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Magnet schools attracting fifth-, eighth-graders [Maryland City]

First-grade teacher Lisa Evans decorates her classroom Aug. 13 at the news Monarch Global Academy in Laurel.
First-grade teacher Lisa Evans decorates her classroom Aug. 13 at the news Monarch Global Academy in Laurel. (Staff photo by Brian Krista/Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Fall lurks just around the corner and the schools' busy schedules keep us on our toes now. Although it seems as though school just started, if you have a child in fifth or eighth grade, now is the time to make plans for next year. Anne Arundel County Public Schools currently offers a General Information Night about the county's magnet programs available for middle and high school on Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 6-8 p.m. at Annapolis High School. On this date an overview of the various programs available will be presented.

Information nights with more detail on specific magnet programs such as performing and visual arts, biomedical allied health, International Baccalaureate or STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs will occur throughout the month of October at their respective schools offering an overview of the program and a tour. A flier detailing the dates can be found at ctctden.com applications for the magnet schools open in October and close on Dec. 2.

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Don't forget to join the Community Festival at Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church, 8402 Brock Bridge Road, on Saturday, Sept. 26 from noon-8 p.m. The festival provides entertainment all day including performances by Restless (noon-2 p.m.), Lenny Adams (2-4 p.m.), D.J. Bryan Flores (4-6 p.m.) and Hard Drive (6-8 p.m.). Enjoy a family fun day with great food (American, seafood and Mexican) and drinks (including a wine and beer garden), crafts and gifts. The kids will enjoy the balloon animals, moon bounce, corn hole, water balloons, sack races, wildlife displays and pony rides. Adults can also enjoy a silent auction, raffle, casino wheel, salsa dance lessons and even a dunk tank.

For more information, check out resurrectioncommunityfestival.com or call 410-792-7982. Admission is $1 per person and various activities will be available at a reasonable cost.

Resurrection also invites everyone to their Parking Lot Sale on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spaces can be rented for $20 each or you can get a space, table and chair for $25 each. The sale will take place rain or shine. For more information or to secure your space, please contact the office at 410-792-7982.

If you are looking for an activity on Sunday, Sept. 27, head out to the Maryland City Volunteer Fire Department on Route 198 for their annual Open House from noon- 4 p.m. There will be free food, a fire house maze, blood pressure checks, face painting, photo booth and lots of other fun activities. The kids get to see the fire equipment up close and personal as well as meet all of the cool firefighters and EMTs. Support our local firehouse and let them know how important they are to us. Take a minute to thank them, too, for all of their volunteer time.

Finally, you can support Monarch Global Academy during this year's main fundraiser, the Boosterthon Fun Run. Students and their families kick off the nine-day program with a pep rally on Monday, Sept. 28 and then begin collecting pledges per lap they will run. This year's theme is Big World Recess and students will learn about character through sports during the nine days leading up to the Fun Run on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Let's support our local students and show them how important physical fitness, sportsmanship and their educations are to all of us.

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