Owl Observer November 30, 2018

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 7:04am


Dec    4  Yearbook Group Photos (see below)

Dec  10-12  CogAT Testing- 3rd and 5th grade students

Dec  13  PTA Meeting 7:00 p.m.

Dec  19  Interim Progress Reports issued

Dec  24- Jan 1 Schools closed for students- Winter Break

Jan   2   Schools reopen for students  



Dear Families,


Yesterday, Dr. Martirano, Superintendent of Howard County Public Schools, visited Ducketts Lane Elementary School.  He had the opportunity to see our morning caring circles in action in kindergarten and fifth grade.  He was impressed with the conversations and care students displayed to one another.  He also observed students in the gym, art room, and across the grades engaged in learning.  Our preschool students even taught him a new song! 



It is hard to believe that cold weather and the holidays are already upon us!  Please remember as the weather has turned colder children will be going outside for recess daily.  It is important they come prepared to go outside with heavy coats, glove/mittens, and hats.  We want our kiddos to enjoy their time outside getting fresh air, friendship time and exercise!  If you need help getting winter apparel for your child please contact the office.


With November being the month to be thankful I would like to thank our PTA for all of their work providing dinner for the staff during conference week.  This was very much appreciated on these long work days for teachers.  I would also like to thank all our parents who attended parent teacher conferences.  It is important we continue to work together as a team to support our children as learners.  Please remember to contact us should you ever have any questions, comments or concerns.  We want to hear from you all school year long, not just during conferences.  Finally, thank you for sharing your beautiful children with us. They bring us so many joys, smiles, and learning on a daily basis.  DLES is very fortunate to work with so many wonderful families.


Stay warm,

Mrs. Balter and Mrs. Madden



Mark your calendar for the next PTA meeting on Thursday, December 13th at 7:00 pm! In addition to our regular discussion, we will have a presentation from the Howard County Family Institute about childhood anxiety – reviewing the signs and symptoms of worry in children, understanding how to identify what is causing stress for them, and learning techniques to teach and demonstrate strategies to help work through worries. Childcare for school-aged children will be provided. 


Online registration is not required, but strongly encouraged. 





You Can STILL Place Your Order ONLINE or by PHONE Until 12/4/2018.
Parents get busy — and some things slip through the cracks; but we COUNT ON and APPRECIATE your support for our school. We have extended the LAST CALL for Square 1 Art keepsake orders featuring the artwork your child made for you!

To order online, visit square1art.com/shop to enter your art access code

Lost your art access code? Call 1.888.332.3294 X 1 to place your order.

Don’t forget: all proceeds support the continue use of technology our school. You’ll find products for any size budget — and the more families we get to participate at any level, the better opportunity we have to raise more funds!

Orders will be sent home on Thursday, December 19, 2018.



3rd and 5th Grade CogAT testing will be taking place from Monday, December 10th to Wednesday, December 12th.  The Cognitive Abilities Test™ (CogAT) measures general reasoning abilities in three domains: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal.  Please make sure your child is present during these days, has a full night's sleep and a healthy breakfast.  Results will be mailed to you in the 4th quarter.  For more information about CogAT, please visit: https://www.hmhco.com/programs/cogat


Let's hear it for the DLES Girls on the Run Team! 

This Saturday, December 1st, the girls will be completing a 5K race!  This race is a culmination of hard work and dedication throughout the fall.  If you see one of our girls in their GOTR shirts, give them a high-five and some encouragement for their run!  The race will be held at 8:30 a.m. at 7150 Columbia Gateway Drive in Columbia.  Feel free to come cheer us on!



On Tuesday, December 4th group Yearbook photos will be taken for the following groups:




5th Grade Helpers

Girls on the Run


If your student participates in any of the above mentioned groups please remind them that they will be getting their photo taken as a group on Tuesday. 



Today, Friday, November 30, 2018 during Hoot Club students were given the opportunity to design and submit a Yearbook Cover for the 2018-2019 Yearbook.  If your student was not part of this Hoot Club activity and would like to still submit a Yearbook cover they may pick up blank forms in their pods.  Designs are due back to the DLES Front Office no later than December 7th.



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.