Japanese intern shares her culture

NEIGHBORS

May 10, 1994|By NATALIE HARVEY

Sachi Okada, a native of Takarazuka, Japan, has been an intern at Stevens Forest Elementary School for less than a month, but, her influence was already evident Thursday when the students celebrated "Childrens' Day in Japan."

Students in kindergarten through second grade, wearing paper hats they made and decorated with Japanese symbols, paraded through the school behind a large carp kite (the symbol of happiness and prosperity).

Mrs. Okada will be at the Oakland Mills Village school until June 17.

She is sharing traditional and modern Japanese customs with students in each grade while becoming familiar with American elementary school teaching. Several Stevens Forest families have the honor of being her hosts while she is visiting.

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Boys and girls interested in joining their village's summer swim teams are urged to register as soon as possible.

Practice begins June 1 after school and will be in the morning, beginning June 20. The swim league will have 12 teams competing in six dual meets, Summer Classic and All-Star meets. Swimmers ages 6 through 18 are invited to join.

Children 8 and under must be able to swim two pool lengths. Lessons are not part of the practice sessions, but lessons are available at most pools.

Coaches and their assistants at the pools will be: Stevens Forest, Debbie Reese and Scott Herdson; Long Reach, Rachel Berkowitz; Thunder Hill, Holly Stover; Phelps Luck, Kristie Burke.

The coaches for Owen Brown and Kings Contrivance teams will be in this column as soon as they are confirmed.

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Stevens Forest pool invites swimmers of all ages to its "free weekend" May 21 and 22.

Its heated pool makes swimming especially comfortable as the season begins.

Other East Columbia pools open Memorial Day weekend.

Registration and information: 715-3058.

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On May 1, children of St. John's Roman Catholic Church participated in their First Eucharist program.

The Rev. Patrick Carrion was the celebrant for: Stephen Bascietto, Andrew Fornadel, Ryan Gleason, Kristen Groves, Danielle Hiland, James Horvath, Ana Lewis, Katherine Minutoli, Helena Ota, David Pelszynski, Flinn Pomeroy, Marjorie Pouyes, Kathleen Schneider, James Seldomridge, John Stephens, Andrew Teranto, Lisa Thompson and Laura Wunk.

Mary Seldomridge was their teacher.

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St. John's Roman Catholic Community Choir will present a Spring Concert May 22 at 7 p.m. at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center.

The choir, brass, percussion and organ ensemble will present John Rutter's "Gloria," a classical composition by Mozart and contemporary works by K. Lee Scott and Rutter.

Child care will be available. The concert is free but donations to offset expenses will be appreciated. For information, call Chris Youstra, music and liturgy coordinator, 964-1425.

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On Monday, Stevens Forest Elementary School will raise its school flag for the first time at 9:15 a.m.

It's a first in the Howard County Public School system. The flag was designed by Amy Foreman, Erin Villamor, Nicole Alpert and Sarah Choi -- fifth-graders in the Gifted and Talented Program -- with the assistance of Erin's mother Sally.

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Stan Clark, sculptor instructor at Columbia Art Center, helped scouts of Boy Scout Troop 75 earn their sculpture badge during a class at CAC last month.

Director Marcia Scheeter reports that girl scouts also have earned badges at the center and she invites other troops and organizations to contact her, 730-0075, for information on the various classes and available schedules.

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Planning a wedding and you would like to design your very own floral arrangements? Columbia Art Center can help you.

Fontaine Rodgers will hold a workshop Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to demonstrate designing wedding floral bouquets and decorations.

The fee is $10 for residents, $15 for nonresidents and includes light refreshments.

Registration and information: 730-0075.

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