Owl Observer: April 17, 2019

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 2:23pm


Apr 15-22  Spring Break- Schools closed

Apr 24  Spring Portraits K-5

Apr 25  Spring Portraits  PreK and RECC

Apr 24   Report cards issued to students

Apr 25   Chick Fil A Night

Apr  26  3rd Grade Field Trip to the Baltimore Zoo

Apr 27   Home, Health, Harvest event  9:00 AM-12noon

Apr 27   Plant and Flower sale pick up day

May  3   5th Grade Field Trip to Philadelphia

May  9   Title 1 information meeting  6:00-6:30pm

May  9   Storybook Bingo sponsored by the PTA

May 16  Night of Excellence and Art Show  6:00-8:00pm

May 17  School closes at 12:20pm-Staff Professional Day

May 17  International Night  6:00pm



Dear Families,


We wish our Ducketts Lane families a wonderful Spring Break and look forward to seeing our students back and ready to learn on Tuesday, April 23rd!


Mrs. Balter and Mrs. Madden



International Night is coming!  On May 17th, take a trip around the world in one fun-filled, delicious evening!  Join us as we celebrate our communities’ diversity through food, traditional dress, displays, artifacts, and stage performances from the many countries our DLES families represent.  If your family would like to represent your country of origin or culture, please email Erin Martin Nelson at erin.m.nelson@gmail.com by May 3rd.



We are hosting our 5th annual Health, Home, and Harvest Festival on Saturday, April 27th from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Come out and join in the fun for the whole family!



DLES is having our first ever Plant and Flower Sale!  If you placed an order, the plants will be available to pick up on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 9am-12noon at Health, Home, and Harvest. 



Title I is a Federally funded program that allocates funds based on Free and Reduced-priced Meals (FARMs).  HCPSS will be adding Ducketts Lane to the elementary schools receiving Title I funding for the 2019-2020 school year.

Designated Title I schools receive funding to increase staffing,  provide additional interventions in reading and/or mathematics, and increase family involvement. Title I, Part A funds are allocated to schools in order to ensure all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education. The goal of this Federal program is to close the achievement gap for all students.


Please join us for the second family information night that will take place on May 9thfrom 6:00pm- 6:30pm prior to the PTA Bingo Night. 



GREAT NEWS!  You can now begin the registration process for Kindergarten online!  2019 has begun in all Howard County public elementary schools.  The time to register Registration for new students or students entering public school kindergarten in fallyour child is NOW!  Children entering kindergarten in the fall of 2019 must be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2019.  Children entering first grade in the fall of 2019 must be 6 years old on or before September 1, 2019.  For details about registration and enrollment, visit www.hcpss.org/enroll/.  If you have any questions or would like to schedule a registration appointment, please call the DLES front office at 410-313-5050.


For more information please go to: https://news.hcpss.org/news-posts/2019/03/2019-2020-kindergarten-registration-online-enrollment-open-completion-in-schools-march-11-15-2019/



Enrollment for our half day Pre-K programs at DLES for the 2019-20 school year has begun!  The Pre-K program is a high-quality, early childhood instructional program designed to support early learning and school readiness. It aims to provide experiences that foster children’s academic, social, emotional and physical development. The Maryland State Department of Education requires that the Pre-K program be made available to students who meet priority criteria. Parents of children who will be 4 bySeptember 1, 2019 may contact Ms. Lynette or Mrs. Grove in the DLES front office for an application package. All application information will be kept confidential and reviewed only by school staff. The school will review applications and supporting documentation and then invite students to enroll according to the criteria described above.



The HCPSS GT Summer Institutes are still accepting registrations for the summer 2019 program.  Spaces are available in a variety of elementary classes that provide enrichment experiences in technology, science, engineering, advanced art, and more. Visit https://www.hcpss.org/summer-programs/ for further information.  Please make sure to click on the GT SITD link towards the bottom of the page.  Classes with a few open spots are noted on the attached list.



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.