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Five inclement weather make up days were built into the 2013-2014 school calendar. As of March 4, all five of those days have been used, plus three additional inclement weather days. Maryland law requires a minimum of 180 school days each year. Once the winter season has ended, the Board of Education will make a decision regarding the makeup of the additional missed days.

Spirit Wear
Check out this year's spirit wear!! Choose from solid (black, navy, purple, pink) and camouflage (green, pink, purple). All shirts have ELMS on the front. For our 8th graders, choose to get "Class of 2014" on the back! All orders are due on Friday, March 19th. Send completed order form and check or cash in an envelope marked ELMS Spirit Wear Order to your child's homeroom teacher or to the front office.
Click here for the order form: SpiritWear2014.pdf
Click here to see pictures of the tee-shirts: SpiritWearPics.pdf

Writing Contest Winners
The following students had their pieces accepted for this year's printing of the HCPSS Our Voice Journal:
Akaash Beher, 8th grade
Josiah Cabrera, 8th grade
Hope Sullivan, 7th grade

Katie Beuchel, 7th grade, won first place in the Maryland Coalition for Gifted and Talented Education (MCGATE) essay contest.

Congratulations to all of our winners!!

Counselor's Corner
The student services department at ELMS likes to recognize students for showing strong character. Each month we look at a different character trait and nominate those students who demonstrate each trait in a positive way. The character trait for February was OPTIMISM. The students of the month for February are:
                   6th                                                   7th                                                   8th
            Emily Cho                                     Riley Dailey                                    Emily Brown
     Yousef El Maatoui                               Bosco Jain                                 Alyssa Carvahlo
 Ivania Guzman-Fuentes                       India Mallard                                   David Cho
Gerardo Mendez Andrade                 Grace Mardock                                 Bella Ryb
      Alexis Underwood                      Carolina McLaughlin                       Julia Schleupner

The teachers of the month for February are: Ms. Ebersole, Mrs. Fastovsky and Mrs. Soboleski.
Congratulations to these students and teachers! Keep up the good work and thank you for building character here at ELMS! The character trait for March is INTEGRITY.

Attention All 8th Graders!!
Baby pictures of 8th graders are needed by March 7th! Between now and March 7th ONLY, please email a clearly scanned baby photo of your child to elmsmemorybook@gmail.com to be used for the 2014 ELMS Memory Book. MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD'S FIRST AND LAST NAMES ARE IN THE SUBJECT HEADER. Please do NOT scan paper images, as they will not transfer well. Do NOT send in baby pics for us to scan, either. We do NOT have a good working scanner to do this for you.

If you have any questions, email Ms. Holy-Ilenda at philenda@hcpss.org.

Memory Book Sales
REMINDER: This year memory books will be sold ONLINE ONLY!!
Once you receive your sale flyer, please take the time to visit the Lifetouch memory book sales site at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/SelectJob. Do not include a www. when accessing the Lifetouch sales site. Enter a Yearbook ID code 6625414. When finished ordering your memory book, print out a receipt for yourself and SAVE it.  Should a discrepancy arise, you will need your receipt to show that you bought a book. Memory books will be distributed the last week of school in June.

Sales may be entered into the online system up until March 28th, 2014, at NOON, when the online system will close automatically for EVERYONE. If you cannot order online because of computer issues, please contact Ms. Holy-Ilenda by email at philenda@hcpss.orgby March 21st by Noon.

Click here to download a "How To" sheet in both English and Spanish: Memory Book 2014

Military Information Night
Any HCPSS students in grades 7-12 who are interested in collegiate and U.S. military programs and their parents are invited to a countywide military information session on  Thursday, March 13 from 6-9pm at the River Hill High School Media Center and Cafeteria (12101 Clarksville Pk., Clarksville).

Attendees will hear from representatives from the five military academies; college ROTC programs; JROTC programs at Atholton, Howard and Oakland Mills high schools; and military enlistment recruiters. Representatives from local congressional offices and theU.S. military academies will provide information about academy nomination and application processes.

For more information, contact Phil Vangeli at 410-313-7400 or pvangeli@hcpss.org.

Attention All 8th Graders Going to Howard HS
Register for the Howard High School Incoming Freshmen Overnight Orientation at Summit Lake on August 11 + 12.. Forms are available on the Howard High School website (howardhighschool.net).  Be sure to reserve your spot!  Forms are due by June 13th.

This overnight orientation is a great opportunity for the incoming freshmen to meet their teachers, administration and peer leaders.  Students will be able to become familiar with the "Howard Way" and learn strategies to be a successful student at Howard HighSchool.

Girls Journey Camp 2014
Where do you want to go in life? Itís your journey, so enjoy the adventure! Journey is a week-long summer camp for rising 8th and 9th grade girls where you live on the Washington College campus in Chestertown,MD, make new friends, learn leadership and interpersonal skills, and have FUN!

The camp is from July 13-19, 2014. Application deadline is March 22, 2014. Cost of the camp is $700. Scholarships and financial assistance is available. The camp is sponsored by The Womenís Giving Circle of Howard County and operated by Maryland Leadership Workshops, Inc.
Please visit the website for more information: http://www.mlw.org/index.php/programs-2/community-outreach/journey

Come on out to the RHHStival, a youth music festival featuring local rock bands, acoustic acts, and music performances of all types!! Hosted by the River Hill High School Bands, the RHHSival is on Friday, March 28 at 7pm at River Hill High School (12101 Clarksville Pk., Clarksville). Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults at the door. Click here to check out the website:

Saturday Math Academy
The Saturday Math Academy (SMA), sponsored by the Black Student Achievement Program, offers mentoring and tutoring in mathematics by HCPSS certified teachers and is open to all Howard County students from Grades 3-12. Spring session dates are February 22; March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; and April 5. Registration is on Saturday, February 8, from 9-11 am at Oakland Mills High School (9410 Kilimanjaro Rd., Columbia).

There is a non-refundable $40 registration fee (checks payable to HCPSS-BSAP Saturday Math Academy). Parents should bring their child’s 2nd quarter report card, latest IEP, and/or any other relevant documents to help teachers identify specific skills their child may need.

More information, including a Spanish-language flier, is available online, or contact Jackie Jenkins at 410-313-1598 or jacquelyne_jenkins@hcpss.org.

Summer Lacrosse Camp for Girls
Eagles Elite Lacrosse Camp, an exciting and comprehensive girls-only lacrosse camp, will be held at Centennial High School from June 29-July 2. Campers ages 7-14 will work with experienced staff to learn new techniques and improve their overall game. For additional information, please contact Kirsten Reisinger at kirsten_reisinger@hcpss.org or at 443-745-6465.

Howard County Association of Student Council
All middle and high school students are welcome to attend the monthly meeting of the Howard County Association of Student Council the second Wednesday of every month. Meetings are from 7 - 8:30 pm at the Board of Education building.

The HCASC brings together middle and high school students from all over the county on the second Wednesday of every month to:
•    Develop leadership skills.
•    Network with student leaders from across the county.
•    Learn how to work with adult leaders.
•    Find out about opportunities to serve on school system committees and county boards.

For more information, go to the HCASC website, visit the HCASC Facebook page, or email Mrs. Ronnie Bohn at Ronnie_bohn@hcpss.org

March 25                        PTA Meeting, 7pm
March 27                        Finding Kind Presentation, 7pm
March 28                        3 Hour Early Dismissal: Professional Work Day
April 8                              Report Cards Issued
April 8 & 9                       7th Grade Service Learning trip to Howard County Conservancy
April 10                            Spring Pictures
April 11                            3rd Quarter Social, 1:10-2:45pm
April 14-18                       No School: Spring Break
April 21                            No School: Spring Break
April 24                            No School: Professional Development Day
May 5-9                           Teacher Appreciation Week
May 16                            No School: Professional Development and Articulation Day
May 26                            No School: Memorial Day

Principal: Gina Cash     Assistant Principal: Julie Rout    Administrative Intern: Kimberly Scaife
  Office Hours: 7:00am - 3:30pm   
School Hours: 7:50am - 2:45pm
Front Office: 410-313-5040
To report student absences, call 410-313-5043 (voicemail available 24/7)
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