"Heat, ma'am! It was so dreadful here that I found there was nothing left for it but to take off my flesh and sit in my bones."
Sydney Smith, the English writer and clergyman, might have been referring to our weather when he wrote these words about 150 years ago. I hope you are finding a better way to stay cool this week.
Summer's just begun, but families are already making plans to attend back to school events at several local schools. Students new to Glenelg High School should plan to attend orientation from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Aug. 26.
This informative program is for ninth-grade students and others who have not previously attended Glenelg. Glenelg students will receive their schedules in the mail before orientation. For more information, call 313-5528.
At Glenwood Middle School, Aug. 26 is the date for incoming sixth-graders and for seventh- and eighth-graders who are new to the school to attend orientation. At 1 p.m. Glenwood teachers will meet with students, who will learn about their programs and test their locker combinations. For more information, call 313-5520.
At Clarksville Elementary School, kindergarten orientation for parents and children will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 27. That afternoon at 1 p.m., new parents and students may visit Clarksville for an informal session to familiarize them with the school. For more information, call 313-7050.
At 10 a.m. Aug. 25 new students and parents at Bushy Park Elementary School are invited to attend a get-acquainted program. At 10 a.m. Aug. 26, parents of kindergarten students may attend an orientation. The Bushy Park back-to-school open house, at which students can meet their new teachers, is from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 27. For more information, call 313-5500.
School starts Aug. 30 at all our local public schools.
Jean Riley, who, with Pat Schwinger, owns the Children's Center of Glenwood, describes Mrs. Tricia Faddis as "bubbly and upbeat with a genuine love for children." Miss Tricia, as she is known to the children, lives in Howard County and joined the Children's Center as teaching director this spring.
She has two children of her own and formerly taught at the Peter Pan Nursery School. She is a very active member of the West Friendship Baptist Church.
The Children's Center has a morning nursery program and a licensed day care program. Hours at the center are flexible. Children arrive as early as 6:30 a.m. during the school year and leave as late as 6 p.m.
The center accepts children from the age of 2 through kindergarten. Call 489-5458, if you are interested in registering your child for summer of fall, or in learning more about the Children's Center program.
Chapelgate Christian Academy in Marriottsville is growing very quickly. Admissions for next school year already number 171, and about 30 students are in the admissions process.
There are two more admissions testing dates for the middle and high schools, July 17 and Aug. 21.
If you are interested in learning more about the school or making a testing appointment, please call 442-5888.
Jim Greco of Dayton sold his house and will move to Hobbits Glen in Columbia next month. Jim is a retired firefighter, who is beginning a new career in real estate. He has been active in the Kalmia Farms Community Association since he moved to Dayton seven years ago.
"Take me out to the ballgame" is the call of the youth group at Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church. Members will attend a Frederick Keys game at 4 p.m. Sunday.
If you are interested in joining them, call the church office at 442-1204.
Piff Fitting, of the Educational Foundation, is still looking for host families for foreign exchange students for the coming school year. She still needs to place about 15 students, mostly from Europe, but also from Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Columbia, South America and Japan.
Students bring their own spending money and have health insurance. Last year five EF students went to Glenelg High School. Foreign students have always been welcome at the school.
If you really want to know about diversity, enjoy the adventure of a lifetime by playing host to one of these students. Call Mrs. Fitting at 997-9099.
Sincere condolences to the family of Lester Twigg, a longtime member of Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church in Glenwood, who died June 10 after a heart attack.
Pastor Paul Lautenschlager remembers Mr. Twigg as one of the mainstay workers of the church. Lester was also known for his volunteer work in building the Pride of Baltimore II ship.
He is survived by his wife Carolyn, two sons, a daughter and seven grandchildren.