Newsletter 9/8/17

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 9:50am






Dear Parents, Guardians, and Friends of Elkridge Landing,


We are looking forward to seeing everyone at Back to School Night on Thursday, September 14. Parents should report to their child’s homeroom by 7:00. The basket auction/raffle was a huge success last year and thanks to your generosity, we raised over $1400 to fund our PBIS program. As of today, we have only received 1 donation for this important fundraiser. Please get your donations in as soon as possible so we have time to get the baskets ready for auction. We are counting on everyone to help us make this auction as successful as last year’s. This is the only school-based fundraiser we will be doing this year. All other fundraising efforts will be coordinated by our PTA.


Please make sure you have logged in to the HCPSS Connect site as soon as possible. The link is as we still need updated emergency info for over 300 students. If you have any questions or need help, please call school and we will assist you. Setting up your Connect account is essential to accessing all of the features in Canvas and Synergy that will be available for parents this year.


We have been getting many requests for schedule changes this week from both students and parents. All schedule change requests should be initiated by parents and sent to your child’s guidance counselor. Please understand that our schedule was created last year based on the course requests that were in Synergy and confirmed by parents prior to the end of the school year. We may not be able to honor new requests due to class sizes and course availability.


We have had a wonderfully smooth opening week. The kids are doing a great job learning their schedules and finding their classes. We still have some locker kinks to work out but everyone should have a working locker shortly. For those parents that drop off and pick up their children, please make sure you drop them off in the parking lot prior to the bus loop.  We have staff in the morning and afternoon that will assist in crossing the road safely.


I want to put in another plug to invite all interested parents to our first PTSA meeting on Tuesday, September 12 at 7:00. Your students are welcome to attend with you and we are looking forward to working with our parents and community members this year.


The ELMS Administrative Team

Gina Cash, Amy Snyder



Exclusion from school:  If your incoming 7th grader has not yet received their Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) and MCV4 (Meningococcal) vaccines - your student will be excluded from attending school beginning Monday 9/11. If you have a physician appointment, the nurse needs to know the date of the appointment by calling 410-313-5040. 


Family File Verification

We are asking all Elkridge Landing parent/guardians to verify and/or update their Family File! 

Parents must log in to HCPSS Connect and select the Family File tab and then click on Family File.  Once logged in, you will be asked to verify or provide information.  Parents who have forgotten their login credentials may click the “Forgot Password” link on the sign in page.  If you need additional assistance, please fill out the Connect Help Form.


Student Absences

To report student absences, call 410-313-5043 (voicemail is available 24/) or fill out the following online form:  In addition to your phone call or email, please send a note to Student Services with your student on the day of their return stating the reason for the absence.


Make-Up Work Policy

Absent students are encouraged to check Canvas for assignments. If a student is absent three or more consecutive days the parent can request work by contacting Student Services.  If a parent contacts Student Services by 8:00 AM, the work will be available for pick up in the front office between 2:45-3:30 PM.  If the request is after 8:00 AM, the work will be available for pick up the next day between 2:45-3:30 PM.

Student Services can be reached at 410-313-5043.


Community News:

Please visit the Community News and Programs page: ( on the HCPSS website for announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.


Dates to Remember:

September 12                        PTA meeting 7 PM

September 14                        Back To School Night 7 PM

September 18                        Coalfire Restaurant Night

September 21                        Schools Closed

September 22                        Schools Closed for Students

October 12                        Interim reports issued

October 12                        ODE Parent Meeting 6 PM

October 12                        PTA meeting 7 PM

October 16                        School Pictures

October 17                        Chipotle Restaurant Night

October 20                        Schools Closed for Students