February can be a difficult month. Everyone has the flu, just got over the flu or is trying to give you the flu.
Those last-minute Christmas purchases have finally shown up on the VISA card. Yes, there are two holidays this month -- but you can't count Presidents' Day because we all know that if you don't get a present it really isn't a holiday. And the schools are sending home lice notices again.
On the other hand, it is a television sweeps month, so most of the shows won't be reruns. I get to spend Saturday at Chuck E. Cheese celebrating my son's birthday and watching a large, fully dressed rodent moonwalk.
Football season is over, and Glen Burnie is busy thisweek.
If you're planning to drop by Harundale Mall on Saturday, you may find yourself surrounded by blue and gold and khaki. The Scouts of the Four Rivers District will be celebrating scouting with a day full of contests, demonstrations and displays.
This year's program has been organized by district Executive Stephen Bleezard and volunteer Chairman Bob Faber.
Highlighting this year's show will be the Boy Scouts' First Aid Meet and the Cub Scouts' Pinewood Derby.
"The purpose is to bring every level of scouting -- from Tiger Cubto Explorer -- together to see each other's programs and to share with the public what scouting is all about," Bleezard explained.
Saturday's show will run from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.
This week is National School Counseling Week. Students and parents are encouraged to spend some time exploring the services offered by guidance counselors.
Counselors do more than help negotiate the financial assistance maze or get you out of Woodworking 101. Connie Poussard, counselor at Marley and Point Pleasant elementary schools, has started a program that uses pupils to work at diffusing playground and classroom conflicts.
Her counterpart at Southgate Elementary, Vicki Coover, routinely publishes suggestions in the school newsletter for motivating and encouraging pupils.
Sandra Seward established a very successful mentor program at Marley Middle and is working on raising money for a computer system that will allow pupils and parents to verify homework information 24 hours a day.
On the high school level, Janice Thomas has coordinated a peer counseling program at Glen Burnie High. She is working with 16 students in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades to develop better listening skills. The goal of the project is to encourage students to seek support from their peers if they are uncomfortable discussing a problem with an adult.
These are just a few of the area counselors. If you have a chance this week, stop by the counselor'soffice and find a way to pay for college, catch up on a project offered by the school or, if you really need to, drop out of shop.
It's candy time at Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School. Young children in plaid clothing will be canvassing neighborhoods for the nexttwo weeks selling four varieties of candy bars for $1 each. Just remember, you can always rationalize buying candy from a school, church or Scout group. But, if you buy it at a grocery store it is still junk food.
The youths at Slade have been offered several sales incentives, including a luncheon with Principal Janice McIntosh, non-uniform days and cash.
The money raised will be used for operating expenses at the school.
Balancing a checkbook, computing your income tax deductions, determining your share of the car pool cost -- the math skills we learned (or didn't) influence our lives every day. Too bad we didn't pay as much attention in Algebra I as we should have.
The pupils on the math teams at CorkranMiddle School must have been paying attention. This year they have won two countywide math contests, and they hope to make it a hat trickat the third and final competition in March.
Marla Kollar, chairwoman of the Corkran math department, has coordinated the school's participation in the contest for several years. Fifteen pupils make up the team, the largest number ever to participate. This is the first year the teams placed higher than fourth.
"The kids are really excited about it. They're eager to go back and try for their third win this spring," Kollar said.
The contest is divided into two parts, individual and team competition. For the individual exam, pupils are given 30 minutes to answer six questions. The average of the three top scores is used as the school's score.
Pupils then form five-memberteams to work on six additional problems. The highest team score is added to the individual average to determine the final score.
"Although some of the problems use algebraic and geometric skills, most of them require reasoning and problem-solving skills," Kollar said. "We have students from the sixth, seventh and eighth grades on the team."