Lots of great activities going on in our Oakland Mills schools this month! This Friday, January 25th at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.), the Stevens Forest PTA and Oakland Mills Community Association will team up to co-sponsor Family Bingo Night at The Other Barn. Everyone is invited, no matter where you go to school! Bingo night is entirely FREE!  Find details in the SFES block below. Many thanks to Vennaris, Pizzaman, and LA Mart for their generous donations of food and beverages for the event. 

Also, we are collecting donations for the OMHS food pantry again. Many, many families used the pantry in December, and more items are needed. Drop off donations at The Other Barn during regular business hours. For more information, including a list of items needed, click HERE

Have a great day!
Sandy Cederbaum, Village Manager 
Amy Carpenter, Administrative Assistant

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Oakland Mills School Happenings

          January 22 , 2018                        Issue: 54

Oakland Mills High School (OMHS)
The winter sports season is here! Cheer for our Scorps! Click HERE for the game schedule. 

Congratulation to Marley Grenway for being nominated to the McDonald's All American HS basketball team!

OMHS Food Pantry
January 31st, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
For information email Mrs. Julia Bakhru at  julia_bakhru@hcpss.org

Sports Educations Arts Summit
March 30th, 9:00 am to 3:30 p.m.
Free! Interactive workshops for students and parents about different career paths, languages, foods, dances, travel, and more.  All middle and high school students are welcome to attend. For more information and to register click HERE.

SAVE THE DATE! OMHS AfterProm 2019
April 27-28th at Main Event
More information to come.

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

Oakland Mills Middle School (OMMS)

Donate classroom items! January's item: pencils

Help the OMMS staff help those in need in Howard County!
For over a decade, OMMS staff members have worked with Rebuilding Together of Howard County to repair and renovate homes. They work with clients who are elderly, ill, handicapped, or financially-strapped to make the homes more livable and safer. If you would like to help OMMS buy supplies for this important work, 

OMMS PTSA: Please click  here.  

Stevens Forest Elementary School (SFES)
SFES/OMCA Family Bingo Night
January 25th, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Snow date: February 8th)
The Other Barn
Free admission. Fun, non-cash prizes, special guest callers, light refreshments. EVERYONE WELCOME! For more info, email events@oaklandmills.org or call 410-730-4610.
PTA Valentine's Dance
February 13th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Volunteer for the STEM Fair Planning Committee
Do you have a background in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) or are interested in STEM? The SFES PTA will be putting on its second STEM Fair this April and we are looking for 3-4 volunteers to join our STEM Fair Planning Committee. We will meet 4 times between now the end of April to plan activities, review submissions, and identify judges.  If you are interested, please contact Samuel Pearson-Moore at  Samuel.moore27@yahoo.com . The first meeting will be in early February and dates will be picked based on committee members' availability.

For ongoing SFES fundraising opportunities, click here .
Please click HERE  for the SFES PTA website.
Talbott Springs Elementary School (TSES)

JA (Junior Achievement) in a Day at TSES
January 29th, all day
Volunteers needed! C ontact Mrs. Allyson Glassband at allyson_glassband@hcpss.org for information.

PTA Night at Skyzone
February 4th, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

PTA Family Bingo Night
February 26th, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

TSES PTA: C lick HERE  f or PTA information.

Thunder Hill Elementary School (THES)

THES Bingo Night
February 22nd
More details to follow.

Science Fair and Math Night
March 14th

Click HERE for more PTA information.

Howard County Public School System 

School Closings: 
*January 23rd, 24th, and 25th, all high schools close 3 hours early
*January 28th, all schools close 3 hours early
*February 5th, all schools closed
*February 14th & 15th, elementary schools close 3 hours early
For information on emergency/weather school closings, click HERE.

Road to Kindergarten Workshops 
January 23rd, 24th, and 30th
At this workshop, parents of soon-to-be kindergarteners can learn about expectations for school readiness, the kindergarten program, kindergarten registration, and ways that families and children can be supported during the transition.

Board of Education Meetings 
  • Tuesday, January 22nd, 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. Public Work Session II on Superintendent's Proposed FY20 Operating Budget
  • Thursday, January 24th, 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. Regular Meeting
  • Tuesday, January 29th, Superintendent's Proposed FY20 Operating Budget: Public Work Session III, 1:00 p.m.; Public Hearing II, 7:00 p.m.
  • January 31st, 1:00 p.m. FY 20 Operating Budget Public Work Session IV 
All meetings are held in the  Boardroom of the Department of Education, 10910 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City.

THES PTA Night at Coal Fire
February 5th

Oakland Mills Education Committee
The Oakland Mills Community Association's Education Committee welcomes all interested individuals to join the conversation.  The committee supports and advocates for all Oakland Mills schools and county-wide on a variety of issues.   
Committee meets the 4th Tuesday of each month from
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at The Other Barn.  Everyone is welcome. Next meeting date: January 22nd.

For more information contact Oakland Mills Board of Directors Chair and Education Committee Chair, Jonathan Edelson at jledelson.omca@gmail.com
Dispose of your expired or unwanted prescription medications
HC DrugFree's free permanent drop-off location at
Community Outreach, 10741 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia
Next Teen Advisory Meeting:
February 11th, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
The Barn (5853 Robert Oliver Place)

Free Parenting Classes for Parents of 9-14 Year-olds
March 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Elkridge Library
Presented by HC DrugFree and the Howard County State's Attorney 's Office. Parents are expected to attend all 4 sessions. For more information or to register, click HERE.

Student Substance-Free Pledge  
Parents/guardians may access a printable Student Pledge created by Howard County teens. Good discussion tool for adults and students. Visit   http://www.hcdrugfree.org/for-parents-1/. If you have questions, email   Admin@hcdrugfree.org or call 443-325-0040.  

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   Admin@hcdrugfree.org 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  blessingsinabackpack.org 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.

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.