Important News & Upcoming Events

Owl Observer: March 15, 2019

Important Dates to Remember Mar 15 PTA Movie Night “Smallfoot” Doors open at 6:30PM/Movie at 7:00 PM Mar 19 Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night 4:00-8:00 PM Mar 21 1st Grade Field Trip to Robinson Nature Center (rescheduled date) Mar 27 Pajama Day at School and Family Bedtime Math Night 5:30-6:30 PM Mar 28 K Field Trip to Elkridge Library (resched. date-Sneeringer/Shull classes only)

Learning Behaviors on the Report Card

Important Information Dear DLES Families, Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, you will notice a minor modification to your child’s report card. To align with changes recently made to HCPSS Policy 8010: Grading and Reporting, the PreK-5 Learning Behaviors section of the report card will be modified. Parents and gaurdians can review a full description and learn more about the changes here. Sincerely, Heidi Balter, Principal

Owl Observer: March 8, 2019

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER Mar 11 Kindergarten and PreK Registration begins for 2019-2020 Mar 14 4th Grade Field Trip to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Owl Observer, February 22, 2019

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER Feb 22 PTA Glow Party 6:30- 8:00 PM Mar 4-8 READ Across America Spirit Week- see more information below! Mar 6 Interim Progress Reports issued Mar 14 4th Grade Field Trip to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Owl Observer, February 8, 2019

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER Feb 12 3rd Grade Field Trip to Rouse Theatre for Orchestra performance Feb 14 & 15 School closes at 12:20pm for Parent/Teacher conferences Feb 18 School closed- President’s Day

Important Information about MAP Testing

We will be administering MAP assessments in reading and mathematics to all DLES students in grades 1-5 starting this week and ending the last week of February. MAP is a computer adaptive assessment. In a computer adaptive assessment, as a student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down the difficulty of the questions presented to the student. This creates a personalized assessment for every student. A score report will be sent home to our families a few weeks after the Winter administration of the assessment concludes on March 1st. This report shares your child’s overall score in reading and math, as well as scores in a variety of areas. MAP assessments measure a student’s growth over time in reading and mathematics. MAP assessments let teachers know where a student’s strengths are and if help is needed in any specific instructional area(s). Teachers use this information, along with the results of various other assessments and their own observation of student performance, to help guide instruction. Students will be writing their math and reading MAP assessment dates in their agenda books. Our Rangers are familiar with these assessments, will be setting personal goals, and we will be celebrating their engagement and growth throughout the assessment window. Please feel free to contact Mrs. Madden ( or your child's teacher if you have any questions or click on the link below for additional information.

Owl Observer: February 1, 2019

Important Dates to Remember Feb 5 Schools closed for students-Countywide Professional Learning Day for Staff Feb 7 Report cards issued

DLES dismissal- 1:50pm today

Ducketts Lane ES will close 90 minutes early today, Friday, February 1, 2019. Students will be dismissed at 1:50pm. All afternoon sessions of Pre-K and RECC are canceled. All aftercare programs, sponsored by the Columbia Association and the Department of Recreation & Parks in Howard County public schools, are canceled. All school-sponsored and community-sponsored events, including high school athletic practices and games scheduled for this evening, are canceled.


Thank you to all the students and families who have started to explore the online accounts for the DLES Read-a-thon (now officially underway, so keep track of minutes)! Unfortunately, we discovered that there was a glitch in the setup and our online accounts weren’t linked correctly for logging minutes or inviting sponsors. We have fixed the issue, but we needed to reset ALL student and teacher accounts. Therefore, your student is coming home with an instruction sheet that includes a NEW username and password.

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