PM Knight Newsletter 10/28/16

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 3:06pm

From the Principal’s Desk…

Monday, October 31 is Halloween, and - coincidentally, a Professional Work Day for staff. Therefore, school will be closed for students. In the spirit of Halloween, we’ve compiled some fun facts: the average Trick-or-Treat pumpkin holds 250 pieces of candy, or the equivalent of three pounds of sugar (or 9,000 calories for those of you who count them). What about those old school trick-or-treaters who carry pillowcases? Well, a full pillow slip can hold up to 45 pounds or 1,600 pieces! Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! 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 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 6th: 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 to change 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!


Have a great weekend,

Cindy Dillon




10/31/16 - No school for students-Professional learning day   11/04/16 - End of marking period :  More Upcoming Dates


Federal Impact Aid Survey

Federal Impact Aid forms were sent home with students today.  Completed forms, signed and dated, should be returned to school by November 18, 2016.


Flu Clinic Reminder

The Flu Clinic (for students that returned the signed consent form) is Thursday, 11/3/16,  please make sure your student wears clothing for easy access to the upper arm (deltoid muscle).


Vision and Hearing Screening - 11/14/16

Vision and Hearing Screening will take place on Monday, 11/14/16 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.


Lost and Found

Students misplace an amazing amount of personal items.  Please take a moment to write your child’s name on items that he or she brings to school.  Please be aware that we donate unclaimed items to charity on a weekly basis.


Patapsco Spirit Wear

Patapsco Middle School Spirit Wear is on sale now through November 1, 2016.   Read more.

Responsible Use of Technology and Social Media for an Inclusive CommUNITY

The public is invited to attend a free community event, on Monday, November 14 from 6-8 pm at the Homewood Center, 10914 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City.  Read more.


Patapsco’s Annual Book Fair!

Calling all volunteers and book lovers!  Our annual Patapsco Book Fair will be held November 14th through the 21st.  Read more.

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


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 new date November 15, 7:30pm -Room E2.  Everyone is welcome!


School Spirit Committee Upcoming Events:

* Snow Ball Dance - Thursday, Jan. 26 8-10pm (no school Friday!) DJ, dancing & concessions sales

* Spring Fling Fun Night - Friday, March 24 8-10pm inc. DJ, dancing, open gym, BINGO, prizes & concessions sales

* Beach Blast - June 2017


Interested in helping plan the Snow Ball Dance in January?  Please contact Caroline Bodziak at  A SignUp Genius and more information will come home after the winter break.  


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


Please join us for our next Patapsco Music Booster Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, November 9th at 7pm in the Media Center.  We hope to see you there!  Don't forget to "like" us on Facebook:


Seeking Donations  

The Patapsco Music Boosters are seeking new or gently used donations to our Concert Closet.  Items needed include black dress pants and black knee-length-or-longer skirts, white boys' or girls' long-sleeved oxford (button-up) shirts, and black dress shoes.  Shirts are the most urgent need.  Please send items to school in a bag marked "Music Boosters" and deliver it to the front office or to a music teacher.  Questions?  E-mail Mrs. Mills at  Thank you!


Support the PTA and Music Boosters When You Shop On Amazon

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."


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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