Owl Observer: September 20, 2019

Thu, 09/26/2019 - 12:31pm


Sept 23  Ledo’s Pizza Spirit Night  4:00-8:00pm

Sept 24 & 25  Dental Clinic at DLES

Sept 26   Yankee Candle orders due

Sept 26  General PTA meeting  7:00pm

Sept 30  Schools & offices closed

Oct   2   Spiritwear orders due

Oct   3   Donuts for Dudes  8:00-8:30am

Oct   3   Homework Help Workshop  5:00-6:00pm

Oct   7   Chick Fil A Spirit Night at Arundel Mills  4:00-8:00pm

Oct   8   Interim Progress Reports issued

Oct   9   Schools & offices closed

Oct  18  Schools closed- Professional Work Day for Staff

Oct  21  Flu vaccine clinic



Dear Families,


The 2019-2020 school year is underway and our faculty and staff have been taking time to get to know our students, building a strong sense of community within every classroom and setting up routines to ensure that each student has an opportunity to thrive at DLES. We want to thank those families that were able to attend our Back to School event this past Monday and Wednesday. The evenings provided a wonderful opportunity to connect and get information about what to expect throughout the school year. 


Drop off for students begins at 8:35 am. Students are not monitored by school staff prior to this time.  Please help us with safe car loop procedures.  Below are a few reminders:

  • Drive slowly in the car loop.


  • Place your car tag on your dashboard so that it can viewed as you pull in. (Car tags are issued from the front office.)


  • Pull all the way up to the cross walk when dropping off or picking up your child.


  • If possible, have your child exit and/or enter on the passenger side of your vehicle.


  • Stay in your car while a staff member assists you and your student with exit and entry.


  • Please wait in line and do not drive around cars to exit the line.  This process takes only a few minutes and waiting in line will ensure safe traffic patterns.

Thank you in advance for your help in making our arrival and dismissal procedures safe for all. 


Finally, please take a moment to view all of the benefits of our FARMs program. Even if your child does not require free or reduced meal prices, there are a number of benefits available for families. Completed applications can ultimately support all of our students through Title I funding and resources.


We are looking forward to a great year at DLES as we continue to get to know each of our students as learners.


Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs. Balter and Mrs. Madden


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.

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.  Once logged in, parents/guardians will be asked to provide or update the following information:

  • Student information
  • Parent/guardian contact
  • Emergency contacts
  • Medical information
  • Arrival/dismissal procedures
  • Media release (photo approval)
  • Data confidentiality
  • PTA/PTSA directory

Changes of address may not be made through Family File.  If you have recently moved, please contact DLES at 410-313-5050 as soon as possible as we need to update your address in our files as well.  You will need to complete an Address Change Form and provide a copy of your new lease or deed.


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 FormPlease complete the Family File through HCPSS Connect as soon as possible!



Please join us for our first PTA MEETING on Thursday, September 26th at 7:00pm in the cafeteria. We will be approving this year’s budget, electing new officers and looking for committee volunteers. We will also be collecting membership forms, Spirit Wear order forms and Box Tops!


MEMBERSHIP:  Did you know that by joining PTA you help bring Cultural Arts events to our school, provide indoor recess games, reimburse teachers for school supplies, fund family events like Book Bingo and International Night, help offset yearbook costs for graduating fifth graders, provide Golden Owl feather prizes and so much more! Every membership also provides a voice for your child when National PTA takes action on education topics like safety in school, special education rights and other relevant topics. Please join us by signing up today!



YANKEE CANDLE paper orders are due September 26th! To start off our year, we're offering Yankee Candle products, magazine, gift wrap and goodies. You can order now through the catalog (NO TAX added; orders will be shipped to the school for pick-up in late October), or online (https://www.yankeecandlefundraising.com/cusentry.htm?cusId=990063017&frComp=ycf, with Group #990063017) through January 8th for shipping directly to your home. Kids get some fun prizes, and the school programs get some much needed support as well. Please order today, and make any checks payable to DLES PTA.


Don't need any candles but want to support us? Consider sending a DONATION directly to the PTA! This is a wonderful option because 100% of the money will go directly towards enhancing your child's school experience. You can also help for FREE by scanning BoxTops, buying through smile.amazon.com for all Amazon purchases, or signing up for iGive.com; Ducketts Lane receives some money back! 


Ducketts Lane Spirit Wear

It's time to order your 2019-2020 DLES Spirit Wear!  

Deadline: Wednesday, October 2nd


Spirit Weeks at school are coming up! Order some spirit wear to show your school pride!

Spirit Wear samples are available at the school's front office. Feel free to stop by to view and/or try on for sizing purposes. Print your order form, complete, attach payment, and send in to school (via take-home folders) to your child's homeroom teacher or drop off in person to the front office. Proceeds from Spirit Wear sales directly supports your PTA's programs for our school. Thank you for your support!


Donuts with Dudes and Watch D.O.G.S. Kick-Off        Hosted by Ducketts Lane ES PTA

When: Thursday, October 3rd at 8:00AM

Where: DLES Cafeteria


Students are invited to bring a special dude to school with them for a special donut breakfast!  We will also be explaining our Watch D.O.G.S. program and accepting applications from interested dads, grandads and any other adult dude that’s interested. We look forward to hosting you for breakfast!



Thursday, October 3rd at 5:00-6:00pm

Join us for a fun night of homework help!  Learn all about good homework habits, grade level-specific expectations and tips, and at-home resources. Childcare for children 2 and older and goodie bags will be provided!

Questions? Contact Danielle Wilder at danielle_wilder@hcpss.org



Dental Clinic September 24th Reminder:  The dental clinic is coming to Ducketts Lane on September 24th.  Turn permission forms ASAP.  Permission forms were sent home the first week of school.  If you have any questions or need a new consent, please contact the health room at 410-313-1739.


The Flu Clinic is coming to DLES on October 21st.  Paper consent forms were sent out in yesterday’s Thursday folder.  If you wish to sign your student up online you may do so via the secure link:  http://immunizemaryland.org/school-clinic-consent-form/



All 4th and 5th grade students at Ducketts Lane have the opportunity to be in chorus this year. Ms. Mellott will be directing the 4th grade chorus and rehearsals will meet on Fridays. Mrs. McCoy will be directing the 5th grade chorus and rehearsals will also be on Fridays. Please use the links below to sign your child up! We look forward to seeing lots of students this year!


4th grade chorus sign up:



5th grade chorus sign up:




Do you like books like, DOGMAN, Bad Kitty, Creepy Pair of Underwear, Bad Guys and many more? The Gifted and Talented Teachers would like to offer you a fun opportunity this quarter one day a week during recess! During our time together we will study the authors of these books and complete fun activities that relate to these books and the authors who wrote them. Please fill out the Instructional Seminar Interest Form (found in the center of your POD area). Anyone in Gr. 2 who is interested can sign up! Please return slips to Mrs. Roussillon by Sept. 27th. 


Sale Started: Thursday, September 19th
Order Forms will be in your child’s Thursday folder

Money Due by Oct. 17th
Delivery/Pick Up: Monday, November 25th during Parent Teacher Conferences (Just in time for the HOLIDAYS!)
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. Your help is greatly appreciated!


"More Than Karate" After-School Program at Ducketts Lane ES

Grades K - 5

Thursdays 3:25 - 4:15PM


Fun and Structured...these classes are the perfect way to introduce your child to the benefits of martial arts training!  All classes will be held at DLES, beginning Thursday Oct. 3rd (and 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 have been sent home.  REGISTER ON-Line at - www.okdkarate.com...by Oct. 1st.  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!


KidzArt at Ducketts Lane ES

Grades K - 5

Tuesdays 3:25 - 4:40PM


Register Now! Classes fill up quickly! Projects are never repeated and quality art supplies is provided. KidzArt is a FUN, art-enrichment program designed to enhance drawing skills and build each  child's confidence. Certified instructors help students create original work of art, take risks, and think outside the box. Students will explore a variety of artist grade materials, such as oil and chalk pastels, watercolor, clay, copper, textured papers, and much more. Younger children will practice following directions and using fine motor skills. Older children will love having the creative freedom and guidance to further their skills.

Register NOW For Any Session Securely Online at:


 *** Parent Assistants Needed***

Receive 50% OFF (Must attend all weeks) First Come, First Served!



Register now for the Fall Season of Girls on the Run!  Girls on the Run® inspires girls in grades 3-5 to be joyful, healthy, and confident by using running to teach valuable life skills. Teams of 15-20 girls meet twice weekly after school for 10 weeks. Each season concludes with the girls and their running buddies completing a 5K run. The Fall season will start the week of September 23, with the season-ending 5k scheduled for Saturday, December 7, 2019, in Columbia, MD. Program registration fee is $175 and includes 20 lessons, 5K registration, water bottle, t-shirt, and all program materials. Financial assistance is available – no girl is turned away.  Visit www.gotrcentralmd.org for a list of program sites and to register. Questions? Call 443-583-7740 or email Mrs. Rinehart at karen_rinehart@hcpss.org.



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.