School PTA and PTSA events are up and running after the holidays. Check out each individual school for dates and times of these fun activities. Also, check under the OMHS section to find out about an OMHS Boys Basketball benefit game to support former OMHS football player Larry Aaron, who was paralyzed in a tragic event on New Year's Day. Last but not least, it's time to prepare to register for Kindergarten! See the HCPSS section to learn about upcoming Kindergarten information sessions.
   
Have a wonderful day!
Sandy Cederbaum, Village Manager 
Amy Carpenter, Administrative Assistant

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Oakland Mills School Happenings

                  January 17 , 2018        Issue: 32

Oakland Mills High School (OMHS)
 Website  
 
Support Oakland Mills Sports! 
Attend OMHS games and cheer for our Scorps! 
Current standings:
Boys Basketball Varsity: 5-2 County, 8-3 Overall
Girls Basketball Varsity: 5-2 County, 7-4 Overall
Varsity Wrestling: 3-1-2 County, 4-1-6 Overall
 
Oakland Mills to honor former OM Football player Larry Aaron with boys basketball benefit game against Hammond on Friday, February 2nd.
Profits from concession and T-shirt sales will go directly to the Aaron family.

Winter Choir and Orchestra Concert
January 17th, 7:00 p.m.
The Oakland Mills National Honor Society will be collecting non-perishable food items before, during, and after this concert. More info.

Community Town Hall with HCPSS Superintendent Martirano
January 23rd, 7:00 p.m.
OMHS
 
OM Feeder Schools and High School Choral Festival
Jan. 31st, 7:00 p.m. 
OMHS Auditorium

Community Food Pantry at OMHS
Jan. 25th
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.

AfterPrOM
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! 

Do you have a locking cabinet that needs a new home?
The PTSA is in need of a cabinet that locks to store materials in the school. Please contact the PTSA if you have one to donate!

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

Oakland Mills Middle School (OMMS)

Congratulations to OMMS student Aliah Evans, 
who gave a powerful dance performance, "I Didn't Know My Own Strength," at Howard County's Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration!

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 Art Night Extravaganza Rescheduled!
Thursday, January 25th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Artwork by students from each grade will be on display throughout the school. The SFES Choir Chimes group will perform. Snacks and drinks will be served after the award presentation.

Family Valentine's Day Dance
February 14th, 6:00 - 8:00pm
The PTA will be hosting a brand new event - a dance to show our
love for SFES and the families that make up our community.
Everyone is encouraged to come enjoy some light refreshments and
dance the night away.
 
Family Bingo Night
March 2nd, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The Other Barn
Everyone is welcome! Admission is free. 5 cards for $1.00, snacks and beverages provided. C ool, "non-cash" prizes!  

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)

URGENT! Junior Achievement in a Day (JA in a Day) at TSES:  Volunteers still needed!
Volunteers will spend the day teaching TSES children about financial literacy on Tuesday, January 30th. All materials will be provided by Junior Achievement (JA), as will scripted lessons. There is a brief, mandatory training for all volunteers on Thursday January 18th (8:30 a.m.). If you are able to volunteer or if you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Glassband at allyson_glassband@hcpss.org as soon as
possible.

Change Matters: The TSES Change Matters Campaign
Begins on Thursday January 17th
Change Matters is an approved Howard County Public School System program that teaches children  about homelessness in Howard County, the services Grassroots provides, and age appropriate  information regarding philanthropy. The small change collected will go directly to Grassroots to  provide the essential services needed to help the children and families that are homeless here in
our community.

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)
 
Career Day
February 1st, 2:15-3:40 p.m.
THES
Volunteers needed! For more information and to volunteer, email Rebecca_Reeb@hcpss.org

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!
 
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:
-After School Activities Coordinator
-Memory Book Team Leader

Email Abbey Wedeking at president.thespta@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering for these positions.

 
Please click here for more PTA information.
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UPCOMING RESTAURANT NIGHTS

THES Panera Bread Night
January 22nd, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
6435 Dobbin Rd., Columbia
No flier needed!


Howard County Public School System 
 
*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.

Change to Inclement Weather Make-up Days
Presidents Day, a state-mandated school holiday, is no longer under consideration as a possible make-up day. Read more.

Road to Kindergarten
January 24th, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Oakland Mills High School
Learn about Kindergarten readiness, the registration process, and more. For more information, click here. This presentation will be given on other dates at other locations if you cannot make this session. EspaƱol

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 25, 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 8, 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
 
*Please note that the meeting on Jan. 23rd will end at  
6:45 p.m. to allow enough time for folks to get to 
Dr. Martirano's Town Hall Meeting at OMHS which begins at 7:00 p.m.
 
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 jledelson.omca@gmail.com 

NOW HIRING YEAR ROUND!
CA's Aquati cs Department is now hiring for year-round lifeguards and lesson instructors. 

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V isit columbiaassociation.org/jobs/ to apply online today!

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