Paw Prints

Fri, 11/19/2021 - 2:44pm



Trish Lannon, Principal
LaRae Guide, Assistant Principal



November 22       Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences - Dismissal at 12:55pm
November 23       Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences - Dismissal at 12:55pm
November 24        All Schools Closed for Students
November 25-26   All Schools and Offices are Closed for Thanksgiving Break
December 15        Half Day for Students - Dismissal at 12:55pm


Guilford Family and Friends,

This week we celebrated all of our students for a successful quarter 1 by having class parties and a schoolwide PBIS Bingo complete with prizes. It was great to spend the day celebrating, laughing and having fun with one another. We are positive quarter 2 will be even better!

Next week we have our parent/teacher conferences on Monday and Tuesday. Dismissal for students on both days will be at 12:55pm. There will be no school on the 24 - 26 for Thanksgiving Break. We hope that you enjoy that time with friends and family.

I am being very reflective this Thanksgiving season. I am so grateful to be working with one of the hardest working staff who do some amazing things with our students. Thank you for entrusting your children to us each and every day. I am also thankful for Mrs. Lauren Bauer who will be subbing for me starting today through December 3rd, as I recover from surgery.

If you have any questions or concerns while I am out, please feel free to contact Luaren Bauer at OR our AP LaRae Guide at and they will be sure to help you. Have a great Thanksgiving Break!

~Mrs. Lannon, Principal



December Chat & Chew

Join Mrs. Lannon and Mrs. Guide for our next virtual Chat & Chew on December 9th from 5:30 - 6:30pm. Please use this Google Meet link to join us:

To assist us with the topics that you would like us to address, please use THIS GOOGLE FORM to submit topics and questions.

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.


If your child is absent at any point this school year, please send an email to and your child’s homeroom teacher. In your email please include your child’s first and last name, date of the absence and the reason.

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