February 23 PTA Reach for the Stars Fundraiser Begins
February 27 HCPSS Employee Appreciation Week
March 1 7pm PTA Meeting
March 3 Spirit Day: Crazy Hair Day
March 6 Kindergarten and 1st Grade Registration Week
4-7pm PTA Dine-Out at Crazy Mason Milkshakes
March 9 PTA Reach for the Stars Fundraiser Ends
March 13 PK Registration Begins
March 14 Grade 4 Trip to St. Mary’s City
March 15 3 Hour Early Dismissal Day - 12:20pm Dismissal Time
March 16 6:30-8:30pm PTA Bingo
March 17 Spirit Day: Wear Green
From the Principal. . .
Dear Phelps Luck Families,
PLES is experiencing a high volume of students arriving late to school in the morning. Please be reminded that doors open to students at 8:40am, and students are considered tardy if they arrive at school later than 8:55am. If your child is consistently arriving at school after the 8:55am bell, they are consistently missing instruction. Please work to ensure that your child arrives at school by 8:40am to allow for a smooth transition and to maximize learning.
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:
Bowie Baysox Reading Program:
This year Phelps Luck will be participating in the Bowie Baysox “Read & Hit a Home Run” Reading Program! When students complete the program by reading four (4) books either inside or outside of the classroom, they will receive two (2) free tickets to your county’s reading night at a Bowie Baysox game this season. This will be for a game on Friday, May 19th at 7:05pm. Click here to see more info!!!
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:
Raise Right 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
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:
Sporting Equipment Donations
Clean out your garages and storage spaces! One of our past students is partnering with an organization, Leveling the Playing Field, to collect new and gently used sporting goods to be donated to students in need. The cost of sports equipment has left a growing number of kids unable to play organized sports and she is working to ensure those kids have access to completely free equipment so they can get off the sidelines and in the game! All donations will be distributed to students in the DC and Baltimore areas. If you have any new or gently used sports equipment, please put them in the bin by the front entrance of the school! Collection will run through March 10, 2023.
School’s Out Ninja Day Camps!
Did you know? HCPSS is closed on various days throughout the school year. Make sure to reserve your child’s spot in our business partners' - "School’s Out Ninja Day Camp". The Okinawan Karate Dojo has you covered from 9 AM to 4 PM (with before/after care available 8a-6p)! OKD's year-round camps are action-packed, tons of fun, and keep kids happy, entertained, challenged and moving all day! Not only that, they are licensed as a Child Care Provider by the state of Maryland. The staff is highly trained and certified to give your child a safe, enriching, AWESOME, camp experience! Voted #1 Martial Arts School in HoCo and one of the best Child Care Providers in 2020 and 2021, this will be OKD's 23rd annual camp season! Find additional information about the camp, online registration, FREE karate offer, COVID safety policies, and MORE at: OKDkarate.com. Space is Limited. Questions? Call: 443 574 8999 or Email: info@OKDkarate.com.
New HCPSS Community News and Programs Site:
In response to community requests for resources, HCPSS’ new Community News and Programs website makes it easy for families to find educational and recreational resources, events and after-school programs beyond the school day by non-profit organizations. Community organizations requesting their announcements be shared in school newsletters should visit community-programs.hcpss.org for more information. Questions should be directed to the Public Information Office at email@example.com.