Howard Co. school system presents annual seminar to support Korean families

October 20, 2003

A traditional Korean feast for invited guests will begin the Fourth Annual Korean Parents' Education Seminar from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Mount Hebron High School. About 100 education and community leaders have been invited.

The seminar, sponsored by the Howard County public school system's English for Speakers of Other Languages Outreach Office, is open to all Korean parents. About 300 to 400 parents are expected to attend.

Three preseminars are planned from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Topics include resources at the library, how to get children ready for kindergarten, and character building or developmental assets.

A general session for parents will be held in the school's auditorium at 7 p.m. Richard Steinke, deputy state schools superintendent, will be the keynote speaker.

Workshops will be offered from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. for parents whose children are in elementary, middle or high school, and those children whose English is limited. A Korean interpreter will be available at the seminars, workshops and general assembly.

The evening is the first in a series of seminars planned throughout the year for families whose English is limited. Interpreters in a variety of languages are available to anyone who requests the service.

Admission is free. Information: Young-Chan Han, ESOL Outreach Office, 410-313-6841.

Kiwanis Club to hold craft fair, breakfast

The Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City will hold its Fall Craft Fair and Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Kiwanis-Wallas Park, Route 144 and U.S. 40, Ellicott City.

Admission is free. The pancake breakfast costs $5; children up to age 8 eat for free.

Information: 410-995-4610.

Birth

Sophia Kellie: To Stephen and Erika Simpson of Ellicott City on Sept. 17.

Around town

Peer support: The Department of Citizen Services' Office of Aging is sponsoring a 10-week SPRING peer support group with the theme "Ac-cent-chu-ate the Positive!" from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursdays in the community room of Colonial Landing Apartments, 6391 Rowanberry Drive, Elkridge. The free group, SPRING Sunbeams, stresses creating positive relationships with family and friends and is open to older adults from the Elkridge area. 410-313-7466.

Homecoming breakfast: The Centennial High School PTSA will sponsor a pancake breakfast Saturday, the morning of homecoming. The all-you-can-eat breakfast starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $5. Yearbooks will be distributed from 10 a.m. to noon. The homecoming parade, which starts at 11 a.m., will be followed by the football game at 2 p.m.; Centennial faces River Hill High School.

Cheerleading: The Miller library branch, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will present "Hooray for Cheerleading!" from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 28. The talk by Sherry Knowle, varsity cheerleading coach at Mount Hebron High School, is for ages 11 to 17. Registration is required. 410-313-1950.

Howard High reunion: The Howard High School Class of 1993 will hold its 10-year reunion at 7 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Sheraton Columbia Hotel. Tickets must be purchased by Oct. 30. Florrie Ton, 410-902-6986.

Mount Hebron reunion: The Mount Hebron High School Class of 1983 will hold its 20-year reunion Nov. 28. Chris Pfister McComas, cdmccomas@net zero.net.

Young firefighters: The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department's Junior Firefighter Program seeks new members, ages 9-15, to learn basic firefighting skills. The Junior Firefighter Program, which meets from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, conducts training and fund raising and assists with department functions at the fire station. 410- 966-2831.

Tip Line

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