Trish Lannon, Principal
LaRae Guide, Assistant Principal
May 27, 2022
DATES TO REMEMBER:
May 30 Schools and Offices are Closed
June 1 School Spirit Day: Wear Tie Dye
June 3 Third grade field trip
June 8 Schools Close 3-Hours Early
June 14 Fifth grade celebration
Guilford Family and Friends,
As was communicated by HCPSS, all Howard County schools instituted “Shelter in Place” procedures in response to the Tornado and Severe Thunderstorm Warnings that were issued for Howard County earlier today. The “Shelter in Place” was lifted at 1:15pm.
During the “Shelter in Place” the following occurred:
Students and staff who were in our outdoor portables were immediately escorted inside the building.
Students in classrooms with exterior windows or doors transitioned to new locations in either the hallway, pod area, or another nearby classroom without exterior doors/windows.
Students and staff remained in these areas until we were given the all clear.
When the shelter in place ended, we resumed lunch shifts for grades K, 2, and 4 and we went back to following our regular schedule.
Students remained calm throughout the event and were extremely well-behaved. Staff entertained them with read alouds, movies, and we even had one team whip out their theatrical skills!
You can find detailed information about what occurs during severe weather events and other protective actions taken during emergencies, as well as the types of situations when each is implemented, at www.hcpss.org/safety.
~Mrs. Lannon, Principal
HCPSS has been fortunate to have a 1:1 device ratio for most of our students. As we come to the end of the 2021-2022 school year, we will implement the following summer 2022 Chromebook storage and use process for specified grade levels.
Summer 2022 Storage and Use
Students and families will keep their Chromebooks over the summer in order for students who attend HCPSS Summer Programs, including Extended School Year RECC, and continue to access Family Connections.
Student Chromebooks will be stored at school over the summer. Each student’s assigned Chromebook will be returned to them for use during the 2022-2023 school year.
Students will keep their Chromebooks over the summer and take them to their assigned middle school at the start of the 2022-2023 school year.
All students participating in a HCPSS Summer Program, including Extended School Year ESY and ESY-RECC special education, may take their Chromebooks with them for the summer so that they can be used during their program. At the conclusion of HCPSS Summer Programs, students will keep their Chromebooks for the remainder of the summer and take them to their assigned school at the start of the 2022-2023 school year.
Students not returning to HCPSS should return their Chromebook to their home school on or before the last day of school for students.
Please look for additional information from your child’s homeroom teacher regarding end of year procedures for Chromebooks.
Clothing to Cash
Guilford ES is participating in the Clothing to Cash Recycling Program. This program will help our school raise money. You will notice the white and green bin that is located in the side parking lot near the dumpsters. We accept new and used clothing, shoes, sneakers, towels, and textiles. We want items in ALL conditions unwanted, outgrown, and out of style.
All items must be in a plastic bag and tied shut. Collections will be reworn, repurposed or finally recycled. Save our landfills and give your items a second life. Help support our school and save the environment one bag at a time!
Yearbooks and Spring Pictures
Yearbooks and pictures are in! We will be sending them home with students next week. Please be sure to check their backpacks.
Student Technology Incident Invoices
Soon families who have unpaid invoices for lost, stolen or damaged Chromebooks will receive reminder emails from MySchoolBucks [firstname.lastname@example.org]. Families can pay electronically by logging in to their MySchoolBucks account or create an account by selecting Log in and then choosing Sign up today! Originally, families would have also received an email from [email@example.com] with additional information concerning the incident. Questions regarding the student technology incident questions can be directed to DeviceDeployment@hcpss.org and invoicing and/or payment procedure questions can be directed to Finance@hcpss.org.
Harris Teeter Together in Education Program
Harris Teeter’s Together In Education program gives schools, like Guilford ES, a chance to earn funds when you link your VIC card and shop Harris Teeter brands. Harris Teeter has donated over $30 million to Together In Education schools since 1998! When you shop Harris Teeter brands, a percentage of your purchase is donated to our school that your VIC card is linked to. There are NO LIMITS to how much our school can earn. Follow this link for more information.
Upcoming Vaccine Clinics
The Howard County Health Department is offering FREE vaccine clinics in the upcoming weeks. All these events will offer Tdap, MCV4, MenB, HPV, and varicella for FREE (regardless of insurance status). Patients must be the appropriate age to receive the vaccine and must be 18 or younger. Parent or legal guardians are required to give consent for anyone younger than 18. No advance registration needed, we’ll just do paper consent and admin forms on-site. Bringing immunization history is helpful but not required. Here are the dates for walk-up back-to-school clinics.
Thursday, June 16, 3:30-5:30 p.m. at HCHD (8930 Stanford Blvd, Columbia 21045), link w/ more info https://www.howardcountymd.gov/health/childhood-immunization
Friday, July 22, 3:30-5:30 p.m. at HCHD (8930 Stanford Blvd, Columbia 21045),, link w/ more info https://www.howardcountymd.gov/health/childhood-immunization
End of Year Reminders From the Health Room
End of Year Medication
If your child has medication in the Health Room at school, please be sure to pick it up during the last week of school. Please contact the school Health Room to arrange a time to pick up medication.
Medication is not able to be kept in the Health Room over the summer and may be discarded if not picked up by the last day of school. Please contact the school Health Room to arrange a time to pick up medication.
Annual Health Checkups
As you schedule your child/ren to have an annual health checkup, please remember to send completed forms to the Health Room.
If your child/ren receive any immunizations, please be sure to provide a copy to the Health Room. Each year we must submit data to the State showing we are in compliance with student immunizations. If all required immunizations are not complete your child/ren may be excluded from school within the first few weeks of returning for the 2022-2023 school year until immunizations are updated.
Medications in Health Room for 2022-2023 school year
Students who require medications to be kept in the Health Room for 2022-2023 school year, both Prescription and Over the Counter Medications, will need to have new orders provided to the Health Room. New orders must be dated on or after July 1,2022. We are unable to use orders from the 2021/22 school year for next year. Medication orders expire at the end of the school year. ALL MEDICATIONS, BOTH PRESCRIPTION AND OVER THE COUNTER REQUIRE A NEW MEDICATION ORDER EACH YEAR. Please note HCPSS Health Rooms do not provide any medication to students unless provided by the family with a proper order form.
HCPSS will continue providing free meals to all HCPSS students and any children aged 18 and under, weekdays from June 27-Aug. 12, with the exception of July 4 and 19. Full details, including site locations, can be found online.
HCPSS RAINBOW REPORT
Read the Rainbow
Registration is OPEN for the next virtual FAMILY Read the Rainbow book club sponsored by HCPSS & CARY! The next selection is Calvin by JR and Vanessa Ford. To read more about JR and Vanessa and their book, please visit their website: https://www.jrandvanessaford.com/about JR and Vanessa will do a read aloud of their book, and then the time is open for you and your children to ask questions, share what you liked about the story, and chat with the authors and other families.
Please check your calendars to see if you can join us for this virtual FAMILY Read the Rainbow book club on Tuesday, June 7th at 6:00pm with JR and Vanessa Ford. The first 50 families to register will receive a FREE copy of the book. Here is the link to register: https://forms.gle/QQBEhF3QQ6Hwhhwv8
HCPSS PRIDE WEEK June 6 - 11
Registration for HCPSS Pride Week opens APRIL 1st. Please see this link for the amazing events planned to celebrate PRIDE. Prizes and gift cards will be raffled off to those who register and attend! https://sites.google.com/hcpss.org/hcpssrainbowconference/week-of-pride?authuser=0
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.
Spring MAP Reports Available Now
Students in Grades 1-5 participated in the spring administration of Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment in April. MAP home reports are now posted in Synergy for your review. If you require any help with accessing your student's MAP home report, instructions can be found using the link to "How can I access my child's MAP test results?"
To access PDF Home reports in Synergy:
Log in to HCPSS Connect
Select More Options from the left panel
Select Report Cards from the middle
Select the applicable report from the Student’s MAP reports section.
You can learn more about the MAP assessment at this link. If you have any questions about the fall MAP home report, please contact your student's teacher.
Title 1 Survey
Howard County Public Schools Title I Office receives Title I funds to provide additional support and resources to Title I Schools. The Title I Office supports family engagement through the implementation of its Parent, Family, and Community Involvement Plan and by providing schools with funds to support family engagement. Please take a moment to complete the HCPSS Title I Parent, Family, and Community Involvement Input Survey, providing feedback on the district's Parent, Family, and Community Involvement Plan and parent involvement funds.
La Oficina de Título I de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Howard recibe fondos Título I para proveer apoyo y recursos adicionales a Escuelas Título I. La Oficina de Título I apoya el compromiso familiar mediante la implementación de su Plan de participación de padres, familias y la comunidad y proporcionando a las escuelas con fondos para apoyar la participación familiar. Por favor, dedique un momento para completar la Encuesta de opinión sobre participación de padres, la familia y la comunidad del HCPSS, realizando comentarios sobre el Plan de participación de padres, familias y la comunidad y los fondos para la participación de padres del distrito.
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 community-programs.hcpss.org for more information. Questions should be directed to the Public Information Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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 email@example.com.