Lots of great events are scheduled as the school year winds down! Visit the individual schools below to see everything that's going on in our OM schools. Also, don't forget OM's 50th Birthday Kickoff Celebration will be this Saturday, May 19th (details below). Please also visit the box below regarding a family in need. Any help would be very much appreciated!

Hats off to our OMHS graduates!  We are proud of your accomplishments and wish you a bright future.  
Enjoy the spring showers!
Sandy Cederbaum, Village Manager 
Amy Carpenter, Administrative Assistant

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Oakland Mills School Happenings

                  May 16 , 2018        Issue: 40

Oakland Mills High School (OMHS)
Class of 2018 Graduation
May 25th, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Merriweather Post Pavilion 
10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia
All of the Class of 2018 commencement ceremonies will be streamed live online via the 
HCPSS website. On-demand viewing will also be available following each ceremony.
Commencement. DVDs may be ordered through the  online store now through Friday, June 15, 2018.

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 AFSBaltimore@gmail.com.

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

Oakland Mills Middle School (OMMS)

Congratulations to the OMMS band, strings, and chorus for placing first in their categories at Music in the Parks in Hershey, PA on May 11th!

Evening of Excellence
May 17th, 6:00 p.m.
This event is like Back to School Night, only led by students. Find out the fantastic things our students have been learning through classes, GT Seminars and special projects. This event happens just once a year, and is truly inspiring. Having you in our audience encourages our culture of lively learning! Please visit here for a complete schedule of activities!

Spring Chorus and Orchestra Concert
May 23rd, 6:30 p.m.
OMHS Auditorium

Spring Band Concert
May 24th, 6:30 p.m.
OMHS Auditorium

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 nominations@ommsptsa.org

OMMS PTSA : Please click  here.  

Stevens Forest Elementary School (SFES)
Night of Excellence
May 17th, 6:30 p.m.
Begin in SFES cafeteria
Enjoy a Bio Wax Museum presentation; performances by the Choir Chimers, band, and strings; student projects and artwork; and more!

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 Field day has been moved from May 17th to June 6th!

Evening of Excellence
May 24th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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  president.thespta@gmail.com  for more info.
Please click here for more PTA information.


THES PTA Restaurant Night at Coal Fire Pizza (Shipley's Grant)
May 21st, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
5725 Richards Valley Road, Ellicott City

SFES Restaurant Night at Chipotle
May 22nd, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

TSES PTA Restaurant Night at BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
May 23, 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
6181 Columbia Crossing Circle, Columbia
Make sure to bring the flier!

OMHS PTSA Fundraiser Corner Bakery Cafe 
May 24 , 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Dine in or carry out. Present the flier (paper or  electronic) and make sure to  thank the restaurant for their donation to After Prom while you're there for breakfast, lunch, dinner & everything in between.

Howard County Public School System 

*School in session May 18th (3 hour early dismissal)
*No school May 28th (Memorial Day)

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, May 17th, 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 7th, 4:00 p.m.
All meetings are held in the Boardroom of the Department of Education, 10910 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City.

Celebrate Oakland Mills' 50th Birthday!
May 19th is OM's Kickoff Birthday Celebration Free events all day long!

If the weather is inclement the 50th Celebration will be moved indoors beginning with school performances (which will begin at 3:30 p.m.), picnic dinner, and talent show.  Indoor activities (free) include face painting, rock painting, and a pop-up photo booth.
Wine and beer for sale and free cupcakes for all!

Check our Facebook page (listed below) for up-to-the minute updates!

Visit the Oakland Mills 50th Birthday Facebook page and the Oakland Mills website www.oaklandmills.org to keep current on all the fun events that have been planned for May 19th and throughout the next few months!
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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.

Oakland Mills Education Committee
Next Meeting: Tues. May 22 at 6:00 p.m.
Committee meets the 4th Tuesday of each month from 
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at The Other Barn.  Everyone is welcome. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018.   

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 at
HC Drug Free's free permanent drop-off location at
Community Outreach, 10741 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia

HC DrugFree Teen Advisory Council Meetings 
May 21st from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at The Barn (Teen Center) in the Oakland Mills Village Center. TAC is open to all Howard County high school students and community service hours are available. Free pizza. Teens and parents must complete the registration form found on the Teen Advisory Council page at  www.hcdrugfree.org and teens must RSVP to  Admin@hcdrugfree.org before each meeting.

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@hcdrugree.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.
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.