Owl Observer: May 13, 2019

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 2:27pm

Important Dates to Remember

May 15  Muffins for Mom 8:00-8:30am

May 16  4th Grade Field Trip-Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum

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  6:30-8:00pm

May 21  5th Grade Field Trip to Thomas Viaduct MS

May 21  Advanced Concert (4th/5th Orch, 5th Band) 6:00pm at Thomas Viaduct MS

May 22  1st Grade Field Trip to Sharp’s Farm

May 23  3rd Grade Field Trip-Baltimore Zoo- rescheduled date

May 24  RECC and PreK Field Day activities- 9:15am/ 2:00pm

May 27  School closed- Memorial Day

May 29  4th Grade Field Trip- Myrtle Woods Farm

May 30  Kindergarten Orientation for NEW 2019-20 students/parents  4:00-5:00pm

May 31  Field Day  Grades K-5

June   3  Dine & Dance Family Event 5:00-7:00pm

June   4  School closes at 12:20pm- Staff Professional Day

June   5  Chorus Concert  6:00pm at DLES

June   5  Beginner Concert (3rd Orch/ 4th Band) 7:15pm at DLES



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.  Any questions, please email Erin Martin Nelson at erin.m.nelson@gmail.com.


LAST CHANCE to get your Hershey Park Family & Friends Discount!

Summer is right around the corner and that means family vacation and fun. It's time to get in your orders for Hershey Park tickets while you can still get a discount. Tickets are good for the entire regular season (May 3 - September 29, 2019), and they even include a "free preview" for 2.5 hours the night before, for some extra fun. Orders are due with payment to the school by Wednesday, May 15th.  Hurry-get your tickets today!


Join us in congratulating our newly elected PTA Executive Board for 2019-20:

President: Bethany Lightcap

1st Vice President: Tasha Vanterpool

Treasurer: Nancy Millan

Corresponding Secretary: Jacqui Lom
PTA Council Delegate: Christopher Lawrence


We still have two open positions that we are seeking committed volunteers to fill-          2nd Vice President and Recording Secretary.



We would like to share the upcoming dates when the 2019 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) assessments will be administered at Ducketts Lane ES. Below are the assigned testing dates for students in grades 34 and 5. Testing for most students will occur between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm during each assigned day (listed below). The PARCC assessment consists of 7 sections.  Each student will complete 3 sections for reading and 4 sections for mathematics. Please carefully review the dates below for your students’ testing days and ensure that your student(s) get a good night’s rest and arrive on time at the start of school each day by 8:35 am.

  • Grade 3:  5/16, 5/20, 5/21, 5/22
  • Grade 4:  5/14, 5/15
  • Grade 5:  6/3, 6/4, 6/5, 6/6                                                                                                 

Students in Grades 1 and 2 will be taking MAP testing on the following dates:

  • Grade 1:  5/23, 5/24, 5/28
  • Grade 2:  5/29, 5/30, 5/31


Night of Excellence & Art Show          Thursday May 16th       6:00-8:00pm

Families are invited to attend the 6th Annual DLES Night of Excellence.  Each student will have an original piece of Art Work framed and available for purchase. Each student will also have their best work from this school year displayed on their desks, as well as in the Gym, including projects from our GT Enrichment Program. There will also be a number of interactive exhibits including Ozobots, Cryptology demonstrations, Wave Machines, Math Magicians and Wonder Robots.  Students from 3rd, 4th and 5th grade Band and Orchestra will also be performing throughout the evening. Come out and take a look at the amazing things our students have worked so hard on this year!  There is something for everyone!



The Maryland State Department of Education has approved HCPSS’ request for a waiver of one school day. As a result, the last day of school for students is Friday, June 21. 

The final, updated calendar for the 2018-2019 school year includes:

  • Tuesday, June 18-Friday, June 21: High school exams
  • Tuesday, June 18: Last day for half-day Pre-K/RECC
  • Wed., June 19-Fri., June 21: Schools dismiss three-hours early (12:20pm-DLES)
  • Friday, June 21: Last day of schools for students


The time to register your child is NOW!  Registration for new students or students entering public school kindergarten in fall 2019 has begun in all Howard County public elementary schools.  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. 



Incoming 2019-2020 Kindergarten parents and students are invited to join us from 4:00-5:00 pm on May 30th to meet the teachers, explore the kindergarten classrooms and enjoy a popsicle!  Parents will receive information about the upcoming school year, and students will get to spend time in a kindergarten classroom!  Please join us!



Enroll now for our half day Pre-K programs at DLES for the 2019-20 school year.  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 by September 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.


Informacion de la biblioteca publica de Elkridge

Biblioteca pública: El segundo martes de cada mes a las 6:30 p.m. la biblioteca pública de Elkridge ofrece una “hora de cuentos” en español para niños. La siguiente será el 14 de mayo, y será la última hasta septiembre.

El Club de conversación en inglés para adultos se reúne cada lunes por la noche de 7:00 a 8:30 p.m.  Este evento sucede para el año entero, y aunque no tienen guardería para niños, sí tienen actividades en las cuales los niños pueden participar.  


The end of the school year is fast approaching. The last day for students to check out library books will be Friday, May 24, 2019. All DLES library books will be due back no later than Friday, June 7, 2019. Current overdue book notices are in the Thursday folders. Please locate and return all overdue books as soon as possible. For books that are lost or damaged, we accept cash or check made payable to DLES for the replacement cost indicated on the overdue notices. Any questions-email Cathy_Hastings@hcpss.org. Thank you so much for all your continued support!!



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.


Registration is now open for the Howard County Recreation and Parks Before and After Care program at Ducketts Lane for the 2019-2020 school year.  For more information please call 410-313-7275 or visithttps://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Recreation-and-Parks/Child-Care/Elementary-School