RBES Newsletter 9-14-18

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 4:47pm

Running Brook Elementary School
 Panther Press
September 14, 2018

Important Dates


18    Fall Picture Day
19    School & Offices Closed
25    6:00 – 6:30 GT/PTA Presentation
        6:30 - Back to School Night – K – 2nd Grades
26    6:00 – 6:30 GT/PTA Presentation
        6:30 - Back to School Night – 3rd – 5th Grades


1     MAP Testing – 1st Grade – ELA
2     MAP Testing – 1st Grade – Math
3     Early Dismissal - School Closes at 12:50 pm
   MAP Testing – 2nd Grade – ELA
    MAP Testing – 2nd Grade – Math
11    Flu Clinic

News and Events

Family Involvement Survey
Running Brook values parents and families as partners in education.  Many resources and programs are available at Running Brook both during and beyond the school day.  Please follow the link below to fill out this this survey if you were unable to fill out the paper copy that was sent home last week.  We look forward to working together to provide the resources necessary for your students to be successful.
Click Here to Complete the Survey

Family File – Emergency Contact Information
The Family File needs to be updated for EVERY student EVERY year!
It is very important that a Family File Form is updated for EVERY STUDENT. Students who do not have one updated will not be able to participate in any Field Trips. We currently have 298 students that do not have one completed, 59% of our student body.  If you have not updated one for your child(ren) please do so today.  You can access the Family File via HCPSS Connect . If you need help, please call the school and Mrs. Ott or Mrs. Kwon will be glad to help you. A copy of the reference guide will be sent home with students today. If you do not have access to a computer you can visit the school to use one in the office.
Thank you to the 41% that have updated the Family File.

Free and Reduced Meals (FARMS)
HCPSS participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs which provide families with significant benefits to help save money. Qualification is based on family size and income, and enrollment is confidential. All children in households receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can get free meals regardless of income, and students from households that meet federal income guidelines are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals. Those eligible for reduced-price meals pay $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch. Families must submit a new application every school year. Please submit only one application per family. Click Here to apply online. You will need your students ID number. A paper application was sent home on September 7th.

Back to School Night – September 25th and September 26th
Below you will find our Back to School Night schedule for September 25th & 26th. The evening will run a little differently than past years because we will hold two sessions each night. This means if you have children in multiple primary or intermediate grades, you will have the opportunity to spend 30 minutes with each grade level. Also, we will have a GT/PTA presentation in the cafeteria each night from 6:00-6:30pm for any parents that would like more information about our Gifted & Talented program or to learn more about our PTA. Doors will open at 6:15pm for any families not attending the GT/PTA meeting. Please let us know if you have any questions.
September 25th (K-2nd) - (Doors will open for families not attending GT presentation at 6:15pm)

  • 6:00 - 6:30pm - GT/PTA Presentation in the Cafeteria
  • 6:35 - 6:40pm - Welcome from Mr. Esposito & Mrs. Brewrink
  • 6:40 - 7:10pm - Session # 1
  • 7:10 - 7:20pm - Transition
  • 7:20 - 7:50pm - Session # 2
  • 7:50 - 8:00pm - Closure 

September 26th (3rd - 5th) - (Doors will open for families not attending GT presentation at 6:15pm)

  • 6:00 - 6:30pm - GT/PTA Presentation in the Cafeteria
  • 6:35 - 6:40pm - Welcome from Mr. Esposito & Mrs. Brewrink
  • 6:40 - 7:10pm - Session # 1
  • 7:10 - 7:20pm – Transition
  • 7:20 - 7:50pm - Session # 2
  • 7:50 - 8:00pm – Closure

From the Health Room
It is that time of year again for Flu vaccines.  The Flu Clinic for Running Brook Elementary School will take place on Thursday October 11, 2018.  Flu clinic forms will be sent home with students.  The forms will need to be signed by the student’s parent/guardian and returned to the health room before the flu clinic date.  Online forms are also available and may be completed by using the attached link, www.vaccineconsent.com . Please contact the Health Room at (410) 313-7442 with any questions or concerns.
Letter of Consent – English 
Letter of Consent – Spanish 

“Get Ready Packets”
If your child has completed the "Get Ready For Your Grade" summer packets, please send them back to Mrs. Schaffer or Mrs. Mulroe.

Girls on the Run Registration Opened August 19th
Girls on the Run® inspires girls in grades 3-5 to be joyful, healthy, and confident by using running to teach valuable life skills. Use the website https://www.gotrcentralmd.org/
For any questions regarding registration or financial assistance please call Susan at 443-864-8593. Scholarships are available.
Girls on the Run will be meeting on Tuesday's and Thursday's from 4-5:15pm beginning Thursday, September 20th.

Band & Strings News
It's time to sign up for band and strings!  3rd graders may sign up for strings this year!  4th graders may sign up for band, or continue on strings (if they played last year).  Look for letters sent home with students as well as emails from Mrs. Carpenter about signing up for band and strings.

Chorus News
If you have a child in 4th or 5th grade who loves to sing, don't forget to sign them up for the Running Brook Chorus! Students build community with one another by learning beautiful music together and performing in two concerts. There is no cost to participate. The deadline to turn in permission slips has been extended to Monday, September 17th. Click the links below to review the contracts
4th Grade Chorus Contract 
5th Grade Chorus Contract 


Bike Rodeo and Fun Day, sponsored by St John United Church, Saturday, September 22, 9am-2pm in the Wilde Lake Interfaith Parking Lot. Rodeo with 6 skills stations, bike & helmet checks, demonstrations, bike decorating & give-aways.  Learn about bike safety and plans for the future Bikeway.  Supported by the Maryland DOT Highway Safety Office, Howard County Office of Transportation, Bike Advocates of Howard County, and the Horizon Foundation. Visit: https://www.sjunited.org/events or contact: BikeRodeoHoward@gmail.com

BSAP Math Academy
Saturdays, 9 a.m. - noon
Oakland Mills Middle School
Certified teachers off mentoring and enrichment in all levels of mathematics to a dierse population. Students have the opportunity to engage in STEM-related activities and chess instruction.
Fall 2018 Registration - September 29  
Session dates - 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, /12/1)
Optional Parent Information Meeting September 22nd 9 - 10:30 for more information, visit:

African American Round Table Education Forum:  Charting Your Student's Future
Sept 24, 2018 - 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Wilde Lake High School
Workshop Sessions :
Gifted & Talented/STEM Programs
Beneficial Use of Social Media & Technology
Social & Emotional Learning
Featured Speakers:
Michael Martirano, Ed.D., Superintendent, HCPSS
Larry Walker, President, AACR
Light refreshment and childcare available for Pre-K through Grade 5

Blessings in a Backpack is a non-profit organization that works to support elementary school students who are at-risk for hunger. Each Friday during the school year, students supported by the Blessings in a Backpack Program are given supplemental food to ensure that they do not go hungry over the weekend. We are hoping to be able to offer this program to all qualified RBES students.

It costs approximately $100 per student to provide food for the thirty-eight-week school year, but any donation amount is truly appreciated.   All money raised will be used to feed our RBES kids.

Ways to donate:
Donations can be made online or by check.

To donate directly, on-line to the Running Brook Elementary School account, please visit:
Charges appear on your credit card statement as Blessings in a Backpack/Blackbaud Merchant Services.

Donations by check should be made payable to Blessings in a Backpack with Running Brook Elementary School on the memo line. Please send all checks to the following address:
Blessings in a Backpack
P.O. BOX 950291
Louisville, KY 40295

Donors will receive a thank you letter containing the Blessings in a Backpack Federal Tax ID# which serves as a charitable gift receipt.   

For more information about the Blessings in a Backpack program at RBES contact Andrea Frank at andrea_frank@hcpss.org or Jane Hartlove at Jane_Hartlove@hcpss.org