GES Paw Prints - 4/10/19

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 3:36pm


                                         Note from Principal Pic


Note from Mr. Davis

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the middle of April and that schools will be closed for Spring Break starting Monday, April 15th with schools reopening on Tuesday, April 23rd.  We hope everyone finds time to relax and enjoy a slower pace.  I know I’m excited to spend some additional time with my family.

Congratulations to our students who participated in the MESA and the Battle of the Books competition last week.  It always great to see our students showcasing their efforts.   At the MESA competition, our students earned the following awards:  1st place:  Storybook Theme Park Ride, 2nd place:  Scratch Programing, 2nd place:  Wood Bridges, and 3rd place: Wearable Technology.  On Friday at the Battle of the Books, we had two fifth grade teams completing.  Congratulations on your efforts and for representing Guilford and winning the Civility Award!

Lately, we have been having issues with students bringing and using cell phones in school and on school sponsored field trips.  Just a reminder that cell phones are not to be used on the school bus, during the school day, or on any school sponsored field trips.  We are asking that as students enter the building their cell phone should be turned off and put in their backpacks. They should remain in their backpacks throughout the day until they exit the building.  Cell phones should also remain in backpacks while students are on the bus.  Thank you for reminding your child about these expectations.

Have a wonderful week! 

Jonathan Davis

Guilford Elementary School


                                        Dates To Remember for 2019

April 2019
4/10 - Spring Band Concert at 6:30 p.m.
4/11 - Spring Strings Concert at 6:30 p.m.
4/12 - Spirit Day - Pajama Day
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
4/26 - PTA Paint Night at 6:30 p.m.
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:


Please congratulate and cheer the following students for going above and beyond the school music program!

Katheryne Rivera (Violin)
Joshua Terry (Viola)
Cora Skidmore (Clarinet)
Wade Walters (Percussion)

Brass Quintet
TRUMPET-Evan Strunk,4T
TRUMPET-Kaeden Epps,4B
FRENCH HORN-Ashlee Robinson,4T
TROMBONE-James Lund,4B
TUBA-Justin Hall,4T

String Duets
VIOLIN-Odinachi Ofonedu,4T and VIOLA-Nansirah Bundu,4T and VIOLIN-Katheryne Rivera,5P and VIOLA-Ava Matthews,5P

Solo Events
CELLO-Sadie Rhett,3M
BASS-Kennedy McDaniel,4B
BASS-John Taylor,5H
PERCUSSION-Moses Mhonda,4T
ALTO SAX-Alec Taylor,5K
ALTO SAX-Grayson Sparrow,5P
VIOLIN-James Szewczyk,4S
FRENCH HORN-Ashlee Robinson,4T

2019 Guilford Yearbook
YEARBOOK Dedications and Advertisements - DUE FRIDAY!!!

Do you have a fifth grader being promoted to middle school next year?  Then add a Dedication to the yearbook telling your student how proud you are of their achievements in elementary school.  That is a memory that will last forever!  It's only $5.00 and you can pay on-line.  Just send an email to with your dedication (less than 100 letters) and go to the GES website under on-line payments.  Look for the Yearbook Dedication slot and pay your $5.00.  ALL DEDICATIONS AND PAYMENTS ARE DUE FRIDAY APRIL 12, 2019!  Please note that all current fifth graders will get a yearbook at the end of the year compliments of the PTA -- at no cost to GES families!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Jenkins at

Yearbook photo post link:

Summer Programs

The HCPSS GT Summer Institutes are still accepting registrations for the summer 2019 program.  Spaces are available in a variety of elementary and middle school classes that provide enrichment experiences in technology, science, engineering, advanced art, and more.  Visit  for further information.  Please make sure to click on the GT SITD link towards the bottom of the page.

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

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 

Tickets are now available 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 cost $12/adult and $8/child.  If you'd like to volunteer to help out that evening (set up, concessions, ticketing, clean up), you may do so at

Due to overwhelming demand, PTA will be hosting a second paint night!  If you were unable to attend our paint night in December, sign up for round two on April 26th at  Spaces are limited.

Are you planning on spring cleaning over our break?  Don't throw those goodies away!  We will be having a community yard sale in Guilford's parking lot on Saturday May 4th!  Each yard sale space is one parking space in our lot and costs $15 to reserve.  The yard sale will be promoted in our community and advertised online - considering joining other Guilford families for a fun Saturday to sell household items and clothing that you don't need anymore!  Reservation forms went home last week, but you can also email for more details.

Our hospitality team has several events coming up in May - please be on the lookout for opportunities to volunteer in the school in the coming weeks.

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

We have several exciting events coming up - mark your calendars and keep checking your student's Wednesday folder for details!  

April 12 - Magical Mystery Girls Concert at Ridgely's Run Community Center
April 26 - Paint Night
May 1 - May 12 - ONLINE Silent Auction & Tiger Eyes Auction
May 4 - Community Yard Sale at GES!
May 14 - PTA Meeting, 6:30-8pm
May 20 - Restaurant Night, Shake Shack, 11am-9pm

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.