Education Notes


March 26, 2006|By ANICA BUTLER

Youth orchestra to get a new home

The Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra has reached an agreement with Indian Creek School to move its operations to the new Indian Creek Upper School in Crownsville in September.

The CYSO, founded in 1990, has held its rehearsals at Heritage Baptist Church in Annapolis for the past 13 years. The orchestra has grown to two full orchestras, two all-string orchestras, two flute choirs and a wind ensemble and has outgrown the space at Heritage.

The newly constructed Indian Creek Upper School campus, which is scheduled to open in August, will have a 435-seat auditorium and a stage, which will be used for concerts. There also will be practice rooms, space to store instruments and a music library.

Pupils to stage `The King and I'

Pupils in the performing arts program at St. Jane Frances School in Pasadena will perform Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I.

The full-length production will feature 57 performers in third through eighth grades and a full orchestra. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. April 2. Performances will be held in the St. Jane Frances School hall. Tickets ($8, and $5 for St. Jane pupils) and are available by calling the school at 410-255-4750 or at stjaneschool. org/TheKingandI.

Funds available for free summer meals

The Maryland State Department of Education has announced that federal funds are available to help county recreation and parks groups, faith-based organizations, summer camps, migrant communities and other groups provide free meals to low-income children this summer. The funds are available through the Summer Food Service Program, which is designed to provide good nutrition to children who receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year.

The program offers reimbursements for meals served to children from low-income areas and to low-income children attending camps and other programs. The program is open to children younger than age 18 and to those over 18 who are mentally or physically disabled. Most sponsors may be reimbursed for up to two meals or snacks per day. Some, including migrant programs and camps, may be reimbursed for up to three meals daily.

Organizations interested in participating should contact the State Department of Education at 410-767-0225 or at mdsummer The deadline for applications is May 5.

Kindergarten sign-up to start April 3

Parents can register children for prekindergarten or kindergarten April 3 to April 7 at county elementary schools. Children who will turn 5 on or before Sept. 1 are required by state law to enroll in kindergarten. Children who turn 4 on or before that date may enroll in prekindergarten if they demonstrate financial or educational need.

Parents should bring a copy of the child's birth certificate or proof of birth, the child's immunization record and two proofs of residency, such as a rental contract or phone bill. Parents who wish to document financial need should bring W-2 and 1040 tax statements and a current pay stub or evidence of other sources of income, such as child support or welfare.

Additional information about immunization requirements and alternative programs can be found at

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