Owl Observer: November 1, 2019

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 1:45pm

Owl Observer: November 1, 2019


Important Dates to Remember

Nov   1  End of 1st marking period

Nov   5  PreK/ RECC field trip-Clark’s Elioak Farm

Nov   5  Picture re-take day

Nov   5  Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night    Arundel Mills    4:00-8:00pm

Nov   8  2nd Grade field trip to the Howard County Conservancy

Nov   9  Pancake Breakfast  9:00-11:00am

Nov 11  Report cards issued

Nov 11-20  Conference window open

Nov 13  Math Night  Grades 2-5   5:30-7:00pm

Nov 15  PTA International Night  6:30-8:00pm

Nov 18  Parent Workshops 8:00am-3:00pm  (See information below)

Nov 18-22  American Education Week

Nov 20  1st grade field trip to Robinson Nature Center

Nov 21  Kindergarten field trip to Elkridge Library

Nov 25  Joe Corbi Pizza Fundraiser- pick up between 1:00-7:00pm

Nov 25/26 School closes 12:20pm-No half day PreK/RECC-Parent/Teacher conferences

Nov 27  School closed full day- Parent/Teacher conferences

Nov 25-26  PTA Book Fair in the Media Center  1:00-7:00pm       

Nov 28-29  School closed- Thanksgiving Holiday

Dec 9-11  Grade 3 and Grade 5- CogAT Testing



Dear Families,


Mark your calendar for our Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, November 9th, from 9:00 am-11:00 am. Turn in your Pancake Breakfast RSVP flier and come hungry!!  We are still looking for volunteers at 9:45-10:15. If you are available to make pancakes, please let me know! We would like to have dads flip pancakes at this event.  Contact  Mrs. Tobin at danielle tobin@hcpss.org.

Long Reach High School is hosting a Fall Clothing Giveaway this Saturday, November 2nd from 9:00am-11:00am.  (The line starts at 7:00am.)  This is an annual event open to the community with clothing for all ages.

The week of November 25th is designated for Parent Teacher Conferences. Parent Teacher Conferences are a terrific opportunity for staff and parents to partner together for each child’s success.  Beginning Monday, November 11th at 4:00pm, you can log into HCPSS Connect to view and select from the time slots provided by the teacher for the conference.

A few reminders about arrival and dismissal are as follows: Any student arriving after 8:50am MUST be signed in by a parent or guardian in the front office.  In addition to signing your student in, late arrivals for illness or an appointment require a note from the parent or doctor.

Please remember to send in a note if your child has a change in dismissal procedures.  All changes need to be in the office by 2:45pm.  After 2:45pm it is very difficult to ensure that the information will get to your student prior to dismissal.

Our November list for coming in and being a Watch DOG can be found here. Thank you to those who have already come in. We are looking forward to seeing even more of you at school! Thank you so much for your time! We hope to see you soon in the halls of Ducketts Lane!


Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs. Balter and Mrs. Madden



Please join us at DLES on Monday, November 18th between 8:00am-3:00pm for American Education Week activities. We will have parent workshops about social/emotional learning, math, reading, and Canvas. In addition, parents/guardians are invited to join your student(s) throughout the day to get a firsthand look at what a school day looks like for your student(s). A brochure with detailed information about this day will be coming home soon in Thursday folders. We hope to see you there!

DLES Schedule



International Night at Ducketts Lane ES!   

You are cordially invited to come see, taste, and experience our world!

Join us for International Night at Ducketts Lane ES on November 15th at 6:30pm!  We are looking for families to volunteer, join the fun, and share their culture with our community! Let’s all come together to celebrate our community’s diversity through art, food, traditional dress, displays, artifacts, flags, and stage performances from some of the many countries and cultures represented at DLES. If your family would like to represent your country of origin or culture, please RSVP for a table or performance slot.


To RSVP, contact the International Night Committee at DLESInternationalNight@gmail.com, OR return a participant form to school in your student’s folder, OR visit our SignUp Genius HERE by Friday, November 8th.


Lending Closet

DLES PTA will be starting a lending closet ​for children's winter coats this fall!  To stock our closet we are collecting donations of gently used children's coats size 4-18. The closet is open to everyone but will predominantly serve our school community.

The closet will be located in the lower stairwell area nearest the front doors (inside the doors marked 3rd/5th).  Donations will be collected in a box in between the front doors. Monetary donations for the closet can be made to DLES PTA with "lending closet" on the memo line.  We thank you for your support and hope this project is helpful to many of our families!


Book Fair

Mark your calendars Ducketts Lane Elementary!  The Book Fair will be held on Monday, November 25th and Tuesday, November 26th from 1:00-7:30pm!  All purchases benefit our school.




School Picture Retakes and Makeups are Tuesday, November 5, 2019.  If your student was absent or new to DLES on our picture date in September, they will have their picture taken on Tuesday, November 5th. 


If you ordered pictures and wish to have them retaken, please send the purchased pictures in with your student on Tuesday, November 5th and your student will have their picture retaken. 



Donate your extra wrapped Halloween candy to our military troops worldwide!

Please bring any extra unopened Halloween candy to school in a ziplock bag between November 1-5, 2019.  We will be giving the candy to the USO at BWI airport so that they can give it to our troops before they travel overseas.  Feel free to also write letters/cards to the troops, which will be given to our Military.


MATH NIGHT                 Wednesday, Nov.13th         5:30-7:00pm

Students in Grades 2-5 and their parents are invited to the math workshop! 

Free Dinner!  Free Child Care!


Learn multi-digit addition and subtraction in Grades 2 & 3.  Learn multi-digit multiplication and division in Grades 4 & 5.  Please return the RSVP to your child’s teacher no later than Friday, Nov. 8th.



Pick UpMonday, Nov. 25th during Parent Teacher Conferences 1:00-7:00pm

Parents/Guardians need to come to DLES to pick up the orders.  Items can’t be sent home on the bus with students because they are refrigerated.  Thank you for your 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.


Our very own 5th grade student, Sam Bredland is a semi-finalist in the WTOP Junior Reporter contest! Please help him by voting once per day from Nov. 2nd until Nov. 10th. The winner gets $1000 for Ducketts Lane and tons of other amazing prizes PLUS the chance to be featured on WTOP! Vote for Sam today! https://wtop.com/contests/2019-junior-reporter-voting/