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By SUSAN REIMER | December 7, 1999
I AM NOT SURE we need another book telling us it is important to read to our children every day, to keep in touch with their teachers and to turn off the TV, but we have one.And it is a big, thick one.Former education secretary William J. Bennett -- he of "The Book of Virtues" -- has lent his familiar name and conservative reputation to a new book called, "The Educated Child: A Parent's Guide From Preschool Through Eighth Grade."It is an ambitious guide to the back-to-basics movement in education.
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By Cassandra A. Fortin and Cassandra A. Fortin,Special to The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2008
Before the first day of school, county students were invited to attend an open house at their respective schools. During this night, the students were introduced to their teachers, shown their classrooms, and met classmates and schoolmates. Now it's the parents' turn. As their children adjust to new buildings, new teachers, new friends, class changes and schedules, parents are invited to attend an orientation meeting in their child's school. "The parent nights are an essential start of the home and school partnership," said Peggy Kirk, principal at Emmorton Elementary in Bel Air. Called Back to School Nights, the events are held in the evening, and bring parents in droves to the schools.
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September 18, 2005
School system to suggest shifts in boundary lines The Howard County school system will present suggested district adjustments for elementary and middle schools for the 2006-2007 school year at two meetings this week. The meetings will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Centennial High School, 4300 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City; and Wednesday at Hammond High School, 8800 Guilford Road, Columbia. Information: 410-313-6682. HCC meeting to discuss facilities master plan Howard Community College will hold a community meeting Tuesday to present and discuss a master facility plan for its Columbia campus.
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May 6, 2007
Schools urge parents to complete survey The Howard County Public School System urges parents to complete its Parent School Environment Survey by Friday. The survey, which takes about 10 minutes to complete, asks parents to evaluate the social, learning and physical environment in their child's school; discipline policies and actions; and diversity and commonality. One survey can be completed for each child attending a Howard County school. The survey is designed to help administrators and staff members improve the schools and to ensure that each school provides a safe, nurturing environment that values diversity and commonality for its students.
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February 21, 2007
THE ISSUE: The eSchoolnewsletter has changed the way parents receive information from the school system. Do you feel a lot more connected to your child's school because of it? YOUR VIEW: Send e-mail responses by tomorrow to howard.speakout@baltsun.com. A selection of responses will be published Sunday. Please keep your responses short and include your name, address and telephone number. Addresses and phone numbers will not be published.
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By JANET GILBERT | April 22, 2007
By this time, you are probably wondering: "Why haven't I seen Janet interviewed on Larry King Live regarding the Virginia Tech shootings?" It is a darn shame the broadcast media do not traditionally contact humor columnists for commentary on national tragedies. But my point is, when the coverage of the funerals is over, we will be asking ourselves, what can we do to prevent this sort of thing? And I think I know the answer. I have no training in security, but I know it is not gun control.
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February 25, 2007
THE ISSUE: -- The eSchoolnewsletter has changed the way parents receive information from the school system. Do you feel a lot more connected to your child's school because of it? A fantastic tool for communications The eSchoolnewsletter is a fantastic communication tool for parents. I have a ninth-grader, and, according to him, nothing ever goes on at school. eSchoolnews- letter keeps me informed and updated with all the events at his high school. When schools are closed or starting late, we receive an e-mail, so I don't have to wait for the television or radio stations.
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October 10, 1999
Editor's note: Jerdine Nolen today writes about ways to encourage children to be successful lifelong learners. Her column appears biweekly.Remember when you were entering third grade? Do you remember your fourth grade teacher? Do you remember what it felt like to leave the elementary school building behind and enter the middle school building for the first time?Using these memory cues can help parents walk down memory lane and anticipate the challenges facing children at these milestones.
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November 15, 1996
GIANT FOOD INC. recently kicked off its eighth annual "Apples for the Students PLUS," a concept used by other groceries (including Safeway, Klein's, Super Fresh, Metro Food Market). These programs have been among the most successful business-school partnerships in memory.For years, kids and parents have been diligently collecting register tapes and product labels, to be redeemed in exchange for computers and other equipment.Since 1989, Giant has awarded more than $42 million worth of equipment to schools in the mid-Atlantic region.
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July 22, 1998
"Improving Your Child's Education: A Handbook for Working With Schools," by Chris Dougherty, Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists, 1604 Nueces Street, Austin, Texas, 78071, 512-478-2028 or 800-375-1711.An informative reference, this book is designed to be a tool that enables parents to know what to expect from their child's school and how to help if there are academic difficulties. The author speaks to parents in clear, understandable terms, and summarizes points with checklists at the end of each chapter.
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By JANET GILBERT | April 22, 2007
By this time, you are probably wondering: "Why haven't I seen Janet interviewed on Larry King Live regarding the Virginia Tech shootings?" It is a darn shame the broadcast media do not traditionally contact humor columnists for commentary on national tragedies. But my point is, when the coverage of the funerals is over, we will be asking ourselves, what can we do to prevent this sort of thing? And I think I know the answer. I have no training in security, but I know it is not gun control.
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By Susan Reimer and Susan Reimer,Sun Columnist | April 17, 2007
Parents are always worrying about their kids, but there are certain times when parents worry more. When they feel like they are going to lose their minds with worry. Parents worry when their kids are out in cars after dark. Parents worry when their kids are hanging out with friends they don't trust, friends who make the hair on the backs of their necks prickle. Parents worry like crazy when their kids miss curfew and then don't answer their cell phones. Parents are always worrying about their children, but there are certain times when parents worry less.
NEWS
February 25, 2007
THE ISSUE: -- The eSchoolnewsletter has changed the way parents receive information from the school system. Do you feel a lot more connected to your child's school because of it? A fantastic tool for communications The eSchoolnewsletter is a fantastic communication tool for parents. I have a ninth-grader, and, according to him, nothing ever goes on at school. eSchoolnews- letter keeps me informed and updated with all the events at his high school. When schools are closed or starting late, we receive an e-mail, so I don't have to wait for the television or radio stations.
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February 21, 2007
THE ISSUE: The eSchoolnewsletter has changed the way parents receive information from the school system. Do you feel a lot more connected to your child's school because of it? YOUR VIEW: Send e-mail responses by tomorrow to howard.speakout@baltsun.com. A selection of responses will be published Sunday. Please keep your responses short and include your name, address and telephone number. Addresses and phone numbers will not be published.
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By Lisa Tom and Lisa Tom,Sun reporter | February 21, 2007
Instead of rifling through a flood of papers, Natalie Janiszewski opens her e-mail to the eSchoolnewsletter - her family calendar by her side - and takes note of news and announcements from her child's school. "I think it's nice to get it from the horse's mouth," said Janiszewski, mother of two children in the Howard County school system. "Ideally, we should be able to rely on every one of our children to bring home every single thing, but that's just not the case." The eSchoolnewsletter, a free e-mail subscription service that provides a direct line of communication between schools and parents, has changed the way parents receive information.
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By Alison Lake | August 16, 2005
IT WAS ONCE unfashionable, even unpatriotic, to criticize one's local public school, and for years mainstream media were reluctant to reveal a systemic decline of public education. For better or worse, No Child Left Behind changed all that. Suddenly, schools became accountable and their shortcomings were made public. That was four years ago. Keeping in mind test scores, discipline problems, rising spending, stagnant graduation rates and schools that fail to teach children the "basics," parents face a sometimes frightening prospect of enrolling their children in public school today.
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By Susan Rapp and Susan Rapp,Village Reading Center | August 18, 1999
When parents help their children prepare for school, they are opening doors to a new, exciting world, and building the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Here are a few suggestions to initiate now:Getting ready* Begin to develop a daily routine for school by gradually setting earlier bed and wake-up times.* Set aside time each day for quiet reading or writing activities, and gradually shorten the TV and video game time.* Visit your child's school for a brief walk-through the week before school opens.
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By Matthew Hornbeck, Christine Kotchenreuther and James Reeb | December 5, 2004
EVERYONE WANTS the same thing: A good school with good teachers that will lead to more and better opportunities for their children. Let's pause and reflect on the good things in our schools. This is a thanksgiving piece, an antidote to the drumbeat of negativity that so often drives the conversation around the city schools. What kind of school do you want? Do you want your kids to enjoy learning and return home full of curiosity and excitement? Do you want your son to read classics such as Tom Sawyer, The Odyssey and The Prince and the Pauper and write well?
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