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Guilford Elementary School

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Issue 11: February 4, 2016

It’s been so great to finally get back into a routine after the snow storm and the students are showing us that they were ready to be back.   As you are aware, we are having Parent Teacher Conferences on both Thursday and Friday.  If you have not scheduled a conference please contact the front office to see if there are any times still available.  In addition, second quarter report cards will be sent home on Tuesday, Feb. 9th. Please take time to review all the information, fliers, and documents that are sent home this week.  We have included them within our email as well as some are coming home in paper copy for your attention.  We look forward to seeing you at conferences and have a wonderful weekend!



The 100th day of school is Thursday, February 11th. Celebrate this special day by wearing a shirt with a number on it!

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Kindergarten: Bishoy Baselious, Nailah Hill, Matthew Smith, Halimat Shuaib

First Grade: Justin Hall, Sarah Cing, Mackenzie Somerville, Naeem Cuffee

Second Grade: Ernest Zeh, Jenniva Johnson, Joshua Samuel, Jonathan Samuel

Third Grade: Ghazi Kazmi, Adriann Miller, Steven Nguyen, Mary Nguyen

Fourth Grade: Jacob Hall, Hector Castelan-Saavedra, Samuel Amoateng, Jade Wagner

Fifth Grade: Krish Gupta, Gabe Bierly, Makaila Carroll

Related Arts: -Art, Samantha Martinez-Media, Aaron Rhena-Music,

Michaela Jones and Cole Martin-Physical Education, Sedami Feliho-Technology,

Nicholas Cosgrove-Instrumental Music
GES PTA would like to sincerely thank everyone for their continued support and helping us make Guildford a GREAT part of this community.  As we walk through the halls, aide in classes, stuff Friday folders etc., we see our PTA efforts come to life.pta logo.jpg
Recess donations- Thank you sooooo much to all of those who donated items to help our children have wonderful indoor recess during this Winter Season.  Recess is important as we all know it helps our children release and allows them a break and go back to class ready.  There were a few items we still needed and thanks to all the box tops coming in we are able to get those items as well.  We will post pictures on our website and facebook once we have all of them purchased, hopefully by the end of the week.


Our Volunteer of the month drawing was held at our last PTA meeting and the Volunteer of the Month is............ Mel Stone-Wald.  We truly hope Mel enjoys her gift card.  Thank you to all the volunteers.  Remember when logging in for your pass at the front office, make sure to click “Volunteer” and your name automatically goes into our drawing.

The PTA is VERY proud to announce that we are presenting our very own GES 5K Run along side the 5th Grade Team and additional staff at Guilford.  March 19th we will kick off our very first GES 5K and we need everyone's support.  Proceeds benefit the 5th GRADE Farewell Field Trip, Yearbooks, and Farewell Ceremony.  Save the date and get your running shoes ready.  Don't want to run but still want to support your school, we have a 1 Mile Fun Walk too.  Registration will be available next week on our website and more details our facebook page.  Also check out our GES PTA Bulletin Board inside the school as we decorate it and shoot for our goal of 250 participants.  Let's go GES!!!!!!!5k1.jpg
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Box Tops - Show your love for your school.  Now that students have returned to school, it's time to send in all those box tops you have been clipping.  Our next submission deadline is March 1, 2016.  Thank you to everyone who sent box tops in during the months of December and January.  We had 1115 valid box tops submitted.  That's $111.50 for our school.  Congratulations to 4th grade for submitting the most box tops.  K - 57; 1st - 265; 2nd - 220; 3rd - 163; 4th - 378; 5th - 32.

Well it is official! Our confirmed rescheduled date for Girls Night Out will be Tuesday, February 16th from 6:15 – 8:15 pm. A flyer regarding the details of the event is being sent home in Student Friday Folders this week. We ask that you complete the form again to confirm your attendance. Every mother and daughter will be participating in Mother/Daughter Team Building. However, please be sure to indicate on the flyer which two workshops you and your daughter will be interested in participating in. You may choose Yoga or Zumba and then Art or Jewelry Making. We hope that we have the same turnout based on the amount of students who RSVPd for our original date. mother and daughter.jpg

For questions and concerns, please email Ms. Dobbs, .

Quarter 3 P.E. Homework - All students in kindergarten - 5th grade should have received their Quarter 3 P.E. homework.  This quarter we are working on muscular strength and endurance, plus a little flexibility.  All students should complete this homework by Wednesday, February 10th.  Extra copies are on the P.E. canvas pages and in the gym.  Thank you for your support!!!

Jump Rope for Heart Event - Guilford's Jump Rope for Heart event will be held this Thursday, February 4th.  We have almost 200 students participating in this year's event.  Thank you to all of our parent, alumni, and students who volunteered to make our Jump-A-Thon a success.  All pledge envelopes are due by:  Friday, February 12th.  Thank you for your support and generosity!!!

Maryland’s Green Author Visits Guilford Elementary School!

On February 23rd, Maryland’s Green Author, Jennifer Keats Curtis, will be visiting our students to talk about ospreys, turtles, and other bay creatures!  Mrs. Curtis has penned number stories about animals, including this year’s Children’s Choice Book Award Winner Kali’s Story: An Orphaned Polar Bear Rescue and the new rhyming fiction, Trudy the Tree Frog.  To celebrate our reading efforts, Mrs. Curtis has reduced the prices of her books for our students.  To purchase books, please complete and return the form that was sent home in student Friday Folders (also available on our website: with payment to your child’s teacher by Friday, February 19th.  For information about the author, please visit

2015-16 Yearbooks On Sale Now!

Yearbooks are now on sale. You may go to the GES website and pay online or pay with cash or check made out to Guilford Elementary School. Please send payments in an envelope with your students name, quantity of books, and homeroom teacher to Mrs. Johnson in the front office.y is for yearbook.jpeg

Order Deadline: April 22, 2016

PTA has been able to budget 5th grade yearbooks, therefore all 5th grade graduates will receive a free yearbook! Thank you PTA!!!!!

Finally, please forward any pictures you have taken of our Guilford students and staff to Mel Kuczynski at
Please consider purchasing advertising space or dedication lines in the Guilford Elementary School Yearbook.  For our Guilford business community, this is a great opportunity to advertise your business, large or small, at a reasonable rate.  For our Guilford families, what better way to let your child(ren) know just how proud you are than to put it in writing…forever!yearbook dedication.jpg

Dedication Line (100 characters)        @  $ 15.00business-cards.png

Business Card (1/8 page)                   @  $ 12.50

Quarter Page                                       @  $25.00

Half Page                                             @  $50.00                                    

Send in your printed or typed ad* with the payment in an envelope addressed to the attention of the GES Yearbook Committee.  Digital images and text may be sent electronically to and will be included in our publication once payment is received.  Please be sure to include a contact name and phone number for questions if needed.  All checks should be made payable to Guilford Elementary School and must have your phone number written on it. All cash payments must be made in person at the front office.  A receipt will be provided for each order received.  The deadline is March 24, 2016. Thank you in advanced for your support of the Guilford Elementary yearbook.

ATTENTION: Parents/Guardians of 5th grade students who will attend Lake Elkhorn Middle School, 

You are invited to attend our Lake Elkhorn Middle School Parent Information Night at 6:30 pm on Thursday, February 11, 2016. Please come to learn about the programs and opportunities offered at Lake Elkhorn. After the general session, we will hold our Gifted and Talented meeting for all who would like to hear about our G/T offerings at Lake Elkhorn. We look forward to seeing you on February 11th! lems mascot-xs.png

Martin Vandenberge, Principal - Lake Elkhorn Middle School - Phone (410) 313-7600

For more information, visit

Winter After School Classes at Guilford:

Tiny Tykes Tee Ball - 3-4 yrs / 6 classes starting Jan 25 / $75

Batter up! Nobody strikes out and everyone hits home runs! Our age appropriate equipment and activities provide a successful intro to batting, catching, throwing, and base running. Parents are encouraged to follow the coach’s instructions to assist in the games and activities with your child. Info: Amanda Bartell, 410-313-1694 or

RP6053.601 6:30-7:15 PM Monday
Mighty Kickers Soccer - 3-4 yrs / 6 classes starting Jan 25 / $75

GOAL! Coaches provide a high energy, fun introduction to soccer. Mighty Kickers uses a creative, age appropriate curriculum to introduce basic soccer skills to kids including dribbling, passing and shooting while providing an entertaining and friendly atmosphere! Parents are also encouraged to follow the coach’s instructions to assist in the games and activities. Info: Amanda Bartell, 410-313-1694 or

RP6705.601 5:30-6:15 PM Monday
After School Recess - 5-10 yrs / 8 classes starting Jan 27 / $105

Feel the excitement and get involved in some physical activities! Children participate in a number of activities including obstacle courses, relays, kickball, dodgeball, and field day games. Registration: 410-313-7275. Info: Carson Nickell, 410-313-4720 or

RP6210.602 4-5pm Wednesday

As the cold and flu season continues, Guilford’s supply of facial tissues is dwindling.

We are asking for donations of tissues to the main office to be distributed throughout the school as needed.

As always your support of the school’s needs are much appreciated.



8 Schools Closed for Students, Professional Work Day

  1. Report Cards Issued

Bridges Session II Begins

Chat and Chew, 6:00 pm “Restorative Discipline”

PTA Meeting, 7:00 pm

11 100th Day of School!

Lake Elkhorn Middle School Parent Information Night, 6:30 pm

12 School Spirit Day, Red/Pink Day!

15 Schools Closed, Presidents’ Day

18 Thomas Viaduct Middle School Parent Information Night, 6:30 pm

24 Student Banking Day, 9:30 am

26 School Spirit Day, Orioles Day!

29 Kindergarten and New First Grade Registration Week (February 29th – March 4th)

For a listing of upcoming Community Events access GES Paw Prints online at .

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Community Events
      The following events are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Howard County Public School System.
Center for Creative Life and Learning

The Girls on Fire Mentoring program is designed to help girls build self-esteem. The program targets Girls age 8-14, 8-11 and 12-14. Girls participate in a variety of art forms activities and self-esteem building group sessions. Meets the 4th Sat. each month at the Columbia Art Center. For information call 410-312-0758.

Columbia Association

The Columbia Art Center offers a wide variety of Art Classes for portfolio development and personal interest. Also offering a new Youth Artistic Masters Certificate Program! Check out the Fall Brochure on for more information. For inquiries or to register, please call Columbia Art Center at 410-730-0075 or email

Columbia Association

The Columbia Art Center offers a variety of Art Classes for children of all ages and a new Youth Artistic Masters Certificate Program! Check out the Fall Brochure on for more information. For inquiries or to register, please call Columbia Art Center at 410-730-0075 or email

Howard County’s Department of Citizen Service

Winter 2016 Edition of Parent Pages, a newsletter designed for parents and families raising children in Howard County. Published by the Department’s Office of Children’s Services, the Winter issue contains articles about topics such as helping children with stress, how to start difficult conversations with teens and planning for the long term. To view the newsletter, click on Winter 2016 Parent Pages.

North Laurel Community Center

Mother and Son dance, Sat. Feb. 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Mothers (or special adults) and sons, ages 3-12 are invited to an evening jam-packed with fun to include refreshments, live DJ, dancing and more. Inclement weather date is Feb. 20. Preregistration is required. Contact: Ashley Jones 410-313-0459 or

Columbia Association

When Howard County is out of school the Columbia Art Center host an Artsy Fun Day. The next one will be held on Fri., Feb. 5, and Mon., Feb. 8, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Art lesson begins at 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. For more information, please call Columbia Art Center at 410-730-0075 or email

St. Andrews Episcopal Church

Pancake Supper, Tues. Feb. 9, 6-8 p.m., St Andrew's Episcopal Church, Rt. 97 in Glenwood. Contact Beth at with questions.

Howard County Government

Chess Club After School with Silver Knights Chess Company

Grades K-5 / 14 classes starting Feb 9 / $185

Learn how to play chess from highly rated professional chess instructors who have coached many state and national champions. All chess supplies provided. (No class 3/29, 4/26.) Info: Adam Wienckowski, 410-313-4714 or

Glenelg Country School

The College Admission Process: The Past, Present, and Future, Feb. 10, 7 p.m., Mulitz Theater, Glenelg Country School, 12793 Folly Quarter Rd, Ellicott City, MD. A panel of distinguished college and university admission officers will host a frank and informative discussion

Full Details and RSVP:

St. Louis Church

Middle School Feb. Fun Friday Event, Fri, Feb 12, 7-10 p.m., school cafeteria.

Ticket Sales, Feb. 8-12, 9 a.m., ticket sales, Feb. 8-12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., PAC Building.

For Information 410-531-6668

Howard County Government

“2016 “Children On Board" Preschool/Child Care Information Fair, Sat., Feb.13, 1-4 p.m., Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville, MD. The new 2016 Parent’s Guide to Howard County will be distributed at the event free of charge. For more information about the Fair, contact the Office of Children’s Services at either 410-313-1940 or via e-mail at

American Association of University Women

All organizations and individuals interested in the advancement of girls in STEM fields are invited to attend the upcoming MAGiC Research Forum, Sat., Feb.13, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.,

University of Maryland Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building College Park, MD.

Columbia Association

Join the Columbia Art Center for Free Family Art Frenzy on Sun., Feb. 14,1-3 p.m. All ages welcome, come and enjoy making a small heart mosaic. For more information, please call Columbia Art Center at 410-730-0075 or email

Junior Achievement Rising Women

JA Rising Women is a unique after-school opportunity for female high school students in Howard County, Wed., Feb. 17-May 18, 5-6:30 p.m. (with 3 sessions extending to 7 p.m.) at bts Software Solutions in Columbia, MD. For more details and application requests, please contact Hina Naseem at or 410-313-6403.

Columbia Orchestra

The Columbia Orchestra presents the Young People’s Concerts on Sat., Feb. 20, at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., at the Jim Rouse Theatre are Wilde Lake High School. Visit us at or call 410-465-8777 for tickets.

Oakland Mills Community Center

Lively Arts for Little Ones presents: “Musical Fun with Mr. Hyson” on Fri., Feb. 26, 10 a.m. at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.  For more information, call 410-730-4610 or visit


Columbia Association

The Columbia Art Center is offering Drape and Texture:Graphite Drawing with Alina Poroshina, Sat. Feb 27, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.  For inquiries or to register, please call Columbia Art Center at 410-730-0075 or

Howard County Government

Student Loan Forum and Resource Fair on Wed., Mar. 2 at 7 p.m. at the George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Drive in Ellicott City, Md. A panel of local, state and federal experts will answer questions about the student loan process, provide vital resource materials and offer one-on-one guidance. A printable flier is available at or call 410-313-6420 (voice/relay) for more information.


University of Maryland

Keys to Empowering Youth program, Mar. 5, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the University of Maryland. Registration is conducted on a first come, first serve basis until all available spaces are full. Submit your registration form, which can be found at as soon as possible to secure your place in the March program. For further about this program, please contact Dawn Ginnetti at or 301-405-0315.

Howard Community College

Educational Foundation cordially invites you to the annual Silas Craft Collegians Dinner to benefit the Silas Craft Collegians Scholarship Endowment and Program. The Chinese dinner buffet will be served continuously from 5-8 p.m. on Mon., Mar. 7, at 7091 Deepage Drive in Columbia.  Tickets are $45 per person and the Silas Craft Collegians Endowment receives 100% of the proceeds from the ticket sales to the event.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the Development Office at Howard Community College, 443-518-1970 or visit

Howard County Government

TEEN Anxiety: How to Recognize, Communicate, and Help Your Teen

Wed., Feb.17, 6:30-8 p.m.
Ellicott City 50+ Athletic Center Conference Room, $8 Space is limited, pre-registration is required. or phone (voice/relay): 410-313-1440.
St. Louis Catholic Church

Youth Ministry Presents The 35th Annual Italian Dinner On Sun., Mar. 13, 12:30-6:30, St. Louis Cafetorium, Rte. 108 & 32.  All meals include Spaghetti or Lasagna soda/coffee/tea, salad, garlic bread, and homemade desserts. Tickets cost $10/adult, $5/children (10 & under), $13/Lasagna, $16/Combo Spaghetti/Lasagna & $40/Immediate family of 6. Call (410) 531-6668.

Howard County Government

Youth and Teen Model Call. Young men and women are invited to participate in an audition to perform in the 4th annual Fashion Show produced by Sean Gibson of Model Citizen Models. Model Call for 8-10 year olds will run from 1-2 p.m.; Model Call for 11-17 year old will run from 2-3 p.m. Fashion Show will take place on Sat., Mar. 19. Preregistration is encouraged, but not required. Registration: 410-313-7275. Information: Holly Harden, 410-313-4625 or  

Columbia Association

Howard County Library System, Howard County Public School System, and the Columbia Association Art Center are calling on students in grades K to 12 to enter the annual Choose Civility Poster and Video Contest.

Posters and videos should be submitted by Mar. 25 by mail or in person to:

Monica Herber, Columbia Association Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia, MD.

Glen Mar Church

Singers (adults and high-school age) are needed to perform John Rutter’s entire “Requiem” at a Good Friday Worship Service on Mar. 25, 7:30 p.m. at Glen Mar United Methodist Church in Ellicott City.  Practice starts on Thurs., 7 -7:30 p.m. in Jan.  Contact Sophie Hong, Glen Mar’s Music Director at 410-465-4995 ext. 209 or

University of Maryland

Maryland Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, Weds., Mar. 30, at the University of Maryland.  The priority deadline is Fri., Jan. 22.  Subsequent applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through Fri, Feb. 12. The A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland is facilitating this event in partnership with the School of Public Health, the College of Computer, Mathematics, & Natural Sciences, and the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources.For more information on Maryland JSHS, and for instructions on how to register, please visit For general questions on JSHS, you may also visit You may also email

College Park Tennis Club

Learn Tennis at the Premiere Tennis Center, June 13 –Aug.19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., College Park Tennis Club 5200 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD.

Our students will learn the sport of a lifetime, under the direction of our certified teaching staff. Center., 301-779-8000,


4th Quarter

Spring after school leadership program at Bonnie Branch and Elkridge Landing Middle School (Spring registration ends Mar. 1, 2016). The Fourth Quarter uses fitness and touch football to tackle these MAJOR community issues: 1. Lack of focus 2. Experimentation with drugs and alcohol 3. Childhood obesity 4. Failing to reach ones leadership potential.  Become apart of the 4th Quarter TEAM by downloading a 4th Quarter Spring registration form at or

Mission Statement: Guilford Elementary will ensure excellence in teaching and learning so that each student will participate responsibly in our diverse and changing world.

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