Oakland Mills School Happenings

September 20, 2023 | Issue 133

School is in full swing! We hope that our OM students have a happy, successful year! Read on to find out about happenings at our schools, including fall sports and restaurant nights.

Also, mark your calendar for the annual Oakland Mills Fall Festival on Saturday, October 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The OMHS Marching Band will be performing, and the SFES PTA will be running its hot dog stand. Come out and meet your neighbors, enjoy some great food and entertainment, and tour our fantastic vendors. Visit the OM Fall Festival website for details (vendor spots still available!).

Brigitta Warren, Village Manager

Amy Carpenter, Administrative Assistant

Oakland Mills High School

Change to School Start Time

Effective Wednesday, September 20, 2023, OMHS will start at 7:50 a.m. and dismiss at 2:35 p.m

Morning Drop-off Reminder

The main drop-off for car-riding students is Blandair Park. Being good neighbors and commUnity members is a core value at OMHS. This means respecting the property of our neighbors. Our OM communities at Merryrest and Anturon have expressed concern that their parking areas have turned into drop-off loops for OMHS and OMMS students. This is causing a disruption to their morning. Please, moving forward, do not drop your students off at Merryrest or Anturon. The Blandair dropoff has a staffed car loop, and the students can use the walking path right to OMHS. Maintaining good community relationships is essential, and we thank you for your assistance in upholding this value.

OMHS PTSA & Hispanic Committee Hispanic Heritage Night

September 22, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

OMHS Auditorium/Cafeteria

OMHS Food Pantry Distribution

September 27, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

at OMHS (front parking lot)

More info. Donations accepted at The Other Barn, Mondays through Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. See donations box below for details.

OMHS's 50th Anniversary Celebration: Homecoming Weekend

October 13 & 14

Save the date! More details to come. Info about the pancake breakfast in the flyer below.

OMHS 50th Anniversary Spirit Wear

Order now HERE!

OMHS Craft Fair Vendors Needed

Info & registration HERE. (This is a separate event from the Oakland Mills Fall Festival.)

Fine Arts Performance Schedules

Click the Fine Arts Boosters (FAB) orange box below to see a calendar of OMHS fine arts events.

Fall Sports Schedules

Fall sports have begun! Visit County Sports Zone for schedules and scores.

OMHS Fine Arts Boosters
OMHS Boosters
Oakland Mills Middle School

Reminders from OMMS Principal about Drop-off

To ensure the safety and well-being of all students and staff members, I'd like to remind everyone of a few crucial guidelines regarding arrival procedures at Oakland Mills Middle School. 

Drop-off on Santiago Road: Please refrain from stopping, pulling over, or dropping off your students directly on Santiago Road.

This measure is in place to prioritize safety and aligns with traffic regulations. 

Interfaith Center Drop-off: Parents and guardians should aim to arrive at 7:40 am. All vehicles must use the drop-off loop at

the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center on Santiago Road. Follow the guidance of staff members at the entrance who will guide you

through the drop-off process.

Drop-off Lane Guidelines: When entering the designated drop-off lane, please proceed slowly and adhere to the instructions

provided by OMMS staff members present. Remember that only entry into the Interfaith Center from Santiago Road is allowed. 

Safety First: We kindly request that you do not drop your student off on Santiago Road, even if there's no traffic behind you.

This precaution is in line with our commitment to safety. 

Car Riders with Disabilities: Families with students who have disabilities are encouraged to reach out to Ms. Coleman. She will provide access to the bus loop to accommodate specific needs 410 313-6937. 

Late Arrivals: If your student arrives after 8:00 am, please utilize the OMMS bus loop. Your student should check in at the front office for a late pass before proceeding to class. 

Bus Riders: The four HCPSS endorsed buses will enter the school’s bus loop. Access to the school’s bus loop will be restricted during daily arrival. OMMS staff will assist  your students upon their arrival.  

We understand that the morning routine can be rushed, but it's imperative that we prioritize the safety of our students and staff during drop-off. These procedures are designed to make the process efficient and secure. Kindly note that we may make adjustments to these procedures as necessary to enhance student safety continuously.  

Once again, I extend my sincere gratitude to each one of you for your cooperation and commitment to a safe and successful school environment. Your support makes a significant difference in the overall well-being of our OMMS community. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Principal Coleman

Change to School Start Times

Starting this Wednesday, September 20, Oakland Mills Middle will change its start time to 7:50 a.m. and ending time to 2:35 p.m. The front doors will open at 7:40 a.m.

Help Teachers Buy Supplies

The OMMS PTSA has put together a list of teachers' Amazon wish lists for supplies. Click HERE to see the list.

OMMS Parent Night

October 18, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The Howard County Health Department and Department of Human Resources and Services Office of the Local Children's Board will provide info on social media and nicotine vaping products. RSVP encouraged but not required (RSVP includes questions to help with planning).

OMMS PTSA Facebook Page
Stevens Forest Elementary School

Change to School Start Times

Effective September 20, 2023, SFES times will change to the following:

  • 9:00 a.m.: School Staff on duty to support arrival
  • 9:10 a.m.: Students invited inside for breakfast
  • 9:25 a.m.: Instruction begins (students arriving after this time are late and must be signed in)
  • 3:55 pm: Dismissal begins

PTA Family Fun Night

September 21, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

SFES Playground or Gym

See flyer for more details. Volunteers needed!

SFES Restaurant Night at Texas Roadhouse

October 5, 3:00 to 10:00 p.m.

8820 Stanford Blvd, Columbia

SFES PTA Hot Dog Stand at the Oakland Mills Fall Festival

October 7, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

OM Village Center

Talbott Springs Elementary School

Change to School Start Times

TSES arrival and dismissal times have changed to 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

TSES Restaurant Night and PTA Meeting at Pizzaman

September 21, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

(PTA meeting starts at 6:00 p.m. at Pizzaman)

5810 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia


Thunder Hill Elementary School

Change to School Start Times

Starting Wednesday, September 20, arrival and dismissal times have been changed to the following:

  • Doors open and student supervision begins at 9:15 a.m.
  • Late bell rings and instruction begins at 9:25 a.m.
  • Dismissal begins at 3:50 p.m.

THES PTA Restaurant Night at Jason's Deli

September 22, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

8874 McGaw Road, Columbia

Mention Thunder Hill ES when you order by phone and/or dine in.

THES PTA Meeting

October 5, 6:00 p.m.

Howard County Public School System

School Closure Dates

September 25: Schools closed

October 9: Schools closed

Adjusted School Bus Pick-up Drop-off times

Beginning Wednesday, September 20, new pick-up times will be in effect. You can log into HCPSS Connect Synergy, select More Options and then Homeroom / Transportation / POS to see your new bus times. This information also can be found in the HCPSS online bus locator.

Board of Education Meetings

  • September 21, 4:00 & 7:00 p.m. – Regularly Scheduled Meeting
  • October 12, 4:00 & 7:00 p.m. – Regularly Scheduled 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

OMCA Education Committee meeting

Next meeting: September 26, 6:00 p.m.

Hybrid, in-person at The Other Barn and online on Zoom.

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.

OMLLT Movie Night

Community Resources

Salvation Army Angel Tree Program

If your family or a family you know is in need of gifts for the holidays, consider registering for the Salvation Angel Tree Program. Applications are being accepted through this Friday, September 22. See the flyers below (Spanish and English) for more info.

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 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

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.
Need Help?

Oakland Mills High School Food Pantry

September 27, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Free, no contact. More info.

Columbia Community Care

Free Supplies & Food Distribution

Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to Noon

Locations and info

Free Student Meals
Click HERE to apply.
Oakland Mills United
Free tutoring and help understanding the college process HERE.

The Howard County MultiService Center Free Grab-and-Go Meals

Mons. & Weds.: Noon to 4:00 p.m.

Third Sat.: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

MORE INFO ~ Spanish Flyer 

If you are in need of food and cannot get to the center please call 410-313-0220 to schedule an appointment.

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. More info.

A-Ok Mentoring & Tutoring: Tutors Needed!

Would you like to be a volunteer mentor-tutor who supports Howard County elementary and middle school students? Are you a trustworthy adult who can commit to one school year of service for a student? A-Ok would love to meet you! Find the next A-Ok info session on the A-Ok website.

Oakland Mills United
Tutors needed! More info HERE.