Knightly Newsletter

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 3:23pm

Upcoming Events:

3/1  The first day of the new schedule student day: 8:25 AM - 3:10 PM Here is our new schedule

3/2  PTA Restaurant Night, Kelsey's Restaurant & Irish Pub

3/3  PTA Mental Health Discussion, 7 PM Patapsco PTA.png

New Schedule starts on Monday, March 1

Here is our new schedule that will begin March 1. This will apply to all students regardless of remaining virtual or attending 1-2 days a week in hybrid.

Class is 85 minutes long for periods 1, 2, 4 and students will have 50-60 minute of whole group instruction and the remaining portion will be for small groups and/or asynchronous individual work. Period 3 has time built in for transitions to and from lunch and breaks. The same structure will apply for whole group instruction and asynchronous work as it does in the other periods. 

With the new schedule, students will attend classes Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. 

WEDNESDAYS will look very different for all students as well:

  • For those in the building, students will have in-person support times with each teacher, homeroom, and then dismissal at 11:00 to go home.  Breakfast and lunch will be available

  • Students who are virtual will have homeroom only (10:25 to 10:55AM) and then one synchronous support time, also known as Office Hours, (11:00 to 11:30AM) to visit with any of their teachers to ask questions, get support, etc.

  • All students will have Wednesday afternoon to work on assignments independently.Students will continue to use the same google meet codes that they have been using for class periods.

Teachers will communicate this information to you in class and through their Canvas Pages and calendars. Teachers will also communicate expectations of when students should be logged in class synchronously, in small groups, and individually with asynchronous work. 

Lunch times are also shared on the schedule. Students will eat lunch during third period and it is separated by teacher name.  

For students who selected to return to in-person, the following dates are when they will return:

March 1- group E returns

March 29- 6th graders who selected hybrid

April 12- 7th and 8th graders who selected hybrid 

For students and families who selected to remain virtual, they will follow the schedule for all periods.

In-Person Learning PowerPoint for families

Here is a PowerPoint that shows pictures of our building as we prepare for more student groups to return to the building. Take some time to learn more about In-Person learning. Much of this information was shared with our students in homeroom/SEL this past Monday. 

Bus Information

HCPSS will record all bus information here:

Please call the school at 410-313-2848 with any questions.

From the Health Room (Información en español)

To ensure students are healthy enough to attend in-person instruction, parents/guardians are to perform a symptom check every day before the student leaves home. A student having any of the following symptoms should not be sent to school and may continue to access their classrooms virtually if they are well enough to do so: Maryland Department of Health Response to COVID 19 Positive Cases or COVID 19 Like Illness

    1  of the following:

o   New onset cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing;

o   New loss of taste or smell; OR

    2  of the following:

o   Fever over 100.4 or chills within the past 24 hours;

o   Fatigue;

o   Muscle or body aches;

o   Headache;

o   Sore throat;

o   Congestion or runny nose;

o   Chills or shaking chills;

o   Nausea or vomiting;

o   Diarrhea.

Additionally, students who have been in close contact (within <6 feet for a cumulative of >15 minutes over the past 24 hours with or without a mask) with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 or is suspected of having COVID-19 (exhibiting COVID- like illness and has not tested negative after exhibiting symptoms) should not enter any HCPSS building.

Parent/guardians will assess their children for symptoms of COVID-19 illness and refrain from sending/transporting them to school until after they have been symptom-free at least 10 days after the onset of symptoms, have no fever for at least 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medication, and have continued improvement of symptoms and /or medical consult with their primary care physician.

If you have any questions about when to send or not send your child to school email 

If you have any questions or concerns please email 

HCPSS Meals for students

Effective March 1, 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. Meals will be available in most schools, including those that have been closed for construction and those closed due to inadequate staffing.

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 weekdays:

  • 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 2020-2021 meals for students are available online.

Patapsco Middle School PTA 

Save the date for Patapsco Middle School PTA’s next restaurant night.

Please help support Patapsco Middle by visiting Kelsey's Restaurant & Irish Pub

Where: Kelsey's Restaurant & Irish Pub, 8480 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, Maryland 21043

When: Tuesday, March 2nd for lunch or dinner, dine-in or to-go!

The best part is, you don't need a flyer or to worry about telling your server that you are there to support the PMS PTA, because 10% of all sales on that day will come back to the PTA. So please spread the word to your family and friends in the community to help support the school!

If you choose to order to-go, you can order online at or call ahead at 410-418-9076.

Thanks so much, and hope to "see" you there!

Patapsco PTA Presents 

Middle School Mental Health    Patapsco PTA.png 

Register in advance for this meeting:

Glen Mar Church & The Maryland Food Bank PANTRY ON THE GO

Click here to download flier:  Glen Mar Church Pantry -.pdf  & Glen Mar Church Pantry - Spanish.pdf 

Glen Mar Church Parking Lot

4701 New Cut Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Tomorrow - Friday, February 26, 2021 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM

Friday, March 19, 2021 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM

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Community Notices:

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 for more information. Questions should be directed to the Public Information Office at