November 23, 2020

Message from Principal, Janine Holmes

Hello Raiders,

I hope you are all healthy and safe. Happy Thanksgiving to our Raider families. In these stressful times, I hope you are able to take time to reflect on those things for which you are thankful. We are thankful for each one of our students and their families.

It’s hard to believe that the first quarter ended on November 13. Report cards will be in BCPS One on November 30. We will also mail a copy to students’ homes. Please don’t hesitate to contact teachers if you have any questions about grades. You can find teachers’ email addresses at

As you read through the newsletter, you will find information and links that will keep you up to date with BCPS news, Loch Raven news, and helpful resources.

Please note that we are preparing to begin the registration process for the 2021-2022 school year. This will all be completed online this year. Look for this important material below.

We are offering a new resource for assistance with computer problems through our computer intern program. The details are included in this newsletter. It is our hope that most computer issues have been resolved; however, we want to offer help and solutions to any that arise.

If you are trying to reach us by phone and get our voice mail, please leave a message with your name, the student’s name, telephone number, and reason for your call, and we will return your call. The best number to call is our main office number: 443-809-3525. You may also choose to send an email to a teacher, your student’s counselor, our social worker, or one of our administrators.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for any reason. We are here to assist our students and their families.

As always,

Stay Positive, Work Hard, and Make It Happen!

Janine Holmes

bcps news

BCPS launches COVID-19 data dashboard

Site to be updated each Friday with latest health metrics for Baltimore County and school system

Towson, MD – Baltimore County Public Schools has launched an online COVID-19 data dashboard that will be updated every Friday.

The dashboard provides data on COVID-19 cases in Baltimore County Public Schools and Baltimore County based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maryland Department of Health.

On the dashboard, graphs and tables show the average seven-day case rate per 100,000 Baltimore County residents, the seven-day percent positive rate, the number of BCPS schools with outbreaks (of the schools that are open to students) as well as the current BCPS School Opening Score (and details about how it is calculated). More information about how the BCPS School Opening Score is calculated and used can be found in “Safety Is Our True North.”

“Baltimore County Public Schools is pleased to share this important information with the public in an easily accessible format,” said BCPS Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams. “We are committed to using the latest data and best medical guidance to advise our decision-making during this unprecedented time and to being transparent about how decisions are being made.”

Additional information about COVID-19 Guidance for Maryland Schools, the Maryland COVID-19 Data Dashboard, and the Baltimore County Response Hub are available online.

PTSA events

Every Child, One Voice…Together we are better!

Please support our PTSA through your membership and the upcoming events listed below. You can find all the details on our website.

GR8FUL CAMPAIGN – Donation drive of personal care items that directly benefits LRHS students through the Loch Raven Haven ends November 30th.

SpiritWear sale, including Senior t-shirts, just in time for the holidays, ends November 30th.

Our annual spaghetti dinner is a grab-n-go this year through the famous Baltimore institution, Sabatino’s. Orders must be placed before 5 p.m. on December 1st. Pick up will be at Loch Raven on December 2nd between 5:00-6:30 p.m. Menu and ordering information can be found on the flyer on our website.

You can find all the details for these events on our website:

Follow us on Instagram (lochravenhs.ptsa), Twitter (LochRavenHSPTSA) and Facebook (PTSALRHS) for up to date info.

Please support our PTSA!

All membership fees and donations can be made online at:

Need computer help???

There are several ways to get help with computer problems.

Our computer interns are now ready to help students with computer issues. They can help with microphone or camera problems. They can help with difficulty using Jamboard, Screencastify, Flipgrid or any of the other tools in the Innovation Hub.

The computer interns can help students with computer issues on asynchronous Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 pm. on December 2, 9, and 16 and January 6, 13 and 27.

Please email Ms. Paules at with your name and a brief description of your problem, and she will contact you through Schoology with the Google Meets code.

You can also get help by calling the BCPS Help Desk if your device is not working. Call


In addition, you can submit your problem to the Help Desk by using the following support link in BCPS One.

raider of the month

Each month, teachers are asked to nominate a student they feel exemplified one or more of the following areas.

Stay Positive: respect, appropriate language, pride in LR community

Work Hard: punctual and ready to work, professional conduct

Make it Happen: strive for success, believe it is possible, work bell to bell

Based on the nominations received, a committee of teachers votes on the winners. Each grade level will have one student recognized as Raider of the Month. Therefore, we will have four winners each month.

Each student nominated should be proud to be recognized as a Raider of the Month nominee!


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yearbook news

The yearbook is now available for early purchase. The information can be accessed through the Schoology link. Forms and additional information are below.

Please also note that yearbook recognition ads can be designed on line. Choose the size of your ad and honor your student with this special yearbook option!

If you have any questions or need additional help, please send Ms. Hinton, our yearbook advisor, a message at

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counseling connection


The BCPS virtual calming room is a space that has been designed for students, families, and staff to identify and implement tools and strategies for navigating emotions and feelings.

registration for 2021-2022 school year

Selecting courses for the 2021-2022 school year will begin in December. This process will be entirely online this year, giving students more control of their selections. Please join the Google Meet scheduled for your grade and follow the steps explained in your Schoology Course that has been created for registration. This process will open on December 1.

Google Meet Schedule for Course Registration (times TBD)

Current Grade 9 Students - Wednesday, December 2

Current Grade 10 Students - Wednesday, December 2

Current Grade 11 Students - Wednesday, December 9

Current Grade 8 Students/Incoming Freshman –

Wednesday, December 16

For more information:

special education resource center

The BCPS Special Education Resource Center maintains a lending library of articles, newsletters, books, and DVDs on a wide range of special education topics such as special education law, types of disabilities, support groups, and recreational opportunities.

All Baltimore County residents, parents, school employees, and college students are welcome to use the lending library.

Use this link to take a virtual tour of the lending library.

The application for a lending library card can be found here:

Services offered by bureau of behavioral health

The Department of Special Education is actively curating resources to support families during remote learning. Follow them on Twitter @BCPS_DSE to see their daily tweets or check the DSE website regularly for resource updates.

The Baltimore County Department of Health Bureau of Behavioral Health offers some respite and in-home support services for students with mental health disorders and/or students at risk of out-of-home placement. See below for contacts and more information.

Please contact the following to discuss needs or request a referral form:

· Tiffany Chavis (ages 0-12): 410-887-3828;

· Heather Dewey (ages 13-24): 410-887-0570;


Target Population: Ages 5 and below, at risk for termination from day care and/or presenting significant challenges at home

Vendor: MENTOR Maryland/IFCS

· Contact Tiffany Chavis at 410-887-3828

· On-site day care consult (to staff) and/or home based family counseling

· Specific referral form required


· The LBHA can provide limited financial assistance for specific purposes

· Visit and select “Mental Health Forms” for details


Target Population: Children & adolescents (ages 3-17) considered at risk for out-of-home placement, and their families; must have a diagnosed Mental Health Disorder; must attend outpatient mental health treatment on a regular basis

Vendors: Villa Maria Behavioral Health or MENTOR Maryland/IFCS

· Contact Tiffany Chavis at 410-887-3828

· Service 2x/week for up to 5 months

· Youth and caregiver-focused intervention to strengthen family functioning

· Specific referral forms plus a Psychosocial Assessment required


Target Population: Caregivers of youth ages 17 and below, at risk for out of home placement; youth must have Medical Assistance, a mental health diagnosis and attend outpatient mental health treatment on a regular basis

Vendor: Catholic Charities, Villa Maria Children’s Continuum

· Contact Tiffany Chavis at 410-887-3828

· A respite specialist picks the youth up at home and spends time one-one for recreational purposes with the goal of providing a break for caregivers

· Monthly service; maximum 288 hours total; one year duration

· Specific referral form required


Target Population: Caregivers of youth ages 5-12, at risk for out of home placement; youth must have a mental health diagnosis and attend outpatient mental health treatment on a regular basis

Vendor: Catholic Charities, St. Vincent’s Villa Residential Treatment Center

· Contact Tiffany Chavis at 410-887-3828

· Limited access, only for youth who need institutional level of respite

· No referral form, requires therapist’s statement of caregivers’ need for respite

· Youth’s most recent assessments are required

· Based on space availability in the facility


Target Population: Caregivers of youth ages 17 and below, at risk for out of home placement; youth must have Medical Assistance a mental health diagnosis and attend outpatient mental health treatment on a regular basis

Vendor: Children’s Choice

· Contact Tiffany Chavis at 410-887-3828

· Youth stays in a treatment foster care home (usually for two-night weekends, but can be single nights or week nights)

· Requires caregiver and youth interview

Specific referral form required

schoology email digest

Schoology has an Email digest feature that will send parents updates on their children's work in the platform. A report of grades, missing assignments, and more can be sent daily, weekly, or monthly. Here's the link to get started.

caps and gowns

Hey, Seniors - It's hard to believe that it is time to start planning for your graduation. Jostens is our vendor for caps and gowns, and they also offer other senior gifts, graduation announcements, and memorabilia. If you want to order announcements or other products, please order by the end of November.

The cap, gown, and tassel package has a discount price of $8.05 plus tax for a total of $8.53. The deadline for this price is January 31. After that date, there is a significant increase in the price. The easiest way to order is online. However, if you need help to order another way, please email Mrs. Oliver, our graduation coordinator, at Our goal is always for every student to pay the discount price!

You can place orders on their website or by phone 800-567-8367.

If you have any questions about ordering, you can email our Jostens rep:

We will continue to share information on Schoology and in Google Meets.

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Parent University

Upcoming Events

The Teenage Brain

Presented by BCPS
Thursday, December 10, 2020 6:30 PM

We will dive into the teenage brain and discuss coping strategies to support your teenager’s academic and emotional success. Register Today!

Creating Lifelong Readers Out Of Reluctant Readers: Igniting A Passion!

Presented by BCPS Office of ELA & BCPL
Wednesday, December 19, 2020 7:00 PM

Help your child fall in love with reading! Discover ways to increase reading engagement and motivation. Register with BCPL starting December 2!

Food distribution update

Baltimore County Public Schools will provide school meals, at no cost, to all children ages 2-18. Meals are available to all children up to the age of 18, and to students with disabilities regardless of age. Parents or guardians can pick up student meals. Curbside pickup is available at the main entrance of every middle and high school each Monday and Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. There are also many bus distribution locations. Please see Free Student Meals for locations and times.

On Monday students will receive: Two days of meals-breakfast and lunch (consists of cold food items, fruit, vegetables, milk and breakfast items). On Wednesday students will receive: Three days of meals-breakfast and lunch (consists of cold food items, fruit, vegetables, milk and breakfast items).

The Student Support Network will continue to supplement the BCPS food distribution program. The holiday schedule for Network food distribution is below.

Thanksgiving Week

Tuesday, November 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Christmas and New Year's Weeks

Tuesday, December 22 (before Christmas)

Tuesday, December 29 (before New Year's Day)

There will be NO Network Friday food distributions during the holiday weeks.

If you need additional assistance with food or household items, please email our Social Worker, Caryn Putchat at

Baltimore county and bcps resources

Click here to get updates from Baltimore County Public Schools

Here are the links to connect to BCPS One and Schoology

Create a BCPSOne account

Accessing Schoology Once You Have a BCPS Account

Parent Schoology Support

BCPS Social Emotional Support Team Resources for wellness, mental health, self-care and related topics:

Crisis text line: Text the word "HOME" to 741741 for free 24 hour support

Maryland Suicide and Crisis Hotline: 1.800.422.0009

Baltimore County DSS: 410.887.TIME

Baltimore County Crisis Response: 410.931.2214

Sheppard Pratt Crisis Walk-in: 410-938-5302

The Trevor Project: 1.866.488.7386 or text START to 678678

Maryland Food Bank: 410.737.8282

Maryland Help Line United Way: 211

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