Education Notes


August 20, 2006

School board panel seeks new members

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

The state-chartered citizens' group reviews school system policies and practices and makes recommendations to the Board of Education.

Members meet monthly and may also participate in school staff committees and in online discussions. People representing all segments of the community, whether or not they have children in school, are encouraged to participate.

Information: 410-313-6682, or online at www.citizensadvisory Or attend the new-member orientation at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Susquehanna Room of the Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Faun Court, Columbia. A general meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Meetings, which are open to the public, are usually held at 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Department of Education in Ellicott City.

Session set for those who care for kids

Maryland Public Television invites grandparents, friends and relatives who care for children in the home to a free program, "Grow Right Grow Bright," that provides informal childcare-givers with information about health, safety and child development.

The interactive program, which will include information about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, lead poisoning and asthma, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 31 at the central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Participants can take home a free tote bag filled with educational materials, storybooks and videos. Refreshments will be served.

Information or registration: 866-440-0010.

HCC plans orientation for new students

Howard Community College will hold new-student orientation sessions from 9 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Tuesday and 6 p.m. to 9:10 p.m. Thursday in the college's Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

First-time students are expected to attend. Parents also are welcome.

Refreshments will be served, and interactive workshops, campus tours and prizes are planned.

Information: 410-772-4896. To reserve a space: 410-772-4430. Or sign up online at www.howard

The college's credit semester begins Saturday for weekend classes, Aug. 28 for weekday classes.

Information on admissions, registration and on class schedules: 410-772-4856, or www.

School-supplies drive being held at mall

The Mall in Columbia is holding a school-supplies drive for children in Howard County schools.

The drive, which will continue until Aug. 31, is collecting supplies in a box outside Guest Services on the lower level of the mall, near the Lord & Taylor department store.

Supplies for children and youth in kindergarten through 12th grade are needed.

Information: 410-730-3300, #3.

HCC offers classes in Kindermusik

Howard Community College will offer free Kindermusik classes for children Saturday in Room 100B of the college's ELB Building.

Sessions will be offered for families with children, newborn and older, at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

The classes will introduce a Kindermusik program at the college. Reservations are required.

Information: 410-428-1874, or

School registration is under way

The Howard County school system urges parents who are new to the county or have a child starting prekindergarten or kindergarten, to contact their child's school as soon as possible.

Since staffing is determined by the number of children enrolled in each school, an accurate count is needed.

To register, parents or guardians must present the child's birth certificate; an authorized record of immunizations (unless a religious exemption is requested); proof of residency in the form of a lease, deed or house contract and a utility bill; and photo identification of the parent or guardian.

Information: 410-313-6682, or and click on "Schools."

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