2018 is coming to an end, and a new year is upon us! See below for info on the winter sports season at OMHS (hello, basketball and wrestling!), school music concerts, and continued school fundraisers. Also, mark your calendars for January 25th when the SFES PTA will team up with The Other Barn for Bingo night - the entire community is invited. More info to come!

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season filled with lots of joy!
Sandy Cederbaum, Village Manager 
Amy Carpenter, Administrative Assistant

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Oakland Mills School Happenings

          December 11 , 2018                                       Issue: 52

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

OMHS Winter Dance Concert
December 15th, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
OMHS Auditorium

OMHS Winter concert
Two Dates: December 18th and 19th, 7:00 p.m. both nights

OMHS Alumni Day 2018
December 20th
Arrival: 8:45 a.m.
Networking: until 9:10 a.m.
Visiting & speaking in classrooms until 10:10 a.m.
Calling all OM Alumni! If you're interested in participating, RSVP here.

OMHS Food Pantry
December 20th, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
For information email Mrs. Julia Bakhru at  julia_bakhru@hcpss.org

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

Oakland Mills Middle School (OMMS)

OMMS Band/Orchestra Winter Concert
December 17th, 6:30 p.m.
OMHS Auditorium

OMMS Chorus Winter Concert
December 18th, 6:30 p.m.
OMMS Cafeteria

Rising 6th Grade Parent Orientation
January 7th, 7:00 p.m.

High School Information Night (for 8th grade families)
January 8th, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

High School Scheduling Extravaganza (for 8th grade families)
January 14th, 7:00 p.m.
OMHS Auditorium

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. 
November Drive item: Tissues

Stevens Forest Elementary School (SFES)

Chorus Winter Concert
December 20th, 7:00 p.m.

Band and Strings Concert
January 9th, 6:30 p.m.

Art Night Extravaganza
January 11th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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

TSES PTA Craft Night
December 12th
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Fun craft making event. Secret Santa items will also be sold.

TSES Winter Music Concert
January 16th, 6:30 p.m.

TSES PTA: C lick HERE  f or PTA information.

Thunder Hill Elementary School (THES)

THES Chorus Concert
December 12th

THES Winter Concert
January 10th, 7:00 p.m.

Click HERE for more PTA information.

Howard County Public School System 

School Closings: 
* Winter Break: December 24th through January 1st
For information on emergency/weather school closings, click HERE.

Winter Break Free Meals for Children Under Age 18
December 27th and 28th, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Two Locations:
Bain 50+ Center (5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia)
East Columbia Branch, Howard County Public Library (6600 Cradlerock Way)
No application requirements or cost to families

HCPSS All-County Improv Show 
January 8th, 7:00 p.m.
Howard Community College, Horowitz Center Smith Theater
Email  ltobiason@hcpss.org with any questions.

Board of Education Regular Meetings 
  • Tuesday, December 18th, 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 18th, 7:00 p.m.
    Presentation of the Superintendent's Proposed FY20 Operating Budget
  • Thursday, January 10th, 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.
All meetings are held in the  Boardroom of the Department of Education, 10910 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City.

SFES 4th Grade Fundraiser at Chipotle
December 11th, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
6181 Old Dobbin Lane, Columbia

TSES Night at Cheeburger Cheeburger 
December 13th
5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
8872 McGaw Rd., Columbia

AfterProm Fundraiser Night at Panera Bread
January 14th, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
6435 Dobbin Rd., Columbia
No flier needed.

SFES Night at Grotto Pizza
January 14th, 4:00 p.m.
7075 Minstrel Way, Columbia

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 Drug Free's free permanent drop-off location at
Community Outreach, 10741 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia
Next Teen Advisory Meeting:
January 14th, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
The Barn (5853 Robert Oliver Place)

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.
Upcoming Information Session:
Tuesday, December 11th at 1:00 p.m.
Hawthorn Center
6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia
Please sign up at  www.aokmentor.org.

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.