Oakland Mills School Happenings
November 17, 2021 | Issue 96
Oakland Mills High School
Congratulations to OMHS Football on its 42-41 overtime defeat of Walkersville last Friday in the second round of the 2A State Playoffs. It is the first playoff victory for the program since 2001. Go Scorps!
Congratulations to OMHS Cross-country Runner Ethan Aidam for his winning race time at the MD 2A State Championship!
OMHS Food Pantry Distribution - TODAY!
November 17th, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
at OMHS (front parking lot)
Directions and procedures HERE.
Donations accepted at The Other Barn, Monday through Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Please note that the Other Barn will be closed 11/24 - 11/28.) See donations box below for details.
OMHS vs. Owings Mills HS: 2A State Football Quarterfinals Game
November 19th, 7:00 p.m.
Come out and support the Scorps as they take on Owings Mills @ hOMe! Tickets will not be sold at the gate and will only be available online HERE.
2021 WBAL Concert for Kids
December 4th, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
OMHS Auditorium
The Concert for Kids is back for 2021 with a holiday blend of special guest artists, choir, dance, and orchestra. For more info and tickets, click HERE.
OMHS Guitar and Piano Recital
December 8th, 7:00 p.m.
GO SCORPS!! OMHS Sports Schedules and Scores
Visit County Sports Zone to find more info about schedules and scores.
Oakland Mills Middle School
OMMS Spirit Night at Red Robin - TONIGHT
November 17th, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Dine in-person and mention the fundraiser, or select 8640 Snowden River Pkwy when you order online at order.redrobin.com. When ordering online, add the OMMS fundraiser to your cart then load up on Yummm! Excludes alcohol and tax. Add fundraiser to the cart by selecting Place an online order (fundraiser), then add OMMS PTSA to Special Instructions.
OMMS PTSA Fundraiser: Boon Supply
Now through November 22nd
Purchase some eco-friendly products for the holidays, and 40% of the proceeds go towards the PTSA's fundraising efforts. Click HERE.
PTSA Meeting
December 20th, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
OMMS Media Center
Help Needed!
The PTSA is continuing to support OMMS staff through a beverage and snack station in the Teacher’s Lounge. All items bought through Amazon can be shipped directly to the school. Items purchased from other stores can be dropped off at the front office by you or your student. Individually wrapped servings are best. Click HERE to see some suggested items.
Stevens Forest Elementary School
PTSA Turkey Trot Fun Run/Walk
November 20th, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Footware (any type) donations accepted at the Trot to benefit the Native Shoes Remix Project. More info.
PTA Restaurant Night at Panera Bread
November 22nd, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
SFES Fall Spirit Wear Sale
Now through November 30th
Funds will go towards educational and cultural arts programs, the mobile STEM lab, and field trip enhancements, Click HERE to order.
PTA Meeting
December 7th, 7:00 p.m.
Available in-person (SFES media center) and on Zoom
Talbott Springs Elementary School
TSES PTA Meeting
November 18th, 7:00 p.m.
TSES Restaurant Nights
  • Texas Roadhouse Gift Card Sale: November 3rd through 30th
  • Texas Roadhouse Night: December 8th 
TSES Blessings in a Backpack 2021-22
Help TSES students who may be facing hunger. Learn more HERE.
Thunder Hill Elementary School
THES Principal Marty Miller has announced that she is retiring after 34 years in the school system. Thank you for all your years of service, Ms. Miller, especially at THES!
PTA Meeting
December 8th, 6:30 p.m.
THES Chorus Concert
December 15th, 6:30 p.m.
Howard County Public School System
School Closure Dates
November 22nd & 23rd: Close 3 hours early
November 24th through 26th: Closed for Thanksgiving holiday
December 15th: Close 3 hours early
December 23 through 31st: Closed for Winter Break
Emergency/Weather Closings
Click HERE for info.
HCPSS Principal and Teacher of the Year Nominations Now Open
Deadline: January 7th, 2022
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.
Information for Students who Must Quarantine
Visit this page for information on instructional supports during quarantine and other info.
Daily Health Check Reminder
Parents/guardians MUST perform a COVID-19 health check every day before your student leaves home. A student or staff member should NOT come to school with any of these symptoms:
  • fever of 100.4 degrees or higher
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • diarrhea or vomiting
  • new onset of severe headache (especially with fever), or
  • new loss of taste or smell
Board of Education Meetings
  • November 18th, 4:00 & 7:00 p.m. – Hybrid Meeting
  • December 7th, 4:00 & 7:00 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
November 23rd, 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
Need Help?
Thanksgiving Baskets for Oakland Mills
On November 22nd, the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center will distribute Thanksgiving Baskets to families in Oakland Mills. Due to limited supplies, families are asked to register as soon as possible to secure their basket. To register please text 1122 to 443-234-0801 and follow the prompts. Your first name and last name is required.
Columbia Community Care
Free Supplies & Food Distribution
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to Noon
In front of Oakland Mills Middle School
Oakland Mills High School Food Pantry
November 17th, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Free, no contact. See the OMHS block for more info.
Oakland Mills United
Free tutoring and help understanding the college process HERE.
Free Student Meals
Click HERE to apply.
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.
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.
(The Other Barn will be closed 11/24 - 11/28)
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.
Columbia Community Care
Donation drop off:
Collection bins for non-perishable food/personal items will be available at the following locations after site hours:
  • Bethel Korean Presbyterian Church - 3165 St. John’s Lane, Ellicott City. Place items in green bin located near the gym area of the church
  • Wilde Lake Interfaith Center (10431 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia) - collection containers near church office entrance
More donation drop-off sites and list of needed items HERE.

Volunteer Information
Volunteers needed to restock, translate, and shop/deliver (beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturdays). More info and sign up HERE.
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.