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: …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Patch talked to parents outside Wheaton Library to find out how much they were spending on supplies, lunchboxes, backpacks and clothes.
How much did Wheaton parents spend for back to school shopping? Here are some of the responses Patch received from Wheaton Library patrons. Public School Atilio Aleman said he spent $70-$80 getting his son ready to attend Oakland Terrace Elementary School. Fatima Feay said she spent $50 on her son, who attends Glen Haven Elementary School--and that was accounting for the fact that he did not get a new backpack this year. Private School Marcia Headley's son attends private school, so most of the supplies are included with the tuition and fees, she said. Home School Esther Paull pays approximately $2,500 for the whole school year for her twin daughters, age 9, for materials from a home-schooling program. Her daughters have their own laptops…
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.
We know you've got those cameras ready. Share your first-day photos here.
For some, it will be the first time boarding the bus. For others, it will be a day to re-unite with friends and teachers. Whether they're newbies or not, Monday is the big day for thousands of children across the county as public and many private schools open their doors for the 2012-2013 school year. We know you've got those cameras ready, so share your photos of your child's first day back with Patch readers here. Have a great first day of school!
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 …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Get ready for back-to-school with Lunchskins, an eco-friendly way to pack your kids' lunch developed by Potomac moms.
As you start checking items off on your back-to-school shopping list, you might want to consider this handy way to go green and save some green at the same time. Lunchskins, developed by Potomac residents Cris Bourelly and Kirsten Quigley, are re-usable lunch sacks that parents can use to pack their kids' lunch. An alternative to disposable plastic lunch bags, pop a Lunchskin in the dishwasher after use and save money on all that plastic packaging. You and your kids can also feel good about the positive impact you'll be making on the environment. Under the slogan, "reduce your daily lunchprint," the company has saved more than 120 million plastic baggies from landfills, according to the company's website. Bourelly and Quigley, along with …
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 …