Oakland Mills School Happenings
March 30, 2021 | Issue 84
Oakland Mills High School
Graduating Seniors
Last day of class for Seniors will either be May 28th or May 27th (if graduation is scheduled for May 28th). As of now, each family will receive 2 tickets to graduation. More info to come.
OM Scorpion Success Program
Does your child need help with improving their grades or with organization?
Then sign them up for OMHS's Scorpion Success Program. Click HERE for registration.
OMHS Food Pantry Distribution
March 31st, 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.
Oakland Mills Middle School
OMMS Restaurant Night at Texas Roadhouse
April 1st, 3:00 to 10:00 p.m.
8820 Stanford Blvd., Columbia
Flier HERE.
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
Note from the PTSA
Keeping our PTSA in motion this year has been a challenge. Please trust that the OMMS PTSA continues to promote the health, safety, and welfare of all students, families, staff, and community.

OMMS PTSA would love your support! Renew your PTSA membership by visiting: https://omms.memberhub.store/store

"Like" OMMS PTSA on FB and stay up to date on meeting dates, events, and ways to support our efforts. https://www.facebook.com/ommsptsa
Stevens Forest Elementary School
Tune in Tuesday
Intermediate: March 30th, 6:30 p.m.
Primary: April 13th, 6:30 p.m.
Battle of the Books
April 16th, 6:00 p.m.
Helping Children Thrive in Unsettling Times, SFES Certain Champions Parent Academy
April 19th, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Facilitated by the Jacaranda Center. Click this link for more details. Registration.
PTA Meeting
April 21st, 6:30 p.m.
Zoom Meet (see PTA for code)
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 Book Mobile
March 31st
See flyer for more info, including locations and times.
TSES PTA Spring Bulb Fundraiser
Through April 26th
TSES PTA Virtual Meeting
April 15th, 7:00 p.m.
Contact PTA for code.
TSES Restaurant Night at Chipotle
April 20th, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
6181 Old Dobbin Rd
Flyer Required
Thunder Hill Elementary School
THES 50th Anniversary T-shirts & Masks
Order now through April 11th
Students will receive their own shirts from the PTA, but parents and siblings can order HERE.
Next PTA Meeting
April 7th, 6:30 p.m.
Zoom Meet
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
Apr. 2nd through 6th: no school
Apr. 14th: half day

Hybrid Learning Reopening Dates
  • Week of March 29: Students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 12, and students attending programs at the HCPSS ARL
  • Week of April 12: Students in grades 7, 8, 10 and 11
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.
Kindergarten Registration: Click HERE
Pre-K Registration: Click HERE
Preparing for Hybrid Instruction
Click HERE for info.
For info on individual schools and facilities preparedness, click HERE.
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 and Work Sessions
  • April 15th, 4 & 7 p.m. – Hybrid Meeting
  • April 29th, 4 & 7 p.m. – Hybrid Meeting
  • May 11th, 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.
Family Fun Book Club for Kids Ages 5-9
April 12th, 7:00 p.m.
Oakland Mills Online (OMO) and the Howard County Public Library host monthly Family Fun Book Groups with librarian, Ms. Susan Miller, of the East Columbia Branch. More info.
Jacaranda Center Spring 2021 Reset! 2021 Parent Huddles
Online, Tuesdays 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Click HERE for registration.
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
March 31st, 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.
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
See the TSES block to learn more.