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 …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Let's see your first day of school photos.
We love getting out to events to snap shots of the community, but we also love it when you guys send us your pictures. So we want to see your pictures from the first day of school in Takoma Park. Upload the photos directly to the story here or email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll upload them for you.
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 …
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 …
MCPS Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr joined school officials from Prince George's County, Fairfax County, Washington, DC, and Alexandria City to talk schools Tuesday morning.
- BACK TO SCHOOL
- Greg Cohen
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
It was quite the crowd Tuesday morning as officials from five Washington, DC-area school districts joined WTOP to discuss teacher shortage, citizenship and homework as part of the radio station's "Ask the Superintendent" show. Among the officials was Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr, who was joined by Fairfax County School Superintendent Jack Dale, D.C. School Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Prince George's County School Board Chair Verjeana Jacobs, according to the report. Alexandria City School Superintendent Morton Sherman joined the discussion via telephone. Starr's comments on MCPS during the WTOP interview included: Also noted was that every Montgomery County school has a librarian. To read the full …
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 …
Friday, August 3, 2012
Should the state pass stricter requirements when it comes to regulating and treating student athlete concussions?
Sports practices for public schools in Prince George's and Montgomery counties start up soon—but new state regulations may mean changes for athletes and coaches. The state school board passed new requirements last week that say athletic coaches in Maryland must be trained in identifying serious head injuries, The Baltimore Sun reports. Thomas Hearn, a Montgomery County parent, spoke to the state school board in May after his son sustained a concussion, and pushed for members to consider limiting the number of contact practices in a week, The Sun reported. Hearn also plans to continue pursuing even stricter requirements than those passed by the state from Montgomery County’s school board, according to The Sun. Earl Hawkins, the director …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Tips from local moms on kid-friendly, healthy and easy school lunches.
School is about to start, and one big decision other than what the first-day outfit will be is whether or not your child will eat a packed lunch or buy lunch from school. The great thing about packing lunch is that you know what your kids will be eating, and you can cater the meal to their allergies and preferences. Patch spoke to some local moms—and Patch contributors—and came up with a few tips every family can use. How to get your kids excited about packing a lunch: Make a deal with your kids. Give them a certain amount of money each week and explain they can either buy school lunch with it, or save it and bring their lunch from home for free. — Lezlie Crosswhite, contributor One big thing kids seem to be into these days is bento box …