School got off to a good start at St. Louis School this fall and the news just keeps getting better and better.

Principal Terry Weiss and staff were excited to welcome 70 new families and over 500 returning students.


This year St. Louis School will focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), healthy initiatives and academic excellence. They are the first Catholic school to pilot a STEM after school program in partnership with the University of Maryland and the National Science Foundation.

The school is encouraging healthy living. In fact, last year the Pre-K was named a Healthy Howard childcare program. All students and parents are encouraged to replace candy and sweet treats with healthy alternatives. The principal treats birthdays with "sneaker and sweats" passes.

The student council spearheaded a recycling effort that reduced garbage pick up from five days a week to three.

The school has received a Garden Grant from the Baltimore Food and Faith Project for its first school garden. Sponsored by Johns Hopkins Center, the three beds are built from organic materials and planted with radish, kale and spinach seeds purchased locally.

The latest good news is that St. Louis School is one of 12 schools selected by the National Park Service to represent the United States in an educational exchange program with Belgian schools in celebration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

St. Louis will be paired with St. Bavo, a Catholic school in Ghent, where the Treaty of Ghent ending the War of 1812 was signed. Beginning this month, students in both 7th and 8th grades will complete several projects culminating in videos showing each perspective.

The National Park Service has arranged for our students to come to the White House Visitor Center in the spring to screen the videos as they Skype St. Bavo students on a huge video screen.

Here's to a special day for Po Thar. His birthday is Oct. 4. Happy 15th birthday. Have a great year.

The Frederick Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (includes Howard County) will meet with audiologists at Edenton Retirement Community Manor House on Oct. 6 at 10 a.m.

Bring all the hearing loss questions you'd like to have answered. Everyone is welcome. To learn more, call 301-829-1002 or email

Are you smarter than a fifth grader when it comes to Bible knowledge? Each year Pathfinders, a co-ed youth club at Triadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church, participate in a Bible Challenge by thoroughly learning and competing on a portion of scripture. Our kids do great in national competition.

The kids have challenged the adults to a practice Team Word Bible Bowl at the church on Brighton Dam Road on Oct. 6 from 3 to 5 p.m. My friends Chris Long, Joyce Ludy Marie and Melinda Paul are one of the adult teams. Joyce turned 75 on Sept. 26 and she's pretty sharp. Happy birthday, Joyce. This is a great way to celebrate.

The River Hill Boosters are hosting a fundraiser Tuesdays at Ruby Tuesday for four weeks starting Oct. 9. Come for lunch or dinner and River Hill will get 20 percent of profits on coupon orders. You must present the coupon available on the school's website.

Clarksville Middle School is hosting a blood drive in the cafeteria on Oct. 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. They are especially looking for Types O positive, A negative, B negative and O negative. To learn more or schedule a time, contact or go to and enter Code 05311152.