School music concerts and plays are coming up! See each individual school's announcements below for performance dates and times. Make sure to check out upcoming restaurant nights and other fundraising events, including the OMHS Craft Fair on November 4th.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!
 
Enjoy the weekend, 
Sandy Cederbaum, Village Manager 
Amy Carpenter, Administrative Assistant

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Oakland Mills School Happenings

                  October 27 , 2017        Issue: 27

Oakland Mills High School (OMHS)
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Support Oakland Mills Sports! 
It's playoff season for soccer and field hockey, and other sports are still in their regular seasons.  Attend OMHS games and cheer for our Scorps!

National College Fair
October 30, 9:00am - 12:00pm and 6:30pm - 8:30pm 
October 31, 9:00am to 11:30am
Baltimore Convention Center
For sophomores, juniors and seniors

Fall Play: Peter and the Starcatcher
November 2, 3, & 4th; 7:00 p.m.
OMHS Auditorium
Admission: $10

OMHS Craft Fair
The 29th annual OMHS Craft Fair will be held on November 4, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Visit the Craft Fair's web page for information about vendors or if you wish to rent a space. Help is needed on November 3rd for set up and on the day of the Craft Fair. If you would like to help, sign up here. If you are interested in volunteering in another capacity, please contact Leah McIlvain, PTSA Volunteer Coordinator at katebugmom@yahoo.com as soon as possible.

String-a-palooza
November 15th, 7:00 p.m.
OMHS auditorium
OMHS cluster schools' strings groups will perform, as well as the OMHS orchestra.

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)

As part of Outdoor Camp, OMMS 6th grade students picked up trash at a local beach. Great job, Falcons!

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


Support OMMS!
Beginning October 6, 2017, Oakland Mills Middle School (ID#: 01024) has the opportunity to participate in and earn money for the school from A+ School Rewards, a great fundraising program run through your local Giant! Please follow this link for more information and instructions on how to register to support our school. 

OMMS PTSA : Please click  here. 

Stevens Forest Elementary School (SFES)
 
Winter Gear Drive 
The SFES Safety Patrol will sponsor a Winter Gear Drive beginning October 30th 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.
 
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, this is a reminder 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 .
 
For ongoing SFES fundraising opportunities, click here.
 
Please click here for the SFES PTA website.

Talbott Springs Elementary School (TSES)

PTA Fundraiser: TSES Magnets
The TSES Magnet is a great way to support TSES and the many programs offered by the PTA. Magnets are only $5.00 each and will be available for sale at most school events. Show your school spirit and purchase for your vehicles or refrigerators!

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!
 
Turkey Trot
November 20th (rain date November 21st), during school
THES students 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

SFES McDonald's Night
November 6th, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
6385 Dobbin Rd., Columbia
15% of proceeds benefit SFES and everyone will enjoy a FREE dessert!

TSES Chick-fil-A Night
November 16th, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
6375 Dobbin Road, Columbia
Print and show this flier when you pay.

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.

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.

Academic Enrichment Fair
November 4th, 9:00 to 11:15 a.m.
Long Reach High School
Parents and students are invited to attend to learn about enrichment learning for grades K-12. For more information, including registration, click here

School Redistricting
 
Howard County Public School System Interim Superintendent Dr. Michael J. Martirano presented his recommendations for redestricting at a meeting with the Board of Education on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. 

2018-19 Redistricting Process Timeline
 
Board of Education Public Hearings and Work Sessions
  • Wednesday, November 1, 7:30pm, Work Session I
  • Thursday, November 2, 7:30pm, Work Session II
  • Tuesday, November 7, 7pm, Public Hearing II
  • 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.

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.

Fall 2017 Issue of Parent Pages
The Howard County Office of Children and Families produces a quarterly newsletter called Parent Pages. Information in this issue:
  • Getting a fresh start on the school year 
  • Parent-school partnerships 
  • Tips for dealing with back-to-school anxiety 
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Resources for parents concerned about their child's development
  • Parent workshops calendar

Board of Education Regular Meetings 
  • Thursday, November 2nd, 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 16th, 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.

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

Sat. Oct. 28 is the drive thru medication and sharps collection 
between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Wilde Lake Village Center.
Bring your unused, unwanted meds and needles/sharps collectors to drop off.
 
Dispose of your expired or unwanted prescription medications at 
HC Drug Free's free permanent drop-off location 
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.