Leopard Tale - 5-5-23

Fri, 05/05/2023 - 3:00pm

May 5, 2023

Upcoming Dates


May 8 - Band Concert

May 8 - May 12 - Teacher/ Staff Appreciation Week 

May 10- 8th Grade Panoramic picture day

May 11- Orchestra Concert

May 16- Schoolwide Enrichment Fair

May 17- PTA Virtual Zoom Meeting

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 Social Studies, Grade 8: May 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th

MCAP ELA, Whole School: May 8th and 9th, Makeup Testing 5/10-11

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.


G/T Enrichment Fair - May 16 

 Click here- to view Flyer


Student Motivational Message:

Leopard Motivational Message: Each week Ms. Jones and Ms. Horoszczak will join the LKMS Morning News to share a weekly motivational message. This was started in February. These messages are created to further build relationships at Lime Kiln Middle School. It is also a way for us to speak to issues and concerns students share with us. Here is a recent message shared with the student body

In a world where so much of our interaction is through technology, it is important to remember the importance of being kind to each other. The acts of kindness that we show each other can make a huge difference in someone's day. Whether it's offering a helping hand, saying nice words, or just supporting or being there for someone when they need it most, these small gestures can go a long way.


Embracing each other and being kind to one another is something that we can all do. It doesn't cost anything and it doesn't take much effort but the rewards are great. By showing kindness to others, we can create an environment and school filled with love and understanding - something that everyone needs in their life.


Be Motivated..


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:




Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week 2023- Monday, May 8- Friday, May 12 

Cash Donations Needed for Staff Appreciation

Dear LKMS Families,

Please Donate Funds to assure Staff Appreciation Week happens at LKMS!

We have some amazing plans for next week in appreciation of our awesome teachers & staff members however we have not received enough funds to cover it all.

Please consider sending in a check to the front office for LKMS PTA or electronically donating via the below:

Paypal: @lkmsspirit

CashApp: $LimeKilnMSPta

All questions can be emailed to staffappreciationlkms@gmail.com  or contact our Chair Aneesha Summerville at 267-266-2660.

Link to Donate & Volunteer(Please copy and paste link): bit.ly/LKMSAppreciation2023 

Click Here to view details


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!

​​​​​​​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: 


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



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


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

Social Media Guides for Parents: 

The Howard County Health Department is offering sessions on Social Media Guides for Parents: Guide to Healthy Summer Habits. The sessions are virtual, and you can register and see more details here. Each event is from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. and will start with a presentation, and end with Q & A.

May 9 - Parents of Children ages 3-8

May 10 - Parents of Children ages 9-12

May 11- Parents of Children ages 13-17

  • Come and celebrate the Duanwu Jie (Dragon Boat Festival) with the Chinese American Parent Association at the YMCA Dancel Center on June 4th from 4-8pm. Immerse yourself in Chinese culture by experiencing the beauty of Chinese music and dance, and learning about the festival. You'll even get the chance to learn how to wrap a Zongzi - a traditional Duanwu Jie food made of glutinous rice and usually wrapped in bamboo leaves. Check out this video for Zongzi wrapping instructions: https://www.youtube.com/shorts/Q1EuN5KBwGI.


This family-friendly event is open to all for free, and the entire YMCA facility and activities - including the swimming pool and wall climbing - will be available for participants to enjoy. You can also enjoy Asian foods available for purchase. Don't miss out on this opportunity to create lasting memories with your loved ones and experience the joy of cultural immersion. Join us at the YMCA for an afternoon of fun! https://www.visithowardcounty.com/event/asian-american-and-pacific-islander-festival/22286/


  • Navigating Your Child’s Mental Health Journey - Monday, May 8, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Free Virtual Workshop. Register here

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. 


News from the Health Room

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.



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. 



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