Once a year the school hosts a book fair, giving students and parents an opportunity to purchase books at reasonable prices. The book fair usually runs for one week. In addition, teachers leave their wish lists for their classrooms, and parents are invited to donate a book to their classroom.
This is an evening program to showcase the achievements of students in all grades.
In the spring a Field Day is held where students spend most of the day outside participating in active games and events. Parent volunteers are integral to the success of Field Day.
Every year each grade typically takes at least one field trip. Trips taken in recent school years have included: pumpkin picking at a local farm, a play at a local theater, an art museum, the Lady Baltimore boat trip, and an outdoor program in the Genesee Valley in Maryland. Field trips may be changed or deleted depending upon curriculum, time constraints, or other factors. All chaperones must receive volunteer training PRIOR to the field trip. The volunteer training is provided by HES and each volunteer must receive training annually.
On (or about) October 31, students are invited to participate in a school Halloween parade. No masks or weapons are allowed. It's fun to see the staff and students in their costumes. Parents are welcome to see the parade around the blacktop near the elementary school playground. The time of the parade will be announced.
Each year the children are given the opportunity to perform a science experiment or study and present the results at the fair. This is an optional but encouraged activity. Even if your child does not do a science project, you should visit the school on Science Fair night, as other student projects are presented. The fair is typically held in May.
Simulated Congressional Hearing
This is part of a Howard County Public School System's annual elementary school social studies program -- We The People Simulated Congressional Hearings. The hearings are the capstone for the fifth grade social studies curriculum in which students study American historical, political and constitutional issues. During the mock hearings, students testify, as expert witnesses, to demonstrate their understanding of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights. Students are judged by a panel comprised of public officials, community representatives, constitutional scholars, parents, and state and local curriculum experts who sit as a congressional committee holding public hearings within each participating school. This event is usually held in May.