Patapsco Knight Newsletter 11/03/17

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 2:38pm

From the Principal’s Desk…


Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for November 20-22, 2017. Parents/guardians across the school system will continue to use the Synergy Conference Management module to schedule parent–teacher conferences online, print a schedule of appointments, and opt to receive email reminders of appointments. Synergy Conference Management provides a simple user interface and easy navigation. From Tuesday November 7th, 6:00 am through Wednesday, November 15th, 11:59 pm, parents/guardians can log into HCPSS Connect to view and select available time slots to meet with teachers.


The purpose of this conference window is to allow parents/guardians the opportunity for a quick meet and greet with staff to discuss general student progress. Accordingly, each conference slot is ten minutes long. If you have a pressing concern, you are strongly encouraged to contact the teacher to discuss it outside of the conference window. Synergy Conference Management allows users to schedule time with individual teachers. When creating your schedule, be certain to build in travel time from one conference to the next, as it is important to stay on schedule. We do not recommend scheduling your conferences back-to-back as you will lose meeting time while traveling from one classroom to the next.


To permit access to our staff by all parents with interest, we ask that parents schedule conferences only for those classes for which there are concerns. Unlike your experience in elementary school, middle level educators do not have a slot for each and every student. So, please be strategic about who you’d like to see and mindful of the need for your neighbors to have the same access.


For step by step directions, please refer to the user guide posted to the county website.  We look forward to seeing you during conference week. Should you have any questions or require assistance scheduling your appointments during the scheduling window, please contact Vanessa Hooks, Student Services Secretary, by calling 410-313-2850 or via email at For questions about availability or course specific questions, please contact the teacher directly.


The week immediately preceding conferences is American Education Week and our second week for Back to School Days.  Feel free to come and visit one or more of your student's classes.


Now go buy those batteries for your smoke detectors.  Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday!



Cindy Dillon



11/05/17 - Daylight Saving Time ends  :  More Upcoming Dates


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.

 Click here to learn more about the Family Center.


Book Fair Order Forms

The order forms were sent home with your student today.


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.



Federal Impact Aid forms were sent home with students.  Completed forms, signed and dated, should be returned to school by November 8, 2017.


Patapsco Food Drive

November 1- 17

All donations will go to the Howard County Food Bank.  Read more.


Research and Creative Productions Seminar

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 possible solutions? If you love research or just want to learn more about something that you enjoy, you should consider participating in a Research Investigation and Creative Production! A seminar designed to allow you the freedom to look into issues, and topics that interest you! Interested? Information and permission forms are outside Room D9 on the FYI board.  Forms are due by the end of November 10.  For additional information contact


National Bullying Prevention Month

Every October, schools across the country join the nationwide campaign, STOMP Out Bullying™ in observing National Bullying Prevention Month. Read more.


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. Read more.


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


2018 yearbooks are available online NOW!

Go to to order.


8th Grade Shirt Order Forms

The order forms are out for class t-shirts!!!!  Orders and money are due on 11/12/17.

If you wish to order directly from CustomInk and pay online with a credit card, visit:


If you would like to order and send cash/check in to school, please complete:

Please email Ms. Salsman with any questions.

Please note, the design on the group order form is not finalized. They would not make adjustments until after the order was placed.


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 15 (7pm)


  • The PTA would like to recognize all the families and staff who contributed to the Howard County Coat Drive!  Many children and adults will have a warm winter thanks to your donations.  Thank you!

  • 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, November 14th at 7pm in the Media Center. ( 01/09, 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!


Volunteers Needed for Orchestra Concert:   Patapsco Music Parents, we still need volunteers for the Orchestra concert, November 16! Please sign up below if you can help out. Thank for your continued support!


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:

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



“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 .  


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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