Owl Observer News

April 8, 2022

Important Dates to Remember

April 8: Report cards available

April 11-18: Spring Break-schools are closed

April 21: Individual School Pictures

April 25-29: Math Month Spirit Week

April 27: Schools dismiss 3 hours early/ NO Half-day PreK RECC

May 1: PTA Spring Fling

Related Arts Color Days For the week of April 18th

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A Message from Administration

Greetings Ducketts Lane Families,

We want to thank everyone for a wonderful week. As a reminder, dismissal of students is at 3:20 each day. In order to maximize the safety of everyone, we ask for you to follow the dismissal process for our car loop and continue to encourage parents to have students ride the bus or walk home to decrease the overwhelming number of cars in the area during dismissal with the number of pedestrians that are around. Additionally, we ask that if you are going to be picking your child(ren) up for an early dismissal that this occur prior to 3:00 pm.

Your input is needed!! As part of our school improvement process, we are asking families to provide input about their equity priorities for our school. Please use the link below to complete the Indicators of Educational Equity Survey by APRIL 30. We will use your input, along with other school data, to refine our school improvement plan for next school year.

The survey is anonymous and available in multiple languages. If you have children at more than one school, please complete one survey per school.

English survey

Spanish survey

Chinese (simplified) survey

Chin survey

Korean survey

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Caroland or Mr. Robinson.

As we close this week, we wanted to wish everyone a safe and healthy spring break. Our schools will be closed April 11- 18, and will reopen on Tuesday, April 19th.

Have a wonderful weekend.

DLES Administration

Your Feedback for Supporting Families Matters

Howard County Public School's Title I Office receives Title I funds to provide additional support and resources to Title I Schools. The Title I Office supports family engagement through the implementation of its Parent, Family, and Community Involvement Plan and by providing schools with funds to support family engagement. Please take a moment to complete the HCPSS Title I Parent, Family, and Community Involvement Input Survey, providing feedback on the district's Parent, Family, and Community Involvement Plan and parent involvement funds.

La Oficina de Título I de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Howard recibe fondos Título I para proveer apoyo y recursos adicionales a Escuelas Título I. La Oficina de Título I apoya el compromiso familiar mediante la implementación de su Plan de participación de padres, familias y la comunidad y proporcionando a las escuelas con fondos para apoyar la participación familiar. Por favor, dedique un momento para completar la Encuesta de opinión sobre participación de padres, la familia y la comunidad del HCPSS, realizando comentarios sobre el Plan de participación de padres, familias y la comunidad y los fondos para la participación de padres del distrito.

Calendar updates

To better align with the Eid al-Fitr holiday, schools will now be closed for students Monday, May 2 and open on Tuesday, May 3. Monday, May 2 will be a Professional Learning Day for staff and offices will remain open. Tuesday, May 3 will be a regular school day.

Additionally, as of Wednesday, March 16th, HCPSS has used four inclement weather days this school year and made up one of those days by opening schools on February 21st. As such, the last day for pre-K/RECC students is currently Tuesday, June 14, and for K-12 students Friday, June 17, 2022. Full details can be found on the HCPSS calendar.

Health Checks Remain an Important Part of Each Day

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Warm Weather is coming and attire is changing

As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, we wanted to remind all of your students and families of the expectations regarding appropriate attire to be worn while at school.

While we support and acknowledge student choice when selecting apparel to be worn at school, we need to also make certain that as a community we are abiding by HCPSS Policy 9210.

We wanted to specifically lift up the expectation that certain body parts must be covered by all students. Clothes must be worn in a way such that the chest, midriff, pelvic/groin area and buttocks are covered with opaque material.


Individual spring pictures will be taken on Thursday, April 21, 2022. All students will have their picture taken. Each student will receive a packet of photos to include the following:

2 8 x 10

3 5 x 7

2 3 x 5

4 2 x 3

1 8 x 10 portrait collage

2 5 x 7 portrait collages

Once the photos are received, parents/guardians will have the opportunity to choose which photos are to be purchased and to return any unwanted photos.

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Congratulations to Noel A. and Kamryn T. for their nomination and selection for the Howard County Elementary Honors Band. Unfortunately, the Band was unable to go forward this year because of COVID but we are incredible proud of these students for the accomplishments in Band this year and we know they would have represented DLES well!


3rd Grade Orchestra Spring Concert

Thursday, May 12 - 6:00pm

DLES Cafeteria

  • Students should arrive at DLES at 5:30pm (not earlier)
  • Concert Dress: White shirts, black pants/skirt, black shoes
  • NOTE: This is a required performance for all students currently in 3rd grade Orchestra

4th & 5th Grade Band, Orchestra & Chorus Spring Concert

Tuesday, May 17 - 6:00pm

DLES Cafeteria

  • Students should arrive at DLES at 5:30pm (not earlier)
  • Concert Dress: White shirts, black pants/skirt, black shoes
  • NOTE: This is a required performance for all students currently in 4th & 5th grade Band, Orchestra and Chorus

PTA News

Hershey Park Early Bird Discount Tickets are still available for 2022 (valid during the full season, 04/01/2022-01/01/2023). A order will be placed on May 11, 2022. Additional order forms can be found here. We hope you enjoy your time at the Sweetest Place on Earth!


Save the date: The DLES PTA is hosting a Spring Fling on Sunday, May 1st at 2pm. Come join us for some family fun! We will have an egg hunt, crafts, games, and more. Look out for more details to come.

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Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2- May 6! To help celebrate our first class DLES teachers and staff, visit our sign-up page to donate an item or two. Please bring donation items into the front office or with your child to turn in labeled "TAW". All non-perishables may be brought in any time before April 29th. All perishable items should be brought in on the date listed to ensure freshness. Thank you so much for supporting our DLES Teachers and PTA!

To stay up-to-date on our upcoming events, visit our website and Facebook page.

Thanks so much,

Ducketts Lane Elementary School PTA

Rainbow Report


Registration is OPEN for the next virtual FAMILY Read the Rainbow book club sponsored by HCPSS & CARY! The next selection is Calvin by JR and Vanessa Ford. To read more about JR and Vanessa and their book, please visit their website: https://www.jrandvanessaford.com/about JR and Vanessa will do a read aloud of their book, and then the time is open for you and your children to ask questions, share what you liked about the story, and chat with the authors and other families.

Please check your calendars to see if you can join us for this virtual FAMILY Read the Rainbow book club on Tuesday, June 7th at 6:00pm with JR and Vanessa Ford. The first 50 families to register will receive a FREE copy of the book. Here is the link to register: https://forms.gle/QQBEhF3QQ6Hwhhwv8

DINE AND DONATE: Head to BIBIBOP Asian Grill on 4/6 for 20% to go directly to CARY (Community Allies of Rainbow Youth)



Registration for HCPSS Pride Week opens APRIL 1st. Please see this link for the amazing events planned to celebrate PRIDE. PRIZES AND GIFT CARDS will be raffled off to those who register and attend! https://sites.google.com/hcpss.org/hcpssrainbowconference/week-of-pride?authuser=0

Kids heart challenge success

We did it DLES! Our Kids Heart Challenge Fundraiser is coming to an end, and we want to send a special thanks to all that were able to participate. DLES did a great job this year and we are so grateful for your support. For those who did donate, prizes from the Kids Heart Challenge will be mailed to DLES in the coming weeks and your student will receive them as soon as they arrive.

Thanks again DLES, YOU ROCK!

Mr. Abramson and Mr. Anderson

Pop-up Food Pantries – April 9

The Catholic Community of Ascension and St. Augustine (CCASTA) is sponsoring a “Pop-Up Pantry” on Saturday, April 9th at Deep Run and Ducketts Lane Elementary Schools. CCASTA will begin distributing items at both schools at 11:00 am.

Anyone in need is welcome to stop by and take available items, but some quantities may be limited based on availability and the number of people who show up. Please share this information with family, friends or neighbors who may need a little help.

Opportunities around town

Howard County Food Bank

Spring Break is coming up April 11th -18th and schools will be closed. Please remember the Howard County Food Bank (9385 Gerwig Lane, Suite J Columbia, MD 21046 410-313-6185) for families as appropriate.


  • Tuesday – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. walk ins & appointments
  • Wednesday – 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. walk ins welcome
  • Thursday – 1 pm. – 4 p.m. walk ins & appointments
  • Saturday – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. appointments required

For more information can be found here: https://cac-hc.org/food-assistance/ for how to participate in the opportunity.

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Your Voice is Important

We strive to be a school that actively partners with our students, staff, families, and surrounding community members. We welcome your feedback.

Please click on the Feedback Form to share your thoughts with how we can make DLES the best for everyone.

We are here to help!

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