Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

April 23, 2006

Arc offering 5-week class for parents

A five-week course, "Guiding Your Child: An Approach to Behavior Management for Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities," will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through May 24 at the Arc Of Howard County, 11735 Homewood Road, Ellicott City.

The series will cover behaviors such as not listening, temper tantrums and fighting. Chaya Kaplan, a social worker, is the program leader.

The series is sponsored by the Arc of Howard County's Family Support Services Program and subsidized by the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration. The cost is $20 per family. Scholarships are available.

Information: 410-730-0638, ext. 223.

Center observing Child Abuse Month

The STTAR Center is giving out blue ribbons to be worn in observance of Child Abuse Month to remind the community to ensure children's safety.

Information: visit www.sttar center.org and click on "Child Abuse Prevention Month Activities & Educational Materials."

The STTAR Center is a nonprofit organization that provides crisis intervention and treatment for victims of child abuse, sexual assault and other crimes.

Kids encouraged to turn off the TV

State Sen. Allan H. Kittleman and Dels. Gail H. Bates and Warren E. Miller have issued a challenge to students to go without television for a week, tomorrow through April 30.

National TV-Turnoff Week encourages children to participate in mentally and physically stimulating activities.

Students who successfully abstain will be invited to an event sponsored by the legislators and will receive a citation describing their accomplishments.

Information: www.tvturn off.org.

School board to hold public forum

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The afternoon session, and an evening session that begins at 7:30, will start with a public forum during which members of the public can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process. Advance sign-up is preferred.

During the evening session, the board will hold public hearings on Policy 3431 (discipline/code of conduct); Policy 3441 (student responsibilities and rights); Policy 3443 (student search and seizure); and Policy 10200 (student representation.)

Those who want to testify are asked to limit the presentation to three minutes and provide 15 written copies of their testimony at the time of the hearing. To sign up: 410-313-7194.

To request a sign-language interpreter: Colleen Rice, 410-313- 7046.

Gifted-and-talented orientation planned

A parent orientation describing the county school system's Middle School Gifted Education Program will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Harper's Choice Middle School. 410-313-6670.

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