PM Knight Newsletter 09-16-16

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 2:09pm

PM KNIGHT 09-16-16

From the Principal’s Desk…

Can you believe how much has happened in the first 13 days of school? That's right; it's only been 13 days though it feels like it’s been much longer. I want you to know the students have fallen back into the routine of school like champions. Speaking of winners, thanks to all who have updated the emergency procedures and information for your student in the Family File. It is a critically important task, and we appreciate you for taking the time to complete it. With fewer than 2% left to update, we are once again leading the school district in completion rates. I fully expect to reach 100% by the middle of next week - and will happily claim bragging rights when we do. Your dedication to getting this done is reflective of our community beliefs regarding knightly behavior and our core values of consistently demonstrating our reliability, responsibility, and respectfulness.  Please don’t let your update of the Family File be your last visit to Connect. The ability to check in every two or three weeks to see how well your student is progressing academically is a great way to partner with us and with your student.


Please join us on Friday, September 29th at 7:30pm for our Annual PTA Movie Night. It's great fun to pack a picnic basket, spread out a blanket, and enjoy a free movie under the stars in our playing field. This year, your students voted for a screening of classic, The Sandlot. The film is rated PG for kids aged 8 and above, and gets a ‘thumbs up’ from Parent Previews.


A huge thank you to those parents and guardians who were able to make it to our Open House and Grade Level Town Meetings held at Back to School Night on Thursday. We hope you are able to stop by during our Back to School Days next week or during American Education Week in November. Finally, we want to recognize the Howard County Police Department for helping to ensure we were able to travel to and from the event without incident. The support of our public service officials is very much appreciated.

Before I let you go, I had a conversation with a parent last evening and it’s still rattling around in my head today. This particular gentlemen reminded me through his actions that people don’t often take the time to let others know we appreciate them. What did he do? He stopped and said thank you and described why he was appreciative. It was specific, timely, and genuine feedback and it impacted me more than I would have expected. This is not a shameless plug for recognition. Rather, a suggestion that you take a minute at some point in the next few days to let someone know how they have positively impacted you. To say thank you and tell that person why what they do matters to you. We are motivated to voice our feelings of discontent immediately, but we let the positives slip from our minds: those thoughts aren’t as urgent and in some ways expected. This is an unfortunate reality we must intentionally decide to confront. Simple words of kindness and appreciation are powerful and demonstrating to our children that taking the time to share those sentiments freely is critical to the future we are leading them to create. Guess what else - it feels pretty good to let someone know they are appreciated. It’s a win-win!

Have a great weekend,

Cindy Dillon


09/21/16 - Picture Day     09/30/16 - PTA Family Movie Night    :  More Upcoming Dates


8th Grade Class of 2017 Signature T-shirt

Order forms went home with your 8th grade student last week.  The deadline for orders is 9/30/16. Read more.


Breakfast is Served Every Morning

Breakfast is served in the cafeteria from 7:50-8:10 each morning, student breakfast – $2.00. Use the side entrance near the cafeteria.  Read more.


Howard County Association of Student Councils

HCASC invites All Middle and High School students to attend the Howard County Association of Student Councils (HCASC) meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of every month.  Read more.


Volunteer for Our Annual Book Fair!

November 14 – 21 in the Library Media Center

Sign up to assist students with their purchases.  All money raised helps support school technology and the library.


Volunteer to Help in the Library Media Center

Assist with checking books in and out to students and help with shelving.

Help is most needed mornings from 8:00 – 8:30 AM


Parent Volunteer Information

Thank you for your interest in volunteering within the Howard County School System! We value our volunteers and the contributions they make to our students and schools.  According to HCPSS Board Policy, all parent volunteers must complete a Confidentiality Training Course about protecting the privacy of our students, staff, and schools. Read more.


2017 yearbooks are available online NOW!

Go to to order. Read more.


HCPSS Connect Text Messages

Parents who are new to HCPSS, or who changed their mobile phone number in HCPSS Connect, and would like to opt-in for text messages this year must text “Y" to the number 67587 from the mobile phone number on file in HCPSS Connect.  If you are unsure whether or not you have already opted in, you can text the letter “Y” to 67587 from the mobile phone number on file in HCPSS Connect. You can opt-in multiple times without any side effects to your account.



PTA Meeting October 19, 7:00pm (*new date and time) - Patapsco Media center.  Everyone is welcome!


IT’S MOVIE TIME!  The PTA will be hosting a Family Outdoor Movie Night on Friday, September 30, 2016 from 7:30pm-10:00pm on the P.E. field behind the school.

Students have voted and our feature presentation will be the 1993 classic “THE SANDLOT”.

The movie will start showing at dusk, typically sometime between 8:00 and 8:30pm, on a giant inflatable screen.  There will be plenty of candy, soda, water and snow cones for sale (bring small bills please), but the popcorn will be FREE!  Outdoor Movie Night is FREE and no registration is necessary, so bring the whole family, lawn chairs or blankets, and pack a cooler too.  This is NOT a drop-off event; every child must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Restroom facilities will be available.  We will have a collection box for Tissues for Teachers to collect donations of facial tissues for classrooms.  We need a few parents to help sell concessions, make snow cones, monitor the cafeteria (where restrooms are located), and keep an eye on the action outside.  To volunteer, please sign up through SignUp Genius .  Questions about the event?  Please contact Caroline Bodziak at or call 443-812-5896.


Do you love a good party?  Then join the PTA’s School Spirit Committee and help throw some great events for the kids!  This committee plans, promotes and brings to life the following events:

* Family Outdoor Movie Night – Friday, Sept. 30  7:30-10:00pm

* The Snow Ball (Dance) – Thursday, Jan. 26  8:00-10:00pm

* The Spring Fling (Dance/Open Gym/BINGO) – Friday, March 24  8:00-10:00pm

* The Beach Blast (Outdoor Party) – June 6:00-8:00pm

Contact Caroline Bodziak at or call 443-812-5896.


The PTA website is up and running!  Check it out at  Check in often to see what’s new, download PTA forms, and contact your PTA team.



Patapsco Music Boosters Meeting October 11, 7pm - Media Center


Box Tops

The Fall "Battle of the Box Tops" is underway, and has been extended until Friday, 9/23/16.  Who will win - Band, Chorus, or Orchestra?  Bring your non-expired box tops into your music teacher to support your music group.  Band is the reigning champion - let's see if they can hold on to win again or if Chorus or Orchestra will provide the upset.  Please bring all box tops in by next Friday, September 23rd.  


Amazon Store

Please remember to use our Amazon link for your purchases...that yields both the PTA and Music Boosters big profits! Read more.



“Community Notices” events are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Howard County Public School System."

HSES-Patapsco Trails Festival

Saturday Sept. 17th and Sunday Sept. 18th

Patapsco Trails Festival is a brand new event that will be happening this weekend. Events for all ages, including little kid bike rides, and various length hikes. Get out and enjoy our amazing park.  First 100 kids register free! Cut and paste into your browser for details.

A long hike, a medium length hike and a short family oriented hike are all heading out on Saturday, Sept. 17th.  All hiking trips are fully supported.  This is a great way to see some of the fantastic views that Patapsco Valley has to offer!

Two other websites to visit for more information: or


HCYP Basketball Middle School Boys League tryouts for Patapsco

Monday, September 19 from 6:00-8:00pm at Patapsco gym. This is more competitive than a Rec league (similar to a lower level travel team) that gives kids a chance to play on a team with their classmates. Please email Kevin Ashman with questions (


The Mount Hebron Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, October 8, 2016  7:30AM – 10:30AM

MT HEBRON HIGH SCHOOL, 9940 Old Fredrick Road

Please join us on Saturday, October 8th for the annual Vikings Homecoming Pancake Breakfast at Mount Hebron High School!  Tickets are $6.00 in advance and $8.00 at the door. Tickets can be purchased from members of the Mount Hebron Football team or by emailing Kathy Norton at . Proceeds benefit the Mount Hebron Football Program.

Fall Equinox Twilight Hike-Howard County Conservancy

Thursday, September 22, 5pm, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Mt. Pleasant Location,   


Waverly ES Fall Festival

Waverly ES is hosting our annual Fall Fest on October 15 from 12-4pm.  Join us for games, music, entertainment, rock climbing wall, food, vendors and more!  For students who are interested in volunteering, please sign up using the link




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