RBES Newsletter - Panther Press

Important Dates

October 1 Student Picture Day
October 8 3rd Grade Field Trip to Howard County Conservancy
October 15 School Closed for Students - Professional Development Day


News and Events

MCAP Assessments
MCAP assessments will take for 4th and 5th grade on September 20th (math) & September 21st (ELA).  To help prepare for the MCAP, families can make sure their students get a good night's sleep. Please contact Mrs. Spivey if you have any questions.  

Volunteer Opportunities
Effective Monday, Sept. 20, all volunteers who enter HCPSS schools to interact with or support students must provide proof of vaccination status or a negative COVID-19 test (within seven days of the current date) to school administration when they check-in at the front office. Volunteers must be masked regardless of their vaccination status. Volunteers may be able to access the free weekly testing offered within school and office buildings, subject to the availability of tests. 

Volunteers should perform a COVID-19 health check every day before coming to an HCPSS building and should stay home if they are experiencing any symptom(s) associated with any communicable disease.

Additionally, all volunteers must complete a Confidentiality Training Course about protecting the privacy of our students, staff, and schools, and the Child Abuse and Neglect Training about reporting any suspicion of child abuse or neglect to the Howard County Department of Social Services. Please see the links for answers to some frequently asked questions below:

BSAP Saturday Math Academy
Virtual Fall 2021 Program, Registration Opens Sept. 25, 2021
The HCPSS Black Student Achievement Program (BSAP) Saturday Math Academy has been in existence since 1992. The program was developed in response to parents seeking math enrichment for their students. The priority was to learn instructional mathematical strategies to support their children at home and to accelerate academic achievement.

This year, the BSAP Saturday Math Academy will offer a virtual enrichment program for Howard County Public School System students in all levels of math for grades 3-12.

CLICK HERE for more information. 

COVID-19 Self Screening Symptoms Reminder
Parents/guardians should keep their children home if they are experiencing symptom(s) associated with any communicable disease, including COVID-19. In addition, parents/guardians are to perform the following COVID-19 health check every day before the student leaves home.
A student should NOT come to school with any of these symptoms:

  • fever of 100.4 degrees or higher
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • diarrhea or vomiting
  • new onset of severe headache (especially with fever), or
  • new loss of taste or smell

For persons with chronic conditions such as asthma, the symptoms should represent a change from baseline.

Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run will be back this Fall! Registration is open for the 9-week season, which will begin the week of September 20. The end-of-season 5K weekend is scheduled for November 13-14, 2021. Running Brook ES will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:15 pm at Running Brook Elementary School. Teams adhere to health and safety policies & have the ability to transition to virtual meetings in event of COVID-related meeting restrictions. Registration is $165 and includes a program shirt, water bottle, 5K registration, 5K shirt and finisher’s medal, as well as a cinch sack with all necessary program materials. 
Financial assistance is available - for more information contact Susan Michel at 443-864-8593 or susan.michel@girlsontherun.org. For more details and to register, visit gotrcentralmd.org. Teams are limited to 20 girls and registration is first-come, first-served.

Interest Survey 2021-2022
Running Brook values parents and families as partners in education and we look forward to working together to provide the resources necessary for your students to be successful. 
Many resources, opportunities and programs are available at Running Brook, both during and beyond the school day. Please select all of the items that you are interested in receiving information about. All information will remain confidential.

RBES Interest Survey

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 https://www.hcpss.org/food-services/farms/ for more information and to apply.

Winter Clothing Drives Benefit HCPSS Students
HCPSS partners Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, Inc. and the MultiService Center (MSC) are sponsoring winter clothing drives this fall. Donations are currently being accepted at the dates and locations below. Any family in need may pick up donated items, with no registration or proof of need required. The coat drives benefit families served by the HCPSS Pupil Personnel Services office.

Donation Information
AKA will be accepting donations of new coats, hats, scarves, and gloves for men, women, and children through September 24 at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center and the Florence Bain Senior Center.

MSC will be accepting donations of new and gently used adult and child-sized coats, gloves, mittens, and scarves through October 5. Donations can be made at MSC, 9900 Whiskey Bottom Road, Suite I, Laurel 20723, on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, September 21, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 23, 2:00 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 28, 2:00 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 30, 2:00 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 5, 2:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Clothing Pickup
AKA will distribute donated items at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center on September 25 from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. For more information, contact Nona Carroll.

MSC will distribute donated items at the North Laurel Community Center on October 16 from 1- 3 p.m. Attendees are required to wear masks and socially distance. Due to COVID-19, attendees will not be allowed to try on coats. For more information, call 410-313-0220


Friday, September 17, 2021 (All day)