Important News & Upcoming Events

Falcon's Eye View Newsletter May 25, 2018

View our bi-weekly Falcon's Eye View Newsletter for parents and the community. Included this week is information about 5th grade End-of-Year events, Field Day information, Wellness Wednesday, Media Center important dates, volunteering for next years Artist-In-Residence, and more!

HCPSS Calendar Updates

The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) will extend its school year by two days to make up for inclement weather closings. The last day of school for students will now be Tuesday, June 19, 2018. HCPSS schools were closed seven days this year due to inclement weather, two more than were accounted for in the school calendar. The Maryland State Board of Education (MSDE) voted on April 24 to deny a request by HCPSS to waive the two make-up days. Subsequently, the Howard County Board of Education voted on April 24 to extend the school year by two days. The final, updated calendar for June includes: Monday, June 11-Thursday, June 14: Full days of school for all students. High school exams: June 11: 1 exam June 12–14: 2 exams Friday, June 15-Tuesday, June 19: All schools dismiss three-hours early. No half-day Pre-K/RECC. Tuesday, June 19: Last day of school for students. No new graded work will be assigned at any level June 15–19. An updated version of the HCPSS calendar is available at

Reminder - In times of emergencies/school closings...

In times of emergencies/school closings, information will be shared with the community through the following: • The school system’s homepage, • HCPSS News email and text message alerts • Twitter - @hcpss • Facebook – Howard County School System • HCPSS Cable TV-Comcast95/Verizon 42

Family File - Please Keep Current

Update Your Family File Information - Keep Current! Please keep your information updated in your HCPSS Family File Account, especially phone numbers and email accounts. This is the information that would be used to communicate to the community in case of an emergency. HCPSS uses 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 and selecting the Family File tab and then clicking on Family File. Once logged in, parents/guardians will be asked to provide or update the following information: Student information Parent/guardian contact Emergency contacts Medical information Arrival/dismissal procedures Media release (photo approval) Data confidentiality PTA/PTSA directory Changes of address may not be made through Family File. If you have recently moved, please contact your child’s school as soon as possible. Resources on how to access Family File may be found online. Parents who have forgotten their login credentials may click the “Forgot Password” link on the sign in page. If you need additional assistance, please fill out this Connect Help Form.

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