Picnic to celebrate decade for Bollman Bridge school

Neighbors

September 04, 1998|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THOUGH IT is hard to believe, Bollman Bridge Elementary celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

It seems like only yesterday this was the newest school in our area. Now there's Forest Ridge and the new Gorman Crossing in the southeastern corner of the county, joining Hammond and Laurel Woods. What a rate of growth!

The PTA of Bollman Bridge plans to celebrate this anniversary with a family picnic Sept. 11. Families of current and former Bollman Bridge students are welcome to come see the changes in the school over the past decade.

Among the more visible changes are the new pods, replacing the temporary structures that many students had to use when the school population skyrocketed.

One of the best changes is visible in the school's enclosed courtyard. For years, its grassy area was nothing special to see. But now -- thanks to the work of Bollman Bridge students -- it's a butterfly garden. A few years ago, students researched and planted things that butterflies and their larvae like.

Many of these are perennials, so the plants have continued to thrive even after the original gardeners ended the project.

This garden is not only enjoyed by the art students and the principal -- whose windows provide a view of the garden -- and by all who pass by the hallways, but also by the youngest Bollman Bridge students, those in a class for preschoolers learning skills needed for kindergarten. The preschoolers, weather permitting, have recess there.

Plans for the celebration include clowns, a picnic, dancing, snow cones and raffled baskets and a birthday cake.

The school community provides entertainment, too. Lucille Butler reprising last year's role as disc jockey. Former Bollman Bridge resident Kim Daly, whose daughter attends Patuxent Valley Middle School, will be on hand as Daisey the Clown, a role she performs professionally at birthday parties.

It's going to be an informal affair, a family-style picnic. Thanks go to Sue Marino, who organized much of the party, and to the school community.

And while celebrating the school's first decade, welcome its newest teachers.

They are Nichelle Timoli, Bonnie Bricker and Debbie Stalvig, along with occupational therapist Shelly Bowling, speech pathologist Marian Wheltle, physical therapist Mindy Toby and Kim Zinger in the Regional Early Childhood Center.

New elementary school teachers include first-grade teacher Yvette Custis, first-grade assistant Kathy Stevens, third-grade teacher Linda Haley and fifth-grade teachers Barbara Boward and Kimberly Knowles.

Other new staff members include art teacher Denise Venezia and music teacher Ray Forten. Debra Paton is the new school psychologist, Peter Finck is head of pupil services and Christie Jones, Debbie Stvan and Suzanne Strauss are members of the education/academic support team.

Pub Date: 9/04/98

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