Leopard Tale November 2023

Fri, 11/03/2023 - 4:17pm
News from Lime Kiln Middle School




November 7 - 8th Grade Hearing and Vision Clinic

November 8 - Report cards available to view in HCPSS Connect at 4:00 p.m.

November 9 - Fall Make-up picture date

November 13-17 Kindness and School Spirit Week 

November 13-17 American Education Week

November 20- 3 Hour Early Dismissal - Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 21- 3 Hour Early Dismissal - Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 22- School closed for students - Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 23-24- Schools and Offices Closed - Thanksgiving Break

Dear Lime Kiln Community,

Since the beginning of the school year,  Ms. Horozczak  and I have been delivering motivational messages to our students every Wednesday via the morning announcements. These messages focus on fostering positive peer interactions, building a strong school community, and promoting values such as compassion, empathy, diversity, commonality, and overall student well-being.

We believe in the importance of promoting  these values with our students, and we wanted to keep you informed. Starting this week, these messages will also be featured in our community newsletter, allowing you to stay updated on the themes we are emphasizing in school.

Thank you for your continued support in reinforcing these positive messages at home. Together, we can create a nurturing and inclusive environment for all our students.

Warm regards,

Tammy Jones



Motivational Message Wednesday, November 1, 2023

I wanted to take a moment to remind us all of the profound impact kindness can have, especially in the face of the challenges our world often presents. In a few weeks, we will be celebrating Kindness Week, and I encourage each and every one of you to participate wholeheartedly.

Kindness is not just a virtue; it is a powerful force for change. In a world where turmoil, violence, and unkind treatment seem all too common, we have the opportunity to be the difference. Let's make the conscious choice to treat our peers with kindness and compassion, and let's actively work on embracing others with open hearts.

The beauty of kindness lies in its ability to not only uplift others but also enrich our own lives. When we choose kindness, we foster a positive environment where everyone feels valued and respected. Moreover, practicing kindness equips us with invaluable skills that can help us navigate even the most challenging situations and deal with difficult people.

Remember, what is right will always prevail in the end. Let's be motivated to be kind, not just by chance, but on purpose.

Quarter 1 Report Cards

Quarter 1 report cards will be available in HCPSS Connect Synergy at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8. Instructions on how to access report cards are available online.


Panorama Wellbeing Survey for 7th and 8th grade students:

  • As a reminder, the week of November 6-10, we will be asking all students in Grade 7 and 8 to take a brief survey to tell us about their social-emotional skills and access to supportive relationships. A communication was sent home in paper form on 10/25/23 with additional information and the opportunity to opt out. This communication can be accessed through this link: . If you have any questions about the survey administration, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Shannon_Horoszczak@hcpss.org. Make-up sessions will be provided as needed. 

Copy of Family Survey Notification Letter (English) - November 2023

Family Survey Notification Letter (Spanish) - November 2023


Picture Retake day 

Picture retake day will be on November 9, 2023.


Health News

8th Grade Students will be seen at the Hearing and Vision Clinic at LKMS on 11-7-23 and the rescreen date on 11-14-23. Parents may OPT out of screenings for religious reasons. Please email the nurse a letter stating if you want your student to opt out of the Hearing and Vision Clinic at : kassandra_wanless@hcpss.org

If your student wears glasses, please make sure the student brings glasses on those days to wear for the vision screening.

Thank you.

Kassy Wanless RN


Limelight Productions Interest Meeting Postponed

Lime Kiln Performers and Tech Crew Potentials! For those who are interested in being a part of our spring production, our interest meeting will be moved. Originally scheduled for November 8th, we will have to determine a new meeting date as we work out some additional details. Please stay tuned for the new interest meeting date and don’t hesitate to email with any questions: samantha_castelbaum@hcpss.org


COMING the month of December – LKMS' Fifth Annual - "Snow Leopard Winter Break Bonanza"! Back by popular demand! 

The PBIS team would like to celebrate all of our students at Lime Kiln and need your help! We are in search of small prizes that could be raffled off to students on December 22nd. Students who are ROARing (being responsible, organized, achieving and respectful) will be receiving raffle tickets in class for the entire month of December for chances to win these prizes. 

As you are cleaning out this fall keep a lookout for some trinkets that you could donate to a middle school who would love it! 

Some ideas could include: books your child no longer reads, lotions, ear buds, pop sockets, fidgets, small puzzles, coin purses, scarves, accessories, jewelry, fun school supplies, or gift cards, $5-10 (Amazon, Target, Chipotle, McDonalds, Chick-fil-a are favorites)!

Students or parents can drop off your donated items within the front doors of the school near the Front Office anytime from November 6th until December 6th. 

Thank you so much for your support, and we know the students will be excited for our special “SNOW LEOPARD WINTER BREAK BONANZA!”


News from LKMS PTA

Fundraiser with Taharka Brothers Ice Cream

Our fundraiser with Taharka Brothers Ice Cream begins on November 3rd! From NOVEMBER 3rd-8th, place your orders. If you haven’t tried Taharka, don’t miss out. It is the best ice cream we have locally! 

Ice cream will be delivered to your home on November 10th after 4:30pm. 

???? The Details: For this fundraiser, for each order of 8 pints, our pta receives $10 (so order with a friend or neighbor to share the 8 pints!)


Our school code is LimeKiln. 


Book Fair

It's Book Fair time! And the #1 rule... your child will have fun! We're turning up the volume on this year's Fair with more books, more choices, and more fun than ever before. And, you can join the fun too at our family night! Please view the virtual below to view our school page!



Preview Day: November 13

Shopping Days: November 14-20 Students can make purchases during lunch or immediately after school.

Special Evening Event: November 20 Parents and students are invited during Parent/Teacher conferences.

We need Book Fair volunteers!!!



Staff Appreciation Conference Dinner

Parents….Lime Kiln Middle School PTA needs your HELP!!!

Our PTA Hospitality team will be hosting a dinner for all the Lime Kiln Middle School Teachers & Staff on Monday November 20, 2023. This dinner is organized to show our appreciation for those who do so much for our children everyday. Thankfully, Maple Lawn’s own McCabe Russell Law Firm has graciously agreed to sponsor the entrees but we still need accompaniments to make this dinner fabulous.

Please sign up below for those additional items we still need to make this day a little more special for this Fall Parent Teacher/Conference season.




Current 8-11 grade students and their parents/guardians are invited to attend in-person information sessions on HCPSS career academies on Wednesday, November 8 or Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023 at the Applications and Research Laboratory, 10920 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD. The evening will include two 15-minute information sessions and a visit to a third academy beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Participants will learn how Career and Technical Education (CTE) career academies provide high school students with opportunities to earn college credit, scholarships, and industry certifications, participate in worksite and mentorship experiences, and become creative problem solvers by participating in hands-on project-based learning.   Complete information on all career academies is available online. Students/parents are encouraged to review the Career Academies Overview.


  • 6:30-6:45 pm Session I

  • 6:50-7:05 pm Session II

  • 7:10-7:30 pm Open to visit any academy

Participating academies include: 

  • Aerospace Engineering: Project Lead the Way

  • Agricultural Science

  • Animation and Interactive Media

  • Apprenticeship Maryland (for current 11th graders)

  • Architectural Design

  • Automotive Technology

  • Biotechnology

  • Civil Engineering: Project Lead the Way

  • Construction

  • Cybersecurity Networking

  • Finance

  • Graphic Design

  • Health Professions

  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

Parking at Applications and Research Lab (ARL) is limited. Please plan to arrive at the ARL by 6:15 to ensure timely start.