Parents -- it's back-to-school orientation time [North Laurel/Savage]

School starts in a few weeks and orientations are planned for the following dates and times;

Laurel Woods' new-to-the-school student orientation entering grades 1 through 5 on Aug. 22, 8:30 to 9 a.m., followed by an open house 9 to 10 a.m. The kindergarten orientation and open house will be at 2 to 3 p.m. the same day. Class schedules will be posted on Aug. 21 after 3 p.m.

Gorman Crossing's kindergarten orientation is on Aug. 22 starting at 10:30 a.m. The new student orientation for grades 1 through 5, 2 to 3 p.m., is that afternoon.

Forest Ridge's back-to-school night for kindergarten parents only is on Aug. 21, 6:30 to 8 p.m. The kindergarten orientation will be on Aug. 22, 10 to 11 a.m. The new student orientation for grades 1 through 5 is on the Aug. 22 at 1 to 2 p.m. and an open house for everyone 2 to 3 p.m.

Hammond Elementary's kindergarten orientation on Aug. 22 at 10:30 a.m. and the new student orientation the same day at 1:45 p.m.

Fulton Elementary will hold kindergarten orientation on Aug. 22, 10 to 11 a.m., and then new student orientation that same day, 2 to 3 p.m.

Bollman Bridge's pre-k orientation is at 11 to 11:30 a.m. or 11:30 am to noon. The kindergarten orientation is 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. New student orientation will be held at 2 p.m. and an open house for anyone will be hold at 2:30, all on Aug. 22.

Guilford Elementary's orientations and back-to-school nights are all together. Aug. 20 is grades K through 2 and Aug. 21 is grades 3 through 5. The events are 5:15 to 7:30 p.m.

New student and sixth grade orientations at the middle schools will be as follows;

Patuxent Valley Middle will hold orientation on Aug. 22. Last names starting with A-L will meet at 7:45 a.m. and those with last names M-Z will meet at 8:30 a.m.

Murray Hill Middle will hold their orientation on Aug. 21, 12:30 to 2 p.m. followed by an Ice Cream Social, sponsored by the PTA at 2 p.m. Hammond Middle will hold orientation on Aug. 21, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Ninth grade orientation will be held at local high schools on Aug. 21. Reservoir's will start at 9 a.m. Hammond's is 9 to 11 a.m. and Atholton's will be 9 a.m. to noon. Atholton High will also hold a driver's meeting on Aug. 21 and 28 at 7 p.m. This meeting is required in order to obtain a parking permit.

The Howard County Police Department will hold a free VIN etching on Sept. 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Southern District Station at 11226 Scaggsville Road. Officers will etch your VIN number on your car in different locations to mark your car to help with recovery. For questions or an appointment, contact Janet Stabile at 410-313-4759 or

Happy Birthday to Crissy McCullough on Aug. 19.

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