The first week, or should I say four days, of this new school year are history. We've covered books, sorted through paperwork, filled out forms and shopped for last-minute school supplies, all before Labor Day.
As usual, the first day of school presented no problems. Our teen-aged late risers were up at 4 a.m., brimming with excitement and enthusiasm as the rest of us crawled out of bed at 6 a.m. The morning ran like clockwork, with everyone out the door and on their way with time to spare.
The rest of the week proceeded as usual. Bedtime got a little later. Moving in the early morning hours got harder.
Afternoon discussions about the day's events, new teachers, classmates and everything in general were reduced from hours to a few minutes by Wednesday afternoon.
But there was a reprieve in sight: no school today or Monday. Four whole days off, a long holiday weekend with plenty of opportunity to catch up on lost sleep and prepare for the second four-day week of school.
Maybe we'll get a workable schedule together before the clocks turn back next month.
Have a safe holiday and just think, we all get to do this again . . . next year, when school opens on Aug. 30.
* Back-to-school/open house nights fill the calendar this month at local schools. These evenings give parents the opportunity to meet faculty, visit classrooms, view curriculum materials and find out more about getting involved in their student's education.
Parents can learn more about volunteer opportunities, Citizen Advisory Committee activities and join the PTA/PTO.
The following school have scheduled events:
Bodkin Elementary, 8320 Ventnor Road, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9.
Fort Smallwood Elementary, 1720 Poplar Ridge Road, 7 p.m. Wednesday.
High Point Elementary, 924 Duvall Highway, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8.
Jacobsville Elementary, 3801 Mountain Road, 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Lake Shore Elementary, 4531 Mountain Road, 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Pasadena Elementary, 105 Spruce Ave., 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, PTA meeting to be followed by open house.
Riviera Beach Elementary, 8515 Jenkins Rd., 7 p.m. Oct. 13.
Solley Elementary, 7608 Solley Road, 7 p.m. Sept. 15.
Sunset Elementary, 8572 Fort Smallwood Road, 7 p.m. Sept. 29.
George Fox Middle School, 7922 Outing Avenue, 7 p.m. Sept. 15.
Chesapeake Bay Middle School, 4804 Mountain Road, 7 p.m. Sept. 15.
L Northeast High School, 1121 Duvall Highway, 7 p.m. Sept. 22.
* The Chesapeake High School CAC will have its first meeting of the new school year at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the administrative conference room.
Parents of CHS students and interested area residents are invited to attend.
For more details, call 255-9600.
* The Ladies Auxiliary to the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Firemens' Association has scheduled installation of officers for its upcoming meeting, at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at Orchard Beach VFC hall on Solley Road.
Officers for the upcoming year include: Margaret Dove, president; Sharon Funk, vice-president; Karen Browning, secretary; Pat Sohn, treasurer; Theresa Dean, chaplain; Rose Harrell, vice-chaplain; Tracey Austin, historian; Mary Ellen Shores, guard; and Evelyn Graf and Robin Browning, color bearers.
* The Stoney Creek Democratic Club invites the community to attend an Open House at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the club, located on Fort Smallwood Road.
Guest speaker for the evening will be Judge Janet Owens from the Orphans' Court.
The club also invites absentee members to come back and attend the meeting in order to participate in the club's election of officers in November.
Evelyn Sommer, club spokesman, said that open house evenings are the perfect opportunity for members to fulfill club attendance requirements plus learn more about the issues and candidates running in the general elections.
For more details, call the club at 255-9706.
* Northeast High School PTSA kicked-off its "Pride in the School" clean-up campaign on Wednesday with a special flag dedication and raising ceremony. In attendance were PTSA executive board members, Principal Joseph Carducci, State Senator Phil Jimeno, Delegates Joan Cadden and W. Ray Huff.
"Our goal is to instill pride in the overall looks, both inside and outside of our school" said Carlene Heilman, PTSA president. "Receiving a new American flag from Sen. Jimeno and a state flag from Del. Cadden has given us a good start on our efforts" she said. "Our front entrance looks tremendous."
Several other improvements are in the planning stages. "With more ideas and help from Northeast students and faculty, we will make this program a success," Ms. Heilman said.
Back from summer break, the Chesapeake Womens Club wil resume monthly meetings with its first meeting at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Eastern District Police Station, 3700 Mountain Road.
New president Sue Fortner looks forward to seeing returning members and some new faces this year.
For more details, call 544-4792.
Girl Scout Community 38 will offer training for troop cooki parents at a meeting to take place at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at Pasadena Elementary School.