RBES Newsletter - November 30, 2018



3rd                 CogAT Testing – Grades 3 and 5
4th                 CogAT Testing – Grade 3
                      5th Grade Field Trip to Philadelphia
5th                 Hearing & Vision Screening
                      CogAT Testing – Grades 3 and 5
6th                 Penguin Patch at 5:30pm
14th               2nd Grade Field Trip to the Science Center
18th               PTA Meeting at 7:00pm
19th               Progress Reports Issued
24th – 28th    Schools Closed – Winter Break


1st                   Schools Closed – New Year’s Day
21st                 Schools Closed – MLK Jr. Day
28th                 Early Dismissal – School closes at 12:55 pm




RBES 2nd Annual Penguin Patch Holiday Shoppe

Mark your calendars because the Penguin Patch Holiday Shoppe is next week!

On Thursday, December 6th, (5:30-8:00 pm) students will have the opportunity to prepare for the holidays by shopping for their loved ones!  Staff will assist your children as they pick out that "perfect" gift, while parents have the opportunity to do some shopping in the cafeteria, visiting several local vendors and crafters!  
We hope to see you there!


Enter for a Chance to Win New Bike!!!

Here’s your chance for new wheels for the holidays.  We are raffling off bikes (20 inch wheels – for riders 4’2” to 5’) at the Penguin Patch.  Tickets are $1 each or 7 for $5.  You don’t need to be present to win.  100% of the proceeds will go Running Brook’s Blessing in a Backpack Program.  More than half of our students rely on eating breakfast and lunch at Running Brook 5 days a week.  This program sends home a bag of kid friendly food and snacks on Fridays for the weekend.

Want to find out more about the Blessings Program?  Contact Mrs. Frank for information on how to donate or to register your student to be a part of it.  

Look for the form in your student's folder if you would like to purchase tickets in advance, stop by the front office or purchase tickets at the Penguin Patch.



Toys for Tots at Running Brook Elementary School

Running Brook Elementary School will, once again, host the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Toys for Tots Event on the morning of December 24th. If you would like to attend, please contact Mrs. Hartlove and arrange to pick up a pass from our front office. This pass will verify that you have children enrolled at Running Brook and will allow you to attend the event and choose gifts, without your children being present.


RBES Yearbooks on Sale Now!

The yearbook is now accepting preorders. A paper flier will come home with students soon, but online orders are now being accepted. Attached is the flier with pricing and click the link below for online ordering.

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


Free & Discounted Benefits for Qualifying HCPSS Families

Did you know FARMs is much more than just breakfast and lunch: The Free and Reduced-Priced Meals (FARMs) program provides access to an array of services for qualified families including free and reduced-priced breakfasts and lunches, free SAT and ACT registration, free tuition to take college courses at Howard Community College while still enrolled in high school, free college applications, reduced AP exam fees, reduced costs for a number of services provided by Howard County Rec and Parks, Columbia Association and Comcast, and much more.

Visit the HCPSS Website for more information and to apply.


Young Authors' Contest

All students in grades 2-5 are invited to enter a poem or short story for the State of Maryland Literacy Association's Young Authors' Contest.  Guidelines and cover forms have been sent home to students.  All entries are due to Running Brook by December 14th.  Please contact Mrs. Shaffer, Mrs. Armellino or Mrs. James if you have any questions.


2018- 2019 RBES Spelling Bee

  • Open to all 4th and 5th grade students
  • ELA class Spelling Bees will be completed by January 4th. Practice packets will be provided.
  • The top two winners from each ELA class will advance to the school-wide bee.
  • The school-wide bee will occur on January 11th at 2:30 in the cafeteria, with a snow date of January 18th.
  • The winner of the school-wide bee and one alternate will go onto the county-wide bee at River Hill on March 8th (snow date of March 9th).


Friday, November 30, 2018 (All day)