A new school year brings changes: a new grade, a new classroom, new classmates — even new teachers. At Fulton Elementary School, there are some new faces on the staff.

The new kindergarten teacher is Inez Gaynor-Vessels.

In first grade, there is Deanna Prather and Michelle Tercero. For third grade, Danielle Provance. For fourth grade, Jessica Tallman; and in fifth grade, there is Paula Fisher and Jennifer Weathers.

The gifted and talented program at Fulton Elementary has two new teachers, Elizabeth Bartleson and Clair Wise.

In physical education, there is Eric Bishop.

Jean Huber joins Fulton's media staff while Jeffrey Jacavage joins the special education team.

Dionnea Manning-McMorris joins physical therapy. Lauren Valente is a new school counselor.

Mary Stein is the new school nurse, and Dawn Trotter and Cicely Williams join speech.

Welcome to all of you.

Do you like working in your garden, getting your hands dirty with the soil and seeing things grow? Are you looking for a group of like-minded folks who enjoy the same thing?

Then you might want to go to the inaugural meeting of the St. Francis Garden Club on Sept. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. The club is open to everyone regardless of skill level, physical ability or whatever.

Connie Jones, my go-to person with the club, wrote that the meetings will be held on the third Thursday of the month from September to May. She also said that there will be a combination of day and evening meetings to accommodate the various schedules of everyone.

The Oct. 19 meeting, from 9:30 a.m. until noon, will cover fall plantings.

If you have any questions, give Jones a ring at 443-812-0290.

Remember, school has started. Take it a little slower when driving through your neighborhood. Let's all keep our kids safe.