Monday, September 3, 2012
Everything you may have missed the last week of August in these 500 square miles, plus what is surely the world's largest back-to-school photo gallery.
Thank goodness it's a holiday after that grueling first week of school. Can't remember back to last week? Take a look at the world's cutest kids in our giant back-to-school photo gallery, and a few terrified ones as well. Can you spot the picture of the Patch editor from the first day of school, 1983? One of the hottest events in county for today's celebration is the Labor Day Parade in Kensington. It has grown from a few Brownie troops and the slow-stepping town chess club to a full-blown county event in the last couple of decades, but it's still small enough that you can usually get a curbside seat -- that is, actually sitting on the curb. It's Americana-on-a-stick complete with baton twirlers and moon bounces. This year it coincides …
Friday, August 31, 2012
Montgomery County Public Schools are back in session after summer vacation.
With nearly 200 public schools and scores of private schools in Montgomery County, there's bound to be plenty of news. Here are the top school headlines from across Montgomery County's Patch sites from the first week of the 2012-13 school year: MCPS Talks School Safety, Reacts to Perry Hall High Shooting KENSINGTON—Montgomery County school officials discussed school safety after hearing about a school shooting 55 miles north in Perry Hall. Read the full story on Kensington Patch. 50 Years: Leggett Helps Rededicate White Oak Middle COLESVILLE—White Oak Middle School turns 50 this year. On the first day of classes, County Executive Isiah Leggett and school officials rededicated the school. Read the full story on Colesville Patch. PHOTOS: …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The first day of school could well be my favorite day of the whole year.
Is it just me, or have the last couple of days been especially wonderful? That's right; it's back to school time. MCPS students headed back to class on Monday, and parents across the county breathed a sigh of relief. My husband and I were out with our kids on Sunday night. We were getting into our car in a parking lot, and the woman getting out of the car next to ours had a bunch of kids and a huge smile on her face. She saw the joy on our faces as well, and we spent about a minute high fiving about school starting on Monday. The joy in the air was palpable last weekend. It's not that I don't love spending time with my kids. I do. I really do. It is just that we have had a lot of togetherness over the past couple of months. We could all …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Follow the first day of school in Montgomery County using the hashtag #MCPSfirstday.
By 9:30 a.m., all of Montgomery County Public Schools were back in session. See what people were saying about the start of the school year on Twitter using the hashtag #MCPSfirstday.
Do you have YOUR new lunch box? Everything you may have missed in these 500 square miles.
It's the first day of classes Monday for Montgomery County schools. Even if you don't have kids in school, beware! Traffic will be a bear as school buses, parents and carpools hit the streets. And, if you're late and you think driving around that school bus is justified, think again. Starting today, a number of school buses will have cameras attached that can catch you in the act. The fine: $250. Unless a police officer witnesses it. Then, you can get a $1,000 ticket and three points on your driver's license. Patch editors will be scouring the county and may show up at your local school to document the first-day jitters and joys. Leave it to parents to sum up the gravity of the situation. A Greenbelt mom told her kindergartener when …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
When school starts in Montgomery County on Monday, new cameras affixed to school buses will start taking photos of illegally passing cars.
Passing a stopped school bus isn't just a safety hazard. That kind behavior can kill a kid...and, starting Monday, Aug. 27, it can cost you a fine in Montgomery County. The Montgomery County Public Schools department has kitted out a number of its school buses with automated school bus safety cameras. "If you illegally pass a stopped school bus come Monday ... [Montgomery County] police will use the video evidence captured by the bus’s newly installed stop-arm camera to issue traffic citations," AAA Mid-Atlantic reported in a statement. The fine: $250. Should a police officer witness a driver illegally passing a stopped school bus, a $1,000 ticket—and three driver's license points—may be issued to the driver. Montgomery County police …
Monday, August 20, 2012
It may be August but you'll still want to pay attention to all that's been happening in Montgomery County.
With the Montgomery County Fair, Shark Week and tax-free shopping over, it can only mean one thing: It's the end of August in Montgomery County. But for those of us who are still in town, there's a lot to lord over our vacationing friends and coworkers. For example, did you know that Gov. Martin O'Malley got involved in a Montgomery County dispute last week? Or that police are looking for a serial hugger/groper in Bethesda? Also, school superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr is reportedly shaking things up in MCPS as we countdown to the start of school. But first, a proper farewell to the county's paean to all things homegrown, local, fried, churned and bovine. Check out Gaithersburg local editor Greg Cohen's Man-vs.-AgFair food challenge at …
Friday, August 17, 2012
Montgomery County Public Schools will host its annual Back-to-School fair on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Carver Educational Services Center.
Two days before Montgomery County Public Schools open their doors for the 2012-13 school year, the school district plans to host it's annual Back-to-School fair. Held Saturday, Aug. 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Carver Educational Services Center, located at 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville, the fair features a little something for everyone, including information and resources for parents, to children’s activities and entertainment for all, according to MCPS. Free backpacks and school supplies will be available to MCPS students who need them, MCPS said. Gift certificates and prizes will be given out throughout the day and free refreshments will be provided. MCPS staff members will be available to answer questions and provide …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
A Silver Spring mom shares her back-to-shool shopping experience.
Frances Frost is somewhat like other parents as she races around preparing to get her kids ready for the school year. The only difference is that she has do it for six. Frost shares some of the wacky things people say as she gets her kids ready for school. “You must be a teacher – getting ready for back-to-school?” The cashier commented as he began ringing up my notebooks, pile of composition books, couple dozen pencils, and peeked into my cart full of school supplies. “Actually, no, I’m not. These are just for my own kids.” Continue reading here: http://patch.com/B-clzF
Monday, August 13, 2012
Stay safe with these suggestions.
Going away to college is such an exciting time for many teens. They finally get some independence and a chance to show they can be responsible. As your Silver Spring teen leaves the nest and heads to college, help them with a few tips from StreetSafe’s Marcia Peot, a full-time police officer and Chief Safety Officer. 1. Tell someone where you are. Let friends or roommates know where you are going, who you are with and when you expect to be back. 2. Close all doors. Never leave outside doors propped open. Don’t let strangers into secured buildings or residence halls. 3. A stranger is still a stranger. Even if they are a fellow student, do not accept a ride or go off somewhere alone with a person you don’t know. 4. Do not drink in excess…