Autumn is marching on, and the holidays are coming up fast! Check out each individual school below for music performances, fundraising events, food and clothing drives, volunteer opportunities, and much more.
   
Have a wonderful day!
Sandy Cederbaum, Village Manager 
Amy Carpenter, Administrative Assistant

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Oakland Mills School Happenings

                  November 8 , 2017        Issue: 28

Oakland Mills High School (OMHS)
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Support Oakland Mills Sports! 
Congratulations to OM Cross Country teams! The boys cross country team placed 3rd at the 2A South Regional Championship and the girls placed 6th. Both teams qualified for the State Championships, which will be held at Hereford High School on November 11th. 

Attend OMHS games and cheer for our Scorps!

Congratulations to Ms. Stavinski & Ms. Fick 
on receiving a Bright Minds Foundation grant for OM's hOMbase mentoring program!

String-a-palooza
November 14th & 15th, 7:00 p.m. (both nights)
OMHS auditorium
OMHS feeder schools' strings groups will perform, as well as the OMHS orchestra.

International High School Exchange Opportunity, Summer 2018
Interested in traveling to Cergy-Pontoise, France or Tres Cantos, Spain this summer?  Students studying French or Spanish, level III or above, have the opportunity through Columbia Association's (CA) Sister Cities program to spend two weeks with a French or Spanish host family, then host a French or Spanish teen for two weeks upon returning home. An information session will be held at the CA headquarters, located at 6310 Hillside Court, Columbia on Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 7-8pm. For more information, contact Laura Smit (410)715-3162 or  International@ColumbiaAssociation.org.

Concert for Kids
December 2nd, 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
OMHS Auditorium
Join over 150 performers from seven Howard County high schools and professional local soloists as we start the holiday season with an Oakland Mills tradition. Holiday music featuring a full orchestra and choir, dancers, readings by on-air radio personalities from WBAL Radio as well as a visit from our very own Santa will get your toes tapping and lift your spirits. Visit our Holiday Boutique (open from 12:30 to 10:00 p.m.) to find unique gifts and auction items. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.concertforkids.net.  

Dance Concert
December 16th, 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Band Concert
December 18th, 7:00 p.m.

OMHS Food Pantry
Nov. 30; Dec. 21; Jan. 25
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.

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

Oakland Mills Middle School (OMMS)

OMMS Winter Chorus Concert
December 14th, 6:30 p.m.
OMMS Cafeteria

OMMS Band/Orchestra Winter Concert
December 19th, 6:30 p.m.
OMHS Auditorium

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)
 
Winter Gear Drive 
The SFES Safety Patrol will sponsor a Winter Gear Drive through November 17th. Please help make this Winter Gear Drive successful by donating new or gently used coats, hats, and gloves for the students. Your kindness and generosity are greatly appreciated.
 
Book Fair
November 15-21
 
SFES Turkey Trot
November 17, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The turkey trot is Stevens Forest PTA's biggest fall fundraiser. Students write letters to family and friends asking for donations in support of their running in the event.
 
Safety Matters:
  • Dogs on School Property - While many of us love our furry friends, please remember that dogs are not allowed on school property during school hours. This is especially applicable during arrival an dismissal. Thank you for help in keeping our students safe!
  • Safety on Stevens Forest Road - Families are parking on the west side of Stevens Forest Road directly across from the school and then crossing the street at that location. This action is dangerous! Please use the designated crosswalks or tunnel at Kilimanjaro Road or the crosswalk across from the pool to cross Stevens Forest Road. Safety is our first priority. Thank you for your cooperation!
     
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
*Please note that due to a scheduling conflict the 11/8 PTA meeting will begin at  
7:30 p.m. in the Media Center. 
 
For ongoing SFES fundraising opportunities, click here.
 
Please click here for the SFES PTA website.

Talbott Springs Elementary School (TSES)

New Playground!
TSES has a new playground, which students are being gradually introduced to. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held in the morning on November 8th.

Scholastic Book Fair
November 20th & 21st, 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. both days

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)
 
Business Partners Needed
Thunder Hill Elementary School is seeking to establish school partnerships with local businesses to enhance the educational experiences of our students. If you own a business or know of a business owner that might be interested in becoming a THES business partner, feel free to contact Mr. West at 410-313-6922, or by email charles_west@hcpss.org. Thanks for your continued support!

PTA Family Movie Night - "Disneynature: Born in China"
November 17th, 6:30 p.m.
Tickets will NOT be sold at the door. Ticket sales close November 15th or when sold out. For more information and to pre-order tickets, click here.

Turkey Trot
November 20th (rain date November 21st), during school
THES stud ents will run as many laps as they can to raise money for school programs.

Fit2Order's Fit Family Night
November 29th, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Free family wellness event for Thunder Hill families. Click   here for a link to the flier. 

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.
 
Please click here for more PTA information.
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UPCOMING RESTAURANT NIGHTS

TSES Chick-fil-A Night
November 8th, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
6375 Dobbin Road, Columbia

OMHS FAB Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A
November 13th, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
6375 Dobbin Rd., Columbia

THES Chick-fil-A Night
November 15th, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
4905 Executive Park Dr., Columbia
Present this flier to the cashier.

OMHS PTA After Prom Fundraiser at Panera Bread
November 27th, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
6435 Dobbin Rd.

Howard County Public School System 
 
*Schools will close 3 hours early on the following dates:
  • November 10th
  • November 20th and 21st 
*Schools will be closed on November 22-24th.

Open Enrollment for Qualified Health Plans, Through December 15
Includes Medicaid. Click here for more information.

School Redistricting
 
2018-19 Redistricting Process Timeline
 
Board of Education Public Hearings and Work Sessions
  • Thursday, November 9, 7:30pm, Work Session III
  • Tuesday, November 14, 7:30pm, Work Session IV
Approval of Attendance Area Adjustment Plan
  • Thursday, November 16, 7:30pm, Approval: The Board of Education reviews the recommendations and decides whether it will move to approve changes in the school attendance areas at a Board of Education meeting. After the Board of Education's Attendance Area Adjustment decision citizens may submit appeals.

Board of Education Seeks Community Input on Superintendent Search
Online survey deadline: November 22nd. 
Click  here  for more information.

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, November 16th, 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 7th, 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 19th, 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, November 28, 2017.

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 

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.