Owl Observer: January 25, 2019

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 2:38pm


Jan 28- Feb 1  Spirit Week –see more information below

Jan 28   School closes at 12:20pm- End of the marking period

Jan 28   PTA Spirit Night at Chuck E. Cheese in Laurel 12noon-9:00pm

Jan 31   Kindergarten (Sneeringer/Shull only) Field trip- Elkridge Library

Jan 31   Cozy Night of Reading  6:30-8:00pm

Feb   5   Schools closed for students-Countywide Professional Learning Day for Staff

Feb   6    Report cards issued

Feb  7 & 8  Class pictures- order forms will be sent home on Jan. 31st

Feb  7 & 8  Dental Clinic at DLES

Feb 12   3rd Grade Field Trip to Rouse Theatre for Orchestra performance

Feb 14 & 15  School closes at 12:20pm for Parent/Teacher conferences

Feb 18   School closed- President’s Day

Feb 22   PTA Glow Party- more information to come!



Dear Families,


Thanks to all of the parents who were able to join us for our second Winter Concert this past Wednesday evening. We had a great time seeing so many wonderful families and special guests in attendance. We want to thank our Music Team for working with our students and organizing this special event for our school community.


To ensure the safe on-time arrival and dismissal of all students, please adhere to the following procedures: 

  • Unless accompanied by an adult, students should not arrive to school before 8:35 a.m.
  • Children are not allowed on the playground before school hours.
  • Please be patient and stay in your car.
  • Use the car loop access road (one lane), and do not go around other cars.
  • Please do NOT block cars in the parking lot or cars parking in the handicapped parking spaces.

We have several staff members outside to help with the arrival and dismissal process.  We are doing our best to make sure you’re getting in and out as quickly and safely as possible.   If you are dropping your child off in the morning please be prepared that this process could take 15 minutes.  With your cooperation, our goal is to have your child/children in school by 8:50 a.m.


We also need your help with dismissal in the afternoon.  Please plan ahead and provide a note when you have a dismissal schedule change.  Writing a note for your child’s teacher is the best way to ensure your child will be sent home the assigned way at the end of the school day.  If you have an emergency and need to change your child’s regular dismissal procedures, you can call the school.  Please make every effort to call with a schedule change before noon.  It is extremely challenging to accommodate these requests when a call is made late in the day.  We appreciate your support with ensuring our students arrive home safely and we thank you in advance for writing notes. 


Thank you for your cooperation and support with these very important school issues. As always, if you should have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us about these guidelines.


Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs. Balter and Mrs. Madden



Join the PTA at Chuck E. Cheese in Laurel (936 Fairlawn Ave.) for a Spirit Fundraiser on Monday, January 28th from 12 noon to 9:00pm.  Students are dismissed from DLES at 12:20pm that day so you will have plenty of time to join us!


Let's get ready to READ! The DLES Read-a-Thon starts on January 31st!  We want to see which classroom can log the most reading minutes from January 31st (Cozy Night of Reading Kick-Off) – March 2nd (Dr. Seuss’ birthday).  Students will have interactive online accounts where they can learn and personalize their own “owlvatars”.  Tell family and friends to sponsor your great students and inspire a love of books while helping to support DLES too!  To get ready for the Read-a-thon, join in the fun Spirit Week beginning next Monday, January 28th:

  • Monday- Dress As Your Favorite Character Day!
    • Who are you going to be? Captain Underpants? Spongebob? Cat in the Hat? We can't wait to see!
  • Tuesday - Read My Shirt Day
    • See all the smiles as your friends read your shirt with your favorite text!
  • Wednesday- Superhero Day!
    • Be a SUPER reader by wearing your SUPER outfit!
  • Thursday- Cozy Up With a Good Book PJ Day!
    • Wear your pajamas to school and then to Cozy Night of Reading at 6:30!
  • Friday- DLES Spirit Day!
    • Wear your DLES blue spirit shirt and show some school pride!


In school dental care is coming to Ducketts Lane on February 7th and 8th!  Please call the Health Room at 410-313-1739 if you have any questions.  


Submit Your Videos for our new CARE Connection Morning Announcement

At Ducketts Lane we CARE!  We would love videos of Parents/Guardians/Families saying our morning CARE Pledge!  You can even say it together with your child in your video.  If your family speaks another language, feel free to submit your CARE video in another language.  You can submit your videos via email to Mrs. Shappell at misty_shappell@hcpss.org


Be sure to use the following script:

"Hi My name is _______.  I am _______ 's (Mom/Dad/Grandparent...etc).  
At Ducketts Lane, We CARE.
We are CARING, Achieving, and Ready to Learn Every Day!

***If you are going to record in a different language, use the script below****

"Hi My name is _______.  I am _______ 's (Mom/Dad/Grandparent...etc). 
going to teach you how to say the CARE Pledge in ________
. (language)

_____ ____ ______, ______, ______ _______ _____ _____ _____ _____."
Now you try it! Repeat after me: __________________________.

"Thank you for learning some _____(language) with us today!"



Do you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2019?

Please join us for an information session about kindergarten in the Howard County Public School System.


At this workshop you will learn:

  • Expectations for school readiness (and receive a Ready for Kindergarten toolkit).
  • Details about the kindergarten program.
  • Information about HCPSS kindergarten registration.
  • Ways that families and children can be supported during the transition to kindergarten.


Sessions are designed for adults only.  Child care is available for children ages 2 and older.  Doors will open at 6 p.m. to allow time for parking, child care drop off, and check-in.  Sessions begin promptly at 6:30.  We anticipate large crowds so please allow yourself ample time.  Choose a session that is convenient for you. No registration required.  If Howard County public schools are closed for inclement weather, that day’s session is canceled.


The final session will be held on Wednesday, January 30th from 6:30-7:30 p.m at Hammond High School, 8800 Guilford Road, Columbia.


COZY NIGHT OF READING         January 31st

Please join us for our annual Cozy Night of Reading at Ducketts Lane on January 31st beginning at 6:30pm.  


Sign up for "More Than Karate" after school at Ducketts Lane!

Fun and Structured...the perfect way to introduce your child to the benefits of martial arts training!  Register NOW online at www.okdkarate.com!  Classes will be held at DLES, beginning Thursday Jan. 24th (every Thursday for 10 weeks), 3:25-4:15pm! 

Led by adult instructors from THE OKINAWAN KARATE DOJO, students leave class smiling, focused, more respectful, and skilled with sound self-defense basics!  Flyers were sent home or REGISTER online at www.okdkarate.com by January 22nd.  

Call 443-574-8999 or email morethankarate@gmail.com for more info on our AFTER-SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION and CAMP services!  NEW LOCATION - 4900 Waterloo Rd in 21043!     


Ducketts Lane ES Winter 2019

Before & After School Classes with Howard County Recreation & Parks:


Learn Now Music After School Drums

Grades K-5/Classes: 6/Wednesdays starting Feb 6/ 3:20-4:20pm/$139


Learn Now Music After School Viva Violin

Grades K-5/Classes: 6/Wednesdays starting Feb 6/ 3:20-4:20pm/$139


Little LEGO® Engineers with Tech Scientific

Grades K-3/Classes: 8/Thursdays starting Feb 21/ 3:25-4:25pm/$145


Robot Rumble with TECH Scientific

Grades 3-5/Classes: 8/Wednesdays starting Jan 30/ 3:25-4:25pm $145


Virtual Reality with Scratch with C3 Cyber Club

Grades 3-5/Classes: 6/Wednesdays starting Feb 13 3:25-4:25pm/$145


TGA Premier Youth Tennis

6-11 yrs/ Classes: 6/Wednesdays starting Feb 13 3:25-4:25pm /$90

No class when schools are closed or have February 6, 6pm!

For Complete information on these Before & After School classes, including how to Register, please go to





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.