January 12, 2018
Important Dates to Remember
- 15 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, schools & offices closed
- 19 - PTA Winter Bash, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
- 22 - Club/Group Pictures
- 26 - End of Marking Period, schools close 3 hours early (12:10 p.m.)
- 2 - 4th Grade Visits Toby's Youth Theatre, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
- 5 - Report Cards Issued
- 8 - PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
- 9 - PTA's Father/Daughter Dance, 6:00 p.m.
- 15 - School Spirit Day - Pajama Day
- 15 - PTA's Father/Daughter Dance (inclement weather date), 6:00 p.m.
- 16 - Countywide Professional Learning Day, schools closed for students
- 16 - PTA Snow Tubing Trip, 12:00-6:00 p.m.
- 19 - Presidents' Day, schools & offices closed
From School Administration
Wednesday was an exciting day for 24 of our fourth and fifth graders. These students participated in the Annual Lisbon Elementary School Spelling Bee.
For the second year in a row, Edward Johnson from fifth grade is the winner of the school bee and will advance to the Howard County Library Spelling Bee on Friday, March 16th. Also, congratulations to Laura McCoy also from fifth grade who was our second place winner. She will serve as our school’s alternate at the Howard County Library Spelling Bee.
All of our contestants (listed below), should be applauded especially for their good sportsmanship. They encouraged and congratulated each other throughout the Bee. We are proud of all of you.
Mobile AG Lab
We are excited to announce that we are once again hosting the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation Mobile Science Lab during the week of February 26, 2018! The large trailer will be parked in our car drop off loop that week.
Students will visit the lab to complete hands-on investigations and activities related to the important role agriculture plays in their daily lives. These lessons are matched to NGSS, Environmental Literacy, and Common Core Standards supporting core subject area classroom objectives. Each investigation takes 30-50 minutes per class to complete. Five to six classes will visit the lab during the course of the school day.
The mobile science lab is an educational outreach program of the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation, Inc. (MAEF). MAEF is a non-governmental non-profit organization that promotes the understanding and appreciation of the importance of agriculture in our daily lives. MAEF was established in 1989 following a Governor’s Task Force recommendation on agriculture in education.
MAEF offers three themed mobile science labs, Agricultural Products Lab, Food, Fiber and You Lab and an Aquatics Lab that visit schools across the state. Funding for these labs is made possible in part from the proceeds from the Agricultural license place (Ag Tag) available to all Marylanders. For more information on MAEF or its programs, please visit their website at www.maefonline.com or call 410-939-9030.
Our PTA will be soliciting for parent volunteers to assist the students while in the lab. Be sure to have your eyes out for that sign up so that you can be a part of the wonderful experience!
Volunteers Needed for Winter Bash
The PTA is still in need of 25 volunteers in order to make the Winter Bash a success. Volunteers are mostly needed at the snack bar, hot cocoa bar and the craft stations. The shifts are in half hour increments, so you can sign up and still have plenty of time to enjoy the festivities with your child(ren). Without your support, we are unable to host a quality event. Please sign up at the link below:
Road to Kindergarten - January 24-29, 2018
Do you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2018?
Is there a family in the neighborhood who has a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2018?
Please join us for an information session about Kindergarten in the Howard County Public School System.
At this workshop you will learn:
- Expectations for school readiness (and receive a Ready for Kindergarten toolkit).
- Details about the kindergarten program.
- Information about HCPSS kindergarten registration.
- Ways that families and children can be supported during the transition to kindergarten.
Choose a session that is convenient for you. No registration required.
Child care is available at each session for children ages 2 and older;
the session is designed for adults only. Doors open at 6 p.m. to allow time for parking, child care drop off, and check-in.
If Howard County public schools are closed for inclement weather, the session is canceled.
All sessions will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 24
Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia
Thursday, January 25
Centennial High School, 4300 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City
Monday, January 29
Hammond High School, 8800 Guilford Road, Columbia 21046
For more information, please visit our “Getting Ready for Kindergarten” page
Glenwood Middle School Orientation
Glenwood Middle School will be holding an orientation for the parents of our incoming 6th Graders on Thursday, January 18th at 6:30 p.m. Additional information for parents of students in the GT (Gifted and Talented) Program will begin prior to the general orientation at 5:30 p.m. Staff will be present to give an overview of GMS programs and answer questions.
Winter Weather Preparedness
School Emergency Closing Information Sources
In times of emergencies/school closings, information will be shared with the community through the following:
- Our school system homepage
- HCPSS News email and text message alerts – Learn more
- HCPSS Information Hotline – 410-313-6666
- Twitter – @hcpss
- Facebook – Howard County Public School System
- HCPSS cable TV – Comcast 95/Verizon 42
Please note: The HCPSS does not use schools-out.com or e-schoolnews.com for any notifications.
Emergency And Weather-related School Closing Details
If it is necessary for the superintendent to close or delay the start of schools due to inclement weather or other emergencies, parents may obtain information from the sources listed above.
If Howard County public schools open one or two hours late, there is no half-day prekindergarten/RECC. If schools are closed, or closed early due to weather conditions, all after-school and evening activities, both school and non-school, scheduled in school facilities are canceled.
On weekends and holidays, if the Howard County Snow Emergency Plan is in effect by 7 a.m., activities already in progress may be completed but any activity scheduled to begin after that time is canceled.
During times of emergency or adverse weather conditions, we request that you do not call your child’s school or the central office as it is important to keep phone lines free for emergency calls.
Early Dismissals For Inclement Weather
If inclement weather conditions develop during the school day, the Director of Transportation follows the procedures used to determine late openings or school closures. Generally, a decision to close schools early is made no later than 10:30 a.m. In deciding whether or not to close schools early, the Superintendent will consult with the Director of Transportation, the Deputy Superintendent, the Director of Operations, the Community Services Specialist, the Coordinator of Athletics, the Director of Public Relations, and other staff members as appropriate.
School Sponsored and Community Sponsored After-School and Evening Activities
- If schools are dismissed early for inclement weather, all after-school and evening activities in schools—both school sponsored and community sponsored—are cancelled.
High School Athletics
- If schools are dismissed early due to inclement weather, all high school athletic practices and games are cancelled.
2018 LISBON PTA SNOW TUBING TRIP
Date: Friday February 16, 2018
Time: 12:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Location: Whitetail Ski Resort in Mercersburg, PA
Transportation provided by A.B.C. Transportation
Cost: $35 per tuber (non-tubers may ride for $10)
• Tubers younger than 5 may tube on peewee hill (tickets $8.00 purchased separately at snow tubing lodge upon arrival.)
• All tubers younger than 18 must be accompanied on the trip by an adult - please provide name & contact info below
• Snack assignments by last name – A-D Paper Goods, E-L Drinks, M-Z Snacks (no peanut products!)
11:45 – Meet at Lisbon parking lot to sign release forms and load buses
12:00 – Depart Lisbon for Whitetail Ski Resort
1:30 – Arrive at Whitetail Ski Resort Snow Tubing Lodge - please bring snack items in to lodge (lockers are available to store valuables, other things can be left on buses)
2:00 – Unlimited snow tubing for two hours
4:00 – Snacks and drinks in the snow tubing lodge
4:30 – Depart Whitetail on buses
6:00 – Arrive back at Lisbon Elementary School
This is easy and very fun!!! Anyone can do it, and there is no reason to be frightened or
concerned. Please sign up for a snack item (no peanut products) or drink to bring along for the after tubing feast. Please complete the permission slip below and send back to school with your child in an envelope marked “SNOW TUBING”.
NO EATING IS PERMITTED ON THE BUSES! PLEASE HAVE LUNCH BEFORE
BOARDING AND ALL SNACKING AFTER TUBING MUST OCCUR AT THE LODGE.
Make checks payable to: Lisbon P.T.A. DEADLINE WEDNESDAY February 7th
----------Cut here and send bottom portion with payment to school with your child-----------
# Tubers ($35 each):_________________ # Non Tubers riding bus ($10 each):________________
Adult Chaperone Name(s):_________________________________________________________________
Phone # and email address:_______________________________________________________________
Snack, drinks or paper good item bringing:________________________________________________
Upcoming School Spirit Days
Below, you will find information about school spirit days through January.
Community News and Programs
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