Oakland Mills School Happenings

June 5, 2024 | Issue 149

Congratulations to all of the fifth graders moving up to middle school and all eighth graders moving on to high school. We celebrate you!

This will be our last school news for a couple of months.We hope you have a wonderful summer vacation, and stay safe!

Brigitta Warren, Village Manager

Amy Carpenter, Administrative Assistant

Oakland Mills High School

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 Food Pantry

June 12, 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.

Youth Climate Volunteer needed for 2024-25 School Year

Each HCPSS high school has the opportunity to have a Youth Climate Chapter. OMHS need an adult volunteer to run the program. If any parents are interested, please see the website: https://youthclimateleader.org/ and watch this informational video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2wG3hdqiLo&t=11s. If interested, please reach out to OM admin and Ann Strozyk at Ann_Strozyk@hcpss.org. 

OMHS Graduation

Did you miss graduation? See the video of the ceremony HERE.

OMHS Fine Arts Boosters
OMHS Boosters
Oakland Mills Middle School

Taharka Brothers Ice Cream Fundraiser

Order now through June 10

Orders can be placed on the website using the code OMMS. Ice cream will be delivered to your home on Thursday June 13th from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m..


June 6, 6:30 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 Brick Fundraiser

Order by June 14

Final call to celebrate Stevens Forest Elementary's 50th anniversary with a lasting tribute! Purchase a commemorative engraved brick to be installed around the SFES butterfly garden, and help raise funds for the community. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to support SFES and etch your name into its history—contact SFESFundraisers@gmail.com by June 14th!

Restaurant Night at Raising Cane's

June 6, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

9071 Snowden River Pkwy, Columbia

Mention the SFES Fundraiser during your transaction (drive-thru, dine-in, or takeout), and SFES will receive 15% of the sales.

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

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.

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.


Thunder Hill Elementary School

Donate to the THES PTA

Donate any time. More info.

Howard County Public School System

School Closure Dates

June 12 & 13: 3-hour early dismissal

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

June 19: Schools & offices closed (Juneteenth)

July 4: Schools & offices closed

August 26: First day of school (2024-25)

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

Summer Job Fair

  • June 24, Noon to 4:00 p.m. Wilde Lake Middle School 
  • July 24, Noon to 4:00 p.m. Burleigh Manor Middle School 

HCPSS will host a Summer Job Fair on Monday, June 24 and Wednesday, July 24. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about and apply for a range of positions within the school system. Registration is required.

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

  • June 20, 4:00 p.m. – Regularly Scheduled Meeting (no evening session)
  • June 6, 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

No meetings for the summer!

The Oakland Mills Community Association's Education Committee supports and advocates for all Oakland Mills schools and county-wide on a variety of issues. We always welcome new members! 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

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.

More Info & Registration

High Schoolers welcome to volunteer as assistants. College Students can apply for limited paid positions on the instructional team. Click button below for info.

Class Registration & Info
Apply to be a Volunteer

Bright Minds Foundation Launches HCPSS Alumni & Friends Network

Bright Minds Foundation, the education foundation of the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS), announces the launch of the HCPSS Alumni & Friends Network. Developed in partnership with HCPSS, this Network is designed to connect alumni, teachers, parents, and community members with ties to Howard County public schools.

Through this Network, members will have the opportunity to:

  • Stay connected or reconnect with former classmates, teachers, and friends.
  • Engage in networking opportunities, reunions, and social events.
  • Contribute to the success of HCPSS students through volunteer and other support opportunities.
Learn More

Volunteers Needed to be Mentors

OhanaHC matches students from OMHS and three other Howard County high schools with adult mentors there to help them reach their chosen goals. More mentors are needed for OMHS students! Interested in helping? Click the button below to find out more.

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

June 12, 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.