Oakland Mills School Happenings

January 4, 2023 | Issue 122

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We hope you had a wonderful winter break and are rested and ready for the excitement of a new year. We are very proud of our hOMe and how involved our schools are in our community. The Oakland Mills Food Pantry was recently featured in the HCPSS news (read HERE). We continue to take donations at The Other Barn for the food pantry. Details are in the "Donate or Volunteer" section below.


Have a beautiful day!


Sandy Cederbaum, Village Manager

Amy Carpenter, Administrative Assistant

Oakland Mills High School

FAB Restaurant Night at Five Guys

January 11th, 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.

6435 Dobbin Center Way, Suite 24

Columbia

See the FAB Facebook page for details and flyer.

OMLLT Job & Career Fair

January 20th, 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

OMHS

The Oakland Mills Local Leadership Team will host its 5th Annual OMLLT Job and Career fair for the students of Oakland Mills High School. Volunteers, speakers, and local businesses are needed for this event (deadline to register to help January 13th). For more info and registration, click HERE

String-a-palooza

January 30th & February 1st, 7:00 p.m.

OMHS Auditorium

From elementary schools to middle schools to OMHS, all of the OM Cluster strings come together across two great nights.

2023-24 School Year OMHS Course Selection

For current 8-11 graders who will attend OMHS next year. Now through January 17th. More info.

OMHS Food Pantry Distribution

January 25th, 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.

Fine Arts Performance Schedules

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

Winter Sports Schedules

Winter sports are in full swing at OMHS! Visit County Sports Zone for schedules and scores.

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

OMHS Info Night and Scheduling Events

January 5th, 7:00 p.m.

OMHS Auditorium

Rising 9th grade families will have an opportunity to learn information that will help them in the Course Registration Process. Families will hear a presentation for Rising 9th grade families. They will also have an opportunity to do a gallery walk and talk with teachers from all content areas, as well as other high school staff.

OMMS New Student/Parent Orientation Night

January 17th, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

OMMS PTSA Donations

Support OMMS by donating to the PTSA! Please click HERE to donate. 

OMMS PTSA Facebook Page
Stevens Forest Elementary School

SFES Winter Concert/PTA Art Night

January 26th, 6:00 p.m.

OMHS

Band, chorus, & strings.

SFES PTA Meeting

January 9th, 7:00 p.m.

SFES Media Center

SFES Staff Treats

Looking for a way to support the staff? Help the PTA keep the staff lounge stocked with snacks and coffee. Follow this link to purchase an item from the Amazon Wish List and the item will be mailed right to the school.

SFES PTA
Talbott Springs Elementary School

TSES PTA Meeting 

January 19th, 6:15 p.m.

TSES Family Science Night

January 12th, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Talbott Springs is thrilled to host an evening with the Maryland Science Center. More info.

TSES PTA
Thunder Hill Elementary School

THES Band Concert

January 12th, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

THES

THES Winter Wonderland Family Event

January 13th, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Snow make-up date: January 20th

Event will include an indoor sing a long, crafts and story time, as well as an indoor "snowball" fight. The student Safety Patrol will be collecting items to make "Winter Bags" for emergency outreach organizations. Please consider bringing new mittens, hats, gloves, socks and/or granola bars to donate at the event. 

THES PTA
Howard County Public School System

School Closure Dates

January 16th: Schools Closed

January 18th: 3-hour Early Dismissal

January 19th & 20th: 3-hour Early Dismissal (High Schools only)

January 23rd: Schools Closed


Inclement Weather Info

Click HERE

Apply Now for Prekindergarten

HCPSS is currently accepting applications for enrollment in its half-day and full-day prekindergarten programs. Children must be four years old by September 1, 2022 to be considered for enrollment. All families who meet first-priority criteria (outlined in the application) will be granted enrollment. As space allows, families with household incomes up to 300% of the Federal Poverty Level or who meet other second priority criteria may be enrolled.

Road to Kindergarten information Sessions

Held for families of children who will begin kindergarten in Fall 2023. Sessions are 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and are offered on the following dates:

  • January 19th: Centennial High School
  • January 24th: Wilde Lake High School
  • January 26th: Oakland Mills High School
  • SNOW DATE: Thursday, February 2nd Oakland Mills High School

Community Engagement Opportunities for School Start Times Decision

The Howard County Board of Education is offering multiple opportunities for all stakeholders to engage in the decision about whether to shift school start times for the 2023-2024 school year. Information related to this process and the Board’s upcoming decision may be found on the school system’s website. Additionally, two potential school-by-school start times charts are available online for community members to review. 

Class of 2023 Graduations

May 18th through June 1st, 2023

HCPSS has confirmed the window for the 2023 high school graduations. Ceremonies will be held in person at Merriweather Post Pavilion, with the exception of Cedar Lane School, which will be held at the school.

Free RTA Bus Passes for Students

Learn more HERE.

Board of Education Meetings

  • Jan. 12th, 4:00 & 7:00 p.m. – Regularly Scheduled Meeting
  • Jan. 26th, 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.

Redistricting for the 2023-24 School Year
Keep on the latest steps in the process HERE.
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
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

January 25th, 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

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. Visit the the OMHS Food Pantry Website for more info.
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. Donate HERE.

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.