In 1921,

American Education Week began with hopes it would raise awareness about the importance of public education, according to the National Education Association website.

Beginning Monday, Nov. 14, area schools will celebrate the 90th American Education Week with the following activities:

Arbutus Middle School – 5525 Shelbourne Road, 410-887-1402. Visits by parents and guardians welcome during the school day, 8:10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Special activities planned between 8 a.m. and noon Nov. 15 for grade six, Nov. 16 for grade seven and Nov. 17 for grade eight.


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Catonsville Center for Alternative Studies – 901 South Rolling Road, 410-887-0934

Visits by parents and guardians welcome all week. Nov. 16 is the official visit day.

Catonsville Elementary School– 615 Frederick Road, 410-887-0800

Visits by parents and guardians welcome during the school day, 8:45 a.m. to noon. Nov. 14 for kindergarten; Nov. 15 for grades two and three; Nov. 16 for grades four and five; and Nov. 17 for pre-kindergarten and grade one. Please note, parking in numbered spaces reserved for school staff.

A Giving Tree will be set up in the school's lobby from which visitors may take a tag and provide a gift for those in need.

Book fair during school hours throughout the week.

Family Night is Nov. 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Catonsville High School – 421 Bloomsbury Avenue, 410-887-0808.

PTA will host tables welcoming parents and guardians to visit all week.

Catonsville Middle School – 2301 Edmondson Avenue, 410-887-0803

Visits by parents and guardians welcome during the school day, 8:10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Nov. 15 for grade six, Nov. 16 for grade seven and Nov. 17 for grade eight. Each visitation day will feature a performance by the school's music ensembles.

UCP Delrey School – 3610 Commerce Drive, 410-314-5000.

Teachers of six classes at the school have planned community outreach projects for their students next week. Projects include preparing food for Our Daily Bread and for Helping Hands, collecting nonperishable food items for Maryland Food Bank, making small gift items for residents of Maryland Baptist Aged Home in west Baltimore, creating a poster on American Education Week to display in local post office and making and sending cards to soldiers overseas.

Edmondson Heights Elementary School – 1600 Langford Road, 410-887-0818

Visits by parents and guardians welcome during the school day, 8:10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Nov. 14 for 3-year-old students and grade one; Nov. 15 for grades two and three; Nov. 16 for pre-kindergarten and grade four; and Nov. 17 for kindergarten and grade five. Grandparents of all students welcome Nov. 18..

Hillcrest Elementary School – 1500 Frederick Road, 410-887-0820

Visits by parents and guardians welcome during the school day, 8:10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Nov. 14 for kindergarten and grade two; Nov. 15 for grades one and three; Nov. 16 for grade four; and Nov. 17 for pre-kindergarten and grade five.

A food drive will be held throughout the week to help families in need at the school.

Johnnycake Elementary School – 5910 Craigmont Road, 410-887-0823

The school will host a book fair all week.

Maiden Choice School – 4901 Shelbourne Road, 410-887-1431

Nov. 14: Each class to participate in a special arts and crafts activity.

Nov. 15-16: Parents and grandparents invited to visit from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Nov. 17: Special sensory activity for students.

Nov. 18: Special cooking activity for students.

Southwest Academy – 6200 Johnnycake Road, 410-887-0825

Visits by parents and guardians welcome Nov. 14 for grade six, Nov. 15 for grade seven and Nov. 16 for grade eight. Start at 8:15 a.m. with a meeting with the grade-level administrator and principal. Parents also will have opportunity to take a training class in Edline, a computer program that allows them to track their student's progress. Nov. 17 is Grandparents Day.

Sudbrook Magnet Middle School – 4300 Bedford Road, 410-887-6720

Visits by parents and guardians welcome during school hours Nov. 14 for grade six, Nov. 15 for grade seven, Nov. 17 for grade eight. Parents of potential incoming students welcome Nov. 16. Make-up visits Nov. 18.

Westchester Elementary School – 2300 Old Frederick Road, 410-887-1088

Visits by parents and guardians welcome Nov. 14 for grade four, Nov. 15 for grade two, Nov. 16 for grade one, Nov. 17 for grade three and Nov. 18 for grade five. Kindergarten parents and guardians welcome all week.

Nov. 18: Grandparents breakfast and Baltimore County Parentmobile, a mobile educational resource center, 8-9:15 a.m.

Western School of Technology and Environmental Science – 100 Kenwood Avenue, 410-887-0840

Visits by parents and guardians welcome 7:30 a.m to 2 p.m. throughout week.

Westowne Elementary School – 401 Harlem Lane, 410-887-0854

Visits by parents and guardians welcome Nov. 15 for grades four and five; Nov. 17 for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and grade one; and Nov. 18 for grade three. Parents of students in the 3- and 4-year-old programs may come any time during the week.

Nov. 17: Parentmobile at school, 9:30-11:30 a.m. PTA will serve light refreshments.

Woodbridge Elementary School – 1410 Pleasant Valley Drive, 410-887-0857

Visits by parents and guardians welcome during school hours, Nov. 14 for grades one and two; Nov. 15 for grades three and five; Nov. 16 for kindergarten and grade four; and Nov. 17 for pre-kindergarten. Grandparents Day, Nov. 18.

Nov. 14: Woodbridge Spirit Day.

Nov. 15:Students dress up like their future career.

Nov. 16: Parentmobile from 9-11 a.m. Literary character dress-up day. Reading Night, 6 p.m.

Nov. 17: "Be a Feather Day" as students share how they can help make Woodbridge a great school.