Education Notes


June 25, 2006

Cedar Lane gets $15,000 grant

Cedar Lane School in Fulton has received a $15,000 grant from the Boeing Co. for the 2006-2007 school year.

It is the third year that the company has funded the grant, which will allow 92 educators and other service providers to attend conferences and workshops on working with children with severe disabilities. Those who attend will relay the information to the rest of the school's staff in after-school and weekend sessions.

Previous grants have funded staff attendance at events such as the World Congress on Disabilities, as well as workshops on programming for deaf-blind students, inclusion in arts education, developing comprehensive supports for students with autism and other topics.

Audit Committee to meet Wednesday

The Audit Committee of the Board of Education will hold its quarterly meeting at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Board Room A at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Classes for parents to start July 5

The Family Tree, a nonprofit organization, is forming free Positive Parenting classes, to be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, July 5 through Aug. 9, at Columbia Teen Center, The Barn, 5853 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Topics to be discussed will include habits of healthy families, stress and anger management, positive ways to discipline, the importance of home safety, succeeding in school, assuring a child's well-being and parents' needs and self-esteem.

Child care will be provided.

Information: Carmen Albuerne, 410-889-2300, Ext. 1226. The organization operates a 24-hour family stress-line: 800-243-7337.

Officials seek leader for Health Council

The Howard County public school system is accepting applications for the position of chairman of the Howard County School Health Council.

The council provides leadership and advice to the superintendent of schools and the health officer on developing and promoting school health programs. The executive committee meets four times yearly; the full committee also meets four times a year.

Local school health councils are required by state law. Membership is drawn from the health, business, religious and volunteer communities, and includes parents and members of the school system and the Health Department.

Letters of interest should be submitted to Donna Heller, Health Services Coordinator, HCPSS Applications and Research Lab, 10920 Route 108, Ellicott City 21042.

Advisory panel seeks at-large members

The Citizens Advisory Committee to the Board of Education is seeking at-large members for the 2006-2007 school year.

The group of residents and representatives from local PTAs serves in an advisory capacity to the elected school board, sponsors educational programming for members and encourages them to study and comment on curriculum, education policy, redistricting and the budget.

The committee usually meets at 7:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. At-large members serve two-year terms.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Dance theater to hold summer classes

Kinetics Dance Theatre, 3280 Pine Orchard Lane, Ellicott City, will offer summer classes for children and adults, as well as weeklong dance camps for new dancers, experienced dancers and Girl Scouts.

Children's classes will be available in ballet, tap, musical theater, hip-hop, ballet and jazz. Classes and camps continue through the summer.

Information: 410-480-1686, or

Aid available for nature camp

The Howard County Conservancy offers scholarships for its summer nature camps for children ages 5 to 11. The one-week camps will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays Monday through Friday, from tomorrow to Aug. 18, at the conservancy's 232-acre nature reserve at 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock.

The camps will be held outdoors and in the conservancy's Gudelsky Education Center. The programs, designed to nurture respect for the natural world, will include hikes, nature games and crafts.

Information: Martha Moore, 410-465-8877.

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