Oakland Mills School Happenings

November 16, 2022 | Issue 119

Congratulations to the OMHS Chamber Choir on being selected to perform at the 2023 American Choral Directors Association! While this is a huge honor, the choir needs $10,000 so that all choir members can attend. If you'd like to help, visit the OMHS box below for the link to donate.

Also, don't forget the annual WBAL Radio Concert for Kids on December 3rd. See the OMHS box below for more details and a link to get tickets.

We hope your Thanksgiving will be peaceful and full of wonderful times with your loved ones!

Sandy Cederbaum, Village Manager

Amy Carpenter, Administrative Assistant

Oakland Mills High School

OMHS Food Pantry Distribution

November 16th, 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.

OMHS Chamber Choir - Donations Needed!

The OMHS Chamber Choir has the prestigious honor of being selected to perform at the 2023 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) conference in Cincinnati, OH in February 2023. They are seeking financial support for the entire Chamber Choir to attend, which is estimated at $10,000.00, including transportation and lodging. Your donation will bring the choir one step closer to this great honor for OMHS and our cOMmunity. Thank you and always remember - we are OM, we are strongest together. Donate HERE.

Fall Play: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

November 17th through 19th, 7:00 p.m.

November 19th, 2:00 p.m.

OMHS Auditorium

Tickets $10. Purchase at HCPSS Booktix.

Fine Arts Performance Schedules

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

Buy Tickets
OMHS Fine Arts Boosters
OMHS Boosters
Oakland Mills Middle School

OMMS Spirit Wear

On sale through November 17th

The OMMS PTSA is selling spirit wear. Shop HERE.

OMMS Staff Wish List

American Education Appreciation Week is going on now (Nov. 14th-18th), and the holidays are approaching. Wondering what to get your favorite OMMS staff member? Click HERE for a real-time updated wishlist edited by the staff.

OMMS Teacher/Staff Lunch

November 21st

Help provide lunch for teachers and staff on the first day of parent/teacher conferences.

Review the available slots HERE.

OMMS PTSA Facebook Page
Stevens Forest Elementary School

SFES Staff Potluck Dinner

November 21st

Pull out those delicious recipes you have been waiting to share! It's back on the menu at the SFES Staff Potluck Dinner! Sign up HERE to donate meals/food or to volunteer.

SFES PTA Turkey Trot

November 19th

SFES PTA Meeting

December 12th, 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.

Talbott Springs Elementary School

Please help TSES to support our school community!

During this upcoming holiday season, if you would like to assist a family in our school by providing holiday gifts, please email Lauren Sansone, TSES School Counselor, at Lauren_Sansone@hcpss.org, by Wednesday, November 16th. There are many ways to support by buying gift cards, purchasing an item from a family’s wish list or providing gifts for an entire family’s wish list. If possible, when emailing Mrs. Sansone, please let her know your thoughts on how you would like to support.

TSES PTA Meeting 

November 17th, 7:00 p.m.

TSES Teacher Dinner

PTA will be hosting a dinner for TSES teachers. They are looking for volunteers to cook or bake food dishes to be dropped off and served pot luck style. For more information and to sign up click HERE.

Thunder Hill Elementary School

Celebration of Life/Memorial Scholarship Donations for THES Band & Strings Teacher Jackie Bryant

November 19th

Archbishop Spalding High School

8080 New Cut Rd, Severn, MD

The gathering will include music, a short memorial service and light refreshments. The Bryant family has established a scholarship fund to directly benefit a Music Education student studying clarinet at Towson University. To donate, please click the following link The Jackie Bryant Memorial Scholarship Fund. Thank you for continuing to keep the family in your thoughts.

The Oakland Mills community extends its condolences to the Bryant family and the THES family on the passing of Ms. Jackie Bryant.

Howard County Public School System

School Closure Dates

November 21st & 22nd: Close 3 hours early

November 23rd through 25th: Closed for Thanksgiving

December 14th: Close 3 hours early

December 26th through January 2nd: Closed for Winter Break

HCPSS Inclement Weather Asynchronous Instruction Plan

Effective Friday, Nov. 4th, HCPSS will repurpose up to three inclement weather days as asynchronous instruction days, during which students will not have live online instruction and instead will complete assignments on their own. Students, families, staff and community members will be notified about synchronous instruction days in the same manner as all other inclement weather notifications.

Free RTA Bus Passes for Students

Learn more HERE.

Board of Education Meetings

  • Nov. 17th, 4:00 & 7:00 p.m. – Regularly Scheduled Meeting
  • Dec. 5th, 4:00 & 7 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: November 22, 2022

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

November 16th, 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


More 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. Learn more 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!