eNewsletter | November 29, 2007 | Vol. 5, No. 4
NEXT MONTHLY MEETING, DEC. 5
Join us on Wednesday, December 5,for our next monthly PTSA meeting. Sign in is at 7:15 p.m. in
the library; meeting starts at 7:30. Two important agenda items:
BASKET BINGO -- OUR BIGGEST FUNDRAISER OF THE YEAR
Since we do not have a PTSA meeting scheduled for January, the December 5th meeting will be
our last before the Basket Bingo fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2nd. This is our major
fundraiser and we are in need of volunteers for securing donations as well as working on the day of
the event. Debbie Paris and Caron Glassman are coordinating this. A donation letter and ad
information will be available at the PTSA meeting. If you have a business with items or services to
donate, are willing to visit businesses and ask for donations, or wish to advertise in the program
booklet, please contact Debbie Paris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cindy Wasserman, faculty advisor to SADD, will be distributing information on the adopt-a-family
program at the Dec. 7th meeting. The PTSA will again be adopting a family in Baltimore County
living with HIV to make sure they have a happy holiday, as will numerous student clubs and
organizations, and there are plenty of ways for your family to participate, from adopting a family to
donating outgrown clothes, toilet articles and toys in good condition. The event culminates in a
Wrapping Night where students, parents, and community members drop in to help wrap all the
donations and pack them up for distribution to the families. To participate contact Mrs. Wasserman
Meetings are a great way to find out about what's going on at the school, meet our principal and
other parents committed to the education of our children. The minutes for the previous meetings of
the 2006-07 academic year are online at http://omhsptsa.org/minutes.html.
PROJECT SAFE COMMITTEE WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS: PLANNING MEETING NOV. 29
Of particular interest to parents of seniors, Project SAFE is the popular after-prom party that keeps
the students occupied and entertained all night in a safe environment. But parents of younger
students are also encouraged to become involved so they can help plan the event when their
children become seniors. The first planning meeting for the May 2008 event is at OMHS on
Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. If you can't come to meetings but do want to help, contact Faith
Gershowitz at email@example.com or Dana Farbman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2008 COLLEGE TOUR TO VISIT VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA: REGISTER NOW
The New Town High School PTSA is offering a four-day college tour during the Baltimore County
schools' spring break, leaving Mon., March 24 and returning Thurs., March 27. Owings Mills High
School students are also welcome. The fee is $485 including coach bus, hotel, all meals, activities,
etc. Schools to be visited are Norfolk State, Virginia State, Hampton, Virginia Union, Duke, and
Wake Forest Universities, North Carolina Central, North Carolina A & T, and the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Three different payment plans are available. The information we received says that a $200
deposit is due by November 30, so if you're interested, contact one of the people below
New Town PTSA Main Number at (410) 356-2737, x561
Rolanda Chambers, President at (410) 419-1462
Carla McCrorey, Corresp. Sec. at (443) 744-2348
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS OF JUNIORS & SENIORS
SENIOR INFORMATION NIGHT: DEC. 3
The annual Senior Information Night takes place on Monday, December 3rd at 6:00 p.m. in the
auditorium. Several speakers will present information on important dates and deadlines such as
senior class activities, college and scholarship applications, yearbook, senior time table, May
schedule, Project Safe, and graduation.
ENGLISH 101 TO BE OFFERED TO OMHS STUDENTS BY CCBC:
INFORMATION SESSION DEC. 4
The Community College of Baltimore County will offer English 101
exclusively to Owings Mills High School students. The course will be held at Owings Mills High
School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This 3 credit course will be offered
at a discounted price and it is a transferable credit course. If you would like more information
please plan to attend the information session on Dec 4th at 6:30pm at Owings Mills High School in
HSA EXAM HELP AVAILABLE FOR JUNIORS
All students beginning with the class of 2009 must past the Maryland High School Assessments, or
HSA exams. If your junior has not passed all the exams, after-school tutoring is available at the
school. All students who have not passed should have met with counselors. For online help, see
the web site at http://hsaexam.org/ Students can take tutorials and see questions from last
year's test to help them prepare. The site also explains the different options students have to
make sure they graduate on time.
TRAFFIC SAFETY WEEK PREMIERES AT OMHS
Those who attended the November 7 PTSA meeting were presented with some disturbing statistics:
every day in Maryland 38 people a day are injured in a crash involving a young driver, and every 3
days someone dies as a result of a crash involving a young driver (young being defined as 15 to 20
years old). The Baltimore County Police Department Community Traffic Safety Program, the
Maryland State Highways Administration (SHA) and our health teacher, Mrs. Cindy Wasserman,
created a weeklong program that was presented Nov. 12-16, intended to raise awareness of the
risk factors causing crashes, including young adult speakers who can present first person
experiences of being arrested or handicapped, video presentations and more. The organizers
gathered feedback from our students at the end of the week, which they will analyze to refine the
program and take it to other Baltimore County high schools, and eventually across the state. By
the way, when the organizers from Baltimore County and the SHA were asked why OMHS was
chosen to be the first, they said it was a statement of the trust and level of cooperation they had in
Mrs. Wasserman and Ms. Garbarino.
BEST PRACTICES FOR PARENTING TEENS PROGRAM
TO BE RESCHEDULED FOR JANUARY
The Safe Homes Committee presentation on 'Best Practices for Parenting Teens'; was originally
scheduled for November 14 but had to be postponed when Powder Puff was moved to that date.
Watch the web site and the next eNews for the new date, which will probably be in January.
You will find the Safe Homes pledge on our web site at http://omhsptsa.org/safehomes.html. The
Safe Homes blog is at http://safehomes.omhsptsa.org and is envisioned as a way for parents to
communicate about issues arising in parenting teens and discouraging underage drinking. Contact
Barbara Korenblit at email@example.com if you are interested in signing the pledge.
SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL ACTIVITIES WHILE YOU SHOP & SAVE
JOIN SPORTS BOOSTERS AND SAVE ON ADMISSIONS!
If you plan to be attending wrestling meets and basketball games, consider joining the Sports
Boosters. Not only does your $40 family membership mean your whole family gets into all games
for free, but you're helping support our athletic program. Find the membership form on the Sports
Boosters web site: http://members.thinkport.org/owingsmills.
And while you're at the games, remember to bring an extra $2 and buy your very own pair of
thunder-sticks to show your support for the Eagles!
HELP THE CLASS OF '09 AND SAVE ON GIFTS!
10% DISCOUNT AT GREETINGS & READINGS Present the coupon at the end of this newsletter and
get a 10% discount at Greetings & Readings on Saturday, December 8, AND an additional 10% of
your purchase will be donated to the OMHS Class of 2009. You can also print the coupon from our
web site at http://omhsptsa.org/flyers/greetingsreadings.html.
PUT PIZZA ON THE MENU ON WEDNESDAY NIGHTS & SUPPORT OMHS
Your local Papa John's has formed a partnership with the Owings Mills High School PTSA in raising
funds to support the various activities and programs for our students. The fundraiser is Papa John's
"Dollars for Dough" and we are asking all the parents to assist the PTSA in making the most of this
The second and fourth Wednesday of every month between the hours of 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. is Papa
John's "Dollar for Dough" Night for OMHS. When you, your family members, friends, co-workers
and anyone you know order from Papa John's on our designated night, 15% of the total net sales
are donated back to the school! You can either pick up your fresh baked Papa John's pizzas, or
have them delivered right to your door provided you live in within our delivery areas and be sure to
mention Owings Mills High School when placing the order.
After enjoying your Papa John's pizza, please remove the barcode labels from your pizza boxes and
return them to OMHS Main Office so we can combine them with the other labels we are collecting.
Also keep us in mind when ordering food for your football, basketball, and office parties, any
special function where Papa John's pizza can be ordered and collect those labels for return too. We
can also accept barcode labels collected from family and friends anywhere in the United States,
just have them sent to you or to:
Owings High School
124 Tollgate Road
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Papa John's is committed to partnering with Owings Mills High School PTSA and making this
fundraiser a real success, we just need the parents to assist our efforts so we can make the most
of the program. Help the OMHS PTSA maintain our "Eagle Pride" by supporting our fundraiser so
we can continue to fund programs and activities necessary in assisting our students to excel to
their highest potential.
REFLECTIONS THEME: I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE BY...
If your children are talented artists, writers, composers, choreographers or photographers,
encourage them to create an entry on the theme of "I can make a difference by...; for the
Reflections Program. Reflections is a competition run by the National PTA recognizing achievement
in the arts. The first stage is to submit an entry via your school's PTSA. The five best entries in
each category are then juried at the county level, then state, then national. OMHS has had
numerous award winners at the county level in the past.
Entries must follow specific guidelines. For more information on how to enter contact Reflections
Chairs Lissette Ifill at Lyssettei@aol.com or Lori O'Donnell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OUR ACHIEVING EAGLES
YOU'LL GET A KICK OUT OF THIS: The Owings Mills High boys varsity soccer team won the
Region 1A North championship.
SHOWING REAL DRIVE: The OMHS golf team also won their regional championship.
AND ON A MUSICAL NOTE: One of our seniors was one of nine trombonists in the Baltimore
County Honors Band performance at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall earlier this month.
JOIN THE PTSA!
Is your name on the membership list at the end of this newsletter? Then please consider
joining the faculty, staff, parents and community members listed there in supporting our PTSA.
Have your child hand in your PTSA membership envelope to their homeroom teacher or bring it to
the Main Office. It's never too late to join! (Note: We are no longer giving out free homework
passes as in past years.) If you don't have the envelope just put your name, child's name and e-
mail address on a piece of paper and enclose along with your check.
Owings Mills High School PTSA Membership levels include: Single, Family, Silver, Gold and
Platinum. Owings Mills High School PTSA dues for 2007-2008 are as follows: INDIVIDUAL
Membership is $10.00 and FAMILY Membership is just $15.00. To make an additional donation,
the SILVER Membership is $25.00, the GOLD Membership is $50.00, and the PLATINUM
Membership is $100.00.
Anything that you give above $15.00 goes directly to fulfilling the Teacher's Wish List. This list
generated by our faculty consists of items needed by our school, but not budgeted by Baltimore
County. Also being a member of OMHS PTSA is a pre-requisite qualification for applicants to be
considered for the year-end PTSA scholarship fund -- we have $600 budgeted for scholarships to
graduating seniors this year.
Joining the PTSA at any level is valued and appreciated. Every membership counts. We look
forward and thank you in advance for your support!
SUBSCRIBING AND UNSUBSCRIBING
To be added to the eNewsletter list, send a message with the subject "Subscribe" to
email@example.com. It is also helpful if you include your name and your relationship to the
OMHS PTSA (e.g. parent, student, staff and the grades of your students). To unsubscribe, send a
message with the subject "Remove" or click on this link: Unsubscribe from the OMHS PTSA e-
Some parents and non-profit community groups have begun forwarding information about events
of interest to parents of high school students. We can't guarantee we will publish all such items,
but feel free to submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
OTHER MAILING LISTS & SITES OF INTEREST:
-- OMHS PTSA web site at http://omhsptsa.org, and the calendar and various updates to it usually
appear there before you receive a printed copy.
-- Naviance: Junior and Seniors, make sure both parent and student emails are listed in Naviance
to receive important communications from the school counseling department. To add your email to
Naviance, you can e-mail head guidance counselor Andrea Wilson at email@example.com.
-- Sports Boosters web site at http://members.thinkport.org/owingsmills.
-- JCC College Center Join the mailing list to receive updates on their programs helping students
with the college application process (open to all, even if you're not Jewish or a member of the JCC),
by sending your request to Esther Gunter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the OMHS PTSA as of November 7, 2007
Teachers and Staff Basalyga, Jonathan & Lonni Hummel, Nancy
Archambault, Kathy Bell, Desiri Ifill, Lissette
Bandurchin, Brian Bennett, Nicole & Elliott Jachman, Judi
Brannock, Deborah Berman, Marilyn & Gary James, Cheryl
Butler, Patti Biller, Susan & Mark Janey, Shawan
Caffyn, Margarita Blitstein, Helena Johnson-Jackson, Theodora
Clarke, Catherine Block, Stephanie Jones, Jacqulin & C.B.
Clinton, Janet Bollinger, Nada Kassimir, Sherri & Gary
Cunningham, Mary Boteach, Linda & David Katz, Marcia & Dan
Ellis, Christopher Brager, Jerel & Jacqueline Katz, Susan & Andy
Ellis, Christopher Briant, Sharon Kelly-Landrum, Robin
Faber, Alice Brilliant, Phil & Harriet Kenney, Gwen
Flynn, Pam Briscoe, Heather & Jeff Kimmel, Mark & Renee
Freeman, Kathleen Caplan, Shari & Jerry Kleeman, Marcie & Terry
Gillespie, Kaye Chircus, Judy & Allan Kogan, Kori & Todd
Gomez, Elaine Churchill, Debbie Koren, Denise
Goodson, Joyce Dardick, Amy & Lewis Korenblit, Barbara
Gouldin, Erin Deckelbaum, Jack & Debra Kraemer, Ellen & David
Hairston, Joe Dedmon, Tiyonda Lahn, Diane & Joel
Hairston, Lillian & Joe Deitch, Barbara & Alan Lanham, Mindy
Helmick, Aimee Delano, Lois & Ken Leedy, Mary
Houston, Janice Diehl, Rodney & Libby Leibowitz, David & Ricky
Hudgins, Elaine Dorrance, Denise Levine, Peter
Jones, Devon Dreizen, Howard & Linda Levy, Karen
Kaminski, Elaine Epstein, Kathy & Warren Libowitz, Robin
Karpers, Tracy Farbman, Andrea & Doug Long, Sulena
Kennedy-Goldstein, Kathleen Farbman, Dana & Howard Lopez-Zayas, Josephine
Kingsley, Kathy Feldman, Dana Lurie, Sandy
Kreshtool, Linda Fischer, Tina Maj, Ron & Davis, Terri
Lambert, Christopher Folkerts, Carol & John Margolis, Laura
Mace, Bob Fomanka, Basil Markowitz, Dara & Bruce
Marino, Ken Franklin, Lelica & Michael Mazor, Tina & Ed
Meyer, Lisa Freedman, Marcy McGinnis, Joann
Miller, Marlene Freiert, Mary Mick, Diane
Murray, Ralph Friedman, Karen & David Miller, Karen Koski
Pritzker, Guy Friedman, Stacy Mitnick, Jody
Rich, Mary Garbarino, Diane & Steve Nachimson, Linda
Roe, Geoffrey Gershowitz, Ben & Faith Narod, Nancy & Ken
Roe, Maureen Getlan, Barbara Newby, Dorella
Saed, Ismail Ginsburg, Jody O'Donnell, Lori & Joe
Sauter, Melinda Glassman, Caron & Seth Officer Brock, Robin
Schuman, Shawn Gothelf, Robyn & Steven Oppenheimer, Karen
Shope, Nancy Green, Wanda Patton, Alex
Smullian, Barrie Greenberg, Kent & Sandy Peisach, Gary & Betsy
Sober, Paula Groopman, Hilary Peisach, Jeff & Nancy
Spadea, Cathleen Grossman, David & Jodi Perry, Randi & Jim
Thomas, Isa Gunter, Esther - College Phipps, Albert
Wagman, Kevin Center JCC Principe, Brett & Sharon
Wasserman, Cindy Harris, Claudia & Joseph Pyser, Dave
Wilson, Andrea Hess, Rachel Pyser, Ilene
Parents and Community Hiken, Melinda & Steve Quick, Angolisha & Howard,
Altman, Laurie Hirsch, Gwen Betty
Ament, Phyllis & Norman Hoffman, Heidi & Alan Randall, Leslie
Araya, Yeshitila Hoffman, Heidi & Alan Raphael, Rachel & Michael
Rivkin, Ilene Segall, Robynn & Joel Stern, Stacey & David
Rodgers, Sandy & Susan Selzer, Francine Surell, Alan & Fran
Rosen, Meryl & Steve Shapiro, Stephanie Sutton, Symone & David
Rosenblatt, Sara & Alan Sherman, Robin & David Trussell, Bryan & Chanel
Rossi, Caroline Silver, Jane & Steve Tsitlik, Mark
Rothkin, Donna & Michael Simon, Laurie & Steven Velez, Dolores
Rowles, Yvette & Dukes, Siskind, Roberta Weinstein, Jayme
Damon Slovon, Jill West, Chante Jones
Ryan, Patrice Smith, Amie Willner, Terry
Sapinkopf, Ellen & Robert Smith, Blondell & Graylin Wilson-Little, Michelle
Satterlee, Debbi Smith, Unknown Yusupov, Janna & Emil
Schneider, Stacey Soffer, Robin Zolotorow, Caryn
Schroeder, Shelley & Steve Solomon, Susan & David
Schwartz, Sharon & Mitch Stein, Tracey