Oakland Mills School Happenings
April 26, 2021 | Issue 86
Oakland Mills High School
Congratulations to OMHS social studies teacher, Niklas Berry, who was selected as HCPSS's Washington Post Teacher of the Year! More info on the Washington Post and OM Scroll websites.
OMHS Food Pantry Distribution
April 28th, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
at OMHS (front parking lot)
Directions and procedures HERE. For donations, see the "Donate or Volunteer" box below.
Graduating Seniors Dates
Senior Awards and Carnival: May 11th, 11:00 a.m. (awards) and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (carnival)

Last day of class for Seniors: May 28th

Graduation: June 1st, 3:00 p.m. at Post Merriweather Pavilion
Oakland Mills Middle School
Congratulations to OMMS Science teacher Amy Woolf on being selected as Howard County’s 2021 Maryland State Department of Education Teacher of the Year candidate! Read more HERE.
Shop and Support the PTSA
Shop Mother's Day (May 9th) and Teachers Appreciation Week‍ (May 3rd through 7th) and support the OMMS PTSA! Use the link below for deals on gift cards, flowers, personalized items, and more:
OMMS Restaurant Night at NEO Pizza and Taphouse
May 11th, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
8872 McGaw Rd, Columbia
OMMS Staff Appreciation Station
The OMMS PTSA has created a staff appreciation station as a way for our community to show the staff we care. To donate and have items shipped directly to the school: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2U1PX8Q21L9QH?ref_=wl_share
Stevens Forest Elementary School
Tune in Tuesday
Intermediate: April 27th, 6:30 p.m.
PTA Virtual International Cooking Class
May 5th, 6:30 p.m.
MAP Assessments
May 18th: 1st Grade ELA
May 19th: Grades 2-5 ELA
May 25th: 1st Grade Math
May 26th: Grades 2-5 Math 
Stevens Forest Elementary School – Amazon Wishlist Supplies
The SFES PTA has created an Amazon Wishlist to send supplies directly to the school. The list will be updated weekly with new items needed by teachers and staff.
Thanks to the great SFES community!
PTA Meeting
May 19th, 6:30 p.m.
Zoom Meet (see PTA for code)
PTA Elections
NOMINEES STILL NEEDED! All PTA positions are up for election this year. If you are interested in serving, submit your nomination by May 5th HERE. Questions? Contact a member of the nominating committee: Kathryn Knight, kathryn1993@yahoo.com, Samuel Pearson-Moore, Samuel.moore27@yahoo.com, or Tara Jackson, tjackson017@yahoo.com
Thank an SFES Staff Member! 
Hearing from families and students is an amazing token of gratitude. If you would like to thank an SFES Staff Member please fill out the form at this link. Your responses will be shared during our morning announcements on an ongoing basis. Thank you for taking the time to make our staff feel appreciated.
Talbott Springs Elementary School
TSES PTA Virtual Meeting
May 13th, 7:00 p.m.
Contact PTA for code.
The new TSES replacement school is coming along nicely. Drive by to see all the exciting progress!
Thunder Hill Elementary School
MAP Testing
May 5th: ELA
May 19th: Math
Next PTA Meeting
May 5th, 6:30 p.m.
Zoom Meet
The THES PTA will be planning for the upcoming school year. Join to find out how you can help! Email president.thespta@gmail.com or Amanda Muchmore at wageam@gmail.com for meeting code.
Show Teachers Some Love!
This is a tough time for our teachers, and they need as much love and support from us as possible. The PTA is encouraging families to show their support in a couple of ways.
Please consider taking a few minutes to send a teacher an email this week thanking and/or praising them. Teachers can get a lot of emails, many with questions or complaints, and the positive emails can really brighten their day.
Howard County Public School System
School Closure Dates
May 13th: schools closed
May 31st: Memorial Day, schools closed
June 15th: Last Day of School
2021-22 Digital Education Center
Commitment Deadline: May 5th
HCPSS is planning a full-time online option for students entering grades K-12 who wish to learn virtually for the 2021-2022 school year. More info.
Kindergarten Registration: Click HERE
Pre-K Registration: Click HERE
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.
Free Student Meals
Procedures for free students meals have changed due to hybrid instruction. Click HERE for info and pick-up times for virtual students.
Student Device Issues
If your student's device is having issues, take the device to:
Old Cedar Lane, Gymnasium (door on the left side of the building; follow the signs)
5451 Beaverkill Road, Columbia
(Building shares a parking lot with Harper’s Choice Middle School)
Hours of operation:
Mon., Wed., & Fri., 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Tues. & Thurs. from 2-5 p.m.
*Technology Support Centers are closed any day that HCPSS offices are closed .
Online Safety and Resources
Click HERE for HCPSS's online safety guidelines and resources.
HCPSS All in One Help Website
Answers to frequently asked questions HERE.
Board of Education Meetings
  • May 11th, 4 & 7 p.m. – Hybrid Meeting
  • May 27th, 3 p.m. – Hybrid Adoption of FY22 Operating Capital Budgets & FY23-27 Capital Improvement Program
  • May 27th, 4 & 7 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
April 27th, 2021, 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.
Join 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 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.
Jacaranda Center Spring 2021 Reset! 2021 Parent Huddles
Online, Tuesdays 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Click HERE for registration.
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
Free Virtual Parenting Classes
Tuesdays 8:00 p.m.
May 4th & 11th and June 1st and 8th
Info & registration HERE.
Receive HC DrugFree's Free Newsletter: To receive HC DrugFree's free electronic newsletter packed with information for parents and opportunities for students, please click here
The Howard County Library System has taken an active stand against racism and hatred by launching a new educational initiative called Brave Voices Brave Choices. HCLS hopes to harness the power of storytelling to create ripples of understanding and positive action throughout Howard County. To learn more or to share your own story, visit HCLS's Brave Voices Brave Choices page.

Join HCLS in committing to and engaging in an educational pursuit for justice!
Need Help?
Columbia Community Care
Free Supplies & Food Distribution
Wednesdays 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Stevens Forest Neighborhood Center
6061 Stevens Forest Road, Columbia
Oakland Mills High School Food Pantry
April 28th, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Free, no contact. See the OMHS block for more info.
Free Student Meals
Due to hybrid learning, free meal pick up has changed. Click HERE for more info.
Oakland Mills United
Free tutoring and help understanding the college process HERE.
Catholic Community of Ascension and St. Augustine Free Food Distribution
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Ducketts Lane Elementary School
6501 Ducketts Lane, Elkridge
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.
Howard County Government's List of Food Distribution Sites HERE.
Donate or Volunteer
Columbia Community Care
Donation drop off:
Donation bin inside LA Mart in the Oakland Mills Village Center
More donation drop-off sites and list of needed items HERE.

Volunteer Information
Volunteers needed to restock, translate, and shop/deliver. More info and sign up HERE.
Oakland Mills United
Tutors needed! More info HERE.
Oakland Mills High School Food Pantry
Donations always welcome! Donate in-person 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.