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Tue, 06/21/2022 - 10:17am

                                                            Trish Lannon, Principal
                                                              LaRae Guide, Assistant Principal


June 17, 2022


Guilford Family and Friends,

We did it! We all made it through our first full year back to in person learning! The work you did with your children this year is very much appreciated. You helped them when they had to wear a mask all day long, sit at assigned seats in the cafeteria, deal with quarantines, and even having to eat outside. Your emotional support went a long way to ensure their success this year. Your trust in our staff to keep your children safe is also something we will never forget. Thank you for all of your support.

This time of year is always hard for staff and students as we find ourselves saying goodbye to those staff who are retiring. Please join us in celebrating the lifelong work of Carol Wotler (PE Teacher) and Krista Shaul (2nd Gr Teacher). These amazing teachers have been two of the longest working teachers here at Guilford. They will always remain near and dear to all of our hearts and we will miss them terribly!

We do have some summer dates to share with you all. Please mark your calendars for the following:

  • Wednesday, July 13th @ 4:30 - 5:30pm         Play Date for Incoming Kindergarteners

  • Friday, August 5th @ 10 - 11am             Play Date for Incoming Kindergarteners

  • Monday, August 15th @ 4:30 - 5:30pm         Play Date for Incoming Kindergarteners

  • Friday, August 26th @ 10 - 11am             Kindergarten Orientation/Open House

  • Friday, August 26th @ 2 - 3pm             Grades 1 - 5 Open House

  • Monday, August 29th                 1st Day of School for Grades K - 5

  • Thursday, September 1st                 1st Day of School for PreK

  • Tuesday, September 13th @ 6:30 - 8pm        K - 2 Back to School Night

  • Wednesday, September 14th @ 6 - 6:30pm     GT Informational Night

  • Wednesday, September 14th @ 6:30 - 8pm     Gr 3 - 5 Back to School Night

We hope everyone has a lovely summer break and we will see you all again soon!

~Mrs. Lannon, Principal


Quarter 4 Report Cards

Quarter 4 report cards will be accessible via HCPSS Connect Synergy after 5pm, Wednesday, June 22. Instructions for accessing report cards are available online.


Substitute Teachers Needed

We are looking for folks who would like to serve as substitutes during the 2022-2023 school year.  


Guest (Substitute) Teachers 

Daily Rate 

  • Non-degree (minimum 60 credits) – $125 

  • Degree (BA or higher) – $138 

  • Retired Teacher (verification required) – $157 

Long-Term Rate 

  • Non-degree – $157 

  • Degree – $169 

  • Retired Teacher (verification required) – $169 

Before beginning your application you must have the following information and documentation: 


  1. Copy of official college transcript(s). 

  2. List of your last 10 years of work experience including name and address of company, supervisors, telephone numbers and email addresses. You must also list any periods of unemployment in the last 10 years. 

  3. Name and valid email addresses for your current or most recent supervisor and at least two other current or past supervisors. References from co-workers and family members will not be accepted. Three professional references are required of all external candidates. One professional reference is required of all internal candidates. At least one reference must come from your most recent supervisor. References are obtained electronically and sent to the email address you provide on your application. 

  4. When you have gathered all of this information please fill out an application. 

Employment Background Checks are required for all employees.   You can find more detailed information on the HCPSS Website


If you are interested in working with our students, please email LaRae Guide, our assistant principal, and she  can guide you through the process.


HCPSS School Messages 

All parents/guardians are in our system to receive HCPSS and school emails/text messages. HCPSS systems will update in early August, at which point parents will automatically receive communication from your child’s 2022-2023 school. Prior to that rollover, you will continue to receive communication from your child’s 2021-2022 school. Please do not attempt to create a new account with your child’s 2022-2023 school. Additionally, unsubscribing from any HCPSS or school messages will block you from receiving all messages from the district and your child’s school. Please do not unsubscribe.



If you are moving over the summer, but staying within Howard County, please complete  HCPSS Change_of_Address.pdf  and email it to along with your new residency documents (deed or lease, plus utility bill dated within 30 days). We will let you know if your child will stay at GES or attend a school in a different district. If you have moved or are moving out of Howard County, please use this Withdrawal Request.pdf  and email it to


Dreambox and Lexia

Please note that students will no longer have access to Dreambox beginning July 1, 2022.  Access will be turned off on June 30, 2022. Students also will not have access to Lexia after July 31, 2022.


Summer Meals

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.


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! 


14th Annual Howard County Family Wellness Day

The 14th Annual Howard County Family Wellness Day on Sunday, June 19th from 8:30am to 1pm at Centennial Park South, brings together the entire community, challenging every organization, public and private, and every citizen, to make a commitment to healthy living. 

With games, crafts, and performances along with vital health screenings, and health education, Family Wellness Day is a total community collaboration. HC Family Wellness Day.pdf

The event starts with remarks from our community dignitaries and the Matzohball 5K Run/Walk.  For more information, schedule of activities, and booth space availability, visit:  Questions: Contact


Student Technology Incident Invoices

Soon families who have unpaid invoices for lost, stolen or damaged Chromebooks will receive reminder emails from MySchoolBucks []. 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 [] with additional information concerning the incident. Questions regarding the student technology incident questions can be directed to and invoicing and/or payment procedure questions can be directed to


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.


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.

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


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