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 The Parent Connection
February 2013

Parent Support Services

Parent involvement has been proven by three decades of research to be the greatest predictor of student success.

Wow—I can’t believe it’s almost the 100th day of school already! As we look forward, I am excited to share with you that we are planning parent workshops and purchasing resource materials to support you as you help your child with math, reading, technology, social skills and more. In addition to providing learn-ing opportunities and re-source materials, I am also here to support you in many other ways such as connecting you to school and community resources, lending a listening ear, reminding you about school activities, and keeping communication flowing. If you have questions, comments, con-cerns or kudos, I can be reached via e-mail at sgreason@bcps.org or via telephone at (410) 887- 0182. You can also find me in the gym in the morning or the school of-fice.

Sharon Greason

Ps. We hope you will join us at the upcoming Parent Technology Workshop and PTA Meeting on February 12, 2013 at 4 p.m. You will be introduced to FREE BCPS digital content, and e-books that you can ac-cess from home such as TumbleBook e-books for K -5, World Book Encyclope-dia, Science in Context, BrainPop, SIRS Magazines and Newspapers, Visual Thesaurus, and more. Child care will be provided along with fun door prize raffles.

Hope to see you there!

PTA

Why Join the Parent Teacher Assoc. (PTA)?

The #1 reason to join the PTA is to benefit your child. The PTA funds a va-riety of programs designed for students and parents such as Trunk or Treating and May Day. The PTA also funds the school store, supports the golden egg student reward cart, pur-chases books for the li-brary and much more. PTA meetings give you an oppor-tunity to network with

other parents and teachers and demonstrate to your child the importance you place on education. Ready to join? Applications are on the parent table in the lobby.

Volunteers Needed

The PTA needs volunteers to continue providing fun activities you and your chil-dren enjoy. By volunteering with the PTA, you can use your skills for a good cause. Volunteers must be 21 years old and complete a brief volunteer application and video training.

May Day is just around the corner, to be held on April 26. The event will not be possible without your help. Your help is needed with planning, set-up and clean-up as well as various duties throughout the day. Volun-teer today...send an e-mail to sussexpta@live.com & stop by the office if you need volunteer training. Too busy to help? Ask your family members to pitch in!

Dates to Remember

February 12, 2013

PTA Meeting and Parent Technology Workshop

March 12, 2013

PTA Meeting and Parent Workshop

Have a resource you want to share?

E-mail Sharon Greason at sgreason@bcps.org.

Healthy Snacks

Make snack time fun and healthy! Check out the food link at www.parents.com to find the 20-best-snacks-for-kids,

ideas for healthy school lunches, how to sneak in more vegeta-bles and snack ideas for kids with aller-gies.

African American History Month

February is National African American History month. Visit http://www.history.com/topics/ black-history-month to access educational stories and videos.

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Web Resources

BCPL Offers Free Computer Classes

The Baltimore County Public Li-brary, Essex Branch, will be holding the following free com-puter classes:

Computer Know-How

(13 years old and up )

Learn basic computer skills.

Saturday - April 6, 2013 - 9:00 am

Introduction to the Internet

(13 years old and up)

Learn basic Internet skills.

Saturday - April 13, 2013 - 9:00 am

Registration is required. Call (410) 887–0295 for more infor-mation.

Saturday Science Academy at Morgan State University for

K-12 Students

The Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace

Academy (SEMAA), headquar-tered at Morgan State Univer-sity, is offering a FREE math and science enrichment program for K-12 students in Baltimore County schools.

Classes will meet from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays in the Science Complex. For more in-formation about this free pro-gram or to register, go to www.morgan.edu and search for SEMAA or call the SEMAA Of-fice at (443) 885-3304/3307.

Parenting Education Classes FREE to County Residents

The Baltimore County Depart-ment of Health offers parenting education assistance to all Balti-more County residents. The goal of the program is to pro-vide more ways for parents to improve communication, build stronger personal commitments, and strengthen bonds among family members.

"Active Parenting Now" will be

held at the Rosedale Library lo-cated at 6105 Kenwood Avenue. This is a six-week class that meets on Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning March 7, 2013. Interested? Register today by contacting Gail Boone at (410) 887-3828.

Free Tutoring Program at Morgan State University

Are you looking for tutoring for your child? Morgan State Uni-versity has developed a free weekend tutoring program for children in grades K-8. It will begin Saturday, February 9, and end on Sunday, May 5. Regis-tration applications can be found on the parent table in the lobby. The appli-

Community Resources

Community flyers can be found on the parent table outside the gym in the lobby.

February 2013

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