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March 20, 2010
The lawyer for a former Frederick kindergarten teacher says his client is innocent of charges he sexually abused a student last school year. Attorney Thomas Pavlinic said Thursday that 31-year-old Matthew Berresford of East Berlin, Pa., steadfastly denies the allegations. Assistant Frederick County State's Attorney Tammy Leache says Berresford was accused of molesting a 5-year-old boy. Frederick County public schools spokeswoman Marita Loose said Berresford took a paid leave of absence from North Frederick Elementary School in July after the student's parents reported inappropriate behavior.
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HEALTH
By Kym Byrnes, For The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Students entering kindergarten and seventh grade in Maryland will have to add new shots to their lists of things to do before heading back to school this month. Vaccines required for all school-age children in Maryland include tetanus, diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, varicella (chickenpox), meningitis and pertussis (whooping cough). Under the new requirements, kindergarten pupils must get an additional dose of the chickenpox vaccine, which means kindergarten students will have a total of two chickenpox vaccines upon starting kindergarten.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2012
Doris E. Davies, a retired Baltimore County kindergarten teacher and supervisor, died Oct. 28 of heart failure at the Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville. She was 96. Mrs. Davies also taught for years in Baltimore City and "loved young children," said her son, David Davies of Dallas. Born Doris Elaine Pramschufer in Baltimore on May 14, 1916, she grew up on Calumet Avenue in Frankford and graduated from Eastern High School in 1933. She earned a certificate in primary education from the Maryland State Teachers College at Towson in 1936.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn | August 11, 2014
State health officials are reminding parents to get their kids their vaccinations before school starts. Some of the requirements are new, and students can be kept out of the classroom if they do not have the proper shots. “We have spent the past year helping parents and schools prepare for these school immunization requirements,” said Dr. Laura Herrera, deputy secretary for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Public Health Services. “We want to be sure all Maryland children start the school year with up-to-date vaccinations and are ready to learn.” Students entering kindergarten now must have had two chickenpox (varicella)
HEALTH
By Kym Byrnes, For The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Students entering kindergarten and seventh grade in Maryland will have to add new shots to their lists of things to do before heading back to school this month. Vaccines required for all school-age children in Maryland include tetanus, diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, varicella (chickenpox), meningitis and pertussis (whooping cough). Under the new requirements, kindergarten pupils must get an additional dose of the chickenpox vaccine, which means kindergarten students will have a total of two chickenpox vaccines upon starting kindergarten.
NEWS
By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2011
The longstanding assumption that "if you're playing, you're not learning" no longer applies in Baltimore City public schools. More than 4,500 of the Baltimore's youngest students will descend on downtown Thursday, transforming city landmarks into their playgrounds and cultural institutions into classrooms during the first-ever "Pre-K at Play" event, part of a new emphasis on connecting students' success in school to their experiences. More than 50 of the city's educational, cultural, athletic and historic institutions will open their doors and attractions for free from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and students, equipped with their natural curiosity and a "passport to summer learning," will be able to document visits to museums, performing arts centers and city attractions.
FEATURES
By Susan Rapp and Susan Rapp,Village Reading Center | October 28, 1998
"Ready for School": Kindergarten, about $20, Fisher-Price, 800-545-7677.This is the newest title in the Fisher-Price line of "Ready for School" software. The program is designed to prepare children ages 4 to 6 for their first school experience by providing them with 20 different activities in the areas of early learning and social awareness. Whimsical animation and catchy tunes are interspersed with skills, such as telling time, recognizing letters, identifying shapes and colors and safety and manners.
NEWS
April 28, 2002
Lillian R. Ingalls, who taught kindergarten students for more than 40 years, died Tuesday of complications from a broken hip at an Andover, Mass., nursing home. She was 92 and had lived in Wiltondale. Lillian Rohde was born and raised in Yonkers, N.Y., and after graduation from high school attended Cortland (N.Y.) State Normal School. She later earned her bachelor's degree from Towson State College in 1951. Mrs. Ingalls began her teaching career in Westchester County, N.Y., public schools in 1931.
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By VICKI WELLFORD | March 7, 1995
The Odenton Family Development Center and Odenton Elementary School are sponsoring a kindergarten zoo from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. March 28.This is a free activity for parents and youngsters who are 3 to 5 years old and not enrolled in kindergarten.Space is limited, so register early. Each child will receive a gift related to the activities. On-site care for children of other ages will be available if needed. Please bring infants in strollers or infant seats.The school is at 1290 Odenton Road.
FEATURES
By Barbara F. Meltz and Barbara F. Meltz,Boston Globe | July 12, 1993
If your child will be entering kindergarten in the fall, welcome to the summer from hell.Is this an exaggeration? Take a look at this list of behaviors some early childhood educators say you may encounter:FTC * Mood swings. One day, your child dresses himself quickly, with no fuss. The next day, he can't put his shorts on.* Regression. It's been months since she sucked her thumb, except at bedtime. Suddenly, she's sucking any time, anyplace. If thumb-sucking doesn't apply, substitute wetting the bed, clinging to you in public, not going to the bathroom alone.
NEWS
July 18, 2014
I am pleased that Baltimore City schools CEO Gregory Thornton has issued a new policy directive at the start of his tenure requiring principals to consult with the central office before suspending pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students ( "City seeks to curb pre-K and kindergarten suspensions," July 9). By doing this, the superintendent is setting a tone that many incoming school heads usually do not set just days after taking the helm. I agree that principals and teachers need to find alternative methods for disciplining students.
NEWS
July 10, 2014
It's heartening that Baltimore City's new schools CEO, Gregory Thornton, has made limiting the number of out-of-school suspensions for the system's youngest children a priority in his first weeks on the job. In doing so he has sent a strong signal to principals and teachers that they need to find alternative methods for disciplining troublesome or disruptive students and that kicking kids out of school is rarely effective and should only be used as...
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2014
Baltimore principals will be required to take extra steps before suspending 4- and 5-year-olds under a new policy that seeks to curb the practice of kicking the youngest students out of school. Beginning next school year, principals will have to consult with the central office before they suspend pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students for any length of time — a move that comes after The Baltimore Sun revealed a sharp uptick in pre-K suspensions in Baltimore, which had the most of any district in the state.
NEWS
June 6, 2014
Vacation Bible School St. Stephen's Episcopal Church will hold "Gangway to Galilee: Amazing Grace Adventures" June 23-27 at 1110 St. Stephen's Church Road in Crownsville. Children in pre-kindergarten through the fifth grade are invited. For information and registration, call 410-721-2881 or go to ststephens-severn.ang-md.org. All are welcome.
NEWS
Editorial from the Aegis | February 4, 2014
Responding to a proposal set forth in Gov. Martin O'Malley's recent State of the State Address calling for full day pre-kindergarten being offered across Maryland, Harford County interim Superintendent Barbara Canavan offered conditional support for the idea. "Children can do so much more. We need to expose them and give them the opportunity to learn, and the earlier the better," Canavan was quoted as telling the Harford County delegation to the Maryland General Assembly. She then went on to highlight an important aspect of the program that could be all too easy to ignore.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2013
Gwendolyn H. "Winkie" Davis, a retired substitute and kindergarten teacher, died Nov. 12 of complications from diabetes at Woodbridge Valley Manor Care Center in Catonsville. She was 92. Gwendolyn Hughes was born in Baltimore and raised in Waverly. After graduating in 1938 from Dunbar High School, she earned her teaching certificate in 1940 from what was then Coppin Normal School. The longtime Waverly resident was a Baltimore public schools substitute teacher for more than 25 years, including many years at Clifton Park Junior High School.
NEWS
November 25, 1997
CHILDREN HAVE a better chance of becoming good readers when they learn at an early age to decode the words and sounds of a language. There is absolutely no reason to wait until first grade to make sure children know the letter "P" is the first sound in "pumpkin," or to teach them to spell their names and to recognize the names of classmates in writing.Fortunate children begin the reading process at home, where parents are the first and best teachers. For others, instruction starts in pre-school.
NEWS
By Mike Bowler and Mike Bowler,SUN STAFF | March 26, 2003
A bare majority of Maryland's 54,000 kindergarten pupils last fall were "fully ready" for the experience, and children from minority and low-income families were far behind at 4 and 5 years of age, according to a report released yesterday by the State Department of Education. Assessed by their teachers in November, after two months of classroom observations, 52 percent of Maryland children new to kindergarten were judged "fully ready," 41 percent were "approaching readiness," and 7 percent were far behind, the report said.
NEWS
By Erin Cox and Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2013
As a 4-year-old boy bounded to the electronic blackboard at Battle Grove Elementary School in Dundalk, Principal Jennifer Gounaris described the financial and logistic challenges she has overcome to open the pre-K classroom. The result, she said, was worth it. "These kids are going to kindergarten reading," Gounaris said. "See? They're already telling stories and identifying characters. You can totally see the benefit. … Every kid should have their first experience in school this way. " The three Democrats vying to be governor all have plans to expand such programs, eventually offering publicly funded pre-kindergarten to every Maryland youngster whose parents want it. The proposals have been met with enthusiasm from the party base and in education circles.
NEWS
October 15, 2013
Regarding Elizabeth Young's recent letter to the editor in response to the need to expand public early education through high-quality pre-kindergarten programs, I think all early education professionals would agree that loving, nurturing parents are a young child's best teachers ( "Loving parents are the best pre-K," Oct. 13). However, a few realities exist today that interfere with parents' ability to take their children to the library or the park for daily informal socialization activities.
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