Clemens Crossing Cougar Comments

January 25, 2019 - Volume 40, Issue 18

Clemens Crossing Elementary School

Edward Cosentino, Principal

Sonia Hurd, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Events


  • 24 - Jungle Book Jr School Play at Wilde Lake Middle, 7:00 p.m.
  • 25 - Jungle Book Jr School Play at Wilde Lake Middle, 7:00 p.m.
  • 28 - Parent/Teacher Conference Scheduling Opens, 9:00 a.m
  • 28 - The Great Kindness Challenge Begins
  • 28 - End of 2nd Quarter
  • 28 - Schools Close 3-Hours Early, 12:45 p.m.
  • 29 - Wilde Lake Middle School Information Night for Rising 6th Graders, 6:30 p.m. at WLMS
  • 30 - In-School Banking, 9:00 a.m.
  • 31 - RESCHEDULED CONCERTS: String at 6:30 p.m. and Band at 7:30 p.m.


  • 1 - Black History Month Begins
  • 5 - Schools Closed - Countywide Professional Learning Day
  • 6 - Report Cards Issued
  • 8 - Parent/Teacher Conference Scheduling Closes, 4:00 p.m.
  • 13 - Vision and Hearing Screening
  • 13 - PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
  • 14 - School Closes 3-Hours Early, 12:45 p.m.
  • 14 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 15 - School Closes 3-Hours Early, 12:45 p.m.
  • 15 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 22 - 40th Anniversary Celebration, 4:30 p.m. and Family Fun Night, 6:30 p.m.
  • 27 - In School Banking, 9:00 a.m.


  • 18 - Junior Achievement In A Day

For a complete list of dates and events visit

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From School Administration

Monday marks the mid-point of the 2018-19 school year.
One way to help mark the mid-point of the year is through our participation in The Great Kindness Challenge. It is no coincidence that the annual Great Kindness Challenge falls at the mid-point of the school year. This is a great opportunity to refresh, renew, and refocus our desire to have a positive environment for our students, staff, and community. The Great Kindness Challenge provides an opportunity for our students to care for each other in ways that go above and beyond their normal interactions. By showing compassion, unity, and respect, our students can continue to thrive in a positive environment. We encourage everyone to participate and spread kindness around the school and in the community.

Winter Instrumental Music Concerts on Twitter/Periscope on January 31

If you cannot attend the Winter Strings and/or Band Concerts in person, we have the next best thing. You can listen to and see the Winter Concerts on Thursday, January 31 at 6:30 p.m. for the Strings Concert and 7:30 p.m. for the Band Concert. Simply go to our Twitter feed at the respective times to listen and see the concert. You will see the live stream of the concert using Periscope on Twitter. Feel free to share the information with family and friends.

Office Hours

Please note that the Clemens Crossing ES Front Office is open Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. Due to these hours, students and adults are not permitted to
re-enter the building to retrieve lost or forgotten items after 4:15 p.m.

Early Dismissal Reminder

Recently, we have seen quite a few dismissal requests after 3:15 p.m. Due to the busy nature of dismissal, we request early dismissal pickups take place before 3:15 p.m.

Visiting or Picking-up Students at CCES

All visitors to Clemens Crossing must bring a driver’s license and sign in on our LobbyGuard visitor management system.

Junior Achievement in a Day (JA in a Day) - SAVE THE DATE

One of our business partnerships is with Junior Achievement of Central Maryland.
JA of Central Maryland provides over $2,000 worth of supplies and resources to help run JA in a Day at Clemens Crossing. JA in a Day is a full-day program for Kindergarten through 5th-Grade students designed to provide experiences in work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.

Our annual JA in a Day will be held on March 18. In order to be able to run a successful day, we need two volunteers in each classroom to deliver the instruction. Our parent and community volunteers help share real-life work experiences with our students in addition to the content that is shared.

Please consider volunteering for this program. New volunteers need to participate in a training on March 11 at 4:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. at CCES.
To volunteer, please complete this form below or use this link.

Mrs. Dani Gardner, from our PTA, is helping to coordinate volunteers. If you have any questions, email Mrs. Gardner at or Mr. Cosentino at

The Great Kindness Challenge Spirit Week 2019

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The Great Kindness Challenge 2019

We are excited to announce that we are participating in The 2019 Great Kindness Challenge where we will join thousands of schools across the country to create a culture of kindness.
Your child is part of a powerful and positive bullying prevention initiative that will lead to more kindness, unity, and respect at school and beyond. To help build upon this momentum, we are participating in a unifying service project: Change Matters!
Change Matters! is a collection of spare change to benefit our local homeless shelter, The Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center.

All students are invited to participate by giving their extra coins! The money we raise will go towards supporting this important service in our own neighborhood. This is a great opportunity for our students to respond to the needs of others, which teaches empathy and compassion.

Additionally, we are going to have a fun spirited week during The Great Kindness Challenge. Each day is designated as a Spirit Day with a theme (see below).

For more information on The Great Kindness Challenge, please visit: Thank you in advance for helping to create a culture of kindness and compassion in our community and beyond!

The Great Kindness Challenge Official 2018 Newsreel Video

Parent/Teacher Conference Scheduling Starts Monday

Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for February 14 and 15.
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 conferences on Monday, January 28 at 9:00 a.m.
Conference scheduling will be open until Friday, February 8 at 4:00 p.m.
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.

Final Road To Kindergarten Session

Do you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2019?

Do you have a neighbor who has a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2019?

If you said yes to either question above, please review and/or share this information.

Please join us for an information session about Kindergarten in the Howard County Public School System.

At this workshop you will learn:

  • Expectations for school readiness (and receive a Ready for Kindergarten toolkit).
  • Details about the Kindergarten program.
  • Information about HCPSS Kindergarten registration.
  • Ways that families and children can be supported during the transition to Kindergarten.

Sessions are designed for adults only. Child care is available for children ages 2 and older. Doors will open at 6 p.m. to allow time for parking, child care drop off, and check-in.

Sessions begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. We anticipate large crowds, so please allow yourself ample time.

Choose a session that is convenient for you. No registration required.

Wednesday, January 30 from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Hammond High School, 8800 Guilford Road, Columbia

If Howard County public schools are closed for inclement weather, that day’s session is canceled.

To learn more information about preparing for Kindergarten, visit the following page on the HCPSS website:

Kindergarten registration begins Monday, March 11 in person and online.

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40th Anniversary Celebration

Come join us to celebrate Clemens Crossing Elementary School's 40th Anniversary on February 22, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. (SNOW DATE: 3/1/19)

  • 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Open House: reconnect with teachers, friends, colleagues
  • 5:30 p.m. - Memories and Remarks in the Cafeteria
  • 6:00 p.m. - Food Trucks will be on site for dinner (Previous staff members will gather off-site. More information to follow.)
  • 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - PTA Family Fun Night (Current students and families)
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Feedback From the CCES Community

We would love to hear your thoughts or feedback on how we can improve your experience!
The electronic feedback form below goes directly to Mr. Cosentino, Clemens Crossing Principal. For any urgent issues, call the school at (410) 313-6866 or email Mr. Cosentino directly at Thank you for your feedback!
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Conference Dinner Help

Hi, CCES Families! It's that time of year for Parent/Teacher Conferences.
The PTA holds a dinner for our teachers and we need your help. Please sign up to contribute an item or two. Since it is Valentine's Day, we will have a Valentines theme decor. The PTA will contribute a dinner from Chipotle.

Please Bring all items to the Cafeteria in recyclable/disposable trays, please.

Thank you in advance for all your support!!

NEW Spanish Immersion Program coming next spring to Clemens Crossing Elementary School!

CCES - PTA in partnership with The Language & Cultural Club (TLCC) is offering this exciting After-School Program for young children to learn the Spanish language and culture through immersion, music, and play-based activities. Spanish made fun and easy!

TLCC will be offering a free sample class on Tuesday, January 29th, but unfortunately (thanks to the power of social media!) registration for the sample class has already filled. If you are interested in the spring session, scheduled to begin on March 12th, please fill out this brief form:

After School Abrakadoodle and KidzArt

We have two different Art programs available after school. Both programs are fun and educational, and your child brings home their unique creation each time. Topics don't repeat so no concerns if your child has or hasn't done the program before. Open to Kindergarten through Fifth graders.

Abrakadoodle is on Mondays starting Feb 4.

This sessions theme is "We Travel the World".

KidzArt is on Thursdays starting January 31.

Coming Soon... CCES International Night

Mark your calendar for the biggest cultural event of the school year. CCES International Night will be held on March 14th, 6:30 p.m. in the Gymnasium. More information will be out shortly.
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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

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Summer Camps

It's never too early to start planning for the summer. As a service to our community, we have included summer camp guide from the Columbia Association and Howard County Recreation & Parks in the edition of our newsletter. Registrations start soon. It is a good time to take advantage of the discounts for early registrations.

Columbia Association Summer Camp Guide

Howard County Recreation & Parks Summer Camp Guide