GES Paw Prints - 11/20/19

Wed, 11/20/2019 - 11:42am

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Note from Mr. FitzGerald

Greetings Guilford! Allow me to be the first to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving! For me, this year has been full of changes professionally. I cannot express in words how truly grateful and thankful I am to be a part of the Guilford community.  Every single student, staff member, and parent have welcomed me with open arms to Howard County. From the bottom of my heart, thank you! Whatever you are doing and wherever you are going this Thanksgiving, please be safe and have fun.  Before we get to enjoy vacation, don't forget we have many exciting things still taking place. We are finishing up a very successful American Education Week, the Scholastic Book Fair begins on Friday, Jump Rope for Heart takes place next week, and we have our Parent Teacher conferences.  If you are able to volunteer for the Scholastic Book Fair, we will gladly use your help.  Please sign up for the link here  Additionally, if you haven't signed up for your child's parent teacher conference, please be sure to do so.  The next edition of Paw Prints will be sent home on Wednesday, December 4th. If there is anything you need between now and then, do not hesitate to contact me.  Have a great rest of your week!

Justin FitzGerald
Proud Guilford Principal


                                       Dates To Remember for 2019

11/21 - Spirit Day: Dress-Up Day
11/22 - 1st Grade Field Trip to Toby’s
11/25 & 11/26 - Schools Close 3 Hours Early for Conferences
11/27 -  School Closed.  Will be open for Conferences only
11/28 & 11/29 - School/Offices Closed

12/4 - 2nd Grade Field Trip to Toby’s
12/6 - Spirit Day: Crazy Hair Day
12/10 - PTA Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
12/12 - Winter Concert: Sting at 6:30 p.m. and Band at 7:30 p.m.
12/20 - Spirit Day: Ugly Sweater Day
12/23 - 12/31 - Schools Closed: Winter Break


GES News


Thank you Volunteers!!!

     Thank you to all of our Turkey Trot and Fall Festival parent and family volunteers!!!!  Our students were given a wonderful day because of you!!!  We really appreciate your time, enthusiasm, and support!!!  A special Thank you to the Johnson family for feeding our volunteers with a delicious lunch and Ray Somerville for organizing the Fall Festival and coordinating our volunteers.  THANK YOU!!!!

Jump Rope for Heart Event

     Guilford Elementary school will be holding its Jump Rope for Heart event on Monday, November 25th from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the Guilford gymnasium and cafeteria.  This event raises money for the American Heart Association.  Registration is closed.  All participants should wear tennis shoes and dress comfortably.  Students must be picked up by 3:00 p.m. because our teachers have conferences to attend.  We look forward to seeing all of our parent and sibling volunteers, as well as students, at this heart healthy event.

Book Fair   

The Scholastic Book Fair will be at Guilford ES on the following dates/times:

  • Friday, November 22nd from 9:30am - 3:30pm
  • Monday,November 25th from 9:30am - 7pm
  • Tuesday, November 26th from 9:30am - 7pm

Students will be receiving a Book Fair flier in their Wednesday Folders this week. This will allow you to look through some of the selections with your child to help determine what they can purchase.

Students will be attending the Book Fair on either the 22nd or the 25th with their classmates where they will be able to create a Wish List and make purchases.

We can accept cash, credit cards or checks made out to Guilford Elementary School.

This year, you can also make purchases online from Nov. 17 - 30 with free shipping! Our school will receive credit for these purchases! Go HERE to do your Book Fair shopping on online.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! In order to ensure that this event runs smoothly, we need you to help volunteer. Please go to our Sign-Up Genius page located HERE.

As you can see from the dates/times above, you will have plenty of opportunities to shop the Book Fair during P/T conferences. If you have any questions about the Book Fair, please call or email Mrs. Lannon.


The window to purchase recorders for 3rd4th, and 5th Graders is open until December 2nd.
We encourage you to use the Online Payment System OSP, allowing for easy record keeping.  Here is the link:

You may also send $4.00 by check or money order made to Guilford Elementary School.


  •  4th and 5th Grade Chorus Concert is Wednesday January 22nd, at 6:30pm.  All students should arrive by 6:00pm in the general music room.
  • 5th Graders will perform at the annual Oakland Mills Choral Festival on January 14th at Oakland Mills High School!!  Our 5th Graders will perform alongside 400 students from the Oakland Mills feeder system.

Congratulations to Kiersten Sullivan, Sadie Rhett, and Ashlee Robinson for being accepted into the Howard County GT Lyric Chorus.  

Congratulations to Mariyah Coates, Amenah Chapman, and Everley Skidmore who were accepted into the Howard County GT Cantus Chorus.

Their first concert will take place December 15th at Mount Hebron High School.

Robert Sirois
General/Vocal Music

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC NEWS:                                                                            Orchestra and Band Concert is Thursday, December 12, 2019.  Orchestra is first at 6:30-7pm.  Band is second at 7:30pm-8pm.  Students should arrive 15 minutes prior for tuning and seating on stage. More details will be sent to the students via CANVAS. Don't forget to log in!

Congratulations to orchestra students Eleanor Zadora, Kaleb Roache, Delina Woldu, Odinachi Ofonedu, Mackenzie Sommerville, and Jimmy Szewczyk for being nominated for the Howard County Elementary Honors Orchestra. Only 2 students will be selected from each Howard County ES and perform together next February!

Congratulations to orchestra student Kennedy McDaniel for being successful in his September audition to become a member of the Howard County Gifted & Talented Orchestra. The orchestra performs on Dec. 7 and May 2 at 7pm (Marriots Ridge HS)

Also coming up in December is Howard County GT band auditions and Honor Band nominations. Contact Mrs. McDaniel for more information.

Attendance Procedures: When your child has been absent, please send a note in immediately on your child’s return to school.  The note should be sent within 2 days of returning and include:

  •     student’s name
  •     date(s) of absence
  •     parent signature

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.

Fever Policy
Howard County Public Schools require that any student with a temperature over 100.0 stay home from school. If your child has a fever, here are some tips to remember:

  •     Check your child’s temperature about every 4-6 hours when awake.
  •     Encourage fluids
  •     Give a fever reducing medication such as Ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil) or                      Acetaminophen (Tylenol).  Follow the dosing instructions on the package.
  •     Keep your child at home when ill or having a fever (100F or above).  Students should stay home until fever free WITHOUT a fever reducing medication for 24 hours. Consult with your health care provider if fever persists and/or symptoms worsen.
  •     Encourage your child to wash their hands frequently.  Persons coming into contact with the child should also wash their hands.

If you have any further questions, please contact the health room.

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!

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.