Oakland Mills School Happenings

February 7, 2024 | Issue 141

This week's School Happenings features many volunteer and fundraising opportunities for our Oakland Mills schools. Scroll down to see how you can help.


Today is school crossing guard day, and we want to thank our schools' crossing guards, who make things so much safer for students.


And don't forget that February 5-9 is National School Counseling Week! Thank you to all of the amazing school counselors in Oakland Mills and throughout Howard County.


Have a fantastic day!


Brigitta Warren, Village Manager

Amy Carpenter, Administrative Assistant

Oakland Mills High School

OMHS FAB Double Good Popcorn Fundraiser

Now through February 9

More info. Double Good fundraiser website.

Boosters Annual Super Bowl Squares Fundraiser

Open Now

Each square costs $20. Must be 18 to participate. More info.

OMHS Games Concessions Volunteers Needed

Concessions help is needed! If you'd like to help, sign up HERE. Service hours also available for students (adult must be present).

Maryland Winds Concert

February 13, 7:30 p.m.

OMHS Auditorium

A professional concert band based in Howard County whose members share their love of music with students, music educators, and enthusiastic audiences. More info & tickets.

OMHS Food Pantry Distribution

February 28, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

at OMHS (front parking lot)

More info. If you'd like to donate, scroll down to the donations box to find out how.

Spring Musical: The Little Mermaid

March 7, 8 & 9, 7:00 p.m.

Matinee on March 9, 2:00 p.m.

OMHS Auditorium

More info coming soon.

Sports Schedules

Visit County Sports Zone for schedules and scores.

OMHS PTSA Non-event Fundraiser

Now through June 9

Help the PTSA reach its $4000 goal. Click HERE to donate.

OMHS Alumni Directory

The OMHS Boosters would like to start an Alumni Directory to communicate information directly to alumni. Fill out the form with any information you are willing to share. Contact Michelle Humphrey at omhsboostertreasurer@gmail.com with questions.

OMHS PTSA
OMHS Fine Arts Boosters
OMHS Boosters
Oakland Mills Middle School

CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSET & SUPPORT OMMS!

OMMS is now participating in the Clothing to Cash Recycling Program. Drop off your new & gently used clothing, footwear and accessories to the white bins in the school parking lot. Acceptable items are clean, dry, in bags, and tied closed. More info.

OMMS PTSA Meeting

February 20, 6:30 p.m.

OMMS Media Center

OMMS Teacher Wishlists

Teachers purchase a lot of supplies from their own pockets. See their wishlists to find out how you can help.

OMMS PTSA Facebook Page
Stevens Forest Elementary School

SFES Community Survey

The Community School Strategy is underway at Stevens Forest Elementary School! Community schools address the whole child and leverage partnerships that promote student achievement, positive learning conditions, and student well-being through additional services like academic and language supports, nutrition supports, as well as behavioral and general health care that go beyond traditional classroom education.


SFES is in the process of completing its Community School Needs Assessment which includes giving voice to all members of the SFES school community, which extends much wider than just the school building. Please consider taking the 10 minute survey (click link below) to further enhance SFES's responsiveness to the needs of its students, families, staff, and larger community. 


Stevens Forest Community Survey


Please reach out to Brittany Fitzpatrick (brittany_fitzpatrick@hcpss.org), Community School Site Coordinator at Stevens Forest Elementary with questions, or, if you are interested in learning more about the Community School Strategy at SFES.

SFES Math & Reading Night and Valentine's Day Dance

February 14

6:00 p.m. Math & Reading Night

7:00 p.m. Dance

Open to SFES students and immediate family only. 

PTA Spirit Night at Main Event

February 15, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

10300 Little Patuxent Pkwy Suite 2520, Columbia

Enjoy all that Main Event Has To Offer, and 20% of proceeds will benefit SFES PTA!

Drop off all receipts with the PTA.

SFES Joe Corbi's Fundraiser

Now through February 19

Go to joecorbi.com and click "SHOP" -- don’t forget to enter the SFES PARTICIPANT CODE (20540) so the PTA can get the benefits from your generous support. 

SFES PTA Meeting

February 26, 7:00 p.m.

Contact the PTA for a Zoom link for the meeting.

SFES PTA Harlem Wizards Game

March 12, 6:30 p.m.

OMHS

Tickets available now HERE. Visit the Harlem Wizards website for more info.

Mystery Readers Needed!

The Mystery Reader program allows students to see and connect with other adults in their school community. A Mystery Reader is the same as a Guest Reader… but keeping your identity secret from our students will help to build their excitement and anticipation for your arrival! Find out more and sign up HERE.

SFES PTA
Talbott Springs Elementary School

TSES PTA Restaurant Night at Chipotle

February 7, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

6181 Old Dobbin Lane, Suite 100, Columbia

Flyer and more info

TSES PTA Meeting

February 15, 6:15 p.m.

No December meeting.

Howard County Recreation and Parks Classes at TSES

Check out these classes being offered at TSES.

TSES Blessings in a Backpack

TSES Blessings in a Backpack program sends backpacks full of food home each weekend with students experiencing a need. $175 feeds one child every weekend for an entire school year. If you'd like to donate, click HERE.

TSES PTA
Thunder Hill Elementary School

PTA Meeting

February 15, 6:00 p.m.

THES Cafeteria

Childcare provided

THES Fundraiser: KizArtMD

February 23, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

For THES grades K-5. 20% of all registrations go toward the PTA. More info.

PTA Restaurant Night at BIBIBOP

March 12, 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

10300 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia

More info

Donate to the THES PTA

Donate any time. More info.

THES PTA
Howard County Public School System

School Closure Dates

February 7-8: Elementary schools release 3 hours early

February 9: Schools closed

February 19: Schools closed

March 13: 3-hour early release

March 25 - April 6: Spring Break


Emergency and inclement weather notifications info HERE. HCPSS Status page HERE.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Unheard Perspectives Showcase

February 24, 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Snow date: March 2

Hammond Middle School

8100 Aladdin Dr, Laurel

Judge 3rd through 5th grade student presentations, displays or performances on minority innovators in American History. Volunteer judges will receive training. Register. Contact Kimberly_Eggborn@hcpss.org with any questions.

Passport to the Future

March 14, 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Howard Community College

10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia

Volunteers are needed to conduct a practice job interview with high school students as part of their workforce preparation program, Passport to the Future. Register. Contact tonia_ziegler@hcpss.org with any questions.

New Superintendent Search

Read the latest news about the search for a new HCPSS superintendent.

Graduations to be Held May 20-31, 2024

HCPSS has confirmed the window for the 2024 high school graduations as May 20-31, 2024. No graduations will be scheduled for weekend dates or on Memorial Day. Specific dates and times will be finalized with Merriweather Post Pavilion and shared as soon as they are available.

Board of Education Meetings

  • February 8, 4 & 7 p.m. – Regularly Scheduled Meeting
  • Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, 4 & 7 p.m. – Regularly Scheduled Meeting

Board meetings may be viewed live or on-demand online, and during and after each meeting on Howard County Comcast channel 95 or Verizon channel 42. Upcoming Public Hearings can be found online.

National School Counseling Week is February 5 - 9. 

During this time, the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve school success will be highlighted. Staff, students, and families that have been positively impacted by their school counselor are asked to complete the Shout Out to My School Counselor form to share their experience. These responses will be shared with school counselors throughout the week. Responses must be submitted by 3 p.m. on February 9.

Oakland Mills Board of Directors
Education Committee

OMCA Education Committee meeting

Next Meeting: February 27


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 & Announcements

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

February 28, 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.

AOK 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.


AOK News: A-Ok Mentoring-Tutoring, Inc. has rebranded and has a name and logo! The new name is AOK Mentoring & Tutoring, with a new tagline for the AOK acronym: All Our Kids.

Oakland Mills United
Tutors needed! More info HERE.