American Education Week will sweep through our local schools Nov. 18-22. Parent visitations, open houses and many exciting programs have been planned for this special week. Rodgers Forge Elementary School welcomes parents of grade three on Nov. 18, grades one and two on Nov. 19, grade five on Nov. 20, kindergarten on Nov. 21 and grade four on Nov. 22.
From 8:30-11:30 a.m. on Nov. 20, St. Pius X School will hold an open house so that parents may visit their children's classrooms.
Parents are invited to Dumbarton Middle on Nov. 19 for grade six, Nov. 20 for grade seven and Nov. 21 for grade eight.
At Towson High School, Nov. 20 has been designated as visitation day for parents. It will begin with coffee with the principal, Ms. Charlene DiMinto, followed by student panels, classroom visitation and other programs.
We understand that there has been quite a buzz at Rodgers Forge about the proposed wearing of uniforms. Naturally, there are many pros and cons to this issue. The School Development Team will take these into consideration as it continues its study before making a decision.
Bullying online has become such a frequent occurrence, often with devastating consequences. Therefore the Dumbarton Newsletter's October issue announced the passage of Grace's Law, which took effect on Oct. 1. The law is named in honor of Howard County's Grace McComas, whose suicide in 2012 came after she was bullied online for months. This law takes the current cyber harassment law, which applies only to harassment via email, and expands it. The new law will include harassment on social media as well. Under this law, bullying anyone under the age of 18 through a computer or any other electronic means could warrant up to a $500 fine or up to one year in prison.
Fall athletics and outstanding athletes at Towson High School will be recognized at the Fall Athletic Awards Dinner on Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. On Nov. 15, winter sports begin and all participants are ready and eager.
Attention theatre lovers: Grace's Law, which took effect on Oct. 1. of Nov. 21, 22 and 23. All performances start at 7 p.m. and tickets are $8 per person. We will have more details in our next column.
Speaking of theatricals, the Woodbrook Players will present "The Odd Couple" at Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church on Nov. 9, 16 and 23 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 10 and 17 at 3 p.m.
The Cathedral, St. Pius X and St. Thomas Aquinas Moms' Group meets every other Thursday morning (9:30-11:30) for fun activities. Join this lively group and let two hours slide by as you interact with other families. The Nov. 7 Mom's Group will meet in the lower church at St. Pius X and the Nov. 21 Group in the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen's nursery. For more information, contact Pinky Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While we are on the subject of young children, we might mention that Lenore Koehler, director of the Towson Presbyterian Preschool, has announced that TPP" will hold an open house on Nov. 14, from 9:15-11:15 a.m. You may learn more by contacting the school at email@example.com or 410-337-2762.
As we write this column, we have not yet donned our costumes for that eeriest of evenings, but the St. Pius X Youth Ministry has already announced its annual Christmas tree sale-Nov. 30-Dec.18!
Let us gratefully remember, on Nov. 11, all of our veterans, who have served here and abroad for our protection.
Till we meet again —