It's almost time for school to start again! Links to elementary school supply lists are listed below as well as information about OM schools Meet and Greets, free school supplies, school supply drives, and OM's Board of Education candidates forum. And don't forget about free summer meals for kids!   
When purchasing school supplies for your family please consider purchasing a few extra school supplies for students that are unable to purchase on their own.  A school supply donation box is located in the lobby of the Other Barn and we're collecting supplies through August 24th.  Many thanks!  
Sandy Cederbaum, Village Manager 
Amy Carpenter, Administrative Assistant

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Oakland Mills School Happenings

          August 7 , 2018                                       Issue: 43

Oakland Mills High School (OMHS)
Fall sports tryouts start this Wednesday, August 8th. Click here for a full schedule.

Get to Know OMHS!
August 13th, 7:00 p.m., East Columbia Howard County Library
August 15th, 7:00 p.m., The Other Barn
Topics: meet the administration,  OM vision: where we are and where are we going, c ommunity: staff & families supporting each other, q uestion and answer session.  At the conclusion of the presentation administrators will be available to answer questions one on one with families.

New Student Orientation 
August 30, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

First Day of School: September 4th

Back to School Night 
September 5th, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  

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

Oakland Mills Middle School (OMMS)

Summer Lunch Bunch
August 9th, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Both new and returning students are invited to meet and greet with OMMS principal, Ms. Chrobak. No advance reservations are required. Simply stop by for a lunch bunch with Ms. Chrobak during the free summer lunch program.

6th Grade/New Student Orientation
August 30th, 1:30 p.m.

OMMS PTSA : Please click  here.  

Stevens Forest Elementary School (SFES)
SFES 2018-19 School Supply List: click HERE.
SFES Lunch/Recess Monitors Needed for 2018-2019 School Year.
Click   HERE for more information. Once all parts of the application have been filled out, contact  Tracey Albright ( to schedule an interview.
Pre-K and Kindergarten Meet and Greet
August 25th, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
SFES Playground

Pre-K and Kindergarten Back to School Night
August 30th
5:30 - Pre-K Back to School Night
6:15 - General Information for Pre-K and Kindergarten
6:45- Kindergarten Back to School Night
Open House
August 31st, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Students and families are invited to visit their classrooms and teachers.
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.

Stay tuned for more news from TSES in our next School Happenings newsletter!

TSES PTA: C lick HERE  f or PTA information.

Thunder Hill Elementary School (THES)

THES 2018-19 School Supply List: click HERE.

Stay tuned for more news from THES in our next School Happenings newsletter!

Click HERE for more PTA information.

Howard County Public School System 

First Day of School: September 4th (first day for Pre-k/RECC students September 6th)
*No school on September 10th and 19th

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. 

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

Board of Education Regular Meetings 
  • Thursday, August 23rd, 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 6th, 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.
Free Summer Meals for Kids!
Monday through Friday, June 25th to August 17th
2 Locations in Oakland Mills:
Talbott Springs, 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.
Oakland Mills Middle School, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

No registration necessary. 
Available for all children 18 and under.


Warrior Snack Packs
Fridays through August 31
Oakland Mills Middle School, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Weekend Warrior Snack Packs offers youth ages 18 and younger a FREE bag of snacks to provide nutrition over the weekend during the summer months. Student must be present in order to receive snack pack. Snack Packs available while supplies last.  More Information

OM Meet and Greet 
Friday, August 24th
1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Interfaith Center, Forest Ridge, Autumn Crest, & Verona
2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Columbia Pointe (pool party).
Cookout, free book fair, and spend time getting to know staff from SFES, TSES, OMMS, and OMHS.
School Supply Drive
Prepare for Success: Backpacks for Students 
NOW through August 24th! 
Donations accepted at The Other Barn 
To make a monetary donation or for more information, including a needed supplies list, click HERE or call 443-535-1625
Board of Education Candidates Forum
Monday, October 15th, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
at the Other Barn

Sponsored by the Oakland Mills Community Association's Education Committee

Meet candidates for the BOE, hear their views on topics of importance to our community, and ask questions. If you have topics of interest, please share them with the OMCA Education Committee via

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: tentative date Aug. 28 - subject to change

For more information contact Oakland Mills Board of Directors Chair and Education Committee Chair, Jonathan Edelson at
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 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 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

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 t o keep current on all the fun events we'll be holding throughout the next few months!
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