RBES Newsletter - Friday, March 1, 2019



6th                 Progress Reports Issued
13th               Parent Workshop
14th               MISA Testing – 5th Grade
                      3rd Grade Family Night – March Math-Ness
15th               Class & Group Picture Day
18th               MISA Testing – 5th Grade
20th               5th Grade Field Trip – US Capitol
25th               7pm – PTA Meeting
29th               5th Grade Field Trip – Howard County Conservancy


4th                  2nd Grade Family Night
5th                  Early Dismissal – School Closes at 12:50 pm
9th                  School Wide Math & Reading Family Night – Grades PK - 5
12th                3rd Quarter Awards Assemblies
15th – 22nd    Schools Closed – SPRING BREAK
24th                Report Cards Issued



Please spread the word! Kindergarten Registration Kick-Off Week begins March 11, 2019. Families of students entering kindergarten this fall may begin registration at this time. Please note that in order to register for kindergarten, students must be 5 years old by September 1, 2019.

Families interested in pre-kindergarten for students turning 4 years old by September 1, 2019, may also apply at that time. Admission to pre-kindergarten is determined according to MSDE guidelines, which may be viewed at https://www.hcpss.org/schools/pre-k-programs/.

For more information about enrollment in HCPSS, visit https://www.hcpss.org/enroll/.


Congratulations to those students who participated in the Unheard Perspectives Showcase on Saturday at Oakland Mills High School. Third graders Mckenzie H., Kaitlyn F. and Abby M. won a Gold medal for their presentation on Bessie Smith.  Alexis S. & Nalani C. also won a Gold medal for their presentation on George Washington Carver.  

Also participating in the project were: Evelin L. and Anthony B. who researched Jesse Owens, and Katya C. who researched Charles Drew.

Big congratulations to all students for their hard work and accomplishments!

Congratulations to Melissa M. and Leila R. for an outstanding performance with the Howard County Elementary Honor Orchestra on February 23rd. We are so proud of both of you!

Congratulations to Cameron F. and Jade J. whose artwork will be displayed at the Miller Branch Library for Youth Art Month. Exhibit runs March 1-28. Check out these amazing artists!


3rd Grade Family Night – March Math-Ness
Make family game night fun and educational too! Join us Thursday, March 14th from 6 – 8:00 pm for an evening to learn about multiplication and division using games. Each family will receive materials to take home.


Girls on the Run Registration Opens February 10: Girls on the Run® inspires girls in grades 3-5 to be joyful, healthy, and confident by using running to teach valuable life skills. Teams of 15-20 girls meet twice weekly after school for 10 weeks. Each season concludes with the girls and their running buddies completing a 5k run. The Spring season will start the week of March 17, with the season-ending 5k scheduled for June 1, 2019, in Columbia, MD. Registration opens on Sunday, February 10 at 12:00 noon. Program registration fee is $175 and includes 5k registration, water bottle, t-shirt, and all program materials. Financial assistance is available – no girl is turned away. Visit https://www.gotrcentralmd.org/ for a list of program sites and to register. Questions? Call 443-583-7740.


SAVE the Date – Volunteer Tea
The annual Volunteer Tea will be held on Thursday, June 13th from 10 -11:30 am.  Invitations will be provided in May.


Last Call for Lost & Found Items
The lost & found bin in the cafeteria is overflowing with items. Please stop in and look for articles of clothing that has been missing in action. All unclaimed items will be donated.


Parent Workshop
The Family Institute, in partnership with Running Brook Elementary School, presents Discipline and Communication for the Elementary Age
NEW DATE DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER: Wednesday, March 13th, 6:00- 7:30 p.m.
Part 2 - Learn how to teach children self-control and problem-solving techniques that they can use in the moment of behavior problems. Establish rules and logical consequences for misbehavior that are developmentally appropriate. Discuss behavior charts and a variety of other options to encourage behaviors that you want to see. Leave with practical strategies and tools to implement immediately!
Location: Running Brook Elementary School
Cost: FREE; Space is limited; pre-registration is required.  Childcare is available.
Who Should Attend: Parents, Grandparents & Guardians with children of elementary age
Please contact Mrs. Hartlove by March 11th to register.


2nd Annual WLMS S.T.E.A.M. Night
Looking for a fun, free, and educational night out as a family?  Then, look no further!  WLMS presents its 2nd annual S.T.E.A.M. Night on Thursday, March 14th (Pi Day) from 5:00-7:00pm.  Participants will engage in a hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics stations and demonstrations.  Some stations include building Viking Catapult mini siege machines, a Battle Bots competition using coding and Spheros, a NASA Photo Booth, and so much more!  Best of all, FREE pizza Pi will be served by our wonderful PTSA.  We hope to see you then!


The yearbook is now accepting preorders. A paper flier has been sent home and a copy is available in the office. Online orders are now being accepted as well. Attached is the flier with pricing and click the link below for online ordering.

Order Here: https://rbes.picaboo.com/


Did you know that Running Brook has a school-wide Title I program? Title I is a federally funded program designed to ensure that all children have an opportunity to access a high quality education. The goal of this federal program is to close the achievement gap for all students. The goal of this federal program is to close the achievement gap for all students.   As a result we receive additional funds from the federal government that have allowed us to secure additional staff members, funds for family events, and materials of instruction to benefit all of our children.
We value input from our parents, community, and staff.  
If you have any suggestions, questions, or feedback about our Family Involvement programs or School Improvement Plan, please feel free to contact our Title I contacts Jodi Aikens at (jodi_aikens@hcpss.org) or Kim Filler at (kimberly_filler@hcpss.org).



Summer Sports Camp Registration
Looking for a fun and active camp this summer for your son and/or daughter?  Come out to Reservoir High School for Rankers Sports camp with Howard County teachers/coaches Phil Ranker (phys ed), Erika Lupo (phys ed) and Tom Dougherty (math).  We play many different sports throughout the week including: capture the football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, tseg ball, tag games, tennis, scooter games and many many more. If your child likes PE class, they will absolutely LOVE this camp.  Dates for camp: July 1-5 (no camp on July 4-prorated cost) and July 15-19.  Half day and full day options are available.  Please email phillip_ranker@hcpss.org or visit www.rankerssportscamp.weebly.com for any questions.


The Council of Elders Academy: Dating Dangers and Human Trafficking, March 9, 2019
Attendees at this HCPSS/The Council of Elders Academy workshop will learn more about the warning signs of unhealthy relationships, as well as information on human trafficking.

  • Representatives from HopeWorks will share characteristics of healthy, unhealthy and abusive relationships in adolescents.
  • Representatives from the Howard County Police Department will discuss human trafficking.

Online registration is now open.
Please call 410-313-1598 in advance to arrange for the following services:

  • Child Care
  • Interpreting

This program is the final workshop in the 2018-2019 series offered by HCPSS and The Council of Elders.


Upcoming workshop for parents/caregivers
The Howard County Family Institute presents Worries, Concerns & Apprehension

Even in the Elementary years, schoolwork, friends, reactions to negative experiences, or just the anticipation of something happening can overwhelm a child. With all of these everyday occurrences, many parents report about the anxiety and stress that it puts on their children and the entire family.
Attend this workshop to:

  • Review the signs and the symptoms of worry in children
  • Understand how to identify what is causing your child stress
  • Learn techniques to teach and demonstrate strategies to help your child ...process and work through their worries
  • Ask questions to a mental health professional on how to help your family

When: Wednesday, February 27, 6:30 p.m.

Location: Thunder Hill Elementary School , 9357 Mellenbrook Rd. Columbia, MD 21045

Cost: FREE; Space is limited; pre-registration is preferred

Who Should Attend: Parents, Grandparents & Guardians (NO Child Care) Registration

Options Online www.howardcountymd.gov/familyinstitute

By Phone (voice/relay): 410-313-5992

Emotional resiliency helps both academic and personal life skills!
To request a sign language interpreter or other accommodations to attend, or need this in an alternate format, call at least one week in advance. The content is neither sponsored or endorsed by HCPSS




Friday, March 1, 2019 (All day)