The Leopard's Tale - April 8

Thu, 04/07/2022 - 10:31am


A Message from Ms. Jones

I hope you have time to rejuvenate during the spring break and return prepared to move forward toward your goals for the remainder of the academic year. Next week is a great opportunity for you to create new memories by spending time with your family and friends, going outdoors, or trying a new adventure.
Have a safe and rewarding spring break!

Ms. Jones


LKMS Important Dates and News

    April 8-                  3rd Quarter Report Cards - Synergy
    April 11-18            Spring Break - Schools Closed
    April 20-                Spirit Day - "Wacky Tacky"
    April 20-                PTA Virtual Meeting - 6:30pm
    April 27-                3 Hour Early Dismissal
Please view our full calendar for LKMS News and upcoming important dates to include:
  • 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 8th Grade Dance, 6th Grade - Main Event, Lime Time, and Rising 9th Grade High School visits




Last Week to Purchase a LKMS Yearbook!

The 2021-22 LKMS Yearbook is now available to be purchased online. Packages start at $25. Last day for online ordering is Friday, April 8.

    Life Touch website:  
    ID: 14607622
All yearbooks will be delivered to the school sometime in early June.

48th Annual HCPSS K-12 Student Art Exhibition at Columbia Mall

Congratulations to our 53 young artists who will display their beautiful artwork in the annual art exhibition at Columbia Mall this year.  The show will run from April 20 to May 2, 2022. The opening night is April 20, 5:00-6:30pm.  We look forward to seeing our wonderful artists and families on opening night. Everyone is welcome to join us.  Congratulations!


6th Grade Student Service Learning

6th Grade Student Service Learning kicks off the week of March 28.  This year, we will be partnering with Read to Feed, an organization that helps meet basic needs in impoverished communities through generous giving. Students are being asked to read for 30 minutes a night (beyond their assigned reading for school) as part of this read-a-thon.  Students are also encouraged to locate friends and family to act as sponsors, donating financially for every book read, to help those in need. We are pleased to announce that to date, the 6th grade class has raised $1,735 for families in need.  Keep up the great work!  For more information, check out these two Google Slide presentations that explain more about Read to Feed, show how students will log their reading minutes, and how students can locate sponsors for this program.

LKMS Beginner Band Class

For the first time, Lime Kiln will be offering a beginner Band class for the 2022-2023 school year for any student in grades 6th, 7th and 8th who does not know how to play a band instrument but would like to learn! It is never too late to start!   Want to play Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, or Percussion?  Now is your chance!   Please contact Mr. Jackowski at if you would like more details on this beginner Band class.

LKMS - Environmental STEAM Seminar - NEEDS YOUR HELP

Lime Kiln’s Environmental STEAM seminar was established about ten years ago. Our goal is to act locally to help globally. Over the years, many projects (school rain garden, an aquaculture, bird houses and a butterfly garden) have been created in and around our school to promote green behavior. The students have researched and created videos about many environmental issues that impact our world. This year, we have focused on plastic pollution and have decided to create a plastic bottle cap mural inside our school. We Need Help!   LKMS students are collecting plastic bottle caps of all sizes and colors.  As you can imagine, we need thousands of caps (water, soda, juice and even pill bottle caps). Collection boxes have been set up in the main hallway and in the cafeteria. Thank you in advance for your support.


Early Dismissal Reminder

When picking up your child after 2:30pm, please utilize either the LKMS lower parking lot or the Cedar Lane School parking lot, as buses begin arriving and you may run the risk of being blocked between buses.

Thank you.


Media Center News

LKMS is hosting a community Book Photo Challenge for the month of April in honor of School Library Month.

We are showcasing our students, staff, and community’s love of reading on the morning announcements!  The students love to see themselves and people they know!  Please use the ideas found on this link to take pictures of your student and your family reading!  Students can upload their images to Google Drive and share with Stefanie Taylor, or inbox Mrs. Taylor in the Lime Kiln Middle School Student Resources page in Canvas with the photo attached. These pictures will be shown on the morning announcements in the month of April!

Have fun reading and taking pictures!



StickTogether is a unique, inclusive stress-free group activity for learners to work collaboratively while they share quality time interacting with each other, and celebrate success together. In these extraordinary times, both educators and students need more opportunities for positive shared experiences to build and nurture the sense of a learning community.

Lime Kiln Middle School is one of the five nationwide winners for a micro-grant from StickTogether that includes: 

  • 30 Standard Sticker Mosaic Poster kits - for use in the Library, Common Area, Classroom, Cafeteria, etc.
  • Classroom - 500 Virtual Stickerboard Codes - for use by classroom teachers for in class collaborative learning
  • Plus startup and ongoing support to ensure successful implementation.

StickTogether is a colorful sticker mosaic puzzle poster kit with a beautiful reward. Like paint-by-numbers but with stickers, the image is not revealed until the puzzle is completed. Each kit includes a coded poster, color key, and 3,996 stickers, enough to complete the image with extras. A standard StickTogether poster measures 40” by 36”. Our inclusive sticker activity is for all ages and abilities and creates a safe space for sharing and collaboration.  This  42 second video shows the creation of a StickTogether Poster.  Lime Kiln is very excited to have this opportunity to build our community through this program!


Student Services News

Student Withdrawals to Private or Other Schools for 2022-2023

If your child will be transferring to a private school or to a school that is not the current feeder school, please contact our Registrar for assistance with withdrawing and transferring your child's records their new school. 

Moving before the end of the current school year? 

  • Contact your child’s current school to update your address

    • Every family has the option to complete the current school year at the school in which they are presently enrolled or transfer to the school associated with their new address.

Moving over the summer? 
For assistance you may contact Rhonda Hill, School Counseling Secretary/Registrar:

HC DrugFree Updates:

FREE Parenting Classes: HC DrugFree will present another series of parenting classes for Howard County parents, guardians, and grandparents starting March 30. This program will meet via Zoom for 5 classes (March 30, April 6, 27, & May 4, 11) from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Adults should plan to attend all 5 sessions. Topics include How to Prevent Drug Use in Your Family, How to Develop Healthy Beliefs and Clear Standards, Avoiding Trouble: How to Say No to Drugs, Managing Conflict: How to Control and Express Your Anger Constructively, and How to Strengthening Family Bonds. The class is free, but space is limited. Registrations will be accepted until the class is full or March 22, 2022: For more information: Email, visit www.hc or view downloadable flier

FREE Life Skills Classes for Students: HC DrugFree is providing a highly interactive skills-based program designed to promote positive health and personal development for youth in grades 6-9. For slightly younger or older students, please register and we will consider each request. We encourage siblings and friends to take these classes together! These skills have been shown to help students resist substance use, violence, and other high-risk behaviors. Our instructional team consists of dedicated adults and older students sharing situations they may face in high school, college, and beyond. The next series of classes will be held via Zoom Tuesdays and Thursdays May 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31 and June 2 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Registration is required. Please sign-up ASAP as space is extremely limited! For more information: Email, visit www.hc or view downloadable flier.
Parents: If you are interested in learning more about what is happening in Howard County, the many free resources HC DrugFree and other organizations offer, or how your student can volunteer as they learn skills and receive more community service hours, then sign up for our free newsletter to get updates on events as well as information to keep your family safe and informed. Go to the bottom of our homepage at
Medication and Sharps Drive-thru Collection: HC DrugFree’s next drive-thru prescription and over-the-counter medication and sharps (needles, syringes and EpiPens) collection will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot in Columbia. Medication will be guarded and transported by the Howard County Police and the DEA. For more information visit or email or view downloadable flier Adults, teens, youth groups, and medically-trained adults may volunteer at


Health Room News

Vaccination requirements for current 6th Grade students - 2022/23 School Year

Please read the attached letter from our Health Room regarding vaccination requirements for current 6th grade students for the upcoming 2022/23 school year.   Letters have been mailed to those parents/guardians whose children may have not received the vaccinations.    The Maryland Department of Health will provide a clinic at LKMS on Friday, May 6, to provide those vaccinations.

COVID-19 Test Kits

All students received a COVID-19 test kit to bring home.  We encourage the use of at-home tests prior to returning from Spring Break. Reminder that all students and staff are to remain home if they are experiencing symptom(s) associated with any communicable disease, including COVID-19. Details on daily health checks are available online.  If your child is exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, please use your test kit as an additional mitigation effort to keep our schools and offices healthy, and/or access one of many available public testing sites in your area.

Information on upcoming Covid-19 Vaccine Clinics and information on reporting positive Covid-19 test results to our school’s Health Room can be located on our website.

Mask Update

All students, staff and visitors will be able to choose if they wish to wear a mask in HCPSS buildings. While optional in buildings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health experts continue to recommend face masks as a precautionary measure.
Per the CDC, masks are required in healthcare settings, so students and staff must continue to wear a mask in school health rooms.

PTA News

Read the latest information in our PTA's newsletter and view our PTA’s website for upcoming events.



HCASC Meeting

The next Howard County Association of Student Council (HCASC) meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 20, at 7:00pm at the Homewood Center.  All middle and high school students are invited to attend the April HCASC meeting that will include a networking session from 8:00-8:30pm whereby students can connect with the HCASC Officer Team and the Student Member of the Board. Students who wish to attend the meeting virtually can find the meeting link in the Canvas Student Newsletter on the day of the meeting.

FREE Student Bus Passes:

HCPSS has partnered with Howard County Government and the Regional Transit Authority of Central Maryland (RTA) to provide free RTA bus passes to students. These can be used any time between now and September 12.  Please contact our LKMS Front Office at 410-880-5988 to request a pass.

The Council of Elders and the Howard County Public School System have partnered to sponsor a social studies workshops series, The Essence of US: Chronicling the Black American Experience. The series is open to any middle school or high school students who are interested. Sessions will be held virtually on the following Saturdays from 10-11 a.m.

  •     April 9 - In Search of Black Voices
  •     May 14 - Piecing Together the Bigger Picture

Additional details regarding each session are forthcoming. Students may express their interest in participating in any of the sessions via the online form.


Please visit the website for all the latest HCPSS News and Information to include HCPSS’ updated academic school calendar.



Come out to sports camp the week of June 27 and/or July 18 at Reservoir High School. Camp is hosted by Lime Kiln teacher and Reservoir Coach Phil Ranker as well as other certified elementary and middle school teachers in the county and state.  The camp is open to current K-8th graders and features many different sports and activities every day.  If your child likes PE, they will love camp.  Campers are split into age and ability groups to ensure that everyone has a fun and productive time.  Full day and half day options available. For more information, please visit or email for questions!


The River Hill High School Boosters are sponsoring summer camps at River Hill High School.  The camps are designed to help young athletes improve their fundamental athletic skills.  Over twenty different camps are offered this summer, including football, soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse, field hockey, volleyball, basketball, tennis, cheerleading, art, and weight training. Weekly camps begin on June 13th.  For more information and to register, visit