Trish Lannon, Principal
LaRae Guide, Assistant Principal
DATES TO REMEMBER:
March 29-31 Dental Clinic
March 31 DIBELS Screener Results Sent Home
March 31 Virtual Parent Chat & Chew w/ Admin meet.google.com/zgc-bheo-shm
April 1 End of Q3 - Schools Close 3-Hours Early
April 4 Always Reading Program Kickoff
April 4 School Spirit Day - Wear Rainbows for National Rainbow Day
April 8 Report Cards Available on HCPSS Connect
Guilford Family and Friends,
Happy Friday! It has been a very busy week here at Guilford ES and we are so proud of all our students and staff. We welcomed a total of 26 new students and everyone has worked hard to make them all feel welcomed to our community. It was a very proud moment for me as principal to watch our students in grades PreK - 5th be so generous with their time, show grace and empathy, and truly show what it means to be Guilford Strong. You all should be so proud of your children.
Our virtual Chat & Chew was rescheduled to March 31st and the focus will be on school improvement. We want to begin the discussion about what we need to do to support our students both academically and socially/emotionally/behaviorally for the 22/23 school year. Part of our plan needs to include how our families can support the work we are doing to ensure success. We will be sending the community a survey to assist this in the process, as well.
We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Be sure to have some fun, smile and laugh whenever you can!
~Mrs. Lannon, Principal
Dental Clinic at Guilford ES
The in-school dentist is coming to Guilford Elementary on March 29th, 30th, and 31st. Please return your permission forms as soon as possible.You can also sign your student up online at www.MySchoolDentist.com
PTA Staff Appreciation Week
The PTA is looking for volunteers for the Staff Appreciation Week Committee. We want to have a spectacular week for our staff to show how much we love them! Members of the committee will help with one or more of the following tasks: brainstorming ideas, shopping for supplies and/or food, soliciting donations, cooking meals, making decorations, setting up and cleaning up, etc. We need all the help we can get, and even if you can only participate in small bits, that’s okay! If you are interested please email Christie at email@example.com.
Update to Vaccination and Testing Requirements
Unvaccinated staff no longer are required to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing, and visitors/volunteers no longer are required to provide proof of vaccination when entering a school building. Please note that public health agencies continue to recommend vaccines as a primary means of protection against severe COVID-19 symptoms.
DIBELS Screener Results Coming Home March 31st
Kindergarten through Grade 5 students (except those who have Special Education IEP Goals for Reading) will be bringing home a notice with the title: Screener for Students with Reading Difficulties. In accordance with Maryland's Ready to Read Act (2019), COMAR (2021) and the HCPSS Board of Education, GES K-5 students were screened for specific reading foundational skills. The letter explains this screener more in depth. Please note that the DIBELS Screener is one point of data among many that are collected to assess a child's reading skills. The DIBELS screener is different from the MAP Assessment. If your child is identified as a student who will receive supplemental instruction, it is noted on the letter. The length of time of supplemental instruction will be determined by your child's successful demonstration of the skills being addressed.
Clarification: Tentative Last Day of School
The last day for half-day pre-K/RECC students is currently Tuesday, June 14. The last day for full-day pre-K and K-12 students is scheduled for Friday, June 17. Full details on the calendar are available online.
Families are reminded of the following upcoming 2021-2022 calendar items:
Friday, April 1: Schools close three hours early. There is no half-day pre-K/RECC.
Monday, April 11 - Monday, April 18: Spring Break; schools closed with no meal service. (Offices open April 11–14)
Wednesday, April 27: Schools close three hours early. There is no half-day pre-K/RECC.
Related Arts Color Day Rotation Survey
HCPSS is seeking feedback on the elementary related arts color rotation schedule. The color rotation schedule was implemented to mitigate loss of instructional time due to school closures for related arts classes scheduled on Mondays and Fridays, sometimes up to nine classes per school year. This feedback will be utilized in conjunction with additional stakeholder input to determine the 22-23 related arts schedule model. Thank you for your time in completing this feedback form by March 25, 2022.
Thank you to everyone who attended our virtual parent night about bullying. You can see the presentation yourself by going to: Bullying- Parent Presentation Draft.pptx
Communication Devices (Cell Phones & Smart Watches)
We have a high number of students that have personal communication devices and it is important to note that if your child brings one of these devices to school, that they are to be turned off and kept in a backpack while on school property. There have been instances where these devices have been lost or damaged, and we cannot replace or repair them. We have also had increasing issues with students using the devices during class, lunch and recess. We also ask that parents not encourage this by texting your children during the school day.
Additionally, we have had children expressing concern with the things that are stated within apps towards one another. It is so easy for students to forget the impact that their words can have on another, especially when they can say them being a screen. It is important to remember that such instances can warrant disciplinary actions under policy 1060. Many students are on social media apps that are meant for adults and they are viewing and participating in things that are not appropriate.
Lastly, there has been an increase in TikTok challenges where students are encouraged to participate in unkind and unhealthy actions. Recently, we have experienced challenges of creating very unsanitary conditions in the restroom and clogging the toilets. Both of these actions result in the restroom being closed while custodians have to clean or fix issues. Please encourage your children to not participate in such challenges and they are unhealthy and disrupt the learning for all.
Guilford Recess Volunteers
We would love to have parent/guardian volunteers help monitor and lead our students in games and activities during recess. This is a fun and flexible way to get involved in our school. You may choose how long, how often, and which grades you wish to help out. Please note that committing to a regular schedule is encouraged (for example, every Monday, or the first Wednesday of every month all year long, etc.). We would like to start this the week of February 1st.
3rd Grade 10:40-11:10
1st Grade 11:10-11:40
5th Grade 12:10-12:40
4th Grade 12:40-1:10
2nd Grade 1:10-1:40
If you would like to volunteer your time to help at recess, please fill out and submit the google form below, and we will be in contact with you soon.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sarah Kane, our Family Liaison at firstname.lastname@example.org 410-880-5930
Kindergarten & PreK Registration Information
Parents/guardians of children who will be 5 years old as of September 1, 2022, must enroll their children in kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year.
Prekindergarten at Guilford ES for the 22/23 school year will be a full-day program. Students must be 4 years old by September 1, 2022, to be considered for enrollment in fall 2022. See specifics on the program by going HERE. More information about registration will be coming soon.
Parents/guardians without access to a computer will be able to contact the front office for assistance in completing the registration form.
Having all your documentation prepared in advance of registration will keep the process moving quickly. If you are missing documentation, your registration will be denied.
Student’s evidence of birth (birth certificate, passport/visa, physician’s certificate, baptismal or church certification, hospital certificate, parent/s affidavit or birth registration.)
Proof of parental relationship, custody, or guardianship. If applicable, bring legal proof of custody (court order).
Any additional paperwork that may be necessary due to special living arrangements or circumstances.
Student’s most recent grade report, transcript, report card from last school attended at time of withdrawal.
Documentation of Special Education (IEP), 504, Psychological Report, or related services.
Parent picture ID: driver’s license, passport, MVA identification or other legal form of photographic identification.
Signed original, current complete lease or complete deed with your address, valid dates, signatures.
Current utility bill with name and address (non-cellular telephone, gas and electric, cable bill issued in the last 45 days.)
Student’s current proof of immunizations signed by physician. Learn more about the immunizations required for enrollment →
Students who have never attended a Howard County public school have certain health documents to submit with their enrollment paperwork. Learn more about these forms and find additional forms for diabetic students, students with allergies, and student medications.
HCPSS Health Mitigation Efforts
HCPSS sent a message to the community with several updates related to health mitigation efforts in place in HCPSS schools. Please take a few minutes to review the following information that HCPSS shared. Again, your efforts to keep our staff and students healthy is appreciated!
Here is a resource for parents who may be concerned about the overuse of technology by kids:
This link for parents covers many topics, including child development, positive discipline, school readiness, and finding resources.
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.
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 community-programs.hcpss.org for more information. Questions should be directed to the Public Information Office at email@example.com.
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 http://ges.hcpss.org/sites/default/files/ges-title-I-compact-calendar.pdf for English; http://ges.hcpss.org/sites/default/files/ges-title-I-compact-calendar-spa.pdf for Spanish and on the Guilford Elementary School Title I can be found here http://ges.hcpss.org/about/title-i-program.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.