Kindergarten registration. Survey the room and it's easy to tell the novice kindergarten parents from the veterans.
New parents question the curriculum and child-to-teacher ratio. Returning parents want to know if they've put a bathroom in the classroom yet. We know what will have the most significant impact on students' learning.
Next week area schools will begin registering children for the 1993-94 school year at the Big-K. As a two-time kindergarten parent, I offer the following advice:
* Once your child starts school, be prepared to spend every available Saturday at a birthday party. This is an excellent time to start that addition on the house. You'll need the extra room to hold all the super balls, jack sets, slap bracelets, decoder rings and yo-yos brought home in the "goodie bags."
* This is the year they learn knock-knock jokes. They don't actually understand them but they're easy to remember so they repeat them over and over and over.
* Chaperoning the end-of-the-year trip to the zoo qualifies you as a wonderful parent for life. Labor isn't this hard.
* I guarantee all class pictures will be taken the day your child wears his black Monster Truck Grave Digger T-shirt.
Armed with that advice, a copy of their child's birth certificate, proof of immunization and those big pencils, parents of children entering kindergarten next fall are invited to visit area schools April 5 to 8, to register.
Freetown Elementary, 7904 Freetown Road, 222-6900. Kindergarten and Pre-K registration is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Glen Burnie Park Elementary, 500 Marlboro Road, 222-6400. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Glendale Elementary, 105 Carroll Road, 222-6402. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Marley Elementary, 200 Marley Neck Blvd., 222-6415. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Evening registration Wednesday, April 7, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Oakwood Elementary, 330 Oak Manor Drive, 222-6420. 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Point Pleasant Elementary, 1035 Dumbarton Road, 222-6425. Incoming students are invited to visit the kindergarten classrooms, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 6. A teacher will meet with parents and explain the curriculum. An evening session has been scheduled for 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 6.
Richard Henry Lee Elementary, 400 A St., 222-6435. 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Evening registration is planned for April 7 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Rippling Woods Elementary, 530 Nolfield Drive, 222-6440. 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria.
Southgate Elementary, 290 Shetlands Lane, 222-6445. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Woodside Elementary, 160 Funke Road, 222-6910. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Sun Valley resident Gale Eisenzopf Holland will present a multimedia art exhibit through April 28 at the North County Library, 1010 Eastway. Twenty pieces of art will be displayed.
Ms. Holland will be at a reception, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday to distribute a limited number of signed, numbered prints on a "first-come, first-served" basis.
"Pencil, acrylic, watercolor, oil, still life, children, abstract -- it runs the whole gamut. A little bit of everything," Ms. Holland said.
Ms. Holland's interest in art began when she was 15. "My mother put an apple in front of me and told me to keep drawing until it looked like an apple," recalled Ms. Holland. "I've been drawing ever since."
One of Ms. Holland's favorite works will not be on display for a very good reason -- it's a mural at the Linthicum-Ferndale Little League fields. But part of the mural will be on display, in a manner of speaking.
"There's a portrait of Bill Warren, a coach for the Linthicum-Ferndale Little League who is included in the mural. I made a [painting] for his widow, Betty, and she has lent it out for the show," said Ms. Holland.
For information on the exhibit, call the North County library, 222-6270.
Preparations are under way for the Miss Glen Burnie Fire Prevention contest, 2 p.m. Sunday, June 6 at the Glen Burnie Improvement Association Hall. The contest is sponsored by the Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Company as a community education project.
The competition will include two age groups: the Junior Miss Fire Prevention, ages 9 to 12, and the Senior Miss Fire Prevention, ages 16 to 21.
Last year's senior winner, Pam Chrisman, went on to take first place in the countywide competition. Danielle Berry, junior winner, won first runner-up at the county contest last fall.
Contestants are judged on their knowledge of fire prevention, said Jim Franklin, co-chairman of the competition.
"This is not a beauty pageant," Franklin said. "The girls are judged strictly on their ability to answer questions about fire prevention."
In a change from last year's competition, the contestants will be given the questions in advance, but not the answers. They will learn the answers in a series of classes taught by Jim and his wife, Dawn.
"The girls will have to research the information," Mrs. Franklin said. "This will also give us a feel for what we need to go out and teach the community."
Registration for the contest will be accepted through the first week of May.
For registration information, call Dawn Franklin, 760-3680, or Marie Chrisman, 761-5790.