GES Paw Prints - 10/8/19
Note from Mr. FitzGerald
This edition of Paw Prints is being sent out a day earlier than usual because school is closed tomorrow (Wednesday) in observance of Yom Kippur. I would like to thank everyone who came out for the PTA Yard Sale this past Saturday. It was great seeing so many Guilford families! The ever popular after-school Bridges Program begins next week. There is a Bridges Parent Information Meeting this Thursday, October 10th at 6:30pm. Parents of students participating in Bridges are encouraged to attend. Next Tuesday, October 15th we'll have our next PTA meeting in the library. I hope you are able to attend and find out about the many exciting PTA events that will soon be taking place at Guilford. Girls Night Out is almost here! Ms. Dobbs is putting the finishing touches on coordinating what will be an extraordinary night for our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade girls on October 17th. Please make special note on your calendars that there is no school for students next Friday, October 18th. Just a side-note, I typically like to keep the introductory Paw Prints paragraph short, for we have so many blurbs for you to read below. Please make sure to read all of the information. We don't want you to miss out on any of it. The next edition of Paw Prints will be sent out on Wednesday, October 23rd. If there is anything you need between now and then, do not hesitate to contact me.
Have a great rest of your week!
Dates To Remember for 2019
Hearing/Vision testing 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.
Title I News and Updates:
A doctor’s note is preferred for medical appointments. We encourage you to have your child attend class both before and after medical appointments when possible.
Howard County G/T Program Parent Academy:
HCPSS families interested in the Gifted and Talented (G/T) Program are invited to come learn about the advanced-level offerings available through the G/T Education Program and how their students can become involved.
The evening will begin with an overview of G/T Education Program offerings at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
If you have any further questions, please contact the health room.
HC DrugFree Updates for Parents/Guardians:
Free Parenting Classes for Parents/Guardians of 9-14 Year Olds: HC DrugFree and the Howard County State's Attorney's Office, partnering with the Howard County Public School System and the Howard County Health Department, will once again provide the evidence-based series Guiding Good Choices for parents to gain skills and knowledge to reduce the risk that their children will use drugs. This 4-week series will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, October 22, 29 and November 5, 12 at Wilde Lake Middle School in Columbia. Parents are expected to attend all 4 sessions. To register, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GGCOct2019 or see attached flier. Free workbook included. If you have questions, email Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree’s Executive Director at Admin@hcdrugfree.org or call 443-325-0040.
Drive-thru EpiPen, Medication and More Collection: Howard County's next convenient drive-thru collection for over-the-counter and prescription medication and “sharps” (needles, syringes and EpiPens) will be held on Saturday, October 26 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot near the Swim Center and The UPS Store. HC DrugFree and the Howard County Police urge you to clean out your medicine cabinets. Teams, clubs, students, PTAs/PTSAs, families, scouts, etc. are welcome to volunteer at the event and receive community service hours. Please visit HC DrugFree’s website at www.hcdrugfree.org and go to the Events/Drug Take Back Day page for more information about medication disposal, or let us know you plan to volunteer by emailing Admin@hcdrugfree.org or calling 443-325-0040.
Community Service Hours: All students (elementary through college) may receive community service hours for volunteering during any HC DrugFree event. For information, please email Admin@hcdrugfree.org or call 443-325-0040.
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.
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
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 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.
Hammond High School's Little Bear Nursery Lab School currently has openings for 3 and 4 year olds. We meet Thursday and Friday mornings from 9:30-11:45. Email Paula Lancaster @ Paula_Lancaster@hcpss.org for more information. First day is October 25th.
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!
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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