The school year may be winding down, but there are still lots of events going on! Make sure to read the sections below the school sections of this newsletter to learn about an SFES family in need, free summer meals for kids, and OM's Big 4th of July parade. 
Congratulations to all our OMHS graduates and OM students moving up to middle school and high school! You rock!

Sandy Cederbaum, Village Manager 
Amy Carpenter, Administrative Assistant

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Oakland Mills School Happenings

          May 30 , 2018                                       Issue: 41

Oakland Mills High School (OMHS)
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.

Congratulations to OMHS Scorps Sports for winning the 2018 HCPSS Sportsmanship Cup!

Community Food Pantry at OMHS
Thursday, May 31st
3:00-5:00 pm
Individuals and families looking to get food should enter OMHS through the double doors on the front right of the building. Signs will be posted. Donations of non-perishable food items always welcome!

Host Families Sought for AFS Exchange Students
Next school year, some twenty AFS exchange students from around the world will come to Howard County for a life-changing year. Exchange students live in a family such as yours and attend your local HS. Host families volunteer to provide room and board for a student and get to know a great kid and learn more about a different part of our world. Students are available from countries around the world, such as Norway, Italy, Indonesia, India, Japan, Thailand, and Germany and many more. You can pick kids who enjoy hobbies such as singing, playing soccer, baking, manga, or playing music.

If you would like to hear more about the process of becoming a host family or any other aspect of our program, please contact Christina McGarvey at (410) 997-7087 or

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

Oakland Mills Middle School (OMMS)

9th Annual Community Fair 
June 2nd, 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Music, Raffles, Moon Bounce, Game Truck, Food, XBOX/PS4 Challenge and more! Volunteers needed from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information or to volunteer click HEREHosted by the Department of Community Resources and Services through the Achieve 24/7 Initiative.

Young Entrepreneurs Camp
July 19th to 13th, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Students can learn how to start their own businesses. Open and free to 2018-2019 OMMS students. Slots still open! Contact OMMS to apply.

OMMS Summer Media Center
The OMMS media center will be open  Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in July (except for July 4th) to any Oakland Mills student of any age. More details to come!

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.   

If you are interested in serving as an OMMS PTSA Board member for the 2018-19 school year, or have any questions, please contact the Nominating Committee via email at

OMMS PTSA : Please click  here.  

Stevens Forest Elementary School (SFES)
Field Day
June 1st; Rain date: June 7th

5th Grade Simulated Congressional Hearings
May 31st
Volunteers needed to set up and help with the hearings. Contact SFES 5th grade teachers for more information.

SFES Spring Chorus Concert 
June 6th, 7:00 p.m.

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!

TSES Field Day
June 6th

5th Grade Simulated Congressional Hearings
May 31st

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)
Band and Strings Concert
May 30th, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

THES PTA Spring Picnic
June 1st, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
THES Blacktop & Playground
A cool dessert will be provided by the THES PTA!

PTA Annual 5k and 1-mile Fun Run  
June 10th, 9:00 a.m.

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:
  • Monday, June 11-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.

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 .
School Performance and Gallery Schedule 
The HCPSS Office of Fine Arts schedule of student dance, theater and music performances and visual arts exhibits is now available.
Board of Education Regular Meetings 
  • Thursday, June 7th, 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 21st, 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.
cOMmunity support needed for a local family!
Raegan Matthews, daughter of SFES para-educator, Mr. Matthews, was recently diagnosed for the second time with cancer after being in remission for 6 year s. Raegan and her family could really benefit from the support of the community. Follow this  LINK  to a funding page for Raegan. Now, more than ever, we hope that the OM community will be able to help in whatever way possible. Sending prayers to Raegan and the Matthews family.
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 to keep current on all the fun events we'll be holding throughout the next few months!
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Oakland Mills Education Committee
No meeting in June.
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.