GES Paw Prints - 3/27/19

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 3:22pm




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Note from Mr. Davis

Is that the sun we see?  It’s so exciting to see the sun out each day this week!  It’s still chilly out so don’t forget to send your child(ren) to school wearing layers and with a jacket.  Our goal continues to be to get outside as many days as possible.

Tomorrow, we are excited to welcome Howard County Executive, Dr. Calvin Ball and HCPSS Superintendent Dr. Martirano to Guilford.  We are always eager to welcome visitors and show off the hard work of our students and staff each day.  Dr. Ball is visiting to congratulate, HCPSS Teacher of the Year Sylvia Hennessie on her award.

Don’t forgot to continue to vote for our March Madness Reading Challenge.  Round 1 of voting ended today and we are eager to hear who made it to the second round.  Look for more information as well as the voting window for Round 2.  Thank you to all students who read books and are deciding to vote for their favorite Black Eyed Susan books. 

As always thank you for supporting Guilford.  Have a wonderful week!

Jonathan Davis

Guilford Elementary School


                                        Dates To Remember for 2019

March  2019
3/29 - Spirit Day - Tie Dye Day

April 2019
4/2- MESA Day Competition from 8:15 a.m. -1:30 p.m.
4/3 - Spring Individual and Class Photos
4/8 - 4th Grade Field Trip to Annapolis, Maryland
4/5 - 3 Hours Early Dismissal - Professional Work Day
4/9 - PTA Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
4/10 - Spring Band Concert at 6:30 p.m.
4/11 - Spring Strings Concert at 6:30 p.m.
4/12 -  PTA Beatles Band/Magical Mystery Girls Concert Fundraiser at Ridgely's Run Community Center 7:00 p.m.
4/12 - Coffee with Administrative at 9:30 a.m.
4/15 thru 4/22 - School Closed – Spring Break
4/24 - Report Cards Issued
4/24 - Family Night: Talk with ME at 6:30p.m
4/26 - Spirit Day – Earth Day
4/30 - Kindergarten Field Trip to the Library at 9:45 a.m.
4/30 - Intermediate Reading Night at 6:30 p.m.


From the Title I Team

At GES, our Learning Compact and Plan includes goals for student achievement.  The GES goal for this week's focus is to talk your child about what they have read.  For information to meet this goal, please click on the link:




March Reading Madness Update

We are so excited that the voting for Guilford’s favorite book will begin this week!  Students will be voting for Guilford’s Book of the Year at school and families are welcome to join in the fun.  If you’d like to vote for Guilford’s Book of the Year, please go to the March Reading Madness website ( and select the tab labeled “voting.”  Click on the link to the google form to cast your votes.

Please see below for the voting timeline:
Monday, March 25th: Sweet Sixteen
This is the first round of voting which will determine 8 favorite books between all 16 books.  Voting for the first round will remain open until 1pm on Wednesday, March 27th.
Thursday, March 28th: Elite Eight
This second round of voting will determine 4 favorite books between 8 books.  Voting for the second round closes on Friday, March 29th at 1pm.
Monday, April 1st: Final Four
The third round of voting will determine Guilford’s 2 favorite books between 4 books.  Voting closes at 1pm on Tuesday, April 2nd.
Wednesday, April 3rd: The Game
The fourth and final round of voting will determine Guilford’s favorite book.  Voting will determine 1 favorite book between 2 books. Voting closes at 1pm on Thursday, April 4th.
Friday, April 5th: Winner Announced
The winner will be announced by special guest, Spinny Johnson, at school assemblies.

Thank you for your continued support of our March Reading Madness program. Happy reading and voting!

2019 Guilford Yearbook

Yearbook Advertising and Dedications:
To help defray the cost of publishing our annual yearbook and keep the purchase price affordable for our families, Guilford Elementary School is selling advertising space and dedication lines.  Please see attached document for more details.  Deadline is April 12, 2019 and checks need to be made payable to Guilford Elementary School.  Please contact with any questions.  Thank you for supporting GES!

Pictures Needed:  Have any great pictures from GES events for 2018/19 school year?  First day of school?  Concerts?  Turkey Trot?  PTA nights?  We would love to use them in our 2018/19 yearbook.  Please create an account and add them to the Photo Post for Guilford so we can add them to our yearbook!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Jenkins at  Here is the link:


     It’s very simple to enter a vote - visit the website below, and enter your name, email, and contact information of our school.

The contest ends April 8th. Please encourage your family and friends to vote as well!

GES' contact information:
Guilford Elementary School
7335 Oakland Mills Road
Columbia, MD 21046

Bridges News

Dear Parents;

  Your students have been participating in WE Schools for our Bridges program. This past November we did the WE Walk For Water Campaign to ensure good weather for the event. We walked and had a relay race and read a book about the water walk in Africa .This book told of the hardship women and girls endured to gain access to clean water in their country. Our students expressed how thankful they were to have clean water in our country and they shared some stories of their families in other countries. This is our 2nd year with WE. Last year WE showcased our school at WE Day Baltimore. This year WE is having a fundraiser event for clean water to their villages they support around the world. If you would like to donate for clean water please go to this link

Type in the team name: Deborah Robbins - GES Bridges

Click here to view Flyer:   WWFW_Parent_Resource.pdf 

Thank you for your support,
Deborah Robbins
GES Bridges Service Learning WE Schools Educator

Future Guilford Tigers

Calling all FUTURE Guilford Tigers! (birth through 5)

Do you have a future Guilford Tiger in your family?

Do you know of someone who does?

If so, we’d like to be able to send you resources and communicate with you about upcoming events that may be of interest to you and your family. Please fill out thisGoogle form so we can learn more about your child, and can identify what could best address your needs.

We’d also like to introduce you to Talk With Me – Howard County, a new initiative in partnership with HCPSS. Talk With Me works to support parents and caregivers in gaining a greater understanding of the powerful brain-building that occurs through early interactions with babies and toddlers.

More information about  Talk With Me – Howard County can be found at their website: or by contacting Mrs. Hennessie at

Early Interactions Build Brains! We hope you will spread the word!

Student Survey

Recent state law requires that all public schools in Maryland survey students about school climate. The purpose of the survey is to gain valuable information about the quality and character of each school’s learning environment so that schools can promote a climate that supports student learning.

Students will take the survey during regular school hours between March 4th – April 26th. The survey will ask students about topics such as student engagement, interactions with adults and with other students in the school, the school environment, bullying, and safety. The survey will not ask about a student’s personal experiences, and students will not be asked to provide any information that might violate his or her privacy.

The survey is confidential and school personnel will not have access to the responses of specific students. The responses your child provides will be combined with the responses from other students in the school, and results will be reported for each school and district.

We are eager to receive this very important information about your student’s school and about schools across the state.

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Trish Lannon. Thank you.

Registration for the G/T

Registration for the G/T Summer Institutes is underway. You can find the catalog on the HCPSS website at (Links to an external site.)

Scholarships are available for students participating in the Free and Reduced Meals program.

Please feel free to contact Ms. McNamara or Ms. Stetz if you have any questions at all.

Before & After School Classes with Howard County Recreation & Parks

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 

Pre-sale tickets are now available to Guilford families for the Magical Mystery Girls spring break kick-off concert at Ridgely's Run Community Center on Friday 4/12, featuring our very own Mrs. McDaniel!  Tickets can be purchased at and all ticket sales benefit our PTA.  Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday 3/29, so get yours now!  If you'd like to volunteer to help out that evening (set up, concessions, ticketing, clean up), you may do so at

PTA ROAR cart still has some opportunities for parents to volunteer in school!  If you have a younger child, you may bring them with you!  View the upcoming dates and sign up at  Questions?  Email us at

PTA has several exciting events coming up - mark your calendars and keep checking your student's Wednesday folder for details!  
April 1 - Restaurant Night, Panera Bread
April 9 - PTA meeting, 6:30pm in the media center
April 12 - Magical Mystery Girls Concert at Ridgely's Run Community Center
April 15-29 - ONLINE Silent Auction & Tiger Eyes Auction
April 26 - Paint Night
May 4 - Community Yard Sale at GES!

Want to stay in the loop?  Join our Facebook group at to keep up with school announcements, upcoming events, and more!  Any PTA related questions can be directed to

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.