RBES Newsletter - January 18, 2019

Panther Press

Friday, January 18, 2019



21         Schools Closed – MLK Jr. Day
23         6:00 pm - Kindergarten & First Grade Reading Night
24         No half day Preschool or RECC
             7:00 pm - RBES Winter Concert at Wilde Lake Middle School
25         NO half day Preschool or RECC
28         Early Dismissal – School closes at 12:50 pm
             NO half day Preschool or RECC
29         7pm – PTA Meeting
             6:30 pm - Parent Information Night for Incoming 6th Graders at Wilde Lake MS        


5         Schools Closed – Professional Learning Day
6          Report Cards Issued
            Parent Workshop – Discipline & Communication, Part 1
7          Library Night at the Central Library
14       Early Dismissal – School closes at 12:50 pm
15       Early Dismissal – School closes at 12:50 pm
18       Schools Closed – President’s Day
22        2nd Grade Field Trip to Baltimore Aquarium
26        7pm – PTA Meeting
27        Prekindergarten Field Trip to Baltimore Aquarium




Panther Spotlight

Congratulations to Christina Howard, Tristan Tashi, Dresden White, Kelsey McNeil, and Linden White on their performance with the Howard County Children's chorus on December 16th!


Attendance Concerns

If your student is absent from school a note must be received in the front office within 48 hours. If a note is not received the absence will remain unexcused. New this year! Absence notes can be sent to the school via email. The email address is rbesabsence@hcpss.org


RBES Yearbooks on Sale Now!

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/    Order Form: PDF iconYearbook Order Form_2018-19.pdf


Parents and Guardians of 5th Grade Students

Middle School is just around corner!
Wilde Lake Middle School will hold an information night for parents/guardians of incoming 6th graders for the 2019-20 school year. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 29th at 6:30 pm.


4th Grade Family Paint Night

4th Grade Families the 4th Grade Family SEL/Paint Night has been postponed until the Spring. Be on the lookout for invitations!


Parents of ESOL Students:

Yearly ESOL ACCESS testing for all currently enrolled, or waived, ESOL students will take place from 1/7/19-2/1/19. If there is snow, testing may go into the next week. Look in your child's backpack for information about practice tests that you can view online.
Please do not schedule doctors' appointments during this time. Let Ms. Brower at Karen_Brower@hcpss.org if your child will miss school in the next few weeks.


A Note from the RBES Music Department

The Running Brook Winter Concert has been postponed until Thursday, January 24th at 7:00 PM at Wilde Lake High School. Our musicians have put in a lot of time and effort this semester, and are excited to share their performance with family and friends.


RBES Library Night

Join us February 7th, 6:30-8:00 at Central Library! A night for families who are new to the area (this year or last year) to come explore the many resources that our local library has to offer for both students and parents. Please contact Ms. Brower with any questions karen_brower@hcpss.org


Road to Kindergarten 2019

In order to support families of children headed to kindergarten, the Office of Early Childhood Programs is pleased to announce the upcoming Road to Kindergarten informational workshops. Howard County parents with children who will be five years old by September 1, 2019 are invited to come with questions and concerns pertaining to the kindergarten process.
The workshop offers information for the upcoming kindergarten year, such as kindergarten registration, school readiness and kindergarten curriculum. The workshop will be presented at several locations throughout the county and childcare is available for children ages 2 and older. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for child care sign-in; information sessions are from 6:30-7:30 pm.

Wednesday, January 23rd - Oakland Mills High School
Thursday, January 24th - Centennial High School
Wednesday, January 30th - Hammond High School




Parent Workshops

The Family Institute, in partnership with Running Brook Elementary School, presents
Discipline and Communication for the Elementary Age

  • Wednesday, February 6th, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
    • Part 1 - Set the stage for better behavior. Become familiar with temperament types and learn how to use this information to individualize your interactions with your child. Learn how to proactively prevent misbehavior by preparing your home and routine to encourage success. Discuss ways to effectively communicate with your child and the importance of structure, consistency and self-esteem to help build a growth mind set.
  • Wednesday, February 20th, 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 January 25th to register for one or both sessions.


The Council of Elders and the Howard County Public School System have partnered to sponsor the following parent workshop:

  • January 26, 2019 – Peer Relationships and Substance Abuse
    • Please call 410-313-1598 in advance to arrange for the following services:
      • Child Care
      • Limited Transportation
      • Interpreting


Summer Institute Registration

It is also not too early to start thinking about summer!  Registration for HCPSS Summer Institute classes will begin February 1st at 7:00 pm.  

This high quality, low cost camp filled up in days last year.  Be prepared!  Although the new course offerings are not listed, they will be almost identical to last year's offerings. (I included a link below).  You will not need to know what activities your child wants when you initially sign up.

They are still working out the details but this year's cost should be about $600 (FARMS/$300). I have access to additional scholarships if needed.  You do not need to put down the entire amount to hold your space and can get a full refund if you withdraw before the classes start.

Rising K-5 will be at Clarksville Elementary

Rising 6 - 9 will be at River Hill High School

Transportation is included.

(GT Summer Institute classes length varies with no transportation)
Check out last year's book now:

2018 Summer Catalog 

Please reach out to me by phone: 410-313-6893 or email Andrea_Frank@hcpss.org with any questions.


Friday, January 18, 2019 (All day)