Orientations mark the start of another school year


August 14, 1998|By Donna Abel | Donna Abel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE BEGINNING of the new school year is upon us, and it's time for orientation programs at schools in Southwest Carroll.

Student/parent orientations are held to assist students who are transferring schools or who will be starting kindergarten this fall.

On Thursday, Mount Airy Elementary will have orientation for kindergarten at 6 p.m. and for new students in grades one through five at 2 p.m. The programs will be held in the school cafeteria. Information: 301-829-1515.

Winfield Elementary will hold orientation for kindergarten at 7 p.m. Wednesday and for new students in grades one through five at 10 a.m. Aug. 21. The programs will be held in the school cafeteria. Information: 301-751-3242.

Mount Airy Middle School will hold new student orientation from 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Wednesday in the school gymnasium. Information: 301-829-1314.

South Carroll High School will hold orientation for new students at 10 a.m. Thursday. Information: 410-751-3575.

Twin Ridge open house

Mount Airy's Frederick County elementary school, Twin Ridge, will have a kindergarten open house for parents and children Aug. 25.

Morning students are welcome between 12: 30 p.m. and 1: 30 p.m. and afternoon students should visit from 2: 30 p.m. to 3: 30 p.m.

Orientation for new students in grades one through five will be as follows: grade one, 6 p.m. Aug. 27; grades two and four, 7 p.m. Aug. 26; and grades three and five, 7 p.m. Aug. 27.

An orientation for parents of kindergarten students will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 26.

The orientation is designed to "give parents an overview of the coming year in kindergarten and to address any questions or concerns," said school secretary Barbara Thompson.

Information: 301-829-5301.

Festival seeking vendors

Crafts and food vendors, community organizations and local talent are needed for the Festival on the Ridge in Mount Airy on Oct. 3 and 4.

Group demonstrations featuring dance and music, hot air balloons, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, hayrides, and a chili cook-off are among the events being planned.

Anyone interested in renting a space should call Jennifer Heflin at 301-831-0735.

Groups interested in performing should call Clare Morton, committee chairwoman, at 301-829- 2470.

Transition time

As Carroll County children and teens get ready to return to school Aug. 24, I am facing a benchmark in my life.

It will be the first time since my eldest child was born in 1987 that I will have the house to myself for an entire day. Along with the exhilaration of knowing that I will have more freedom to do things comes the knowledge that this is an important transition in our lives.

From now on, my children will grow more independent and have new experiences in life, and so will I.

Every school year brings new possibilities, new friends and new insight about oneself and abilities.

Donna Abel's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 8/14/98

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