OWL OBSERVER - October 16, 2020

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 1:48pm

Important Dates to Remember

  • October 16th- Half day for students (Professional Work Day)

  • October 17th- Free Food Distribution, 10:00am @ DLES (see flyer below)

  • October 23rd- School Spirit Day, Show a pet or bring a stuffed animal

  • October 24th- Free Food Distribution, 10:00am @ DLES (see flyer below)

  • October 31st- Free Food Distribution, 10:00am @ DLES (see flyer below)

  • November 3rd- Election Day, no school

  • November 10th- ¡Si, Se Peuden-Una Noche Para Padres! 6:00pm-7:30pm

A Message from Administration: 

Dear Families,

Each year, families are asked to update the emergency information in Family File. As of today, 67% of DLES families have submitted their Family File for the 2020-2021 school year. Thank you to those families who have been able to update their information and contribute to the significant increase over the past 2 weeks. It is important to have accurate and up-to-date information for our students as we start the new year. Even if there are no changes, returning families still need to review emergency information at the start of each new school year. Click here to login and complete your Family File today. If you need help, please call the school at 410-313-5050.


Have a wonderful weekend. 

Mrs. Balter and Mrs. Madden



  Material Pickup For RECC/PreK and 1st Grade students 

The RECC/PreK Team and the 1st Grade Team invites all RECC and PreK and 1st Grade families to pick up material packets Wednesday, October 21st from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. Please come to the bus loop in the back of the building and stay in your car.

We are here to help!

PTA News

Join the DLES PTA- Sign up for PTA today! Please consider joining the DLES PTA, when you become a member you are supporting students and teachers at DLES as well as the nation. Each voice makes the PTA louder when advocating for what they need.  Please go to Ducketts Lane PTA on facebook or use the following link (you will need to type the link into the search bar, we are having technical issues with clicking the link)  https://forms.gle/zCbcPMoHTrYVNnsb8

Join the DLES PTA for a PUMPKIN HUNT! We are asking students to decorate a pumpkin using the attached picture https://images.app.goo.gl/tFzfhdUWn1yEXzEt6 (hard copies can be found at the school inside the doors near the office)

Once you have decorated your pumpkin hang it in a window for other students to find. Decorate and hang your pumpkins by October 23rd. Then the hunt begins! Look for pumpkins in your neighborhood during family walks and at the school when picking up lunch!

Send us a picture of you and your decorated pumpkin and/or pumpkins you’ve found while walking. 

Submit photos on the Ducketts Lane PTA Facebook page, email to DuckettsLanePTA@gmail.com or posting publicly on Facebook using #DLESpumpkins. Submitted photos may appear on social media, school website or other public areas- by submitting photos you allow DLES PTA permission to use photos.

Community News

Beginning Monday, October 12, HCPSS will add a snack and dinner to each weekday meal, in addition to breakfast and lunch already being served. Additionally, weekend meals will be included with meals provided on Fridays, and in pre-ordered meals picked up on Thursdays.

Free Online Parenting Classes for Parents/Guardians: HC DrugFree and the Howard County State's Attorney's Office, partnering with HCPSS and the Health Department, will once again provide an evidence-based classes for families to gain skills and knowledge to reduce the risk that their children will use drugs. This 4-week series will be held online from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, October 20, 27 and November 10, 17. Parents/guardians must register at


or see attached flier. If you have questions, email Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree’s Executive Director at Admin@hcdrugfree.org or call 443-325-0040.


Drive-thru EpiPen, Medication and More Collection: Howard County's next convenient drive-thru collection for over-the-counter and prescription medication and “sharps” (needles, syringes and EpiPens) will be held on Saturday, October 24 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot near the Swim Center and The UPS Store. HC DrugFree and the Howard County Police urge you to clean out your medicine cabinets. Please visit HC DrugFree’s homepage at www.hcdrugfree.org for more information about the event or email Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree’s Executive Director at Admin@hcdrugfree.org or call 443-325-0040.