Don’t forget to tune in this coming Wednesday evening, January 27, at 7pm for our Virtual Talent Show. We’ve got a lot of exciting performances and super talented kids, but we already knew that:) Gather the family and join us on Google Meet. Code: SES-Talent-Show.
Parent/Teacher Conferences February 10 & 11
Register for Conferences January 29 - February 5
Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held Wednesday, February 10, and/or Thursday, February 11, following early dismissal for students. Sunday evening you will receive an email from your child’s math teacher with information regarding his/her conference schedule. Next Thursday, January 28, you will receive a school email outlining important information as you prepare to register for Parent/Teacher Conferences. Registration will open on Friday, January 29, and will remain open through Friday, February 5. If you need assistance scheduling a conference, please contact our front office staff at 410-313-6907.
Winter MAP Testing
On Wednesday February 3rd and Wednesday February 10th, students in grades 1-5 will take the Measured Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. The data from the MAP assessment will help schools and teachers measure your student’s academic progress. The MAP test does not affect grades and the difficulty adjusts depending on how your child responds. It is normal for students to only answer about half the questions correctly. To learn more about the MAP assessment, please visit HERE.
The reading test will be offered on February 3rd from 9-11am. The math test will be offered on February 10th from 9-11am. If your child is unable to attend, makeup testing will be offered during asynchronous learning times. Teachers will share Google Meet information and your student’s testing group as we get closer to the February dates.
January Meal Service Adjustments
With schools being closed for students on Friday, January 29, families who pre-order or walk-up for Grab-and-Go meals on Thursday, January 28 will receive meals for Thursday through Sunday. Meals are free of charge for all students and any child under age 18. All meals include breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner.
Read And Earn A Sweet Treat
Nothing Bundt Cakes, located at 10730 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia, is offering a special incentive through the end of March for our students. “Books and Bundts” is a youth reading program through which students can earn a free Bundtlet and an award certificate. Students must read for at least 20 minutes a day, five days a week, and record their time spent reading on the attached monthly tracker. Once the student has read for 400 minutes that month they can bring the completed tracker to the store and receive their sweet treat. The attached flier also outlines the program information and includes a coupon for a free bundtlet for parents/caregivers to reward you for all you do!
We appreciate the support of this local business and hope your children have nothing Bundt fun participating!
HCPSS has launched a new bullying reporting tool that replaces the Sprigeo reporting system that has been in place for several years. This new tool is very easy to use and allows students, staff and family members to easily and confidentially report incidents of bullying.
Acts of bullying can be critically detrimental to the learning environment and have the potential for severely impacting the wellness of our students. Please use this new tool to report any acts that occur in-person or online that you believe may be bullying. Your information will remain confidential and staff will take every report seriously.
If you should have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Principal Laurel Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Towson University Free Tutoring Program
Please see the attached flier for more information regarding this free online tutoring program for students in K-12. The application window began this past Monday. Towson U Tutoring Program.pdf
Behavior Talks Series
The Behavior Talks modules are a series of presentations to assist parents/caregivers with essential tips for working with their children. Please visit HERE to learn more about this video series.
Social Emotional Learning
This week SEL teacher Sarah Croushler discusses designing a calming down or cool down place for your family. Please see the attached.
Thank you to all of our students, parents and/or family members who have completed a shout out to an SES staff member already this school year. Our teachers appreciate your kind words! It’s not too late to submit a shout out if you have not already done so, or to send another one! #SwanFamily Shout Out can be completed at any time!
If you have not already done so, please log in to www.hcpss.org/connect to complete or update your Family File as soon as possible. HCPSS utilizes Family File for parents/guardians to provide emergency information. If you are new to HCPSS you will establish your account and complete the Family File for the first time. If you are a returning student’s family, you must update the information every year. User guides are available HERE.
Wednesday, February 3 - Carson Literacy Funds Meeting, 6pm (see more below)
Thursday, February 4 - Black History Month VIrtual Laser Show, 6:30-7:15pm (see more below)
Black History Month Program - Mark your calendar now to join the PTA on Thursday, February 4th, from 6:30 - 7:15pm, for an exciting and educational Black History Month virtual laser show! Details and instructions on how to login will follow soon.