Hello and Happy Spring break.  I hope everyone is enjoying their time off.
Report cards will be sent home on April 25th.  When students return on April 18th, we start the last quarter of the year.  Please be sure to check out all of the upcoming events.  
Keep up the great work.

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

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Oakland Mills School Happenings

                   April 14, 2017        Issue: 17

Oakland Mills High School (OMHS)
Commencement Date Announced 
OM's Class of 2017 Commencement Ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 1 at 8:00am at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Stay tuned for details on tickets, parking, and more.
Come cheer OMHS on at one of our exciting  sports events!
Color Guard Attends Veterans Resource Fair
This week the OMHS Air Force JROTC Colorguard participated in the Howard County Veteran's Resource Fair. Presented by the Howard County Office on Veterans and Military Families, this event featured a variety of organizations or businesses that provide services, resources or employment opportunities for veterans or military families.
Tickets for HCPSS Student Performance at Merriweather Post Pavilion
The Howard County Public School's Fine Arts Program is celebrating Columbia's 50th birthday with a student performance at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 4:00pm. The event will include performances from all 12 HCPSS high schools and will honor Jim Rouse's legacy of community, collaboration, integration, diversity, vision, and human values.
This is a free event, but tickets are required for general admission seating within the Pavilion.  All of the general admission Pavilion tickets will be distributed to the schools, HCPSS, and the Columbia 50th organization. There are no additional Pavilion tickets available from Merriweather Post.
Each student performer will be given four (4) tickets. OM's remaining 230 tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis beginning Wednesday, April 19th at 8:00am in the OMHS front office. Each person may pick up four (4) tickets for their family. Tickets not picked up by noon on Friday, April 21st will be offered to other schools.
The general admission Pavilion tickets will state that all ticket holders must be seated by 3:30pm, with the show beginning at 4:00pm. Gates open at 2:30pm. Any empty general admission Pavilion seats will be filled prior to the start of the performance.
Lawn seating at Merriweather is available and does not require tickets..
Senior Breakfast - April 19th
Attention Senior Parents and Community Members,
Please help our Senior class have a memorable breakfast which is a tradition here at the Mill. During this breakfast, they will receive important information about upcoming Senior events and will be given necessary forms for activities ahead. All you need to do is indicate which items you will donate on the  Senior Breakfast Donations online form. We appreciate all of your help with this event! 
Due to the new Howard County Health guidelines, we can no longer have parents bring in anything made at home and for that reason we are in dire need of monetary donations in order to try to get hot food items from local businesses. If the money slots on  this form run out please email Ms. Wood at  kristen_wood@hcpss.org to let us know what you will donate and please send the donation in an envelope with your child on April 18th. Again, thank you so much for your support!
Please bring any paper products and donations by Tuesday, April 18th by 2:00pm. You can certainly send these items in with your child to school to give to us. Please deliver all food to the cafeteria on April 19th by 7:00am.
Best Regards,
Senior class officers, Ms. Wood & Ms. Stagmer
OM FAB Uno's Fundraiser 
Our April OMHS FAB event is at Uno's in Ellicott City, Long Gate Shopping Center, 4470 Long Gate Parkway (the Columbia Mall site recently closed). The flier is required and is good all day, Thursday, 4/20, from 11:00am to 11:00pm. FAB will earn 20% of all sales with flier. Plan to visit Uno's for a great cause and delicious deep-dish pizza.
King of the Mill 2017 
Who will be crowned the 2017 King of the Mill? Come out on Thursday, April 27th at 7:00pm to watch some of OM's finest Seniors compete to wow the judges and win the title of King. Tickets are $8 at the door, no advanced sales.
A cabaret-style revue of the music of Broadway from the classic to the contemporary. Featuring music from Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific and Jerry Bock's Fiddler on the Roof, as well as contemporary musical theatre piece from Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years and Marc Shaiman's Hairspray this show will get your feet dancing and help you to Put on a Happy Face.
Come and enjoy your favorite moments of the Broadway, for unimaginable prices.
29th of April @ 7 PM
30th of April @ 2 PM
For tickets, please click here or purchase for $12.00  45 minutes before the show.
OMHS Booster Club Presents the 2017 Spring Fling and Silent Auction Fundraiser
Saturday, April 29th, 6:30pm to 11:00pm, Second Chance Saloon
For all of the information and to register, click here .

PrOM season at Oakland Mills is coming! 
PrOM 2017 will be hosted at the National Aquarium in Baltimore on May 6th. Beginning April 1-27 tickets will cost $75. Tickets will be available to buy online or in-person during lunch shifts on April 25th, 26th, and 27th. Tickets WILL NOT BE SOLD after April 27th.
At the PrOM, you will be able to tour the aquarium from 7:15-8:00pm, at which time the dance will begin. The dance will be held from 8:00-11:00pm, students will not be admitted after 9:00pm.
All obligations must be paid and forms turned in before picking up your tickets. Check with Ms. Brown to make sure that you do not have any outstanding obligations. All drug/alcohol and school dance policy forms must be completed.  Tickets are non-refundable.
After-Prom Event 2017 
For all of the information regarding this event and to register, please click here.
OMHS PTSA: Please click  here. 
OMHS Boosters: Please click  here.

Oakland Mills Middle School (OMMS)

Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Lion King Jr.
Wednesday, April 26th - Friday, April 28th, 6:30pm

The OMMS PTSA needs YOU!
We are seeking members to serve on the Nomination Committee to identify interested candidates to serve on the 2017-18 OMMS PTSA Board. Would you like to help the OMMS PTSA identify the future leaders of our organization? We could use your networking and marketing skills. If interested, please contact Al Romack at President@ommsptsa.org, by 1 May, 2017. The board will vote on the nomination committee at the 2 May, 2017 board meeting. You will be identifying enthusiastic candidates for all PTSA positions:  President, 1st Vice President / Communications, 2nd Vice President / Fundraising, Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, PTACHC Delegate (x2), Member Services, Chair Hospitality / Staff Appreciation, Chair Parent Volunteer Coordinator, and Cultural Arts Chair.

OMMS Spirit Wear is back!
Two designs to choose from, both with the popular Maryland flag design in the lettering. Order online here, or use the order form being sent home with your student. Note that paper form orders are due May 9, while online ordering will be open through May 15. If ordering youth sizes or adult small or medium, you may want to order a size or two larger-we have been told these run small. If you have questions, or problems placing an order, please contact the PTSA fundraising chair at vpfund@ommsptsa.org.

Walk & Bike to School Day Poster Contest
Safe Routes to School Howard County is hosting its first Walk & Bike to School Day poster contest. We are looking for posters that address ways to walk and bike to school safely. Deadline: Poster designs are due to your school by April 24, 2017. Winners will be announced by April 28th to be displayed for Walk & Bike to School day on May 10, 2017.

OMMS PTSA : Please click  here.

Stevens Forest Elementary School (SFES)
Join us for Wendy's Restaurant Night
Friday, April 21st, 5:00pm to 8:00pm, 6355 Dobbin Road
PTA Dinner & Auction April 28 - Cena y subasta del PTA el día 28 de abril 
The PTA Dinner & Auction is one of our most exciting events of the year. We will hold it on April 28 from 6 to 8:30 throughout SFES. A few highlights from our donations list include: 
-Disney World: 4 park hopper tickets 
-Columbia Horse Center: one private lesson
-Merriweather Post Pavilion: two best available tickets for one concert
Please save the date to join us for the Dinner & Auction. SFES students and younger siblings eat free, and everyone else is just $5 per person! 
Also, please consider volunteering to help us at the Dinner & Auction by visiting   sfespta.weebly.com/volunteer. 
La cena y subasta del PTA es uno de nuestros eventos más emocionantes del año. El evento sera el 28 de abril de 6 a 8:30 en SFES. Algunas donaciones destacadas de nuestra lista incluyen:
-Disney World: 4 entradas de park hopper
-Columbia Horse Center: una lección privada
-Merriweather Post Pavillion: dos mejores entradas disponibles para un concierto
Por favor, guarde la fecha y no se pierda la cena y subasta. Los estudiantes de SFES y hermanos menores comen gratis, y todos los demás pagan solamente $5 por persona!
También, por favor considere ser voluntario y ayudarnos durante la cena y subasta visitando  sfespta.weebly.com/volunteer
5th Grade End of Year Events 2017
April 28:  Field Trip to D.C. National Museum of American History (chaperones welcome)
May 23:  OMMS Visit (no chaperones needed)
May 31:  SCH (Simulated Congressional Hearings)
Students prepare for their Simulated Congressional Hearings by creating speeches that they present before judges. Students spend the day defending the Constitution. Students come to school dressed for success.
June 9:  Students vs Staff Kickball game and end of year celebration (times TBD)
June 14:  (or last day of school) Promotion Ceremony 9:30am cafeteria, students dress for success

PTA Elections - Elecciones del PTA
All PTA positions are up for election this year. The PTA has formed its election nominating committee, and we are starting to look for candidates for offices. If you are interested in serving on the PTA Board of Director, please contact us sfesbobcatspta@gmail.com for more information.
Todas las posiciones del PTA están disponibles para elección este año. El PTA ha formado un comité de nominación para las elecciones, y estamos empezando a buscar candidatos para las oficinas. Si está interesado en ser parte del PTA, por favor contáctenos a  sfesbobcatspta@gmail.com para más información.
SFES PTA:   Please click here.

Talbott Springs Elementary School (TSES)
Little Caesars Restaurant Night
Tuesday, April 25th, 3:00pm to 9:00pm, Oakland Mills 
Village Center

International Night at TSES
Thursday, April 27th, 6:30pm to 8:00pm

A Thank You Breakfast for TSES Volunteers
Friday, April 28th, 8:45am

5th Grade End of the Year Activities
May 23rd - Visit to OMMS and LEMS
May 31st - Simulated Congressional Hearings
Students prepare for their SC Hearings by creating speeches that they present before judges.  Students spend the day defending the Constitution.  Students should come to school dressed for success.
June 13th, 9:00am, TSES Cafeteria - Promotion Ceremony, Students should come dressed for success 

TSES PTA: Please click here .

Thunder Hill Elementary School (THES)

Casey Cares
What: National PJ Day and pajama and movie night drive.
When: April 18, 2017
Please click   here for flyer for list of donations
We will be collecting donations between April 18, 2017 and April 28, 2017. Gift cards will be collected in Mrs. Reeb's office. For other items there is a donation box in the team area. If you have any questions please contact Julie Jones @  JJulie.o.jones@gmail.com or Mrs. Reeb @  Rebecca_reeb@hcpss.org.

Restaurant Night Out at Bob Evans
Wednesday, April 19th until 9pm
As we come back from Spring Break, join us at Bob Evans for our next Restaurant Night Out on Wednesday, April 19. You can dine in or take out any time until 9PM but don't forget to bring the flyer! Bob Evans is located off Executive Park Drive across from Chick-Fil-A. We hope to see you there.

Saturday, April 22nd at 8:30 am, Thunder Hill ES
For information regarding this event, please click here.

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.

OMCA Education Committee Updates
At the last OMCA Education Committee meeting, Dr. Bess Altweger, the Howard County Board of Education Oakland Mills cluster rep, was present.  Please click here to find a summary of the questions and answers that were discussed at this meeting.
Please join the OMCA Education Committee at their next meeting on  Tuesday, April 18th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm  at The Other Barn .  


OMMS Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

THES Restaurant Night Out at Bob Evans
Wednesday, April 19th until 9pm, 
located off Executive Park Drive 

OMHS FAB Uno's Fundraiser
Thursday, April 20th, 11am to 4pm at Uno's in Ellicott City, Long Gate Shopping Center, 4470 Long Gate Parkway (the Columbia Mall site recently closed). 

Join SFES for Wendy's Restaurant Night
Friday, April 21st, 5:00pm to 8:00pm, 6355 Dobbin Road

TSES Little Caesars Restaurant Night
Tuesday, April 25th, 3:00pm to 9:00pm, Oakland Mills 
Village Center

Howard County Public School System 

46th Annual Spring Student Exhibition at The Mall in Columbia
Showcase hours are Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. now through April 20 at The Mall in Columbia, 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia
View artwork from students in all grade levels on panels throughout the mall representing each school.

HCPSS to Host 'HoCo Hacks' Coding Competition
Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Centennial High School, 4300 Centennial Ln., Ellicott City
Students from all Howard County high schools are invited to compete in the "HoCo Hacks" computer coding competition.
Students may compete in teams of two-three or individually. Competitors vie to complete a coding challenge based on a theme to be presented at the event. Participants work through the allotted time period to create original projects, software or hardware (less common). Products will be judged on complexity, relevance to the theme, creativity, practicality and intangible factors. Lunch, dinner and snacks will be provided for the participants.
Prizes will be awarded to the winners. The event will feature a lecture on programming principles from Dr. Lisa Singh, a professor of computer science at Georgetown University.
Register  here.

HCPSS to Hold Community Forums on Redistricting
The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) will hold community forums on school attendance area adjustments (redistricting) and school boundary alternatives. The forums have been scheduled to allow time to incorporate suggestions for improvement of the upcoming elementary school attendance area adjustment process.
In August 2018, HCPSS will open Elementary School #42 in Hanover. Attendance area adjustments are necessary to open this school. Additionally, school boundary adjustments at the elementary school level may be considered in other areas of Howard County.
Two community forums are scheduled:
  • Tuesday, April 25, 7-9 p.m., at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia
  • Thursday, April 27, 7-9 p.m., at Howard High School, 8700 Old Annapolis Road, Ellicott City
Reservations are recommended. Please RSVP to  SchoolPlanning@hcpss.org  or call 410-313-1554. Individuals who would like to request a sign language interpreter for any community forum may contact Colleen Rice, interpreter scheduler, at 410-313-7046. A two-week advanced notice is preferred.

ARL Showcase
Thursday, April 27th, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Applications and Research Laboratory, 10920 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City
Parents, students, staff and community members are invited to the Applications and Research Laboratory (ARL) Showcase. Attendees will be able to get a first-hand look at the innovative projects underway across all of our Career Academies. Participants also will hear from students about the positive impact their mentorship experience has had on their learning, what they've gleaned from in-depth laboratory research, and how they plan on transitioning from the classroom to the real world after completing an Academy.

HCPSS to Host Family Resource Fair
The Howard County Public School System will host a Family Resource Fair for students age birth to 21 receiving special education and early intervention services and their families on Saturday May 6, 2017, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Cedar Lane School, 11630 Scaggsville Road in Fulton. The event is sponsored by HCPSS Special Education and Early Intervention Services, and will feature more than 50 local vendors and service providers.
Along with games and other fun activities, participants can explore community and school system services, resources and tools available to families. Participants can also learn about wellness and health-related activities; physical therapy and adapted PE programs; camps and activities for kids with special needs; and information about speech, hearing, vision, and developmental and social disabilities.
The event is free and open to the public. More information, and a list of vendors and services represented, can be found  online.

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.
Please sign up at  www.aokmentor.org.

Lively Arts for Little Ones Presents                           Silly Goose and Val!
Friday, April 21, 2017, 10am at The Other Barn

Award winning artist, Valerie Leonhart Smalkin and Silly Goose present energetic song-filled performances, populated with a magical array of puppets, bold-voice talents, and contagious dances that will surely get you and your little ones up, moving, and laughing together. A recipient of Maryland State Arts Council Grants for theatre performance and non-classical composition, Val and her friends will delight the child with and in you!
Val's book/cd combo,  Springtime Dance, took gold in the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards for books with music. She will share the book through an array of puppets and music in this Springtime Dance program.
Val will also include song from her latest CDs Love Bug! and Sing! Sing! Sing!...and Dance  that received Parents' Choice recommended and approved awards.
Book order forms are available  here if you wish to purchase a signed and dedicated book to be delivered the day of the program. 20% of the sale price will be donated to the Oakland Mills Community Association!  (Please return all order forms to the address listed on the bottom of the form.  We will not be accepting order forms at The Other Barn).

For more information, please email events@oaklandmills.org or call 410-730-4610.

Election Day Events 
at The Other Barn
Saturday, April 29, 2017

As a resident of Oakland Mills you can vote in the village election between the hours of 8:30am and 5:00pm.
Purchase some beautiful annuals and herbs...
Doors will open at  9:00am for the  Oakland Mills Annual Plant Sale .  A colorful assortment of annuals, hanging baskets, and herbs will be available for purchase.  Cash or checks only. 
View beautiful artwork...
Oakland Mills Community Association, in collaboration with Stevens Forest Elementary School will host an art show celebrating and sharing artwork created by the students of Stevens Forest Elementary School between the hours of 2:30pm and 4:00pm.
Please come and take a look.