Essex Elementary P’s & Q’s

The student school day starts at 9:00 a.m.  The first bell rings at 8:45 where the doors open and students are allowed in the building.  Instruction starts at 9:00 a.m.  Please try to have your child here on time.  Students are marked late after 9:00 a.m. Dismissal time is 3:30 p.m.

If someone other than the parent/guardian on file wants to pick up a child early from school, a note must be sent in to the teacher.  We cannot release a child, even if they are on your emergency contact sheet, without a note.  This is Baltimore County Public School policy and is for your child’s safety.

Utilize Class DoJo and teacher emails to communicate with your child’s teacher.  Staff emails are on the back of the monthly newsletters.

Free & Reduced Lunch Forms—If you have not completed your lunch form, please send them in at your earliest convenience.  This documentation from all families helps us with our Title I program.

Please utilize all parking spots when picking up a child after school.  Be mindful of visitors trying to come onto the parking lot and trying to leave the parking lot.  Do not block the entrance to get into the school parking lot. 

Remember, all students receive breakfast in the morning.  If your child has food allergies, please contact your child’s teacher, Nurse Gorman and our cafeteria manager, Mrs. Markwood.


Volunteer training needs to be done every school year.  Remember, your forms need to be sent to the office upon completion so we can update our files.  You cannot attend field trips or volunteer in the classroom without this training.

School supplies—if your child needs a book bag, please have them come to the office, we have received several new bookbags from our community business partners for the boys and girls at Essex Elementary.

PTA—Join the PTA!  The PTA serves as:

A powerful voice for all children.

A relevant resource for families and communities.

A strong advocate for the education and

well-being of every child.

Counselor’s Corner News

A message from Ms. Simpson

Well it is already October and the weather is changing!  Red Ribbon Week will be acknowledged from October 28th through November 1st.   It is a time when we celebrate being drug-free in our school!  Children are exposed to the drug culture through the media as well as in real life experiences. Guiding children through providing information and discussion to help them understand that using drugs is a poor choice will help them say no to drugs when they are older.

Stopping Bullying in our school is the topic for our classroom guidance lessons in October.  Students will be learning ways to identify bullying and to get help.

Sleep please make sure that your children are getting enough sleep to do their best in school.  Young children need at least 12 to 13 hours of sleep. Older elementary school children need at least 10 hours of sleep to be alert and energetic enough to retain learning, complete their schoolwork and be successful in dealing with their peers.  All too often we see students that are sleep deprived and unable to stay awake in class or very lethargic and unable to complete their work or understand what they were taught.  I can’t tell you how many students have told me that they sneak and play their electronics long into the middle of the night and into morning. Please try and make a plan for your children to get consistent age appropriate sleep!!!!!

We can’t thank you enough!

The faculty and staff want to give a heartfelt and a very special thank you to the following community businesses for their generous donations of school supplies, backpacks and support during our first week back to school.

Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce, Church of the Harbor, Constellation Homebuilder Systems, Costco (Pulaski Highway Store), Essex Senior Center, Middle River Golden Age Club, North Point Yacht Club and St. John’s Lutheran Church.

We truly appreciate your kindness and generosity!

What a way to start the School Year!

VIP Breakfast

Very Important People, Very Important Pandas!

Our first VIP Breakfast was a huge success, we were so happy to see so many families come out enjoying breakfast together with their student(s). Thanks to all that attended, we hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did. Huge Thanks to all our parent, teacher & staff volunteers that helped make this event the success that it was.

Without volunteers, the PTA cannot do all the things we do for our students, teachers and school.  We have an amazing lineup of activities, events and fundraisers for this year, if you are interested in volunteering please contact the PTA at  We are currently working on adding those that signed up to be contacted by SignUpGensis when volunteers are needed, we will be reaching out to you soon.

Bay-Vanguard Federal Savings Bank

Student BUSY BEE SAVINGS Account

Teach your children how to save for the future.

Buzz into saving with a BUSY BEE account!

Minimum deposit of $5.00 to open account

Minor must be the primary account holder with a parent

or guardian as a custodian and signer on the account

* Interest is compounded daily and credited quarterly

* No monthly maintenance fees

Once $250.00 is saved, your child will receive a special gift.

Bay Vanguard Federal Savings Bank is not affiliated with Baltimore County Public Schools.


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