Middle-schoolers can build their own gingerbread houses


December 09, 1997|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A GINGERBREAD house is a favorite in England, Germany, France and India. Americans especially like to build their own cakelike establishments, adding personal embellishments.

Middle-schoolers will have the opportunity to make their own gingerbread house Dec. 21 at Icing On The Cake in Timonium.

The students can make a gingerbread house as a gift, or keep it themselves.

The Columbia Teen Center in Oakland Mills Village is sponsoring the outing to Timonium, which leaves the center at 1: 15 p.m. and returns at 4: 30 p.m.

Parents are welcome too.

Bobbie Whyte, teen center director, said transportation and supplies are included in the $25 fee for Columbia residents; nonresidents pay $30.

Space is limited; registration is required by Dec. 18.

Information: 410-992-3726.

Waterloo student council

Waterloo Elementary's 26-member student council is nearing the end of its first semester. The council elected Mark Manley as president; Gary Caul, first vice president; Lacie Der, second vice president and treasurer; and Anna Kojzar, secretary

Being the first in anything is always a responsibility. There were glitches to work out, decisions to make, plans to implement.

But these young people are well on their way to proving that a student council is just as important in elementary school as it is in middle or high school.

With the guidance of gifted-and-talented teacher Erin Dorn, the students were official greeters, welcoming parents and families who visited the school during American Education Week.

Inspiring school spirit is one of the student council's goals, so listed on the schedule for 1998 is Crazy Hat Day -- scheduled next month -- and Valentine Gram, planned for February.

Students are asked to remind their families and friends that the school's staff will be wrapping books, calendars and other gifts from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Dec. 21 at Barnes & Noble Books on Route 103.

Donations for having your gifts wrapped will buy supplies and incidentals not in the school's budget.

Personal best

Having others recognize personal effort means a lot to students.

Owen Brown Middle School students have been awarded certificates for being vigilant in attendance and achieving good grades.

During a ceremony, the school band performed between awards.

Some 181 students earned SPOT -- Students Present and On Time -- awards for not being absent or late during the first quarter of school.

Thirty-two students received Gold Awards for having straight A's on their report cards.

There were 171 Silver Awards earned for A and B report cards, and 74 Bronze Awards given for C report cards that included at least one A.

Hammond High page

Hammond High's Robert Dobry has been selected by state Sen. Martin G. Madden to be a Maryland General Assembly page during the 1998 session, which begins next month.

Robert has been working with Howard County Councilman Dennis Schrader's office, on an analysis of Howard County's economic conditions.

Robert will have to keep up with his school work while spending his days in Annapolis.

He will report to his Hammond teacher and mentor, Deborah Messer, for updates on his classes.

It's just possible that his parents, Linda and Robert, will be seated in the balcony as Assembly spectators in 1998.

The value of motivation

On Friday, Talbott Springs fifth-graders with teachers MariJane Monck, Pat Browne and Darryl Nickolson traveled to Turner Hall at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore to hear Dr. Ben Carson speak about the value of motivation.

Carson has a special interest in Talbott, because his children are former students.

Long Reach sings out

Long Reach High School's choral director June Pompei and the school's Madrigals have been invited to perform Friday evening at the opening performance of the Moscow State Ballet's "Nutcracker" at the Mechanic Theater.

The 23-member Madrigals choral group was selected during October's Moscow choral festival competition -- involving groups from Howard, Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties -- at BJ's Wholesale Club in Columbia.

The group will sing with the orchestra and also during the intermission.

Tickets: 410-799-1465.

Pizza record, secret shop

It must be some kind of record! Phelps Luck Parent Teacher Association president Lisa Winter has been asked to schedule another Pizza Hut Night to benefit the school.

A good time was had by all in September, and the PTA can always put the extra money -- a portion of the night's profits -- to good use.

Dine-in, take-out and delivery orders from 4 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. will be tabulated for Phelps Luck's benefit.

It's a wonderful excuse for a family night out.

Many of the students have been working in the Secret Shop at school, making holiday gifts for their families under the direction of parent Lynn Starr.

Since the shop closes at 4: 30 p.m., it might be a good time to plan for pizza.

If you time it just right, you may be entertained by Phelps Luck Elementary School hosts John Snyder and Alan Sellers at Pizza Hut.

Information: 410-740-1130 or 410-884-9453.

Last chance for donations

Village Manager Ruth Bohse reminds residents that this is the last week for donations of nonperishable canned goods and new toys and new clothing at Owen Brown community center, 6800 Cradlerock Way. The items are to be given to Grassroots to distribute to families in need.

The children's' clothing can be any size, from infants' clothing on up.

The deadline is Dec. 16 so that Grassroots staff members have time to sort, wrap and plan delivery off the donated goods.

Information: 410-381-0202.

Pub Date: 12/09/97

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