Education Digest


December 22, 2004

County, magazine to offer information on child care at fair

Children On Board, the Howard County annual preschool and child-care information fair sponsored by the Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Child Care Resource Center and Maryland Family Magazine, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 22 at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville.

Admission is free.

The fair is intended to provide a one-stop shop for information for parents, guardians, grandparents and child-care providers.

Information on child care and pre-school programs will be available for parents, who will have an opportunity to meet teachers and program directors.

Representatives from community service organizations that provide programs and services to young children in Howard County will be on hand.

The 2005 Early Childhood Education Guide will be distributed free to visitors.

Information: 410-313-1940 or 410-313-1943.

School board budget panel seeks 3 at-large members

The Howard County Board of Education is seeking three at-large members for its Operating Budget Review Committee.

The ad hoc committee serves in an advisory capacity to the board, reviewing the superintendent's proposed 2005-2006 operating budget and making recommendations.

The committee is expected to meet weekly next month and in February and submit recommendations to the board before March 1. The committee also will be asked to be available during the county government's budget approval process in May.

Anyone interested should contact the board's executive assistant at 410-313-7197.

CA accepting applications for Sister Cities program

The Columbia Association is accepting applications for its Sister Cities High School Student Exchange Program until Feb. 18.

Participating Howard County students will spend about two weeks during the summer living with a family in one of Columbia's sister cities - Cergy-Pontoise, France, or Tres Cantos, Spain.

After returning to the United States, the students will be hosts to their French or Spanish counterparts for two weeks.

Applicants must be Howard County high school students who have completed level two of high school French or Spanish by the end of the academic year, or have equivalent fluency in the language.

The cost, which includes airfare, food, lodging and activities, is about $1,300. Students who live on Columbia Association-assessed property receive a $150 discount.

Information: Meredith Jaffe, 410-715-3162.

Organize spelling bees, county library urges

The Howard County Library invites public and private schools and homeschool associations to organize classroom and school bees for children in grades four to eight, with the goal of participating in a countywide spelling bee and sending a pupil to the National Spelling Bee in Washington.

The local competitions should be held by Jan. 31. Winners will advance to the library's regional bee at 7 p.m. March 18 at Howard High. The winner of the regional bee will compete in the National Spelling Bee in June.

The winner of the Howard County Library's spelling bee will receive a $1,000 scholarship; second- and third-place finishers will receive $750 and $500 scholarships, respectively.

Rules and "intent to participate" forms are available on the library's Web site,

The Howard County Library Spelling Bee is co-sponsored by The Sun.

Information: 410-313-7750.

First-time textbooks on display until Jan. 28

Textbooks and textbook-related material recommended for first-time use in the Howard County public schools are on display through Jan. 28 in the lobby at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The material will be available to view from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, and the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 17.

Forms will be available to express approval or request re-evaluation of the materials.

Information: 410-313-6665.

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