PM Knight Newsletter 10/14/16

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 12:42pm

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 Movie Night in both formal and informal ways, 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 the 250 sixth graders who attended, 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 19th, 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 19th, join us in wearing orange: ‘Be United for Kindness, Acceptance, and Inclusion!’

Before I let you go, I’d like to address a traffic safety concern brought to me by a community member. As you are all aware, travel along our stretch of 99/Rogers Avenue has already been impacted by construction. There have also been some subtle changes to intersections with the addition of curbsides and walkways. As the development adjacent to Hollifield Station grows and people take occupancy of those homes, traffic patterns will change and congestion will increase. In consideration of these facts, paying attention to those on the road is imperative. In particular, when making your way to Patapsco, please be sure to come to a full stop before making a right on red onto Orchard Drive. There have been a number of times when people coming from the direction of 29 have failed to yield right of way to those crossing over to Orchard Drive. We’d hate for anyone to be harmed as a result. Thanks for taking your time to reach our building.

Have a great weekend,

Cindy Dillon



10/16/16 - HCPSS Community 5K & Fun Run  10/31/16 - No school for students-Professional learning day :  More Upcoming Dates


World Music Drumming Intramural

Do you like music? Do you want to hit things and not get in trouble for it?  If so, consider joining the World Music Drumming Intramural that will begin in November.  For more information.


2017 yearbooks are available online NOW!

Go to to order.   Read more.


Introducing the Canvas Parent Mobile App

HCPSS is excited to share a new mobile app, Canvas Parent, designed to help parents/guardians monitor their children’s progress on the go.  Read more.


HCPSS Connect Text Messages


Breakfast is Served Every Morning

Breakfast is served in the cafeteria from 7:50-8:10 each morning, student breakfast – $2.00. Use the side entrance near the cafeteria.  Read more.



Students are invited to write an essay about their own dreams for a better community and a better world and what they envision themselves doing.   For additional information and contest rules.


Volunteer for Our Annual Book Fair!

November 14 – 21 in the Library Media Center

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


Volunteer to Help in the Library Media Center

Assist with checking books in and out to students and help with shelving.  Help is most needed mornings from 8:00 – 8:30 AM


Parent Volunteer Information

Thank you for your interest in volunteering within the Howard County School System! Read more.



PTA Meeting October 19, 7:00pm -Media Center*.  Everyone is welcome! (*new date and time)

Do you love a good party?  Then join the PTA’s School Spirit Committee and help throw some great events for the kids!  This committee plans, promotes and brings to life the following events:

* The Snow Ball (Dance) – Thursday, Jan. 26  8:00-10:00pm

* The Spring Fling (Dance/Open Gym/BINGO) – Friday, March 24  8:00-10:00pm

* The Beach Blast (Outdoor Party) – June 6:00-8:00pm

Contact Caroline Bodziak at or call 443-812-5896.


The PTA website is up and running!  Check it out at



Patapsco Music Boosters Meeting November 9, 7pm - Media Center


Amazon Store

Please remember to use our Amazon link for your purchases...that yields both the PTA and Music Boosters big profits! Read more.



“Community Notices” events are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Howard County Public School System."

Waverly ES Fall Festival

Waverly ES is hosting our annual Fall Fest on October 15 from 12-4pm.  Join us for games, music, entertainment, rock climbing wall, food, vendors and more!  For students who are interested in volunteering, please sign up using the link


Mt. Hebron High School Viking Backers Booster Club Basket Bingo

Friday November 18, 2016

At The Lodge in Catonsville -  Tickets can be purchased on-line at

All proceeds benefit student sports teams, clubs and organizations of  Mt. Hebron High School


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