GES Paw Prints - 4.24.19

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 12:34pm




Note from Mr. Davis

We hope your spring break was a good one.  I know the students and our staff were excited to have a few days away from school.  The weather cooperated and allowed everyone time to enjoy being outside.  We hope you are encouraging your children to play outside after school on these beautiful afternoons. 

In case you missed it, we had a group of students from our Bridges Program attend the WE Day Celebration in Baltimore.  This year, Paeyton Cook, current 5th grader, spoke on stage about the WE Walk For Water she participated in as part of the Green Team.  She did an outstanding job representing Guilford.  In addition, Mrs. Debbie Robbins, Green Team Coordinator was recognized for her efforts to support “green initiatives” and received a $500 award from Walgreen’s.  Congratulations to all of our students for their hard work.

Today third quarter report cards will be distributed.  Please take some time to review your child’s report card and talk with them about their progress and goals in looking at the fourth quarter.  I’m sure you heard, but if not, the official last day of school will be Friday, June 21st,the state Board of Education granted HCPSS a waiver for one snow day with June 19th, 20th, and 21st all being 3 hour early dismissal days.  Please plan accordingly.

Have a great week and enjoy the warm weather! 


Jonathan Davis

Guilford Elementary School


                                        Dates To Remember for 2019

April  2019
4/24 - Report Cards Issued
4/24 - Family Night: Talk with ME at 6:30 p.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.

May  2019
5/1 - 5/12 - ONLINE Silent Auction & Tiger Eyes Auction
5/1 - PreK Learning Parties at 6:30 p.m.
5/4 - Community Yard Sale at GES
5/6 - 5/10- Staff appreciation Week
5/8 - PreK Learning Parties at 6:30 p.m.
5/9 - Intermediate Reading Night at 6:30 p.m.
5/10 - Field Day (Rain Day will be on the 5/14)
5/10 - Volunteer Luncheon at 11:30 a.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:



PARCC Testing Information

Students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades will participate in the PARCC Assessments over the next two weeks. English Language Arts testing will take place on April 29 – May 1 and Math testing will take place May 6 – 9. More information about the PARCC assessment can be found on the HCPSS website by going HERE. If you have any questions please feel free to contact your child's homeroom teacher or our Assistant Principal, Trish Lannon.

Monster Field Day Volunteers Needed

     Guilford Elementary School will be holding its Monster Field Day on Friday, May 10th, (rain date: Tuesday, May 14th.)  We are in need of 50 volunteers to work our Field and Blacktop Stations from 9:20 a.m. - 11:00 a.m, and/or 11:00 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.  We will also have our volunteer luncheon on May 10th.  Please look for our green volunteer letter or sign up through our Canvas announcement or on Sign - up genius.  If you have any questions, please contact Carol Wolter at (410) 880 - 5930 or  THANK YOU for your support!!!

It's Time For Spring Cleaning Your Closets

If you have any unwanted clothes, textiles, and shoes, please donate them to our Cash for Clothing recycling program. Our white bin is located in the side parking lot. 

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!

Thank you,

GES Green Team

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.

GES 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

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 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.