PTSA Newsletter, February 21, 2018

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 4:08pm

The Next PTSA meeting is on Monday, March 12 at 7:30pm in the Student Services Center.  We’d love to see some new faces and hear new ideas as we continue to support the LRHS students, staff, and parents. 


  • Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Long Reach PTSA!  Come in to the Chipotle at 6181 Old Dobbin Lane on Tuesday, February 27th between 5:00pm and 9:00pm.  Bring in the attached flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Long Reach PTSA.
  • Is your student prepared to take the SAT in March, May, or June? Advanced SAT Prep will help students gain a better understanding of the SAT and, more importantly, learn how to answer more SAT questions correctly to increase their score.  We will also help students with an in-depth review of the Math and English concepts required to destroy the SAT.  This class is sponsored by the LRHS PTSA and a portion of all proceeds will be donated to the association. The cost of the class is $200.  More information can be found on their website
  • Do you have a teen driver?  Did you know that Elite Driving School is the only AAA approved Driving School in Maryland?  The next 2 week class begins on February 26th and a new class starts each month.  You can get more information at
  • The Long Reach PTSA is proud to offer an ACT Prep Class for Juniors!  The Class will be held on Tuesday, May 29th and Thursday, May 31st from 5:30pm – 9:30 pm.  The cost of the class is $159 and if you register by May 22nd, you can save $10.  See the flyer below.  To register, visit
  • Not sure which test you should prep for?  Find out by taking Kaplan’s combo practice test.  You’ll get to try the content, timing, and format of each test so you can determine which exam to focus on.  The practice exam will be on May 5, 2018 from 9am-1pm at Long Reach HS.  The cost is $20 per student, with the proceeds going to the PTSA.  You can also see your school counselor for a fee waiver.  The flyer is below or register here.
  • Long Reach had three Reflections PTACHC winners and the PTSA is proud to support our students.  Reflections is a Nationwide PTA program that is a creative and fun way for all students to engage in the arts. There are 6 categories: film, dance, musical composition, photography, visual arts and literature. The top three winners proceed to the state level.
  • Dance – 1st place – Kelsey Gilbert
  • Music – 1st place – Lance Milsted
  • Visual Art – 3rd place – Aren Jayachandran

Get Involved

  • Amazon Smile - Do you shop on Amazon?  Are you looking for an easy way to support the PTSA?  Please consider using Amazon Smile and elect to support Long Reach High School.  Find out more here.
  • Giant A+ Rewards – If you shop at Giant and have a Giant Rewards card, you can support Long Reach High School.  Just log into your Giant Rewards account and check the Rewards & Savings tab to select your school of choice.  Go to the Giant website to learn more.
  • Clothing to Cash – Do you have some unwanted clothing, shoes, towels, or other textiles?  Consider donating them in the white receptacle located at the far end of the Long Reach High School parking lot.  For each pound collected, Clothing to Cash sends money to the PTSA.   Please place your items in a tied plastic bag before depositing.

Upcoming Dates

2/27:                   PTSA Restaurant Night at Chipotle, 5pm – 9pm

3/2:                     Long Reach Has Talent, 7pm

3/7:                     Interim Progress Reports

3/12:                   PTSA Meeting, 7:30pm in the Student Services Center

3/30:                  Schools Closed for Good Friday

4/2 – 4/3           Schools Closed for Spring Break


Stay Connected with LRHS PTSA



Facebook Page: LRHS PTSA Facebook Page

Twitter Account: Long Reach PTSA Twitter


Community Events

  • Leadership U Class of 2018 - Are you thinking of college for your child?  Let Leadership U help your current sophomore build the skills that will help them succeed!  Leadership U can provide him or her a memorable week-long program of leadership development, networking, and community awareness.  Beginning the end of July and continuing through the fall of their junior year with nine Sunday afternoon group meetings, LU will give your child the opportunity to build their network, strengthen their leadership skills, meet new students, and work on a community service project of their choice.  Come learn more and speak to some of our grads at one of our final two information sessions:  February 13 at Central Library or March 1 at Miller Library, both from 7-8pm.  Parents and students in both 9th and 10th grade are encouraged to attend.  Additional information is available at  or email Meg Ignacio   Online applications are due March 15, 2018.
  • HoCo Hacks! - If you're interested in computer science, come to the fourth annual HoCo Hacks Hackathon! High school students from around the county will gain programming experience by spending the day coding a project that fits the theme presented at the event. The hackathon includes a presentation by guest speaker Dr. Singh, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. Students may work in groups of up to three members, and food will be provided. The hackathon will be held at Centennial High School on April 14th, from 10am-5pm. For more information and to sign up for a spot, go to the!
  • The Council of Elders Community Academy: Supporting Your Child’s Social and Emotional Development on Saturday, February 24, 2018 , 9 – 11:15 am at Oakland Mills Middle School, 9540 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia, 21045 - All families are invited to attend a free program on Supporting Your Child’s Social and Emotional Development.  Social and emotional challenges including depression, peer interactions, and dating issues impact students’ lives. Parents will hear information about how to best support children’s social and emotional needs. HopeWorks of Howard County will be on hand to facilitate this informative session.  Register for the event here.
  • Choose Civility Poster and Video Contest, Entries Accepted March 1-25, 2018 - All HCPSS students in grades K–12 are encouraged to enter the countywide Choose Civility poster and video contest. This year’s theme is choose2Bkind, focusing on how the little things we do every day can make our community stronger and inspire others.  Entries will be accepted March 1-25. Students may work individually or in groups. Submitted pieces will be on exhibit at the Columbia Art Center April 4–25. Winners will be honored and announced during a reception and awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 25. The Choose Civility Poster and Video contest in presented in partnership with HCPSS, the Columbia Association Art Center and the Howard County Library System. Full details, including entry criteria and submission information, are available online.
  • The Columbia Clippers and the Columbia Association are proud to once again sponsor the Howard County Invitational Swimming Championships which will be held on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at Howard Community College.  This meet is open to all Howard County Public High School Students.  There are no qualifying times for this meet.  For each county high school participating, the Clippers will donate money towards that school’s after prom party.  Additional money will be given for first, second, and third places.  Past winners tend to have higher participation, not necessarily the best swimmers.  Having more swimmers increases participation in the many events offered.  For additional information, see the Facebook page here.