It's January, and it's cold! See the HCPSS section below to learn how to access school emergency closure information. Class registration and high school/middle school orientation meetings start this month--more info in the OMMS section of this email. 
Stay warm and safe!
Sandy Cederbaum, Village Manager 
Amy Carpenter, Administrative Assistant

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Oakland Mills School Happenings

                  January 3 , 2018        Issue: 31

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

OM Girls Basketball rises in the rankings
OM Girls Basketball's win-loss is now 3-0 in the County and 6-2 overall. The Baltimore Sun now ranks the team #3 in the County, behind Long Reach and Howard. Congratulations, Lady Scorps, and keep up the
awesome streak!

Choir and Orchestra Concert
January 17th, 7:00 p.m.

Choral Festival
Jan. 31st 

OMHS Food Pantry
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.

In January, the AfterPrOM committee will hold a gift card drive. If you are shopping, pick up a gift card to donate as a prize to after prom OR if you receive a card that you will not use - donate it! 

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

Oakland Mills Middle School (OMMS)

Class of 2022 Parent/Student Orientation and Curriculum Fair
January 4th, evening
OMHS auditorium

Class of 2022 OMHS class registration deadline: 
January 16, 2018
Completed High School  Registration forms due back to  OMMS - with Parent and 
Student signatures.

Incoming 6th Graders Parent Information Night
January 16th, 6:30 p.m., OMMS
Contact Oakland Mills Middle School at 410-313-6937 for additional information.

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

OMMS PTSA : Please click  here.  

Stevens Forest Elementary School (SFES)
Art Night Extravaganza
January 4, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The event will feature a performance by by the SFES Choir Chimes group. Artwork by all students from each grade will be on display throughout the school. Snacks and drinks will be served after the award presentation.

PTA meetings for the 2017-2018 school year will be held on the
second Wednesday of the month in the Media Center at6:30 p.m
*Please note that the December PTA meeting was held on Dec. 6 and will NOT be held on Dec. 13.)  
For ongoing SFES fundraising opportunities, click here.
Please click here for the SFES PTA website.

Talbott Springs Elementary School (TSES)

TSES Maryland Science Center Science Night
January 11th, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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)
Family Bingo and Silent Auction Night
February 23
THES Cafeteria
Join the PTA for a fun evening of Family Bingo and Silent Auction.
Play up to 8 games of Bingo for themed prize baskets such as family movie night and art. Also, drop by the silent auction and bid on some super fantastic items!
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.

OM FAB Panera Night
January 8th, 6-9 p.m.
6435 Dobbin Rd., Columbia

Howard County Public School System 
*All schools will be closed Monday, Dec. 15th for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Also, high schools ONLY will close 3 hours early on January 24th and 25th for midterm exams. All schools will close 3 hours early on January 26th. 

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

The Howard County Board of Education announced its decision to select Interim Superintendent Michael J. Martirano as permanent superintendent for the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) during the regularly scheduled Board meeting on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. Read more...

Nominations open for HCPSS Principal of the Year and Teacher of the Year awards
Deadline 4:30 p.m. January 10th
6th Grade Art Showcase  
Through January 31, 2018
Members of the public are invited to view the 6th Grade Art Showcase, on display at the Howard County Department of Education. More info.
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.

Coffee and Conversation with the Board of Education
January 20th, 9:30 a.m.
Thomas Viaduct Middle School
7000 Banbury Dr., Hanover

Board of Education Public Hearing on the Superintendent's FY19 Operating Budget
January 30th,  7:00 p.m.
Public work session: February 1st, 1:00 p.m.

Board of Education Regular Meetings 
  • Thursday, January 11th, 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 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, January 23, 2018.

For more information contact Oakland Mills Board of Directors Chair and Education Committee Chair, Jonathan Edelson at 

CA's Aquati cs Department is now hiring for year-round lifeguards and lesson instructors. 

V isit to apply online today!

For questions about positions and the hiring process, please contact the Aquatics Department at 410-312-6332 or
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 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 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

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.