The last day of school is June 14th! Congratulations again to the graduating Class of 2017, and best wishes to all of our incoming Oakland Mills schools students on their upcoming year. This will be our last Oakland Mills School Happenings newsletter for the summer. We'll be back when school starts up again in September. Have a fun (and safe) summer!

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

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Oakland Mills School Happenings

                  June 12 , 2017        Issue: 21

Oakland Mills High School (OMHS)
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Congratulations to the Class of 2017, their families, and OMHS's amazing staff!  If you did not see the graduation in person, HCPSS streamed it live. Watch it here.
 
Christopher McCrea Earns Medals at Special Olympics
On Saturday, June 3, 2017 OMHS's Christopher McCrea competed in three equestrian events at the Special Olympics. He earned a gold and bronze medal, as well as a 4th place ribbon in his events on his horse, "Imp."

OM Track Earns Wins at State Championships
OMHS's track team earned several wins at the State Championships at Hughes Stadium on the Morgan State University campus. Read all about it in the  Howard County Times.

2A State Champions:
  • Girls 4x200m Relay - Ashley Harvey, Mik'yla Stephens, Seun Sule and Roshnee Roberts
  • Girls 4x100m Relay - Ashley Harvey, Mik'yla Stephens, Seun Sule and Roshnee Roberts
  • 100m Dash - Cameron Vereen
PTSA Seeks Volunteer Coordinator
The PTSA welcomes one and all to join with a special welcome to our new Scorp families. Every effort is appreciated and welcome. Please email ptsa.omhs@gmail.com to find out more about how you can help.

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 matthew_sillers@hcpss.org to reserve your spot.
 
OMHS PTSA: Please click  here.  
OMHS Boosters: Please click  here.

Oakland Mills Middle School (OMMS)
 
OMMS Students Lead Service Project
In partnership with Giant Foods, the 7th grade Student Advisory and Gen Z groups led a service project in which they provided food to over 60 families at SFES, as well as to three other schools. Thanks for helping OM families in need, Falcons!

Another OMMS Staff Super Star!
Mr. Kevin Lee ( Pupil Personnel Worker) was featured in the  HCPSS Staff Focus  in  recognition of his advocacy and care for families in the Oakland Mills com munity. 

OMMS PTSA : Please click  here.

Stevens Forest Elementary School (SFES)
 
5th Grade Promotion Ceremony
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 9:30 AM in the cafeteria.
Students should dress for success.

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

SFES PTA:  Please click here.

Talbott Springs Elementary School (TSES)

Congratulations to students on their outstanding presentations at the 2017 TSES Simulated Congressional Hearings!
Fifth grade students "testified" before a panel of judges (elected officials, community members, PTA representatives, and college professors) acting as members of Congress. Students demonstrated their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and had opportunities to evaluate, take, and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues.

5th Grade Promotion Ceremony
June 13th, 9:00am, TSES Cafeteria  
Students should come dressed for success. 

TSES PTA: Please click here .

Thunder Hill Elementary School (THES)

New PTA Board Members
Welcome Christine Alfano and Vera Simmons as our 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents, respectively. Our Vice Presidents were successfully voted in at our Spring Picnic on June 2nd.

The PTA Needs Your Help
The PTA still has several openings for the 2017-18 school year. Please contact Abby Wedeking ( president.thespta@gmail.com) if you are interested or have questions. 

-Halloween Disco Team. (Leader, Concessions, Crafts, Games). The Disco needs several people to plan and execute our fall event. The Event Leader would coordinate with the team to plan food, games, and crafts. Concessions manager would purchase food for event. Games coordinator would organize games. Craft coordinator would plan 1-2 crafts for the event.

-5K & Fun Run Event Team (Race Director, Food, Sponsors, Prizes). The 5K/Fun Run needs several people to plan and execute our spring event. The Race Director would coordinate with team members on all aspects of the event and would work to secure permitting. Food Coordinator would use existing contact to obtain donated post-race food. Sponsor Coordinators would work with previous sponsors and search for new sponsors. Prize Coordinator would search for post-race prize donations.

-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.
 
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  leah_mcilvain@hcpss.org. Thank you for considering volunteering for this worthy cause.

CertifiKID Savings Offer 
The PTA has partnered with CertifiKID for a fundraiser/savings event! Go to www.certifikid.com and use our promo code THES at checkout and save $5 off a $30 order. The PTA also earns $5 for every promo code redeemed. This offer expires June 15, 2017. Share this offer with your friends and family. Anyone can use our code to save!

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.

UPCOMING RESTAURANT NIGHTS
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OMHS Green Turtle Fundraising Night
Thursday, June 15th, All Day
Please join us for the final restaurant event of 2016-17. Bring the  FAB flyer  to The Green Turtle, 8872 McGaw Road, any time all day, 11:00am to 1:00am on Thursday, June 15, and the arts programs at the Mill will receive 20% of the sale.
2017 Summer Meals Program

FREE SUMMER MEALS for KIDS & TEENS  OPEN to ALL children, 18 and y ounger.  NO Application, NO Enrollment, NO Cost!

Where: 
Stevens Forest Elementary School

 

When:

Mondays through Fridays, June 26 - August 4, 2017 

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm.


 

For more information, click here.

 


Howard County Public School System 

Class of 2017 Earns a Bright Future
More than 3,800 seniors graduated as members of the Howard County Public School System's Class of 2017. It is an impressive group that   collectively earned nearly $14 million in scholarships for their first year of college.

Last Day of School
Wednesday, June 14 is the last day of school for students. On Tuesday, June 13 and Wednesday, June 14, all schools will close three hours early.

HCPSS Insight: Get to Know Dr. Michael J. Martirano 
In this in-depth interview , we take a closer look at Acting Superintendent Martirano--his background, priorities and vision for the school system.

Howard County School Health Council General Meeting
Wednesday, June 7, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Ascend One Building, rooms Barton A&B, 8930 Stanford Blvd, Columbia
At the meeting, the HC-SHC will hear from HCPSS Acting Superintendent Dr. Michael J. Martirano. Community members are invited to attend.

ABLE Accounts Information Session
Monday, June 12, 6:30-8 p.m., Roger Carter Community Center
Join Lori Markland, community relations administrator for the Maryland 529 ABLE Plan, to learn more about ABLE accounts, a new way to help individuals with disabilities save money and pay for qualified disability-related expenses.

Board of Education Regular Meeting 
Thursday, June 22, 4:00 PM and 7:30 PM at the Department of Education, 10910 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City
The Howard County Board of Education will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, June 22, at 4 p.m., with an evening session beginning at 7:30 p.m. Both meetings will be held in the Boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Clarksville Pike in Ellicott City.

The 2017 Feasibility Study will be presented during the evening session. The Feasibility Study is an annual review of long-term capital planning and school attendance area adjustment options. It informs planning, provides strategic information to the school system, and prepares for scheduled school attendance area adjustments.

Both the afternoon and the evening sessions of the Board meeting will begin with a Public Forum, when members of the public may address the Board on any topic other than those for which a formal public hearing process exists. To sign up to speak at Public Forum, contact the Board's office at 410-313-7194. Advanced sign up is preferred.

Mark Your Calendars!
It may seem a long way off, but the first day of the 2017-18 school year will be Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Enjoy your summer!


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.

Bike with a Cop 
in Oakland Mills

Thursday, June 15, 2017 
5:30 PM

Meet in front of the police trailer
5851 Robert Oliver Place

Kids ages 5-11 and their parents are invited to bike the pathways of Oakland Mills with officers from HCPD's Pathway Patrol Section. A brief bicycle safety lesson will be given prior to the ride.

Children ages 9 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult, and helmets MUST be worn.

For more information, please contact Brigitta Warren at 410-730-4610 or events@oaklandmills.org.

Sponsored by HCPD's Pathway Patrol and Oakland Mills Community Association's Safety and Security Committee.

Oakland Mills Farmer's Market
Every Sunday through Nov. 19th 
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Oakland Mills Village parking lot

For more information, click  here.