Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Registration

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Registration is just around the corner!  If you have a child that meets the age of entry requirements contact the office to receive a registration packet and appointment date and time for your and your child to register for the Fall of 2020. 
  For pre-kindergarten, your child must be born between 9/2/15—9/1/16. For kindergarten, your child must be born between 9/2/14—9/1/15. 
  The dates below are the only pre-screening registration dates available.   Pre-k Registration will be held on May 6th. Kindergarten Registration will be held on May 7th. 

ART Happenings at Essex Elementary ...  A Message from Mrs. Skeels 

March is Youth Art Month  
Youth Art Month Student Display at Building E Greenwood Campus, Baltimore County Board of Education.  Essex Elementary along with Mays Chapel Elementary will have student artwork displayed for the month of March along the first floor corridor.   
5th graders, 4th graders, and 3rd graders have been learning to think and behave like artists this year. Fourth and fifth grades are developing their own artwork inspired by a contemporary artist.  Third grade students are working to complete their fully developed artwork based on one of their artist trading cards.  
2nd graders created heart artwork inspired by Romero Britto to hang around the building to remind everyone about the Kids Heart Challenge in the month of February. Second graders are now exploring the world of sculpture, learning clay hand building methods to create.  
1st graders created pet portraits to donate to the Kindness for PAWS art show to support the SPCA.  The art display was at White Marsh Mall. The SPCA raised 5,500.00 through the name your price donation auction. Several schools from Baltimore County participated as well as private area schools. First grade also created ceramic heart pinch pots, painting the interior a beautiful gold to remind us of how important they are.  
Kindergarten has been creating their ceramic medallions, drawing self portraits and creating crowns as we explore imagining to be royalty.  
Baltimore Counties Summer Visual Arts Enrichment Camp July 6-17, 2020and  for Grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.  Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.. Location: Perry Hall High School. For more information and application…. 
        Save the Date!  Kenwood Art Show   Join us on the evening of April 23rd, 5-7pm. as we celebrate the arts from Essex Elementary and other feeder schools at Kenwood High in the gymnasium.  There will be artwork to view, art to create, music and Chick-fil-a for hungry show attendees.   

Class Dojo

If you haven’t signed up for CLASS DOJO, it’s not too late!  Contact your child’s teacher or go to Class Dojo Website to get more detailed information.

School information

Please be sure to use all of the parking spaces on the campus lot.  We also ask that you not block the entrance to get onto the parking lot, and do not block the parking spaces.  We want to maintain a safe, positive and welcoming atmosphere here at Essex Elementary. 

School begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. It’s important to have your child on time, as they miss the morning announcements and breakfast is also served.  Many teachers have morning work as well.

We dismiss at 3:30 p.m.  If you are getting a child out of school early, please try to pick them up by 3:00.  Be sure to send a note to your child’s teacher that your child will be leaving early so they can get any work they may be missing.

It’s important to bring a change of clothes for your child.  Accidents happen and having extra clothing in their locker keeps them from missing time in class. 

Bedtime routines are very important for elementary age children.  Please make sure your child is getting the required 9-11 hours of sleep. 

Clothing and shoe donations are needed.  If you are cleaning out your child’s closet and have pants/sweatpants/socks and shoes that are in good condition, please contact Nurse Gorman by phone or email to see what items she needs.   

A Message from the School Nurse

Life is Better with Clean Hands 
CDC has launched Life is Better with Clean Hands, a national campaign encouraging parents to make clean hands a healthy habit for the whole family.
Handwashing is an easy, inexpensive, and effective way to help your family stay healthy. Studies have shown that handwashing can prevent 1 in 3 diarrhea-related sicknesses and 1 in 5 respiratory infections, such as a cold or the flu. When your family is healthy, you don’t have to worry about missing school, work, or other activities.

Help your children make handwashing a healthy habit at home, school, and play by teaching kids the five easy steps for handwashing—wet, lather, scrub, rinse and dry—and the key times to wash hands, such as after using the bathroom or before eating.

Giving frequent reminders so that handwashing becomes a habit and a regular part of your child’s day.  Leading by example by washing your hands.  Handwashing is one of the most important things you can do to prevent food poisoning. Follow these handwashing tips to make sure you have clean hands when preparing food:
Wash hands before, during, and after preparing food and before eating. Wash your hands often. Be sure to wash before preparing any food and after touching raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs.
Wash your hands the right way. Wet your hands with water before applying soap. Scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails for at least 20 seconds before, during, and after handling any food.
Wash your hands often when you cook to prevent the spread of germs. Your hands can spread germs in the kitchen, so always wash your hands to prevent cross-contamination.
Wash hands before and after using gloves. Gloves can get contaminated with germs from your hands. Be sure to wash your hands before and after using gloves to prevent the spread of germs.

For more information on Life is Better with Clean Hands, a campaign promotion toolkit, free posters, and other resources for promoting handwashing, visit the Clean Hands Website.

PTA Corner News

Mark your calendar!

PTA Meeting March 3rd 5:30 p.m.
Mar 9-13  Bookfair
Mar 20th  PINGO
Apr 2nd  Joe Corbi Delivery
Apr 8th  Pizza John’s Family Night
Apr 30th  Paint Night 

School Social Worker News

A message from Ms. Pizzini, School Social Worker

Free Lyft ride for families!
Our friends at the United Way remind us of a great new parent resource: By calling 211, eligible parents or caregivers now have access to free transportation via Lyft drivers.  Those needing transportation can call 211 anytime between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday to request a ride.  Eligible passengers must originate and stay within the Baltimore county, Baltimore city, Anne Arundel, and Howard counties. Rides — up to five round trips per person – must be for food access, financial assistance, medical, or employment-related reasons.

Kenwood High School Food Pantry

The Kenwood High School Food Pantry is open to students and families of Essex Elementary.  

For more information, please contact  Ms. Pizzini, School Social Worker at Essex Elementary at 410-887-0117. 

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