Pupils create odds-and-ends menagerie

NEIGHBORS

March 20, 1995|By CINDY PARR

Just a couple of weeks ago, there was plenty of hoopla in Diane Groft's prekindergarten class at Christian Preschool and Kindergarten in Westminster.

An artistic challenge was offered, and quite a few preschoolers and their parents rose to the occasion.

In conjunction with a unit on pets, Mrs. Groft asked her class of 4- and 5-year-olds to work with their parents to create an interesting homemade animal to be shown in a special pet show.

The result was a menagerie of colorful and unusual pets made from all sorts of items found in the home.

"We had everything from a papier-mache dog to a number of felt animals, which included a rabbit, a kangaroo and a silky duck," Mrs. Groft said. "There were lots of cardboard containers and 2-liter soda bottles used to manufacture a cast of animal zTC characters. I wanted the children to work together with their parents so they could involve themselves in a joint activity."

As you might imagine, all the children went home winners, and received ribbons for their efforts. The children received lots of positive feedback, not only from Mrs. Groft and her assistant teacher Renee Brewer, but also from their peers.

"We really tried to encourage the children to make positive comments, and the kids were really great about saying nice things," Mrs. Groft said. "They showed they really cared. They were very concerned that everyone would get a prize. That is a really nice side of these kids."

Due to the popularity and success of this first-time activity, Mrs. Groft said the pet show would become an annual event in her future prekindergarten classes.

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Here's a bit of advance notice for prom shoppers:

Westminster High School Class of 1998 Parent Boosters will sponsor Prom Fair '95 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 12 in the lobby of Westminster High School.

Those wishing to consign past prom dresses are encouraged to drop off their prom dresses Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school lobby.

This is a great way for prom-goers to get a great deal on a fashionable and stylish dress for a reasonable price.

Consignors must pay a $2 fee for each dress displayed at the Prom Fair.

The Parent Boosters will keep 35 percent of the consignment fee and the seller will receive 65 percent of the selling price.

For information, call Ann Beirne at 857-4932; Diane Cooper at 848-0363 or Evelyn Bracken at 848-8337.

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Healthy Families Day is on tap Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Carroll County Family YMCA.

The event focuses on family wellness by offering free assessments, screenings by local health-related organizations and hands-on activities.

This event is free and no membership is required.

Information: 848-3660 or 876-1194.

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If flea markets are your thing, don't miss Montessori School of Westminster's third annual Children's Flea Market from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Wilhelm Ltd. Caterers.

If it's for a child, you'll see it at this flea market. Everything from highchairs to children's clothing, shoes, toys, books and games will be for sale.

All items have been donated by families of children who attend the Montessori school.

All proceeds go to the school's programs.

Face painting will be available for children and baked goods will be for sale.

Information: 857-5071.

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If you have a preschooler who will be eligible to attend kindergarten next year, make sure you visit your local elementary school from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. the week of April 24-28.

All children who will be 5 on or before Dec. 31, 1995, should register for kindergarten at this time.

Kindergarten is mandatory in Maryland, but parents can apply for a waiver to hold their child out an additional year if they feel the child is not ready to attend kindergarten.

Children also can be enrolled in an alternative kindergarten setting.

Forms for "Alternative Kindergarten Placement" and "One-Year Level of Maturity Kindergarten Waiver" are available in elementary school offices.

Parents registering children for kindergarten should bring each child's birth certificate and Social Security number, and proof of parents' residency (driver's license, rental or mortgage receipt, utility bill).

Don't hesitate. Register your child early.

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