GES Paw Prints - January 31, 2019

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 1:52pm


                     Note from Principal Pic

It is extremely cold outside and our hope is that every student is dressing in layers, wearing hats and gloves as they come to school.  With temperatures this cold students can experience frostbite very quickly on any exposed skin.  Thank you for reminding your children to wear the proper clothing before heading out to school. 

We are clearly in the middle of some crazy winter weather, it’s important to continue to monitor the HCPSS website and your email for potential closings/delays.  If you have questions as to if school will be open on time or closing early, you can call 410-313-6666 to get the latest information.  Just a reminder, if we open two hours late, the doors open at 11:10 am, with the late bell at 11:25.  Bus riders will be picked up two hours later then their usual pick up times. 

Congratulations to third grader, Damus Almoza who appeared on Fox 45 as the “Weather Kid” on Jan. 24th.   Check out how he helps with the weather forcast at  Well done Damus in   representing Guilford as the Fox 45 Weather Kid.  You made us proud!

Last Friday, we had our 2nd quarter Pep Rally to celebrate the hard work of all of our students.  We had 353 students earn Outstanding ROAR Behavior Awards, 48 more than from the first quarter.  We had 153 students with perfect attendance for 2nd Quarter and 94 of those students have had perfect attendance the entire school year.  In addition to these awards a student from each classroom earned an award for Engagement, Perseverance, Collaboration, Most Improved, Student Choice, and the Golden ROAR.  It was great seeing their hard work being recognized. 

Finally, I hope you will take a few minutes to review the PTA Fundraiser information, Raise Craze sent home from the PTA.  This is a great way to encourage your child to complete acts of kindness while also raising money for the Guilford PTA which supports our students.  Thank you and stay warm!

Jonathan Davis

Guilford Elementary School


                                        Dates To Remember for 2019

February  2019

2/5  -   Schools closed for students - Professional Learning Day
2/6  -   Report Cards issued
2/8  -   Spirit Day- Backwards Day
2/11 -  PTA Restaurant Night CheeBurger CheeBurger from 5:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m.
2/12 -  PTA Planning Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
2/14 -  Spirit Day- Red/Pink Day
2/14 and 2/15 - 3 Hours Early Dismissal
2/14 and 2/15 – Parent Teacher Conferences
2/18 -  Schools/Offices Closed for Presidents’ Day
2/19 -  PTA Raise Craze Fundraiser Night
2/21 – Kindergarten Field Trip to Library


From the Title I Team

GES Goal: Reading aloud at home (all grades)

Reading aloud to children is important, even for older children who can read independently; it helps them develop and improve literacy skills — reading, writing, speaking, and listening. And since children listen on a higher level than they read, listening to books stimulates growth and understanding of vocabulary and language patterns.  It also provides a chance to snuggle with your younger child, and have quiet time with your older child.

For some parents, reading aloud right before bed is easiest. After getting organized for the next day, take the time to read a short book, short story, or some pages from the chapter book you are enjoying together.

If bedtime isn’t the best time for you and your child, you can start your day with five to 10 minutes of reading aloud. As you wake your children for the day ahead, give them a morning snuggle and then take a few minutes to read a short story or a few pages from
 a chapter book to start the day.

If it’s hard to schedule a specific time each day to read aloud, look for openings of time in your family’s routine on any given day. Reading aloud can happen anytime - during breakfast, right dinner, or even just after dinner when everyone is gathered around
 the table. Don’t feel like you have to force reading time, just let it come naturally whenever a few minutes open up.  Non-fiction books are easy to read in a short amount of time because they are often divided into sections.

Keep some books in your bag or in the car and read whenever you have to wait. Spontaneous reading can happen with little ones while you wait for older siblings in the carpool line, and with children of any age at your doctor or dentist office.

You can also read aloud as you ride by listening to books on CD, even if it’s just a short trip to school or the store. The public library has lots of CDs available.

We hope these ideas help you to find time in your days to read aloud with your children.  Remember that whatever you can manage will be valuable, whether you can do it daily, a few days a week, or even weekly! 


A Special Congrats

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in Guilford’s Young Author’s Contest!  We are so proud of your excellent writing!

Second Grade:  Poetry Entries:  Belzarena Kim *Grade-level Winner

Short Story Entries:  Theo Kolb *Grade-level Winner, Zoha Ali, Henrick Hampton, Nishma Khanal, Shreeya Patel, Sydnee Roache, Maddison Wilson

Third Grade:  Poetry Entries:  Mariyam Iftikhar *Grade-level Winner, Ayden Bennet, Isabella Heskett, Richa Sachdeva,

Short Story Entries: Meerub Iftikhar *Grade-level Winner, Damus Almoza, Zeenat Alvi, Gavin Draminski, Sedami Felaho, Nia Hackett, Burhhan Khan, Audrey Morrison-Lang

Fourth Grade: Poetry Entries: Ashlee Robinson *Grade-level Winner, Sarah Cing, Naomi Effim, Ruth Effim, Konstantine Falco, Brianna Fleming, Odinachi Ofenedu, James Szewczyk

Short Story Entries:  Delina Woldu *Grade-level Winner, Zaib Aslam, Alyssa Burger, Angel Grannison, Kaleb Roache

Fifth Grade: Poetry Entries: Lawrence AJ Eliason *Grade-level Winner, Katie Cosgrove, Ava Matthews,Tessa Draminski, Alishba Hassan

Short Story Entries: Jackson Stolte *Grade-level Winner, Mona Mengestaeb, Janice Osomina, Kathy Rivera, Jillian Tindale

We will celebrate our Young Authors’ on Thursday, February 7th, 2019, at 9:20 with a breakfast celebration in Guilford’s Cafeteria.  Students who participated in the Young Authors’ Contest will receive an invitation with details about this event.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to join our writers at this celebration. Thank you for your continued support!

Before & After School Classes with Howard County Recreation & Parks

Columbia Spring Baseball & Softball Leagues

Columbia Tee Ball/ 4 yrs/ Saturdays starting Apr 6/ 9am-4pm/$125

Columbia Tee Ball/ 5-6 yrs/Saturdays starting Apr 6/ 9am-4pm /$125

Columbia Baseball League/ 7-8 yrs  Saturdays starting Apr 6/ 9am-4pm/ $149

Columbia Baseball League/ 9-10 yrs/ Saturdays starting Apr 6/ 9am-4pm /$149

Columbia Softball League/6-8 yrs / Saturdays starting Apr 6/ 9am-4pm/$149

Columbia Softball League 9-10 yrs Apr 6 9am-4pm Saturdays $149

TGA Premier Youth Tennis/6-11 yrs /Before School/ Classes: 6/Thursdays starting Jan 31/ 8:10-9:10am/$90

For Complete information on these Before & After School classes, including how to Register, please go to

You may also contact: 

William Banks                                                                                                                  Youth Programs Coordinator, Howard County Recreation & Parks, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, MD 21046, 410.313.4721

Parent Volunteer Information 

   "According to HCPSS Board Policy, all parent volunteers must complete a Confidentiality Training Course about protecting the privacy of our students, staff, and schools.  Please complete this course before registering to volunteer at Guilford Elementary School.  The course takes about 5 minutes to complete, please click on the pdf file to open  Parent Volunteer.pdf  and follow these 3 steps":

Step OneTraining Course - click through each page of the training course.

Step TwoCertification of Completion - print the Parent Volunteer Certification Form and complete.

Step ThreeRegister to Volunteer - Bring the completed and signed Certification Form to school before or on the day you volunteer.

Clean Out Your Closet Challenge

  Guilford is participating in the Clothing to Cash Recycling Program - Help our school raise money!  We accept New and Used clothing, shoes, sneakers, towels, textiles, and stuff animals. We want items in ALL conditions unwanted, outgrown, and out of style.

   All items must be in a plastic bag and tied shut.  Look for the large white collection bin in the school parking lot.  Collections will be Reworn, Repurposed or finally Recycled.

  Save our landfills and give your items a second life.   This is a easy way for our school to raise money. Help support our school & save the environment one bag at a time!

PTA News

  You can sign up to volunteer for any ROAR cart dates throughout the year at

Don't Forget to Join the PTA!

  You can join on our website at and send in a printed membership form with your student.  The cost is $15 for an individual membership or $20 for a family membership.  Thank you!!

Community News and Programs

  Please visit the Community News and Programs and the HCPSS News page on the HCPSS website for announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.