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Fri, 03/11/2022 - 11:51am

                                                       Trish Lannon, Principal

                                                        LaRae Guide, Assistant Principal


March 11, 2022



    March 13     Daylight Savings Time Begins

    March 14     School Spirit Day: National Pi Day - Celebrate math by wearing 

something with numbers or Pi on it!

    March 15     Virtual Parent Night “Bullying/Anti-Bullying” @ 5:30pm ​​

    March 16     Early Dismissal Day - GES will dismiss at 12:55pm

    March 17     School Spirit Day: Wear Green!

    March  24     Virtual Parent Chat & Chew @ 5:30pm

    March 25     School Spirit Day: Maryland Day - show your MD pride!



Guilford Family and Friends,

We have a fun week of school spirit ahead of us and we are looking forward to seeing students and staff participate. On Monday, March 14th we have Pi Day (3.14) and are encouraging everyone to wear something with numbers on it or break out your creative Pi shirt. On Thursday, March 17th we are encouraging everyone to wear green and show their St. Patty’s Day spirit.

Our SST and Title 1 staff have been working hard on our next virtual parent night that is focused on Bullying/Anti-Bullying. It will start at 5:30pm and you can use the link above for the Google Meet. We strongly urge all parents to attend and encourage you to have your children with you for the meeting. There will be really important information and strategies shared that will help everyone.

As always, our doors are open. Please feel free to give us a call or send an email if you have any questions or concerns that we can help you with. Have a wonderful weekend!

~Mrs. Lannon, Principal


                                                     IMPORTANT INFORMATION


Chromebook Collection

We need all students in grades 2 - 5 to bring back their Chromebooks and charging cords to school. We will be storing them in their classrooms from here on out. If they are needed for work to be done at home, they will be sent home with students at that time, but must be brought back the next day.Please make sure all Chromebooks and charging cords are returned to the school by Monday, March 14th.

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.


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. 

Recess Schedule: 

3rd Grade 10:40-11:10 

1st Grade 11:10-11:40

Kindergarten 11:40-12:10

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. 

Guilford Recess Volunteers (

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sarah Kane, our Family Liaison at 410-880-5930

Kindergarten & PreK Virtual 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.

Gather Documentation Ahead of Time

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 Identification Documentation

  • 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.

Academic Documentation

  • 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 Identification Documentation

  • 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.)

Health Documentation

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!

Parent Resources

Here is a resource for parents who may be concerned about the overuse of technology by kids:*bv6ubh*_ga*MTkwNzAyODIzMi4xNjQzODQyODY5*_ga_FD9D3XZVQQ*MTY0Mzg0Mjg2OS4xLjAuMTY0Mzg0Mjg2OS4w

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.

                                                             COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

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

                                                                   TITLE 1 INFORMATION

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