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Acclaim for student musicians at Dayton Oaks [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]

Amy Syversen, the band director at Dayton Oaks Elementary School, is excited about the wonderful winter concerts the band performed in January. The musicians worked hard and sounded great, but the concerts would not have been possible without the support and encouragement of the students' parents. Syverson wants to send a big thank you to all of the parents who volunteered to make the concerts successful.

Syverson also wants to congratulate the members of the band who auditioned and were chosen for the Howard County Elementary School Gifted and Talented Band and the Honors Band. Ocarina Lin on oboe, Megan Ball on percussion, Kathleen Maiorana on tuba and Robert Guan on trumpet were picked for the Gifted and Talented Band. Aaron Meng on trumpet, Alexander Thompson on saxophone, David Jones on trombone and Kristina Kim on flute became part of the Honors Band.

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These students were selected to be part of these special bands through a rigorous audition process. They rehearsed many times with their bands and then put on a concert. It is a lot of hard work, and the students deserve recognition for being chosen to be part of these bands.

Laurie Basham, art teacher at Glenwood Middle School, is excited to announce that Gillian Marx and Nicole Patsy had artwork selected to represent the school at the art exhibit entitled "Keeping the Dream Alive: Moving Forward."

This Howard County Public School System show worked in partnership with the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission and the Howard Community College. The students' works of art were on display at the Rouse Company Foundation Gallery at the college for 10 days in January. Congratulations to Gillian and Nicole.

There will be a Bingo Bonanza at Glenelg High School on Thursday, Jan. 29, with a snow date of Wednesday, Feb. 4. The doors of the school will open at 6 p.m., and the bingo games will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

The evening will feature 20 games plus three special games, along with raffles and door prizes. Prizes will include famous name designer bags, and the proceeds will support the 2015 Junior/Senior Prom and the After Prom party. Food will be available for purchase. Only 200 tickets will be sold, so reserve your seat before they sell out.

The Glenelg High School Marching Unit is currently taking orders for its February Fruit Sale. Ruby red grapefruit, California navel oranges, temple oranges, tangerines and California clementines will be available at this final fruit sale for the year. The deadline for orders is Wednesday, Feb. 4.

Fruit will be available for pick-up at Glenelg High School on Saturday, Feb. 21. Please help support the Glenelg Marching Unit by purchasing fruit. For more information and to get the order form, go to http://www.glenelgbands.com. If you have any questions, call Dianne Kvech at 410-489-2951 or Meredith Haussler at 410-442-0263, or send an email to fruitsales@glenelgbands.com.

If you have a child who will be starting kindergarten in 2015, there is a workshop scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 4 at Marriotts Ridge High School to help make the process of entering kindergarten less stressful for parent and child. Howard County Public School System's Office of Early Childhood Programs, in partnership with the Howard County Transition to Kindergarten Workgroup, is sponsoring a Road to Kindergarten Workshop.

You do not need to pre-register for the session, which will offer information about registration, school readiness and curriculum. Child care is available for children ages 2 and older, and the doors will open at 6:10 p.m. for child care sign-in. The information session begins promptly at 6:30 p.m.

If you have any questions, contact Kris Woodson at 410-313-5693. If Howard County public schools are closed for inclement weather, the workshop will be canceled.

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