If you have visited any mall or shopping center this week, you undoubtedly have seen it: The look of confusion mixed with frustration andexhaustion is unmistakable.
The hunt of the back-to-school shopper has begun.
Twice in the past week, I've ventured into area malls with my kids to explore the world of fall fashions. Now, as all sane mothers know, shopping with your kids (or your husband) is a dangerous undertaking. Emerging without blowing the budget or your patience is a survival skill learned only under fire.
Combing the racks at dozens of stores and overhearing other moms deeply engrossed in this end-of-summer rite, some questions come to mind.
* What happened to shorts andshort-sleeved shirts? Have they all been transported to some black hole or what? Unless I'm wrong, temperatures in September don't automatically drop after Labor Day.
* Can anybody explain the adolescent"baggy look" to me? After several years, I still do not understand it.
* If anyone can seriously explain to me the merits of one pricey backpack over another, give me a call.
* And just what is ramie?Almost every sweater shown in the stores is full of it. I have my own theory. I think it's recycled cheap paper towels. That is why it feels so rough.
These are but a few burning questions from a frazzled shopper. As I said before, surviving back-to-school shopping in an acquired skill, one I am still working on.
Congratulations to 16-year-old Christine Mudd from Deale, who won the county's 1991-1992 Miss Fire Prevention title at last weekend's pageants at the Riviera Beach Fire Co.
The annual pageant is sponsored by the county Volunteer Firemen's Association and Auxiliary and was chaired by Henry Brewerand Ruther Briggs.
The first runner-up for the title was JenniferDavis, representing Harwood-Lothian.
The title of Junior Miss Fire Prevention was won by 11-year-old Christina Weedon, representing Glen Burnie. First runner-up was Tammy Woomer from Armiger.
Christine will be making her first appearance as Miss Fire Prevention at the upcoming Anne Arundel County Fair.
In 10 short days, school bells will welcome county students back.
With the addition of 15 minutes to the instructional day, all elementaries have changed their starting and dismissal times.
* New hours for schools in the Northeast High School feeder system are: High Point: 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., morning kindergarten 8:45 to 11:20 a.m., afternoon kindergarten 12:25 to 3 p.m.; Riviera Beach: 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., morning kindergarten 9to 11:35 a.m., afternoon kindergarten 12:40 to 3:15 p.m.; Solley: 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., morning kindergarten 8:45 to 11:20 a.m., afternoonkindergarten, 12:25 to 3 p.m.; Sunset: 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., morning kindergarten, 8:30 to 11:05 a.m., afternoon kindergarten, 12:10 to2:45 p.m.
George Fox Middle School will operate from 7:50 a.m. to2:30 p.m.
* School hours in the Chesapeake High School feeder system
are: Bodkin: 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., morning kindergarten 9 to 11:35 a.m., afternoon kindergarten 12:40 to 3:15 p.m.; Fort Smallwood: 8:55 a.m. to 3:10 p.m., morning kindergarten 8:55 to 11:30 a.m., afternoon kindergarten 12:35 to 3:10 p.m.; Jacobsville: 8:50 a.m. to 3:05p.m, morning kindergarten 8:50 to 11:25 a.m., afternoon kindergarten12:30 to 3:05 p.m.; Lake Shore: 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., morning kindergarten 8:45 to 11:20 a.m., afternoon kindergarten 12:25 to 3 p.m.; Pasadena: 8:10 a.m. to 2:25 p.m., morning kindergarten 8:10 to 10:50 a.m., afternoon kindergarten 11:50 to 2:25 p.m.
At Chesapeake Bay Middle School and Level 5 Program, the school day will run from 8:19 a.m. to 2:32 p.m., the same hours as last year's.
Incoming freshmen and parents at both area high schools are invited to attend orientations Wednesday evening, Aug. 28.
At 7 p.m., Northeast High School on Duvall Highway will open its doors to all new students and their parents for orientation.
"We have planned an evening that will interest both students and parents," school spokesman Pat Gronkiwicz said. "Ron Price and our Drama Club have been busy over the summer working on a special dramatic presentation about what it's like to be new in high school. We hope it will answer some questions and alleviatefears."
Tours of the school will be available during the evening.Coaches and members of extracurricular activities, SGA, PTSA and class officers, will be available to talk with new students and parents.
* Ninth-grade students entering Chesapeake High School and their parents are invited to attend an open house from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
After an opening meeting in the auditorium, students will receive classschedules. To help freshmen become familiar with the school, a shortened first semester day schedule will be followed.
Students and parents will have the opportunity to meet teachers and obtain course outlines and grading policies that evening.
George Fox Middle School on Outing Avenue will have an orientation for all new students and their parents at 7 p.m. Aug. 29.