The OMHS food pantry's shelves are empty. Due to this urgent need, Oakland Mills Community Association is hosting a food drive for the pantry. Now through November 12th, drop off non-perishable items, diapers, baby food, feminine hygiene products, and household products in our donation wagon located in The Other Barn's lobby (5851 Robert Oliver Place) during regular business hours, and we will deliver those donations to OMHS for their food pantry. 

Have a safe and happy Halloween!
Sandy Cederbaum, Village Manager 
Amy Carpenter, Administrative Assistant

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Oakland Mills School Happenings

          October 30 , 2018                                       Issue: 49

Oakland Mills High School (OMHS)
Cheer for our Scorps! Click  HERE for the fall game schedule.

30th Annual Oakland Mills High School Craft Fair
November 3rd, 10:00 a.m/ to 3:00 p.m.
Free Admission. Over 100 vendors to shop from! See flier below! More info.

OMHS Food Pantry
Thursday, November 29th
For information email Mrs. Julia Bakhru at

WBAL Annual Holiday Concert-Save the date!
Saturday, December 1st
Family matinee 2:00 p.m.
Evening concert 7:30 p.m.
OMHS Auditorium 
Stay tuned for more info.

OMHS PTSA : Please click  here.  
Winter Coat Drive
On behalf of HCPSS Pupil Personnel Workers (PPWs), PTA Council of Howard County and other community organizations are supporting the annual coat drive to provide students in our own school community (and their families) who are in need of winter wear (coats, gloves, hats, and scarves).  As you go through your winter wear for the upcoming season please set aside donations and stay tuned for more details about drop off.
  OMHS Boosters : Please click  here .

Oakland Mills Middle School (OMMS)

OMMS PTSA: Please click  here.  

Ongoing School Supply Donation Drive
Each month, the PTSA will hold a supply drive to support classroom needs. All donations may be sent to school with students or dropped off in the front office. 
October Drive Item: Hand Sanitizer
November Drive item: Tissues

Stevens Forest Elementary School (SFES)

SFES Trunk or Treat
NEW DATE: November 2nd, 6:00 p.m.
SFES Turkey Trot
November 16th, All Day

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

Trot for Talbott
November 3rd
8:00 Registration 
8:15 Warmup 
8:30 1 mile fun run/walk!
Cash raffle, wellness presentations and a Kangaroo Kids demonstration. Email Mr. Watts with any questions, or call 

TSES PTA: C lick HERE  f or PTA information.

Thunder Hill Elementary School (THES)

THES Turkey Trot
November 19th

Click HERE for more PTA information.

The PTA has been looking for a new president to begin on November 12thWithout a president, the PTA will become inactive.  The PTA has supported our students and families in the following ways, but these activities will be eliminated from the school calendar if it becomes inactive:
  • Spelling Bee
  • Talent Show
  • Cultural Arts Assemblies
  • In-house Education
  • Movie Night
  • End of Year Family Picnic
  • Silent Auction and Bingo
  • THES 5K and Fun Run
If you are interested in supporting our children and Thunder Hill Elementary School, please contact THES principal Martha Miller at or 410-313-6922 before November 12th. Besides the presidency, there are also other positions that need to be filled.

Howard County Public School System 
- New Look!

School Closings: 
*November 6th and 7th (elections and professional day) 
*3 hour early dismissal November 19th and 20th (parent/teacher conferences) 
*No school November 21st through 23rd (Thanksgiving)

Innocence Stolen: Protecting our Children Online
TONIGHT, October 30th, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Marriotts Ridge High School
12100 Woodford Dr., Marriottsville

Board of Education Regular Meetings 
  • Thursday, November 1st, 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 15th, 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
All meetings are held in the Boardroom of the Department of Education, 10910 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City.

Upcoming Multi-school Music Concerts
The following concerts include OM Schools:

Choral Festival
November 1st, 6:30 p.m.
Limited seating available.

String-a-Palooza (OMMS Cluster)
November 13th, 7:00 p.m.

SFES Night at Chick-Fil-A
November 5th, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

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: November 27th.

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
HC Drug Free's free permanent drop-off location at
Community Outreach, 10741 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia
HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council (TAC) 
November 12th, and December 10th, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
The Barn/Teen Center in the Oakland Mills Village Center 
Open to all Howard County high school students. Community service hours are available for all meetings and events. To register, please visit and go to the Teen Advisory Council page. Refreshments provided at meetings, so must RSVP to or call 443-325-0040.
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 If you have questions, email 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 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.
Upcoming Information Sessions:
Tuesday, November 13th at 11:00 a.m.
Hawthorn Center
6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia
Tuesday, December 11th at 1:00 p.m.
Hawthorn Center
6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia
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.