Let's spend some time this week discussing our schools and the ways in which they and our communities interact.
Severna Park High School has announced officers for the hardworking parent organizations that make possible, through a combination of time, energy and money, most of the students' extracurricular activities.
The PTSO has elected Estelle Turney, president; Dick Morgan, vice president; Sheila O'Neal, treasurer; Frank Gathman, membership chairman; Liz Sharpless, safe homes chairwoman; Claudette Cozad and Elaine Lipczenko, hospitality chairwomen; Kathy Briggs and Pat Cain, parent representatives; Barbara Nixon, faculty representative; and Dennis McKay, administration representative.
Leading the Falcon Band Boosters Association are: Len Kostelnik, president; Leo Pace, vice president; Karen Peiffer, recording secretary; Dana Dewees, corresponding secretary; and Joe McClellan, treasurer.
At the helm of the Falcon Athletic Boosters are: president Peggy Hetrick; vice president Susan Ripple; secretary Vicki Kuch; treasurer Gail Moregard; membership chairwoman Susan Elder; and past president Linda Desantos.
The Citizen's Advisory Committee has chosen Roger MacWilliams chairman; Elaine Wells vice chairwoman; and Susan tenSiethoff recorder.
CAC committee members are: Pat Cain, Sandra Downie, Christina Longley, Linda Santora, Patricia Shaffer, Cooper Smith, and Carol Stott. Faculty representatives are administrator Davidson Watts, teacher Sam Johnson and Principal Oliver Wittig.
Parents at Oak Hill Elementary School are organizing a Block Parent program. On each street along the way to and from school, a sign has been posted in the window of one house to let children know they can find help there.
A baby sitting co-op is being formed for moms who volunteer at Oak Hill.
Mary Ann Petruska is in charge. Call her at 544-4315.
Archbishop Spalding High School, celebrating its silver anniversary this school year, has received congratulations from the archdiocese, the state and Washington, D.C.
His Excellency, the Most Rev. William H. Keeler, archbishop of Baltimore, said in a letter to the school: "Through the dedication and commitment of countless people -- administrators, faculty, parents, and benefactors -- young men and women in Anne Arundel County and beyond have been blessed not only with knowledge, but also with Christian values which enhance their lives and the dignity of all persons."
Other proclamations and letters of congratulation have been received from Vice President Dan Quayle, Gov. William Donald Schaefer, state Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein, County Executive O. James Lighthizer, Annapolis Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins and from many churches and schools.
You may not have students in your home, but if you would like to help your neighborhood school, it's very easy.
When you shop at either Giant Food or Safeway, save your cash register receipts. Your neighborhood school can redeem the receipts collected for computer hardware and software.
All of our local schools, public and private, participate in this program, so you won't have any difficulty finding one eager to receive your receipts.
It will save considerable time for the volunteers doing the tabulating if you separate the two stores' receipts, circle the total purchase amount on each receipt and use paper clips rather than staples to bundle them.
The Giant Apples for the Students program continues through March 2, 1991, and Safeway's Computers for Classrooms runs until March 16.
Arnold Elementary School has found two fun-filled programs to help students develop a love of books and reading.
The school is continuing last year's successful "Celebration Book," which saw 50 new books given to the media center. For a $10 donation, an approved book was purchased in honor of a special person, perhaps for a special event.
The "Pillowcase Program" is another reading innovation.
Parent volunteers go into first grade or special education classrooms and listen to students read part of a story that was read to them at home.
Then the child illustrates the story with fabric crayons and the volunteer transfers the design onto a souvenir pillowcase. Parents, you can try this at home.
Two 1983 Severn grads are now serving in the Persian Gulf and would love to have mail from home. Write to: Tom Maxfield, USS Jouet CG29, FPO San Francisco, Calif. 96669. Also, Brooks Tucker, HQ & SVC Co., 1st BN, 6th Marine, 3rd Marine Division, FPO San Francisco, Calif. 96602.
Doug Sassi, chairman of the fine arts department at Severn School and a professional potter, will display recent work in the school's audio-visual room of the Zimmerman Library from Tuesday until Thanksgiving.
Sassi, who received a master's degree from Pratt Institute in New York City with a major in ceramics, uses bright blues, greens, and beiges in his wheel-thrown stoneware.
Sassi did advanced studies in the United States and England and was a full-time artist/potter before coming to Severn.
In addition to being awarded three separate grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, he was invited to serve on the board of directors of American Craft Enterprises, the marketing subsidiary of the American Craft Council.