Deep Run Digest 11-8-19

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 10:41pm

Dates to Remember

  • November 8        Crazy Hair Day
  • November 11      Report Cards Go Home
  • November 11      HCPSS Connect Opens to Schedule Conferences
  • November 12      PTA Restaurant Night at Red Robin--Save the Date
  • November 15      PTA Family Fun Night--Bingo
  • November 18      American Education Week
  • November 19      PTA Meeting 7pm
  • November 22      Wear red, white, and blue
  • November 22      Last Day to Schedule a Conference on HCPSS Connect
  • November 25      Conferences, Early Dismissal at 12:55
  • November 26      Conferences, Early Dismissal at 12:55
  • November 27      Limited Conferences
  • November 28-29 Schools Closed

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News and Events

Report Cards Go Home on Monday, November 11th

Report cards go home on Monday, November 11th. Beginning this quarter, you will notice a minor modification to your child’s report card.  

The PreK-5 Learning Behaviors section of the report card has been modified to align with changes recently made to HCPSS Policy 8010: Grading and Reporting. The new behaviors complement the curriculum content taught in the elementary grades and are a natural part of learning about oneself while interacting with others.

Learning behaviors now included on the 2019-2020 report card help support parents and teachers in identifying areas of focus. The learning behaviors are:
    •    Demonstrates interpersonal skills
    •    Demonstrates responsibility
    •    Demonstrates perseverance
    •    Demonstrates collaboration
    •    Demonstrates initiative
On the HCPSS website, you will find a list of the specific behaviors, actions and expectations that align with each learning behavior. Teachers will report student performance on each learning behavior based on developmental and age-appropriate expectations. You will also find example report cards, frequently asked questions and information in multiple languages.

Click here for important information about Understanding Your Child's Report Card and Preparing for Conferences.

Parent Teacher Conferences--November 25-27

Parent Teacher Conferences will take place on November 25th & 26th, and for some teachers on November 27th.  Fall conferences will be the traditional parent-teacher conference with homeroom teachers and February conferences will be the student-led conference. The HCPSS Connect/Family File account is used to schedule the conferences.  Beginning on Monday, November 11th you can log on to HCPSS Connect at to access Synergy Conference Management. You can then choose your desired conference time from each teacher’s availability.  For assistance with scheduling your conferences, visit the user guide for detailed instructions.

For parents without online access, please contact our front office staff at 410-313-5000 for assistance in scheduling conferences. Please note that if you are unable to attend conferences during the conference days/evenings, please contact your child’s teacher directly to arrange a mutually convenient time. ​

Tips for Scheduling Conferences

  • Parent Teacher Conferences will be scheduled in 20-minute increments.

  • Conferences will need to begin and end on time. 

  • Please allow yourself travel time between conferences within the building.

  • Please do not schedule back-to-back conferences with different teachers if at all possible. 

  • Related Arts teachers have a limited number of conference times available in comparison to the number of students they teach. You are not required to schedule a related arts conference, however we encourage you to schedule a conference if you have a concern you would like to discuss with the teacher. If you would like to schedule a conference with a related arts teacher, please email the teacher to schedule with them directly.  Please visit our DRES staff page at for contact information. 

  • If you do not have access to email, please call the front office.

PTA Restaurant Night at Red Robin--November 12th 5-8 pm

Join family and friends at the PTA Restaurant Night at Red Robin on November 12th from 5-8.  Click here to view the flyer.  The flyer is needed at restaurant night so PTA earns a portion of the proceeds.

5th Grade Fundraiser

Fifth grade is having a fund raiser to raise money for their end of the year field trip, Simulated Congressional Hearings, and the end of the year celebrations.  Fifth graders have catalogs, or you can shop online at  Forty percent of the sales will go to support our school.  The fund raiser will go until November 18th so that all items will be delivered in time for holiday gift giving.

School Psychology Awareness Week- November 11th-15th

Do you know the school psychologist at your child’s school? Every HCPSS school has at least one school psychologist on staff.   At Deep Run Elementary, Amy Manner is our full-time school psychologist and Dan Carr is with us one day a week.  While Mrs. Manner has been on maternity leave, Theresa Serkes, Mary Nalepa, and Jennifer Lage have been subbing for her.  Mrs. Manner will return after winter break.

School psychologists work with students, staff, and families to promote the social-emotional, behavioral, and academic success of all students and to ensure a safe and nurturing school environment. School psychologists provide services based on the individual needs of their schools. The following HCPSS link describes the many supports offered by school psychologists:


Worth Repeating

PTA Meeting
Please join us at our November 19th meeting for a presentation by Assistant Principal Sophia Quirk. Learn about standardized testing at DRES, what tests are administered, understanding the results, how the test data is used at school, and additional information. Bring your questions!  Join us in the Media Center at 7PM on Nov 19th. We will have a brief PTA business update on PTA activities before the presentation. A Spanish interpreter will be present.

Deep Run Dash
Don't forget to support your school through the Deep Run Dash! Funds go to support cultural arts, STEM, staff appreciation, family events throughout the year, and more. The students ran last week and had a blast!  Donation pledges are due by Friday November 1st. Pledge sheets can be turned in until Nov 1st to students' homeroom teachers. (Checks should be made payable to 'DRES PTA'.)  Online donations can be made by setting up a quick profile via  Find out more at

Box Tops for Education--NEW

There is a NEW way to collect Box Tops to support Deep Run Elementary.  Click here to learn how you can help--English and Spanish.

PTA Family Fun Night Bingo--November 15th

Join family and friends for PTA's Bingo Night on November 15th.  Doors open at 6:30 and Bingo starts at 7:00.  Click below for more information.

English Flyer

Spanish Flyer

School Attendance for Academic Success

Research is clear that showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic and social success starting from kindergarten and continuing through high school.

Thrive By Five Conference

Thrive by Five Conference is coming! This conference is for families with children birth to 5 years old and will be held at the North Laurel Community Center on November 16th from 8:00am to 1:00pm.

  • There will be break-out sessions on nutrition, wellness, music.
  • One break-out session is in Spanish.
  • This event is free, but there is limited space, so please register at
  • There is also limited childcare available for children 2 yrs old and over by calling the number on the flier (410-313-1442).
  • Translation services can also be requested.

Guiding Good Choices Prevention Program

This is an evidence-based, interactive prevention program that provides the families of children ages 9-14 with skills and knowledge to reduce the risk that their children will use drugs.  This program is sponsored through HC DrugFree. It will be held at Wilde Lake Middle School on Tuesday, October 22 & 29 and November 5 & 12, 2019. See flier for additional 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.