.
If you need someone to pick-up the items, let us know!

Rachael Kelly ( and Raghavi Patel (

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Grassroots Change Matters Drive Results!

Way to go Clemens Crossing Change Matters SUPERHEROES! I am excited to share that your incredible CCES community tripled last year’s collection (and even more than the two years prior) and donated an impressive $608.05 to Grassroots this year! Thank you for your continued compassion and support of Grassroots for the seventh year in a row.

In terms of Buy A Day of Service, CCES will actually cover 6 hours of crisis services for Grassroots and CCES will be featured on the Crisis Center door that day and on Instagram. Every $100 pays for one hour of crisis service at Grassroots. Way to go!

--Grassroots Center


As much as we enjoy seeing family dogs at arrival and dismissal, all HCPSS schools are expected to adhere to the following policy:

Animals in schools or offices, leashed or not, present safety, environmental, and liability issues. Students and staff may be exposed to potential physical hazards, such as bites, and/or allergy-related health problems. As a result, animals are prohibited within HCPSS buildings. Animals are also prohibited on school system property during arrival, dismissal, recess or other HCPSS sponsored outdoor activities. Service animals or service animals in training per MD Annotated Code Section 7-705 (Service Animals) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as animals approved for instructional purposes are exempt from this prohibition.

Parents who bring dogs on their walks to school must wait for students off school property or along the bike path next to the picnic tables. We want to ensure the safety of our students as they arrive and leave school.

Thank you for adhering to this policy.

Information Worth Repeating

Winter MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) Assessment

The Winter MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) Assessment will be administered between February 4 and March 1 in Grades 1-5.

We use MAP scores to measure and monitor student progress and inform instructional decision-making. After the administration of the Fall MAP Assessments, teachers met with students to review their MAP scores and they established academic goals. Teachers will meet with students again to celebrate growth and establish new goals after the Winter Assessment. We encourage each student to do his or her best on MAP, and we look forward to sharing the information with parents when we issue third-quarter report cards.

Here are the scheduled dates and times for the MAP Assessment:

  • 1st Grade Reading: February 10th at 9:30
  • 1st Grade Math: February 5th at 1:05

  • 2nd Grade Reading: February 5th at 9:30
  • 2nd Grade Math: February 10th at 12:05

  • 3rd Grade Reading: February 18th at 1:20
  • 3rd Grade Math: February 6th and 7th at 9:15

  • 4th Grade Reading: February 10th at 2:05
  • 4th Grade Math: February 11th at 9:15

  • 5th Grade Reading: February 24th at 10:35
  • 5th Grade Math: February 26th at 10:35
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Register for Parent/Teacher Conferences in February NOW

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for February 13 and 14.
  • Conferences will be with your child's Math Teacher.
  • In order to schedule conferences, you will need to login to HCPSS Connect.
  • HCPSS Connect will open to schedule your conferences on Thursday, January 30.
  • Conference scheduling will be open until Tuesday, February 11.
  • The directions for parent conference registration linked here from the HCPSS website. You can also download the directions from the icon below.
  • If you have any questions, please call the front office at 410-313-6866.
  • Please note: This is the second of two conference periods for the school year.

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PTA Restaurant Night at Chick-fil-a Johns Hopkins Road

Wednesday, Feb. 12th, 6am-10pm

10975 Johns Hopkins Road

Laurel, MD

All Day Long!

Please tell the cashier you are with Clemens Crossing Elementary School

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Meet and Greet with PTA and School Administration

Wednesday, Feb. 12th, 6:30pm

10320 Quarterstaff Road

Columbia, MD

Welcome event for Swansfield Elementary School families redistricted to Clemens Crossing Elementary.

Please feel free to stay for the 7:00 p.m. PTA meeting.

PTA Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 12th, 7pm

10320 Quarterstaff Road

Columbia, MD

CCES School Play - Aladdin for 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

PTA Restaurant Night

Wednesday, March 18th, 5pm

8230 Gateway Overlook Drive

Elkridge, MD