Congratulations to all OM students on a successful school year! Events are winding down for the summer break, so the OM school newsletter will also be taking a break, but we'll be back in August!

Sandy Cederbaum, Village Manager 
Amy Carpenter, Administrative Assistant

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Oakland Mills School Happenings

          June 11 , 2018                                       Issue: 42

Oakland Mills High School (OMHS)
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night to Benefit Ellicott City
TODAY! June 11th, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
6375 Dobbin Rd., Columbia T
Show flier to cashier. All proceeds will go directly to disaster relief for Ellicott City. 

Congratulations to the Class of 2018! 
Graduation was on May 25th. DVDs of the ceremony may be ordered through the  online store  now through Friday, June 15, 2018.

The Oakland Mills community is excited to welcome OMHS's new principal for the 2018-19 school year, Jefferey Fink. We also say goodbye to acting principal, Ms. Reid, assistant principals Ms. Swarz and Ms. Young, who are being transferred and welcome new assistant principals Brein Bashore and Steven Fleming. There will be an Ice Cream Social greet and goodbye meeting on June 13th from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

OMHS PTSA: Please click  here.  
OMHS Boosters: Please click  here.

Oakland Mills Middle School (OMMS)

Congratulations to the OMMS Seussical cast and crew on a great run!

OMMS Summer Library
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in July (except for July 4th)
8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Open to any Oakland Mills student of any age. The library will hold a story time for children ages 5-8 at 10:00 a.m. Activities at the library include a reflection wall, markerspace, coding stations, gaming group, and peace circle. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Several OMMS students will be working on a scholarly journal this summer. They will refine their informational text and writing skills. The journal will be published for the school and can be shared with the community. For additional details please contact Regina Coleman at OMMS.   

OMMS PTSA : Please click  here.  

Stevens Forest Elementary School (SFES)
Congratulations to the SFES 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade choirs and the Choir Chimes on a great concert!
We are sad to see Principal Ernesto Diaz transfer to a different school but are excited to welcome a new principal, Dr. Joy Smith for the 2018-19 school year.
PTA meetings for the 2017-2018 school year will be held on the
second Wednesday of the month in the Media Center at 6:30 p.m
For ongoing SFES fundraising opportunities, click here.
Please click here for the SFES PTA website.

Talbott Springs Elementary School (TSES)
TSES Rebuild News
The Howard County Board of Education voted during its May 17, 2018 meeting to move forward with re-evaluating and redesigning a replacement of the Talbott Springs Elementary School (TSES). ( Read more) State funding is still needed, however. Contact local and state officials to let them know that you support a rebuild of Talbott Springs Elementary School!

PTA meetings for the 2017-2018 school year will be held on the third Thursday of the month at 7pm. 
Please click here f or more PTA information.

Thunder Hill Elementary School (THES)

Congratulations to the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade band and strings students on their incredible performance at the band and strings concert!

THES Donation Day at the Shake Shack
June 12th, 11:00 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Mall in Columbia
10300 Little Patuxent Parkway 
Show flier to have 25% of your purchase go towards THES.

PTA meetings for the 2017-2018 school year will be held on the second Monday of the month in the Media Center at 6:30pm.

PTA Volunteer Position Openings:
Lots of positions are open!  Email Abbey Wedeking at  for more info.
Please click here for more PTA information.

Howard County Public School System 

Changes were made to the end of the school year to accommodate for inclement weather days:
  • Now through Thursday, June 14: Full days of school for all students.
  • High school exams:
    June 11: 1 exam
    June 12-14: 2 exams
  • Friday, June 15-Tuesday, June 19: All schools dismiss three-hours early. No half-day Pre-K/RECC.
  • Tuesday, June 19: Last day of school for students.
No new graded work will be assigned at any level June 15-19.
Visit the HCPSS website for updates and additional information.

Summer 2018: Keep Reading Alive!
Help avoid the summer slide with these great learning and reading programs!

Online Kindergarten Registration for the 2018-19 school year NOW OPEN.
Registration and info can be found  here . Pre-k registration is not available online and must be done at the individual school. For more info on pre-k registration, click here .
Board of Education Regular Meetings 
  • Thursday, June 21st, 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 12th, 4:00 p.m.
All meetings are held in the Boardroom of the Department of Education, 10910 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City.
Free Summer Meals for Kids!
Monday through Friday, June 25th to August 17th
2 Locations in Oakland Mills:
Talbott Springs, 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.
Oakland Mills Middle School, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

No registration necessary. 
Available for all children 18 and under.
July 4th, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Oakland Mills Village Center
Join your neighbors in a fun parade to celebrate the 4th of July! Meet up at the Oakland Mills Village Center at 9:45 am. Bring your stroller, your wagon or just yourself and walk along the sidewalks and paths. Most importantly, decorate whatever you are bringing to celebrate all who make up the village of Oakland Mills. 
Email Brigitta Warren at  or call 410-730-4610 for more information.

Celebrate Oakland Mills' 50th Birthday!
Visit the Oakland Mills 50th Birthday Facebook page and the Oakland Mills website t o keep current on all the fun events we'll be holding throughout the next few months!
Like us on Facebook

Oakland Mills Education Committee
No meeting in June.
The Oakland Mills Community Association's Education Committee will host a BOE Candidates' Forum in September or October.  A date will be forthcoming.
Committee meets the 4th Tuesday of each month from
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at The Other Barn.  Everyone is welcome. There will be no meeting in June. Stay tuned for the next meeting date.   

For more information contact Oakland Mills Board of Directors Chair and Education Committee Chair, Jonathan Edelson at
Dispose of your expired or unwanted prescription medications at
HC Drug Free's free permanent drop-off location at
Community Outreach, 10741 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia

Volunteer Opportunities

Please be sure to check out the volunteer opportunities at each individual school.

HC DrugFree
HC Drug Free is looking for parent/adult volunteers. Please email to volunteer. Include your availability and specify whether you can type, are willing to drive to pharmacies or liquor stores, and/or have any special skills or interests. 

Blessings in a Backpack
Please support Talbott Springs in this Community Outreach program. One hundred percent of the money raised goes to purchase food. To support Blessings in a Backpack, visit and select Talbott Springs. All donations are tax deductible. We thank you for your support for our students in need.  

A-OK Mentoring 
Make a difference! Help enhance the academic and social development of identified Howard County elementary school students in schools near you through a consistent, supportive relationship with a child.  Volunteers must be available weekday, daytime hours to meet one-on-one with an assigned student during the school day or with students in small groups in afterschool programs.
Please sign up at

Volunteer Training
According to HCPSS Board Policy, all volunteers must complete a Confidentiality Training Course about protecting the privacy of our students, staff, and schools. View the Volunteer Certification Course  here.