January 6 Spirit Day: Pajama Day!!!
January 16 No School - MLK Jr. Day
January 20 End of Quarter 2
Spirit Day: Falcon Day - Wear RED!
January 23 No School - Staff Professional Work Day
January 24 6pm BBMS Parent Orientation Night
January 26 7pm Winter Concert at Howard High School
From the Principal. . .
Dear Phelps Luck Families,
Happy New Year to everyone! We hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable break!!! It was great to have the student’s return this week and we are looking forward to Pajama Day tomorrow!!!!
Michelle M. Leader
Opting In to School Text Messages
If you wish to “opt-in” to receive PLES and HCPSS texts with emergency information or reminders, please follow the directions below:
Send a text to the number: 67587
Text “Yes” in the message.
Reply “Yes” when prompted if you want to “opt-in”.
Free and Reduced Priced Meals:
Please complete the form at the link below to apply for free or reduced priced lunch for your child. We will continue to have free breakfast for everyone this year; however, lunch is not free anymore unless you qualify. Lunch will cost $2.80 this year.
Family File Information:
Every year HCPSS parents must complete a Family File (electronic emergency card) for each child. HCPSS utilizes Family File for parents/guardians to complete emergency information. The Family File for this year is now available. Parents/guardians must verify and/or update information for each child, and can do so by logging in to HCPSS Connect and selecting the “More Options'' tab on the left and then clicking on “Family File” from the list. If your child was in an HCPSS school in previous years, you only need to update any changes. Please update/provide the info ASAP. Thank you!!!
Once logged in, you will be asked to update or provide the following information:
PLES Family-School Compact:
A Family-School Compact & Plan is an agreement between families, students, and teachers that is jointly developed and distributed to all families. It explains how families, students, and teachers will work as a team to make sure all students meet with success and get the support they need to achieve grade level goals.
We welcome any feedback or comments regarding our Family-School Compact & Plan via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, during a Family Involvement Team meeting, or on the End of the Year survey. Our PLES Family-School Compact can be found at the link below.
Road to Kindergarten Info Sessions:
The Road to Kindergarten information sessions will be held for families of children who will begin kindergarten in Fall 2023. Sessions are 6:30-7:30 and are offered on the following dates:
Hour of Code:
Recently, students (k-5) participated in the hour of code. If they enjoyed working on coding, they can go to the hour of code activity pages at https://hourofcode.com/us/learn. There are activities for coding. Thanks!
Mrs. Fong & Dr. Stevens – Technology Teachers
Accessing MAP Home Reports:
Home report PDFs for the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) fall testing are available in HCPSS Connect. The assessment was given to students in grades 1-8 in reading and mathematics. Reports can be viewed/downloaded by Parents/guardians by taking the following steps:
Early Dismissal Request:
If you are signing your child out early for an appointment or other reason, please do so prior to 3:00pm. Our dismissal is very busy and our Front Office staff need to focus on the safe dismissal of our students. Thank you for your assistance!
Community Center Parking:
Please refrain from parking in the parking lot at the community center that is next to PLES any time throughout the day. The parking there is for the community center and is not intended for our families. The community center may have cars towed if needed. Thank you for your assistance!
We know there are times when you cannot find a parking space on school property. If this is the case, please refrain from parking in front of any of the neighbor’s driveways or in places that restrict our neighbors from driving through. We appreciate your assistance with this!
School Lunch Update:
We wanted to highlight that there are many new menu items this year. In addition, the salad bar is open again which includes various fresh fruits and vegetables. One change is that pizza is NOT an option every day like it has been in the past. Be sure to check out the menu at https://hcpss.nutrislice.com to assist your child with knowing the choices. Please note, that due to various food shortages, adjustments may have to be made to the daily choices. It is a good idea to discuss a first choice and second choice with your child in case one of the noted choices is not available that day.
Student Clothing, Lunchboxes, and Water Bottles:
Each year, we have many items in our Lost and Found. At times, the pile is HUGE! Please consider labeling all of their clothing, lunchbox and water bottle. This helps us to return items to the children. Please have your child look at the items on the bench in the front hallway for any lost items. Please see the Dojo message that was sent out earlier this week with pictures of the items that are currently in our Lost and Found.
Please use the links below to access the HCPSS calendar for the year. It includes all days that students do not attend school. https://www.hcpss.org/f/news/calendars/calendar-202223.pdf
Just a reminder that parents/guardians must turn in a note if the child is absent. The note needs to include the student’s name, date absent, reason for absence, and parent/guardian signature. We also accept these notes through an email address. Please email PLESabsence@hcpss.org with the same information if you prefer this format. All notes need to be submitted/turned in within 2 days of the student returning to school.
HCPSS has outdoor eating again this year. If you wish for your child to eat outdoors when weather and supervision permits, please email Mrs. Leader at email@example.com. We add students to begin on Mondays.
PLES School Counselor Support
The counseling team is providing the opportunity for you to refer your student to talk to a school counselor. If your student is experiencing something at home, struggling with school, or could just use an adult connection, please feel free to complete the Request for Counseling Services form . We are here to support your students with anything that may be getting in the way of their learning and being the best falcon they can be. Once the form is completed, counselors will connect with your and your student, as they are able. Please feel free to contact Andrea Stremmel, School Counselor, at 410.313.6886 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
News from the PTA:
PTA Reflections Contest:
Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 PTA Reflections contest: 1st grader Emily Tang for her drawing "Messages from the Heart," 4th grader Sophie Tang for her drawing "A Blooming Voice," and 4th grader Alexander Roper for his photograph "The Voice in the Dark." We look forward to next year and to seeing a lot of Phelps Luck Falcon artists participate in 2023!
RaiseRight E-Gift Card Fundraising Program
Starting right now, you can earn fundraising dollars for Phelps Luck PTA by participating in our RaiseRight (formerly Scrip) program! This easy-to-use program means you earn fundraising dollars by purchasing electronic gift cards to an extensive list of large businesses (Target, Amazon, Giant, Old Navy, Lowes, etc.) and a percentage of that sale is returned to the PTA as fundraising dollars. This program is great for holiday shopping and will be ongoing throughout the year. Visit https://www.raiseright.com/enroll and look for “Join an existing program”. Enter our Enrollment Code: BRWAATM9HK7P and click “Join a Program”.
Our Clothing Bin is still accessible all school year long! Please feel free to donate any items to our Clothing Bin in our school parking lot. This is a fundraiser and supports our PTA! Please place all items in a closed trash bag before placing the bag in the bin. Thank you!!!
From the Community
Family Read the Rainbow Book Club:
Upcoming LGBTQIA+ Initiatives - Open to All
Saturday, January 7th @ 1:30pm - Join us virtually in partnership with CARY (Community Allies of Rainbow Youth) to meet author Kyle Lukoff and illustrator Kaylani Juanita for a reading of their book When Aidan Became a Brother and illustration demonstration. This is part of the FAMILY Read the Rainbow book club. Learn more here. To participate, register here.
Here is a list of resources for you to access:
Columbia Community Care:
This group gives out food at the Long Reach Village Center, Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, and Oakland Mills Middle School on Wednesdays from 5-8pm and Saturdays 10:30am-1:30pm. If you need food delivered fill out the form for food and they can deliver or you may have someone pick up for you as well.
Form for food:
OMHS Food Pantry
The OMHS Food Pantry is open the last Wednesday of the month unless otherwise noted, from 3:00 - 5:00pm. You will need to bring a photo ID. Please do not arrive prior to 2:30pm to allow for student dismissal. Also, please remain in your car and a volunteer will come to your vehicle. More info can be found at the link below:
The Food Pantry will be open on the following dates:
School’s Out Ninja Day Camps!