TEACHERS ARE back in school, and students will begin their school year Aug. 25.
But only for a few days. On Aug. 29, schools will be closed for the teachers' Professional Work Day, and that means it will be a long weekend, because the next Monday is Labor Day.
School will resume Tuesday.
There will be new principals and assistant principals at several east Columbia schools this fall.
Carl Perkins has been promoted from assistant principal to principal at Oakland Mills High School.
Carol May will be his assistant principal.
Sana Wilson will be assistant principal at Phelps Luck Elementary School, replacing Jane Sims who is moving to Worthington Elementary.
Yvonne Smith moves from Clarksville to Owen Brown Middle School as assistant principal.
Ann Eggleston, who taught at Waterloo Elementary, will become assistant principal at Talbott Springs Elementary.
Opal Sterrett moves from Talbott Elementary to Hammond Elementary.
Lin Bartle comes to Hammond High as assistant principal from Glenelg High.
Immunizations for children
Children need updated immunization records for school.
The Howard County Health Department will hold immunization clinics from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow at Long Reach High School; on Sept 10 at Oakland Mills High; and on Sept. 17 at Hammond High School.
Children's birth certificates and health records should be brought to the clinics.
Stash your RV
End of summer means it is time to give thought to storing motor homes, canoes, power and sail boats.
Administrative assistant Kay Plaskowitz reports that there are spaces available at Columbia Association's "RV Range," 8711 Robert Fulton Road, especially 20- and 40-foot spaces.
Village covenants do not permit parking such vehicles and boats in residential areas.
Students from abroad
For the fourth year, Marsha and Ivan Gorelik and their son Perry have welcomed an exchange student to be part of their family for a while.
Simon Schindler of Switzerland will spend his senior year of high school at Oakland Mills High.
You might say the Goreliks have established their very own international family They've been hosts to students from Brazil, Spain and France.
The exchange is sponsored by the Educational Foundation for Foreign Students, a nonprofit organization.
Coordinator Lisa Solomon still needs homes in the Oakland Mills and Hammond High school districts for two young men -- one from Sweden and the other from Colombia -- who hope to attend a full year of school in our communities.
Host families provide room, board and a warm family environment. Interested families are asked to call 410-461-7362.
And after school
After-school care activities for middle schoolers are gearing up for the school year too.
Transportation for Club WKYS, held at the Supreme Sports Club, will be provided from Owen Brown and Oakland Mills Middle Schools.
The 2: 30 p.m. to 6 p.m. It's Cool After School sessions will include sports, games, aerobics, computers, rock-wall climbing, rings and rope climbing -- and even a study area.
There is no cost for club members; nonmembers pay $65 a month.
Program director Ann Golibart suggests registration as soon as possible.
Call 410-381-5355 before Sept. 1.
Plan to take art classes
Columbia Art Center director Rebecca Bafford likes to plan ahead.
She invites interested artists of all ages to visit the center in the Long Reach village shopping center and pick up the spring brochure.
Last days of summer
Jenny Jones invites children for an end-of-summer fun time from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Alberta Gary United Methodist Church, 9405 Guilford Road.
The third annual Last Days of Summer Backyard Carnival will be affordable -- game tickets are only a dime, and only one ticket is required for each game.
Anyone bringing in a donation of school supplies gets five free tickets.
Church choirs are scheduling fall and winter rehearsals and concerts.
New Hope Lutheran Church, 8575 Guilford Road, invites singers in all ranges to join its rehearsal at 7: 30 p.m. Aug. 27.
Chris Youstra invites St. John the Evangelist parishioners interested in joining the church choir to sing along at a rehearsal at 7: 30 p.m. Monday.
Advice, but no gas
Residents of Macgill's Common and Huntington neighborhoods in Kings Contrivance village have been told by Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. that their areas do not meet guidelines for the company's natural gas conversion program.
But BGE will provide tips and solutions to increase comfort and reduce operating costs of existing heating and cooling systems.
The company is also preparing a special offer for natural gas service to these areas.
Columbia's Neighborhood Swim Teams held their All-City (all villages) Championships Meet the first weekend of this month.
Phelps Luck's Jennifer Leung broke the 7- to 8-year-old girls' 25-yard backstroke record with a time of 17.58 seconds.
The previous record was set in 1976.
Pub Date: 8/19/97