St. Pius X School will herald its 2011-2012 academic year with great fanfare — a ribbon cutting for the school's new Primary Montessori Program, on Friday, Aug. 26, at 10 a.m.

St. Pius X is the first school in the Archdiocese of Baltimore to provide a Montessori program for children, ages 3 to 6. The school is excited about this new venture and has partnered with Loyola University of Maryland, which has one of the premier Montessori graduate programs in the U.S.

August 26 is also "Sneak Peek" day at St. Pius X. From 11 a.m. to noon, students will be able to check out their classrooms before the big day.

Although all students will arrive Aug. 29, Montessori and kindergarten students at St. Pius X will have their arrival staggered so they, and their parents, may get acquainted.


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On Aug. 30, the entire student body will have a half day.

"Sneak Peek" will also be held Aug. 26 at Rodgers Forge Elementary School. However, it will take place in the afternoon, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

It might be said that parents of Rodgers Forge students will also head back to school — they will take part in the back to school nights on Aug. 25 (kindergarten) and Aug. 30 (grades one through five).

Some of our former Rodgers Forge residents have been quite active this summer.

Sydney Conboy, a member of the Meadowbrook Swim Club's "Tomatoes," proved a great asset to her ages 9-10 freestyle team. Sydney helped them beat North St. John's and shattered Meadowbrook's freestyle record by more than three seconds — for a stellar 2:08:68!

Sydney has broken records up and down the eastern seaboard, and aspires to the Olympics. Good luck, Sydney.

Recently, Mary Galvin Wilson opened her home for a Tastefully Simple gathering. Her niece, Molly Bell, a former Forger and Tastefully Simple consultant, discussed the products and distributed tasty samples. Among the many guests were six Rodgers Forge residents — friends and family of Molly's.

Molly's mother-in-law, Adrian Bell, enjoyed the evening, and the fact that "friends, grandmothers, mothers and daughters could spend time together." Bell brought friend and neighbor, Emily Williams.

Joan Hammond attended, and was thrilled to have her two daughters present. Daughter Melissa Nice found the evening great and told us that she "was looking forward to the school year for (her) three children." Her sister, Laura Swoboda, thought Molly did a "splendid job."

Another aunt, Lisa Banknell, also had a great time.

Residents have, no doubt, received information about the Baltimore County Code Enforcement Neighborhood Sweep Week on Aug. 29, which was discussed in this column July 27.

The Rodgers Forge Community's Board of Governors asked for this sweep, and Rodgers Forge Community President Jennifer Helfrich said the sweep will take place Monday, Aug. 29 and Thursday, Sept. 2.

Well, my friends, let us enjoy these last few weeks of summer, for shortly the school bells will ring. Yes, on Monday, Aug. 29, our local schools will open their doors for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Then, parents and children will revert to homework, after school activities and the endless juggling of schedules.

Just remember: next summer really isn't that far away.

Till we meet again ...