Patapsco Knight Newsletter 10/20/17

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:47pm

From the Principal’s Desk…

I want to start by thanking the countless family members who have supported our school activities over the last few weeks. From helping out at our PTA Fun Knight in both formal and informal ways, to attending the first Restaurant Knight, to coordinating drop off or pick up of students for the 6th grade Outdoor Ed experience, to the ultimate sacrifice of actually going on that trip and helping to chaperone over 200 sixth graders who attended. To each of you we send you our heartfelt thanks and gratitude. The message you send to our students and staff when you take time out to help and participate in these school events is critical to our mission. Thank you for supporting us and for being an active partner in our community effort to educate and care for our students.

Next week, on Wednesday, October 25th, we will be participating in National Unity Day sponsored by The National Bullying Prevention Center. We will demonstrate our commitment to take a stand against bullying by wearing orange. “ORANGE provides a powerful, visually compelling expression of solidarity,” said Paula Goldberg, Executive Director of PACER Center. “When hundreds of individuals in a school or organization wear orange, the vibrant statement becomes a conversation starter, sending the unified message to kids to know that they are not alone.” To learn more about this campaign, visit On the 25th, join us in wearing orange: ‘UNITY DAY: Together against bullying. United for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.

Continuing our color theme to round out the month and finish strong, on October 31st, we will also participate in PINKtober in recognition of the fight against Breast Cancer. On this date, we’re asking everyone to wear pink. I know what you’re thinking, “But, that’s Halloween!” I know that. So? Wear pink anyway. It’ll be fun! We don’t do costumes in middle school anyway.

On the subject of the holiday that has become a reason to stuff our faces with mini-sized candy treats, I won’t be sending another regular Knight before then, so I’m going to need to address the candy situation now. You know what I’m talking about, the importance of rationing those 250 pieces of candy the average Trick-or-Treat pumpkin holds (-or- the equivalent of three pounds of sugar -or- 9,000 calories for those of you who count them). We believe middle school students are at about the right age to forgo the streets in favor of passing out candy, but we know that is definitely not a popular thing to say. Nevertheless, there are students who will participate in the modern day traditions of Halloween, and we need your help with monitoring the amount of candy your student brings to school over the next few weeks. A good rule of thumb is to permit about two or three pieces per day, enough for personal consumption. Please be aware, excessive quantities of candy will be confiscated and disposed of. As a final word on Halloween, if your student is still trick-or-treating, please make sure you review safety rules with them. Although we may believe we don’t need to repeat ourselves, trust me, it can not do any harm to be explicit.

On the heels of Halloween, we get to experience another fall tradition on November 4th: Daylight Saving Time. The American Academy of Sleep Education (yep, that’s a thing), recommends that we take this opportunity to increase our sleep. Makes total sense! Here are the tips identified by Thomas Heffron in his article “Fall back to an earlier bedtime as daylight saving time ends” posted on the academy website:

Here are some tips to take advantage of the fall time change:

  • Wait to change your clocks until it is time to get ready for bed.

  • Go to bed at your normal bedtime.

  • Just before getting into bed, set your clocks back one hour.

  • Wake up at your normal time in the morning.

  • Take note of how much better you feel after an extra hour of sleep.

  • Continue to go to bed each night at the earlier bedtime.

Read the full article here.

In addition to using this opportunity to improve the quality and quantity of our sleep, you should also pick up batteries while you’re purchasing those bags of Halloween treats. Use those batteries to replace those in your smoke detector. Consider this routine important not only as a safety, but also as a sleep safeguard. Everybody knows the batteries in the smoke detectors only die in the dead of the night!


Cindy Dillon



10/25/17 -Vision and Hearing Screening for 8th gr. & new students (please bring eyeglasses to school) :  More Upcoming Dates


From the Health Room

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.


HCPSS BSAP College & Career Opportunity Night

Empowerment Through Entrepreneurship

Wednesday, October 25, 2017  5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Long Reach High School  6101 Old Dobbin Lane  Columbia, MD 21045


The BSAP College and Career Opportunity Night is an annual event that exposes and provides students in grades 8 through 12 the opportunity to meet with college, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, business and entrepreneur recruiters in a variety of career fields. Read more.


SAVE THE DATE:  Wednesday, November 8th, 7-8pm Patapsco Middle School

Join us for an evening with staff from the Family Center for an interactive presentation on: The Risks of Tipping the Scales: Striking a Balance Between Academic Success and Emotional Health.

This event is open to families from Patapsco Middle School, Hollifield Station, St. Johns Lane and Waverly Elementary Schools.

More details about the evening to follow! Mark your calendars.   Click here to learn more about the Family Center.


From the Art Room

Do you have any old utility paint brushes lying around? Even those sad old brushes that are hopelessly irredeemable, 1.5 to 2.5 inch brush, or there abouts, 1 inch  is too small. I seriously do not care what condition it is in. In fact, brand new is not as desirable, but I’ll certainly take it if you happen to be swimming in them.  I would like to thank you in advance for your assistance, and look forward to creating with your children!, Ms Mitchell.


Volunteer for Our Annual Book Fair!

November 13th – 20th in the Library Media Center.

Sign up to assist students with their purchases.  All money raised helps support school technology and the library.


Volunteer at the Patapsco Turkey Trot!

November 20

The P.E. Department is looking for 10-15 parent volunteers to help monitor the annual Turkey Trot, a one-mile fun run for the entire student body.  Parent volunteers will meet in the gym between 7:45am-8:00am where they will be assigned stations along the route on school grounds and in the adjacent neighborhood.  The race begins at 8:30am and the event wraps up in approximately one hour, so parents should be free to go around 9:30-9:45am.  Please visit the SignUp  or contact Caroline Bodziak at


Intramural Program

Intramurals will begin during the month of October to continue throughout the year.  Announcements are made during the morning news.   Space is limited in many of our programs, so students should pay attention to the announcements and follow the directions for signing up.   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 in the Media Center.

Winter Coat Drive

HCPSS and the Patapsco PTA are sponsoring a Winter Coat Drive to provide students in our own school community (and their families) with winter coats, gloves, hats and other winter wear.  Please bring your CLEAN coats and other winter wear items to school BY OCTOBER 24 and leave in the collection boxes in the foyer.  Items are needed for male/female and all ages.  The PTA will sort and deliver the coats on October 25 for distribution the following week.

Thank you for contributing and keeping Howard County warm this winter!  For more information, 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, November 14th at 7pm in the Media Center.  (01/09, 02/13, 03/13, 04/10, 05/08)

Please mark your calendars now.   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.  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!


Congratulations to ORCHESTRA, who are the winners of the Battle of the Box Tops!  The next battle will take place in January, so save up those box tops and collect them from family, friends, and neighbors so that your ensemble can be victorious!


Chorus Ride Share

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:


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."

Basket BINGO at Mt. Hebron High School

Calling all BINGO lovers!  The Mt. Hebron High School Viking Backers booster club is sponsoring its annual Basket Bingo on Friday, November 17 from 7:00-10:00pm (doors open at 6:00pm) at The Lodge in Catonsville. 

Tickets are $30.00 which includes admission and 20 cards.  Bring extra pocket change because there will be special games, raffles, and concessions for sale!  Purchase tickets online at

This is one of the Viking Backers' primary fund raisers that helps support all of the sports teams, clubs, and student organizations at Mt. Hebron High School. This annual event is a sell-out so invite all your friends and mark your calendars!


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.


Prudential Spirit of Community Award

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





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