PM Knight Newsletter 11-17-17

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:47am

From the Principal’s Desk…

It was great to see so many parents stop by to visit during American Education Week. We know many more of you wanted to come, but may have been hindered by other responsibilities, so I wanted to let you know our doors are always open. Any time you’d like to stop by to visit a class, you are welcome to do so. We only ask that you send an email to the teacher to arrange a suitable date and time.  

First quarter report cards are coming home today. You can expect to receive second quarter progress reports on December 20 (20 school days from today). It would be a good idea to carve out some time to log on to Canvas together with your student between now and then. At the same time, I ask that you encourage your student to keep an eye on their own progress by making sure all work is accounted for in order to be prepared for tests and quizzes. Demonstrating independence is a critical executive functioning skill to develop in preparation for college and beyond. So, while it is a good idea to check grades together from time to time, it’s even more important for our students to develop the habit of self-monitoring on a regular basis.

Next week, we’re gearing up for the Turkey Trot (November 20) and our first Faire Day (November 21). For those of you new to Patapsco, quarterly Faire Days are organized to recognize and celebrate student citizenship, scholarship, and community. On this particular Faire Day students will be familiarized with the Service Learning (SSL) requirements for the school year. SSL learning opportunities will occur throughout the school year and will be tied to curriculum and other school events. On this particular early dismissal day, only students eating a school provided lunch will be invited to the cafeteria for lunch. Our experience has been that, on early dismissal days, the lunch period occurs very early and most students wait until they get home to eat because they simply are not hungry. If your son or daughter has particular dietary needs that must be met during school hours, and they will not be eating a school provided meal, please contact the Health Room (410-313-2850) or your son or daughter's school counselor.

As you come to school next week for Parent Teacher Conferences, I ask that you respect the appointment times you set for yourself. Many of our staff are booked solid and running even one minute past your allotted time slot will impact the entire conference window. In order to ensure a successful conference, consider the following checklist:

  • Bring your appointment schedule with you.

  • Double check your appointments to ensure you built in that travel time we talked about in our email regarding scheduling.

  • Come prepared with a list of discussion topics.

  • Consider sending your concerns to the teacher in an email ahead of time so he or she can be prepared to address your concerns.

  • Bring work samples or specific examples of the discussion items if applicable.

Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, we hope that each of you has a fortifying break graced with family and fun times. We’d like to start the break off by sending our thanks to the members of the PTA, in advance, for the luncheon being provided to our staff next week. We are really looking forward to seeing you during the Fall Conference window and it will be twice as nice to go into our meetings with a full belly!  

In gratitude and appreciation for your partnership and community,

Cindy Dillon


Special Message - From Ms. Ivey’s Desk...

Dear Patapsco Community:

It is with great sadness and joy, after 30 years of service - twenty-four of them here at Patapsco - that I announce my retirement from the Howard County Public School System.  It will be difficult for me to imagine not seeing all the wonderful faces of my students each day. I truly treasure the relationships that I have been able to forge with students, and parents, some of whom have lasted over 10 years.

Meeting with students, whether talking to them individually about their academic progress, their excellent adventures in school or at home, or helping them to resolve peer or family issues, has been the most rewarding part of my job. It has been my privilege to serve the Patapsco Community.

I will miss my Patapsco family and Community more than I can even imagine.  My last day at Patapsco will be December 22nd. I wish your students much love, luck, and success in their future endeavors.

Yours truly,

Kathy Ivey

Ms. Ivey’s replacement will be Ms. Kendra Lee. Work to ensure a smooth transition has already begun with Ms. Ivey, Ms. Kempthorn, and Ms. Lee working together to plan the ‘changing of the guard’. We are thankful to have ample time to ensure all of the students on Ms. Ivey’s caseload will continue to have their needs met for the remainder of their experience here at Patapsco.



11/17/17 - Report Cards Issued  :  More Upcoming Dates


From The Health Room

6th Grade Parents:  Please pick-up your child's Medication that was sent for Outdoor Education.  Read more.


SAVE THE DATE!  Community Knight - December 6, 2017

Where: Patapsco Middle School Cafeteria

When: 6:30-8:00pm

All families are encouraged to attend, babysitting will be available. A flyer will be coming home with your student with more details. Hope to see you there!


8th Grade Students - Baby Pictures

The memory book team is collecting baby pictures of 8th graders for the memory book for families that would like to participate.  Email the photo to, bring them to Ms. Salsman in B5 to be scanned and returned, or upload them to the Baby picture assignment through the Canvas Lunch course.  All photos are due by 12/06/17.


Research Investigation and Creative Production

Do you have a topic you are passionate about and want to learn more? Do you have an interest or problem and want to research the questions and possible solutions?  Read more.


Lost and Found - All items will be donated on November 22

Students misplace an amazing amount of personal items.  Please take a moment to write your child’s name on items that he or she brings to school. Please be aware that we will donate all unclaimed items to charity on November 22.


Annual Book Fair

November 13th – 20th in the Library Media Center.  All money raised helps support school technology and the library.


Patapsco Turkey Trot! November 20 for additional information.


Superintendent Leadership Characteristics Survey   

The Howard County Board of Education is seeking public input as it moves forward with the process of selecting a permanent superintendent, who will be appointed to a four-year term to commence on July 1, 2018.  Read more.


Howard County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest 2017

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission encourages all middle and high school students to participate in this essay contest.  The essay question this year is:  “How do you translate Dr. King’s vision in today’s times?” Should you have any questions please contact Farheen Sheik 410-313-6430 or Yetta Roggerson 410-313-6915.  Read more


2018 yearbooks are available online NOW!

Go to to order.


To ALL Students

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.  Read more.


PTA Meeting Wednesday, January 17, 2018

  • The PTA Hospitality Committee will be providing the Patapsco Staff lunch during Parent/Teacher Conferences on Monday, November 20, 2017.  The PTA will provide sandwiches however, we are asking for side items from parents.  We appreciated all donations very MUCH!  SignUpGenius

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

Like us on Facebook – search Patapsco Middle School PTA.


Come join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, January 9th at 7pm in the Media Center. (02/13, 03/13, 04/10, 05/08)

There are no meetings scheduled for December or June. 


Concert Closet:  The PMS Music Boosters are accepting donations of gently used long-sleeved, button-down, collared white oxford dress shirts, black dress pants, black skirts, and black dress shoes for our Concert Closet.  We are in desperate need of size 14 & 16 oxford shirts, and girls pants and skirts of any size.  If you're having trouble finding the concert attire your child needs, please e-mail their Music Teacher so they can set up a time to browse the closet.  Thanks to so many of you who have already sent in donations this school year!


Chorus Ride Share

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.   Sign up here to help another family:

Don’t’ forget to check out our Patapsco Music Boosters website .  Come check us out!  You can also always reach at or on Facebook at



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