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!
Dates To Remember for 2019
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: http://ges.hcpss.org/news/2019/03/title-1-team-1
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 (https://gesmarchmadness.weebly.com/voting.html) 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:
Thank you for your continued support of our March Reading Madness program. Happy reading and voting!
2019 Guilford Yearbook
Yearbook Advertising and Dedications:
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 Patricia_Jenkins@hcpss.org. Here is the link:
BRING JAN BRETT TO GUILFORD!
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:
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,
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:https://www.hcpss.org/launch-into-learning/talk-with-me/ or by contacting Mrs. Hennessie at Sylvia_Hennessie@hcpss.org.
Early Interactions Build Brains! We hope you will spread the word!
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 https://www.hcpss.org/f/summer/gt-summer-institutes-talent-dev-catalog.pdf (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 http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?preview=true&m=1101410824386&ca=7e11e213-9db3-48bb-b660-968d74bfd10d&id=preview
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 One: Training Course - click through each page of the training course.
Step Two: Certification of Completion - print the Parent Volunteer Certification Form and complete.
Step Three: Register 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!
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 athttp://guilfordpta.seatyourself.biz/ 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 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4aadaa2ea46-magical.
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 http://signup.com/go/GjpwKzX. Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PTA has several exciting events coming up - mark your calendars and keep checking your student's Wednesday folder for details!
Want to stay in the loop? Join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/guilfordpta/ to keep up with school announcements, upcoming events, and more! Any PTA related questions can be directed to email@example.com.
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