Deciphering report cards calls for parent-teacher conferences

NEIGHBORS

November 12, 1993|By LOURDES SULLIVAN

Uh-oh! It's report card time! All those bright, eager faces turn solemn this week in anticipation of those ratings sheets.

Poor little ones! Not that there's so much to worry about. After all, what does a mark of "2" in the category "participates in social studies activities" really mean? I think the elementary grade report cards are deliberately obscure to confound parents.

As a result, we'll go to the parent-teacher conferences to find out how the kids really are doing. Maybe that's the reason for the confusing report cards: It's a way for the teachers to get the parents to come in.

I once knew a pharmacist who did something like this. He'd let a family run a tab during flu season. When the bill got over $50, without a payment, he'd send the patients a bill for $150.

The outraged patient would come storming in, saying, "I don't owe you $150."

The pharmacist would look at the bill, call it a clerical error -- and say, "Look, since you're here, how about squaring up? It'll save you a trip later."

The patient, flush with his victory over the billing error, would agree, and the pharmacist would get his money.

FYI: All next week, elementary schools will dismiss their students two hours early, for the parent-teacher conferences. Keep an eye out for children playing on the roads in the early afternoon.

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Sign-ups begin at 10 a.m. today at the Savage Branch of the Howard County Library for "Pine Cones and Polliwogs," a 90-minute nature story and craft session for 6- to 9-year-olds.

The activity is scheduled for Nov. 20 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Library Grandparent Wauneta Wine will show kids how to make bird feeders and other items from natural materials. She has filled the display case with some of her handiwork, including milkweed pod candle holders, pine cone earrings and a walnut mouse.

Ms. Wine is a nature photographer and author. One of her books, "Gardens for All Seasons," describes the public gardens and arboretums in Maryland. Check it out sometime. The library owns several copies.

Call the library at 880-5978 for details and registration. With the holidays coming so fast, I can think of many things to do for 1 1/2 hours without kids dogging my footsteps in the mall.

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Roberta Laric, the art teacher at Forest Ridge Elementary, has again used the art work of her students to brighten the drab wall at the Savage Library.

Stop by to see the works of young artists Salmah Rizvi, Kristen Oleszewski, David Rocco, Andrew Crimado, Brian Barresi, Steven Eddy, Mary Cox, Brandon Baker and Marsha Turner, all first graders.

The second-grade artists represented are Rachael Murphy-Ryan, Caitlin Abram, Aditi Kolhekar, Ketelyn Mauriello, Sachi Gross, Dionna Harris and Ally Spector. Thank you for brightening the gray-brown "never-show-dirt" walls.

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St. Mary of the Mills Catholic Church in Laurel, along with Palloti High School and Palloti Convents, again will operate a shelter for homeless men during the Christmas season this year.

Winterhaven III will shelter and feed 15 to 20 men referred by social service organizations in Laurel.

Of course, the church is still looking for volunteers to help the staff clean up, do laundry and supply transportation. The Ladies of Charity, a church group, are providing the meals. There's a sign-up board in the vestibule of the church, or call Barb Shea at 490-6715.

The church's address is 114 St. Mary's Place, Laurel.

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There's a Christmas bazaar this weekend at Resurrection of Our Lord Church on Brock Bridge Road in Laurel. Come tomorrow or Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for great food, games, crafts and prizes.

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Laurel Woods played host for the the disAbility program last week. This program brings people with handicaps and disabilities to schools so that kids can see what it's like to have difficulties, and see the handicapped as real, three-dimensional people.

According to Judy Rice, a resource teacher at the school, there was some competition to see which fifth graders would be escorts. Evan Alexander, Talisha Trammell, Rebecca Lush, Joel McDaniel, Jennifer Adams, Danny Sasber were among those chosen. Melanie Atkins, Lance Binning, Jamie Bowley, Jamie Johns, Mark Carbone, Nwora Nwokolo Alexis Arnold, Elizabeth Brown, Styves Exantus, Amanda Faudale, Missy Foster, Bil

ly Olewnicki, Vidhi Misra, Corrine Lukacsina, Billie Woods, Tyler Dudley, Eric Weber and Jason Adams also were chosen as escorts.

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Many organizations, schools and churches in town are gathering food items for the homeless and for shelters this month. As you shop for your own pantry and for holiday meals, why not keep an eye out for sale items that might fill someone else's larder?

Among the items most requested are disposable diapers; canned goods, especially meats; bagged pasta and rice. If it's on sale, think about picking it up for the food drive. While you're at it, give the receipt to your local school for computers. Double the value of your gift, at no extra cost.

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