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Fri, 12/10/2021 - 2:45pm



December 22                       Last Day of School Before Winter Break

Dec 23- Jan 2                      Schools Closed - Winter Break

January                             School Starts Again



Guilford Family and Friends,

Thank you to everyone who participated in our annual Ugly Holiday Shirt/Sweater Day! It was so much fun seeing all the creative clothes everyone put on to help us have some fun!

With only 3 days left of school, we want to remind you that if your child is missing any clothing, please remind them to check out our lost and found. I will be putting everything out on tables in the front hallway to make it easier to spot missing items. Anything left over will be taken to the donation box.


I sincerely hope that everyone has a wonderful Winter Break. Please make sure you stay safe and healthy during this time. When we return to school on January 3rd, please be sure to keep students home that are showing any symptoms and not feeling well and alert our health room. We are working hard to ensure that all students and staff are wearing their masks at all times, washing their hands, and that we are keeping everything clean. We need to work together to keep our kiddos healthy!

My door is always open. If you need anything please do not hesitate to reach out to me or Mrs. Guide.

~Mrs. Lannon, Principal



Vaccination Clinics

Through a partnership with the Howard County Health Department and several local pharmacies, HCPSS is pleased to provide students ages 5-11 the opportunity to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Visit the HCPSS website to view upcoming clinic information and make an appointment.

Art News 

Starting January 3rd, fourth graders will be making an art project made from recycled materials. I'm looking for donations of materials you are no longer using.  For example: plastic water bottles, egg cartons, toilet paper and paper towel rolls, empty soup cans, random junk, broken toys, small old board game pieces, old puzzle pieces, beads, or old decorations. The students are making an animal sculpture out of these materials, and I'm really excited to see what they make! ~ Thank you, Ms. Buckler

Calling All Authors!!

The Young Author's Contest is well under way at GES!  Students should have come home with an information packet last week.  For details, please open this link: Young Author's Guidelines 

All entries are due to Mrs. Sawyer by 1/21/22!  If you have any questions, please email  



BSAP presents Saturday Math Academy Spring Session 2022.  Please click here for more details. 


Lake Elkhorn Middle School Rising 6th Grade Parent Information Night

If you have a child who will attend Lake Elkhorn Middle School for 6th Grade, please see THIS FLYER for the LEMS Parent Information Night. This VIRTUAL event will be held on Monday January 10, 2022 at 6:00 PM. Google Meet Code: LEMS-Rising6.


Close Adult Support for Special Needs Students

We are in need of 3 adults to hire for this position. For the close adult support position, you would apply through an outside agency that staffs these positions in our schools. The position is for 6-hours each day, Monday-Friday and we currently need to hire 2 people. We also frequently need subs for this role, as well. Click here to learn more and apply.


Quarantine Procedures

The close contact and quarantining procedures that were put into place last year will remain this fall. Only unvaccinated students and adults who are identified as close contacts must quarantine. Vaccinated students and staff will not be required to quarantine unless they receive a positive test or are displaying symptoms, but are expected to monitor their symptoms closely for the 14 days. Instructional supports are in place for students who must quarantine.

Additional Benefits of FARMS (Free and Reduced Meals)

FARMS eligibility provides discounts for summer school, recreation programs, Maryland Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), internet programs, SAT and ACT tests, and much more. Families must submit a new application every school year.

Any student who has not filled out an application up to the 30th school day will have their prior year status changed until a new application is received. 

Parents/guardians are highly encouraged to fill out the applications by October 15th. Apply for school meal benefits the easy way. MySchoolApps is the fast and secure way to apply for free and reduced meals online.

Guilford Elementary School PTA

Stay connected with our amazing PTA by joining their Facebook page. You can join by clicking on THIS LINK. You can also follow them on their website HERE. One of the most important things the PTA does for Guilford ES, is to support our students with fun events, assemblies and activities. In order to do this, they need you to join the PTA! You can join by going HERE.


In response to community requests for resources, HCPSS’ new Community News and Programs website makes it easy for families to find educational and recreational resources, events and after-school programs beyond the school day by non-profit organizations.

Community organizations requesting their announcements be shared in school newsletters should visit for more information. Questions should be directed to the Public Information Office at


Guilford Elementary School is a Title I School-wide Program school. Title I is a federally funded program designed to close achievement gaps and ensure all children have an opportunity to access a high-quality education by providing funding for supplemental academic services and supports. 

A Family-School Compact & Plan is an agreement between families, students, and teachers that is jointly developed and distributed to all families. It explains how families, students, and teachers will work as a team to make sure all students meet with success and get the support they need to achieve grade level goals.  

The Guilford Elementary School Family School Compact and Calendar of Events can be found here for English; for Spanish and on the Guilford Elementary School Title I can be found here

If you have any questions, please ask your child’s teacher at your upcoming parent teacher conference.  If you have any input or feedback, please contact Donna Bethune Brown at