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Release Date: 11/7/2019
Contact: Brandon Oland, 443.809.5908

BCPS News Tips: Nov. 9 - 16, 2019

Activities, events, and news from Baltimore County Public Schools

Saturday, Nov. 9

Ridgely Middle’s 38th annual craft fair

What: The Ridgely Middle School PTA hosts its 38th annual craft fair. This event is a favorite of hundreds of Baltimore County residents who come to shop for handmade crafts, jewelry, art, home goods, and holiday gifts. The craft fair also hosts one of the most amazing silent auctions around. Bring a friend and the kids for fun, food and community.
When: Saturday Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Ridgely Middle School, 121 Ridgely Rd., 21093

Crossroads Center hosts Fall Festival

What: Crossroads Center invites parents, students, staff, and community to a Fall Festival. This community outreach event is a way to thank stakeholders for their involvement and support. There will be fall-themed activities, crafts, and door prizes. Crossroads’ unique student population represents a variety of communities across BCPS. For further information, please contact Elleigh Gardner at egardner4@bcps.org or Principal Jay Ward at jward2@bcps.org.
When: Saturday, Nov. 9, from 12- 2 p.m.
Where: Crossroads Center, 11640 Crossroads Cir., 21220

Monday, Nov. 11

Southwest Area Education Advisory Council Meeting

What: The next meeting of the Southwest Area Education Advisory Council will focus on school safety and bullying. The meeting is free and open to the public. No registration is required.
When: Monday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m.
Where: Woodmoor Elementary School, 3200 Elba Dr., 21207

Tuesday, Nov. 12

Families encourage to attend Junior Achievement INSPIRE Parent Night

What: Junior Achievement INSPIRE Parent Night is a free countywide event open to all BCPS families interested in career advice, career pathways, career and technical education programs, financial literacy, and more. The event is sponsored by Junior Achievement of Central Maryland, BCPS Parent University, and other BCPS departments and offices. To RSVP, please email ParentU@bcps.org or call 443-809-4496.
When: Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: Timonium Fairgrounds, Cow Palace, 2200 York Rd., 21093

Wednesday, Nov. 13

Junior Achievement INSPIRE

What: More than 8,000 middle school students from Baltimore County Public Schools will have the opportunity to explore high-growth careers with 65+ area employers and educational institutions, including Aerotek, Stanley Black & Decker, Lifebridge Health, and the University System of Maryland, at the annual Junior Achievement Inspire event and Parent Night from Nov. 12-14. Students will connect with professionals, discover career opportunities, and participate in hands-on activities. The aim of JA Inspire is for students to learn necessary skills for in-demand jobs and match post-secondary education opportunities to strengthen their coursework for high school and beyond.
When: Wednesday, Nov, 12, and Thursday, Nov. 13, from 8 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Where: Timonium Fairgrounds, Cow Palace, 2200 York Rd., 21093

Parent University workshop: Asthma, and Adolescent Drug Use and Addiction

What: One session of this free workshop will explore caring of children with asthma as well as understanding. The other will explore issues of adolescent drug use and addiction. Both sessions will be held at the same date and time. The workshop is sponsored by BPCS Parent University and Golden Ring Middle School, and registration is not required.
When: Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Where: Golden Ring Middle School, 6700 Kenwood Ave., 21237

Visit the Parentmobile at STEAM Night at Middleborough Elementary School

What: Visitors board the Parentmobile to learn about BCPS' curriculum, at-home learning resources, the BCPS website, community resources, and resources to support families of students with special needs or limited English proficiency. Parents and guardians are invited to visit. No registration is required.
When: Wednesday, November 13, from 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: Middleborough Elementary School, 313 West Rd., 21221

STEAM/AVID Night at Southwest Academy

What: Southwest Academy Middle School will be hosting a STEAM/AVID Night. Students, parents, and community members can come out and explore science, technology, engineering, arts, math and AVID strategies just as Southwest Academy scholars do!
When: Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Where: Southwest Academy Magnet Middle School, 6200 Johnnycake Rd., 21207

Special Education Workshop: Sensory Strategies at Home and School

What: Staff in the Office of Special Education will offer a two-hour workshop to all BCPS parents and employees. Beth George, BCPS occupational therapy team leader, will present. Participants will learn about sensory processing, identify how a child’s seven senses process information, and discover sensory processing strategies to support children’s participation in home and school routines. Interested participants must register by calling the Special Education Resource Center at 410-887- 5443 or sending an email to serc@bcps.org.
When: Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: BCPS headquarters/Greenwood, 6901 N. Charles St., 21204, Building E, Room 114

Thursday, Nov. 14

Tutor Meet and Greet

What: At this free event, families can meet local tutors (for students in Grades K -12 in most subject areas), learn about Baltimore County Public Library tutoring resources, and learn more about Parent University and other resources. The event is sponsored by Baltimore County Public Library and BCPS Parent University. For information, email towson@bcpl.net or call 410-887- 6166.
When: Thursday, Nov. 14, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Towson branch of Baltimore County Public Library, 320 York Rd., 21204

Special Education Resource Center Workshop: Promoting Independence and Financial Stability

What: The Special Education Resource Center is holding a free workshop for parents. The topic is ABLE Accounts: A Savings Tool to Promote Independence and Financial Stability for Your Child’s Future. Interested participants are asked to register at 410-887-5443 or serc@bcps.org.
When: Thursday, Nov. 14, from 10 – 11 a.m.
Where: White Oak School. 8401 Leefield Rd., 21234

Friday, Nov. 15

Deadline for 2020-2021 magnet applications

What: Today is the deadline for applications for magnet programs for the 2020-2021 school year. Parents may apply onlinethrough the Online Magnet Application System until 1 p.m. on Friday, November 15, 2019. Paper applications must be postmarked on or before Nov. 15.

Saturday, Nov. 16

Randallstown High’s annual PTSA Holiday Bazaar

What: Visit the Randallstown High School PTSA Holiday Bazaar. The event will feature more than 45 local arts and craft vendors, unique handmade jewelry, original artwork, woodwork, crochet and printed apparel, holiday décor, books, home accessories, beauty/skincare products, baked goods, and much more. Admission is free. Free crafts for kids and musical performances.
When: Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Randallstown High School, 4000 Offutt Rd., 21133

Ridgely Middle’s 2nd Annual Turkey Trot

What: Ridgely Middle School is hosting its 2nd annual Turkey Trot, sponsored by its PTA. Runners and walkers are encouraged to register online. Categories are elementary, middle, high school, and adult. Registration is $5 for children and $10 for adults. The event will feature games, prizes, food trucks, and local businesses.
When: Saturday, Nov. 16, at 9 a.m.
Where: Ridgely Middle School, 121 Ridgely Rd., 21093

ONGOING EVENTS!

Vote for artwork by a Stoneleigh Elementary student to win “I Voted" sticker art competition

What: A design by Flory Thomas, a Stoneleigh Elementary student, has advanced to the final round of the “I Voted” Sticker Student Art Competition for Maryland. Public votingis open until Friday, Nov. 15. The design by Thomas is the yellow option in the elementary category. More than 650 students submitted artwork for the competition from across the state. The Maryland State Board of Elections in partnership with the Fine Arts Office of the Maryland State Department of Education invited student artists in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 to be inspired by Maryland, voting, or elections in Maryland. A panel of guest artists representing every Maryland region judged the artwork for creativity, technique, craftsmanship, and concept. The artwork with the most votes in each school division category (elementary, middle, and high) will be declared the winners. Three student artists will make history and have their original artwork printed on voting stickers and distributed at voting polling locations across the state beginning in 2020. Additionally, cash prizes will be awarded to the winning students and their art teachers.

Parent University Workshop: Understanding and Managing Behaviors at Home

What: The Parent University Workshop on Understanding and Managing Behaviors at Home is designed to assist parents with helping their preschool-elementary children consciously manage their thoughts and emotions. To register, call Parent University at 443-809-4496 or email ccunningham4@bcps.org.
When: Tuesdays through November 19, from 6 – 7 p.m.
Where: Dogwood Elementary School, 7215 Dogwood Rd., 21244

UPCOMING EVENTS!

Northeast Area Education Advisory Council meeting on transportation

What: The next meeting of the Northeast Area Education Advisory Council will focus on transportation. The meeting is free and open to the public.
When: Monday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m.
Where: Stemmers Run Middle School, library, 201 Stemmers Run Rd., 21221

Southeast Area Education Advisory Council meeting on conscious discipline

What: The next meeting of the Southeast Area Education Advisory Council will focus on conscious discipline and will include a tour of the school. The meeting is free and open to the public.
When: Monday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m.
Where: Dundalk Elementary School, library, 2717 Playfield St., 21222

BCPS administrator to moderate panel on preparing students for employment

What: Douglas Handy, director of career and technical education and fine arts for Baltimore County Public Schools, will serve as moderator of Build Your Path Presents: Building Connections: Bringing Employers and Educators Together. Handy will moderate a panel discussion exploring how educators are preparing students for employment and connecting them to opportunities for internships, summer jobs, and permanent positions. Panel members will include Shandria Proctor, Construction Design and Management teacher at Milford Mill Academy, and William (Bill) Plantholt, work-based learning coordinator and former electrical construction trades teacher at Sollers Point Technical High School. The event is hosted by the Maryland Center for Construction Education & Innovation . Tickets for the event, available on Eventbrite , range from $20 for educators to $55 or $65 for business leaders.
When: Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 3:30 – 6 p.m.
Where: Morgan State University - CBEIS Building, 5201 Perring Parkway, 21214

Special Education Resource Center workshop: Overcoming Depression: Functional Coping Skills for Teens & Tweens

What: The BCPS Special Education Resource Center and Office of Special Education are offering a free workshop on Overcoming Depression: Functional Coping Skills for Teens and Tweens. Register at 410-887-5443 or serc@bcps.org .
When: Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: North Point branch of Baltimore County Public Library, 1716 Merritt Blvd., 21222

Author of ONE to visit Pot Spring Elementary

What: Author/illustrator Kathryn Otoshi is visiting Pot Spring Elementary during American Education Week. Her book ONE is utilized in the BCPS Curriculum for the Conscious Discipline Program. Otoshi is a multi-award winning author, illustrator and national/international speaker. She travels to schools across the country to encourage children to develop strong character assets, and helps teachers find customized, creative methods to engage students through reading, art and the power of literature. She is best known for her character-building book series, “Zero,” “One,”and “Two.” Her most recent books, “Beautiful Hands” and “Draw the Line" make important statements about reaching out and building community.
When: Wednesday, Nov. 20
Where: Pot Spring Elementary School, 2410 Spring Lake Dr., 21093

Battle Monument Respite and Resource Fair

What: Annual fair features variety of local agencies and services for parents and caregivers of students with special needs and their families. Registration is not required. For information, please call 410-887-7000.
When: Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: Battle Monument School, 7801 E. Collingham Dr., 21222

Golden Ring Middle School partners with American Red Cross to host community blood drive

What: Golden Ring Middle School will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross. For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call 443-809-1030 or sign up online. According to the Red Cross, donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. Golden Ring Middle School offers a whole school Health Science magnet program focused on providing students with opportunities in health-science infused thematic instruction, electives, and experiences that provide a deeper understanding of and exposure to careers in health sciences.
When: Friday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Golden Ring Middle School, 6700 Kenwood Ave., 21237

Students turn trash into fashion at Sparrows Point High

What: Sparrows Point High School is excited to host the Trashy Fashion Show, which is a community celebration of the school’s Green School Certification.It features artwork made by students, who use recycled/up-cycled materials to create wearable art. The theme this year is “Turn up the High Contrast,” with everything is in black and white. Participating schools are, Chesapeake Terrace Elementary, Edgemere Elementary, Sparrows Point Middle, and Sparrows Point High.
When: Friday, Nov. 22, at 6 p.m.
Where: Sparrows Point High School auditorium, 7400 North Point Rd., 21219

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