Falcon Newsletter 5/20/21

Fri, 05/21/2021 - 11:03am

Important Dates

May 21 Spirit Day: Neon Day/Favorite Color Day!

May 26 MAP Math Make-Ups

May 31 Memorial Day – No School

June 2 Virtual Book Fair Begins

7pm PTA Meeting

June 10 3 Hour Early Dismissal Day

June 11 3 Hour Early Dismissal Day

June 14 3 Hour Early Dismissal Day

10am 5th Grade Virtual Promotion (more info to come)

1:30pm 5th Grade Drive Through (more info to come)

June 15 Last Day of School – 3 Hour Early Dismissal


From the Principal. . .

Dear Phelps Luck Families,


As you are aware, HCPSS is not requiring students and staff to wear masks while outdoors for recess

or PE. Our students did a tremendous job with this throughout the week. We appreciate you speaking

with your child about your wishes and your continued support during these ever-changing times!



Michelle M. Leader



School News

MAP Assessment:

Math Make-up for All Grades – Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Grade 1 – 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Grades 2-5 – 9:15-11:15 a.m.


MAP, or the Measure of Academic Progress, is a computerized adaptive test, which helps teachers, parents, and administrators improve learning for all students and make informed decisions to promote your child's academic growth. Thank you.


Attention Band & Orchestra Families:

If you are borrowing a school instrument this year, please return it to the school by Friday, May 28, 2021. All instruments need to be collected, assessed for repairs, sanitized, and inventoried for next school year. Please contact Ms. Strawley (karissa_bryant@hcpss.org) with any questions or concerns. Thank you!


Caring for your Chromebook:

It is essential that students do not eat or drink near their Chromebook. Many families have needed their Chromebook swapped out for the food and drinks spilling on the Chromebooks. Please be aware that HCPSS is now charging a fee to fix any damage. In addition, students are asked to not put stickers on or use markers on their Chromebooks. We appreciate your assistance!


Below is the link to more information about caring for your child’s Chromebook. Chromebook Care


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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. 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!!!



On January 4, the School Based Wellness Centers (SBWC) Telemedicine Program reopened. The program focuses on children who do not have health insurance and/or a medical provider. Since the children and students are in their homes, we will not have the use of the telemedicine carts and will be unable to examine ears or perform throat cultures. Parents and guardians may call our office or send an email and program staff will determine if the health complaint can be safely evaluated and if not, assist them in finding a medical provider to see the child in person. There will be no charge for any of the SBWC Telemedicine visits. However, children must be enrolled or willing to enroll in the SBWC Program. Information in English Information in Spanish Enrollment Packet in English Enrollment Packet in Spanish


Student Absences:

If your child needs to be absent, please send an email to PLESAbsence@hcpss.org and include the

student’s first and last name, date of absence, and reason for absence. Like when we are in the school building, an absence note is required for all absences. Thank you!


Computer Support:

If you are experiencing issues with your child’s Chromebook, please use the link below to submit the issue to our PLES staff. A staff member will contact you to support you with the issue.

Link: PLES Technology Support


PLES Lunch Bunches:

During this unprecedented time, many of our students are in need of additional social interactions. If you feel your child could benefit from a lunch bunch with Mrs. Jones, School Counselor, or Mrs. Croushler, Social Emotional Learning Lead Teacher, please feel free to email them with your request. These lunch bunches would be a time for a few students to “hang out” together, talk and relax with other students from their grade. Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Croushler will work with you to determine a time that best fits your schedule and your child's needs. We know that our students are seeking these interactions and we are here to help! Please email them at jessica_jones@hcpss.org or sarah_croushler@hcpss.org if you wish to schedule one for your child!

PLEASE COMPLETE FREE AND REDUCED MEAL APPLICATION: Once you have completed your Family File Information, a screen will pop up asking you to complete the Free and Reduced Meal application. Please complete the FARM application if you think you will qualify or if you have qualified in the past. Qualifying for FARMs provides benefits for meals, reduced Comcast internet fees and much more! Please find the FARM application here.

FREE Grab-and-Go Meals

All families should note that effective March 1, there will be new procedures for student meals. Meals for seven days per week will continue to be provided at no cost to students; however, the days and times meals will be provided will change. Students returning in person may choose to receive meals any day they are in school. For all other families, meals will be available for pickup from 7:45-8:45 a.m. at elementary school locations and 9-10 a.m. at middle and high school locations on the following:

· Mondays – Students in Group V and/or non-HCPSS students age 18 and under

· Wednesdays – Students in Groups E, A or B

· Thursdays – Students in Group V and/or non-HCPSS students age 18 and under Full details on student meals (Links to an external site.) can be found on the HCPSS website.






News from the Media Center!


Save the Dates!

June 2-15: VIRTUAL SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR! Fair Opens June 2nd: https://bit.ly/3xJXR0j

MAY 27th: Media Center Book Check Out Ends

JUNE 1st: HC Library Summer Reading Program Begins

JUNE 8th: ALL Media Center Books Due

EVERYDAY: Make sure to check your students' announcements in CANVAS for special updates.


Thank You for your support and Thank You for finding last year’s books, too! We truly appreciate it! - The Media Team


News from the PTA:

Clothing Bin:

Our Clothing Bin is still accessible during the school closure. 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:


COVID 19 Rent Assistance:

Beginning October 5, 2020, Howard County residents may contact one of the participating providers to complete an application for assistance to pay past due rent and/or mortgage payments and/or to prevent eviction. Maximum assistance per household is 3 months of housing expense. Click here for details.


LRHS Food Distribution:

There will be a food distribution at LRHS each Saturday from now through May from 10am-12pm. The food will be given out in the bus loop. No forms need to be completed. Just come to the school to get a box of fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat.

Saturday, May 22

Saturday, May 29


OMHS Food Pantry

OMHS Food Pantry will be open next week for distribution. For the foreseeable future, we will be distributing on the last WEDNESDAY of every month from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Our upcoming dates are:

Wednesday, May 26

Wednesday, June 30


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. Website: http://columbiacare.live/


Form for food: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScJIRfYmnGVs1KNEvq0mfqL8qoOJtlV...


Howard High School Summer Camp Info:

The Lions' Pride Booster Club is proud to announce their summer camp lineup for the summer of 2021. Registration and details of each camp can be found here: http://www.howardlionspride.org/summer-sports-camps.html Come out and learn about your favorite sports from the Howard H.S. athletic coaches. We look forward to working with you!


Okinawan Karate Dojo-Summer Camp!

Summer Camp? You BET! Every summer, our business partner - The Okinawan Karate Dojo - hosts their very popular Fitness Ninja Camps. THIS summer will be no different--Fitness Ninja Spring/Summer Camps 2021 are happening, COVID-safe and in and/or outdoor. Voted #1 Martial Arts School in HoCo and one of the best ChildCare Providers in 2021, this will be OKD's 21st annual camp season! These weekly camps are a great way for your kids, ages 5 to 13, to stay active, entertained and educated on health, wellness, sports,

fitness, and karate this summer. As a licensed childcare provider, OKD will meet/exceed all state, local, and CDC recommendations related to COVID-19.


Dates: June 21st to August 27th, from 9am to 4pm each day. Before/After care available. Find additional information about the camp, online registration, and OKD's COVID safety policy at: OKDkarate.com. Space is Limited. Questions? Call: 443 574 8999 or Email: info@okinawankaratedojo.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 publicinfo@hcpss.org