PM KNIGHT 11-18-16

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 2:29pm

PM KNIGHT 11-18-16

From the Principal’s Desk…

It was great to see so many parents stop by to visit during American Education Week. We know many more of you wanted to come, but may have been hindered by other responsibilities, so I wanted to let you know our doors are always open. Any time you’d like to stop by to visit a class, you are welcome to do so. We ask that you send an email to the teacher to arrange a suitable date and time.  

As you know, first quarter report cards were sent home earlier this week. You can expect to receive second quarter progress reports on December 21st (18 school days from today). It would be a good idea to carve out some time to log on to Canvas together with your student between now and then. At the same time, I ask that you encourage your student to keep an eye on their own progress by making sure all their work is accounted for in order to be prepared for tests and quizzes. Demonstrating independence is a critical executive functioning skill to develop in preparation for college and beyond. So, while it is a good idea to check grades together from time to time, it’s even more important for our students to develop the habit of self monitoring on a regular basis.

Congratulations to our Turkey Trot winners! There were some really fast times to beat this year and so many kids gave the run their all. What’s more, is we collected over 1,500 items to donate to our local food bank. Way to go!

During Thanksgiving Week, we will hold our first Patapsco Faire on Tuesday, November 22. During this school-wide celebration of good citizenship, we run a modified schedule that impacts our lunch shifts. On this particular early dismissal day, only those students who will be eating a school provided lunch will be invited to the cafeteria for lunch. Our experience has been that, on early dismissal days, the lunch period occurs very early and most students wait until they get home to eat because they simply are not hungry. If your son or daughter has particular dietary needs that must be met during school hours, and they will not be eating a school provided meal, please contact the Health Room (410-313-2574) or your son or daughter's school counselor.

As you come to school next week for Parent Teacher Conferences, I ask that you respect the appointment times you set for yourself. Many of our staff are booked solid and running even one minute past your allotted time slot will impact the entire conference window. In order to ensure a successful conference, consider the following:

  • Bring your appointment schedule with you;

  • Double check your appointments to ensure you built in that travel time we talked about in our email regarding scheduling;

  • Come prepared with a list of discussion topics;

  • Consider sending your concerns to the teacher in an email ahead of time so he or she can be prepared to address your concerns; and,

  • Bring work samples or specific examples of the discussion items if applicable.

We hope that everyone has a fortifying Thanksgiving break graced with family and fun times. We’d like to start the holiday off by sending our thanks to the members of the PTA, in advance, for the luncheon being provided to our staff next week. We are really looking forward to seeing you all during the Fall Conference window and it will be twice as nice to go into our meetings with you with a full belly! 

Wishing you a moist turkey,

Cindy Dillon



11/21 & 22/16 -  Parent Teacher Conferences/close 3hrs early  11/23/16 - Conferences/ schools closed for students :  More Upcoming Dates

Academic Honor Roll

Patapsco Middle School is pleased to announce the honor roll students for the 1st quarter of the 2016-17 school year.  See who made the list!

Speakers and Volunteers Needed for Career Day

Career Day is coming back to Patapsco - and soon! Read more.

Peter Pan Jr. Auditions

Patapsco Performers proudly presents Peter Pan Jr., for audition information read more.

Patapsco’s Annual Book Fair!

Our annual Patapsco Book Fair will be held November 14th through the 21st.  Read more.

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.

Career Academies Information Sessions

Applications and Research Laboratory – 10920 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City.  For middle/high school students and their families.  For additional information.

Teen Opportunities Fair

Saturday, November 19, 11:00am-2:00pm, Long Reach High School,6101 Old Dobbin Lane, Columbia MD

Recreation and Parks in partnership with HCPSS, invites you and your student to participate in the Teen Opportunities Fair.  This FREE event showcases leadership, volunteer and recreational opportunities for 11-17 year olds. Visit more than 50 exhibitors and explore the great things to do in Howard County.  Win great door prizes, try hands-on activities and connect with unique organizations.  For more information, or to become an exhibitor, please contact Holly Harden at or (410) 313-4625.

2017 yearbooks are available online NOW!

Go to to order. 

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 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.


Healthy Recipes, read more.


No PTA Meeting in December

International Committee

Interested in celebrating Patapsco’s many cultures?  Patapsco Middle School employs an International Liaison, Ms. Jamie Kim, who is interested in partnering with the PTA to explore ways to celebrate the diverse cultural heritages of our students and their families.  Ms. Kim has already built a committee of teachers and would like to explore working with the PTA as well.  The PTA is looking for interested parents to both lead and be members of a PTA International Committee.  Already the PTA is exploring adding a multicultural theme to the June 2017 Beach Blast event.  If this type of activity interests you, please contact the PTA Volunteer Coordinator, Erin Lanthier, at  

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


Wind Ensemble Rehearsal Monday, November 28 from 6:30 to 8:00pm in the Patapsco Middle School cafeteria in preparation for the Archdiocese adjudication on December 3.

Don't forget to "like" us on Facebook: Patapsco Music Boosters

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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