May 11th Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Harper's Choice Middle School Students of the Month
April 2017

It is an HCMS tradition to recognize outstanding students each month as students of the month.  Each grade level, and their Related Arts and World Language Teams select two individuals for this distinction. The criteria on which the selection is based for each team are listed below.

6th grade students of the month consistently demonstrate the 3 R's and work hard. They are chosen for their positive contributions to the school and for being caring, energetic students who are good role models. They have a "can-do" attitude and persevere through obstacles. These students are polite, courteous and treat others the way they would like to be treated. They are self-motivated and go beyond basic expectations.

Layla Mitchell
Oliver Song

7th grade students of the month exhibit great work habits, participate in class discussions, and have a desire to do their best on the tasks that they are given in their classes. These students are polite, respectful and helpful to others. They are also responsible and positive role models for their peers.

Brooke Webster
Bhavya Mangukia

8th grade students of the month go above and beyond showing the 3 R's everyday! They are students who go through their day building positive relationships, showing responsibility, and are always respectful.

Natalina Baldinazzo
Avinash Shankar

Related Arts students of the month are individuals who go above and beyond in demonstrating Harper's Choice Middle School's three R's of Respect, Responsibilities, and building Relationships.  They set the example by being leaders in the classroom with the quality of their assignments and working cooperatively and in a positive manner with their classmates. They are role models for every student in the school.

A'tijsa Jones
Samuel Dickover

World Language students of the month participate actively and volunteer frequently in class using the target language (French or Spanish). They are students who demonstrate respect, responsibility, and an eagerness to learn. These individuals maintain positive relationships with their teachers and peers. We appreciate their contributions in helping to make our class a positive language-learning environment. Merci! ¡Gracias!

Lauren Rivarde
Jovani Harrison
Longfellow Elementary Spring Fair
May 13th from 10am-2pm
Photo Booth 
Silent Auction 
Much More
Click here for flyer.
Introduction to Jewelry Design Bracelet, Necklace & Earring Set!!

w/ Shawnda Smith
$50 Columbia residents/$60 nonresidents 

All classes are from 6-8pm on the following dates
Tuesday, May 16th & Thursday, May 18 (two sessions)
Tuesday, June 13th & Thursday, June 15th (two sessions)

Designed for beginners and students in need of a refresher class. Have fun learning stringing techniques for creating a rhinestone bracelet and necklace. Enjoy exploring steps for wire-wrapping and pair of earrings. Using a variety of tools, including wire cutters and pliers, you will gain the basic skills for creating your very own jewelry designs. This workshop is sure to ignite your creative desire to continue producing your own jewelry designs at home! All supplies included.

Contact the Columbia Art Center for more information. Call 410-730-0075 or click here to email.
Exploring Columbia On Foot, Outdoor Walks

The walks will be held on nine Thursdays and one Saturday from March through October. Most walks will begin at 10am; the walk at The Mall in Columbia begins at 8:30am. Registration is not required.
  • Thursday, May 18, Oakland Mills - meet at Thunder Hill Neighborhood Center (5134 Thunder Hill Road)
  • Thursday, June 1, River Hill - meet at Claret Hall (6020 Daybreak Circle)
  • Saturday, June 24, The Mall in Columbia (8:30am) - meet at the Plaza in front of Season's 52 (10300 Little Patuxent Parkway)
  • Thursday, July 13, Long Reach - meet at Jeffers Hill Neighborhood Center (6030 Tamar Drive)
  • Thursday, Aug. 31, Kings Contrivance - meet at Huntington Pool (7625 Murray Hill Road)
  • Thursday, Sept. 14, Harper's Choice - meet at Hobbits Glen Pool (11130 Willow Bottom Drive)
  • Thursday, Oct. 12, Downtown Columbia - meet at Lakefront Plaza (10275 Little Patuxent Parkway)
  • Thursday, Oct. 26, Hickory Ridge - meet at Hawthorn Center (6175 Sunny Spring
Middle School & High School XBOX Challenge

Anatomy of a Scam: 

A Presentation by the Howard County Office of Consumer Protection and Howard County Police
Anatomy of a SCAM , learn all you can to protect yourself from various types of SCAMS - telephone, online, door-to-door, theft, skimming, and online dating.  Rebecca Bowman, Administrator of the Howard County Office of Consumer Protection and HCPD Officer Andre Lingham, Police Senior Citizen Liaison, will discuss these very important topics.  This is one presentation you don't want to miss.
DATE:   Wednesday, May 17, 2017
TIME:    6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION:   The Other Barn, Oakland Mills Village Center, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD  21045
Free program .  Registration is preferred. Contact Oakland Mills Community Association for details; ., , or 410-730-4610. Sponsored by the Oakland Mills Community Association's Safety & Security Committee. To view flyer click here.
Columbia Smart Energy Challenge: Information Session

June 8, 2017; 7-8pm at Kahler Hall in Harpers Choice
The Columbia Smart Energy Challenge, a six-month program that began Jan. 1, further encourages individuals to improve comfort while reducing energy bills through home energy upgrades, leveraging BGE's Home Performance with the ENERGY STAR Program. The Smart Energy Challenge provides additional incentives to residents as a way to raise awareness and increase the number of audits conducted. 
Join the Columbia Smart Energy Challenge
* Home energy audits are $100 (a $400 value)
* Rebates cut the cost of energy improvements by 50 percent (up to $2,000 total)
* Earn $50 when you refer a friend who completes an energy audit
* Help your neighbors! Any village that completes at least 10 energy audits during the challenge       will have a celebration - with 100 free LED lightbulb giveaways to residents

Summer Pool Parties!! Save The Dates!
Mark your calendar for this year's fun neighborhood pool parties! We're excited to splash and play with our community at what we are expecting to be our best pool parties yet!! Space is limited for both events.  This is a free event but tickets are required and will be available at Kahler Hall beginning June 19.

Longfellow Neighborhood Pool Party 
When: July 13 from 6-9pm 
Where: Longfellow Pool
Theme: Cupcake & Pizza Social
Food: Free Cupcakes & Pizza!!!
Swansfield Neighborhood Pool Party
When: August 10 from 6-9pm
Where: Swansfield Mini Water Park
Theme: Picnic Fun 
Food: Free Pizza & Rita's. Mod Pizza Gift Card Raffle!!!

4th Of July Parade

The 46th annual Longfellow Friends of the Traditional 4th Parade will take place on Tuesday, July 4, rain or shine, at 10am. Lineup begins at 9:15 in the parking lot of Longfellow Elementary School. It will travel from one end of Hesperus Drive to the other, and return to the school via Eliot's Oak Road.  No advance registration!
Local Employment
Covenant Adviser and Property Concerns, Long Reach Community Association

Covenant Advisor specializing in Letters of Compliance requests & complaints.  Candidates must be reliable, team oriented, have excellent communication skills, and have own transportation to perform site visits.  16 hours per week   

Program/Event Coordinator looking for a highly reliable person able to combine the multiple duties of Program/Camp Coordinator.  Duties include: coordinating community classes, special events, camp program, public relations and other community service activities with minimal supervision.  16 hours per week
Interested candidates should submit a resume to  Due to the volume of inquiries, only qualified candidates will be contacted.  No walk-ins or phone calls please.  Immediate availability.
Covenant Corner

Rain gardens  are one of the simplest and most effective ways to "green" your landscape and manage storm water. A rain garden is a shallow, planted depression that absorbs the water that flows from your roof, patio or yard, allowing it to drain directly into the soil
The Columbia Association, through a grant from MD DNR, will pay 75% of the installation costs of rain gardens on residential property and has a landscape firm on contract for installation.  This program serves Columbia residents whose property is located in the Little Patuxent Watershed.  Most properties in Harper's Choice qualify.  We have several brochures available at Kahler Hall that explain the program, show costs, templates and photos.  For more information, watch this video, contact CA's Watershed Manager, John McCoy at 410-312- 6336 or via        
Community Action Council News
·  With the summer approaching, more and more families are going to rely on the Howard County Food Bank to support their food needs. The Food Bank could use your help in stocking up on fruit cups, juices, cereal, tuna, and healthy protein snacks. In-kind donations should be delivered to the Food Bank (9385-J Gerwig Lane, Columbia).   
·  Howard County Head Start is recruiting for the current school year and the next school year. For more information, check us out online at  
· Financial donations can be used to help fund clients' dairy product needs. CAC spend about $1,000 per month to purchase milk and eggs to support approximately 500 families. A gift of $20 helps CAC provide ten families enough milk and eggs. It's easy to donate online.
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Architectural Committee Meeting Date Change

Please check the calendar on our website for the latest meeting dates.
Changes made to the exterior of homes in Harper's Choice require approval of the Village Architectural Committee (AC).
The AC will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 7:30 PM to review applications. 

The deadline to submit applications for approval is two weeks prior to the next meeting date.
Village Board Meetings

The next meeting of the Village Board is scheduled for June 6th at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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