Doors ready to open at West Friendship Elementary [West Friendship]

Each year as I ready the back to school information for this column, I wonder where in the world did summer go?

We certainly all experienced some lovely summer weather this year, with late July days that were so mild, many turned off the air conditioning. The abundance of rain this season, resulted in area gardens filled with flourishing ferns and a riotous display of daylilies so prolific that few gardeners could recall a more robust season of bloom.


Now begins the new school year and the gang at West Friendship Elementary is ready and filled with enthusiasm. Principal Carol Hahn and Assistant Principal Ann Steger expect to welcome students on opening day which is Aug. 26. School hours are 9:05 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Principal's Secretary Penny Jones echos the administration's wishes in encouraging all students to ride the bus on the first day of school in order to aid the bus drivers and the students in establishing a routine.

Welcome to new staff members, including media specialist Amy Petrilla, kindergarten teacher Catherine Fox, fourth grade teachers Susan Schleicher and Samantha Mathis and student assistant Aneesa Bonner. The West Friendship Elementary School staff is looking forward to an exciting school year.

Just a reminder — an orientation for incoming kindergarten parents is scheduled for Aug. 22, 3 p.m., at West Friendship Elementary. Parents can meet with the kindergarten teachers and receive important information about kindergarten and the upcoming school year. A "Sneak Peek" is set for Aug. 23, 2:30 p.m., when the West Friendship Elementary Staff is looking forward to greeting students and guiding the children to their classrooms and a meet and greet with the teachers.

Saturday night at the movies. What could be better? The community is invited out to the Shrine of St. Anthony on Aug. 24 at 8:30 p.m., for a family movie night. The beautiful grounds of the shrine is the outdoor setting for a screening of the PG-rated "The Hobbit".

The 1987 film directed by Peter Jackson, is based on the 1937 novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. Moviegoers are invited to come to the Red Barn, at 12290 Folly Quarter Road for a "free offering" admission. Bring chairs, blankets, lawn quilts and bug spray if you have a mind to. Popcorn and movie snacks will be available for purchase.

If fall spruce-up projects are on your mind, come out to the Howard County Fairgrounds this weekend for the annual Peak Building Materials Auction. Aug. 24 at 9 a.m. is when the auction gavel first comes down. Tractor trailer trucks filled to the brim with building materials from shutters, to lumber, to windows, plumbing, cabinets, doors and more are for sale. For a list of items for the auction block, go to