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Board member elections on agenda for Rodgers Forge

Come one, come all to next week's Rodgers Forge annual meeting.

Jay Dunn, Rodgers Forge newsletter editor and RFC Inc. board member, tells us that this year's event will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Rodgers Forge Elementary School cafetorium, 250 Dumbarton Road.

It is the time when Forgers gather to vote for Rodgers Forge board members, to ask questions, to hear President Jennifer Hudson's State of the Forge Address and also learn about important issues and concerns facing Rodgers Forge.

Hilary Hahn, daughter of Anne and Steve Hahn and an internationally-renowned violinist, will return to Baltimore on Saturday, Sept. 10, for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Gala Concert at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. (See our calendar page for details.)

We know Hilary will again beautifully demonstrate with Mendelssohn's "Violin Concerto" why she is one of classical music's most glamorous stars.

As we all know, September brings with it the beginning of the school year for our young residents. Here are some dates that might prove useful to you during these early weeks:

Towson High School parents will meet for Back-to-School Night on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 6:15 p.m

Dumbarton Middle School sixth-graders will enjoy an Ice Cream Social on Friday, Sept. 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dumbarton parents will have Back-to-School Night on Sept. 14, from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

As we have seen, back-to-school nights begin right away when the school arrives, and so it is with St. Pius X School. The parents of students in the new Montessori program through grade four will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m., and parents of students in grades five through eight will meet on Thursday, Sept 8, at 7 p.m.

Speaking of St. Pius, it is nearly 50 years since the school opened its doors. If you, a relative or a friend graduated from St. Pius X School during those years, please drop a line to the school at 6432 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212, or call 410-427-7500.

Plans are brewing for the school's 50th anniversary celebration, and all graduates will be invited.

We recently caught up with Anne Gleason, who teaches seventh grade in the Baltimore County public school system. As schools were on our mind, we thought that we would ask someone on the other side of the desk how she felt about returning.

"Actually, as I taught (middle school) summer school, I found it much easier to return," she told us.

Anne said she felt summer school had a twofold benefit for students. It shows those who "goofed off" during the year — didn't apply themselves, didn't do homework, didn't come to school, etc. — that there are consequences, she said.

And the summer session give students who are struggling and academically at-risk that extra help that they need.

Looking ahead, our neighbors in Gaywood will conduct their annual meeting on Sept. 17. Residents there may learn more about this meeting in your newsletter.

I do hope you enjoyed the Labor Day weekend. Till we meet again …

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