Welcome back to school to all Oakland Mills students! Get your tickets for the Harlem Wizards game against the OM Bouncing Bobcats before they sell out (info below). It's sure to be an entertaining game as our very own OM schools teachers and staff pit their skills against the Wizards! 
Have an outstanding school year!
Sandy Cederbaum, Village Manager 
Amy Carpenter, Administrative Assistant

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Oakland Mills School Happenings

          September 5 , 2018                                       Issue: 45

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

Free Community Dinner provided by the OMHS PTSA
September 5th, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Back to School Night
September 5th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
OMHS Fine Arts Boosters Presents: Into the Woods
September 22nd, 7:00 p.m.
Performance includes some of OMHS's own staff! Tickets are $15, and proceeds go to the Fine Arts Boosters for OMHS fine arts and school activities.  

OMHS PTSA: Please click  here.  
Brief membership meeting during Back to School Night on September 5th.

Not a member of the PTSA yet? Contact the PTSA at ptsa.omhs@gmail.com. Membership is $10. Also, if you are interested in one of the following committees, please let the PTSA know: committees, membership, hospitality,volunteer, After Prom, scholarship, craft fair. 
2018-2019 PTSA Board Members: 
Martin Perrine - President
Taneeka Richardson - Vice President
Juliet Casanova - Corresponding Secretary
Margaret Kraak - Recording Secretary
OMHS Boosters: Please click  here.

Oakland Mills Middle School (OMMS)

Oakland Mills Middle School Students Help a Howard County Homeowner
Over 200 members of the Oakland Mills Middle School (OMMS) staff, students and family participated at some point in improving the home and life Mrs. Wilson, a Howard County resident. 

Back to School Night
September 13th
5:30 to 6:30 - Hispanic Parents
6:30 to 8:30 - General

North Bay Information Meeting for Parents of 6th Graders
September 26th, 6:30 p.m.

OMMS PTSA: Please click  here.  
First OMMS PTSA meeting of the new school year:
September 24th, 6:30 p.m.
OMMS Media Center

Stevens Forest Elementary School (SFES)

Harlem Wizards vs. the Oakland Mills Bouncing Bobcats - for details and ticket information see box below.
SFES 2018-19 School Supply List: click HERE.
PTA Ice Cream Social
September 14th, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Back to School Nights (1st through 5th grades)
Sept. 17th
5:30 - grade 1
6:30 - grade 2
September 20th
5:30 - grade 3
6:30 - grades 4 & 5
PTA Meeting
September 12th, 6:30 p.m.
SFES Media Center 
For ongoing SFES fundraising opportunities, click here .
Please click HERE  for the SFES PTA website.

Talbott Springs Elementary School (TSES)
TSES 2018-19 School Supply List: click HERE.
Green Apple Day of Service 
Saturday, September 22nd, 9:00 a.m. 
Come for a fun day of cleaning up TSES and making it a better place for students.  All are welcome and the event is FREE. If possible, please bring a rake or a shovel.
TSES PTA: C lick HERE  f or PTA information.
TSES PTA General Membership Meeting & Special Presentation 
Thursday, September 13th, 2018 
TSES Media Center 
Presentation Begins: 6:30 p.m.
PTA General Membership Meeting Begins: 7:15 p.m.
The TSES PTA will be hosting a special presentation to introduce TSES families to the Talk With Me Howard County program. Bonnie Bricker will offer TSES families a unique chance to learn more about the keys to communicating with their children from birth to put them on a path to better development. Learn techniques for tuning into your child to enhance communication. For additional information please visit  http://www.hcpss.org/launch-into-learning/talk-with-me/ After the presentation please stay & join the PTA for its general membership meeting.


Thunder Hill Elementary School (THES)

THES 2018-19 School Supply List: click HERE.

Grandparents/Special Visitors Day
September 7th

Back to School Picnic
September 14th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

School Drop-off/Pick-up Traffic Info
There are directional traffic arrows on the school driveway. All vehicles must enter by the tennis courts and follow the arrows. There are NO PARKING signs along Mellenbrook Road in front of the school, and the road is painted to show a bike lane. Cars may not park in the driveway/sidewalk in front of the tennis courts during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal.  Also, please be aware of the Do Not Enter signs, as all vehicles must enter at the tennis courts and exit in one direction north towards Rt. 108.

Click HERE for more PTA information.

Howard County Public School System 
- New Look!

No school on September 10th and 19th. Schools close 3 hours early on October 3rd.

Update your family's information in HCPSS Connect 
All families must update their Family File each school year in HCPSS Connect. Check for the accuracy of ALL sections of the Family File including address, phone numbers, email addresses, emergency contacts and emergency dismissal procedures. 

Board Seeks Public Input on Options to Relieve High School Overcrowding
Public hearing on September 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the Department of Education. Read more.

Share Your Thoughts on Potential 2019-2020 ES Report Card Updates. Survey available through September 12th.

Board of Education Regular Meetings 
  • Thursday, September 6th, 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 20th, 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.
Wednesday, October 17th, 7:30 p.m.
Oakland Mills High School

Join the SFES PTA on October 17th as our amazing Oakland Mills teachers compete against the professional Wizards for a game full of laughs, tricks, and stunts.  Tickets are available online and start at $10*.

*If available, tickets will be sold at the door: $12 for students and $15 for adults.
Board of Education Candidates Forum
Monday, October 15th, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
at the Other Barn

Meet candidates for the BOE, hear their views on topics of importance to our community, and ask questions.  
Sponsored by the Oakland Mills Community Association's Education Committee 

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: September 25th.

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

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.

Celebrate Oakland Mills' 50th Birthday!
Visit the Oakland Mills 50th Birthday Facebook page and the Oakland Mills website www.oaklandmills.org t o keep current on all the fun events we'll be holding throughout the next few months!
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