Happy New Year! Lots of events going on in our schools (see below). Also, mark your calendars for January 25th, 6:30 p.m. when the Stevens Forest PTA and Oakland Mills Community Association will team up and co-sponsor Family Bingo Night. Everyone is invited to Bingo no matter where you go to school!  Find details in the SFES block below.

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

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Oakland Mills School Happenings

          January 8 , 2018                                       Issue: 53

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

OMHS Food Pantry
January 31st, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
For information email Mrs. Julia Bakhru at  julia_bakhru@hcpss.org

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)

Congratulations to chorus/musical director, Mr. Joshua Konick, who is OMMS's Teacher of the Year nominee for HCPSS!

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, visit https://www.gofundme.com/rebuilding-together-howard-county

PTSA Meeting: Helping Children who have Anxiety
January 7th, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
The PTSA will host Dr. Krystal M. Lewis, a clinical psychologist who will discuss ways to identify anxiety in children and implement preventative steps to help them thrive in school and at home. Parents of rising 6th graders are invited to join from 6 to 7 p.m, as well as other parents in the Oakland Mills community.

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.  

Stevens Forest Elementary School (SFES)

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

Art Night Extravaganza
January 10th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Artwork by students from each grade will be on display throughout the school. Snacks and drinks will be served after the award presentation. 

SFES/OMCA Family Bingo Night
January 25th, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Snow date: February 8th)
The Other Barn
Free admission, Bingo cards 5/$1.00.  Fun, non-cash prizes, special guest callers, light refreshments. EVERYONE WELCOME! For more info, email events@oaklandmills.org or call 410-730-4610.

PTA Valentine's Dance
February 13th, 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)

Congratulations Mrs. Mizia! She's the TSES Washington Post Teacher Of The Year nominee!

Learning under the Stars Night at TSES 
January 9th, 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Wear your pajamas and cozy up with us as we spend an evening together under the stars!  Bedtime Math, stories, snacks, Young Author Contest readings, flashlight reading, and more!

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

JA (Junior Achievement) in a Day at TSES
January 29th, all day
Volunteers needed! C ontact Mrs. Allyson Glassband at allyson_glassband@hcpss.org for information.

TSES PTA: C lick HERE  f or PTA information.

Thunder Hill Elementary School (THES)

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

THES Bingo Night
February 23rd
More details to follow.

Click HERE for more PTA information.

Howard County Public School System 

School Closings: 
* January 21st, all schools closed
*January 23rd, 24th, and 25th, all high schools close 3 hours early
*January 28th, all schools close 3 hours early
*February 5th, all schools closed
For information on emergency/weather school closings, click HERE.

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.

Road to Kindergarten Workshops 
January 23rd, 24th, and 30th

Board of Education Meetings 
  • Thursday, January 10th, 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. Regular Meeting
  • Tuesday, January 15th, Public Hearing I on Superintendent's Proposed FY20 Operating Budget
  • Thursday, January 17th, 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. Public Work Session I on Superintendent's Proposed FY20 Operating Budget
  • Tuesday, January 22nd, 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. Public Work Session II on Superintendent's Proposed FY20 Operating Budget
  • Thursday, January 24th, 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. Regular Meeting
All meetings are held in the  Boardroom of the Department of Education, 10910 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City.

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

TSES Restaurant Night at Pie Five
January 17th

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 DrugFree'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)

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.