Raider Nation Newsletter

Week of December 12, 2022

Two Weeks Before Break!

Dear Atholton Families,

We are fast approaching mid-December, and soon to follow will be winter break and, believe it or not, the end of 2022! I am reaching out to parents to ask for your assistance as we approach our break – help our students understand that we still have two weeks of school left! We all know the break is coming, but I need everyone to stay focused for the next two weeks. Please be assured that this same plea will go out to teachers (LOL!).

I mentioned last week our school-wide food drive. I hope you consider making a donation in your child’s name (via 3rd-period classes). We are supporting the Howard County Food Bank and hope to ensure that those in our community are taken care of during this holiday season. You will also find below other ways to support our various school groups.

This Thursday, please tune into the Board of Education meeting. Students from Atholton High School will be presenting about our school. The Board will learn about some of the great things taking place at our school and have an opportunity to speak with some of our students.

Lastly, remember that this Wednesday, December 14, is an early dismissal day. School will close 3 hours early for a designated Board of Education-approved wellness day. Students and teachers are encouraged to take the half day for a mental health break. ENJOY!

Have a fantastic week!

Warmest regards,

Robert A. Motley


AHS Food Drive

WHAT: AHS School-wide Food and Diaper Drive

WHEN: December 5, 2022 – January 4, 2023


  • Canned & Dried Vegetables

  • Canned & Dried Beans

  • Canned & Dried Fruit

  • Soup

  • Fruit Juice

  • Pasta

  • Rice

  • Baby Food

  • Tuna

  • Diapers

  • Peanut Butter

  • Baby Wipes

WHERE: Period 3 Classes / Boxes in the front vestibule
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Support Boys Basketball



Bring this flyer (below) in or order online through the MOD app or website and use the provided coupon code and MOD will donate 20% of your bill to support their great work!

ADDRESS: 10000 Town Center Ave, Suite C Columbia, MD 21044


Support AHS!!

Hello Atholton Parents,

One of the many ways the Atholton High School Music Boosters raise funds for the wonderful music programs is through gift and discount cards. Just in time for the holidays or for your own personal use throughout the year, these cards bring in much-needed funds for all our Music programs. Here are our two current promotions:

RaiseRight Gift Cards

Formerly known as ShopWithScrip, RaiseRight offers gift cards that give a certain percentage (usually between 4% and 10%) of the face value to our Music program. There are hundreds of brands that can be used to pay for everyday (and not-so-everyday) expenses. There are a couple of ways you can participate in this program:

1) Group Gift Card Order - We will be placing a group gift card order for plastic gift cards in time for the holidays. Placing a group order helps us maximize our profit by reducing shipping costs. If you would like to place an order, please fill out the attached form and email it to Terumi McKenna ( by DEC. 9TH. You can visit to see a full list of participating vendors and write in any company not listed on the order form, along with the denomination and number of cards requested.

Payment can be via:

-Paypal at


-Write a check made payable to Atholton Music Boosters and mail it to Terumi McKenna (please email for the address).

You will be notified when the cards arrive to arrange to pick up or delivery.

2) Individual Gift Card Orders - You can establish your own account which will allow you to pay via credit cards or directly from bank accounts. Follow these instructions to register and create an account online:

- go to

- click on “Join a Program”

- enter our Enrollment Code: 93DL43D53LL65

You can also download the Raise Right app on your iPhone or Android device and use the same sign-in information if you’ve already created a RaiseRight account. Please note that any orders placed through the website or app may incur additional payment and shipping (if physical gift cards are requested) fees. You can avoid shipping costs if you request an "eGift," which can be printed at home.

Also note that you can purchase these gift cards throughout the year for other holidays, special occasions, or for personal/professional use. When you create your account, check that you want to receive emails from RaiseRight when they are offering special additional bonuses (e.g., until Dec 9 Home Depot is offering 7% bonus to our program, instead of the normal 4%).

Local Business Discount Cards

New to our fundraising program this year, we have discount cards for local businesses that help promote those vendors who are willing to help benefit our Music program. Each card includes discounts for fifteen different local vendors such as Papa Johns (BOGO), Dominos (50% off), Meineke & Jiffy Lube ($10 off oil change). The second attachment below shows all of the participating vendors. The cards are $20 each and can pay for themselves with just two purchases.

These cards are not only great for personal use, as they can be used numerous times through 10/31/2023, but also make great gifts for friends, neighbors and family in the local area. Please contact Greg Giering at for more information or to order your card(s).

If you have any questions regarding these two programs, please reach out to us directly.

Thank you for your support of the Atholton Music programs!

Terumi McKenna (

Greg Giering (

Mark Your Calendar

December 13 -- ARL Information Session

December 14 -- School Closes 3hrs Early

December 26 - January 2 -- Winter Break (NO SCHOOL)