Owl Observer October 19, 2018

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 7:13am


Oct 26    4th Grade Field Trip to St. Mary’s City

Oct 30    TVMS Equity in Education Night  6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Oct 31    Fall Fun Day-Halloween Parade begins promptly at 9:45 a.m.

Nov  1    3rd Grade Field Trip to Herr’s Chip Factory

Nov  1-15 Sign up for Parent/Teacher conferences on HCPSS Connect

Nov  3    International Day  11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Nov  5    School picture retakes

Nov  5    End of the marking period

Nov  6    Election Day- Schools and offices closed

Nov  7    Professional Work day for Staff- School closed for students

Nov  8    Kindergarten Field Trip to Maryland Science Center

Nov 12  Chick Fil A Spirit Night at Arundel Mills 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Nov 14  Report cards sent home with students



Dear Ducketts Lane Families,


We will be holding a “Fall Fun Day” on Wednesday, October 31st starting at 9:45 a.m. The day will begin with a school-wide Halloween parade in the bus loop parking lot.  (IF IT IS RAINING THE PARADE WILL BE CANCELLED.)  We invite everyone to the parade so that you can get those great photographs. Teachers will work through their team parents/room parents to plan the menus and schedule volunteers to help with the fall fest in the classroom.  Students will also participate in our monthly Hoot Club PBIS celebration recognizing their caring behaviors.  The students will participate in a Buddy Club program on this day, when our teams will pair up with another grade level to work with a buddy student. 


Special thanks to all of the DLES carpool parents for working so cooperatively in our parking lot each morning and afternoon as students are dropped off and picked up. Please remember the following:


Morning Drop Off

  • Morning drop off can take up to 15 minutes.  Please be patient with waiting to drop off your children.
  • Stay in your car.  We have staff members available to assist you.
  • Do not drop off students on Ducketts Lane.
  • Please do not block other cars and let your children out in the parking lot area.  You can park your car and walk your child across the cross walk to enter the building. 

Afternoon Drop Off

  • Car riders will be dismissed last each day.
  • Please be patient.
  • Stay in the car loop lane.

We appreciate your support to create a safe environment for our school community.


As the first quarter draws to a close on November 5th, it has been wonderful to note the progress of our students in many ways. Each grade level team is spending a significant amount of time each week planning collaboratively to be sure that all students in the grade receive consistent, effective instruction. This collaboration allows staff to differentiate for instruction so students are learning appropriately. The exchange of ideas that goes on at the team meetings is incredible. We are very proud to be working with such a dedicated group of educators.


Have a wonderful weekend,


Mrs. Balter and Mrs. Madden



International Day

Take a trip around the world in one fun-filled, delicious afternoon!  Join us Saturday, November 3rd from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. as we celebrate our community’s diversity through food, traditional dress, displays, artifacts, and stage performances from the many countries our DLES families represent.


If your family would like to host a table to represent your country of origin and culture, please email Erin Martin Nelson at erin.m.nelson@gmail.com no later than October 26th. 


To sign up and present a stage performance for International Day, use this link:



DLES Spiritwear will be sold by the PTA from Nov. 1st-14th.  Look for an order form in your child’s Nov. 1st Thursday folder!


Parent Volunteers are needed!

Our PTA sponsored book fair will take place in the Media Center from 1:00pm to 7:30pm during parent/teacher conferences on November19th and November20th. 

Here is the volunteer sign up link:


Parent volunteers are essential to the success of a book fair, so thank you for choosing to give some of your valuable time!



Equity in Education Night-Helping Every Child Succeed

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

TVMS Cafeteria

6:00 to 6:30 p.m. -Meet and Greet (Pizza Provided)

6:30 to 8:00 p.m. -Equity Discussion

Join the TVMS PTSA, TVMS Leadership, HCPSS Representatives, and Community Partners for a discussion on educational equity.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Thomas Viaduct Middle School

7000 Banbury Drive; Hanover, Maryland 21076

Please help us to know how many people we can expect by completing this form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScYlbMsdpSC0c0E-vZa1I79C0cbQMEUcjiXXVB04NfPAdQPxg/viewform



Conferences will be taking place on November 19th, 20th and 21st.  Instructions on how to sign up for conferences will be sent home on November 1st in your child's Thursday folder.  Please remember that parents/guardians must have set up an HCPSS Connect account by completing their Family File in order to sign up for a conference.  The window to sign up for conferences will open at 4:00 p.m. on November 1st and remain open until November 15th.  If you still need assistance in completing your Family File update, contact Mrs. Forman in the front office.



Donate your extra wrapped Halloween candy to our military troops worldwide!

Please bring any extra unopened Halloween candy to school in a ziplock bag between November 1st-5th.  We will be giving the candy to the USO at BWI airport, so that they can give it to our troops before they travel overseas. Feel free to also write letters/cards to the troops, which will be given to our military.  



As part of our Caring Schools Outreach Program, we are inviting all of our DLES families to a free pancake breakfast on Saturday, November 17th from 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. We are asking each family to please donate one canned good as their entrance fee. Pancakes and milk will be provided. Hope to see you there!


Delivery/Pick Up: Monday, November 19th (Just in time for the HOLIDAYS!)
All profits will be utilized to purchase class t-shirts and yearbooks for all 5th grade students and to help decrease the cost of our field trip to Philadelphia.



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

Your Family file needs to be updated every school year.  Having this information is critical to us as soon as the first day of school.  The Family File MUST be updated before your student can go on a field trip.  Several grade levels are planning trips in October and November.  This information is also used on when schools close early due to weather emergencies.  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.


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!



Please visit the Community News and Programs page at

http://www.hcpss.org/community-news-and-programs/ for announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.