As soon as I turned the corner into my living room, I saw it -- my beautiful Christmas tree. Sitting down, I admired it for a long, long time . . .
The kids were all nestled, all snug in their beds, while visions of sugarplums danced in their heads. Then all of a sudden I heard a clatter. I ran to the kitchen to see what was the matter.
No, it wasn't him. It was the other half of this Phyllis team, calling with more news. Oh well, I guess I have to wait a little longer . . .
You can feel the spirit of Christmas in the air. Schoolchildren are very busy with Santa's secret workshops, buying presents for their family and friends.
Park Elementary will have its workshop from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Saturday at the school.
The traditional chorus/band concert is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday. A brief PTO meeting will take place before the music begins; all parents are invited to attend.
The concert will be seen by the student body at 9:30 a.m. during the regular school day Wednesday.
Park welcomes Dan Alred, a former teaching assistant at Chesapeake Bay Middle School, who is replacing Paula Wood as a Chapter I teaching assistant.
Wood moves to the job of instructional assistant for the sixth grade.
Paulette Trueslow, formerly a Chapter I teaching assistant at North Glen Elementary, is now serving as a Chapter I teaching assistant at Park.
As the U.S. involvement in the Persian Gulf region continues, Park Elementary students and families experiencing difficulties as a result may contact the school. A counselor or psychologist may be of some assistance to you.
Belle Grove Elementary news: A Christmas program is slated for tomorrow immediately following the PTA meeting. Band and chorus members are asked to report directly to the multi-purpose room at 6:45 p.m. All students performing in the evening program must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18.
The Human Relations Committee at the school will sponsor a collection of used games and toys in good condition, to be used as gifts for needy children. Containers are located in the school foyer. Also this year, the committee will be sponsoring a "Hat and Mitten" tree, with the collected items going to needy families.
A reminder to parents and students from the school: Medication of any kind (cough drops, cough syrup, throat lozenges, etc.) is not allowed to be brought to school by students without permission.
Medication prescribed by a physician, as well as over-the-counter medicine, must be accompanied by a "Request to Administer Medication During School Hours" form.
The month of December has been designated as "Holly Jolly Read-A-Long Month" at Belle Grove Elementary. Today, all students will participate in "Drop Everything and Read" from 2:15 to 2:35 p.m. During this time, students will be allowed to stop what they are doing and read.
Thursday is "Guest Reader Day," beginning at 10 a.m. Parents have been invited to come to the school and read.
Brooklyn Park Elementary news: Evon Lindsey's third-grade class has received two responses from letters they wrote to the troops in Saudi Arabia. The service personnel who wrote said they were "thrilled" that the students had written, and asked them to keep the letters coming. The students were excited to know that their letters have been delivered to and read by soldiers.
The entire school has joined the project, and more that 400 letters have been written. Everyone is eagerly awaiting a reply.
Registration for cheerleading at the school is scheduled for 6:30 to 7:30 Wednesday.
Junior Girl Scout Troop No. 738 from Brooklyn Park Elementary will be singing Christmas carols and distributing Christmas cards to people at Meridian Nursing Home beginning at 6:30 tonight. The girls made all the Christmas cards that will be given out.
The troop recently held its Investiture into Girl Scouts, an important part of becoming a scout. First-time scouts are invested in each age division. Troop No. 38 invested the following girls: Ebony Flowers, Christine Grandzick, Jamie Kaline, Sarah Klemkowski, Stephanie Laumann, Ella Phillips and Tammy O'Neil.
Brownie Troop No. 834 invested Carrie Clevinger during the ceremony.
During its ceremony, Brownie Troop No. 691 invested the following girls: Becky Bledsoe, Brandy Bledsoe, Jennifer Brewer, Bria Carter, Nicole Duncan, Melanie Frailer, Jamie Green, Jessica Guzik, Crystal Hanlan, Megan Hole, Tina Krebs, Stephanie Moritz, Amy Phillips, Rachel Shannon, Jennifer Taylor, Nicole Taylor, Brianna Vain, Katrina Vain, and Jessica Wagner.
Congratulations to all.
Girl Scouts from Community No. 31 are sponsoring a mother-daughter sock-hop from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Brooklyn United Methodist Church, 4th and Jeffrey streets in Brooklyn. Admission to the dance is one canned good per person. A D.J. will provide music for everyone to enjoy. All canned goods will be donated to a family in the area. Girls are asked to decorate their socks again this year.