Have you noticed that Christmas seems to come earlier and earlier every year? All the shopping centers have their outside lights up, malls have their chairs waiting for Santa Claus and the stores are playing Elvis Presley's "Blue Christmas."
All of this was going on whilewe were shopping for Halloween!
We love Christmas as much as the next person, but when children see all this hoopla so early, they think it's time to leave out milk and cookies right away. Parents have to get tired of repeating the phrase, "No, Christmas is not tomorrow."
Couldn't everyone wait untilThanksgiving arrives before advertising Christmas?
At least that way, we only have to listen to our children for 30 days, instead of 90!
Belle Grove Elementary news: Parent Visitation Day is scheduled for Wednesday. Parents are invited to visit the school and observe their child's classes.
* The school would like to thank the following people for reading during Alumni Guest Reader Day: Nancy Krueger, reading teacher at Brooklyn Park/Lindale; Melva Sunday, music teacher at Hilltop Elementary; Wayne Bark, principal of Overlook Elementary; Greg Metrinko, principal of Linthicum Elementary; Frank Rocco, principal of Woodside Elementary; William Wentworth, principal of North County High; and Elizabeth Lewis, music teacher at Belle Grove Elementary.
All of the readers were past teachers or administrators at Belle Grove except Wentworth, who attended as a student.
Brooklyn Park Elementary news: A book fair will run today through Thursday in the school media. Children will be allowed to visit the fair during their assigned class time. The fair also will be open from 5 to7 p.m. Wednesday for parents and children to shop.
* The school'sfund-raiser items will come in this week. Be sure to check your child's papers for a notice telling the exact day and times of pickup.
* Wednesday is parent visitation day for the school. You may come and observe your child's class any time during the day.
* A special thanks goes to the following people for reading to the pupils during Alumni Guest Reader Day: former principals George Surgeon and Jerry Christian; former kindergarten teacher Phyllis McNeill; former readingteacher Elsie Emenheiser; former Chapter 1 aides Gail Bouton, Pat Combs, Daria Homens, Ginny Meeks and Wilman Young; and parents Darlene Austin, Phyllis Hahn, Phyllis Lucas and Carol Laumann.
Brooklyn Park/Lindale Middle Junior High news: Parents are invited to attend their child's classes on Parent Visitation Day tomorrow.
Be sureto get a copy of your child's schedule and times so you know where to visit your child. You can spend the day or just visit one class.
* The Halloween Dance, which was canceled Oct. 25, has been rescheduled for 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at the school.
* Don't forget to attend the All County Middle Junior High School Concert from 3 to 5 p.m.Sunday at South River High.
Park Elementary news: Parents are invited to Open House from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday. Come and observe your child's class in action.
* A "Just Say No" meeting will take place after school Thursday.
* Congratulations to the new sixth-grade class officers: Angela Langrehr, president, Thomas Micciche, vicepresident, and Amber Lontz, secretary.
* The school has added another reading program to its list -- P.A.I.R.S. (Parents Aid in Reading Success).
A group of volunteers assigned to individual pupils meet with the child twice a week. During these tutoring sessions, the volunteers reinforce reading skills, help develop oral reading skills and assist with reading fluency.
North County High news: Are you interested in seeing the North County High School Marching Band in action?
It will be appearing in the Thanksgiving Day Parade on Saturday in Baltimore. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Martin Luther King Boulevard and continue to the Inner Harbor.
The Band Boosters will sponsor bingo from 7 to 10 p.m. tomorrow at the Roland Terrace Democratic Club, 619 Matthews Ave. (off Church Street).
Come join the fun and bring a friend.
The band is selling poinsettias forthe holidays.
The following sizes are for sale and come in red, white or pink: 6-inch single branch for $6; 6-inch double branch (six to ten blooms) for $10; 10-inch potted (20 to 25 blooms) for $20; anda 10-inch hanging basket for $22.
All money must be turned in by Monday.
If you do not know a student in the band, you may call theschool office at 859-5400 and someone will contact you about your order.
Delivery will be mid-December.
* The sports banquet will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday at Michael's Eighth Avenue, 7220 Grayburn Court, Glen Burnie. Tickets are $7 per person and can be bought in advance or at the door.
This is a special night when students are recognized for their athletic achievements.
The Cooperative Extension Service will be offering a free class, "Getting Ready For the Holidays," from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Arundel Center North, Room307, 101 Crain Highway.