Three elementaries to take part in statewide Net Weekend


September 18, 1996|By Kathy Curtis | Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THREE WEST Columbia elementary schools -- Bryant Woods, Longfellow and Running Brook -- will participate in the statewide Net Weekend Sept. 27-29. The project is part of Gov. Parris N. Glendening's technology initiative to ensure that all schools in the state have access to the Internet.

Bryant Woods is looking for 15 to 20 volunteers to install cable in five classrooms and in the media center, starting at 9 a.m. Sept. 28. Computer expertise would be helpful, but is not required. To volunteer, call the school at 313-6859.

Principal Susan Webster expects the project to speed the process of obtaining access to the Internet. She also hopes to use it to encourage reading.

"What better way is there to get kids to read than to bring in something that interests them?" she said.

At Longfellow, volunteers will start at 10 a.m. Sept. 28. They will run cables from each of the school's five classroom pods and the media center to a central computer.

The installation "will heighten awareness of what's available through technology," said Allan Olchowski, Longfellow's principal. He said that the school hopes to make the lab accessible to community groups.

To help out, call Olchowski or media specialist Laurel Lee at 313-6879.

Volunteers at Running Brook will start at 9 a.m. Sept. 28. They will wire six locations throughout the building, including classrooms and the administrative office.

Principal Deborah Drown said the project "will provide another resource for our students to use. It will also make a difference professionally for our teachers to have access to other places."

Sue Portney, chairwoman of the school's Technology Committee, is looking for unskilled volunteers to help with the legwork. Call 313-6893 to volunteer.

Elsewhere in Howard County, Bushy Park Elementary School and Glenwood Middle School also will participate in Net Weekend.

Athletic club meeting

If you missed last week's presentation on the West Columbia Athletic Club, you still can voice your opinion at a second meeting, to held at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Linden Hall, 4765 Dorsey Hall Drive.

The proposed facility, to be built in River Hill by the Columbia Association, would include an indoor pool, aerobics floor, exercise machines and supervised children's activities. While the River Hill village board supports the proposal, some residents have criticized the $6 million price tag and the proposed location -- at the western end of Columbia.

Representing the Columbia Association at the meeting will be Rob Goldman, manager of recreational facilities, Donna DuPree, director of marketing, and Bob Bellamy, director of club operations.

Running Brook news

Magic Circle, a new preschool program for 4-year-olds, will start Tuesday at Running Brook Elementary School. The free program will meet from 9: 15 a.m. to 11: 45 a.m. five days a week. It is open to any 4-year-old in the Running Brook school district.

Magic Circle is being funded through the Title I Early Education Extension Program. To register, call the school at 313-6893.

Parents of kindergarten through fifth-grade students can get a taste of what the Maryland School Performance Test is like at a 7 p.m. meeting tomorrow at Running Brook.

"We will explain the testing," said Drown, the principal, "and let the parents experience a test similar to what their children are taking."

Yard sales planned

Now that the county is enforcing its new trash limit, what do you do with all that clutter in your basement or attic? Four villages have one answer -- communitywide yard sales. The community associations do the advertising, and residents sell in front of their homes.

Wilde Lake will hold a sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Sellers can pick up a professionally produced sign with the village logo at Slayton House. Dorsey's Search will hold a sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. the same day. The rain date for both villages is Sunday.

Sales will be held in Clary's Forest on Sept. 28 and in Clemens Crossing and Hawthorn on Oct. 5. The Hickory Ridge Association will provide red ribbons for street signs. To participate, call the village office at 730-7327. Rain dates are the following Sundays.

Harper's Choice will have a sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 5. Red ribbons for street signs are available at Kahler Hall. No rain date is planned.

If you prefer selling in a central location, the Wilde Lake High School PTSA will hold a flea market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 28 outside the school. The cost is $10 a space. To participate, call 964-2927. The rain date is Oct. 5.

Film series kicks off

Alfred Hitchcock's 1943 film "Shadow of a Doubt" will kick off this year's Marvelous Movies and More series at 7: 30 p.m. Friday at the Slayton House Theatre in Wilde Lake. Film historian David Pierce will lead a discussion after the film. Coffee and dessert will be served.

In its July issue, Baltimore magazine named the series, now in its fifth season, the "best classic film series" in the area. Most of the 10 films in the monthly series are not shown on television or available on home video.

Tickets are $6 and may be purchased at Slayton House or by calling 730-3987. Subscriptions, at $48 each ($42 for seniors and students), are available before Friday.

Pub Date: 9/18/96

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