FOR CHILDREN, September marks the beginning of the new year.
The Julian calendar's designation of Jan. 1 as New Year's Day may be convenient -- an excuse for a bash on a long winter night -- but September is the time for special beginnings: a new school or grade, new clothes, new books, new friends.
So now that the truly best season of the year is upon us, here's some of the news from the neighborhood.
Pam Butler, Bollman Bridge Elementary's principal, is pleased that the school's PTA is holding an informal back-to-school picnic.
It seems that several PTA members noticed that Guilford Elementary has had such picnics for years.
Butler recalled that the picnics at Guilford -- where she was once assistant principal -- were fun.
Butler especially appreciated the Guilford picnics because she had instituted a similar event at her previous school, Dasher Green.
She started the picnics there after attending her son's back-to-school picnic at a school in another county.
Quite a journey for a great little idea.
Bollman Bridge will hold its picnic from 5: 30 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. today.
Bring a lawn chair, light dinner fare for your family and a finger-food dessert to share.
Come see the teachers do the Macarena and the Electric Slide.
Games, face painting and music are also planned.
Patuxent Valley Middle School's back-to-school night is at 7 o'clock Sept. 15.
As middle school students' schedules are more complex than those of elementary school children, events for the night will include a quick run through the schedule, with students leading their parents from room to room.
The program will include a brief presentation from a representative of "Not My Kid," a drug awareness and prevention program for parents, a presentation about MindSurf, Sylvan Learning Academy's after-school program that is being offered at the school, and an opportunity to meet the staff.
Back-to-school night will be preceded by a staff presentation about the Family Life Unit of the curriculum.
Parents may peruse the materials and ask questions.
The PTA of the new Murray Hill Middle School needs a few adult volunteers to help with the eighth-grade dance committee.
Most of these jobs require only a brief commitment of time.
Information: Donna Thewes, 301-604-2958.
Pub Date: 9/05/97