Knightly News 09-07-18

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 2:13pm

Dear Patapsco Families:

It has been an outstanding first week of school! Thank you for sending us your students each day ready to learn and be part of our #OnePatapsco. We were fortunate to have Mr. Pat Saunderson, Community Superintendent, and Mr. Ron Morris, Performance Officer, visit our school on opening day. I cannot wait to have them back to see more of the amazing things that are going on in our building! It is an honor to be Patapsco’s principal and I am proud of our students, staff, families, and community.

This afternoon our students and staff participated in their first Emergency Response drill where we did an Evacuation Drill. Our staff reviewed Emergency Response information to our students in homeroom yesterday to prepare for the drill today. Throughout the year, we will have evacuation, lockdown, shelter-in-place, and other drills to practice so our students know what to do when a true emergency takes place. Our students did a wonderful job this afternoon and we ask that you talk with your child about today’s drill and reinforce the importance of safety.

We are looking forward to Back to School Knight (additional information) on Thursday, September 13. In order for our parents/guardians to access the school, we have arranged shuttles to transport parents/guardians from nearby parking lots to Patapsco Middle. It would be helpful if families could carpool, and then hop one of these shuttles; we do not want to inconvenience our neighbors by blocking their driveways. Parking on school grounds is reserved for staff and visitors who need accessible parking. All other visitors are asked to ride a shuttle from two satellite locations:  Hollifield Station Elementary and Crossroads Church of the Nazarene. Shuttles will begin running at 5:30PM, and provide return service at the conclusion of the evening. If you are coming for the Outdoor Ed or Special Ed parent meeting at 6:00 PM, you will still need to park off campus and use the shuttle that starts at 5:30 PM. In addition, remember to eat at Vocelli’s that evening and bring the flyer (students will bring a copy home next week) as proceeds will be given to Patapsco Middle School.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

Mike Babe


Patapsco- a place where everyone is valued and important!



09/13/18 - Back to School Night (6:30 - 8:00PM)   09/13/18 - 6th Gr. Outdoor Ed Parent/Guardian Meeting (6:00 - 6:30PM)

09/18/18 - Student Picture Day:  More Upcoming Dates


Emergency Card Procedures with Family File

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, selecting the Family File tab and then clicking on Family File. Instructions are available online.


From the Health Room

Flu Shots:

We will be giving flu shots on October 1st. Consent forms went home with your student today. You can either fill out the paper consent and return to the health room or there is a link on the paper consent where you can fill it out online. Whichever consent you decide to do they must be done by September 21st. No consents will be accepted after that date.  English electronic flu consent packet and Spanish electronic flu consent packets

Hearing and Vision:

Hearing and Vision is scheduled for October 18th and 31st. Hearing and Vision is for 8th grade students and anyone new to the State of Maryland. If you do not want your student to participate in the hearing and vision screening you must provide documentation from a physician that your student has been screened in the past 12 months.

Any questions please call the health room at 410-313-2574 or email


G/T Parent Advisory Committee (GTAC)

The G/T Parent Advisory Committee (GTAC) is a long-standing group of Howard County parents and community members who are interested in G/T programs offered by the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS). This committee works with the HCPSS G/T office, school administrators, G/T resource teachers, and other school personnel to receive updates, ask questions, and provide feedback related to G/T programs.  Interested? Email Ms. Glass- . Read more.


Back to School Night

When?  September 13, 2018 at 6:30PM – 8:00PM

Back to School Night Schedule

Optional Parent Sessions: 6:00 PM – 6:25 PM

1. Outdoor Education for 6th grade parents in cafeteria

2. Special Education Parent session in Media Center

Feeding Your Crew:  Don't worry about dinner.  Before heading over to BTSN, support our school by ordering dinner from Vocelli's.  A percentage of all sales will be donated to Patapsco Middle School.  So, you can leave the kids at home with a pizza and come on over!  Copy of the flyer here.


6th Graders Head to NorthBay- October 10-12, 2018

"Outdoor Education is approaching! Outdoor Ed is a overnight experience for our 6th grade students that combines science education and learning in the great outdoors of North Bay!  Read more.


Howard County Association of Student Councils

Please attend Howard County Association of Student Councils (HCASC) meetings throughout the year on the second Wednesday evening of each month.  The next HCASC meeting is Wednesday 9/12 7-8:30 PM at the Homewood Cafeteria.  For additional information.


School Meals

Our Food and Nutrition Services page has a great deal of information, including meal prices, how to pay for meals, where to view menus, nutritional and allergen information, and more.



PTA Meeting Wednesday,September 26 at 7-8PM in the Media Center.

First meeting Sep 26th 7-8 pm media center.   (Nov 14th, Jan 16th, March 20th, and May 15th)

Dear Families,

We are excited to start the new school year and get our PTA membership and Donation drive kicked off that will run through October 1st this year! WE,as your PTA, hope to continue to provide the same level of support to the children, teachers and school as we did last year with our $10,000 fundraising goal again!

Please consider 1) joining the PTA and 2) giving a financial donation to help us make this goal come true! We do not "sell" anything for our budget and rely on our families generous donations!

Please visit our online store to join the PTA and make your donation by copying this link into your browser:  OR, look for our PTA flier in your child's back pack the first week of school.

Please find us here as well. We are in process of updating our website.

Contact us at:

Facebook: Patapsco Middle School PTA or @patapscopta





Patapsco Music Boosters website .  Come check us out!  You can also always reach at or on Facebook at



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