Catholic School Education Week will be celebrated by St. Philip Neri School starting Sunday with an open house.
Home School Association officers and student council representatives will give tours of the school and answer questions from new families from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Teachers will be in the classrooms and have teaching materials displayed. Other displays will include art, special projects and computer programs.
Registration for new students also will be held and will continue through June.
On Jan. 30, volunteers who have lent a hand in the classroom, office or other parts of the school will be honored with a continental breakfast in the school hall.
The school band, under the direction of Laura Weatherington, will present a concert Jan. 31. On Feb. 1, parents and community members are invited to observe classroom activities. Kindergarten classes will be open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and grades one through eight from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Home-School Association will provide a lunch free for all students, and parents are invited to stay and enjoy a hot lunch with their youngsters. Parents must order their lunches by Thursday.
Students are invited and encouraged to wear a hat decorated with symbols of school pride to celebrate School Spirit Day Feb. 2. Any student wearing a "Spirit Hat" Thursday also may wear jeans and a sweat shirt.
Also that day, students in upper grades will share reading activities with those in lower grades. Fourth- and fifth-graders will work with kindergarten students; sixth-graders with first-graders; seventh-graders with second-graders; and eighth-graders with third-graders.
Activities for the week will conclude with Student Appreciation Day Feb. 3. Students will gather for the celebration of "Mass in Thanksgiving" to reflect on their many blessings. This will be a half-day session of school, with students dismissed at 12:15 p.m.
The school is at 6401 Orchard Road. For additional information, please call the office at 859-1212.
* Eat your dinner or get a snack at the Burger King on Nursery Road from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, and you will be benefiting St. Philip Neri.
The Home-School Association will receive 20 percent of the profit from drive-through and eat-in orders.
For information, please call Bob Newcomer at 859-1056.
The Anne Arundel Alarmers Association is accepting applicants for membership.
The Alarmers are volunteers on call 24 hours a day to support the county fire department, police department or state police in emergencies.
Alarmers are required to attend fund-raisers, charity events and parades. Yearly dues are $25. Uniforms and badges are provided.
If interested, write to: Anne Arundel Alarmers Association, 115 Glenmont Ave., Glen Burnie 2106l.
The Ferndale Garden Club will have its monthly meeting at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Ferndale Senior Center. They will hear a program by Dave Hitchock, the county's commercial urban agriculture agent, on lawn care.
Kathy Shatt will give the monthly horticulture report. Hostesses will be Barbara Bernheimer and Norma Gauss.
For information on the club, call Ms. Bernheimer, publicity chairwoman, at 859-1676.
It may still be winter, but it's time to start making spring sports plans.
George Sauble, commissioner for the girls' lacrosse program for Linthicum and Brooklyn, has announced the registration period for veteran players and newcomers.
Alumna can sign up from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. Open registration is scheduled Feb. 4. Both sessions will be at the Linthicum Library. The registration fee is $30.
Starting its fifth year, the program is for girls ages 8 to 15. Girls' lacrosse is played differently than the boys' version. Although the concept is the same, girls use different sticks, have no boundaries and do not engage in physical contact.
For additional information, call Mr. Sauble at 859-1632.
I could not end this column without a mention of a beloved member of the community, Ethel M. Schmidt, who recently died.
The 97-year-old had lived in Ferndale since 1923. A community leader, she was instrumental in starting Ferndale Elementary School, the Ferndale Seniors Club and Ferndale United Methodist Church.
She was active in the church, serving as president of the Women's Society and also served as a Sunday school teacher for 40 years.
For many years, she was active in the Ferndale Community Club.
Ethel Schmidt will be missed.