Oakland Mills School Happenings

May 16, 2023 | Issue 128


Graduation is coming up quick, on May 31 at 11:00 a.m.! We congratulate all our OM grads, as well as all our 5th and 8th graders, who will be moving on to middle school and high school. Best wishes to all of you on your endeavors!

Enjoy your day!

Brigitta Warren, Village Manager

Amy Carpenter, Administrative Assistant

Oakland Mills High School

Congratulations to the Oakland Mills boys and girls outdoor track and field teams on sweeping the Howard County championships! Read details on the OMHS Boosters Facebook page.

OMHS Graduation - Save the Date!

May 31, 11:00 a.m.

Merriweather Post Pavilion

More Info

OMHS Food Pantry Distribution

May 24, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

at OMHS (front parking lot)

More info. 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's 50th Anniversary

The 2023-2024 school year will mark the 50th anniversary of OMHS! The school will be assembling a team of OMHS staff, students, and community members to come together and plan our year long celebration for next school year. If you are interested in participating in the planning please send an email to jeffrey_fink@hcpss.org. Stay tuned for meeting dates.

Fine Arts Performance Schedules

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

Spring Sports Schedules

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

OMHS Fine Arts Boosters
OMHS Boosters
Oakland Mills Middle School

OMHS Visit

June 6, during school

Falcon Fest Carnival

June 7, during school

8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

June 8, evening


8th Grade Dance

June 9, 6:00 to 8:00 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 PTA Paint Night

May 16, 6:00 p.m.

Incoming Kindergarten Readiness Night

May 18, 6:00 p.m.


SFES Kindergarten Registration Info

Click HERE.

SFES Field Day

May 31

Volunteers needed! Sign up HERE. More info on required volunteer training in the sign up link.

PTA SpringFest and Spring Band, String, and Chorus Concert

June 8, 6:00 p.m.

Games, vendors, student performances, and more! 

SFES College and Career Day: Volunteers Needed!

June 8th

Do you or someone you know have an exciting career that you would like to speak about to help inspire our students at SFES? If so, please reach out to Mrs. Carlson, School Counselor, at Jennifer_Carlson@hcpss.org.

Order your Brick Today!

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Stevens Forest Elementary School, the SFES PTA is pleased to announce the sale of personalized, engraved bricks that will be permanently installed to commemorate the memories of the students and families. More info.

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

Casey Cares Pajama Drive

May 30 through June 9

TSES will be collecting new, two-piece pajamas in all children sizes for Casey Cares. Adult sizes for teens and infant sizes are always the biggest needs. For more information about PJ Drive for Casey Cares click here.

TSES Spring Chorus, Orchestra, and Band Concert

May 16, 6:30 p.m.


2023-24 Pre-K & Kindergarten Enrollment

See the TSES page on enrollment.

TSES Sunshine Snack Cart Request

Show your appreciation for the TSES staff! Sign up and details HERE.

Thunder Hill Elementary School

THES PTA Restaurant Night at The Charmery

May 17

600 Merriweather Dr. Suite B185, Columbia

Mention Thunder Hill Elementary at the register and a portion of sales go back to our school!

THES Spring Music Concert

May 18, 6:30 p.m.

PTA Spring Fling/Fun Run

May 20, 8:30 a.m. (race starts at 9:00 a.m.)

Rain Date: May 27

Volunteer Opportunities

  • The THES Media Center is in need of volunteers to help out with shelving books. No previous experience is necessary. Mrs. McIlvain will train those who wish to help out. If you have any questions regarding specific details, please contact her at leah_mcilvain@hcpss.org 
  • Outdoor Seating: monitor the students for outdoor seating. Interested adults (18 and over and out of high school) please complete the interest form here and you will be contacted with specific details.
Howard County Public School System

School Closure Dates

May 19: Schools closed

May 29: Schools closed (Memorial Day)

June 7: Schools close 3 hours early

June 12 & 13: Schools close 3 hours early

June 14: Last day of school (close 3 hours early)

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.

Board of Education Meetings

  • May 25, 3:00 p.m. – Budget Adoption & Regularly Scheduled Meeting (no evening session)
  • June 8, 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.

Oakland Mills Board of Directors
Education Committee

Virtual OMCA Education Committee meeting

Next meeting: TBA

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

OMLTT Dinner and Dialogue Series: Experiencing OM

May 22, 6:30 p.m. 

Pizzaman Restaurant

5810 Robert Oliver Pl, Columbia

Discuss how residents of diverse backgrounds experience life in Oakland Mills. Dialogue will include discussion on bias, racial equity, and inclusion. Dinner is free but registration is required. Space is limited.

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

May 24, 3:00 to 5:00 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.

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.