Oakland Mills School Happenings
August 9, 2022 | Issue 112
Oakland Mills High School
Fall Sports Tryouts
Beginning August 10th
CommUnity Meet and Greets
  • August 15th, 7:00 p.m. (Howard County Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd.)
  • August 16th, 7:00 p.m. (The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place)
Get to know OMHS! Meet and greet, school supplies, stop by and say hello!
New Student Orientation
August 25th
For all students.
OMHS Food Pantry Distribution
August 31st, 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.
Back to School Night
September 1st
Oakland Mills Middle School
Coffee & Conversations with Parents
August 10th, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
OMMS Media Center
Meet the administrative team, ask questions, and learn how we can work together!
Stevens Forest Elementary School
SFES Popsicles on the Playground
August 15th, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
SFES Playground
Pre-k & Kindergarten Orientation
August 25th, 6:00 p.m.
Meet the Teacher & Open House
August 26th, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Hispanic Form Filling Event
September 1st, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
SFES PTA Meeting
September 12th, 7:00 p.m.
Back to School Night
September 13th
  • 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.: Grades 1-2
September 14th
  • 5:30 p.m.: Gifted & Talented/Band & Strings Presentation
  • 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.: Grades 3-5
SFES School Start Time 2022-23
First day of school: August 29th
Doors open at 8:45 a.m.
Late bell 9:05 a.m.
First Day for Pre-k: September 1st
SFES School Supply List
Click HERE.
SFES 50th Anniversary
October 8th
The SFES PTA will be hosting a community event to celebrate 50 Years of Excellence at SFES! This event is for anyone in the community and/or who has had a connection to SFES in the past 50 years. More details to come!
50th Anniversary Spirit Wear
Orders being accepted now!
Print the form at this link, mark your order, and return it with cash or check to SFES by September 14th, 2022! Spirit wear orders will arrive in time for students, staff, and community to wear to the anniversary celebration on October 8th!

There is an online payment option at this link; however, the order form above must still be printed, marked with exact order (sizing, shirt style, design, color, etc.) and returned to SFES prior to September 14th.

Contact Ms. Tatum (jomika_tatum@hcpss.org) with questions.
Job Opportunities at SFES
Lunch and Recess Monitors
  • Start Date: 8/29/22 through the duration of the school year
  • Hours: 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
  • Hourly Pay Rate: $14.00

Temporary Employee (close adult supervision for students requiring extra support)
  • Start Date: 8/29/22 through the duration of the school year
  • Hours: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Hourly Pay Rate: $13.00
  • For the close adult support position, you would apply through an outside agency that staffs these positions in our schools.
  • We also frequently need subs for this role, as well.
  • Click here to learn more & apply: https://www.socialserviceconsultants.com/prospective-employees

Substitute Teachers - HCPSS is hiring substitutes for the 22-23 school year. SFES would love to have individuals join its preferred substitute list at SFES. Please visit HCPSS Applitrack, scroll to Substitute Teacher, and complete the online application materials.

If interested in any of the above positions, please apply then email Mrs. Carter (kathleen_carter@hcpss.org) to set up an interview and to talk more about the position you are applying for. Have a great day!
Talbott Springs Elementary School
TSES Construction Update
Construction of the TSES Replacement School is moving along quickly. TSES Office Staff and Administration continue to work from the Oakland Mills High School Media Center. They hope to be able to work from TSES on or before August 15th. Until then, they can be reached at 410-313-6915 or through email:
TSES Student Orientation
August 26th
1:00 to 2:00 p.m. — PreSchool/Pre-Kindergarten/RECC and Kindergarten
2:15 to 3:15 p.m. — Grades 1 through 5
For ALL TSES students! Orientation will include a tour of the new TSES school and time to visit students' assigned classrooms. School supplies will also be available for families who have not been able to purchase supplies for their child(ren).
TSES New School Building Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Sunday, August 28th, 1:00 p.m.
Community invited!
More info to come.
TSES Back to School Nights
September 13th: Grades 1-2
  • 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. Open House Tour
  • 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. Classroom Presentations
September 14th: Grades 3-5, Band & Strings
  • 5:45 to 6:15 p.m.: Gifted & Talented Programs
  • 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. Open House Tour
  • 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. Classroom Presentations
TSES School Start Time 2022-23
8:25 a.m. Drop off
8:40 a.m. Students marked late if arriving after this time
TSES School Supply List
Click HERE
Thunder Hill Elementary School
THES Community Kick-off
August 23rd, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Blandair Park - Laura's Place Pavilion
Celebrate THES's amazing school community! The event is free and includes food, music, games, school supplies, the opportunity to meet school staff and connect with Howard County community resources. Bus transportation will be provided for several neighborhoods (more info to come). Please note that all children/students must be accompanied and supervised by an adult for the duration of the event.
THES Orientation/Open House
August 26th:
  • 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Kindergarten Open House
  • 1:15 to 2:00 p.m. New Student Orientation (all grades)
  • 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Open House (all families)
THES Back to School Nights
September 13th: 
  • 6:00 p.m. PTA General Meeting
  • 6:30 p.m. Grades K-2 Back To School Night
September 14th: 
  • 6:00 p.m. Gifted & Talented Back to School Night
  • 6:30 p.m. Grades 3-5 Back to School Night
THES School Supply List
Click HERE.
Howard County Public School System
First Day of School for Students:
August 29th

First Day of School for Pre-k:
September 1st

School Closure Dates
September 5th: Closed
September 26th: Closed
Register for Kindergarten & Pre-K
Kindergarten Registration - Every child who is 5 years old by September 1 must be enrolled in a kindergarten program this fall or have an approved waiver. More information about registering a Kindergarten student is at this link.

2022-2023 Pre-K Applications - Families may apply for Pre-K online or using the 2022-2023 Pre-K application. Please note that all application components are required for reporting purposes and should be maintained in student files. For more information about Pre-K, please visit the HCPSS website.

TSES Pre-School Registration Talbott Springs Pre School is a 4 day/week 2.5-hour program (AM or PM session) open to families who qualify in the Talbott Springs Elementary and the Stevens Forest Elementary attendance areas. Families must meet the eligibility criteria that is outlined at this link. Please call Talbott Springs Elementary at 410-313-6915 for additional information!

PLEASE NOTE: Anyone needing to register their child/children for ANY grade should do so as soon as possible. The information to do so can be found here.
School Meal Information for the 2022-23 School Year
The federal government has not extended waivers allowing free meals for all students. Consequently, for the 2022-2023 school year, students whose families do not qualify for free or reduced lunch will be required to pay the Daily Meal Price.

Many HCPSS families are eligible to participate in the Free and Reduced Price Meals (FARMs) program, which provides children with a wide range of benefits including free or discounted college tuition, testing and application fees, academic and athletic program fees, and many others in addition to free or discounted meals. 
Families are urged to check their eligibility and complete a FARMs application as soon as possible. Families must submit a new application every school year.

Details on the Free and Reduced Meals program, including a link to apply, are available online.
Board of Education Meetings
  • Aug. 16th, 4:00 & 7:00 p.m. – Regular Meeting
  • Sep. 8th, 4:00 & 7:00 p.m. – Regular 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.
Redistricting for the 2023-24 School Year
Keep on the latest steps in the process HERE.
Complete Your Family File
Every year HCPSS parents must complete a Family File for each child. HCPSS utilizes Family File for parents/guardians to complete emergency information. Parents/guardians must verify and/or update information for each child, and can do so by logging in to HCPSS Connect PARENT ACCOUNT and selecting the MORE OPTIONS tab on the left and then clicking on Family File.

Helpful Links:
Free Summer Meals
Available at Oakland Mills Middle School and other locations
Weekdays, June 27th through August 12th*
12:30 to 2:00 p.m.
Free for any child age 18 and under.
No applications, enrollment, or fees required.

The following changes have been made to the HCPSS Free Summer Meal Service:
  • All summer meals can be eaten off site.
  • Parents/guardians are allowed to collect meals to go for their children.
  • Children need not be present to receive summer meals
  • Multiple meals can be collected on Mondays for 3 days and on Thursdays for 2 days for pick up only at all locations except the Howard County Library System East Columbia Branch.
  • Hot meals will continue to be served daily at all open site locations.
School Supply Donation Drive
School Supplies Giveaway
Oakland Mills Board of Directors
Education Committee
Virtual OMCA Education Committee meeting
Next meeting: To be determined

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
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 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.
Need Help?
Oakland Mills High School Food Pantry
August 31st, 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
Inside The Barn (Columbia Youth & Teen Center)
5853 Robert Oliver Place (OM Village Center)
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.: 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.
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.
Oakland Mills United
Tutors needed! More info HERE.
A-Ok Mentoring & Tutoring: Tutors Needed!
A-OK Mentoring & Tutoring needs YOU to help provide support to Howard County elementary and middle school students!
Check out upcoming information sessions: www.facebook.com/aokmentors/events
Visit the A-Ok website to learn more.