Hope you're enjoying the fine, spring-like weather after all of that polar cold! This month, report cards are issued for students, and PTA activities are in full-swing. See individual school boxes below to stay on top of all the events. We are also still collecting donations for the Oakland Mills High School food pantry. Bring items in to The Other Barn during regular office hours, and we will deliver them to OMHS.

Have a wonderful day!
Sandy Cederbaum, Village Manager 
Amy Carpenter, Administrative Assistant

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Oakland Mills School Happenings

          February 5 , 2019                         Issue: 55

Oakland Mills High School (OMHS)
Congratulations to the OMHS Science Olympiads on bringing home several ribbons and medals!

OMHS Food Pantry
February 28th, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
For information email Mrs. Julia Bakhru at  julia_bakhru@hcpss.org

Sports Educations Arts Summit
March 30th, 9:00 am to 3:30 p.m.
Free! Interactive workshops for students and parents about different career paths, languages, foods, dances, travel, and more.  All middle and high school students are welcome to attend. For more information and to register click HERE.

SAVE THE DATE! OMHS AfterProm 2019
April 27-28th at Main Event
More information to come.

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

Oakland Mills Middle School (OMMS)

Falcon Family Fun Night
Friday, February 22nd, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Escape the cold with music, games and snacks! Volunteers needed. More info.

Help the OMMS staff help those in need in Howard County!
For over a decade, OMMS staff members have worked with Rebuilding Together of Howard County to repair and renovate homes. They work with clients who are elderly, ill, handicapped, or financially-strapped to make the homes more livable and safer. If you would like to help OMMS buy supplies for this important work, 

OMMS PTSA: Please click  here.  
Stevens Forest Elementary School (SFES)
PTA Valentine's Dance
February 13th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Paint Night
February 28th, 6:00 p.m. 

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

JA (Junior Achievement) in a Day
Rescheduled for February 12th

PTA Family Bingo Night
February 26th, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

TSES PTA: C lick HERE  f or PTA information.

Thunder Hill Elementary School (THES)

THES Bingo Night
February 22nd, 6:15 to 8:00 p.m.
THES Cafeteria
Doors open 6:15, Bingo starts at 6:30, Silent auction from 6:15 to 7:20 p.m. Registration required.

Worries, Concerns, & Apprehension
February 27th, 6:30 p.m.
Free and open to all. Registration preferred.

Science Fair and Math Night
March 14th

Click HERE for more PTA information.

Howard County Public School System 

School Closings: 
*February 14th & 15th, elementary schools close 3 hours early
*February 18th, all schools closed for President's Day
For information on emergency/weather school closings, click HERE.

Board of Education Meetings 
  • Public Work Session V on Superintendent's Proposed FY 2020 Operating Budget, Thursday, February 7 - 1:00 p.m.
  • Adoption of FY 2020 Operating & Capital Budgets and FY 2021-2025 Capital Improvement Program, Tuesday, February 12 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Regular Meeting, Tuesday, February 12 - 4:00 p.m.
All meetings are held in the  Boardroom of the Department of Education, 10910 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City.

THES PTA Night at Coal Fire
February 5th

OMHS PTSA Family Fun Day at Main Event
February 17th, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The Mall in Columbia
Come eat and  play at Main Event and leave your receipt at the PTSA table. Main event will donate 20% of the collected receipts to defray the cost of AfterProm!

OMHS PTSA Night at Texas Roadhouse
February 25th, 4:00 to 10:00 p.m.
8820 Stanford Blvd., Columbia
Proceeds to benefit AfterProm. Flier

SFES Night at Cheeburger, Cheeburger
March 12th, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
8872 McGaw Rd., 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: February 26th.

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 DrugFree's free permanent drop-off location at
Community Outreach, 10741 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia
Next Teen Advisory Meeting:
February 11th, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
The Barn (5853 Robert Oliver Place)

Free Parenting Classes for Parents of 9-14 Year-olds
March 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Elkridge Library
Presented by HC DrugFree and the Howard County State's Attorney 's Office. Parents are expected to attend all 4 sessions. For more information or to register, click HERE.

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.

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.