Principal's Message - Burleigh Bulletin 6-10-2022

Mon, 06/07/2021 - 10:25pm

Dear Burleigh Manor Community,

What a year it has been at Burleigh Manor Middle School!  It is hard to believe summer break is only a week away. I may be one of only a few people to feel a little somber about the summer break. While students and staff are excited to take a break and enjoy the summer, I always have a little sadness in my heart when summer break begins. I am going to miss everyone. I love all of the aspects of an ordinary day at school. Each day is never the same, and it is always interesting. I enjoy the time with our wonderful students, colleagues, the lessons taught, the bustle of the halls, and the energy at recess. I love it all because learning is life, and there is always a lot of life at Burleigh Manor Middle School.

The school becomes a large and lonely place over the summer. Summer break arrives, and the halls are quiet and classrooms are empty for a few months. Gone are the smiles, laughter, and enthusiasm our students bring to school every day. The first day of school for students is August 29. I already have the date circled on my calendar, and it won’t be long before we get rolling again. I can’t wait!

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the students, staff, and parents of Burleigh Manor Middle School. We have all worked very hard over this interesting year, and our accomplishments are too numerous to mention. A big thank you goes to our students who have persevered and demonstrated fine progress in all academic areas. They continued to amaze us with their skills, creatively and most importantly, kindness.

A special thank you goes to all the dedicated faculty of Burleigh Manor. They have worked tirelessly to provide a productive and positive learning climate where opportunities for quality instruction, creativity, and academic achievement for each student were accomplished. They are among the best teachers the profession has to offer, and we are fortunate to have their services here at Burleigh Manor.

With the end of the year approaching, we have news to share with regards to our staffing changes. We congratulate Mrs. Gwinn-Balcolm on her retirement in June. We thank her for her years of service to the Burleigh Manor community, as a parent and as a teacher. We will also say farewell to Mrs. Artistidou and Mr. Bell. They will be moving on to new assignments within HCPSS. Best wishes to all of them in their journey.

I am very proud of our departing 8th grade students. Middle school has been quite an experience for them during the pandemic. Despite all of the many challenges and changes, our 8th graders have persevered together and grown stronger as a result.They have adapted so much and still come to school ready to learn with bright smiles on their faces. We will miss them more than they know. Best of luck and remember your home at Burleigh Manor.  

It continues to be my honor to serve the Burleigh Manor community.  Have a safe and relaxing summer.

Allen Cosentino
Principal Burleigh Manor Middle School 

Upcoming Dates

  • June 14          8th Grade Ice Cream Social and Talent Show
  • June 15          3-hour early dismissal
  • June 16          3-hour early dismissal
  • June 16          8th Grade Farewell Ceremony & Dance
  • June 17          Last Day of School/ 3- hour early dismissal
  • August 29      First Day of the 2022-2023 School Year

Exciting 8th Grade End-of-Year Activities and Reminders

  • Tuesday, June 14: 8th Grade Ice Cream Social after lunch followed by the Talent Show(**) from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. **Due to limited space, only parents/guardians of Talent Show participants may attend.
  • Thursday, June 16 (Evening): Middle School Farewell Ceremony in the Centennial High School auditorium from 6:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m., followed by the 8th Grade Dance in the BMMS cafeteria from 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Two tickets per family.
  • Friday, June 17: Farewell Breakfast in the cafeteria from 8:10 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Parent volunteers needed

Student Technology Incident Invoices

Soon families who have unpaid invoices for lost, stolen, or damaged Chromebooks will receive reminder emails from MySchoolBucks. Families can pay electronically by logging in to their MySchoolBucks account or create an account by selecting login and then choosing Sign up today! Originally, families would have also received an email from [] with additional information concerning the incident. Questions regarding the student technology incident questions can be directed to and invoicing and/or payment procedure questions can be directed to

Chromebooks for Summer/Next Year

Students will keep their Chromebook over the summer. Students will bring their Chromebook to their assigned school at the start of the 2022-2023 school year. Students not returning to HCPSS should return their Chromebook to their home school prior to the end of the school year.

Important Information From the Health Room 

  • If your student has medication in the health room, it must be picked up before 1:00pm on June 15, 16 or 17 by a parent/guardian. Any medication not picked up will be discarded. They DO NOT carry over to the next year. If you are unable to pick up medication, please contact the health room to make other arrangements. Medications cannot be sent home with your student. 
  • REMINDER: No nurse is present at BMMS during the summer.

Immunization Reminders

For the upcoming school year 2022-23: Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene requires all 7th and 8th in the State if Maryland have one Tdap and one Meningitis vaccine before entering school. If your child needs these, please make sure to have their vaccinations up to date before the start of the 22-23 school year. Your child may be excluded on the first day of school if the updated immunization record has not sent to the Health Room.

Updated vaccine records can be sent by the following methods: 

  • Email a copy of updated vaccine record to
  • Mail copy to BMMS Health Room 4200 Centennial Lane Ellicott City 21042
  • Fax BMMS Health Room at 410-465-7092

Planning Ahead for Medications for the 2022/2023 School Year

Below, please find the School System Requirements, a Medication Order Form and Epi Order Form/Care Plan for the upcoming school year. 

Medication order forms for the 2022-2023 school year must be dated after July 1, 2022. All medications must be in containers properly labeled with the following information:

  • Student name
  • Medication name
  • Date medication order was completed
  • Dosage
  • Time and frequency of medication
  • Prescriber’s name
  • Expiration date of Medication

Pharmacy-labeled bottles will usually contain all of this information. Over-the-counter medications must be in new, sealed, unopened containers and should be labeled with student’s name.

PLEASE NOTE: HCPSS Health Rooms do not provide any medication to students unless provided by the family with proper order form. 

Annual Health Checkups

As you schedule your child/ren to have an annual health checkup, please remember to send completed forms to the health room. 

2022-23 Scheduled Courses

On June 9th, HCPSS Connect will display your child’s 2022-2023 scheduled courses. This will not be your student's schedule with class periods and teachers, but it will be confirmation of your student's courses. Please be sure to review this carefully and reach out to us if you have any questions. It is difficult to change courses once school begins in the fall, and if there are errors, we would like to correct them as soon as possible. Thank you for your attention and support in this matter!


All parents/guardians are in our system to receive HCPSS and school emails/text messages. HCPSS systems will update in early August, at which point parents will automatically receive communication from your child’s 2022-2023 school. Prior to that rollover, you will continue to receive communication from your child’s 2021-2022 school. Please do not attempt to create a new account with your child’s 2022-2023 school. Additionally, unsubscribing from any HCPSS or school messages will block you from receiving all messages from the district and your child’s school. Please do not unsubscribe!

Enhancing GT Education Survey

If you have not done so already, please take a minute to complete the Maryland Public Schools Strategic Planning Survey. Specifically, questions 12, 35, 36, and 38 allow for feedback on supporting and enhancing G/T education.

Burleigh Manor Music Program 

Anyone interested in donating their time and talents to support Burleigh Manor's music program is encouraged to attend the BMMP meetings below. If you have any questions please email - Future meetings are held from 7:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. - Thursday, June 2nd (only if needed).

Important Resources

If you have an immediate need for help with depression, suicidal thoughts, or other serious mental health issues, please contact:

  •     Grassroots Crisis Intervention at 410-531-6677
  •     The Maryland Crisis Hotline: Dial 211 and then choose option 1
  •     The Crisis Text Line: Text 741741 and a trained counselor will respond.
  •     The National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255

Clothing to Cash: Collection Bins 

Clean out those closets and bring us your unwanted clothing, textiles, purses, accessories, and shoes!! BMMS has a Clothing to Cash collection bin. The white bin is the 1st bin you come to that is located on our walkway as you drive down our campus, on the right just as you are turning left to go towards CHS and is marked for BMMS. Super easy access, convenient pull off location. Make this part of your monthly/semi-annual/yearly routine. The funds generated from your donated items will directly benefit and support our programs here at Burleigh Manor Middle School. It is a win, win!! Please click PDF icon Clothing to Cash - Flier (12).pdf  here for more information and a flier you can send to local family and friends. For additional ongoing fundraising programs that will benefit BMMS and BMMS PTA, please click PDF icon Fundraising2021 11-8-21 (6).pdf.

Free Summer Meals

HCPSS will offer free meals to all students and any children aged 18 and under on weekdays from June 27th - August 12th, with the exception of when schools are closed on July 4 and 19. Full details are available online.

Salvation Army Food Distribution

3267 Pine Orchard Lane, Ellicott City, MD  21042, 443-656-3376
Monday, June 27 (July-Oct dates TBD)
From 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Please do NOT arrive before 11:45 a.m. 

In Spanish:

3267 Pine Orchard Lane, Ellicott City, MD  21042, 443-656-3376
Lunes, 27 de junio (Fechas de julio-octubre por determinar)
De 12:00 p.m. a 2:00 p.m.
Por favor, NO llegue antes de las 11:45 a.m.
Productos frescos

More information click PDF icon Food Distribution.pdf

Community News and Events

Please visit the Community News and Programs page for announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.

HC DrugFree updates

Life Skills Class for Students: FREE and back by popular demand. HC DrugFree is providing a highly interactive skills-based program designed to promote positive health and personal development for youth in grades 6-9. (For slightly younger or older students, register and we will consider each request.) We encourage siblings and friends to take classes together. This program uses developmentally appropriate, collaborative learning strategies to help students achieve competency in the skills shown to help students resist substance use (tobacco, alcohol and other drugs), violence, and other high-risk behaviors. Taught by dedicated adults and older students sharing situations your student may face in high school, college, and beyond. The next session will be held this summer, Monday through Thursday July 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. via Zoom. Click HERE for more information. Register at For more information, visit  High school and college students who are interested in assisting with the Life Skills classes can register at

Parents Can Keep Learning This Summer: Interested in learning more about what HC DrugFree has to offer or what’s happening with youth and adults in Howard County this summer? Sign up for the free newsletter to get updates on events as well as information to keep your family safe and informed.

Summer Internships for High School and College Students: HC DrugFree is looking for responsible summer interns. Gain experience in areas of interest with the flexibility of working virtually from anywhere. For example, some students may want to assist with and be positive role models for the middle school students in Life Skills classes to be held Monday through Thursday July 18th to 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. via Zoom. Experiences will be a good addition to a resume, college applications, and future job interviews. High school students may receive service hours for their work. Depending on college policies, may receive credit. Interested students should go to to provide contact information. All students will be contacted after completing the online form.

Rising MRHS 9th Graders Summer Soccer Opportunities for Girls - Please read this information about 7v7 summer league sign-up. This will be a great opportunity to get the girls playing together before the official season starts. The plan is to have two teams (Varsity and JV) represent MRHS this summer, and Jim Citro has graciously accepted the responsibility of being our point-of-contact and lead parent during games. We would like to have both teams rostered and signed up by June 14th. Teams will play at Howard Community College every Monday and Wednesday from July 6th - August 8th. Max roster size is 18 players, and the cost per team is $425. Jim Citro can be contacted at Incoming freshman are welcome to get involved.

Attention all Burleigh Manor Middle graduates who are interested in playing Marriotts Ridge Football in fall - Please see the summer weightlifting schedule. Weightlifting will begin June 21st from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Marriotts Ridge High School and will run throughout the summer on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The first day of football practice will be August 10th. All players need to have a completed physical prior to the first practice play a football in the fall. Please contact Coach Holzman at the following email address to so you can be added to the football contact list,  

CHS PTSA is looking for rising 9th grade parents - The Centennial High School PTSA (CHS PTSA) welcomes parent volunteers whose child(s) will attend Centennial High School this fall to join our amazing CHS PTSA "Board of Directors" team!! Parents who are interested in helping our awesome Centennial Eagles are encouraged to contact CHS PTSA via email at mailto: or cell phone# 301-247-3475. Check our CHS PTSA website to learn more about our Committees and Events via See the pdf for the summer schedule: Summer Schedule MRidge Football.pdf.

Kids on Campus Summer Enrichment Programs at Howard Community CollegeKids On Campus

Glenelg High School Theatre Camp – July 5 – 15; for more information see the PDF icon Glenelg High School Theatre Camp Flyer.pdf.. 

Summer Camps at Mt Hebron High School: The registration website is open. The link also provides additional information.

Summer Sports Camps at Reservoir High School: Come out to sports camp the week of June 27 and/or July 18 at Reservoir High School. The camp is open to current K-8th graders and features many different sports and activities every day.  Full day and half day options available. For more information, please email or visit for questions.

Eagles Basketball Camp -The Centennial High School boys' basketball program will be running their basketball camp from June 27 - July 1 from 9:00 - 12:00 for students entering grades 4 - 9 next school year. Anyone interested should go to for more information and registration. If you have any questions, please email Coach Slopek at

Summer Camps at Centennial HS, Sponsored by Centennial Boosters - Register online at

Baseball, June 21st – June 24th, 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Age Group: Anyone entering Grades 4th thru 9th, of the 2022-23 school year. For more information, email Cost is $150 per camper.

Girls Lacrosse, June 21st - June 24th, 8:00AM – 11:00AM
Age Group: Girls entering K thru incoming 9th next school year. For more information, email or email Cost is $150 per camper.

Wrestling, June 21st – June 24th, 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Age Group: Anyone entering Grades 4th thru 9th, of the 2022-23 school year. For more information, email Cliff Kraisser @ Cost is $150 per camper.

Girls Soccer, June 27th – July 1st, 8:00AM – 11:30AM
Age Group: Girls entering Grades 7th thru 9th, of the 2022-23 school year. For more information, email Cost is $150 per camper.

Basketball, June 27th – July 1st, 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Age Group: Anyone entering Grades 4th thru 9th, of the 2022-23 school year. For more information, email; Registration: Cost is $150 per camper.

Strength, Speed and Agility, July 11 – July 15th, 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Age Group: Anyone entering Grades 4th thru 9th, of the 2022-23 school year. For more information, email; Cost is $150 per camper.

Boys Soccer, August 1st – 5th, 8:00- 10:30AM
Age Group: Boys entering Grades 4th thru 9th, of the 2023 school year. For more information, email; Cost is $150 per camper.