Owl Observer November 2, 2018

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 3:13pm


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

Nov  3    International Day  has been canceled and will be rescheduled later

Nov  5    School picture retakes- see message below

Nov  5    End of the marking period

Nov 5-16  Thanksgiving Food Drive-see message below

Nov  6    Election Day- Schools and offices closed

Nov  7    Professional Work day for Staff- Schools 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

Nov 14  Spiritwear order deadline- turn in to DLES office for PTA

Nov 15  Kindergarten Field Trip to Elkridge Library-Sneeringer and Shull’s classes

Nov 17  DLES Community Pancake Breakfast 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Nov 19  Joe Corbi Pizza Fundraiser-pick up your items between 1:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Nov 19 & 20   PTA Scholastic Book Fair  1:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Nov 19 & 20   School closes at 12:20 p.m. for Parent/ Teacher conferences

Nov 21  School closed for Parent/Teacher conferences

Nov 22 & 23   Schools and offices closed for Thanksgiving holiday

Nov 29  Kindergarten Field Trip to Elkridge Library-Dunsdon/Sauter/Jenner



Dear Families,


Mark your calendar for American Education Week, November 12th-16th. We hope that parents/guardians will join us sometime during American Education Week to learn more about a “typical” school day. While we are encouraging our visitors to come on Monday, parents are welcome to come another day if Monday is not possible. Teachers work hard to plan instruction for each subject that follows the curriculum and supports the individual learning needs of students. This is a daily challenge, but it is done with success throughout the building each day due to the outstanding efforts of our DLES staff members. When you visit, please remember that no matter what instruction a teacher plans for the day, the dynamics of the classroom will not be exactly as they are every other day because of the extra people in the room. Thank you for respecting the classroom by turning cellphones to vibrate and carrying on conversations with others outside of the classroom. Please make sure to stop by the office to sign-in. Our Book Fair is also coming soon…November 19th and 20th. This will be in the Media Center so stop in during your conference time!


Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs. Balter and Mrs. Madden



International Day event planned for Saturday, Nov. 3rd has been postponed and will be rescheduled for an evening later in the year.  If you have any questions, please contact erin.m.nelson@gmail.com.


DLES Spiritwear will be sold by the PTA from Nov. 1st-14th.  Your child brought home an order form in their Nov. 1st Thursday folder!


Parent Volunteers are needed!

Our PTA sponsored book fair will take place in the Media Center from 1:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. during parent/teacher conferences on November 19th and November 20th. 

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!



Attention Fifth graders! 

Time to finalize your Battle of the Books teams and register!

Team registration is now open, but is closing tonight!  SPACE IS LIMITED. Registration will remain open until capacity is reached or until registration closes on November 2 at 11:59 p.m., whichever comes first. 

To register, you need a team name, plus names and contact information for coaches and each of the five student members. Your team registration will only be accepted if you register five students.




Conferences will be taking place on November 19th, 20th and 21st.  Instructions on how to sign up for conferences on HCPSS Connect were sent home on November 1st in your child's Thursday folder.  The window to sign up for conferences will be open from November 1st until November 15th.  



Fall picture retakes will be taken on Monday, November 5, 2018.  Students who ordered pictures and wish to have them retaken must bring their original pictures in and return them to the photographer to have their picture retaken.  Students who were absent or who are new to DLES received an order form in their Thursday folder yesterday. They will get their picture taken on Monday, November 5, 2018. 



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.



 We need your help to make our Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive the most successful one yet! Please bring in items between Monday, November 5th-and Friday, November 16th. There will be boxes in each grade level to place the items. The grade that brings in the most items will be rewarded with extra recess!


K, 1st, 2nd: Canned goods/non-perishables (peanut butter, jelly, cereal, rice, pasta, etc.)

 3rd, 4th, 5th: Cold weather items (Gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, warm socks, etc.)


Don’t forget to join us on Saturday, November 17th for our Pancake Breakfast & Canned Food Drive!



Our lesson on Monday, November 12th will be our practice 5k.  It will take the entire lesson time to complete this awesome event. Please consider coming out to DLES and supporting the team and/or run alongside your GOTR if you plan on being her buddy runner at the season-end community 5k.  There will be a water station which we would love to have a parent volunteer help with so Ms. Alioto can run a portion of the event with all the girls. We will have a whistle start on the bus loop at 3:30 p.m. as soon as all buses have departed.  The rain date (if it is pouring) will be Wednesday, November 14th.


The 5k is coming up! Your GOTR member's registration is included in the program price. Please be sure your daughter's buddy runner registers for the race! If you do not have someone for your daughter to run with, let me know ASAP!

  • All buddy runners must register:

HowardCounty: https://www.raceplanner.com/register/index/Fall18HowardCounty5k



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  1:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.  Please pick up your orders as soon as possible because they are frozen food items.  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.   The 5th grade team thanks you for your support!



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 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!



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.