Knightly Newsletter

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 1:36pm


Upcoming Events:



PTA Virtual Meeting, 7 PM


6th Grade Students in Group A return 


6th Grade Students in Group B return

4/2 - 6

Spring Break


7th & 8th Graders in Group A return


7th and 8th Graders in Group B return

Dear Patapsco families:

It has been such an amazing week welcoming our students from group E back to the building. It has been a long time seeing our buses pull up to the building and Monday morning was such a good sight to see. Our dedicated and wonderful staff are truly remarkable and I thank them for continuing to welcome students and to make sure each student is seen and heard whether they are in-person or virtual. 

This past week we had two wonderful events hosted by our PTA. We had a very successful fundraiser at Kelsey’s and thank you to everyone who was able to participate. In addition, there was a Mental Health parent evening where the PTA had experts in the field host. Thank you, to our PTA for all that they do to support our students, staff, and families of our #OnePatapsco commUNITY.

As we continue to implement the hybrid model in stages, we are keeping our website up to date with information. Please take some time to review information that we have available:

Our New Schedule started March 1

Information to prepare for In-Person Learning 

PowerPoint for families to learn more about In-Person Learning

I hope you and your family have a nice weekend,

Mike Babe


A/B Group Designation for Hybrid Model

A/B group designation is available in HCPSS Connect. Parents/guardians may view your child’s group designation at any time by taking the following steps:

  1. Log in to HCPSS Connect Synergy   Using parent/guardian credentials.

  2. Select Student Info from the left panel

  3. Scroll down to the Other Data section to see the Student group for the attendance field.

Below are some important upcoming dates for students in Group A & B:

March 29-Grade 6 students in Group A return (2 days per week)

April 1-Grades 6 students in Group B return (2 days per week)

April 12-Grades 7 & 8 students in Group A return (2 days per week)

April 15-Grades 7 & 8 student in Group B return (2 days per week)

If after logging in you do not see the options, please confirm you are logged in with your credentials and not as your child. If you need additional assistance, please contact one

of our secretaries at 410-313-2848.

Transportation/Bus Information 

If you are eligible for, and opted into receiving transportation services, you can now log

in to the HCPSS Bus Stop Locator for locations and times.

Updated Attendance Reporting Procedures 

Please use our "Absence Reporting School Email": for reporting your child's absences.  Please do not send paper notes to school with your child.

To view attendance information for your child, log in to HCPSS Connect and click on Attendance in the left panel.

Attendance During Hybrid In-Person/Virtual Instruction (Starting March 1)

If you need additional assistance, email Lindsey Miles, School Counseling Secretary,

New Chromebook Care Webpage

Students attending school in-person should bring their fully charged HCPSS assigned Chromebook and power adapter to school on their assigned days. If your student does not currently have a Chromebook, they may pick up one from our school's Media Center on their first day of in-person instruction. HCPSS has developed a new webpage for students, Chromebook Care, which includes tips on caring for and transporting Chromebooks, as well as student mobile technology duties and obligations and additional resources.

Update:  Please read the following Update regarding the availability of Digital Tools for Chromebooks.

From the Health Room 

Parents of 6thgrade students…

Reminder that all students entering 7th grade are required by the State of Maryland to have the MCV4 and Tdap vaccines prior to the first day of 7th grade. Many students may have already received these immunizations, but the Health Room may not have the updated immunization record.  Please contact your child’s doctor and email an updated copy of your child’s immunizations to

Symptom Check Everyday

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:

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

  •   New loss of taste or smell; OR

     2  of the following:

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

  •   Fatigue;

  •   Muscle or body aches;

  •   Headache;

  •   Sore throat;

  •   Congestion or runny nose;

  •   Chills or shaking chills;

  •   Nausea or vomiting;

  •   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 

(Información en español

Free Food Distribution

Free Food Distribution at Ducketts Lane ES The Catholic Community of Ascension and St. Augustine has partnered with Lancaster Foods, and we have received a grant from the US Department of Agriculture to distribute boxes of food that contain 30.5 pounds of fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy, and meat. The boxes will be distributed on Saturdays in March beginning at 10:00 am and ending at noon, or earlier if the food is gone. The distribution will take place at Ducketts Lane Elementary School, 6501 Ducketts Lane, Elkridge, MD 21075, on the following dates:

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Saturday, March 20, 2021 Saturday, March 27, 2021

Each vehicle or walker will be eligible to receive one box of food, and all participants must wear a face mask during pickup. There are no income or documentation restrictions. We have requested over 2,000 boxes of food, but once the food is gone it is gone. You are welcome to come each week that the program is available to receive food.  Questions? Please contact

Patapsco Middle School PTA 

Topic: PTA General Membership Meeting

Time: Mar 10, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 878 4269 2647

Passcode: 658653

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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