GES Paw Prints - 9/25/19
Note from Mr. FitzGerald
Greetings once again Guilford! We just completed our third full week of school and things are in full motion! Staff have been hard at work planning, preparing, collaborating, and instructing our extraordinary students. As I walk the halls during the day, students are always quick to give me a fist bump and let me know that they are giving their best effort. When I visit classrooms, I witness that impressive effort and know that great things are and will continue to happen at Guilford. In the coming weeks, we have some very exciting events that I can't wait to be a part of. We have our first Cross Age Buddies Day coming soon, in which our older students will be working with our younger students. Please make note that we have two days off coming up (September 30th and October 9th). I'll hope to see everyone at Guilford on Saturday, October 5th for the Guilford PTA Yard Sale. Also, do not forget that Bridges Parent Information Night will take place on October 10th at 6:30pm. The next Paw Prints will be sent out on Tuesday, October 8th. If you need anything between now and then, do not hesitate to contact me.
Dates To Remember for 2019
Information and Application for Free and Reduced Meals
Most parents know that the Free and Reduced-Price Meals program offers meal benefits, but did you know there are many other benefits for qualified families? Here is a partial list:
For more information, go to www.hcpss.org/farms/.
National School Lunch Week is October 14th-18th and the theme is “What’s on your Playlist?” Food and Nutrition Services will have an art competition and details are attached in the flier.
Revised Parent Communication for Progress Reports and Report Cards
The following parent communication documents have been revised to align with the new 2019-2020 quarterly interim progress reports and report cards:
Each document will be translated into Spanish, Korean, and Chinese and uploaded to the linked website by October 4, 2019. Please share this information with staff and parents.
MAP Assessment Window Begins Soon!
The MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) assessment window for Grades 1-5 opens on October 1st. The window runs from October 1st - 29th.
This assessment is designed to measure student growth in math and reading, both during the school year and across multiple school years.
The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments are computer adaptive achievement assessments in Mathematics and Reading. As a student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down the difficulty of the questions presented to the student. MAP assessment items are designed to align to objectives in the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards, which are now being taught throughout the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS).
At the conclusion of the assessment, each student receives a score that aligns to where he or she is instructionally based on this assessment. MAP in conjunction with other measures throughout the school year help teachers differentiate instruction within their classrooms.
To learn more about this assessment, please visit the HCPSS website.
GUILFORD ELEMENTARY's PLAY 60 CAMPAIGN
September 26, 2019 - Hearing/Vision Screening
Hearing/Vision testing will be held at GES on Thursday, Sept. 26 with rechecks on Oct. 10. The screening will be for students in Pre-K, K, Grade 1 and students new to Maryland. If your child wears glasses, please make sure they have them on the day of the screening.
October 29, 2019 - Flu Clinic
Influenza, also known as the flu, is a serious illness that affects people of all ages. Last year was a bad flu season and many people got very sick. One of the best ways to prevent the flu is through vaccinations. Once again, we will work with the Maryland Partnership for Prevention (MPP), the state’s immunization coalition, to offer flu vaccinations here at GES. They will be at our school on Tuesday, October 29th and consent forms will be sent home with each student. Please consider allowing your child to receive the flu vaccine. If you have any questions about it, please contact Shanita Brooks, our Health Assistant, or Carolyn Kotz, our School Nurse
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, in sponsorship with the Howard County Education Association and the Restorative Justice Partnership, will be hosting a community conversation on restorative justice. The event will take place October 7 from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm in Rouse Theater. Refreshments will be served from 6-6:30 pm. Please see attached flyer for details.
Columbia Association Points's Program
If your child is participating in the Columbia Association Point's Program, you must fill out the paperwork and return it to your child's homeroom teacher by 9/27. There will be a Parent Information Meeting on Thursday, October 3rd at 6:00 p.m. at the school. We look forward to sharing more about this opportunity. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Maiden.
No Kid Sleeps on the Floor in out Town
Know someone that needs a bed? We are a charity that uses donations and voluteers to build and deliver complete beds to kids ages 3 to 17 tht don't have their own.
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!
Rec and Park Program Offering at Guilford
Here are the offerings available at GES through HoCo Rec & Parks. Ways to register:
Abrakadoodle After School - America the Beautiful September 25-November 6, 2019
After-School Soccer - Session 1
Learn Now Music After School - Groovy Guitar
Might LAXers Lacrosse
TGA Premier Youth Tennis (Before School)
Our health room is seeking several volunteers to help escort our younger students to and from their vision and hearing screening on Thursday, September 26th. If you can spare a couple hours in the morning or afternoon, please consider signing up at https://signup.com/go/OGNcVxy to help this process run smoothly.
If you haven't joined PTA yet, it's not too late! You can download the form from our website at http://www.guilfordpta.com/whatwedo/membership/ and even pay for your membership online! Our next PTA meeting is October 15th from 6:30-8:00pm, childcare is provided.
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