DMS eNewsletter October 4, 2019 Dragon Tales
REMINDER TO OUR PARENTS/GUARDIANS
Interim reports will not be issued this year.
Parents and students will need to regularly check HCPSS Connect/Canvas in order to keep up with grades and attendance. https://www.hcpss.org/connect/
Claire’s Gourmet Fundraiser Kick-Off
Parents, friends and community members - get your sweet treats, pizzas, pretzels, and more for the upcoming holiday season. Support the DMS Claire’s Gourmet Fundraiser, the proceeds from which will be used to subsidize the cost of grade level field trips, curricular, and co-curricular activities. Fundraiser packets were sent home with students last week.
In the fundraiser packet, there is an information sheet outlining important details and dates regarding payment. We encourage buyers to use the online payment method. Go to http://www.clairesgourmet.com to order your holiday goodies today! Our organization code is #8920. In addition, sellers register for a six-digit participation code. Instructions to register are also included in the information. Thank you for your support!
DMS Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15, 2019 through October 15, 2019,
DMS will be recognizing the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the country’s
history, heritage and culture. Cultural artifacts and resources will be displayed in the media
center. In addition, there will be student-created presentations on the morning announcements
and engaging lessons in the classroom. DMS has embraced the theme “Hispanics: A History of
Serving Our Nation.”
Hispanic Heritage Month Staff Luncheon
Queridos padres de familia de Dunloggin Middle School,
Queremos celebrar por primera vez, nuestra Herencia Hispana con una comida para los maestros. Serà el lunes 7 de Octubre a las 2:00PM en la escuela. Si usted desea cooperar con aglún platillo tipico de su pais favor de llenar la hoja de abajo y regresarla lo antes possible.
Hispanic Heritage Luncheon Sign Up
ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR DMS INTERNATIONAL FAMILIES
INTERPRETER REQUEST FOR NOVEMBER CONFERENCES
If you need interpreting service in your home language for November parent/teacher
conferences, please contact Mr. Sung Kim at http://firstname.lastname@example.org with your child’s
name, school, grade, and the language you need. All requests must be received by Monday,
International Achievement Liaison
Dunloggin Middle School | Monday & Thursday | 410-313-2831 Ellicott Mills Middle School | Tuesday & Friday | 410-313-2839 Howard County Public School System
Physical Education News
Flag Football Intramurals for all students will begin on Tuesday October 15th. Flag Football is from 2:30-4:00 pm on October 15, 17, 22, 24, 28, and November 11th. Transportation is not provided, students must have a ride home or be able to walk/bike home at 4:00 pm. Permission slips can be found in the gym by the locker rooms.
Soccer Intramurals will start in November, see dates below...
6th Grade Soccer: 11/7, 11/12, 11/14, 11/19, 11/21, 12/3.
7th Grade Soccer: 12/5, 12/10, 12/12, 12/16, 12/17, 12/19
There is a correlation between regular daily attendance, being on time to school and classes, and academic achievement. We encourage our students to be in school and on time for classes on a daily basis.
Starting on Monday, September 23, 2019, we will be enforcing our attendance/lateness guidelines.
Tardy to Class:
First Offense: Student Conference, Sign Late Log, Warning
Second Offense: Mark in Synergy, Sign Late Log, Parent Contact
Third Offense: Mark in Synergy, MIR, Sign Late Log, Parent Contact (Detention
Fourth Offense: Mark in Synergy, Sign Late Log, Referral to Office (include specific
previous tardy dates), Parent Contact, Detention
Fall MAP Testing
The fall administration of MAP testing will begin on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. All students in grades 6, 7, and 8, will take the MAP ELA and Math tests.
MATH: October 7, 8, 10
Please note the following students WILL NOT take MAP this year:
Algebra 1: 7th & 8th grade
Geometry: 8th Grade
English GT: 8th Grade
If you have any questions about MAP Testing, please contact Debra_O’Byrne@hcpss.org.
News from the Health Room
Flu vaccines are coming to our school! It's not too late to sign up online! Our flu vaccine clinic
at Dunloggin Middle School will be held on October 11, 2019 and you can go to
vaccineconsent.com to sign up before October 4. Please contact the health room at 410-313-
2836 with any questions, or if you are able to volunteer the morning of the clinic. Thank you
and here's to a healthy school year!
Free and Reduced Meals
October 7, 8, 10: MAP Testing - Math
October 9: Schools and Offices are Closed
October 11: Flu Clinic in the DMS Cafeteria
October 11: Wilde Lake HS Future Band Night Football Game at 5:30 p.m.
October 18: School Closed for Students – Professional Work Day
October 21: End of Sales for Fundraiser
Mt. Hebron High School’s Homecoming - Saturday, October 19th!
The day kicks off with a popular Pancake Breakfast, which is hosted by the Mt. Hebron Football Program. Tickets for this event will be $8 in advance during all lunch shifts (Friday Oct. 11th - Thursday October 17th between 10:15 and 12:15) and $10 at the door. The breakfast will take place in the cafeteria from 7:30am-10:30am. We will serve pancakes, sausage, donuts, fruit, coffee, juice and there will also be music and face painters! Once your belly is full you can march on over to St. John’s Lane and watch the parade at 11:00 am, then join us in the stadium for the football game against Centennial High School!
If you are interested in purchasing tickets for the pancake breakfast in advance and cannot get to the lunch shifts, then please email Kellie Mason (email@example.com).
Centennial High School’s Homecoming Carnival
Parents of students who qualify for Free and Reduced Meals must submit a new application every school year. Details on the HCPSS Free and Reduced Meals program are online, including how to apply. Click the link to find out more information: FARMS Application.
Centennial would like to invite its feeder schools to come to the Homecoming Carnival on
Saturday, September 28th from 11 AM to 1 PM. Here is the link to the flyer: CHS Homecoming
VIKING 5K Trail and Fun Run!
Viking 5K Trail and Fun Run – Sunday Oct 6, 9 a.m.
Hold the date and register early for the 27th Annual Viking 5K and Fun Run! Come out for lots of prizes and awards for age groups and Mt Hebron High School community categories (Alumni, Faculty, Parents and Students!). The course is fun and the same as last year, through the school, the neighborhood and trail. Early registration helps us prepare enough T-shirts for all registrants! For more details Please see the Viking Backers WWW
Viking Backers Recording Secretary
COMMUNITY CONVERSATION: RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, in sponsorship with the Howard County Education
Association and the Restorative Justice Partnership, will be hosting a community conversation on
restorative justice. The event will take place on Monday, October 7 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in Rouse
Theater. Refreshments will be served from 6:00-6:30 p.m. Click here for more information.
EMPOWERING PARENTS AS PARTNERS: WORKING TOGETHER THROUGH THE IEP PROCESS
Saturday, October 12, 2019 8:15am-1:00pm Howard High School
8700 Old Annapolis Rd
Ellicott City, MD 21043
The HCPSS Department of Special Education invites you to attend Empowering Parents as Partners: Working Together Through the IEP Process. This conference will benefit both seasoned parents and those new to the IEP process in advocating for their children and being active & informed members of the IEP team. The day will include:
Motivating keynote speech by Ananta Hejeebu
Special sessions available to support families of children birth-3 and 3-5
Sessions on the breakdown of each section of the Individualized Education Program
(IEP), including what it will include, how parents can provide input, and questions to ask
at your next IEP meeting
Poster Sessions to learn about HCPSS Special Education Services including post-
secondary options, continuum of services, disproportionality, dyslexia, technology, SECAC and the Family Support & Resource Center
Registration and information tables open at 8:15am, the conference begins at 8:45am, and will end at 1:00pm. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch to this free workshop sponsored by HCPSS. To register, please visit https://forms.gle/YAmb4P3TxsyjuWpK8.
Childcare is available, but you must register by September 28 and select the childcare option. Registration closes September 28. Please call 410 313-7161 with questions.
ADHD & MORE ONLINE PARENT SUPPORT SUMMIT 2019
October 13-20, 2019
Are you feeling alone and stressed raising your child with ADHD? Join us for free online sessions you can watch from the comfort of your home or office. There will be one session each day.
Changing the Game: A Parent’s Guide to Healthy Screen Use
Helping Parents Find Their Calm in Chaos
The Power of Parent Training
Connecting with Your Child in the Modern World
Eating for Focus: What to Avoid and What to Include
Tips on Managing Stress
Ten Ways to Stop Battles Over Homework & Build Confidence in School
For more information or to register for these free sessions, please visit
Wilde Lake Middle School
10481 Cross Fox Lane
Columbia, MD 21044 (in the cafeteria)
Anyone involved in Special Education in Howard County is invited to attend and participate in our meetings including parents, students, caregivers, educators, community partners, service providers and school administrators. We welcome your contribution and meaningful input. For more information contact SECACChair@gmail.com or visit www.howardcountysecac.com.
Other meetings this school year will be:
November 13, December 11, 2019
January 8, February 12, March 11, April 15, May 13, June 10, 2020 All are held at Wilde Lake Middle School from 7-9:00pm.
HC DrugFree Updates
Free Parenting Classes for Parents/Guardians of 9-14 Year Olds: HC DrugFree and the Howard County State's Attorney's Office will once again provide the evidence-based series Guiding Good Choices for parents to gain skills and knowledge to reduce the risk that their children will use drugs. This 4-week series will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, October 22, 29 and November 5, 12 at Wilde Lake Middle School in Columbia. Parents are expected to attend all 4 sessions. To register, go
to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GGCOct2019 or see attached flier. Free workbook included. If you have questions, email Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree’s Executive Director at Admin@hcdrugfree.org or call 443-325-0040.
Community News and Programs
DMS parents and community members interested in having information, in the form of an announcement or flyer, published in the school newsletter or Community News Feed must submit a request through the Public Information Office for approval, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Announcements may not be disseminated through students or schools without prior approval form the Public Information Office.
For other Community News visit our website www.dms.hcpss.org