Oakland Mills School Happenings
December 13, 2021 | Issue 98
Oakland Mills High School
OMHS Food Pantry Distribution
December 15th, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
at OMHS (front parking lot)
Directions and procedures HERE.
Donations accepted at The Other Barn, Mondays through Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. See donations box below for details.
Winter Dance Concert
Dec. 17th & 18th, 7:00 p.m.
GO SCORPS!! OMHS Sports Schedules and Scores
Visit County Sports Zone to find more info about schedules and scores.
Oakland Mills Middle School
OMMS PTSA MOD Pizza Fundraiser
December 15th, 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
10000 Town Center Avenue
More info & RSVP HERE.
PTSA Meeting
December 20th, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
OMMS Media Center
Help Needed!
The PTSA is continuing to support OMMS staff through a beverage and snack station in the Teacher’s Lounge. All items bought through Amazon can be shipped directly to the school. Items purchased from other stores can be dropped off at the front office by you or your student. Individually wrapped servings are best. Click HERE to see some suggested items.
Stevens Forest Elementary School
PTA Family Movie Night
December 17th, 6:00 p.m.
Showing "Abominable Find Your Way Home". Free admission. Free concessions available in addition to concessions for purchase from Stony Man Coffee Food Truck. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Register HERE.
SFES PTA Restaurant Night at IHOP
December 22nd, All Day
8825 Centre Park Drive
PTA Meeting
January 4th, 7:00 p.m.
Talbott Springs Elementary School
TSES Restaurant Night at Noodles & Company
January 11th
Please contact Casey Otten at fundraisers@tsespta.org with any questions.
TSES Winter Concert (Band, Strings, Chorus)
January 13th at 6:30 p.m.
Oakland Mills High School Auditorium
TSES PTA Meeting
December meeting has been cancelled. Next meeting: January 20th
TSES Blessings in a Backpack 2021-22
Help TSES students who may be facing hunger. Learn more HERE.
Thunder Hill Elementary School
Donations Needed!
The THES health room is in need of donations. The school nurse has been purchasing items with her own funds. Please contact the school to find out how you can help.
THES Principal Marti Miller to Retire
Effective January 1, 2022, THES Principal Marti Miller will be retiring. Principal Miller has worked in the Howard County School System for 34 years, 14 of which have been spent as the assistant principal and principal of THES. We thank her for her service to our community. We'll miss you, Principal Miller!
THES Chorus Concert
December 15th, 6:30 p.m.
Oakland Mills Middle School
THES Restaurant Night at Wendy's
December 15th
9150 Rt. 108, Columbia
THES PTA Winter Paint Night
December 17th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
PTA Meeting
January 12th
Howard County Public School System
School Closure Dates
December 15th: Close 3 hours early
December 23rd through 31st: Closed for Winter Break
Emergency/Weather Closings
Click HERE for info.
Vaccine Clinics for Children Ages 5-11
HCPSS is holding vaccine clinics for children ages 5-11. Click HERE for more info. The Howard County Health Department also has a vaccine clinic at Howard Community College. Visit the County's Pediatric Vaccine Website for more info.
HCPSS Hiring Fair
December 14th, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Applications and Research Laboratory
10920 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City
For those interested in the following positions: teachers, nurses, school counselors, and speech-language pathologists. Registration is closed, but walk-ins welcome between 3:00 and 4:30 p.m. More info
HCPSS Principal and Teacher of the Year Nominations Now Open
Deadline: January 7th, 2022
HCPSS Contact Tracing Update
HCPSS has updated its contact tracing procedures for Covid-19 and is now contracted with Ameridial to notify families when a student is identified as a close contact. Families will receive an email and a phone call from Ameridial. If Ameridial leaves a voicemail, families should not call their child’s school and instead should return the call to Ameridial at 888-984-3953. More info
Kindness Pantry Partnership
The Howard County Public School System has partnered with The Kindness Pantry to support teachers and students by providing an inventory of school supplies to schools. Click HERE to donate.
Information for Students who Must Quarantine
Visit this page for information on instructional supports during quarantine and other info.
Daily Health Check Reminder
Parents/guardians MUST perform a COVID-19 health check every day before your student leaves home. A student or staff member should NOT come to school with any of these symptoms:
  • fever of 100.4 degrees or higher
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • diarrhea or vomiting
  • new onset of severe headache (especially with fever), or
  • new loss of taste or smell
Board of Education Meetings
  • December 16th, 4:00 & 7:00 p.m. – Hybrid Meeting
Hybrid meetings are virtual and in-person (more info) and will be streamed live/viewed on the HCPSS board website or on Comcast channel 95/Verizon 42 in Howard County.
Oakland Mills Board of Directors
Education Committee
Virtual OMCA Education Committee meeting
The OMCA Education Committee will not meet in December.
Future Zoom Meet (click HERE)

The Oakland Mills Community Association's Education Committee supports and advocates for all Oakland Mills schools and county-wide on a variety of issues. All interested individuals are welcome to join the conversation!

For more information contact Oakland Mills Board of Directors Chair and OMCA Education Committee Chair Jonathan Edelson at jledelson.omca@gmail.com.
Community Resources
Oakland Mills Online (OMO) is an online social learning platform founded by Oakland Mills families to keep our community connected while we are socially isolated.
Oakland Mills United (OMU) is a community group started by recent OMHS graduates that advocates for the OM community and its schools and offers tutoring and college help. OMCA is a proud partner with OMU.
Oakland Mills Local Leadership Team's mission is to make the village of Oakland Mills an inclusive, equitable and connected community that values and supports the healthy development of all children, youth and families.
HC DrugFree provides resources and education on prevention, treatment, recovery, and health and wellness to help Howard County residents develop knowledge and skills to understand and address behavioral health (substance use and mental health) disorders. HC DrugFree website
Need Help?
Oakland Mills High School Food Pantry
December 15th, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Free, no contact. See the OMHS block for more info.
Columbia Community Care
Free Supplies & Food Distribution
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to Noon
In front of Oakland Mills Middle School
Oakland Mills United
Free tutoring and help understanding the college process HERE.
Free Student Meals
Click HERE to apply.
The Howard County MultiService Center Free Grab-and-Go Meals
If you are in need of food and cannot get to the center please call 410-313-0220 to schedule an appointment.
Mons. & Weds.: Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Third Sat. of Each Month: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Donate or Volunteer
Oakland Mills High School Food Pantry ~ Donations Accepted at The Other Barn, Mondays through Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
See details, including a list of needed items HERE. Donations always welcome! Donate in-person at OMHS on the second Wednesday of the month, make a monetary donation, or order donations through the pantry's Amazon Wishlist. Visit the the OMHS Food Pantry Website for more info.
Columbia Community Care
Donation drop off:
Collection bins for non-perishable food/personal items will be available at the following locations after site hours:
  • Bethel Korean Presbyterian Church - 3165 St. John’s Lane, Ellicott City. Place items in green bin located near the gym area of the church
  • Wilde Lake Interfaith Center (10431 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia) - collection containers near church office entrance
More donation drop-off sites and list of needed items HERE.

Volunteer Information
Volunteers needed to restock, translate, and shop/deliver (beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturdays). More info and sign up HERE.
Oakland Mills United
Tutors needed! More info HERE.
Blessings in a Backpack at Talbott Springs ES
The Blessings in a Backpack program continues to help TSES students this school year. Learn more HERE.