Later school bell to give elementary students more time in morning


Last week I told you that there were only 35 days until that old school bell rings. Well, this week it's down to 28 days, and counting.

And the school bell will be ringing a little later this year at some local schools. Crofton Woods Elementary School will open at 8:40 a.m., five minutes later than last year. Classes will end at 2:55 p.m. Morning kindergarten will be from 8:40 to 11:15 a.m. and afternoon kindergarten from 12:20 to 2:55 p.m.

Crofton Elementary School will open at 9:10 a.m. and close at 3:25 p.m., 10 minutes later than last year. Morning kindergarten hours are from 9:10 to 11:45 a.m. and afternoon kindergarten from 12:50 to 3:25 p.m.

School hours for other area schools will not change.

For those with children at Crofton Woods or Crofton Elementary, you'll have a few extra minutes in the morning to find those lost shoes.

* How about a little pudding for dessert? I mean, of course, the Yale womens' a capella choir, Proof of the Pudding.

They will perform at 4 p.m. Aug. 22 on the Village Green, off of Crofton Parkway. The rain date is Aug. 23.

The event is organized by Sue Bents, the Crofton Civic Association's recreation assistant.

Karin Hoppman of Crofton will be a familiar face to some of you. She is a singer with this group, and you can bet her parents, Bill and Julie Hoppman, along with her younger sister Anna, will be sitting in the front row.

Sue recommends that you bring a picnic basket and blankets or lawn chairs to fully enjoy the evening of family fun.

* The Crofton Civic Association has arranged for the county to bring a trash bin to the community on Sept. 5.

Residents will be expected to load their trash into the trash bin, not around the trash bin.

* The Crofton Tour de France also is planned for Sept. 5. The event features races in several age and skill levels and will include a citizens' race for the regular parkway cyclists.

More information on this annual event will be included in future columns.

* The Crofton Athletic Council's county-league football games will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Crofton Park multi-purpose field for those who have registered.

Players should bring water bottles.

Youths between the ages of 7 and 15 are eligible to participate.

The league is offering the following age and weight classes: a 75-pound team for 7- to 9-year-olds; a 95-pound class for 11 and under; a 115-pound team for 13 and under; and a 135-pound team for those 15 and under.

A youth's weight class should be determined with equipment.

For information, call Sue Haller at 261-0196.

Don't forget: You cannot play unless you have registered. The cost is $55, plus an additional $30 for a family athletic council membership.

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