Falcon Newsletter 6/9/21

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 9:59am

Important Dates

June 10 3 Hour Early Dismissal Day – Dismissal begins at 12:35pm

June 11 3 Hour Early Dismissal Day – Dismissal begins at 12:35pm

June 14 3 Hour Early Dismissal Day – Dismissal begins at 12:35pm

10am 5th Grade Virtual Promotion (see message from 5th grade teachers)

1:30pm 5th Grade Drive Through (see message from 5th grade teachers)

June 15 Last Day of School – 3 Hour Early Dismissal- Dismissal begins at 12:35pm


From the Principal. . .

Dear Phelps Luck Families,


Students leaving HCPSS after the current 2020-2021 school year, including those un-enrolling or graduating-must return their assigned HCPSS technology devices, including laptops, Chromebooks, etc. Students who will remain in HCPSS schools for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year may continue to borrow HCPSS technology devices over the summer. Please note: It is extremely important that your child take care of the Chromebooks and cord. HCPSS will be issuing bills for Chromebooks that are broken and for missing cords.


As the weather gets warmer, please help your child remember to bring a reusable water bottle to school. Please write your child’s name on it and encourage him/her to bring it with them outside to recess.


Also, if your child attended PLES during the 2020-2021 school year and you have not picked up their school supplies from last year, please contact your child’s current teacher to arrange for pick-up.



Michelle M. Leader



School News

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!


Telemedicine During Virtual Learning:

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



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

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.


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, 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...


Bake Sale to Support National Brain Tumor Society:

Saturday, June 12th from 8am-2pm (rain date: Sunday, June 13)

Corner of Phelps Luck Drive and Wild Lilac

Organized by a PLES student who is working on his Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge

COVID safety measures will be in place and all baked goods will be in saran wrap.


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