Kindergarten and pre-k parents! It's time to register your children for school. See the HCPSS section for links to info and online applications. Also, congratulations to all of our OM school choirs, orchestras, and bands who have participated in adjudication recently. Our young musicians have been busy giving fantastic performances that have earned lots of applause!
 
   
Stay warm during this wintry spring weather!
Sandy Cederbaum, Village Manager 
Amy Carpenter, Administrative Assistant

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Oakland Mills School Happenings

                  March 20 , 2018        Issue: 36

Oakland Mills High School (OMHS)
Website  
 
Support Oakland Mills Sports! 
Attend OMHS games and cheer for our Scorps! 

Community Food Pantry at OMHS
Thursday, March 29th
3:00-5:00 pm
OMHS has a food pantry! Individuals and families looking to get food should enter OMHS through the double doors on the front right of the building. Signs will be posted.

After Prom Volunteers and Donations Needed
Donations needed: gift cards in any amount, 3 canopies (like the beach kind) to create "chill" spaces, small strings of lights (white or orange) for the canopies, waffle irons, pub style tables and chairs, and a couple pick up trucks to transport Foosball/air hockey tables. We also need 30 volunteers to put on a great and safe event. Parents/guardians of freshman and sophomore students please consider "paying it forward" and helping out. If your child is a junior or senior, we really need your help as well!  One of our best-kept secrets is that this is really fun for the volunteers, too. Please contact Jennifer ( dandjatkins@verizon.net ) to donate and/or volunteer!

OMHS PTSA: Please click  here.  
OMHS Boosters: Please click  here.

Oakland Mills Middle School (OMMS)

Congratulations to the OMMS Band and Wind Ensemble!
The OMMS Band was the only middle school band in the state to be invited to perform at Maryland Music Educators Association State Conferencem earlier this month.The Wind Ensemble also got a standing ovation!

Volunteer!
The PTSA is currently in need of individuals to fill the following positions:
  • Treasurer
  • Correspondance Secretary
If you are interested, please contact the PTSA President, Alan Romack at president@ommsptsa.org

OMMS PTSA : Please click  here.  

Stevens Forest Elementary School (SFES)
 
PTA Dinner & Auction  
March 23rd, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. 
Gather with other families at SFES for dinner and an auction serving as our biggest fundraiser for the PTA. Items to bid on may include Disney Park tickets, restaurant gift certificates, special events with our staff and teachers and more. 

SFES Bingo Night Rescheduled!
The new date will be April 6th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Other Barn. Admission is free, and cards are $1 for 5 Bingo cards. Fun, non-cash prizes awarded. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Brigitta Warren at 410-730-4610 or events@oaklandmills.org.
 
SFES PTA:  
PTA meetings for the 2017-2018 school year will be held on the
second Wednesday of the month in the Media Center at 6:30 p.m
 
For ongoing SFES fundraising opportunities, click here.
 
Please click here for the SFES PTA website.

Talbott Springs Elementary School (TSES)
 
Road to Kindergarten
April 18th, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
at TSES
For TSES and SFES families

TSES PTA Spring Dance
May 10th 

TSES PTA: 
PTA meetings for the 2017-2018 school year will be held on the third Thursday of the month at 7pm. 
 
Please click here f or more PTA information.

Thunder Hill Elementary School (THES)
 
THES STEAM Day
April 12th
Volunteers still needed! Contact Linda Ferrara at linda_ferrara@hcpss.org or Katherine Atkinson at Katherine_atkinson@hcpss.org if you have questions or would like to volunteer. 

Science Investigation & Invention Fair 2018
March 15th, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
THES Cafeteria

THES PTA:
PTA meetings for the 2017-2018 school year will be held on the second Monday of the month in the Media Center at 6:30pm.

PTA Volunteer Position Openings:
Lots of positions are open!  Email Abbey Wedeking at  president.thespta@gmail.com  for more info.
 
Please click here for more PTA information.
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UPCOMING RESTAURANT NIGHTS

THES Restaurant Night at Tino's Italian Bistro
TODAY! (March 20th) 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
8775 Centre Park Drive, Columbia
No flier needed.

TSES PTA Restaurant Night at Bertucci's
March 21st, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
9081 Snowden River Pkwy, Columbia

OMHS Night at Betrucci's
March 27th, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
9081 Snowden River Parkway
Funds will help the After Prom and scholarship! Click for flier.

SFES Restaurant Night at Burger King
April 30th from 5:00-9:00pm
7106 Minstrel Way, Columbia


Howard County Public School System 
 
*No school March 30 and April 2-3.  

To make up for the five inclement weather school closings this school year, schools will now be in session April 4th, 5th, and 6th; May 18th (dismiss three-hours early); and June 15th (dismiss three hours early). Additionally, to adjust for the June 15th last student day, June 12th is now a full day for students. An updated calendar can be found on the HCPSS website.


Emergency and Weather School Closing News Resources
Click here to find out how to get word when schools close for emergencies and weather.

Coffee and Conversation with the Board of Education

March 15, 7:30-9:00 p.m. 

Jeffers Hill Elementary School Media Center


Choose Civility Poster and Video Contest
Entries now being accepted through March 25
All HCPSS students are encouraged to enter the countywide Choose Civility poster and video contest. This year's theme is "choose2Bkind," focusing on how the little things we do every day can make our community stronger and inspire others. Full details, including entry criteria and submission information, are available online.

3rd Grade Art Showcase, Through April 16, 2018
Howard County Department of Education
10910 Clarksville Pk., Ellicott City
Showcase hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Online Kindergarten Registration for the 2018-19 school year NOW OPEN.
Registration and info can be found here. Pre-k registration is not available online and must be done at the individual school. For more info on pre-k registration, click here.
 
School Performance and Gallery Schedule 
The HCPSS Office of Fine Arts schedule of student dance, theater and music performances and visual arts exhibits is now available.
 
Board of Education Regular Meetings 
  • Thursday, March 22nd, 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 10th, 4:00 p.m 
All meetings are held in the Boardroom of the Department of Education, 10910 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City.

Oakland Mills Education Committee
 
Committee meets the 4th Tuesday of each month from 
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at The Other Barn.  Everyone is welcome. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018.   

For more information contact Oakland Mills Board of Directors Chair and Education Committee Chair, Jonathan Edelson at jledelson.omca@gmail.com 

 
Dispose of your expired or unwanted prescription medications at
HC Drug Free's free permanent drop-off location at
Community Outreach, 10741 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia

Volunteers needed! HC DrugFree is looking for adult and student volunteers for the next convenient drive-thru prescription and over-the-counter medication and "sharps" (needles, syringes and EpiPens) collection to be held on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot. Wear your school's spirit wear, scout uniform, or church group attire. For more information, contact Admin@hcdrugfree.org

HC DrugFree Teen Advisory Council Meetings 
March 19th and April 16th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at The Barn (Teen Center) in the Oakland Mills Village Center. TAC is open to all Howard County high school students and community service hours are available. Free pizza. Teens and parents must complete the registration form found on the Teen Advisory Council page at  www.hcdrugfree.org and teens must RSVP to  Admin@hcdrugfree.org before each meeting.

Volunteer Opportunities

Please be sure to check out the volunteer opportunities at each individual school.

HC DrugFree
HC Drug Free is looking for parent/adult volunteers. Please email Admin@hcdrugree.org to volunteer. Include your availability and specify whether you can type, are willing to drive to pharmacies or liquor stores, and/or have any special skills or interests. 

Blessings in a Backpack
Please support Talbott Springs in this Community Outreach program. One hundred percent of the money raised goes to purchase food. To support Blessings in a Backpack, visit  blessingsinabackpack.org and select Talbott Springs. All donations are tax deductible. We thank you for your support for our students in need.  

A-OK Mentoring 
Make a difference! Help enhance the academic and social development of identified Howard County elementary school students in schools near you through a consistent, supportive relationship with a child.  Volunteers must be available weekday, daytime hours to meet one-on-one with an assigned student during the school day or with students in small groups in afterschool programs.
Please sign up at  www.aokmentor.org.

Volunteer Training
According to HCPSS Board Policy, all volunteers must complete a Confidentiality Training Course about protecting the privacy of our students, staff, and schools. View the Volunteer Certification Course  here.