Since now is the time that everyone is talking about school (mostly about sending your own children), let's be reminded that none of us is ever too old to return to the classroom. Anne Arundel County PublicSchools offer adult education classes at locations throughout the county.
This year, classes have been added to help parents who want to become more effective and help their children.
"Developing Good Study Skills at Home" will be offered at North County High School, 415 Andover Road, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25. This one-session class costs $10 and is designed for parentsof middle, junior high and high school children.
"Parent Effectiveness Training," a course dealing with communication skills for parents with children of all ages, will be offered at North County High School from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on eight consecutive Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 23. The cost is $54.
People interested in creative arts may attend classes that include Beginning Watercolors, Calligraphy, Stained Glass and Ballroom Dancing.
Computer, Business Management, Self-Improvement and Personal Interest courses also are available at North County High School.
For more information or to find out about registration, call 224-5385 or 224-5384. Make the most of the upcoming cool months and learn about something that has always interested you.
Harbor Hospital Center, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, is sponsoring a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrowin its Gruehn Auditorium. The hospital has experienced its usual summer shortage, and the local Red Cross chapter has approximately a two-day supply of blood.
The Red Cross hopes to obtain more than 100 units. Appointment times are available. For information, call 347-3478.
* After a summer of eating those munchies, Harbor Hospital Center's Coronary Club members will be treated to "Eating for a Healthy Heart." Joyce Geer, a clinical nutritionist at Harbor Hospital, will lead the free program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Gruehn Building, Room 500. Free blood-pressure screenings and heart-healthy snackswill be available. Call 347-3533 for more details.
The Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks will offer a free Arts and Crafts drop-in class at Brooklyn Park Elementary School, 200 W. 14th St. The 10-week class will offer instruction to elementary-aged children. Supplies and materials will be provided.
Kindergartenthrough third grade will meet from 3:20 to 5:20 p.m. every Thursday.Grades four through six will meet from 3:20 to 5:20 p.m. every Tuesday. Both sessions begin the week of Oct. 1.
Belle Grove Elementary School would like to extend a
warm welcome to the new members of the staff. An addition to the first grade will be Cynthia McDuffie, who comes to the school with seven years' experience teaching first and second grades. Her goal is to "provide a quality education forour youths which will provide them with a solid foundation on which to build their futures."
Karen Niemi will be the new physical education teacher. She comes with a broad range of experience, from the Illinois School for the Deaf to special education at the Ruth Eason School. A choreographer who has been putting on shows for 25 years, shewould like to organize one starring Belle Grove students.
Elizabeth Lewis is joining the staff as music teacher. She began teaching inAnne Arundel County schools in 1967. She has a bachelor's degree in music education and an master's in human development from the University of Maryland. She will be teaching general music and instructing the chorus.
The Art Department will be headed by Jill Coyle. She has taught elementary and junior high art for five years in Ohio and three
years in Anne Arundel County.
Nancy Jones will be the speech therapist. She recently moved to Maryland from Rochester, N.Y., where she was a speech pathologist for nine years with the public schoolsystem.
The media assistant will be Cynthia Smith. She is a resident of Brooklyn Park and involved in area activities.
Randall Norris will be teaching instrumental music.
Also at Belle Grove, the YMCA will sponsor an after-school program in gymnastics and soccer from 2:45 to 4:45 p.m. Tuesday afternoons, beginning this Tuesday. Theseclasses basic skills to children in grades one through six. Registration is $30 per child, and classes will continue for seven weeks. Forinformation, call 761-1251.
Brooklyn Park/Lindale Middle Junior High School is looking for substitute teachers. To qualify, you must have at least 60 credit hours of college, although not necessarily in education. Substitutes with 60 credit hours are paid $35 per day; those with a bachelor's degree are paid $50 per day. Actual teaching plans will be provided by the regular teacher, including directionsfor management of the class. For information, call the school at 789-8500.