SCHOOL DAYS ARE back in full swing, but those seven hours away from home tell only part of the story. For many parents, the start of school signals a frenzied schedule that includes organizing carpools, shopping for supplies, helping with homework, packing lunches, shuttling to lessons and driving to sports practices.
Add PTA meetings, after-school clubs and special programs, and it's enough to frustrate even the most organized parent.
My organizational skills could use a tune-up, so I purchased a super-sized calendar for my refrigerator. Already, nearly every block in September is filled with red, blue, black and green notations - a different color for each member of the family. The resulting rainbow effect makes me dizzy if I stare at the calendar for too long, and leaves me wondering how summer slipped away so quickly.
Don't forget to add Back to School Night to your master calendars.
Corkran Middle School has scheduled its night for 7 p.m. Sept. 19, in the gymnasium.
The evening will begin with an overview of the school year by Principal Christopher Truffer. Although new to the position, he is a familiar face at Corkran, where he is a former administrative assistant.
Janet Pogar, president of the school's Parent Teacher Student Association, will also speak, and the PTSA will accept memberships during the evening.
After the presentations, parents will have an opportunity to visit their children's classrooms and meet the teachers. Bringing a copy of children's schedules is recommended.
The PTSA will hold its first meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the media center. The organization is looking for parents to fill the positions of the vice president and secretary. Elaine Sangakvasi has accepted the post of treasurer.
"This is a perfect opportunity for a parent from one of our feeder schools to become involved," Pogar said.
Also planned at Corkran is a Back to School Dance for students from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 22, in the food court. Tickets, which include refreshments, will be sold during lunch periods for $5.
For information on programs at Corkran, call 410-222-6493.
Marley Middle School has scheduled its parent night for 7 p.m. tomorrow. Before the classroom visits, Principal Susan Cassidy will provide information on new projects at the school, including its Parents Supporting Reading Program.
The school's replacement committee also will give an update on plans for a new building.
Parents and interested members of the community are encouraged to attend the public hearing on the school system's capital budget at 7 p.m. Sept. 20, at the Board of Education headquarters in Annapolis, to show support for a school replacement. A feasibility study, one of the first steps in the process, is being conducted.
The school's Back to School Night program will be preceded by a brief PTSA meeting, including details on fall fund-raiser sales of wrapping paper and candy. Coming PTSA events include after-school dances, roller skating, family nights, a Meet the Board Members Night and Legislative Night.
This year's officers are: Cindi Foard, president; Chris Catramados, vice president; Toni Moran, treasurer and parent involvement coordinator; Beth Higgins, student representative; Ann Sanford, school-community liaison; and Teresa Steger, replacement chair.
For information on Marley Middle programs, call the school office at 410-761-0934.
Glen Burnie's National Association of Retired Federal Employees chapter will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Holy Trinity Church Hall, 7434 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.
Speaker Jack Hulet, emergency medical services coordinator with the Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department, will demonstrate cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Details on the fire department's free CPR classes will be provided.
Retired federal employees, their spouses and guests are invited. For more information, call Stan Jacobs at 410-969-5980.
The area's Chapter 606 of the American Association of Retired Persons will meet Monday at the Glen Burnie Improvement Association building, 19 Crain Highway.
A session at 11 a.m. will include a discussion of events, a craft fair and spaghetti dinner. After a hot dog luncheon at noon, the general meeting will begin at 1 p.m.
Members are encouraged to bring donations of nonperishable food items for the North County Emergency Outreach Network pantry.
For more information on the retiree group, call Betty Harris at 410-766-2368.