Owl Observer September 14, 2018

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 10:36am

Important Dates to Remember

September 17  Back to School Night for Grades 1 and 2 from 6:30pm- 8:00pm

September 19  School Closed

September 20  Fall Picture Day

September 20  Back to School Night for GT at 6:00- 6:30pm

September 20  Back to School Night  for grades 3-5 from 6:30pm-8:00pm

September 27  Donuts for Dads at 8:00am

September 27  PTA Meeting at 7:00pm - All are welcome!



Lunch is $2.75. Parents are encouraged to pre-pay for lunch online.  Additional information about the meal programs is on the HCPSS Website.

HCPSS participates in the Free and Reduced Meals (FARMs) program.  Students (PreK-12) who meet the federal income guidelines are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals. Applications are available on-line or in paper forms. A new application must be submitted each year.  Please complete the application (Spanish and English) as soon as possible to avoid delays in your student receiving a meal. Go to http://www.hcpss.org/food-services/farms/



Back to School Nights are just around the corner so mark your calendars.  Back to School Night for Grades 1 and 2 is scheduled for Monday, September 17th beginning at 6:30 PM.  Our GT Back to School Night will be held on Thursday, September 20th beginning at 6:00 PM followed by Back to School Night for Grades 3-5 at 6:30 PM.



It is time to update your child's emergency contact information in HCPSS Connect! Having this information is critical!

Your Family file needs to be updated every school year.

HCPSS uses Family File for parents/guardians to complete emergency information. Parents/guardians must verify and/or update information for each child, and can do so by logging in to HCPSS Connect and selecting the Family File tab and then clicking on Family File.

Once logged in, parents/guardians will be asked to provide or update the following information:

  • Student information

  • Parent/guardian contact

  • Emergency contacts

  • Medical information

  • Arrival/dismissal procedures

  • Media release (photo approval)

  • Data confidentiality

  • PTA/PTSA directory

Changes of address may not be made through Family File. If you have recently moved, please contact DLES at 410-313-5050 as soon as possible as we need to update your address in our files as well.  You will need to complete an Address Change Form and provide a copy of your new lease or deed.

Parents who have forgotten their login credentials for Family File may click the “Forgot Password” link on the sign in page. If you need additional assistance, please fill out this Connect Help Form.

Please complete the Family File through HCPSS Connect as soon as possible!



Ducketts Lane Elementary School ID# 18209

Dear Families,

Our school is participating in the Giant A+ School Rewards Program, a great school fundraising program that runs from September 7, 2018 through March 16, 2019. This is an easy way for you to help our school earn CASH each time my family members and friends shop at any Giant Food Store.  Please help our school and register your Giant Card to our SCHOOL ID# 18209.

Here’s How You Can Help Beginning September 7, 2018:

  • Visit www.giantfood.com and select Savings & Rewards. Follow the prompts to create your online account. You’ll need your 12-digit Giant Cardnumber and the School ID #.


REMEMBER…if you supported our school last year, you DO NOT need to register your card again!

To earn points:

  • Use your Giant Card each time you shop at Giant, and you will earn CASH for my school. You can track the number of points you are earning for our school by checking your grocery receipt starting September 7, 2018 through March 16, 2019.

  • At the end of each month, your points are calculated and converted to CASH rewards. These CASH rewards for our school are updated monthly. You can track our progress when you sign in to your online account.

  • Our school will receive one CASH awards check at the end of the program and can use this cash for any of its educational needs.

Our school needs your support!  Please take a moment to register your Giant Card today! And don’t forget to tell your friends and neighbors to do the same.  It could mean the world to our school.


Chorus Sign Up

4th graders use this link: https://goo.gl/forms/jB29F4GCgE7VRv6m1

5th graders use this link: https://goo.gl/forms/i99C1bxMgrhhDCsi1


Message from our PTA

The PTA has many exciting things planned this year, and we’d love for you to be a part of it. Even if you don’t have time to volunteer, your dues help fund the many events and opportunities that make Ducketts Lane such a special community. Join today via the website http://dles.hcpss.org/support. or Facebook page https://facebook.com/dles.pta/. As a special bonus, each student whose parents join will receive ten Owl Feathers!

Mark your calendars for Donuts with Dads, our kickoff event for Watch D.O.G.S (Dads of Great Students), a national school-based organization focused on helping fathers and father figures make a positive impact by volunteering in their local schools. Learn more and enjoy a donut on Thursday, September 27 at 8:00 AM in the cafeteria.

The first PTA general meeting and popsicle party will be Thursday, September 27 at 7:00 PM in the cafeteria. We hope you’ll join us!



The 2018 Fall Season will begin the week of September 16th and will end the week of December 3rd.  Practices at Ducketts Lane ES will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:25-4:40pm.

**For any questions regarding registration or financial assistance please call Susan at 443-864-8593.

**Please be advised that all programs are subject to change due to availability of coaches or permits. In the event we have to cancel a program, we will give you a refund. If you would like to volunteer, email susan.michel@girlsontherun.org for more information.  

Here's the link to register for GOTR:



We look forward to a FAANNN-Tastic season!