Oakland Mills School Happenings

March 20, 2024 | Issue 144

Congratulations to the students and staff involved in OMHS's production of The Little Mermaid! Next up is OMMS's Lion King, with two performances left this week. See details in the OMMS section.

Save the date for two fun, kid-friendly activities in April:

  • Lively Arts for Little Ones: Pam the Kindersinger on April 5 at 10:30 a.m. at The Other Barn. Tickets and info
  • Earth Day Celebration on April 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Courtyard next to The Other Barn): Yards Alive Native Plant Giveaway, kids' crafts, School of Rock performance, Homemade from the Heart cookies, OMI Greenteam, and Howard EcoWorks. More info.

Brigitta Warren, Village Manager

Amy Carpenter, Administrative Assistant

Oakland Mills High School

OMHS Graduation

May 31, 3:00 p.m.

Merriweather Post Pavilion

HCPSS graduation info

OMHS Food Pantry Distribution

March 20, 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 FAB Fundraiser at Raising Cane's

March 20, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

9071 Snowden River Pkwy, Columbia

Mention the fundraiser at the register!

OMHS Guitar and Piano Concert

March 20, 7:00 p.m.

OMHS Auditorium

HoCo Hoops All-Star Games

March 21

6:00 p.m.: HC East vs HC West

7:00 p.m.: Girls Hoops

8:00 p.m.: HC vs MD

Held at OMHS

Concessions will be available for purchase. Please come out and support all the amazing athletes!

Light the Night 5K for Suicide Prevention

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


Raising awareness and money for suicide prevention. Speeches from community leaders, tables with free resources, prizes, and more. More info and registration or donate.

Video Production Class Seeking OMHS Alumni for Short Documentary on OMHS's 50th!

Interviews conducted at school, timing flexible (through May 5). Email Brendan Williams at brendan_williams@hcpss.org or Dr. Jeffrey Fink at jeffrey_fink@hcpss.org

If you have photos or videos from your time at Oakland Mills, please send your files to brendan_williams@hcpss.org and include the year (or at least decade) the photos or videos are from.

Congratulations to the OMHS Varsity Science Olympiad Team, who placed 6th out of 38 teams in the Regional Science Olympiad held at OMHS last Saturday. The regional tournament includes teams from Howard County, Baltimore County, Kent Island, and Baltimore City (600 students). The Varsity team will be advancing to States at Johns Hopkins University on April 13.

Congratulations to the OMHS Girls Indoor Track team for winning the County Championship!

OMHS FAB No-limits Texas Hold'em Tournament Fundraiser

April 19, 5:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

The Other Barn

5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia

Register by April 18. More info & registration

Save the Date: OMHS FAB Mattress Fundraiser

April 28, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Save the Date: OMHS Prom

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

Port Discovery in Baltimore

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

FAB Volunteers Needed!

Help is needed with concessions and walk up ticket sales. Anyone interested can fill out FAB's volunteer form.

Sports Schedules

Visit County Sports Zone for schedules and scores.

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

OMMS's Production of The Lion King

March 21 & 22, 6:30 p.m.


Tickets available at the door: $5 for children age 4 - 17, $10 for adults, and free for children age 3 and under.  

PTSA Raffle During Lion King

Stop by during the performances to snag your tickets and check out the goodies up for grabs! Purchase tickets in person (best option) or online. (You can only purchase tickets for one item at a time online, but you can go back and purchase more.) Ticket options:

  • $1 per entry
  • $5 for 6 entries
  • $10 for 15 entries
  • $20 for 40 entries

Winners announced at the end of Friday's show.

OMMS Teacher Wishlists

Teachers purchase a lot of supplies from their own pockets. See their wishlists to find out how you can help.

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


March 21, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.


PTA Paint Night

April 15, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

SFES Cafeteria

Earth Day at SFES

April 22

Looking for SFES family members who have a passion for the environment or have a career related to protecting or supporting the Earth. A few outside educators with specialties in the environment will work with students, but SFES would love to have families represented as well. If interested, please fill out this Interest Form, and the SFES Earth Day Planning Team will get back to you with more details!

Mystery Readers Needed!

Find out more and sign up 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, 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. 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)

SFES Community Survey - STILL OPEN!

The Community School Strategy is underway at Stevens Forest Elementary School! Community schools address the whole child and leverage partnerships that promote student achievement, positive learning conditions, and student well-being through additional services like academic and language supports, nutrition supports, as well as behavioral and general health care that go beyond traditional classroom education.

SFES is in the process of completing its Community School Needs Assessment which includes giving voice to all members of the SFES school community, which extends much wider than just the school building. Please consider taking the 10 minute survey (click link below) to further enhance SFES's responsiveness to the needs of its students, families, staff, and larger community. 

Stevens Forest Community Survey

Please reach out to Brittany Fitzpatrick (brittany_fitzpatrick@hcpss.org), Community School Site Coordinator at Stevens Forest Elementary with questions, or, if you are interested in learning more about the Community School Strategy at SFES.

Talbott Springs Elementary School

TSES PTA Meeting

March 21, 6:15 p.m.

TSES Media Center or Online (contact PTA for meet link)

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 PTA: Volunteers Needed!

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

Save the Date: TSES Summer Kick-off Event

May 29

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

PTA Meeting

April 4, 6:00 p.m.

THES Media Center

THES Restaurant Night at the Crazy Mason Milkshake

​​​​​​​April 17, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

8225 Main St., Ellicott City

Donate to the THES PTA

Donate any time. More info.

THES is hiring a Lunch/Recess Monitor Position

Description: Supervises students at lunch and/or recess, under the supervision of school staff. Position is 5 days per week (Monday through Friday ). with hours between 10:55 a.m. and 1:55 p.m. Pay rate $15/hour.

If interested please contact Laura Nichols (laura_nichols@hcpss.org).

Howard County Public School System

School Closure Dates

March 25 - April 1: Spring Break

April 10: Schools closed

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

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

Special Education Virtual Open House

April 10, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Google Meet

Learn about career opportunities in special education! See flyer for more info.

New Superintendent Search

Read the latest news about the search for a new HCPSS superintendent. Provide input via a brief online survey open through April 5: the Howard County Board of Education is seeking stakeholder input in the search for a permanent Howard County Public School System Superintendent. No final decisions will be made based on the results of this survey.

Board of Education Meetings

  • April 11, 4:00 & 7:00 p.m. – Regularly Scheduled Meeting
  • April 25, 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: April 23 (No March meeting due to Spring Break)

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

Now Open: Touchdown for Teachers Program

Nominations due April 5


The Baltimore Ravens and M&T Bank are inviting nominations for their 11th annual Touchdown for Teachers program, which recognizes local teachers who provide outstanding service for their schools and communities. Anybody may nominate an outstanding educator viathe online application form through April 5. 


All finalists will be notified of their selection by April 21.Three finalists – including the eventual grand prize winner – will be selected from a panel of community members and school officials based on involvement in their school and/or community, their degree of positive impact and a demonstrated commitment to education. 


The grand prize winner will receive the following:$5,000 in grant funds, payable to his/her school or district, and a classroom visit by a Ravens’ coach or player, accompanied by mascot Poe. The two remaining finalists will each receive $1,000 in grant funds, payable to their school or district. Every nominated educator will receive a certificate of recognition from theRavens and M&T Bank.

To nominate a teacher for Touchdown for Teachers, complete the online nomination form by April 5.

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.

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

March 20, 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.