Deep Run Digest ~ A Newsletter for Families-October 28, 2023

Sat, 10/28/2023 - 10:52am
Deep Run Digest ~ News and Information for Families
October 28, 2023

Dear Deep Run Families

It has been a busy couple of weeks at Deep Run. We are almost at the end of the 1st quarter. As we walk around the building it is wonderful to see students learning. Our PTA Trunk or Treat event was amazing with so many smiling faces at our school. Thank you to our wonderful PTA for organizing this event. It takes a strong family-school partnership to serve our communuity. We look forward to seeing you in our school. 


Nigel La Roche          Jerome Pickens                  Ashleigh Townsend

Principal                     Assistant Principal              Assistant Principal

Important Dates

  • October 31 ~ 3 Hour Early Dismissal Day - End of Quarter 1 - Dismissal is at 12:55 p.m.
  • October 31 ~ Day of Belonging
  • November 8 ~ Report Cards Issued ~ View at HCPSS Connect at 5 p.m.
  • November 9 ~ PTA Bingo (7 pm)
  • November 13 ~ Title I and Family Engagement Team: Coffee and Conversation with Administration (9:30-10:15 a.m.)
  • November 13-18 ~ American Education Week
  • November 13 ~ American Education Week Spirit Day: Wear Read, White & Blue
  • November 16 ~ School Picture Retakes (See more Information Below)
  • November 17 ~ School Spirit Day: Wear School Colors or team sports clothing
  • November 20 - 22 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • November 20 and 21 - 3 Hour Early Dismissal Day - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • November 22 - No School for Students - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • November 23-24 - Schools Closed - Thanksgiving Break

All School dates are posted on our Deep Run Community Calendar located on our Website

Parent-Teacher Conference Registration 

Connect opens for Parents to schedule Parent/Teacher Conferences on Monday, November 6 @ 8am and closes on Thursday, November 16 @ 4pm. Fall conferences will be held this year on 11/20 (in person) and 11/21 (virtual).  Directions for how to register for a conference can be found here.  We can’t wait to celebrate our students’ success with you!

Halloween Reminders

As a reminder, we do not have a Halloween parade at Deep Run during the school day. We had a wonderful Trunk or Treat event this week to celebrate together. Accordingly, students are not permitted to wear costumes to school on October 31st. We will be having a fun morning of activities reinforcing belonging, and remember, it is a half day so students have the afternoon to enjoy halloween at home.

Standards Based Instruction and Reporting

As was shared at Back to School Night presentation, grades PreK - 2 will be switching to this new reporting.  We hosted an evening for families to learn more about this reporting and report card changes.  Here are some additional resources to help families beter understand their child's report card:

Please complete your family file!

HCPSS utilizes Family File for parents/guardians to complete emergency information. All parents/guardians must verify and/or update information for each child each school year.  Parents/guardians can access their student's Family File by logging into HCPSS Connect, selecting the “More Options” tab on the left and then selecting “Family File” in the center column. Thank you!

School Picture Retakes

Please click on the following link for DEEP RUN SCHOOL PICTURE Information. Please subscribe to receive further information. Picture retakes will occur on November 16, 2023

Attendance Information and Resources for Families

Helping your child attend school every day on time is an important key to learning Read more

Interested in Joining the Cub Scouts?

Click on the following link to view information about joining Cub Scout Pack 360

Title I News and Updates

Deep Run Elementary School is a Title I Schoolwide Program school. Title I is a federally funded program designed to close achievement gaps and ensure all children have an opportunity to access a high-quality education by providing funding for supplemental academic services and supports.  The goal of this program is to close the achievement gap for all students. Our program allows all students to be eligible for additional academic support and the funds are used to support and enhance the overall school program.  During the school year, we would welcome any feedback related to our Title I School-wide programming.  

The Federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) contains several provisions which promote a parent/school partnership through communication. One such provision gives parents of students attending Title I schools the right to ask for and receive information about the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teacher, paraprofessional, and/or long-term substitute teacher.  Please see the attached information regarding Parental Right to Know Information. 

Community News

Please visit the HCPSS website Community News and Programs site for upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.

HCPSS and The Council of Elders (TCOE) Community Academies

HCPSS and The Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County (TCOE) have partnered to sponsor the following upcoming parent workshops series: 

  • December 16: Social Emotional Well-Being and Substance Abuse
  • January 27: Processes for Parent Empowerment
  • March 9: Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships

Each engaging session is held virtually on Saturdays from 9-10:30 a.m. Please see the save the date flier for more information. Direct questions to Sheree Tilley.


Mission: Deep Run Elementary ensures academic success and social-emotional well being for each student by celebrating our diversity, setting high expectations, and ensuring equitable access and opportunities for all learners. 

Have a great week!