Owl Observer October 5, 2018

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 7:14am


Oct    9   Interim Progress Reports sent home with students

Oct 11    Camino a la Universidad 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Oct 12    Flu Vaccine Clinic at DLES

Oct 13    Coffee & Conversation with the Board of Ed at DLES 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Oct 15    2nd Grade Field Trip to the Carroll County Farm Museum

Oct 16    PreK/ RECC Field trip to Clark’s Elioak Farm

Oct 18    Joe Corbi pizza fundraiser orders and money due

Oct 19    Schools closed for students- Professional Work Day for staff

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

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  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



Dear Ducketts Lane families,


We will be holding a “Fall Fun Day” on Wednesday, October 31st starting promptly at 9:45 a.m. The day will begin with a school-wide Halloween parade in the bus loop parking lot. 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. 


As you design/buy your child’s costume, we ask that you avoid any blood, gore, or other inappropriate and/or violent imagery.  Props that come with costumes that are play weapons are not allowed in school.  This includes but is not limited to: swords, guns, knives, pitchforks, etc.  Students should be able to slip their costumes on in a matter of minutes by themselves (you may want to assist your child by practicing this at home). Students should bring their costumes in a bag labeled with their name the day of or sooner.  Please don’t send your child to school in their costume. If you have a Halloween costume from previous years and would like to donate it to the school for students who do not have a costume, please label it “donation” and it will be put to good use.


If you shop at Giant please register your card.  We need you to designate your card for Ducketts Lane Elementary School.   For Giant Foods go to the following website www.giantfood.com/aplus and enter Elkridge, MD or enter the DLES code 18209.  Please take a few minutes to register your card for DLES!


We still need 120 parents to complete their Family File.  If you are having a difficult time, please call the school at 410-313-5050 for assistance.


Thank you for your continued support. 

Mrs. Balter and Mrs. Madden



It’s not too late to join the PTA! Even if you aren’t able to volunteer your time, your $10 membership fee goes toward making so many exciting events possible, like movie night, the family dance, and International Night! You can join on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/dles.pta) or website (www.dles.hcpss.org/support), and each student in your family will receive ten Owl Feathers when you join.


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!



Reunión en español con información útil para el éxito académico durante los años de la escuela primaria

Jueves 11 de octubre de 2018       7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

*Tendremos cuidado para los niños.



Here is your opportunity to speak directly with members of the Howard County Board of Education on Saturday, October 13th from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at Ducketts Lane ES.


Order Forms were sent out in your child’s Thursday folder

Order forms and payment due by Oct. 18th
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. Your help is greatly appreciated!



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/



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.  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!



The 2018 Fall Season began during the week of September 16th and will end the week of December 3rd.  Practices at Ducketts Lane ES are 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.

Here's the link to register for GOTR:



Please visit the Community News and Programs page at

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