Workshops to be held for parents Community group, 5 schools get grant

April 09, 1996|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Four elementary schools, one middle school and a Sykesville community group are working together to produce four parent workshops this spring.

The schools, with the help of SCOPE (Sykesville Community Outreach Program and Events), wrote a grant proposal last fall and received confirmation at the end of January that the Maryland State PTA would contribute $500 to pay for the series.

"One grant had to be a cooperative effort between several schools, and it had to be something to reach out to parents and educate them," said Laura Rhodes, president of the Piney Ridge Elementary School PTA.

"We approached SCOPE for help and wrote to all the schools, and they all said yes," Ms. Rhodes said. "We got the entire amount we applied for."

The other participating PTAs are Freedom, Carrolltowne and Eldersburg elementary schools and Sykesville Middle School.

"We knew we wanted to do workshops, but you don't get a very big turnout from just one, so we pulled the different PTAs together and brainstormed for topics to do," Ms. Rhodes said. "We found that the concerns were the same at all the schools: changing curricula, the MSPAP [Maryland School Performance Assessment Program] test, drugs, homework."

The group pooled its ideas for the workshops and made the contacts. All of the presenters have agreed to do the workshops without charge.

With scarce funds, the group went to work on the community.

The Eldersburg branch library is donating its meeting room for the workshops and is taking registrations.

Carroll County Cab is setting aside the four evenings to transport people to and from the workshops. Those needing rides may call the cab company, which will give them vouchers so that the cost may be paid from the grant.

ABC Child Care will provide baby-sitting. Parents would make reservations in advance.

The Bagel Cafe will donate bagels and flavored butters for the workshops.

Parents donated paper and printing for fliers for every student at all five schools. The group purchased videos to tape the programs and two production/media specialists have agreed to edit the workshop tapes and copy them for each school.

"Parents who can't come to the workshops can borrow the tapes from the schools," Ms. Rhodes said.

All workshops will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Eldersburg library, on West Hemlock Drive. The schedule is:

"The Changing Mathematics Program," Monday. Larry Houser, supervisor of mathematics, and Larry Tyree, supervisor of elementary schools, will explain today's math.

"What's the Best Test? What MSPAP Means to Your Child," April 22. Representatives from the Maryland State Department of Education and Community Outreach Division will discuss what the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program does for teachers and administrators.

"Parent Drug Awareness Night," April 30. Sgt. George Butler, supervisor of the state police Bureau of Drug and Criminal Enforcement in Carroll County, and Joanne Hayes, substance abuse prevention coordinator for the county public schools, will display commonly used drugs and help parents identify the signs of possible drug use in children.

"Homework Wars," May 6. Peter Zerhusen, the public schools' psychologist and a licensed social worker, will discuss ways to get children to do their homework without a nightly battle.

The workshops, cab rides and child care are free to participants. Reservations for all three are needed at least two days in advance.

Information: Ms. Rhodes, 795-1405. Reservations: library, 795-3520; ABC Child Care, 795-0731; and Carroll County Cab, 795-8311.

Pub Date: 4/09/96

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