Oakland Mills School Happenings

May 9, 2024 | Issue 147


We're entering the last month of school, and for OMHS seniors, school will be finished in only a couple of weeks! There are still lots of opportunities to give to schools, everything from donating to the OMHS Food Pantry (we take donations here at The Other Barn during regular business hours) to helping with a school pollinator garden to dropping off plastics that can be recycled to make a bench. Scroll down to find ways you can help!

Have a great day!

Brigitta Warren, Village Manager

Amy Carpenter, Administrative Assistant

Oakland Mills High School

OMHS Spring Showcase

May 9, 7:00 p.m.

OMHS Auditorium

Donation in lieu of tickets HERE. Also, to celebrate the class of 2024 becoming performing arts alumni after the show, FAB will offer alumni t-shirts to seniors at cost ($10) at the show.


May 11, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Port Discovery in Baltimore

Come to the masquerade! Tickets on sale now! After Prom: Midnight to 2:00 p.m. (same location)

OMHS Graduation

May 31, 3:00 p.m.

Merriweather Post Pavilion

HCPSS graduation info

OMHS Food Pantry

May 29, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

at OMHS (front parking lot)

More info. If you'd like to donate, scroll down to the donations box to find out how.

OMHS 50th Anniversary Celebration

Schedule of events:

June 7

  • 3:00 p.m. Sonomas - Meet and Greet
  • 6:00 p.m. OMHS - Dinner, Music, and Connecting (tickets required)
  • 7:15 p.m. OMHS - 50th Anniversary Presentation and Documentary
  • Following the Presentation, Pub Dog - Celebrating and Networking

June 8

  • 8:00 a.m. OMHS - First Annual OMHS 5k Run and Walk (registration and ticket required)
  • 10:30 a.m. OMHS - First Annual Scorp Fest (building tours, food trucks, music, face painting and more)

More info, including tickets and donation options

OMHS PTSA Non-event Fundraiser

Now through June 9

Help the PTSA reach its $4000 goal. Click HERE to donate.

OMHS Fine Arts Boosters
OMHS Boosters
Oakland Mills Middle School

Congratulations to OMMS for achieving first place in band, choir, and orchestra at Hersheypark's Music in the Parks!


May 20, 6:30 p.m.

Media Center

Spring Concert: Choir & Orchestra

May 22, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.


Spring Concert: Band

May 23, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.


Clean out your closet and support OMMS!

OMMS is now participating in the Clothing to Cash Recycling Program. Drop off your new & gently used clothing, footwear and accessories to the white bins in the school parking lot. Acceptable items are clean, dry, in bags, and tied closed. More info.

OMMS PTSA Facebook Page
Stevens Forest Elementary School

SFES PTA Meeting

May 20, 7:00 p.m.


Please contact the PTA for a link.

Volunteers Needed: College and Career Day

June 7

Do you or someone you know have an exciting career that you would like to speak about to help inspire our students at SFES? If so, please reach out to Mrs. Carlson, School Counselor, at Jennifer_Carlson@hcpss.org if you are interested in volunteering or for more information.

SFES Pollinator Garden

Volunteers and donations needed! Click HERE.

4th grade Community Action Team Bag Collection Project

The SFES 4th grade Community Action Team is working on a project to help the environment by collecting plastic bags. If they collect 1,000 pounds by November 15, the collected plastic will be turned into a bench.

Bring your plastic bags to the large white collection box located in the vestibule outside of the school office, or contact lindsay.m.cox@gmail.com or Valerie Patel at valpatelval@gmail.com to donate. Please check the list of acceptable plastics below before donating, or visit the website. https://nextrex.com/view/educate

Acceptable Plastics: Grocery bags, dry cleaning bags, bread bags, ice bags, wood pellet bags, salt bags, cereal box liners, ziploc bags, produce bags, product wrap, air pillows, bubble wrap, plastic films labeled with #2 or #4 recycling symbol (polyethylene films).

Talbott Springs Elementary School

PTA Meeting

May 16, 6:15 p.m.

Nothing Bundt Cake Fundraiser

Orders due May 13

TSES is raising funds for next year's Black History Month assemblies. (See the order form.) Contact TSES for further info about ordering.

TSES Spring Concert

May 21, 6:30 p.m.

OMHS Auditorium

Save the Date: TSES Summer Kick-off Event

May 29, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

TSES Blacktop

TSES PTA: Volunteers Needed!

Sign up here: https://mailchi.mp/c1cba5f7da92/tses-pta-volunteers-needed

TSES Sunshine Snack Cart

The TSES Sunshine Committee wants to shower the TSES wonderful staff with treats! Please donate some drinks and/or snacks (individually wrapped). Drop off donations at the front office staff. For cash donations, please bring in a check or money order payable to Talbott Springs Elementary School in an envelope marked Attention Sunshine Committee.


TSES Blessings in a Backpack

TSES Blessings in a Backpack program sends backpacks full of food home each weekend with students experiencing a need. $175 feeds one child every weekend for an entire school year. If you'd like to donate, click HERE.

Thunder Hill Elementary School

THES PTA Orioles Night at Camden Yards

May 13, 6:35 p.m.

Ticket cost: $18

Watch the Orioles take on the Blue Jays! Seats are in left field lower reserve. $8 from every ticket benefits the Thunder Hill Elementary PTA! Use the THES PTA promo code CEDRIC when purchasing tickets. Buy tickets

THES Chorus Concert

May 16, 6:00 p.m.

THES Spring Fling & 1-mile Family Bubble Fun Run

May 18

9:15 a.m. starts

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Spring Fling

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Please email Natalie Miskimins ASAP!

THES Band/Orchestra Concert

May 30, 6:00 p.m.

OMHS Auditorium

Donate to the THES PTA

Donate any time. More info.

Howard County Public School System

School Closure Dates

May 14: Schools closed

May 17: 3-hour early dismissal

May 22: Last day of school for high school seniors ONLY

May 27: Schools closed (Memorial Day)

May 31: OMHS early release for graduation

June 5: 3-hour early dismissal

June 12 & 13: 3-hour early dismissal

June 14: Last day of school (3-hour early dismissal)

Emergency and inclement weather notifications info HERE. HCPSS Status page HERE.

2024-25 School Year Bus Transportation Registration

Open now through May 31

Complete online via HCPSS Synergy. More info.

Kindergarten Registration: OPEN NOW

Parents/guardians of children who will be five on or before September 1, 2024, must enroll their children in kindergarten for the 2024-2025 school year. Current HCPSS prekindergarten students do not need to register for kindergarten. More info and registration

Board of Education Meetings

  • May 9, 4:00 & 7:00 p.m. – Regularly Scheduled Meeting
  • May 23, 4:00 & 7:00 p.m. – Regularly Scheduled Meeting

Board meetings may be viewed live or on-demand online, and during and after each meeting on Howard County Comcast channel 95 or Verizon channel 42. Upcoming Public Hearings can be found online.

Oakland Mills Board of Directors
Education Committee

OMCA Education Committee meeting

Next Meeting: May 28

The Oakland Mills Community Association's Education Committee supports and advocates for all Oakland Mills schools and county-wide on a variety of issues. All interested individuals are welcome to join the conversation!

For more information contact Oakland Mills Board of Directors Chair and OMCA Education Committee Chair Jonathan Edelson at jledelson.omca@gmail.com.

Community Resources & Announcements

More Info & Registration
More Info & Registration

Free Summer Meal Program

June 24 through August 2

Weekdays, 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.*

OMMS & other locations

For children 18 and under. No applications, enrollment or fees to participate in this program, however children must be present to receive free meals. More Info (including additional locations).

*No meal July 4.

Application Deadline: May 30, 2024

The Youth Poet Laureate program will helps amplify the power of youth expression, celebrate community, and promote literary arts in Howard County. The Youth Poet Laureate will serve from August 2024 through June 2025 and will receive an honorarium of $500 paid in two equal installments of $250 at the beginning and end of their term. The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) administers this program in partnership with Howard County Poetry & Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo). More info

Oakland Mills Online (OMO) is an online social learning platform founded by Oakland Mills families to keep our community connected while we are socially isolated.

Oakland Mills Local Leadership Team's mission is to make the village of Oakland Mills an inclusive, equitable and connected community that values and supports the healthy development of all children, youth and families.

Community Conversations TONIGHT, April 18th, 5:30 p.m. at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center.

HC DrugFree provides resources and education on prevention, treatment, recovery, and health and wellness to help Howard County residents develop knowledge and skills to understand and address behavioral health (substance use and mental health) disorders. HC DrugFree website

Oakland Mills United (OMU) is a community group started by recent OMHS graduates that advocates for the OM community and its schools and offers tutoring and college help. OMCA is a proud partner with OMU.
Need Help?

Oakland Mills High School Food Pantry

May 29, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Free, no contact. More info.

Columbia Community Care

Free Supplies & Food Distribution

Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to Noon

Locations and info

Free Student Meals
Click HERE to apply.
Oakland Mills United
Free tutoring and help understanding the college process HERE.

The Howard County MultiService Center Free Grab-and-Go Meals

Mons. & Weds.: Noon to 4:00 p.m.

Third Sat.: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

MORE INFO ~ Spanish Flyer 

If you are in need of food and cannot get to the center please call 410-313-0220 to schedule an appointment.

Donate or Volunteer

Oakland Mills High School Food Pantry

Donations Accepted at The Other Barn, Mondays through Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

See details, including a list of needed items HERE. Donations always welcome! Donate in-person at OMHS on the second Wednesday of the month, make a monetary donation, or order donations through the pantry's Amazon Wishlist. More info.

AOK Mentoring & Tutoring: Tutors Needed!

Would you like to be a volunteer mentor-tutor who supports Howard County elementary and middle school students? Are you a trustworthy adult who can commit to one school year of service for a student? A-Ok would love to meet you! Find the next A-Ok info session on the A-Ok website.

AOK News: A-Ok Mentoring-Tutoring, Inc. has rebranded and has a name and logo! The new name is AOK Mentoring & Tutoring, with a new tagline for the AOK acronym: All Our Kids.

Oakland Mills United
Tutors needed! More info HERE.