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May 12, 2023
Upcoming Dates
May 16- Schoolwide Enrichment Fair
May 17- PTA Virtual Zoom MeetingMid
May 19 - School Closed (Professional Learning Day)
May 23 - Chorus Concert
May 29 - School Closed
June 1 - Last day to register for Bus Service
June 2 - PTA- 8th Grade Dance
June 7 -Professional Learning Day for staff - 3hr. Early Dismissal for Students
June 7- PTA Virtual Zoom Meeting
June 8 - PTA- Lime Time
June 9 - 8th Grade promotion program at Lime Kiln Middle
June 12-14 3hr. Early Dismissal for Students
June 14 - Last day of school 3hr. Early Dismissal for Students

Testing Dates
MCAP Math, Whole School: May 16th and 17th, Makeup Testing 5/18 and 5/22
Please make sure students charge Chromebooks the night before and eat breakfast. We do have breakfast available to students if they would like to purchase one.

Save the date:
8th Grade promotion program Friday, June 9 at 2 pm. The program will be held in the Lime Kiln Middle School cafeteria. Information about the program will be provided in the near future.
World Language End of the Year Assessment:
June 1 and 2 - End of Course assessments for French and Spanish
June 8 - finals for French and Spanish

G/T Enrichment Fair - May 16
The Enrichment Fair is almost here!!
Please come out and join us on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 from 6:30 pm to 8:40 pm.

Schedule of Events
6:30- 7:00 Open House: Teachers have displayed students’ excellent work in their classrooms.
6:30-6:55 National History Day: Students who competed in the county and state competitions
will share their projects, talk about the NHD process and what to expect with this project. Join us in the media center.
6:55-7:00 Live Broadcast from the Leopard Spot Studio: Students from the TV crew will
highlight the evening’s events.
7:10-7:40: The Advanced Debate Team will host a live debate in the cafeteria on whether or not DC should be granted statehood.
7:40-8:40: 7th and 8th grade Writer’s Guild. Come and listen as these talented writers share poetry and short stories in the media center.

Don’t miss the displays from other seminars like the Environmental (STEAM) seminar, Book Club and Photography in the media center.

Thank you,
Tracy Spillman
GT Resource Teacher

Mathematics Resources for Rising Grade 7 Students

HCPSS has developed online acceleration courses in Canvas to help supplement some of the mathematics content that may be missed when a student skips a course(s). Students can log into Canvas and join the acceleration course by visiting the associated link(s). Students should begin with module 1 of the course they are joining. The expectation is for students to complete each of the modules in the appropriate acceleration course before the start of the 2023-24 school year.

The Mathematics 8 Acceleration course is designed for rising 7th-grade students who will skip Mathematics 7. The course contains self-paced Mathematics 7 content. Students can join/access this course by visiting: https://hcpss.instructure.com/enroll/E93YJ3
The Algebra 1 Acceleration course is designed for rising 7th/8th-grade students who will skip Mathematics 8. The course contains self-paced Mathematics 8 content and some Mathematics 7 content. Students can join/access this course by visiting: https://hcpss.instructure.com/enroll/4CRN6N

Additional student and family, mathematics course support, is available online at the HCPSS Family Math Support Center (under “Middle School” and “Middle School Course Expectations”) – http://hcpssfamilymath.weebly.com.

2023 - 24 Bus Transportation:
Families Must Register by June 1 for 2023-2024 Bus Service
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Per Board of Education Policy 5200 Student Transportation, families whose students are eligible for bus transportation are required to register through HCPSS Connect Synergy to receive bus service for the upcoming 2023-2024 school year. This new registration process will take place annually to help the HCPSS Office of Student Transportation plan for more accurate student ridership and to make routes more efficient. Registration for 2023-2024 bus service is open now through June 1.
Please note, families who reside in non-transportation areas are not eligible for bus transportation and do not need to take any action. Find the new non-transportation areas for your school online. Additionally, students who receive transportation as part of their Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan do not need to register.
Register Now
Families who need assistance with the registration process should reach out to their child’s school.
Bus routes for the 2023-2024 school year, along with specific school start times, will be finalized in August, prior to the start of school. More information is available online

Special Education Parent Involvement Survey, Spring 2023
All Parents of students with disabilities were sent the Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement Survey. The purpose of this survey is to hear from parents about how well they think their child’s school is partnering with them and promoting parent involvement in their child’s education. This information will provide valuable feedback for the HCPSS Department of Special Education. The last day to complete the survey is May 19. The survey can be accessed online here: www.mdparentsurvey.com/

End of School Year 2023 Medications in the Health Room
Attention parents who have students with medications in the Health Room:
Medication remaining at the end of the school year should be picked up by the parent/guardian by 2 pm on June 12 and 13. Any medication not picked up will be destroyed.

A new medication order is required for every new school year dated on or after July 1.
Please see below the Medication Form to submit for the next school year 2023-2024
2023-2024 Medication Form

Rising 7th Grade Medical Information NEEDED!
Effective the first day of school for the 2023-2024 school year, 1 dose of Tdap vaccine and 1 dose of Meningococcal vaccine (MCV4) are required by the state of Maryland for all students entering grade 7. Many students may have already received these immunizations, but the Health Room may not have the updated immunization record. Please contact your student’s doctor and send in an updated copy of your student’s immunizations to the Health Room or schedule an appointment to have your student receive these immunizations. The Health Department provides immunization opportunities for kids who are not up-to-date on school-required vaccinations. Call the Health Department at 410-313-7500 for more information and to schedule a vaccination appointment for your child.
If you have further questions, please email Kassandra Wanless, LKMS School Nurse, at kassandra_wanless@hcpss.org.

PTA News:
Next Year PTA 2023-2024 needs YOU!
Calling all LKMS Families! Are you interested in helping out the PTA next year? WE NEED YOU! There are many ways to help and be a part of Lime Kiln Middle School because we know it's tough during these years to keep the pulse of what's going on with your middle schooler! So grab a friend and pick a committee to make next year an amazing experience for ALL the kids!

Please fill out the Google form below:


8th Grade Graduate Yard Signs
The LKMS PTA is excited to announce that we have partnered with Spirit Hero to offer 8th Grade Graduate Yard Signs for any of our 8th Grade families who choose to order them for their graduates!
You can even personalize the sign with ($29) or without ($24) your graduate's name on it!
Order the LKMS Yard Signs Today to Celebrate Your Graduate! All Orders MUST Be Placed by May 12th (TODAY)
​​​​​​​So Don't Delay!
The Yard Signs will be delivered to LKMS and you will be notified of the Pick-Up Date!
Place your order by going to (copy and paste link):
Please see the attached Flyer for the design, ordering details, and QR Code!
Click here to view flyer
In addition, the LKMS PTA hopes to use a portion of the funds raised from the 8th-grade yard signs for the 8th-grade dance.
Don't miss this exciting opportunity to Celebrate your 8th Grade Graduate!
Denise Smith
LKMS PTA President

Fulton is celebrating 25 years!
Fulton Elementary is celebrating "25 Years of Shining Bright" on Saturday, May 13th from 1:00 to 3:00. We are inviting all former students and staff to come to the celebration. The ribbon cutting will be at 1:00. The chorus and band will be performing. Cake will be served. Crafts and activities for children. SGA will be giving tours of the school with some history behind the school. And there will be 7 food trucks in the bus loop.

Parent and Community Resources
HC DrugFree Updates
Vaping Town Hall:
Thursday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. Free, but must register to receive the link. Nearly 40% of high school students will try vaping. Despite being promoted as a healthier alternative to smoking, vaping poses many health risks. Join HC DrugFree Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Mark Donovan, LCPC, LCADC of Congruent Counseling, and Dr. George Kolodner, a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in nicotine addiction to learn the consequences of youth vaping and what we can do about it. Learn more and register: www.HCDrugFree.org/currentevents/

8th–12th Grade Teen Advisory Council:
Free. HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council is open to all Howard County students in grades 8 through 12. This is a great opportunity to help prepare younger students for success in high school while allowing older students to develop their leadership and mentoring skills. The registration form is available at https://hcdrugfree.org/teen-advisory-council/ and community service hours are available. Email your registration form to admin@hcdrugfree.org or mail a hard copy the office. Meetings are on Zoom from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. To register for the Monday, May 22 meeting or any upcoming meeting, click on the TAC registration link next to the meeting date https://hcdrugfree.org/teen-advisory-council/

Presenters Candace Ball from Howard County Local Children’s Board & Kala Jenkins, Howard County Health Department
Whether it is knowing the best ways to support your child’s social emotional health, having concerns about your child’s behaviors, or feeling like something is seriously wrong, knowing where to go for answers is a top issue for parents. Those first steps of navigating mental health support are a challenging and daunting task. Come to this presentation to learn about the stages of mental health and the local resources and supports that will guide your understanding, provide you with choices, and help you learn the steps to start helping your child. Leave with tangible tools for education and intervention as well as where to go for assistance if you hit roadblocks to services.
Developing your Child’s Emotional Intelligence - Wednesday, May 17 , 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Free Virtual Workshop. Register here
A critical skill for children to learn and a top skill kindergarten teachers look for in students is emotional intelligence. Children who have developed emotional intelligence can be seen as those with good listening skills, accept criticism and responsibility, solve problems, move on after making a mistake, and have empathy for others. Attend this workshop to learn successful practices and the tools you need to support your child’s social-emotional development in the early years. Explore the meaning of emotional literacy and learn practical strategies to teach children how to recognize and label emotions as well as appropriate ways to manage those big emotions. 

Discussing Your Child’s Mental Health with Your Primary Care Provider - Thursday, May 18 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Click here for registration to virtual workshop.
Presenter Dr. Jessica Winkles
We discuss the importance of mental health for everyone, yet rarely do we treat behavioral health like physical health. If your child is ill, you contact your primary care provider (PCP) for a sick visit. But what if you notice ongoing changes in your child’s emotional well-being or behaviors? All children can go through periods of anger, anxiety, frustration, and sadness but what is a concerning level? Attend this session to
See examples of typical vs. concerning behaviors and understand why the PCP can be a great place to start when questions arise
Become familiar with some of the most common behavior concerns seen by pediatric PCPs
Understand what may happen after raising a concern with a PCP, including what to expect if you see a behavioral health provider
Become aware of methods for making the most of your visit to your child's PCP

Eat, Learn, Grow for Families – STEM - Wednesday, May 24, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Free Virtual Workshop. Register here
Focus on Early Learning Literacy and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Young children have a natural curiosity about the world around them and through STEM exploration, children begin to wonder, explore, and investigate their environment. Gain skills and knowledge to explore STEM topics at home with your children. This workshop will highlight STEM-focused children’s literature and explore ways to incorporate creative and fun STEM activities into everyday life.

Nothing I Do Works: A Parent’s Guide to Challenging Behaviors- Wednesday, May 31, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. 9830 Patuxent Woods Dr., Columbia 21046 Free Register here (in person session!)
The Pyramid Model is a comprehensive, research based approach that considers all the factors that impact a child, family and influence a child's behavior. Learn how to help decrease negative behaviors from happening and/ or what to do when they do occur. Attend this session and ask questions and leave with skills and resources that you can
use immediately to help you feel more confident in your parenting. For children ages two to eight.

Support Lime Kiln Middle School

Support Lime Kiln at Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter is the last grocery to donate money to schools based on supporter’s purchases. If you have a Harris Teeter VIC card, please take the time to link your card to LKMS. Cards must be relinked each year. It only takes a minute at the link below and you don’t even need to remember your password. If you shop at Harris Teeter but don’t have a VIC card, please follow the link to register for a card. We received $669.61 last school year and would love that number to increase.

HCPSS’ Community News and Programs website makes it easy for families to find educational and recreational resources, events and after-school programs beyond the school day by non-profit organizations.”
Community organizations requesting their announcements be shared in school newsletters should visit community-programs.hcpss.org for more information. Questions should be directed to the Public Information Office at publicinfo@hcpss.org