Around Funkstown

April 05, 2006

Windy start

And a happy April to all! I suppose March does not have the market cornered on windy weather. So if you have a kite ... I guess you should string it up and give it a fly.

Busy week ahead

What a busy week or so ahead of us. A few quick reminders ... picture day is tomorrow at the elementary school. So don those bright smiles, those slicked-down hairdos, and those pretty- as-a-picture outfits and say cheese!

Today is the prekindergarten and kindergarten registration at the school; please bring the appropriate paper- work and get those wee ones signed up.


Walk-a-thon planned

Doesn't weather such as this make you want to take a walk? I know it sure does for me. There are so many benefits from walking, but we need to add one to the list - the PTA at Funkstown Elementary School is sponsoring its fourth annual walk-a-thon a week from today from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Teachers and students will walk a 1-mile trek around the perimeter of the school's property. Family members are invited to join in the walk or simply cheer from the sidelines. Students are asked to gather pledges from family members, neighbors, friends and other fun folks. The money raised will go directly to the PTA to sponsor such activites as field trips, classroom magazines, books for the school, Dragon Home books, assemblies and other special events, attendance incentives, classroom materials, fun nights at the schools and a myriad of other good worthwhile activities. We would like to see 100 percent participation. Parents need to fill out the permission slip for their child to participate. Prizes will be awarded to the top classroom and top three fundraisers. Make sure to dress your child appropriately and come on over and take a walk with us!

Spring break

After all that walking, a break is much in order. Spring break starts a week from tomorrow. Coinciding with the Easter holiday, students get five days in a row off. What tremendous fun! Let's hope the weather gives us some great opportunities to get out and enjoy the break in our routines!

Basket bingo

Easter makes me think of a few things ... eggs ... hats ... bunnies ... and baskets!

The Pythian Sisters are having a basket bingo on April 30, at the Moose Club in Funkstown. The cost is $20 and that gets you 20 games plus five specials. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m., with bingo beginning at 1 p.m. Food will be available. All baskets will be filled (with delightful goodies) and the proceeds will benefit ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). For tickets, please call Jean Hanna at 301-733-1846 or Janet Bowen at 301-582-2520.

Outdoor School

Hi-ho, Hi-Ho it's off to Outdoor School we go. Fifth- graders at Emma K. Doub are roughing it this week at Outdoor School. On Friday, they will return home with loads of dirty laundry, a mountain of memories and exhausted bodies. Say a special prayer this week for those away from their families. And come Friday, be sure to welcome them home!

Food for the soul

"It's easier to do a job right, than to explain why you didn't."

Susie's to do list

1.) Get the dog to the groomers.

2.) Start making Easter plans with the families.

3.) Look up some fun ways to celebrate Easter that reach a tad further than the traditional.

4.) Get pledges for the walk-a-thon.

5.) Clean out the trunks of the cars.

6.) Put forth 100 percent effort, and leave no regrets.

Great big thanks to the PTA and parents volunteers as well as teachers who made Family Math night at Funkstown elementary school a huge sucess. The Home school connection p[rovided the school with a number of challenging yet fun games to promote math skills and I knwo that we had a blast.

There are those who really make a differance. Many thanks to the following who agrred to run for the offices of the PTA for next school year. They are as follows: Sharon Mattingly, Rita Wolfe, Jennifer Tallant, and Sarah Domer. You ladies do such a great service to our youth and thier school. Thank you so much for your time and dedication.

Grand parents day is coming up at the end of the month. April 28th is the date so mark your calnders now. Inofrmation will be coming home with your child and I will give you some more details as the date approcahes, but for now, give your child's grandparents a call and askt hem to keep that day free.

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