Happy Columbus Day! Most federal, state and local offices are closed. But many places of business are open -- including schools. So get the kids off to school, then treat yourself to a day of total relaxation and fun.
Whatever you decide to do on your day off, make it good -- holidays like this are rare.
Belle Grove Elementary news: Individual school pictures willbe taken Wednesday. All payment envelopes must be returned, with theexact payment, on picture day.
* Vision and hearing checks will be given Friday.
* The physical education department is in need of Pringles potato chip cans to be used for games.
* The school has added another item to its list of items to save. Orville Redenbacher has introduced the Labels for Learning program. For every valid UPC code label from any Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Popping Corn product collected, the program will donate 10 cents to the school.
Brooklyn Park Elementary news: First-graders will visit Green Meadows Farm on Tuesday. They will see animals, take a hayride and choose pumpkins to take home for Halloween.
* Once again, it is time for pupils to participate in the physical education department's Superfit program. This program tests their strength and endurance with 1-mile runs, sit-ups, chin-ups, sits and reaches. Pupils also undergo a skin-fold test. Testing begins today and runs through Thursday. Children in grades three through six must participate in this program.
* Pupils will be checked for vision and hearing Wednesday and Thursday. All children in kindergarten and third grade will be tested. Rechecks will be done on pupils in the other grades.
* Pupils will have their individual pictures taken Friday. Be sure the money envelope is returned on that day.
* Second-graders will be visiting the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History in Washington on Friday in conjunction with their study of dinosaurs.
Brooklyn Park/Lindale Middle Junior High news: Make-up day for individual school pictures will be Monday.
A PTSA Executive Board meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow in the school conference room.
* The county Health Department will be issuing measles-mumps-rubella shots to students Friday, Oct. 25. This shot is not mandatory for middle school youths, but is strongly recommended in light of the recent outbreaks of measles in the county. Your child needs written permission before receiving the shot. If you have not returned the permission slip, contact the school to see if your child can still receive the immunization. The number is 789-8500.
* Brooklyn Park-Lindale welcomes new teachers Barbara Christensen, foreign language; Mary Lou Clark, mathematics; Donna Cypress, media specialist; Kathleen Daciek, mathematics; Beth Davis, language arts; Gail Felice, special education; John Gregory, speech therapist; Rebecca Hartshorn, social studies; Brian Hoffman, permanent substitute; Catherine Krupa, special education; Patricia Kuehne, mathematics; Joyce Malone, teaching assistant; Patricia McPhail, special education; Cynthia Moore, school psychologist; Cathy Nelson, English for speakers of other languages; Vickie Plitt, physical education; Lisa Rolman, social studies; Jacquelyn Sansone, science; Carolyn Scholl, social studies; Teresa Williams, special education; William Schwarz, guidance counselor; and Margaret Wright, guidance counselor.
ParkElementary news: Second-graders will be visiting the Brooklyn Park Library on Friday. Children who returned their forms will receive a library card.
North County High news: A reminder for students who registered for the PSAT/NMSQT testing: The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test will be administered at 8 a.m. Saturday.
The North County Knights Parents' Club will participate in the St. John's Fair on Maple Road on Saturday.
For more information, call 761-1784.
Brooklyn Heights United Methodist Church, 110 Townsend Ave., will present a puppet show from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the church. The show will be presented by the Edgemere Church of God and includes a 30-member troop. A love offering will be taken during the performance.
* A gospel concert featuring Marcia Gehris will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the church. Gehris has toured the United States with Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians as a featured vocalist.
TheOlde Brooklyn Park Improvement Association will have its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the cafeteria at Brooklyn Park Elementary School, 200 14th Ave. Elected officials have been invited.
* If you were unable to attend the Security Patrol meeting Friday but are interested in becoming a part of this program, call coordinator Eric Vitek at 789-3760.
The Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 34 is sponsoring a Fall Dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the hall, 5526 Belle Grove Road. The price is $8 and includes live music, a platter, beer and setups.
For more information, call 789-9682.
Brooklyn Park Athletic Association news: Winners in the baseball jacket raffle have only two more days to pick up their prizesat the Sugar Shack. Come by between 6 and 8 tonight or tomorrow night, because after that, all unclaimed prizes will be forfeited.
The Brooklyn Health Department's regularly scheduled meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Health Center, 300 Hammonds Lane.
Phone: 789- 3118