Deep Run Digest 2-15-19

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 6:06pm

Dates to Remember

  • February 15        Dismissal at 12:55 for Conferences, no 1/2 day RECC or PreK
  • February 15       “I Dream of Kindness” pajama day.
  • February 15        Book Fair Ends at Noon
  • February 18        No School--Presidents' Day
  • February 20        Cozy Night of Reading 6:30
  • February 21        Class Picture Day
  • February 22        Spirit Day--Dress in tacky clothes
  • February 25        Dr. Seuss Spirit Week (see below)
  • February 27        PTA Restaurant Night at Eggspectations 7-9 pm
  • February 28        Snow Date for Cozy Night of Reading 6:30
  • February 28        Coffee and Conversation with Administrators 9:15-10:15 am
  • March 1              Read Across Deep Run Day

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News and Events

Afternoon Car Loop

As you may have already noticed, we are experimenting with some different options to expedite our afternoon car loop. Please be alert for directions from our staff and thanks for your patience. We will be sure to keep our community informed of any permanent changes to our procedures.

Dr. Seuss Spirit Days and Read Across Deep Run Day

In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday and Read Across Deep Run Day on March 1st, the week of February 25th will be "show your spirit" week!  Students and staff cna participate by wearing and reading the following:

Dr. Seuss Spirit Days English

Dr. Seuss Spirit Days Spanish

Information about Emergency Weather Closings in Howard County Schools

Everything you ever wanted to know about emergency weather closings in Howard County Schools can be found at:

How to Receive Text Messages from HCPSS and Deep Run ES

To comply with wireless carrier requirements, parents/guardians and community members must opt into receiving HCPSS text message alerts. Standard data fees and text messaging rates may apply based on your mobile plan. If you are unsure if you have already opted in, text the word “YES” to 67587 from the cell phone number on file in HCPSS Connect.

For community members without students in the school system, text the word “YES” to 67587 from the cell phone number that you signed up with.

Cozy Night of Reading

Cozy Night of Reading:  I'm Dreaming of a Good Book

February 20th, 6-8 pm

Snow Date February 28th 6-8 pm

Many community resources will be available starting at 6:00 (energy assistance, food, housing, education, and employment)

Teachers and other staff members will begin reading at 6:30.

Coffee and Conversation with Deep Run Administrators

Join Mrs. Lancaster and Mr. Notari for coffee on February 28th from 9:15-10:15 to talk about Deep Run, Howard County Public Schools, and education.  Bring your questions and comments to an open discussion.

Cozy Night of Reading

Worth Repeating

DRES PTA Restaurant Night at Eggspectations February 27

Join family and friends at the next PTA Restaurant Night at Eggspectations on February 27th from 7:00-9:00 pm.  The Deep Run PTA will receive 15% of the sales when you present one of the below flyers.

Eggspectations Flyer in English

Eggspectations Flyer in Spanish

Preschool Learning Together Program at Deep Run--Registration Opens Feb 15

Registration opens on Feb 15 for the Preschool Learning Together Program at Deep Run ES for children who will be 3 or 4 by September 1.

DRES Drinking Water--Testing Revealed all Drinking Water Outlets are Safe

Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) began in September 2018 to test all schools for the presence of lead in school drinking water. The testing is being conducted to comply with a new state regulation requiring lead testing of drinking water outlets in all Maryland schools and not because of any concerns with drinking water in Howard County schools. The state regulations apply to all Maryland school systems. 
Deep Run drinking water outlets were tested on January 24th and 25th.  Results indicated that all drinking water outlets sampled were all below the action level.  Full results can be found at:

​Please note that the sinks where there is red sign indicating "Do no use for drinking" means that the sink was not tested for lead but the water is provided by a public utility that is regulated under the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

Flu Season is Here--Important Information For You to Know

 We are seeing an increase in fever and flu like symptoms in the Deep Run health room.  Here are some facts about the flu:
    •    Symptoms include fever, chills, body aches, cough, and sore throat. If your child has a fever they must STAY HOME.  Your child must be fever free (<100*F) for 24 hours WITHOUT fever reducing medication before coming to school (such as Tylenol or Motrin).
    •    The flu virus spreads through droplets from a person coughing and/or sneezing.  Continue to encourage children to cover their coughs and sneezes.
    •    The flu can spread from 1 day before symptoms start and last as long as 7 days after a person becomes symptomatic.   
    •    Get vaccinated!!  The flu shot helps prevent and reduce the flu illness. 
The above link has more great information about the flu.  Please read and feel free to call the Deep Run health room if you have any questions (410-313-5051).

Coding Classes for Girls

Starting Soon!  – Tynker Coding Course

This course introduces elementary girls to programming using a drag-and-drop interface.  Students learn the basics of motion and animation, create scenes and change backgrounds, add sound and music, all while creating simple projects, animations, and games. 
Prerequisites: None
Audience: 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Girls (who have not taken Tynker before)
Cost: FREE for DRES Students
Dates: February 20 - March 18
Mondays & Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Instructor: Robin Stevens
Beginning March 20th  - Physical Computing Course 
Students will learn about programming in the physical world by programming lights and motors. They will explore circuits and conductivity and make games using the Raspberry Pi and Micro:bit. Students will learn about computer science and computational thinking through physical tools and hands-on activities. 
Audience: 4th and 5th Grade Girls
Cost: Free
Dates: March 20 - April 11 
Wednesdays & Thursdays, 4 - 5:30 p.m. 
Instructor: Lisa Wenzel
Courses are FREE thanks to the generous support of our sponsors.
Open to students attending Deep Run Elementary ONLY.  
Click below to register:
Registration Open     

Girl Power

APL hosts Girl Power, a STEM expo for elementary and middle school students, with support from the Maryland Space Business Roundtable. The annual event features hands-on activities, cool demonstrations, and take-home material for the students to encourage an interest in STEM careers. Visitors have the opportunity to talk to professional women in STEM careers such as aerospace, computer science, electrical engineering, geology, information technology, and space mission engineering. Girl Power is free, and no registration is required. Girl Power is scheduled for March 10, 2019. There is no snow date for this event.

To learn more about APL’s Girl Power expo, view the Girl Power flyer.

Measure of Academic Progress (MAP)--Winter Administraton

We will be administering MAP assessments in reading and mathematics to all DRES students in grades 1-5 starting this week.

Summer Institute--Registration Opened February 6th

The Summer Institute (grades K-9) on-site registration will now take place on Wednesday, February 6th, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Homewood Center. Online registration will open on Wednesday, February 6th at 6:00 p.m. and will remain open through Thursday, February 22nd at 6:00 p.m. Details at

Girls on the Run--Registration Opens February 10th

Girls on the Run Registration Opens February 10: Girls on the Run® inspires girls in grades 3-5 to be joyful, healthy, and confident by using running to teach valuable life skills. Teams of 15-20 girls meet twice weekly after school for 10 weeks. Each season concludes with the girls and their running buddies completing a 5k run. The Spring season will start the week of March 17, with the season-ending 5k scheduled for June 1, 2019, in Columbia, MD. Registration opens on Sunday, February 10 at 12:00 noon. Program registration fee is $175 and includes 5k registration, water bottle, t-shirt, and all program materials. Financial assistance is available – no girl is turned away. Visit for a list of program sites and to register. Questions? Call 443-583-7740

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Deep Run has been selected to participate in Read with Me, a partnership between HCPSS, Bright Minds, the HC Early Childhood Advisory Council, and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

This program is for ANY baby or young child age 4 or under who lives in the Deep Run Elementary area. This includes your relatives and neighbors who live in the Deep Run area. Books will be mailed directly to your child.  If you would like to sign up, complete the form below--one form per child.  Contact Glenna Deekle at Deep Run with questions at 410-313-5000 or   

PTA is Collecting Box Tops Again

It's time for another Box Tops contest.  Bring in all the Box Tops you can between now and February 22nd.  The grade that brings in the most will win their choice of a free sit at lunch, extra recess, or a short movie.  Click here for more information.

Community News and Programs

Please visit the Community News and Programs page at for announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.