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All About May Day

Saturday 5/21  •  1PM – 5PM

Our beloved tradition at St. John’s Lane for over 55 years is coming back this year! It is a carnival event with games, prizes, inflatables, delicious food, entertainment, and a silent auction.

All are welcome! Please spread the word to family, friends, and neighbors!

Ticket Information

  • Blue Tickets can be used to play games, play on the inflatables, and purchase PTA-provided food (i.e., excludes Food Trucks)
    • Pre-sale discount pricing: 20 cents per ticket (5 tickets for $1)
    • Ticket price on the day of May Day: 25 cents per ticket (4 tickets for $1)
  • Wristbands available for all-day, unlimited access to games and inflatables (not food)
    • Pre-sale discount wristband price: $20
    • Wristband price on the day of May Day: $25
  • Order forms for pre-sale tickets will be sent home during the first week of May. You can also order using our PTA online store. Pre-sale pricing will be available until Wednesday, May 18th. 

Games & Food

Delicious menu options include:

  • Tasty Maryland Food Truck
  • Vocelli’s Pizza by the slice
  • Kona Ice Truck
  • Cotton candy
  • Fan-favorite lemon sticks
  • And more!
  • Play for prizes! Each game gives you a chance to win Yellow Prize tickets that can be redeemed for fabulous prizes!

Volunteers Needed!

Live Entertainment

  • We are pleased to welcome several great community groups, including a Cub Scouts opening ceremony, the MHHS Color Guard, Kangaroo Kids, Kavanagh Porter Academy of Irish Dance, and more! 
  • A live DJ will provide the perfect soundtrack for the day!

Silent Auction

  • Our Silent Auction will be held in the Gym and has some amazing items up for bidding! Don’t miss your opportunity to win incredible prizes, including…
    • Front row tickets to 5th Grade Graduation
    • $1000 orthodontics gift card
    • Tickets to the Frederick Keys
    • 8-person tasting event at Black Ankle Vineyards
    • Merriweather Post Pavilion gift certificate
    • Free yogurt for a YEAR from Sweet Frog
    • Lift tickets for Timberline Resort
    • Vedic Spa facial gift certificate
    • 3-month YMCA family  membership
    • 4 free passes to the Zava Zone
    • And much, much more!

Rain Date Information

Saturday, June 4, 1:00 – 5:00 PM

  • In the past, May Day has been held rain or shine. But this year, we wanted to have a plan so almost all of the event can be outside.
  • Inflatables can only be set up outside (per HCPSS policy), and we didn’t want rain to ruin the fun!
  • May Day is a BIG event and we’d like as many people as possible to feel comfortable!
  • In the event of rain on BOTH days, the event will be moved inside on June 4th, 1-5 PM.


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Last Call for Year Book and Theme Park Orders

Yearbook Order Deadline is April 29

The deadline for ordering yearbooks was extended until next Friday, April 29! Order online through the Strawbridge website by following the steps outlined right here. The cost of each book is $20. If you have any questions, please send an email to

LAST CHANCE to Save on Theme Park Tickets!

All Hershey Park and Dutch Wonderland ticket orders are due THIS FRIDAY, April 22! Save $5 per ticket at Hershey Park, and save $20 per ticket at Dutch Wonderland! If you’ve misplaced your flyer, no worries. You can download and print a new one here, or order online via our MemberHub store. Tickets should be distributed before the end of May. Feel free to share this info with your family and friends!

Silent Auction – Class Basket details – Please submit by May 13th

Different Ways to Contribute to Class Baskets

  1. Your student can bring in an item or monetary donation and submit it to the collection bin with their teacher.
  2. You can shop via our Amazon Wishlists. When selecting the shipping address, be sure to choose our Silent Auction Coordinator, Katherine Etheridge. ** And once you’ve added something to your cart, you can shop through Amazon Smile, select St. John’s Lane Elementary, and a portion of the purchase will go straight to our school. (This easy way to support SJLES will work any time you shop through Amazon Smile, not just through these wishlists.)
    1. Kindergarten – Summer Fun Theme
    2. 1st Grade – Pet Supplies Theme
    3. 2nd Grade – Sports Theme
    4. 3rd Grade – Family Fun Night Theme
    5. 4th Grade – STEM Theme
    6. 5th Grade – Gift Card Theme (See additional ideas link below)

Additional Ideas For the Baskets

Here are some ideas of items to fit with each grade’s theme. A contribution of any size is appreciated and we are truly grateful for the support!

Get Your Tickets for Bingo Night – April 22

Tickets are now on sale for SJLES Bingo Night, April 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.! This year’s picnic-style event will be held outdoors on the basketball courts behind the school, so please bring a blanket. Tickets are $2 each, and include Bingo cards, a snack, and a bottle of water. You also have the option to pre-order pizzas and salads from Vocelli’s. Flyers are being sent home this week, or you can order online via our MemberHub store. Tickets are limited, so don’t wait! Registration closes April 8 (or when tickets sell out). The first 30 players to arrive will receive a FREE Bingo dauber! 

Get to Know the HCPSS Budget

The PTA Council of Howard County (PTACHC) discussed the district’s budget for Fiscal Year 2023 at its March 7 meeting. Revenue was a hot topic at this meeting, because it appears revenues are not keeping pace with expenditures. The majority of HCPSS funds come from the county council. This is a great opportunity for parents to advocate for the school system. The State has funding for capital expenditures, but currently requires HCPSS to match any contributions provided by the state. We can advocate with our HoCo Senators and Delegates to have this match removed.

The budget is over 600 pages of data but for the key points read the following sections: “Factors Influencing the Budget” beginning on page 19, “Summary of FY 2023 Superintendent’s Proposed Operating Budget Expenditures” on page 20, and “FY 2023 Operating Budget Changes” on page 40. A link to the budget can be found on the HCPSS home page:

In summary, the FY 2023 Superintendent’s Proposed Operating Budget totals $1.07 billion, which is about $112.5 million, or an 11.7 percent increase over the FY 2022 Approved Budget (revised). A summary of the budget by state category is shown in the table on page 20.

Book Fair Coming Soon!

Great News!  Our BOOKS BRING US TOGETHER! Book Fair is on its way to SJLES Media Center and will be open during the school day for students all week March 21-25th.  Special Evening Hours for Family Shopping will take place on Wednesday 23rd from 3:35-7:30 PM.  Families may also choose to shop online from March 21 – April 3, 2022.  As always, all purchases benefit our school!


To make this possible, we need volunteers to help students find and purchase their books.  Please check out our sign up!   Thank you for helping make sure this is a success!

Volunteers MUST complete the following requirements:

1. Pin Point proof of vaccination at least 5 school days prior to entry in the school.  Complete this requirement by clicking here.

2. Confidentiality Training Course about protecting the privacy of our students, staff, and schools.

3. Child Abuse and Neglect Training about reporting any suspicion of child abuse or neglect to Howard County Department of Social Services.Thank you for reading and for your support!