A lot of great activities are going on in each of the Oakland Mills schools.  We try to list as many as we can, but always be sure to check your school's website to find out more.
Please be sure to join the Oakland Mills Education Committee as they welcome Dr. Bess Altweger, Howard County Board of Education Oakland Mills Cluster Representative, to their meeting on Tuesday, March 28th at 6:00pm at The Other Barn.

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

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Oakland Mills School Happenings

                   March 17, 2017        Issue: 15

Oakland Mills High School (OMHS)
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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.

OM FAB Panera Night
Come on out and support FAB on Monday, March 20, from 6:00-9:00pm at Panera on Dobbin Road. No flier is needed and our arts programs will receive 10% of all sales.

Strutting with the Staff
The Bright Minds Foundation is hosting the 3rd Annual Strutting With the Staff dance contest on  Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 7:00-9:00pm at the Jim Rouse Theater in Wilde Lake High School. Come cheer on Ms. Orlando and her team of teachers and staff members as they compete in a dance-off against teams from 10 other high schools. 
Help your OM teachers win by voting with dollars online with Bright Minds Foundation at   brightmindsfoundation.org, or on March 22 at the event. $1=1 vote!
Tickets are $5 on the Bright Minds web site or you can purchase your tickets on the night of the event. 
Come join us and show our competition what Scorpion Spirit looks like!

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

2017 Young Adult Community Job and Resource Fair
Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm,  Long Reach High School
Register online at  MIDMDYOUTHFAIR2017.EVENTBRITE.COM or call Jermira Sarratt at 410-290-2623.  Must be 16-24 to register.
 
OMHS Talent Show
It is almost time for The Oakland Mills High School Talent Show!
The Talent Show will be Thursday, April 6, 2017. Auditions will be held Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 3pm. If you are interested in participating please sign-up at the Alpha Achievers office (right across from the cafeteria).  

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.

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

Oakland Mills Middle School (OMMS)

Family Fun & Game Night
Saturday, March 18th (5-8:30 pm) at the Bain Center
Join us for a night of fun for the whole family!    Getting Ahead is giving back to the community.  Please  help us support HopeWorks, Howard County's domestic violence and trauma center
*    door prizes
*    games
*    relays
*    karaoke
*    family friendly movies
*    Bertucci's Pizza and Pasta
*    make-your-own sundaes
*    raffles of gift cards from local retailers and restaurants, Columbia Association and HC Recreation and Parks and more!   
Bring your favorite board games or borrow one of ours.  Play Human-Size Jenga, enter a relay race, lead karaoke, enjoy good food, make new friends and support a great cause!! All proceeds will be donated to HopeWorks to support the good work they do in Howard County.  We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, contact Valerie Mathis, Getting Ahead Coordinator at 410.313.0242.

PTSA Restaurant Night at Nalley Fresh RESCHEDULED
Enjoy a healthy, tasty dinner and help the PTSA at the same time! On  Tuesday, March 21st, dine at Nalley Fresh from 5:00 to 8:00 PM , and the PTSA will receive a donation of 10% of your order. No need to bring a flyer--they will donate for anyone who dines during this time. Tell all your friends! Nalley Fresh is located in Dobbin Center, 6455 Dobbin Rd. 

Howard County Resource Information Night Has Been Rescheduled
Tuesday, March 21st at 6:30 PM, Oakland Mills Middle School
The Howard County Multi-Service Center is comprised of 14 different human service agencies, providing easy access to a wide range of resources and support.  For additional information on this event, call The Howard County MultiService Center 410-313-0220  mscinfo@howardcountymd.gov.

OMMS PTSA: Please click  here.

Stevens Forest Elementary School (SFES)

PTA School Supply Drive
The PTA asked SFES teachers and staff to tell us what supplies they need to help them get through the rest of the
year. Please click here (English) or here (Spanish) to find out what is needed.

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)
 
Information regarding Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and new first grade registration can be found here.

All TSES incoming kindergarten families are invited to a Road to Kindergarten Viewing Party at TSES on March 23 from 5:30-7:15. Come for dinner and stay for the free books and lots of great information. Please contact Ms. Braxton at 410-313-6950 or khalilah_braxton@hcpss.org with questions and to RSVP.

TSES PTA: Please click here .

Thunder Hill Elementary School (THES)

From the PE Department
The PE Department would like to thank all of those students and families who helped us raise money for the American Heart Association this year.  To date we have raised over 5000$.  We are so proud of Thunder Hill!  

Congratulations to Chase Wiley, Riley Hohn, and Lailah Simeon for their artwork on display at the HCPSS "Imagining Home" art show.  Their work is on display at the Howard County Arts Council. 

PTA Restaurant at Tino's Italian Bistro
Tino's Italian Bistro, March 20th, All Day, 8875 Centre Park Drive, Columbia, MD

PTA BINGO & SILENT AUCTION NIGHT
Friday, March 24th, 2017 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm,
Thunder Hill ES Cafeteria
Join us for our first annual Family Bingo & Silent Auction Night! Space is limited, sign-up to play Bingo today. (Note: Only those who registered on Sign-Up Genius will be able to play bingo.) Silent Auction Sneak Peak Here's a sneak peak at 2 items available for bid at the Silent Auction on March 24.  Maryland Science Center passes (2 adult/2child)  SkyZone Jump Passes (four 1-hour passes) Want to know the complete list? Visit the PTA Bingo & Silent Auction webpage.
We need a few volunteers to help the Bingo & Silent Auction run smoothly. Please use Sign-up Genius if you are able to help out.

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 FAB Panera Night
Come on out and support FAB on  Monday, March 20, from 6:00-9:00pm at Panera on Dobbin Road
No flier is needed and our arts programs will receive 10% of all sales.

Thunder Hill ES PTA Restaurant at Tino's Italian Bistro
Tino's Italian Bistro, March 20th, All Day, 8875 Centre Park Drive, Columbia, MD

OMMS PTSA Restaurant Night at Nalley Fresh RESCHEDULED
Tuesday, March 21st, dine at Nalley Fresh from 5:00 to 8:00 PM , and the PTSA will receive a donation of 10% of your order. No need to bring a flyer.

Howard County Public School System 

2017 Transition Symposium
Saturday, March 18, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Cedar Lane School, 11630 Scaggsville Road, Fulton
Are you interested in impacting the lives of youth with disabilities ages that are at least 14 years old? Are you a youth with a disability between the ages of 14 and 24? Join us for a day to gain the knowledge, skills, and resources needed for successful transition to post-high school employment, education, and independent living!
Registration Required - (Includes breakfast and lunch)
  • By March 10: $25 per person
  • After March 10: $35 per person
  • Youth Registration: $10 per person
  • Limited Availability for Youth Registration
For more information, please click here.  To register online

Choose Civility Poster and Video Contest, Entries Accepted March 1-26
All HCPSS students in grades K-12 are encouraged to enter the countywide Choose Civility poster and video contest. This year's theme is Kindness Creates Community, focusing on making communities stronger and inspiring others. Students may work individually or in groups.
Submitted pieces will be on exhibit at the Columbia Art Center April 5-20. Winners will be honored and announced during a reception and awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 5.
The Choose Civility Poster and Video contest in presented in partnership with HCPSS, the Columbia Association Art Center and the Howard County Library System. Full details, including entry criteria and submission information, are available  online.

Howard County Elementary School Honor Band and Gifted and Talented Band Spring Concert
Sunday, March 19, 3:00 p.m., River Hill High School, 12101 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville
The public is invited to the spring concert of the Elementary School Honor Band and Gifted and Talented Band. The Honor Band will feature Directors Tim Beall and Erin Dougherty, and Assistant Percussion Coordinator, Natalie Hogg. The Gifted and Talented Band will feature Directors Kendall Davis and Tim Viets.

Council of Elders Academy - What Parents Need to Know Bullying Prevention and Social Media
Saturday, March 25, 2017, 9:00-11:15 a.m., Oakland Mills Middle School, 9540 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia
Representatives from the Howard County Police Department and the Howard County Public School System will discuss bullying and the use of social media. Come learn about bullying reporting and investigative procedures. Additionally, parents will learn about various social media sites students are accessing and how to monitor social media usage.
Register for the event here
Sponsored by: HCPSS and The Council of Elders.

Howard County Elementary School Honor Orchestra Spring Concert
Saturday, Mar. 25, 3:00 p.m., River Hill High School, 12101 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville
The public is invited to the spring concert of the Elementary School Honor Orchestra. The Honor Orchestra will feature Directors Andrea Aldrich and William Rose.

Building Resilience: Workshop for Parents on How to Support your Child's Emotional and Mental Health
Thursday, March 30, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Rd, Columbia
Join local health professionals, community agencies and guest speaker, child psychiatrist - Jeff Bostic, EdD, MD for this incredible workshop for parents! Learn how youth and adolescents experience stress within today's culture and how to use resilience to support your child's social and emotional health and development. Attendees will receive mental health resources currently available within Howard County.
Dinner, childcare and interpretation services will be provided free of charge.
To register, please click  here.

OMCA Education Committee Updates
 
Please join the OMCA Education Committee at their next meeting on 
Tuesday, March 28th  from 6:00pm to 7:00pm  at The Other Barn. Dr. Bess Altweger, the Howard County Board of Education Oakland Mills cluster rep, will be joining us.

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.

Searching for Spring
Saturday, April 1st, 10am to 11:30am, Columbia SportsPark
(No admittance permitted after 10:45)

10:00 am  Crafts and Balloons
10:45 am   Egg Hunt (while supplies last)
11:00 am   Entertainment with Turner, Dean of Magic

Please bring your own basket.  For Children Ages 2 - 8.   Advance Ticket required for this FREE event.   Tickets are for Columbia Lien-paying residents only.

Tickets are now available at The Other Barn.

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