Deep Run Digest 12-16-2022

Thu, 12/15/2022 - 10:37pm

December 16      Spirit Day:  Holiday Shirts and Sweaters

December 20      Advanced Instrumental Music Concert

December 23      Pajama Day

December 26      Winter Break

January 3            Back to School


    Welcome to Deep Run, Mr Pickens!

    At  the December 15th Board of Education meeting, Mr. Jerome Pickens was promoted to Assistant Principal at Deep Run effective December 29, 2022.   Mr. Pickens has been an educator for over 10 years.  He began his teaching career in Baltimore County and moved to Howard County in 2016.  As a teacher he taught in 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades.  In 2020, he was named HCPSS Teacher of the Year.  Mr. Pickens is committed to ensuring high-quality education and providing opportunities for all students to succeed and close the achievement gap.  Mr. Pickens is looking forward to meeting the Deep Run school community after the winter break.

    Young Authors Contest Winners

    Thank you to all of the students who participated in the Young Author’s contest this year!  We had over 40 students in grades first through fifth write a poem or short story.  Some students submitted both!  All of the submissions were creative and interesting to read!  Here are the winners in each grade: 

    • First Grade: 
      •  Poetry: Kayla--Pumpkin Patch 
      • Short Story: Kayla--A Fox in the Woods 
    • Second Grade: 
      • Poem: Tommy--Snow White 
      • Short Story: Brielle--Brielle and the Little Flower 
    • Third Grade: 
      • Poetry: Rudi--The Beach 
      •  Short Story: Akshara--Evil Planet 
    • Fourth Grade: 
      • Poetry: Niralya--October 
      • Short Story: Kavya--The Goddess of Wisdom 
    • Fifth Grade:
      • Poetry: Daniel--Fall 
      • Short Story: Niveditha--Didn’t Want to Move  

    Congratulations to all the winners and participants!    

    Parents Needed to Attend the Family Engagement Team Meeting on 12/16

    The Family Engagement Team includes Deep Run parents and staff across grade levels. The GOAL of the team is to:

    • Help create positive home-school connections

    • Increase family engagement

    • Maintain effective communications with families

    • Plan family events and programs

    Friday,December 16 8:40am-9:10am at DRES or join virtually!  

    To join the video meeting, click this link: 

    Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 629-888-1376 and enter this PIN: 318 709 531#

    To view more phone numbers, click this link: 

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    5th Grade Fundraiser--Gift Certificates to Mutiny

    The perfect holiday gift. Gift Certificates expire 3/1/23. Get them before we sell out!  $10 gift certificates can be purchased for $5 at 

    Purchased gift certificates will be placed in students Wednesday folders.

    Federal Impact Aid Forms due by December 19

    Only a few days remain for eligible parents/guardians to complete the Impact Aid section of Family File. Parents/guardians who work on a federal property in Maryland and/or are a member of a uniformed service qualify HCPSS to receive additional federal funding. The Federal Impact Aid programs provide financial assistance to school districts that enroll federally connected children. In HCPSS, Impact Aid supplements the operating budget to enhance the teaching and learning that takes place in Howard County classrooms.

    In order to qualify for funding, parents who identified themselves in Family File as working on federal property in Maryland or as active duty military should log in via HCPSS Connect to complete the Impact Aid form by confirming the information and providing a digital signature before December 19. (See directions below)

    If you did not complete Family File this year and work on federal property in Maryland or are active duty military, please log in and complete the Federal Impact Aid section of Family File  Links to an external site.prior to completing the Impact Aid form.

    If you submitted a form before September 30, it must be redone. 

    In instances where families are federally connected both by work location and membership in the uniformed services, the digital signature only needs to be completed by one parent.

    To complete your online Impact Aid form:

    The family’s federally connected information along with the digital signature will qualify the school system for applicable funding.

    Learn more about the Impact Aid program  Links to an external site.and view answers to frequently asked questions online.

    1. Log in to HCPSS Connect Links to an external site.using parent/guardian credentials
    2. Select More Options from the left navigation
    3. Select Federal Impact Aid from the middle