It's almost the end of the year, and many Oakland Mills students have been working hard to prepare for their spring performances. Scroll down to find each individual school's performance dates. All performances are open to the public. We hope you can attend some shows! 

Thank you,
Sandy Cederbaum, Village Manager 
Amy Carpenter, Administrative Assistant

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Oakland Mills School Happenings

                  May 12 , 2017        Issue: 19

Oakland Mills High School (OMHS)
Class of 2017 Information 
OMHS's Class of 2017 Commencement Ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 1 at 8:00am at Merriweather Post Pavilion.  For information regarding all senior activities, please click here
Congrats to Rosa for being recognized by County Executive Kittleman! She was one of twelve HCPSS students to receive the Political Science Award. 

Upcoming OMHS Performances (all events at OMHS auditorium)

- Spring Dance Concert: Friday, May 12th & Saturday, May 13th at 7:00 PM.

- Band Concert: Tuesday, May 16th at 7:00 PM.
- Choir and Orchestra Concert: Wednesday, May 17th at 7:00 PM.

PTACHC Logo Design Contest
The PTA Council of Howard County (PTACHC) is thrilled that the 102nd Maryland PTA convention will be held in Columbia, Maryland on July 28-29, 2017.  To celebrate, PTACHC would like your help to design a logo for PTACHC to use at the convention and for years to come.
  • 1st place:   $100
  • 2nd place:  $50
  • 3rd place:   $25
What: Design a logo for the PTACHC to use on our website, letterhead, promotions (buttons, banners), advertising, etc.
Who: Howard County public school system students
When:  Entries must be received by Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Where: Submit entries to
    or mail/drop off at the PTACHC office, 5451 Beaverkill Rd., Columbia, MD 21044
For more information, click here.

27th Annual Senior Art Show
The following students were selected by a jury to represent OMHS at the 27th Annual Senior Show and Portfolio Development. The exhibit will run from April 24 - May 17 at the Department of Education Gallery.
  • Noemi Gonzalez
  • Alyriana Ivey
  • Naimah Jangha
  • Corinne Konarska
  • Kara Lee
  • Helen Mann
  • Morghan McQuaige.
Thank you for your constant support of our Visual Arts Department!

OMHS FAB Fundraiser at Primo Hoagies
Check out Primo Hoagies, 6476 Dobbin Center Way, on Monday, May 15, 2017 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. Please bring the flyer, and OMHS FAB will get 20% of the sale. 
Oakland Mills High School Baseball Camp
Oakland Mills High School; July 31st - August 3rd; 9 AM - Noon
Cost: $100
Make checks payable to Oakland Mills Boosters. Contact Coach Sillers at to reserve your spot.
OMHS PTSA: Please click  here.  
OMHS Boosters: Please click  here.

Oakland Mills Middle School (OMMS)
Upcoming OMMS Performances
- OMMS Orchestra/Chorus Concert at OMHS, Thursday,             May 18th at 6:30 PM.
- Band Concert at OMHS, Tuesday, May 23 at 6:30 PM

OMMS 2017 Evening of Excellence 
Thursday, May 25th, 6:00 PM
The OMMS Evening of Excellence is like Back to School Night, only led by students! Find out the fantastic things our students have been learning through classes, GT Seminars, and special projects. Open house is from 6:00pm - 6:25pm, and programs will occur from 6:30pm - 8:20pm.

This event happens just once a year and is truly inspiring. The achievements of over 150 students will be on display. Having you in the audience encourages our culture of lively learning. More information can be found  here.

OMMS Spirit Wear is back!
There are 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 were due May 9, but online ordering will still be open through May 15. If ordering youth sizes or adult small or medium, you may want to order a size or two larger since the sizes run small. If you have questions or problems placing an order, please contact the PTSA fundraising chair at

The OMMS PTSA Nominating Committee is seeking interested parents and community members to serve on the 2017-18 PTSA Board. 
For more information, please contact Ms. Chrobak at

OMMS PTSA : Please click  here.

Stevens Forest Elementary School (SFES)
New PTA Board
Congratulations to the new SFES PTA Board of Directors. The following Directors will take office on July 1:
President: Krista Threefoot 
Treasurer: Jessie Patterson
VP of Fundraising: Jessica Mahajan
VP of Programs: Quiana Holmes 
Corresponding Secretary: Valerie Barr 
Recording Secretary: Miriam Bell
PTACHC Delegate: Samuel Pearson-Moore
PTACHC Delegate:  Lena Kennedy 

5th Grade End of Year Events 2017
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 at 9:30am in the cafeteria. Students should dress for success

Night of Excellence 
Thursday, May 18th, 6:30 PM 
SFES will be presenting its annual school-wide enrichment fair. This year's theme is a "Night of Excellence." Opening announcements will begin in the cafeteria at 6:30pm followed by a performance by the Choir Chimers. Grade level projects, as well as display boards and products from the various G/T curriculum extension units and instructional seminars will be on display around the building, in the Media Center, and in the Gym. Student presentations will begin at 6:45 pm. Band and strings students will be performing. There will also be some art projects on display in the Art Room. Please come out and join us for an enriching evening, which will showcase the wide variety of talents at Stevens Forest. 

SFES PTA:   Please click here.

Talbott Springs Elementary School (TSES)

TSES Chorus, Strings and Band Spring Concert
Monday, May 22nd at 6:30 PM at OMHS.

Talbott Springs 
Evening of Excellence
Thursday, May 25th, 6:30 PM
For more information, please click here.

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 will 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)

The PTA Needs Your Help
The PTA has several immediate and future openings. Please contact Abby Wedeking ( if you are interested or have questions. 2017-18 School Year:
-1st Vice President (required position to maintain valid PTA). This is a PTA Board position. The 1st VP works with the President to coordinate events and actives throughout the school year. This is a year-long, board-level commitment. 

-2nd Vice President - Fundraising (required position to maintain valid PTA). This is a PTA Board position. The 2nd VP coordinates our fall fundraiser and explores other fundraising opportunities for the PTA. This is a year-long commitment. 

-Newsletter Coordinator. Design the weekly PTA newsletter. Coordinate submissions from PTA members and staff. This is a year-long commitment. (Want more info? Contact Melanie at 

-BooHoo/Yahoo Breakfast Coordinator. Plan the traditional kindergarten breakfast event. The breakfast occurs the second day of school and is for kindergarten parents only. This is a one-time only job.
PTA Restaurant Night at Coal Fire
Monday, May 22nd, all day

LITTLE FREE LIBRARY: Family Stewards Needed for the Summer
If your family is interested in being responsible for one week of checking on/replenishing books in the LITTLE FREE LIBRARY this summer, please contact Ms. McIlvain at Thank you for considering volunteering for this worthy cause.

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


OMHS FAB Fundraiser at Primo Hoagies
Check out Primo Hoagies, 6476 Dobbin Center Way, on Monday, May 15, 2017 from 10:00am to 8:00pm.  

THES PTA Restaurant Night at Coal Fire
Monday, May 22nd, all day

Howard County Public School System 

Workshop Sessions - Know Your Rights: Informing Our Immigrant Community
Presented by Howard County Councilman Calvin Ball, these six identical sessions provide information on the rights of immigrant community members.
  • Weds, Apr. 26, 6-8 p.m.
  • Thurs., Apr. 27, 6-8 p.m.
  • Sun., Apr. 30, 4-6 p.m.
  • Mon. May 8, 6-8 p.m.
  • Wed., May 17, 6-8 p.m.
Contact 410-313-3105 or email for more information.

Call For Nominations For Parent Involvement Matters Award
The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) is seeking nominations for its 2017 Parent Involvement Matters Award (PIMA). The award recognizes parents and guardians who have made significant contributions to public education that have led to improvements for HCPSS students, teachers, schools, programs and/or policies.

Created to highlight parents who have demonstrated significant involvement through volunteering, collaboration, and communication with school and system officials, the PIMA Award honors the involvement of parents in the educational process and the role they hold in student success. The HCPSS award models the Maryland Parent Involvement Matters Award, which was previously sponsored by the Maryland State Department of Education but discontinued in 2016.

Nominees must be parents or legal guardians of children attending HCPSS schools who have made an exemplary contribution in one or more areas of parent involvement: communication, volunteering, learning, community collaboration, or decision making. Nominees cannot be school system employees or contractors.

Three semifinalists will be selected. The winner and semifinalists will be announced and recognized at the June 22, 2017 Board of Education meeting.

Nominations include a nomination form, narrative statement describing contributions, and two letters of recommendation. Nomination forms and instructions are available  online.
The deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, May 15, 2017.

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 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

Oakland Mills Farmer's Market
Sunday, May 14th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Oakland Mills Village parking lot
Every Sunday until November 19th.

For more information, click  here.