Back-to-school nights, PTA involvement a must for parents [Maryland City]

With the start of school, all parents should be eager to meet their students' new teachers. The annual back-to-school nights give all parents that opportunity, so take the time to come out and visit with teachers, meet the administrators, meet the PTA board and become involved by being knowledgeable about what is going on in your child's school. Back-to-School nights for our public schools occur on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. for Meade High School, Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m. for Meade Middle School, Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. for Brock Bridge Elementary School, and Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 6:30 p.m. for Maryland City Elementary School. MacArthur Middle School held its evening this past Tuesday. If you missed it, please send an email introducing yourself to your students' teachers.

Brock Bridge Elementary School kicked off the school's fundraising event last week. All funds raised are used for classroom supplies and field trip expenses. Please support your neighborhood students by buying an item or making a donation. The PTA sponsors its first Brock Bridge PTA Spirit Night at Rita's Italian Ice at Corridor Marketplace on Route 198 on Thursday, Sept. 12. Please mention Brock Bridge when you order so a portion of your sale will benefit the PTA. Also, don't forget to send in your PTA membership form. Every membership helps provide support to the students even if you cannot volunteer time. Stay connected, join the PTA.

The Meade Middle School PTSA quickly needs a volunteer to serve as treasurer. Please contact PTSA president, Toni Ndika at or 301-335-1429 if you would like to know more about the position or to volunteer. The school and the students really depend on the PTSA's support and they cannot move forward without a treasurer. The time commitment is much less than required in an elementary school PTA, so please think about it and call.

Finally, many of our Maryland City seniors continue to talk about how much fun they have attending events with the Laurel Senior Friendship Club. LSFC is located at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Road (located behind the Laurel Regional Hospital). My mother-in-law and many of her friends have attended programs with the LSFC for years as it was the first Senior Club available in the Laurel area.

The LSFC invites everyone to mark their calendars for their Fall Craft Show coming up on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be craft items such as jewelry and handmade items available as well as a bake sale and snack foods. Tables for displaying/selling items may be reserved for $20. For more information or to reserve a table, please contact Betty Mannas at 301-953-2503.

This group of citizens continues to have a great time through friendship and activities during the year. Many enjoy traveling as a group. There are trips to New York City and even cruises to Puerto Rico, St. Maarten and other islands available. If you like to stay close to home, join them for bingo mania during the week or a computer class. There is always something going on!  Check out their website at to see all of the exciting opportunities provided for our seniors.

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