Shark Bytes Newsletter 9/23

Fri, 09/23/2022 - 2:21pm
Shark Bytes 

September 23, 2022

Happy Friday, TigerShark Families! 

Looking for a conversation starter this weekend about how school was? 7th Grade Math worked on Scale Factor; need an explanation on congruency? Talk to an 8th grade math student; 6th grade math can teach you how to find the area of triangles and parallelograms. Just a little sample of what's going on at the Lake:)

Parents, please be aware that a few students have decided to take part in the Tik-Tok One Chip challenge.  These chips can be purchased at many local retailers. The students are sharing them with their friends.  The challenge dares people to eat a chip covered in Carolina Reaper and ghost pepper seasonings, two of the world’s hottest peppers. This challenge is dangerous and causes a disruption to the school environment. Please take a moment this weekend to  speak with your student about this concern.

Beginning in October, Wilde Lake Middle School’s After School Intramurals will begin.  Interested in participating in the Memory Book club or Art Club?  Have your child stop by the front office to pick up a permission slip.

Art Club will meet on Thursday’s from 3:00-4:00pm

Memory Book Club will meet the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from 3:00-3:45pm


Important dates:

  • Sept. 15th - Oct. 15th Hispanic Heritage Month

  • September 26th- Rosh Hashanah Schools and Offices Closed

  • September 27th- 6th Grade ODE Experience at Robinson Nature Center

  • October  5th- Yom Kippur Schools and Offices Closed

  • October 6th- Student Picture Day. Fliers will be distributed next week.  Order ahead of time for your students' school pictures. 


Wilde Lake Middle School is offering a flu clinic on October 17th, for staff and students. To register for the flu shot I have provided a link. This link can be accessed online or by a cell phone. This link is for Wilde Lake Middle School. Parents that have students attending other schools in the county will register on that schools' link. Students and/or staff that have an egg allergy (anaphylaxis reaction) will need to have the flu vaccine administered in the doctor's office. Registration will close five days before the clinic. Families that do not have internet access please call the health room. We can provide a form to be completed.  See below for the link. Any questions and/or concerns feel free to contact the health room @410-313-8940.

PTSA Corner

Website: WLMS PTSA Website 


Facebook:  wlmsptsa

PTSA Meeting: Thursday October 20th at 7 PM over Zoom.

Join the WLMS PTSA: If you have not already, please take a moment to join the WLMS PTSA. Donations can also be made on our website. 

Restaurant Night: Join us for our first Restaurant Night at MOD Pizza on Monday October 10. Order in person or online (Fundraiser Code: MODF10049)

Fun Fridays:  We would like to encourage the students to finish the 1st Quarter STRONG by giving away two $10 gift cards to each grade level for 3 Fridays in a row. We are asking for donations of gift cards in the amounts of $10 each (Amazon, Target, Walmart are preferred), with a total of 18 Gift Cards needed. All students are eligible to win. Please turn in purchased gift cards to the main office in an envelope labeled “PTSA Fun Fridays” or you can donate money towards the purchase of gift cards on our website.

Fall Bingo Night- Planning Help Needed: We need help with our first family event of the year: Fall Bingo Night. Planning has already begun, but we need help to make this event a success. If you are able to help out in any way, please email us!


In Case of Emergency! 

Every year HCPSS parents must complete a Family File for each child. HCPSS utilizes Family File for parents/guardians to complete emergency information. Thank you to all the parents/guardians who completed your Family File. We have 77% of our school with completed Family File information; this means that we do not have updated emergency information for 23% of our students. 

If you have not done so already, please log in to to complete or update your Family File. 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 on the left and then clicking on Family File. You can also get directions on how to complete your Family File HERE. 

EOS: Equal Opportunity School Partnership with HCPSS 

The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) has partnered with Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS) for the purpose of assisting HCPSS schools in narrowing the participation and performance gaps in advanced courses on the high school level.

Because student data is involved, you have the option of notifying the school and opting out giving access of your student’s data to EOS. If you do not wish for HCPSS to allow EOS to view your student’s data, please complete this form by 5 pm on Thursday, September 29, 2022. 

Student data is used at the school level to support students in moving up levels, to identify trusted adults in the building to support students, and to receive student feedback to guide decision making.  For questions at the school level please reach out to Sikilay Powell,

For more detailed information please review this letter.  


Interested in travel?  

Join us for Spring Break 2024!  We’ll begin in Amsterdam, The Netherlands; then travel to Bruges, Belgium; and end our journey in Paris, France.

You are invited to join Madame Belz and Ms. Gwynn-Haymes for an informational session about traveling during Spring Break 2024.  We’ll discuss the travel itinerary and fundraising. 

 All WLMS students are invited.

Thursday, October 6th - 6:30 pm in Room A32.

Explorica is the party organizing and responsible for this trip.  This trip is NOT a Howard County Public School System, Wilde Lake Middle School, or PTSA sponsored trip, and the individuals chaperoning the trip are not acting as agents for the Howard County Public School System.


Volunteer Opportunities We are excited to invite volunteers back into the building! All volunteers must complete a Confidentiality Training Course about protecting the privacy of our students, staff, and schools, and the Child Abuse and Neglect Training about reporting any suspicion of child abuse or neglect to Howard County Department of Social Services. The two online trainings MUST be completed by anyone who wants to volunteer in the building/classroom and/or be a chaperone on field trips. 


Reduced Cost Dental Services at HCC

HCC's Dental Hygiene Center hosts dental exams and services for $10 for children and $20 for students for any families without health insurance! Visit or 443-518-1570 to request an appointment.



Howard Lions' Pride Second Annual Craft Fair:  Sunday, November 6th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Howard High School. Our 100+ vendors will be selling crafts, books, candles, kitchen goods, jewelry, home decor, clothing, accessories, and much more! General Info link:

We are still accepting craft and food truck vendors, so please spread the word and this link:


Teen Zone Kickoff at the Harriet Tubman Cultural Center on 9/30 from 2:30pm-6:00pm


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