Deep Run Digest 8/19/2022

Fri, 08/19/2022 - 11:54am


Deep Run Elementary School  
Deep Run Digest
August 19, 2022

Important Dates

August 20      Kindergarten Playdate at Waterloo Park 9:00 am

August 22      Popsicles on the Playground for Kindergarten 4:00-5:00

August 26      Orientation for New Students and Students from DEC in Gr. 1-5  10:00

August 26      K and Prekindergarten Orientation 1:15

August 26      Open House for all grades 2:00-3:00

August 26      Back to School Bash 2:30-3:30

August 29      First Day of School for K-5

September 1  First Day for RECC and PreK

September 9   Back to School Picnic


Student and Parent Handbook

The Student & Parent Handbook can be found online and outlines districtwide practices and policies related to parents and students, including the Student Code of Conduct, school procedures, student responsibilities and more.

Personal Technology Devices

Families are reminded that students must abide by Board of Education Policy 8080 Responsible Use of Technology, Digital Tools, and Social Media, and specifically Standard E. Student Use-Technology, which states that “HCPSS permits students to bring personal technology devices to school, according to the following rules:

  • Elementary Schools – Students will keep personal technology devices in backpacks during the school day, unless otherwise authorized by school administrators or instructional staff.

At Deep Run we encourage students to keep personal devices at home.  We also encourage families to wait until their children are older to purchase them a cell phone.

Howard County Library Mejora tus habilidades de ingles/English Classes

Project Literacy, la iniciativa de la educación de adultos de HCLS, proporciona instrucciones para el Programa Nacional de Diploma Externo (NEDP), un programa flexible
autodirigido para que los adultos obtengan un diploma de escuela.  Adicionalmente, Project Literacy puede ayudarte con los requisitos de convertirte en ciudadano americano.Project Literacy también ofrece clases de inglés en un ambiente de apoyo para los/las estudiantes de inglés de todos los niveles. Puedes aprender a leer, escribir, pronunciar, y conversar en ingl.

Project Literacy at the Howard County Public LIbrary offers classes to learn English. Project Literacy will also assist with the requirements to become a US Citizen.  Project Literacy will also provide classes for the National External Diploma Program.

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Prekindergarten, Kindergarten, and New Student Orientations

We are looking forward to welcoming all our families back to school for the 2022-2023 school year.  We are offering orientation activities for our new students and our very popular Open House for all families.

Prekindergarten (all 3 and 4 year old programs):

  • August 26 at 1:15--Orientation (RECC classrooms)
  • August 26 from 2-3--Open House


  • August 20 at 9:00--Playdate at Waterloo Park at the end of Old Waterloo Road
  • August 22 from 4-5 pm--Popsicles on the Playground (DRES playground and blacktop)
  • August 26 at 1:15--Orientation for kindergarten children and their parents (cafeteria)
  • August 26 from 2-3--Open House

New Students Grades 1-5 (we also welcome students returning from the Digital Education Center):

  • August 26 at 10:00 (cafeteria)
  • August 26 from 2-3--Open House 

All Students and Families

  • August 26 from 2-3--Open House
  • August 26 from 2:30-3:30--Back to School Bash with the HoCo Local Children's Board

Bring school supplies and leave in the classroom.  Supplies will be available for families in need.

Free and Reduced Meals Program-- Apply Now

Lunch will only be free or reduced for children of families who qualify for the Free and Reduced Meals Program.  Applications must be submitted to determine eligibility.

Free breakfast will be available for all students at Deep Run for the 22-23 school year.

Families are reminded that the federal government has NOT extended waivers allowing free meals for all students. Consequently, for the 2022-2023 school year, students whose families do not qualify for free or reduced lunch will be required to pay the daily meal price

·         Student Lunch - $2.80

Many HCPSS families are eligible to participate in the Free and Reduced Price Meals (FARMs) program, which provides children with a wide range of benefits including free or discounted college tuition, testing and application fees, academic and athletic program fees and many others in addition to free or discounted meals. 

Families are urged to check their eligibility and complete a FARMs application as soon as possible. Families must submit a new application every school year.

Details on the Free and Reduced Meals program are available online. Use the link below to apply.

FARMS Online Application Link

Complete Your Famiily File Now

Families who attended a Howard County Public School last year, and families who completed the registration process, should complete the Family File now. By completing the Family File, you will be able to see your child's homeroom teacher on 8/24.

Every year HCPSS parents must complete a Family File for each child. HCPSS utilizes Family File for parents/guardians to complete emergency information. Parents/guardians must verify and/or update information for each child, and can do so by logging in to HCPSS Connect PARENT ACCOUNT and selecting the MORE OPTIONS tab on the left and then clicking on Family File.

Once logged in, you will be asked to update or provide the following information:

  •  Student Information

  •  Parent/Guardian Contact

  •  Emergency Contacts

  •  Medical Information

  •  Arrival/Dismissal Procedures

  •  Photo Approval Data Confidentiality

  •  PTA/PTSA Directory  

Again, it is important that you complete the Family File in order to receive the name of your child's teacher for the upcoming school year.

Bus Transportation

Deep Run is mostly a school where students walk to and from school.  Students who live in neighborhoods where the walking distance is over a mile, may be eligible for bus transportation.  Bus Transportation Policy 5200 provides more information about the guidelines used to determine bus transportation to and from school.  Bus schedules will be available on the HCPSS website in mid-August. Students in PreK-5  living in the Paragon Apartments and in Deep Run Park do not receive bus transportation.  We encourage families to walk to school if they live in the walker area. For families who drive there is an established car loop system that will be shared prior to the first day of school.   There is very limited parking at Deep Run for arrival and dismissal--there is no parking in the surrounding neighborhoods, including Sherwood Drive.

School Supply List

View the School Supply List. Supplies will be available for families in need.  Read more

Deep Run Wellness Center

The Howard County Health Department in partnership with the Howard County Public School System has selected Deep Run ES to be one of the eleven schools to have a school-based wellness center. Deep Run ES has had the telemedicine program, but starting in SY 22-23, there will be a nurse practitioner on-site a few days a week to provide school entry physicals,  co-management of chronic health problems with your child’s pediatric provider, health education, and treat acute illnesses and injuries. The wellness center hopes to offer routine childhood vaccinations in the near future.  When the nurse practitioner is not at the school, telemedicine services will still be offered for illnesses and injuries. The Health Department will only bill Medical Assistance or your child’s MCO. The family is never billed or charged a  co-pay or any fee. Children must be enrolled by their parent or guardian to receive services.

Enrollment Packet (English)

Enrollment Packet (Spanish)

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