This Week At Guilford — 12/11/17

Hard to believe we are a week into December already and there’s only 2 and a half more weeks before winter break!

Check out this note from Mr. Davis about our superintendent Dr. Martirano’s recent visit to Guilford.

Dates to Remember in December

  • 12 PTA Meeting 6:30 p.m.
  • 14 Winter Chorus Concert
  • 15 Spirit Day – Culture/Tradition Day, show off your heritage
  • 19 Winter Band and Orchestra Concert
  • 21 Restaurant Night at Grotto’s Pizza 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
  • 25 – Jan 1  Winter Break

PTA News

Congratulations to our November winners – once again it’s our 2nd graders!!    There was a total of 683 boxtops submitted and 2nd graders won by just a  few boxtops!!   PLEASE  remember to mark your child’s GRADE on the ziplock bag you are submitting the boxtops in.   The grade that brings in the most BOX TOPS each month will receive 10 extra ROAR tickets,(that’s per student in that grade).  Whether you have 5 or 50, send them in. Each valid box top is worth 10 cents to our school. It really does add up. Thank you Guilford families for sending in your box tops.    Thanks for supporting our school!

Don’t Forget to Join the PTA!

You can join on our website at http://www.guilfordpta.com/whatwedo/membership/ and send in a printed membership form with your student.  The cost is $15 for an individual membership or $20 for a family membership.  Thank you!!

Other School News

Chorus Students will perform NutCracker

4th and 5th grade Chorus students will perform “Nutcracker” Winter Performance on Wednesday, December 13th at 9:40 a.m. and   2:40 p.m. The evening performance will be Thursday, December 14th at 7:00 p.m.
REMINDER:  DUE December 8th – ALL Parts memorized, ALL Costumes labeled/brought to school, $10.00 donation

Two Guilford students to perform in Howard County Children’s Choir   

Guilford’s Vocal Music instructor,Ms. Cousins is proud to announce two of our Guilford Elementary students, Janie Sung and Damus Almoza will be performing in the Howard County Children’s Choir – Cantus Choir – Winter Concert.  The concert will be on Sunday, December 17th at Mt. Hebron High School (9440 Old Frederick Rd. in Ellicott City) from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Please come out to show your support and enjoy this seasonal concert.

Has your child told you about  Dreambox ?

Guilford is fortunate to continue, 24 hour access to a great math website, Dreambox Learning. DreamBox Learning empowers students to master key concepts, increase achievement, accelerate student learning, and boost long-lasting confidence in math.  It does this by customizing itself based on your child’s skills.  We have begun using Dreambox at school and encourage you to have your child log in regularly at home. Research has found that regular use of this engaging program can aide in increasing math skills. You can even set up a parent dashboard to monitor your child’s progress at home. Be sure to have your child log in to Dreambox this year using hcpss.me as outlined in the letter that went home in Wednesday folders. .  Feel free to contact your child’s math teacher, or Cheryl Akers, Math Support Teacher if you have questions.

 

This Week at Guilford — 11/13/2017

It’s American Education Week!

Parents are welcome throughout the week.  We wanted you to be aware that each grade level is involved in Long Range Planning this week for part of a day.  There will be a substitute teaching on these days and we encourage you to find another time to visit the classroom.  

Tuesday:  November 14th

  • 9:30 to 10:15 Growth Mindset Parent Training
  • 12:45 to 1:30 Growth Mindset Parent Training
  • 6:30 pm PTA meeting in the Cafeteria

Wednesday, November 15th

  • 1st grade teachers will be in Long Range Planning from 9:00 to 12:00
  • 3rd grade teachers will be in Long Range Planning from 1:00 to 4:00

Thursday, November 16th

  • 2nd grade teachers will be in Long Range Planning from 9:00 to 12:00
  • Kindergarten teachers will be in Long Range Planning from 1:00 to 4:00

Friday, November 17th

  • 5th grade teachers will be in Long Range Planning from 9:00 to 12:00
  • 4th grade teachers will be in Long Range Planning from 1:00 to 4:00

A few reminders to help maintain a learning environment while visiting: 

  •              -sign in and wear a badge indicating you are a visitor
  •              -while in the classrooms keep conversations to a minimum
  •              -turn off cell phone, please no cell phone use in the building, step outside as needed
  •              -bringing young children may be a distraction to learning
  •              -if you want to talk with the teacher, please sign up for a parent teacher conference
  •              -space in the classrooms is limited and it is challenging to accommodate strollers. Parents with young children may want to join your child at lunch and/or recess.

Here are dates to watch for this week:

  • Nov 13-17 — American Education Week
  • Nov 13 — Scholastic Book Fair Week
  • Nov 14 — Focus Day for American Education Week
  • Nov 14 — Information Session about Growth Mindset, 9:30-10:15am or 12:45-1:3-pm in Professional Learning Room
  • Nov 14 — PTA Meeting 6:30 p.m. in Cafeteria
  • Nov 16 — Book Fair Family Fun Night 5:30-7:30pm in Media Center
  • Nov 17 — Report cards sent home
  • Nov 17 — Crazy Hair Day – Wear your hair in a wild style:spike,fancy hair clips….

More Updates From the PTA and the School:

GES Spirit Wear 2017

GES Spirit Wear forms  are going home in today’s Wednesday folder and are due back by November 20th.   Click here to view form spiritwear.pdf

BOX TOPS for Education

Congratulations to our October winners – 2nd grade. They  submitted 415 boxtops!!!!

The grade that brings in the most BOX TOPS each month will receive 10 extra ROAR tickets,(that’s per student) so be sure you write your students GRADE on the ziplock bag. Whether you have 5 or 50, send them in. Each valid box top is worth 10 cents to our school. It really does add up. Thank you Guilford families for sending in your box tops.  We have submitted 1902 boxtops so far for this school year and have earned $190.20  Thanks for supporting our school!

Don’t Forget to Join the PTA!

You can join on our website at http://www.guilfordpta.com/whatwedo/membership/ and send in a printed membership form with your student.  The cost is $15 for an individual membership or $20 for a family membership.  Thank you!!

WILD WEST BOOK FAIR 2017

The scholastic book fair,  The Wild West, Saddle Up and Read , will be opening on November the 10th in the media center.  Beginning on this day classes will be previewing the fair during the scheduled media time. Last Wednesday October 18th we sent home the flier announcing the fair.

Please MARK YOUR CALENDAR for our annual BOOK FAIR FAMILY FUN NIGHT on November 16th from 5:30-7:30.  Come out for a fun evening with family and friends.  Shop the fair, read with a buddy or even stay for the movie, Toy Story 2 being shown in the 4th grade Pod beginning at 6pm.

 

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES – NOVEMBER 20th and 21st

To schedule parent/teacher conferences, parents can log onto their “HCPSSConnect” account at the Howard County Public School website: www.hcpss.org  Parents will be able to schedule their conferences starting November 3rd.  You will have access to scheduling or cancelling your  appointments until November 15th. Parent instructions for scheduling parent/teacher conferences can be found at “HCPSSConnect” under “Guides” at the HCPSS website, www.hcpss.org .

Growing Kids Who Love to Learn

Are you interested in learning about a growth mindset and why it is important for children? If so, join our Math Support Teacher, Cheryl Akers, and our Reading Support Teacher, Joanna Kasda, on Tuesday, November 14th, for an information session about Growth Mindset.  During this session, parents will learn how to promote a growth mindset with their children through a focus on praise and responding to mistakes. This session will be offered twice; please join us in the Professional Learning Room at either 9:30-10:15am or 12:45-1:30pm.  We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Dates for the rest of November:

  • Nov 20 — School Closes 3 Hrs early,No PreK,  Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Nov 20 — Jump Rope for Hearts – Grades K-1st
  • Nov 20 — Spirit Wear Orders Due
  • Nov 20-21 — P/T Conferences
  • Nov 21 — School Closes 3 Hrs early, No Pre-K, Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Nov 21 — Jump Rope for Hearts – Grades 2nd-5th
  • Nov 22-24 — School Closed
  • Nov 28 — Fall Individual Picture Re-take Day
  • Nov 28 — Restaurant Night at Jason Deli 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
  • Nov 29 — Grade 2 In-House Field Trip – Fire Safety House

This Week At Guilford — 11/8/17

Lots of updates this week!

Here are dates to watch for this week and next:

  • Nov 10 — School Closes 3 Hrs early -NO Pre-K
  • Nov 10 — Sweat Shirt Day – wear your favorite sweatshirt
  • Nov 10 — First Quarter ends
  • Nov 13-17 — American Education Week
  • Nov 13 — Scholastic Book Fair Week
  • Nov 14 — Focus Day for American Education Week
  • Nov 14 — Information Session about Growth Mindset, 9:30-10:15am or 12:45-1:3-pm in Professional Learning Room
  • Nov 14 — PTA Meeting 6:30 p.m. in Cafeteria
  • Nov 16 — Book Fair Family Fun Night 5:30-7:30pm in Media Center
  • Nov 17 — Report cards sent home
  • Nov 17 — Crazy Hair Day – Wear your hair in a wild style:spike,fancy hair clips….

More Updates From the PTA and the School:

GES Spirit Wear 2017

GES Spirit Wear forms  are going home in today’s Wednesday folder and are due back by November 20th.   Click here to view form spiritwear.pdf

BOX TOPS for Education

Congratulations to our October winners – 2nd grade. They  submitted 415 boxtops!!!!

The grade that brings in the most BOX TOPS each month will receive 10 extra ROAR tickets,(that’s per student) so be sure you write your students GRADE on the ziplock bag. Whether you have 5 or 50, send them in. Each valid box top is worth 10 cents to our school. It really does add up. Thank you Guilford families for sending in your box tops.  We have submitted 1902 boxtops so far for this school year and have earned $190.20  Thanks for supporting our school!

Don’t Forget to Join the PTA!

You can join on our website at http://www.guilfordpta.com/whatwedo/membership/ and send in a printed membership form with your student.  The cost is $15 for an individual membership or $20 for a family membership.  Thank you!!

A Note from Mr. Davis

Wow, daylight savings time came in with a bang, I know the time change was welcomed to get an extra hour of sleep, however I’m not a fan of it being dark so early. It’s clear that the temperatures are changing and we want to remind everyone to dress in layers and with the appropriate jacket.  Each day our goal is to get outside for recess as often as possible.

Next week, we celebrate American Education Week.  Our focus day is on Tuesday, November 14th, however, you are welcome to visit any day throughout the week.  When you visit you will need to check in and get a visitors pass before visiting your child.  We hope you are able to join us throughout the week.  Hopefully you have signed up for conferences, if not please do so, our goal is 100% of our families participating in parent teacher conferences.

Our grade level teams have been involved in Long Range Planning for the second quarter during the past week.  As a Title I school, we are able to have each team participate in a half day of planning for both reading and math.  If your child told you their teacher is out and there was a substitute, this is why.  This is always a great time for our teams to collaborate and plan upcoming lessons.

 

WILD WEST BOOK FAIR 2017

The scholastic book fair,  The Wild West, Saddle Up and Read , will be opening on November the 10th in the media center.  Beginning on this day classes will be previewing the fair during the scheduled media time. Last Wednesday October 18th we sent home the flier announcing the fair.

Please MARK YOUR CALENDAR for our annual BOOK FAIR FAMILY FUN NIGHT on November 16th from 5:30-7:30.  Come out for a fun evening with family and friends.  Shop the fair, read with a buddy or even stay for the movie, Toy Story 2 being shown in the 4th grade Pod beginning at 6pm.

 

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES – NOVEMBER 20th and 21st

To schedule parent/teacher conferences, parents can log onto their “HCPSSConnect” account at the Howard County Public School website: www.hcpss.org  Parents will be able to schedule their conferences starting November 3rd.  You will have access to scheduling or cancelling your  appointments until November 15th. Parent instructions for scheduling parent/teacher conferences can be found at “HCPSSConnect” under “Guides” at the HCPSS website, www.hcpss.org .

Growing Kids Who Love to Learn

Are you interested in learning about a growth mindset and why it is important for children? If so, join our Math Support Teacher, Cheryl Akers, and our Reading Support Teacher, Joanna Kasda, on Tuesday, November 14th, for an information session about Growth Mindset.  During this session, parents will learn how to promote a growth mindset with their children through a focus on praise and responding to mistakes. This session will be offered twice; please join us in the Professional Learning Room at either 9:30-10:15am or 12:45-1:30pm.  We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Dates for the rest of November:

  • Nov 20 — School Closes 3 Hrs early,No PreK,  Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Nov 20 — Jump Rope for Hearts – Grades K-1st
  • Nov 20 — Spirit Wear Orders Due
  • Nov 20-21 — P/T Conferences
  • Nov 21 — School Closes 3 Hrs early, No Pre-K, Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Nov 21 — Jump Rope for Hearts – Grades 2nd-5th
  • Nov 22-24 — School Closed
  • Nov 28 — Fall Individual Picture Re-take Day
  • Nov 28 — Restaurant Night at Jason Deli 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
  • Nov 29 — Grade 2 In-House Field Trip – Fire Safety House

This Week At Guilford — 10/23/2017

This week at Guilford:

Donations need for Fall Fest/Turkey Trot (contact Ray Somerville at rainman066@gmail.com )

  1. 3 pumpkins (any size) — **Harris Teeter had them for  2/$10
  2. 5-10 assorted gourds (plastic preferred or regular)
  3.  plastic apples (5 Red) (10 green)
  4.  donations for turkeys  – cash or gift cards (Harris Teeter or Giant)
  • Oct 25 – Pre-K field trip to Clarks Elioak Farm
  • Oct 27 – Kindergarten field trip to Sharps Farm

Check out all of our PTA volunteer opportunities.

Next week and beyond:

  • Oct 31 – Orange Day- Fall Fest/Turkey Trot Day
  • Nov 1 — 9:45am Coffee with Administration
  • Nov 3 — Scheduling for P/T Conferences begins
  • Nov 2 — Fall Fest/Turkey Trot Rain Date
  • Nov 2 —  Primary Math Night – Grades K-2nd
  • Nov 2 —  Intermediate Math Night – Grades 3rd-5th
  • Nov 8  Grade 1 – field trip to Howard County Conservancy
  • Nov 10 School Closes 3 Hrs early -NO Pre-K
  • Nov 10 Sweat Shirt Day – wear your favorite sweatshirt
  • Nov 10 — First Quarter ends
  • Nov 13-17 — American Education Week
  • Nov 13 — Scholastic Book Fair Week
  • Nov 14 PTA Meeting 6:30 p.m.
  • Nov 16 Book Fair Family Fun Night
  • Nov 17 — Report cards sent home
  • Nov 17 Crazy Hair Day – Wear your hair in a wild style:spike,fancy hair clips….
  • Nov 20 School Closes 3 Hrs early,No PreK,  Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Nov 20 Jump Rope for Hearts – Grades K-1st
  • Nov 20-21 — P/T Conferences
  • Nov 21 School Closes 3 Hrs early, No Pre-K, Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Nov 21 Jump Rope for Hearts – Grades 2nd-5th
  • Nov 22-24 School Closed
  • Nov 28 Fall Individual Picture Re-take Day
  • Nov 28 Restaurant Night at Jason Deli 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
  • Nov 29 Grade 2 In-House Field Trip – Fire Safety House

A note about Parent Teacher Conferences:

Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Monday, November 20th and Tuesday, November 21st. We will be holding Language Arts Conferences for all students, parents will also be able to conference with their child’s related arts teachers if they choose.

If your child has Mrs. McNamara or Mrs. Brown for math, you will have the option to have a math conference with them as well.

All conferences are scheduled by using the Conference Scheduler found via your Family File. Once you log into your Family File, you can select conferences and begin to schedule your conferences. Parents can begin scheduling starting conferences on Friday, November 3rd. Please contact the front office with questions.

 

See Guilford’s calendar here: http://ges.hcpss.org/calendar

 

This week at Guilford — 10/16/2017

This week at Guilford!

  • Oct 16 – Restaurant Night  – Panera Bread 6:00 p.m.-9:00p.m. Get the flyer here
  • Oct 17 – PTA Meeting 6:30 p.m.
  • Oct 19 – Wacky Tacky Day – Be creative
  • Oct 19 – Intermediate Math Night 6pm
  • Oct 20 – School Closed for students
  • Oct 21 – Mums pick up 9am-12pm

Later this month:

  • Oct 25 – Pre-K field trip to Clarks Elioak Farm
  • Oct 27 – Kindergarten field trip to Sharps Farm
  • Oct 31 – Orange Day- Fall Fest/Turkey Trot Day

See Guilford’s calendar here: http://ges.hcpss.org/calendar

This Week at Guilford — 10/9/2017

Busy week at Guilford!  Also please note: Dr. Martirano’s proposal for redistricting and the proposed timeline has been added to our Resources page.

 

Later this month:

  • Oct 16 – Restaurant Night  – Panera Bread 6:00 p.m.-9:00p.m. Get the flyer here
  • Oct 17 – PTA Meeting 6:30 p.m.
  • Oct 19 – Wacky Tacky Day – Be creative
  • Oct 19 – Intermediate Math Night 6pm
  • Oct 20 – School Closed for students
  • Oct 21 – Mums pick up 9am-12pm
  • Oct 25 – Pre-K field trip to Clarks Elioak Farm
  • Oct 27 – Kindergarten field trip to Sharps Farm
  • Oct 31 – Orange Day- Fall Fest/Turkey Trot Day

See Guilford’s calendar here: http://ges.hcpss.org/calendar

This week at Guilford — 10/2/2017

October is shaping up to be a busy month here at Guilford!

This week:

  • Order forms for our Mums fundraiser went home last week. Mums can also be ordered from our website: Mums Sale
  • Oct 4 – Flu Clinic. Thank you to everyone who signed up to volunteer!
  • Oct 5 – Bridges Family Information Night 5:30-6:30
  • Oct  6  – Grade 3 Field trip to Robinson Nature Center

Later this month:

  • Oct 9 – Bridges Session #1 Begins 4pm
  • Oct 10 – Picture Day – Dress to Impress
  • Oct 10 – Safety Patrol Induction Ceremony
  • Oct 11 – Howard County Gifted and Talented Program Parent Academy see http://www.hcpss.org/news-posts/2017/09/howard-county-gt-program-parent-academy-oct-11/
  • Oct 12 – Interim Progress Reports issued
  • Oct 13 – Last day to order Mums
  • Oct 14 – Hammond Homecoming Parade, see http://ges.hcpss.org/news/2017/10/hammond-high-school-homecoming-101417
  • Oct 16 – Restaurant Night  – Panera Bread 6:00 p.m.-9:00p.m.
  • Oct 17 – PTA Meeting 6:30 p.m.
  • Oct 19 – Wacky Tacky Day – Be creative
  • Oct 19 – Intermediate Math Night 6pm
  • Oct 20 – School Closed for students
  • Oct 21 – Mums pick up 9am-12pm
  • Oct 25 – Pre-K field trip to Clarks Elioak Farm
  • Oct 27 – Kindergarten field trip to Sharps Farm
  • Oct 31 – Orange Day- Fall Fest/Turkey Trot Day

See Guilford’s calendar here: http://ges.hcpss.org/calendar

This Week at Guilford, 9/25/17

This week at Guilford:

  • September 25 5-8pm – Restaurant Night Fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings. Get your flyer here.
  • September 26 6:30-8pm – Kindergarten Back to School Night
  • September 29 – Girls On the Run Registration Closes

Coming Up:

  • October 4 – Flu Clinic. We’ll need volunteers to escort children from classrooms to the flu clinic. Sign up here: http://signup.com/go/niGUJxv
  • October 6 – Grade 3 Field Trip to Robinson Nature Center

 

This Week at Guilford, 9/18/2017

Short week of school already!

  • Wednesday – Consent forms for flu clinic are due back
  • Wednesday – Spirit Day: Wear autumn colors
  • Thursday – schools closed
  • Friday – schools closed

NEW this week: Join our PTA from our website!  Fill out the form here and pay via Paypal or bring a check into the school.

Coming Up:

  • September 25 5-8pm – Restaurant Night Fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings
  • September 26 6:30-8pm – Kindergarten Back to School Night
  • September 29 – Girls On the Run Registration Closes
  • October 4 – Flu Clinic. We’ll need volunteers. A signup will be coming soon.

Info about Girls on the Run:

Girls on the Run® is an after-school character development program that uses the power of running to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. The program combines training for a 5k (3.1 miles) event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goal of the program is to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development. The program runs for 10 weeks from September 18 – December 8. GOTR will meet at GES on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4:00-5:15pm. Registration is now open at gotrcentralmd.org

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Mrs. Candice Murphy or Ms. Alison Kordonski. 

This Week at Guilford, 9/11/2017

Happy 2nd week of school!

This week at Guilford, we have:

  • Tues, Sept 12 6:30-8pm – Monthly PTA Meeting. We will meet in the Media Center. Childcare will be available if needed. If you haven’t joined PTA yet, there will be membership forms available at the meeting – $15 for an individual membership, $20 for a family membership (two adults in the household). We will also have a membership raffle with three winners for folks joining up at our meeting on Tuesday (you must be at the meeting to win)! Hope to see you on Tuesday!
  • Fri, Sept 15 9:30-10am – Coffee and Conversation with the Administration. Casual chat with Mr. Davis and Ms. Stahler about what’s happening at Guilford.

Mark your calendars for later this month:

  • September 20 – Spirit Day: Wear Autumn Colors
  • September 21 – Schools closed
  • September 22 – Schools closed
  • September 25 5-8pm – Restaurant Night Fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings
  • September 26 6:30-8pm – Kindergarten Back to School Night