Release Date: 2/5/2010
Contact: Charles Herndon

BCPS News Tips: The Week of February 6 - 13, 2010

Activities, Events, and News from Baltimore County Public Schools

Monday, February 8

Logan Elementary School's PTA hosts "Take Your Family to School Week"

The Logan Elementary School PTA invites all Logan families to participate in the school's annual "Take Your Family to School Week" through Friday, February 12, by joining in all or some of the many events that week. Today, families are invited to have lunch with their children at school, while parents are invited for pastries and classroom visits from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. from Tuesday, February 9, through Thursday, February 11. On Friday, February 12, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the school will host a Valentine's Day Dance. Logan Elementary is located at 7601 Dunmanway in Dundalk.

Contact: Stephen Bender, Logan Elementary School, 410.887.7052

Senator Bobby Zirkin to visit Pinewood Elementary School

State Senator Bobby Zirkin will visit with the fourth- and fifth-grade students at Pinewood Elementary School during the day. Senator Zirkin will discuss the legislative process in Annapolis with students, as well as how an idea becomes a bill. Please call the school for times and detailed information. The school is located at 200 Rickswood Road in Timonium.

Contact: Kathy Arnold, Pinewood Elementary School, 410.887.7663

Pennies from Pinewood Elementary School

The 100th day of school will be celebrated at Pinewood Elementary School, 200 Rickswood Road in Timonium, during the week as students, parents, teachers and staff will bring in hundreds of pennies as part of the school's 100th day celebration. All pennies brought to school during the week will be donated to the Kids Helping Hopkins Campaign, the benefits of which go to the Hopkins' Children's Center.

Contact: Chris Allen, Pinewood Elementary School, 410.887.7663

Tuesday, February 9

Sparrows Point High School students to witness shuttle launch and launch their own rockets at Goddard Space Flight Center

A special field trip is in store for Ryan Kunz's science class students at Sparrows Point High School. They are invited to the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., beginning at 9:00 a.m. to participate in a variety of activities at the center, including a viewing of the launch of a space shuttle from Kennedy Space Center in Florida and a tour of the center and the facilities where the Solar Dynamics Observatory was designed and built. The group will watch the launch via NASA TV at about 11:10 a.m. and then take part in a video conference with the scientists at Kennedy Space Center. After the conference, the class has been invited to launch their own rockets on a field outside the center's visitor center; the rockets were supplied by Goddard for the occasion.

Contact: Ryan Kunz or Robert Santacroce, Sparrows Point High School, 410.887.7517

Fifth District Elementary School to hold two Tech Nights

Fifth District Elementary School will hold two Tech Nights from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to give parents the opportunity to learn about BCPS technology standards and what students are doing to become 21st century learners. Today, the Tech Night will be held for parents of children in grades K-2, while a second Tech Night will be held on Tuesday, February 16, for parents of children in grades 3-5. Sample software programs will be demonstrated using Safari Montage, and participants can create with Pixie 2 and Kidspiration programming. The school is located at 3725 Mount Carmel Road in Upperco.

Contact: Jaime Connolly or Carole Quental, Fifth District Elementary School, 410.887.1203

Wednesday, February 10

Mars Estates Elementary School to celebrate the 100th Day of School

Mars Estates Elementary School will hold a 100th Day of School celebration with parents invited to visit classrooms from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Classrooms will showcase learning through the first 100 days of school, and parents may attend workshops regarding 100 Book Challenge and an "Ask the Principal" session. Students are encouraged to participate in the "100 Strong for Haiti" program as well, and all donations will be sent to the American Red Cross. Cakes will be provided by the PTA and delivered to classrooms and served at 1:00 p.m. The school is located at 1500 Homberg Avenue in Middle River.

Contact: Amy Hepner or Linda Chapin, Mars Estates Elementary School, 410.887.1054

McCormick Elementary School welcomes international pianist Reynaldo Reyes for school concert

Students and faculty at McCormick Elementary School will be entertained by pianist Reynaldo Reyes. This event is to celebrate the potential of all artists in grades K-5 who have the opportunity to learn keyboard skills through donations of electronic pianos to the school's music program. Reyes is a winner of many international contests, notably the international piano competition in Bolzano, Italy, and the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Internationale Piano Competition in Paris, France. Guests are encouraged to call the school for concert times scheduled throughout the day. The school is located at 5101 Hazelwood Avenue in Overlea.

Contact: Kevin Lindsey, McCormick Elementary School, 410.887.0500

On T.R.A.C.K. with Math and Reading Night sponsored at Milbrook Elementary School

Milbrook Elementary School will host another "On T.R.A.C.K. with Math and Reading Night," the second session of a two-part series. Families are invited to attend this event from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the school, which is located at 4300 Crest Heights Road in Milford. The evening will begin with a free Chick-fil-A dinner, from 6:00-6:30, followed by two one-half hour academic sessions. Primary and intermediate sessions will be conducted. Parents will attend both informational and 'make-and-take' sessions while students complete fun, supervised activities in the gym. Updates will be provided about Milbrook's Independent Reading Program during dinner, and student progress will be shared. This event will enable Milbrook families to experience first-hand what their children are learning in school and to discover more ways to help their children learn at home.

Contact: Cathy Madison or Christina Byers, Milbrook Elementary
School, 410.887.1225

Sudbrook Magnet Middle School sponsors a Barnes and Noble Social

Families are invited to visit the Barnes and Noble bookstore, 1819 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to participate in a book fair and other events benefitting the school, including drama productions and music and vocal performances starting at 7:00 p.m. The event also will feature a puppet show and story time for students' younger siblings and faculty's children at 7:45 p.m.

Contact: Sharon Robbins or Ali Schilpp, Sudbrook Magnet Middle School, 410.887.6720

Thursday, February 11

Harford Hills Elementary School students create valentines for a veterans' hospital

Students at Harford Hills Elementary School are participating in the Valentines for Veterans Program by creating valentines for a veterans' hospital with their families. They will bring the homemade valentines to school today, and all valentines will be judged as part of a school-wide contest. The valentines will be delivered to a veteran's hospital before Valentine's Day by art teacher Renee' Whelehan. The Valentines for Veterans is part of a national program, started by columnists Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren.

Contact: Nellie Slater or Renee' Whelehan, Harford Hills Elementary School, 410.887.5236.

Friday, February 12

Johnnycake Elementary School kicks off a month of business partner-sponsored student rewards for work well done

Students at Johnnycake Elementary School, 5910 Craigmont Road in Woodlawn, have a month of recognition ahead from the school's business partners, many of whom have teamed up to provide a series of honors and rewards for students at the school who have demonstrated success in a variety of areas. At 11:30 a.m., students from each class who have best demonstrated the characteristic of "good citizenship" will be treated to a "Character Luncheon" at Applebee's restaurant. A creative writing project on "How to Be a Good Friend" will yield winners to be announced on Friday, February 26, and receive a free family sized pizza from Pat's Pizza. And the class who continually demonstrates positive lunch time behavior will receive a special snack later this month from the "Wal-Mart's Cafeteria Champions" program at the school. In addition, the second-grade student who has the most reading points will become a "Giant Super Reader" and will receive from Giant super markets a copy of their favorite book for home and for the school library. Please call the school for times and details of specific programs or events.

Contact: Amy Daniller or Mary Maddox, Johnnycake Elementary School, 410.887.0823

Sunnyside Farm growers will share their "green" farming methods at Berkshire Elementary School

Farmers Homer Walden and Dru Peters will speak with grade 5 students at Berkshire Elementary School about the "green" farming methods they use on their pasture-based, intensively grazed farm. Sunnyside Farm raises chicken, turkeys, pigs and cows. The animals live outside and graze on grass. Innovative farming methods are used that reduce emissions by only using people and animal power on their property. The cows mow the grass, the chickens and turkeys follow behind and the pigs plow the garden plots. Students at the school, which is located at 7431 Poplar Avenue in Dundalk, will learn about the animals, caring for the land, science and ecology. Please call the school for specific times and details.

Contact: Vicky Ciulla, Principal, or Andrea Naft, Reading Specialist, Berkshire Elementary School, 410.887.7008

Saturday, February 13

Black Saga Countywide Competition to take place

Teams of knowledgeable students from across Baltimore County will meet beginning at 8:00 a.m. at New Town High School, 4931 New Town Boulevard in Owings Mills, to compete for the title of countywide Black Saga champion. Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Joe A. Hairston will be among the special guests there to congratulate participating students. For several weeks, teams of elementary and middle school students have been engaging in school-wide Black Saga competitions to determine who will represent individual schools at the county tournament. Black Saga tests students' knowledge and awareness of African American history and culture. All schools participating in the countywide competition can send teams to compete in the statewide tournament to be held on March 13.

Contact: Tina Nelson, Office of Social Studies, 410.887.2172

Coming up!

Loch Raven Academy to celebrate Black History Month with Slam Poetry on Tuesday, February 16

Loch Raven Academy will honor the tradition of celebrating Black History Month on Tuesday, February 16, with an assembly on that date featuring Gayle Danley, an African American slam poet. In 2006, Danley was named Young Audiences National Artist of the Year. She was featured on CBS's "60 Minutes" television news magazine in 1999 and is a published author. Please call the school for specific times and details. Loch Raven Academy is located at 8101 LaSalle Road in Towson.

Contact: Catherine Trader, Michelle Dressel, or Linda Wilson, Loch Raven Academy, 410.887.3518

Family Math Night to be held at Jacksonville Elementary School on Thursday, February 18

Jacksonville Elementary School will hold a Family Math Night on Thursday, February 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Teachers will host sessions such as Math 24, Tanagram Fun, Online Math Games, Tesselations, Movies and Math, and more. The school is located at 3400 Hillendale Heights Road in Jacksonville

Contact: Nicole Keen or Deborah Glinowiecki, Jacksonville Elementary School, 410.887.7880

Snyder Foundation for Animals returns with Reptiles Program to Eastwood Elementary Magnet School on Friday, February 19

The Snyder Foundation for Animals will visit Eastwood Elementary Magnet School on Friday, February 19. The students in grades 4 and 5 will be participating in a science program called Reptiles: Diversity in Scales." This special science program examines the diversity in and behavior of the reptile class. The program explores human activity and its impact on the natural environment and on reptiles. More than 60 specimens are used to demonstrate reptile diversity. Please call the school for specific times and details.

Contact: April Puckett or Joan Brauner, Eastwood Elementary Magnet School, 410.887.7034

Victory Villa Elementary School hosts Principal's Breakfast on Monday, February 22

Victory Villa Elementary School, located at 500 Compass Road in Middle River, will recognize students who have achieved outstanding performance in academic, effort, or learning skills during the second report card quarter. Selected students will be invited to a breakfast catered by the school's business partner, Chick-fil-A at Eastpoint Mall. Parents, guardians, and students will hear from special guest Dr. Nancy Grasmick, State Superintendent of Schools, who will speak about setting goals and persevering.

Contact: Kathleen East or Pamela McDavid, Victory Villa Elementary School, 410.887.0184

Elmwood Elementary School to host Art Beyond Borders traveling exhibit beginning Monday, February 22

Elmwood Elementary School, 531 Dale Avenue in Overlea, will display the Teacher's Discovery Traveling Exhibit, "Art Beyond Borders," during the week of February 22-26. The school's art department will host a viewing during the school's Math Night on Tuesday, February 23, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the school. The exhibit is a partnership between Teacher's Discovery and The International Museum of Twenty-first Century Arts (TIMOTCA). The goal of TIMOTCA is to collect one piece of art from an artist in every country in the world to serve as a catalyst for peace and cultural understanding through the universal language of art. To date, 63 nations have participated. The Elmwood exhibit features 24 of those works of art in a vibrant, educational display. To learn more, visit

Contact: Mia Rochfort or Sharon Ward, Elmwood Elementary School, 410.887.5232

BCPS to sponsor 2010 Special Education Recruitment Fair on Wednesday, February 24

Baltimore County Public Schools will hold its 2010 Special Education Recruitment Fair from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24, at the Holiday Inn at 9615 Deereco Road in Timonium. The school system is recruiting to fill positions for the 2010-11 school year, including positions for speech pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing, sign language interpreters, and other special education teachers. There is no admission fee, and registration will take place at the door. The event will feature information booths and on-site interviews and relocation and benefits information. Job applications will be accepted, and applications may be found on the BCPS web site at

Contact: Jill Bordenick, Department of Human Resources, 410.887.4605

Featherbed Lane Elementary School to hold Family Fun Night on Tuesday, February 23

Featherbed Lane Elementary School will hold a Family Fun Night and extended Book Fair on Tuesday, February 23, beginning at 5:00 p.m. with the opening of the book fair. The movie "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" will be shown at 7:45 p.m., and popcorn, drinks, and snacks will be on sale. All children must be accompanied by an adult to participate. The school is located at 6700 Richardson Road in Woodlawn.

Contact: Tanya Cole or Tiffany Livingstone, Featherbed Lane Elementary School, 410.887.1302

Cross-Curricular Night planned for Pot Spring Elementary School on Tuesday, February 23

Pot Spring Elementary School, 2410 Springlake Drive in Timonium, will hold a Cross-Curricular Night for students, parents and guardians from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23. The snow date will be Tuesday, March 2, at the same time. Participants will be able to explore topics in reading, mathematics, environmental education, and parent involvement designed especially for primary (prek-2) and intermediate (3-5) students to learn about and enjoy with their families. In addition, the BCPS Parentmobile will be available to visit during the event.

Contact: Michelle Doyle or Jane Martin, Pot Spring Elementary School, 410.887.7648

Glyndon Elementary School to hosts Olympic-sized Reading and Math Night on Tuesday, February 23

On Tuesday, February 23, Glyndon Elementary School will host a Reading and Math Night in observance of the Winter Olympics being held in Vancouver, Canada. All of the reading and math activities will be based on one of the 86 Olympic events. Before the "Olympics," students can browse the school's book fair. The "Olympics" kick off at 6:00 p.m. at the school, which is located at 445 Glyndon Drive in Glyndon.

Contact: Bridget Singleton or Tracy Robinson, Glyndon Elementary School, 410.887.1130

Whittle Night at Pine Grove Elementary School will be held Wednesday, February 24

Pine Grove Elementary School families are invited to participate in a fun evening in the school's gymnasium on Wednesday, February 24 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. At the school's "Whittle Night," students will show what they have learned about the Whittle equipment, an adventure unit in which students explore movement, solve problems, and build confidence as they move through an obstacle course. Students will move in various directions while navigating different pathways, all the while maintaining safety throughout the course. Pine Grove Elementary School is located at 2701 Summit Avenue in Parkville.

Contact: Jean Wilson, Pine Grove Elementary School, 410.887.5268

"Little Shop of Horrors" musical to be presented at Kenwood High School beginning Friday, February 26

Kenwood High School will present the musical "Little Shop of Horrors" for its upcoming spring production on Friday, February 26, Saturday, February 27, and Sunday, February 28. The show tells the story of a down-and-out floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious and gory craving. Soon, the plant grows into an ill-tempered, singing carnivore who offers fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination. The Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 7:00 p.m., and the Sunday matinee will begin at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $7 and will be available at the door. The school is located at 501 Stemmers Run Road in Middle River.

Contact: Robert Knight or Paul Martin, Kenwood High School, 410.887.0153

Chatsworth School to celebrate brotherhood with special event on Friday, February 26

Chatsworth School, located at 222 New Avenue in Reisterstown, will host its sixth annual Brotherhood Event on Friday, February 26. The parents of the special education students of the Behavior and Learning Support classes are invited to join their children for a special afternoon of activities. The students and their guests will enjoy a luncheon and then work together on classroom academic activities. Afterwards, parents will attend a meeting with the school social workers to discuss the challenges of parenting children with special needs. To culminate the afternoon, parents and children will convene in the auditorium where the students will perform a variety of songs, skits, and other presentations to reflect their thoughts about the importance of "Celebrating Brotherhood."

Contact: Joey Parr or Nancy Casalena, Chatsworth School, 410.887.1103

Orems Elementary School to host Family Reading Night on Tuesday, March 2

Orems Elementary School will sponsor a Family Reading Night from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2. The evening's main event will feature Pine Grove Elementary School teacher Justin Pugh performing a "Rock-N-Read" concert from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the gymnasium of the school, which is located at 711 Highvilla Road in Middle River. The Scholastic Book Fair and BCPS Parentmobile also will be open, and light refreshments will be served during the event.

Contact: Michelle Doyle or Marcia Wolf, Orems Elementary School, 410.887.0172

College Fair 2010 to showcase 100+ colleges and universities on Monday, March 8, and Tuesday, March 9

The College Fair 2010 event, co-sponsored by Baltimore County Public Schools and The Community College of Baltimore County, will allow prospective students to visit a college marketplace featuring information from more than 100 colleges, universities, and military schools, including CCBC, the University of Maryland colleges, McDaniel College, George Mason University, Morgan State University, Towson University, Stevenson University, Penn State University, and many more. The two-day event will begin on Monday, March 8, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the campus of CCBC Essex, Building D - the Athletic and Wellness Center, 7201 Rossville Boulevard in White Marsh. The event will be continued on Tuesday, March 9, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., on the campus of CCBC Catonsville at Building L - the Athletic and Wellness Center, 800 S. Rolling Road, in Catonsville. In the event of inclement weather, call 443.840.1711 or visit

Contact: CCBC Essex at 443.840.2110 or CCBC Catonsville at 443.840.4894


Overlea High School students working on "Empty Bowls" through February

Students from Overlea High School, 5401 Kenwood Avenue in Overlea, are among the artists from across the region making and decorating ceramic bowls to donate to the "Empty Bowls" fundraiser later this year. Until March 1, Overlea students who are members of the National Art Honor Society and the Art Club will construct the bowls to be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society for the two-day event on March 19-20 at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. Empty Bowls raises funds for hunger and homelessness programs at St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore. For more information, visit the event's Web site at Please call the school for specific times and details of the project.

Contact: Nancy Fishel or Penny Parker, Overlea High School, 410.887.5241

Hernwood Elementary School is linking math facts with an Ice Cream Sundae Challenge

Students at Hernwood Elementary School in Randallstown are meeting their Math Fact Challenge by getting ready for an ice cream extravaganza. In this ongoing program, each of the school's teachers has identified math fact goals for his or her students. Parents also received a list of suggestions to help their children study facts at home. Students will study and learn math facts through the winter and will demonstrate their knowledge by taking weekly quizzes beginning in January and continuing through March. When students reach their math fact goals, their names will be announced school wide, and they will be invited to a special Ice Cream Sundae party on Friday, March 26, to celebrate their math mastery. The school is located at 9919 Marriottsville Road in Randallstown.

Contact: Denise Kelley or Cathy Gantz, Hernwood Elementary School, 410.887.0732

Two after-school clubs gearing up for competition at Eastwood Elementary Magnet School

Two after-school clubs at Eastwood Elementary Magnet School, 428 Westham Way in Dundalk, are busy preparing students for competitions in 2010. The MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) Science Club meets each week to prepare for MESA regional competition in March and April of 2010. Students participating in MESA explore science and math concepts and participate in activities designed to engage students in observation, recording data, problem solving and team work. Meanwhile, the school's Black Saga Club students challenge each other with facts and information about African-American history each week as they prepare for the countywide competition in February.

Contact: Rick Wright, Cyndy Wachob, or Joan Brauner, Eastwood Elementary Magnet School, 410.887.1408

Wachovia Bank and Essex Elementary School team up for reading

Twice a week, employees at Wachovia Bank in Essex visit kindergarten classes at Essex Elementary School for a very important partnership - reading stories to students from books that will be donated to the school's library. On Tuesdays and Thursdays at about 9:30 a.m., the guest readers visit the school and demonstrate to students their commitment to reading and to Essex Elementary School. The program runs for about four weeks at a time. Essex Elementary School is located at 100 Mace Avenue in Essex.

Contact: Dianna Akers or Amy Grabner, Essex Elementary School, 410.887.0117

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