Oakland Mills School Happenings
June 8, 2021 | Issue 89
Oakland Mills High School
Congratulations to OMHS Boys Outdoor Track for winning the Howard County outdoor track and field championship! Read more about it HERE.
OMHS Food Pantry Distribution
June 30th, 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.
2021 Commencement Video
Congratulations to the Class of 2021! In case you missed the commencement ceremony or would like to watch it again, the video is available on the HCPSS website, along with a copy of the program.
OMHS 2021-22 School Start & End Time
The school bell schedule will return to the original, pre-COVID times for the 2021-2022 school year. OMHS will start at 7:25 a.m. and end at 2:10 p.m.
Oakland Mills Middle School
Soar Into Your Future! 8th Grade Promotion Celebration & Ceremony
June 10th (rain date: June 14th)
Virtual Ceremony: 9:00 a.m.
(Google Meet 2nd Period Class Code)
Drive-by Celebration: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
In the Bus Loop Receiving Line
  • Last name A-H, 1:00 to 1:30
  • Last name I-Q, 1:45 to 2:15
  • Last name R-S, 2:30 to 3:00
Car decorations encouraged!

OMMS PTSA 8th Grade Celebration in the Oakland Mills Village Center, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. For students and their families. If you would like to donate items or your time, click HERE to sign up.
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
OMMS 2021-22 Start & End Times
The school bell schedule will return to the original, pre-COVID times for the 2021-2022 school year. OMMS will start at 7:55 a.m. and end at 2:40 p.m.
Stevens Forest Elementary School
Tune in Tuesday (last one!)
Primary: June 8th, 6:30 p.m.
SFES PTA Virtual Event: Family Fun Ideas for Summer
June 8th, 7:00 p.m.
Looking for new local summer adventures and boredom busters? Have some great local treasures to share? Join in on this community forum (through Oakland Mills Online) to share ways to keep the kids busy this summer! This will be the last PTA event of the school year. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86185663008
Virtual 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony
June 14th, 9:30 a.m.
SFES 2021-22 Start & End Times
The school bell schedule will return to the original, pre-COVID times for the 2021-2022 school year. SFES will start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.
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!
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 Summer Kick-off & Scholastic Book Fair
June 9th, 12:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Outdoor Event at TSES
Visit the book fair, receive info on Kids Read Now®, and grab your "Tools for the Summer Bag." This event will be held open-house style, so come when you want, stay however long you want!
TSES 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony
June 11th, 9:15 a.m.
Later that day there will be a drive-thru event with yearbook & t-shirt pick up and greetings in the TSES bus loop.
TSES Outdoor Celebration
June 14th
TSES 2021-22 Start & End Times
The school bell schedule will return to the original, pre-COVID times for the 2021-2022 school year. TSES will start at 8:40 a.m. and end at 3:10 p.m.
Thunder Hill Elementary School
PTA General Membership Vote
June 9th, 6:30 p.m.
THES Parking Lot
THES 5th Grade Promotion
June 9th
Students are invited to school in the afternoon to pick up their certificate, 5th grade t-shirt and lawn sign from the PTA, and to have their photo taken with the teachers. One parent will be allowed to enter the cafeteria with their child to take the photo and pick up the items. Please follow the signs as you move through the stations. We will use our safety guidelines of social distancing and masks during this event. 5th grade items will also be collected on this date.
THES 2021-22 Start & End Times
The school bell schedule will return to the original, pre-COVID times for the 2021-2022 school year. THES will start at 9:25 a.m. and end at 3:55 p.m.
Howard County Public School System
School Closure Dates
June 8th: Last day for half-day pre-k
June 10th, 11th, &14th: Schools dismiss 3 hours early
June 15th: Last day of school, schools dismiss 3 hours early
HCPSS Device Return
Only students leaving the school system after the current 202-2021 school year—including those unenrolling or graduating—must return their assigned HCPSS technology devices. More info.
HCPSS Chromebook Care Info
Click HERE.
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 27th, 3 p.m. – Hybrid Adoption of FY22 Operating Capital Budgets & FY23-27 Capital Improvement Program
  • May 27th, 4 & 7 p.m. – Hybrid Meeting
  • June 10th, 4 & 7 p.m. – Hybrid Meeting
  • June 24th, 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
June 22nd, 6:00 p.m.
Zoom Meet (click HERE)

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 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.
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
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.
In front of Oakland Mills Middle School
Oakland Mills High School Food Pantry
June 30th, 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.