GES Paw Prints - 5.22.19

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 3:05pm
GES Paw Prints - 5/22/19




Note from Mr. Davis

We are so proud of our Fifth Graders!  They have spent the past month preparing for the Simulated Congressional Hearings (SCH) today.  During the SCH, students present “expert” testimony and answer questions about government and why and how they feel about how the constitution was written.  It’s impressive to see they share their ideas, connect their thinking to historical information as well as apply it to current events.  Well done Fifth Grade! 

Congratulations to Miye’a Ayler for being named the 2018.2019 MESA Student of the Year for her work as part of the MESA team.  Way to go Miye’a!

On Friday, our staff began making preliminary class groupings for the 2019.2020 school year.  These homeroom classes are created with a focus on reading groups, with each homeroom construction of at least three reading groups.  It is always an amazing process as our staff discusses each of their students as we work to place them in the most appropriate academic as well as social placement.  In addition to this process, parents are able to share their thoughts for student placement by completing the attached Consideration Card.  If you decide to complete a consideration card, please return it by June 14 to the front office.  Feel free to email it to me at  

Many parents have asked about staffing changes for the upcoming school year.  With the budget not yet finalized, here is the information we know for sure.  Guilford will be losing 0.5 Title I Teachers, 1.0 Reading Recovery Teacher (this position was cut in all HCPSS schools), and a 1.0 Classroom Teacher.  Once the budget is finalized, we will know exactly who is leaving Guilford.  As I have done in the past, I will let you know about these changes.  We do know that three of our amazing staff members are retiring.  Congratulations to...Pennie ClosePrincipal’s SecretaryEster Drake2nd grade Para-educator, and Jackie CousinsVocal Music Teacher.  They will be missed!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!  Remember there is not school on Monday, May 28th. 

Jonathan Davis

Guilford Elementary School


                                        Dates To Remember for 2019

May  2019
5/22 - PreK Learning Parties at 6:00 p.m.
5/23 - 4th Grade Spring Chorus Performance at 7 p.m.
5/24 - 1st Field Trip to BMI
5/27 - School and Office Closed – Memorial Day

June 2019
6/3 - Dental Clinic
6/4 - School Close 3 Hours Early - Professional Work Day
6/4 - Dental Clinic
6/5 - Incoming Kindergarten Ice Cream Social at 5 p.m.
6/6 - 5th Grade Spring Chorus Performance at 7 p.m.
6/7 - Spirit Day - Hat Day
6/13 - 3rd Grade Picnic at 12:45 p.m.
6/14 - Kindergarten End of the Year Ceremony at 9:45 a.m.
6/14 - 2nd Grade Picnic at 10:45 a.m.
6/14 - 5th Grade Picnic at 1:30 p.m.
6/17 - Kindergarten Picnic at 11:15 a.m.
6/18 - 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony at 9:30 a.m.
6/18 - 1st Grade Picnic at 11:15 a.m.
6/18 - 4th Grade Picnic at 12:45 p.m.
6/19 - Schools close 3 Hour Early - No PreK
6/20 - Schools Close 3 Hours Early - No PreK
6/21 - Schools Close 3 Hours Early - No PreK- Last Student Day


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:


Help Girl Scout Troop

Did you know that students can lose up to 2 months of skills over the summer?  Help Girl Scout Troop 1214 stop the "summer slide"!  We are creating "FUN BOXES" to give to Guilford students in need. There are collection boxes in each grade's pod as well as the teacher's lounge.  We are collecting items for all grades, K-5.

Thank you for all the donations sent in so far!  We have so many books now, and need more new and gently used games, activities, and crafts, etc. Additionally, we will accept any new and gently used backpacks, baskets, or other containers. Shoeboxes won’t be big enough thanks to your generosity!

We will take donations until Tuesday, May 28. Thank you! Questions? Email  Troop 1214 is a Brownie troop of 2nd graders from Guilford and Bollman Bridge Elementary Schools


Ready for some spring cleaning?  GES is looking for donations of gently used books in good condition.  Books must be of appropriate subject matter for elementary school students and should not be of a religious content.  Please do not send in any ABC books, Board books or free toys from fast food restaurants.  Our book drive will run from May 8th - June 10, 2019.  Our goal is to "recycle" these books and allow EVERY STUDENT to take 1 or 2 books home for summer reading. We will be handing out books to our students on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.  Schedule and details provided at a later date.  

Please turn in books to Mrs. Jenkins in the media center.  Thank you in advance for your donations!

Yearbook Sale

Guilford Elementary School’s yearbook is now available for pre-sale starting May 8, 2010 for $14.00 each.  Yearbooks will be delivered to GES for distribution on June 14, 2019.  We are offering two ways to pay for this keepsake.  You may pay on-linefrom the GES website at  Scroll down and find the link to “On-line payments” at this address  You can pay by check.  Please make it out to “Guilford Elementary School.” and be sure to include a phone number on your check.  Turn in all checks to Ms. Cabrera in the front office.  Place your orders early since we ordered a limited amount!  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Arlene Cabrera at  

PLEASE NOTE that all 5th graders get a copy of the yearbook, complements of our generous PTA. 

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.

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 this Google 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!

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.

PTA News 

It was wonderful to have so many families come out to Shake Shack yesterday to support Guilford's PTA!  We are nearing the end of the year and still have a few opportunities to get involved at school.  Thank you Guilford families for all your support during this year!

PTA ROAR cart will visit students next week for the last time this school year.  If you'd like to volunteer and have a younger child, you may bring them with you!  View the upcoming dates and sign up at  Questions?  Email us at

Ready to learn more about PTA and how to become more involved?  We'd love to hear from you!  Email

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.