Patuxent Valley Middle to hold its first cleanup day May 18

NEIGHBORS

April 26, 1996|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 18, the first Patuxent Valley Middle School cleanup day.

On that day, volunteers will spread mulch around a nature trail, remove the grasping Japanese honeysuckle as well as other exotic weeds, and in general make the grounds of the school a better place for wildlife and students.

After a morning of painting lines on the basketball courts, repainting doors, pulling weeds and spreading mulch, the stalwart crews will sit down to a well-deserved picnic. As many hands make light work, anyone who wishes to participate is welcome.

Testing talk

On Tuesday, in the Patuxent Valley Middle School cafeteria, Bill Sowers, a social studies teacher from the Board of Education, will discuss parental concerns about the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program testing at the school.

The talk, which will take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., will focus on what the school is doing to motivate students. All parents are welcome.

Student performer

Bollman Bridge Elementary School fifth-grader Josh Sperling will play violin with the Greater Baltimore Youth Symphony Orchestra at the Montreal Music Festival May 11.

Discipline seminar

The guidance departments of Bollman Bridge Elementary and Guilford Elementary are sponsoring a presentation on "Discipline with Dignity" May 8 at Bollman Bridge Elementary.

Debbie Ramsey of the Family Life Center will conduct the session. For more information, call either school at (410) 880-5920 or (410) 880-5930.

PTA elections

It's that time of year again, when a young parent's thoughts turn lightly to thoughts of PTA elections.

The nominating committee of Bollman Bridge Elementary School's PTA has announced the following nominations: for president, Jessica Kemper; for second vice president, Mary Metzler; for treasurer, Denise Lancaster; for corresponding secretary, Judy Schemm; for recording secretary, Chris Traini; for delegates to the county PTA, Marcia Peri and Chris Szalkowski.

There is no nominee for first vice president. The job involves running the meetings if the president is absent, helping to coordinate the PTA programs and possibly serving on the budget committee.

For more information about this opening, call Valerie DiCarlo at -- (410) 792-7026 or Norma Neimiller at (301) 490-5436. Nominations will be open until Monday.

Children in church

If you notice a lot of joyful chatter coming from the First Baptist Church of Savage on Wednesday nights, it's just the kids there having fun. There's Mission Friends for the preschool and kindergarten set, Team Kids for the elementary school-age crew, and Youth on Fire for seventh- through 12th-graders.

Jennifer Neimiller is one of the adults who helps coordinate this series of programs. Everyone is welcome, and a free bus service will pick up and deposit the children at home. Call the church at (301) 725-3944 to arrange for the service.

There's also a prayer meeting held at the same time for adults who wish to attend.

Secretaries honored

Anyone who's ever had occasion to wander into a school office wonders how anything ever gets done there. There are constant interruptions, announcements over the speakers, students rushing in to see the secretaries, and parents calling in or taking their children home early.

Despite the chaos, everything gets done because of the unruffled serenity of the secretaries. With the sure grace of ships under sail, they steer parents to the right teachers, teachers through the paperwork and students to the right rooms.

Once a year, we publicly acknowledge their contributions during Secretaries Week. As you read this, Hammond High secretaries Gerry Gibeau, Beth Dispenza, Betty DiMaggio, Mary Hyatt and Barbara Dowson are remembering the lunch they enjoyed yesterday at Hunan Manor.

School nurse Edie Hoffheiser also was there, for her efforts on behalf of agitated teens in the health room. Regrettably, because of a schedule conflict, guidance department secretaries Crystal McMillan and Kim Clare could not attend the luncheon. Fortunately for them, Hunan Manor has takeout service, so the two secretaries might have been deprived of the public adulation they so richly deserved, but not of the goodies.

Principal's breakfast

Hammond High will hold the next Principal's Breakfast at 8 a.m. May 7 in the Guidance Resource Center. Parents of all Hammond students are invited to this informal opportunity to meet with and talk to Call (410) 313-7615 to register. The cafeteria staff needs to know how much coffee to prepare.

Pet clinic

On May 8, the county Health Department will vaccinate dogs and cats for $4 each. Information: (410) 313-2644.

Pub Date: 4/26/96

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