PM Knight Newsletter 10-06-17

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 2:49pm

From the Principal’s Desk…

I have tried to start this newsletter four times. I wanted to open by saying something profound about how the news of the senseless act of violence that occurred earlier this week in Las Vegas has left us reeling from shock. But, I am having trouble finding those words. I think that must be because there are so many to say and yet none of them seem to capture the complex series of thoughts, ideas, and concerns that linger. What is there to say about the loss of 59 people or the injury of over 500? How do we sort through our feelings about the hot topics of gun control, mental health, and constitutional rights? If we have trouble putting our own feelings into words, imagine how our children must be struggling to make sense of the situation. I suspect you’ve already engaged in some degree of discussion with your children. If you haven’t made an attempt because you weren’t sure about the words to choose, we are linking a resource for you to refer to from the National Association of School Psychologists (Tips for Parents and Teachers). Raising awareness of safety and security is never a bad idea. I encourage you to find a time to talk, even if it appears your student doesn’t need to. Middle schoolers are stereotypically reluctant to talk about feelings and fears (but are really good at talking about their perceived rights).  This situation is not only alarming, but confusing and complex. Letting them know how you are feeling - even if you’re not really sure - is a good way to open the door to a rich conversation. Having said all that, I will borrow some words from the Dalai Lama, XIV to close this newsletter. He is attributed as having said, “There is a saying in Tibetan, 'Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.' No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster.” Through dialog, I think, we can cultivate hope.  



Cindy Dillon


Outdoor Ed is here!

For all 6th graders attending Outdoor Ed, please arrive at the school at 8:30am on Monday October 9th. Please have all luggage tags attached prior to arriving. Chaperones, please arrive at 8:00am for your information meeting. We are all looking forward to a fun adventure up at North Bay!  Read more.



10/12/17 - Interim progress reports issued   10/18/17 - Flu Clinic   10/20/17 -  Professional Day/no students :  More Upcoming Dates


From Student Services

Every October, schools across the country join the nationwide campaign, STOMP Out Bullying™ in observing National Bullying Prevention Month. This week at Patapsco we will focus on making new friends! If you've ever been isolated from others at school or you were new at school and it took time to make friends, you know what it feels like to be left out. Or even if you were never isolated, imagine how it would feel.

Student Services will have an activity at lunch to help students get to know the people they sit with a little bit better. We want our students to be leaders, to take action and not let anyone at school be in isolation.


Patapsco Pals

Patapsco Pals is up and running! Our first successful lunch group was Friday, September 29th. Students from all grade levels met during their lunches outside for a picnic. Thanks to those students who joined! Patapsco Pals meets every Friday during lunch. Keep listening to the announcements for future activities! Patapsco Pals - Everyone In, Nobody Out.


From the Health Room

Flu Clinic October 18

As a reminder, flu shots for students that submitted consent forms will be administered October 18 at Patapsco Middle. If your student has received a flu shot outside of school - please contact the Health Room at 410-313-2574.


Vision and Hearing Screening October 25

Vision and Hearing Screening will take place on Wednesday, 10/25/17 for all 8th graders and any new student to Maryland.  If your student wears glasses, please make sure they bring them to school for the screening.


Seminars have begun!

Please visit for the schedule. Meetings are held once every other week on a rotating basis. In order to participate, students must attend meetings, and must be able to maintain a C or above in all classes. Questions? Email Ms. Glass at


Safe School Zones Resolution

At the September 8 Board of Education meeting, the Board of Education approved a resolution to support and protect the rights of all Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) students, regardless of immigration or citizenship status.


SMOB Open Forum

Howard County Student Member of the Board of Education (SMOB) Anna Selbrede will be holding an open forum for any and all HCPSS students to voice any questions, concerns, or just talk. Anna is happy to discuss anything from school lunches to sports to current political events to the Hunger Games. The forum will be held at the Homewood School on October 11, from 6:30-7pm. If you can’t make this month, you can come next time on November 8th. Refreshments will be provided! If you’d like more information, email and don’t forget to follow @Hocosmob on Instagram and Twitter.


Board of Education Approves 2017-2018 Calendar Change

The Howard County Board of Education has approved a change to the 2017–2018 school calendar, making the last three days of school for students—June 12–14, 2018—three-hour early dismissal days for all levels, including elementary, middle and high schools. Read more.


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. Read more.


Intramural Program

Intramurals will begin during the month of October to continue throughout the year.  Announcements are made during the morning news as well as in our regular newsletters.  Space is limited in many of our programs, so students should pay attention to the announcements and follow the directions for signing up.  Coming up: Yearbook and MESA -  permission slips will be available soon.  Please check our web-site for updated information.


Professional learning Book Clubs

We are excited to invite you to join us this year for our professional learning through book clubs.  The teachers will be participating in four different professional books which we invite you to purchase and participate as equal members.  Read more.



PTA Meeting Wednesday, November 15th from 7-8 pm


TONIGHT is the PTA's Fall Fun Knight from 7:00-9:00pm!  Today was the final day for student's to purchase tickets during lunch time.  Thank you to all the parent volunteers who signed up to help monitor and run the dancing in the cafeteria, the basketball and volleyball in the gym, the BINGO games in the media center, and concession sales too.  If you have any questions about the PTA's Fun Knights please contact Caroline Bodziak at


School Spirit Committee

The current chair of the School Spirit Committee who organizes all the Fun Knights is graduating from Patapsco this year.  We are looking for someone interested in shadowing her and picking this great committee up next year.  Contact Caroline Bodziak at for more information.


PTA Membership


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Come join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, October 10th at 7pm in the Media Center.  (11/14, 01/09, 02/13, 03/13, 04/10, 05/08)

Please mark your calendars now.   There are no meetings scheduled for December or June.  


We are pleased to announce the winners of one of our biggest fundraisers is the BATTLE OF THE BOX TOPS!!  And the winner is. . . Orchestra!  Congratulations, they will be awarded the coveted Box Tops trophy for their classroom.


The Patapsco Music Boosters is a volunteer group of parents just like you!  We provide logistical support to our school's music directions so that concerts, adjudications, and field trips go smoothly.  Plus, we raise monies to keep our band, chorus, and orchestra in quality instruments, equipment, and sheet music!  Please don't forget to fill out the Music Boosters form that went home with your students this week to learn more about how to get involved with the Music Boosters.


The PMS Concert Closet is accepting donations of gently used long-sleeved, button-down, collared white oxford shirts, black pants and skirts, black belts, and black dress shoes.  Please send your donation to the front office marked "Music Department" or students can deliver donations to their music teacher.  Thank you!


Do you have a student in Chorus and are looking for a way to help out?  The Music Boosters are starting a "Give a Ride" program, so students whose parents are in need of transportation to and from rehearsals and concerts can access information for other parents who are willing to give rides.  Parents who sign up are able to indicate how many students they can transport, how far they are willing to drive, and for which events.  We could use the help of as many parents as possible to ensure that all of our students have equal access to course requirements.  Thank you for your consideration.  Sign up here to help another family:


Calling all piano players: If you play piano at an advanced level and would consider performing with one of the school's choirs, please see Mrs. Mills to arrange a time to play for her.  Many former Patapsco students have accompanied the choirs and some have even won the Best Accompanist award at the Hersheypark trip!


We are also thrilled to roll out our new Patapsco Music Boosters website .  Come check us out!  You can also always reach at or on Facebook at




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


The Mount Hebron Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, October 14th, 2017  7:30am – 10:30am

MT HEBRON HIGH SCHOOL, 9940 Old Frederick Road

Please join us on Saturday October 14th for the annual Vikings Homecoming Pancake Breakfast at Mount Hebron High School!  Tickets, ages 9 and older, are $8.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door. Tickets can be purchased from members of the Mount Hebron Football team, at home football games or by emailing Trish Lettieri at Proceeds benefit the Mount Hebron Football Program.


Viking 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run

The Viking 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run will be held at Mount Hebron High School on Oct 8 at 9am (online registration closes on Oct 5). The 5K is a cross country course around local neighborhoods and trails. There are many prize categories at many levels of experience. Upgraded wicking Tshirts will be given to registrants. The race is organized by the Viking Backers, a volunteer parent group that supports all the athletics and extracurricular clubs at MHHS.  Please see the race WWW site for more information: iking-5k.html


Prudential Spirit of Community Award

No matter what your volunteer project, we want to hear about it read more.


Kennedy Krieger Institute

Behavioral Psychology

We can bring out the best in children.  Evening appointments and free parking at four convenient locations. Call 443-923-7508.





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