Have a wonderful summer!

Thanks for a great year Guilford!  School begins Tuesday September 4, 2018 and our first PTA meeting will be on Tuesday September 11th at 6:30pm in the Media Center.  Enjoy your summer and we look forward to a great 2018-19 school year!

This Week at Guilford — 2/12/18

It’s a busy week at Guilford!

Tuesday is the PTA Meeting at 6:30pm in the Media Center. Childcare will be provided.

Wednesday is the 100th Day of School. If your child’s class is doing something special to celebrate you should have received a flyer home over the weekend.

Wednesday is also Valentine’s Day and some classes may be having parties or celebrations. Your grade coordinator should be in contact with you in regards to donations and volunteers needed. It is also wear Pink/Red day.

Thursday is our Restaurant Night at Greene Turtle. It is actually ALL DAY not just for dinner. Skip the cooking and support GES PTA at the same time! Don’t forget your flyer: GreenTurtle_flyer!

Friday is a day off for students.  Schools are closed Monday as well.

For the rest of February:

February

  • 13 PTA Meeting @6:30 p.m.
  • 14 Spirit Day – wear Pink/Red for Valentine’s Day
  • 14 – 100th Day of School
  • 15 PTA Restaurant night @ Greene Turtle
  • 16 Countywide PD Day – Schools Closed for students
  • 19 President’s Day – Schools and Offices Closed
  • 21 Friendship Skills for School and Life Success workshop at 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM being held at Deep Run Elementary School.
  • 22 Kindergarten field trip to Library
  • 22 Art Night 6:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Friendship Skills and Life Success Seminar

February 21, 2018 at 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Guilford parents are invited to attend “Friendship Skills for School and Life Success,” being held at Deep Run Elementary School in Elkridge. It is for parents of children ages 4-10 years old. You must register at www.howardcountymd.gov/familyinstitute or by calling 410-313-1940. 

 

Congratulations to our December winners – 5th Grade!! 

There was a total of 368 boxtops submitted and 5th grade won this months boxtops challenge.   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!!

This Week At Guilford — 1/22/18

Hard to believe it’s the last full week of January already!

  • Wed Jan 24 No Pre-K Classes
  • Wed Jan 24 Thomas Viaduct Middle School Rising 6th Graders Parent Orientation 6:30 PM
  • Wed Jan 24 Road to Kindergarten- informational meeting for parents with children attending kindergarten 2018-2019 school year. 6:30 PM at Oakland Mills High School
  • Thurs Jan 25 No Pre-K Classes
  • Fri Jan 26  Early Dismissal for students at 12:50 PM.– NO Pre-K
  • Fri Jan 26 Quarter 2 Pep Rallies
  • Fri Jan 26 End of Marking Period

Next week we have our dental clinic. We are in need to two parents to help escort children to and from class on Monday. Please sign up here: http://signup.com/go/HAutUpD

This Week At Guilford — 1/8/2018

This Week at Guilford

  • 9   PTA meeting at 6:30 p.m.
  • 10 BSAP Council of Elders Celebration at 7:00 p.m.
  • 12 Cozy Reading Day

Here’s what’s happening the rest of January:

  • 15 MLK Jr. Day – Schools and Offices Closed
  • 16 Restaurant Night at Bertucci’s 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
  • 19 Spirit Day – Crazy Sock Day, wear a crazy pair of sock today!
  • 24 No Pre-K Classes
  • 25 No Pre-K Classes
  • 26 All Schools Close 3 Hours Early – NO Pre-K
  • 26 Quarter 2 Pep Rallies
  • 26 End of Marking Period
  • 29-31 Dental Clinic

This Week at Guilford — 1/2/2018

Welcome back to school!  It’s a short week with not much going on, to help ease us back into the regular routine.

Friday, January 5 is Numbers Days — wear clothes that have numbers on them.

Here’s what’s happening the rest of January:

  • 9   PTA meeting at 6:30 p.m.
  • 10 BSAP Council of Elders Celebration at 7:00 p.m.
  • 12 Cozy Reading Day
  • 15 MLK Jr. Day – Schools and Offices Closed
  • 16 Restaurant Night at Bertucci’s 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
  • 19 Spirit Day – Crazy Sock Day, wear a crazy pair of sock today!
  • 24 No Pre-K Classes
  • 25 No Pre-K Classes
  • 26 All Schools Close 3 Hours Early – NO Pre-K
  • 26 Quarter 2 Pep Rallies
  • 26 End of Marking Period
  • 29-31 Dental Clinic

PTA News

Volunteer of the Month – October and November 2017

We love our volunteers! At our monthly PTA meetings, we draw a name from the list of all the volunteers from the previous month for recognition in PawPrints and a special prize.  Thank you we couldn’t do it without you!

October’s volunteer of the month is Randi Hepburn .                                  November’s volunteer of the month is Courtney Skidmore.                               Congratulations and thank you Randi and Courtney!!

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!!

 

 

 

 

This Week At Guilford — 12/18/2017

Only 4 more days!

Spirit Wear has arrived! Check your student’s backpack if you ordered some.

Dates to Remember in December

  • 19 Winter Band and Orchestra Concert
  • 21 Restaurant Night at Grotto’s Pizza 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
  • 22 Interim Report Cards come home
  • 22 Class Holiday parties
  • 25 – Jan 1  Winter Break

Looking Ahead to January

  • Jan 2 — school starts back
  • Jan 9 — PTA Meeting
  • Jan 10 — 5th Grade Field trip to UMBC

 

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