We have so many talented students at our Oakland Mills schools and so many activities going on. We have a listed many of the events and celebrations that are going on, but always be sure to check the individual school websites for more information.  

Thank you,
Sandy Cederbaum, Village Manager 
Brigitta Warren, Events and Administrative Coordinator

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Oakland Mills School Happenings

                   February 3, 2017        Issue: 12

Oakland Mills High School (OMHS)
OM Wrestling Edges Mt. Hebron
OM's wrestling team defeated Mt. Hebron on Tuesday night in a close contest that came down to the final match of the evening, in which Kyle Farace bested his opponent to seal OM's 38-28 victory.

2017 SAT & ACT Dates
Please click here for information.

Come cheer OMHS on at one of our exciting  sports events!

OM FAB Potbelly Night
Thursday, February 9, 5:00-8:00pm, 6490 Dobbin Center Way 
Help OMHS FAB raise funds by having dinner at Potbelly.  25% of all sales will benefit our arts programs.  Please bring this flyer with you.

Alpha Achievers 20th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, February 25th, 7:00pm, DoubleTree Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Rd
Celebrating 20 Years of Excellence!
Special keynote address by WJZ Channel 13 anchor Vic Carter.   Tickets are $40.00 and can be  purchased online  or by contacting Vincent James at  vincent_james@hcpss.org . Tickets are on sale through February 20, 2017.

Paint 'N Party 2017
Thursday, March 2nd, 
6:00 - 9:00pm, 
The Second Chance Saloon
We will be painting an awesome crab....get ready for warm weather and in the mood for a feast!   $30 for materials, instruction, and fun creating your masterpiece!   Second Chance will offer painters drink and food at great prices!   Bring a friend....come for a fun evening filled with creativity and laugher!   The class is limited to 30 people.  You must be paid in full to hold your spot!   Register today by contacting Jennifer Atkins ( dandjatkins@verizon.net).

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

Oakland Mills Middle School (OMMS)

Spirit Week
February 6-10, 2017 is spirit week! Throughout the week students will be highlighting ways to use their strengths of Caring, Confidence, Competing, Discoverer, and Dependability to be Responsible at OMMS. Students will be asked to participate in a number of activities and dress up days!
Monday - Confidence - Make an extra effort to participate in your classes
Tuesday - Caring - Write a positive note to a peer to promote caring for others
Wednesday - Discoverer - Listen for clues that will lead you to your grade level character and earn Falcon Dollars for being responsible
                6th graders - Find Crash & Squirt
                7th graders - Find the Otters
                8th graders - Find Bailey the beluga whale
                All grade levels - Find Dory
Thursday - Competing - Dress up to support your favorite team, organization, or school
Friday - Dependability - Pajama Day - wear your school appropriate PJs to show that you are dependable by getting to bed on time to be ready for your day

Oakland Mills Middle School 2017 Hoops for Heart Event
Oakland Mills Middle School is proud to partner with the American Heart Association to help fight heart disease through Hoops for Heart.  Hoops for Heart is a fundraising program that gives students the ability to make a difference in the community by raising money for the American Heart Association and teaching others about healthy living habits.  The program will end with an exciting basketball event that will take place on March 10, 2017, during our quarterly Falcon Holiday celebration. Students will have the option of participating in a three on three basketball game, participating by watching the games, or not participating at all (and choosing an alternate Falcon Holiday activity). A permission slip for voluntary participation and donation information will be coming home soon. We look forward to another successful Hoops for Heart event as our school helps fight heart disease!  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Hlavka or Ms. Williams at 410-313-6937, or by email at 

OMMS PTSA : Please click  here.

Stevens Forest Elementary School (SFES)

Valentine's Day Dance
Tuesday, February 14th, 6:00pm
The PTA will host a Valentine's Day Dance for SFES students and their families on February 14 at 6. We'll have a DJ and lots of fun, so save the date! Are you interested in leading a line dance? Please contact us at  

Join us at Burger King 
Monday, February 27th, 5:00-9:00pm, 
7106 Minstrel Way, 
Columbia, MD
Print and bring  FLYER.

International Night
The PTA and SFES will hold International Night on March 16th. We hope to offer experiences from many different countries and cultures. Are you and your children interested in sharing food, art, music, dance, or anything else about your country or a country you are interested in? If so, please  complete our form  by February 6 so we can include you in the event. Everyone is welcome to attend! 

SFES PTA:   Please click  here.

Talbott Springs Elementary School (TSES)
Congratulations to the TSES Carson Scholar Participants and Winners!
Carson scholars are identified as students in grades 4 through 11 who exemplify academic excellence and humanitarian qualities. Talbott Springs Elementary had several students submit essays this school year. The essays ware heartwarming examples of who our students believe are their heroes or explaining an important lesson that was learned outside of school. It is so hard to pick just one 'winner'! Please join me in congratulating the following students for their participation: Sana Raj, Brooke Hagner, Yoan Fodjong (2 entries), Bianca Serafini, Calista Horton, Isabella Farro, Janiah Randall-Murdock, Bethany Carpenter and Charlotte Gustafson. The TSES winning entry was written by Naomi Brown. Congratulations to all!

Family Bingo Night
February 24th
More information to come.

TSES PTA: Please click here .

Thunder Hill Elementary School (THES)

The PTA Needs Your Help!
The PTA has several immediate and future openings. Please contact Abby Wedeking ( president.thespta@gmail.com) if you are interested or have questions.

Cheeburger Cheeburger
February 16, 2017, 5-9 PM, 
8872 McGaw Rd.
A flyer is necessary and will be available soon.
Career Day 
Our 5th graders are participating in a Career Unit and we are in need of parent volunteers to help make the day a success!  Career Day will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 (Snow Date: Wed., Feb. 15th) from 2:15 - 3:40 p.m.  Presenters are invited to share information with students about their career.  It would be great to involve visuals or hands-on activities.  You are welcome to wear a uniform or bring in any identifying objects you may need for your occupation (name badge, tools, scrubs, materials, objects, instruments, etc.).  There will be time during your 15-20 minutes for a Question/Answer with the students.   
For more information, please email Rebecca_Reeb@hcpss.org.   We're looking forward to an exciting Career Day.  Thanks for your help in making our Career Day a success!

Read Across America
Wednesday, March 8th
Join us as a Guest Reader. If you are available to serve as a Guest Reader for our students, please f eel free to email Stacey_Darchicourt@hcpss.org.

Support the PTA with Amazon Smiles
You can support the THES PTA every time you shop through Amazon Smiles.  Please visit  www.smiles.amazon.com and search Thunder Hill PTA.  Thank you. 
THES PTA: Please click  here.


OM FAB Potbelly Night
Thursday, February 9, 5:00-8:00pm, 6490 Dobbin Center Way 
Help OMHS FAB raise funds by having dinner at Potbelly.  25% of all sales will benefit our arts programs.  Please bring this  flyer with you.

Cheeburger Cheeburger to support THES
February 16, 2017, 5-9 PM, 8872 McGaw Rd.
A flyer is necessary and will be available soon.

Join SFES at Burger King 
Monday, February 27th, 5:00-9:00pm, 
7106 Minstrel Way, 
Columbia, MD
Print and bring  FLYER.

Howard County Public School System 

Winter Concert: Howard County Children's Chorus Lyric Chorus and 6th Grade Honors Chorus
Sunday, Feb. 5, 3:00 p.m. - Centennial High School, 4300 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City, 21042
The public is invited to attend the Winter Concert of the Howard County Children's Chorus Lyric Chorus and the 6th Grade Honors Chorus.
  • Howard County Children's Chorus Lyric Chorus: Alison Gatwood & Tasha Maglocci
  • Howard County 6th Grade Honors Chorus: Elizabeth Becker & Julie Mills, guest conductor, Rebecca Elpus
2nd Annual Howard County Steel Drum Panorama
Tuesday, Feb. 14 7:30 p.m. - Jim Rouse Theatre (Wilde Lake High School), 5460 Trumpeter Rd, Columbia, 21044
Come join us for a free concert of great island music. The concert will feature steel drum bands from Wilde Lake, Centennial and Howard High Schools.

The Council of Elders Academy - Healthy Relationships and Dating Dangers
Saturday, February 25, 2017, 9:00-11:15 a.m., Oakland Mills Middle School, 9540 Kilimanjaro Road
This session is open to parents and students of all levels. Peer interactions and dating can impact students' lives. Representatives from HopeWorks, a Howard County Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center, will share characteristics of healthy, unhealthy and abusive relationships involving children. Separate sessions for all student levels will be held. The session topics are: "I Can/We Can" (elementary students) and "Is it Love"- focusing on healthy, unhealthy and abusive relationships and dating dangers (middle and high school students).  Please register here.

Howard County Recycling Division invites students to participate in coloring book contest
Howard County's Recycling Division invites Howard County students, grades 3rd, 4th and 5th, to participate in the Division's Recycling Coloring Book Contest. The top 13 entries will be featured in a coloring book, with the best in show appearing on the cover.
The contest encourages students to promote the idea of "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" and demonstrate awareness and appreciation for the environment by expressing their ideas through art. Drawings will be judged on creativity and originality.
To be eligible for the contest, students must attend a school in Howard County and be in either 3rd, 4th or 5th grade. Entries must be submitted using black marker or ink on white, unlined 8 ½" x 11" paper. All designs should be free of color and should feature at least one of the three R's (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) being practiced. The student's name, address, grade and school must be included on the back of the completed drawing. Entry forms are available online . All completed entries must be postmarked, hand-delivered or emailed by 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 17 to: Recycling Coloring Book Contest, c/o Gina Bonomo, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 514, Columbia, MD 21046, or emailed to gbonomo@howardcountymd.gov .
Contest winners will be recognized at the County's 10th annual GreenFest on Saturday, April 22 at Howard Community College, where the coloring book will be available for distribution for the first time. Additional copies will be available for free while supplies last at the offices of Bureau of Environmental Services, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 514 in Columbia and will also be offered at select public events scheduled throughout the year in the County.
For questions and more information about the contest, contact the Bureau of Environmental Services at 410-313-6444.

OMCA Education Committee Updates
The OMCA Education Committee will be holding their next meeting on 
Tuesday, February 28th  from 6:00pm to 7:00pm  at The Other Barn.

Volunteer Opportunities

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

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.
Learn more about AOK's  volunteer opportunities at an Information Session:  November 14th at 1pm at the Hawthorne Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia.  Please sign up at  www.aokmentor.org.

Family Bingo Night TONIGHT 
at The Other Barn
Friday, February 3rd, 6:30pm to 8:30pm