Open houses, visiting days, and coffee and conversation with school administrators are great ways for perspective families to get to know and narrow down Baltimore’s Private School options. But, for another perspective of the school why not visit when they are hosting an event? It’s a great way to observe the culture of the school when they are not expecting you. As you enjoy the event, watch how kids interact with each other. Who is “staffing” the event, parent, alumnae and student volunteers? Does the event showcase the curriculum or support the community?
The next few weeks are filled with festivals and 5k runs, and later in the semester you’ll have the opportunity to see the schools in action when they present theater productions and holiday bazaars. Following is a sample:
Mid-Autumn Festival at Garrison Forest
Garrison Forest School’s Confucius Classroom will celebrate its first-ever Mid-Autumn Festival on Saturday, September 29, 2012. This traditional festival, celebrated by most Asian countries and in parts of the U.S., is also known as “Reunion Festival”—a time for families and friends to come together to observe the moon, decorate parks with lanterns, enjoy light entertainment, and eat moon cakes.
The Mid-Autumn Festival begins at 6:30 PM in the Garrison Forest Amphitheater. Prizes will be awarded for the Most Creative Lantern (handmade) in Upper, Middle and Lower Division (Preschool-5th) age divisions. At dusk, the Yong Han Lion Dancers of Johns Hopkins University and the Han Pan Korean American Drum Troupe will lead the lantern parade of participants to Garland Theater for an evening of entertainment inspired by Asian culture, including: GFS’s 8th grade Mandarin class singing Little Jasmine Flower, 7th grade art and theater students performing Korean and Chinese folktales with shadow puppets they’ve created, and the Upper School Chamber Choir performing two songs.
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP required by emailing B.J. McElderry, Confucius Classroom Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spalding hosts Golf Tournament
Archbishop Spalding High School will host the sixth Annual Cavalier Open Golf Tournament at Queenstown Harbor Golf Course in Queenstown, Maryland on Thursday, September 27th. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with a shot-gun start at 9:00 a.m. This tournament will benefit Archbishop Spalding High School athletic programs. For more information or to register online, visit www.archbishopspalding.org.
16th Annual Blazer Dash 5K Run/Walk at NDP
Notre Dame Prep will hold the Annual Blazer Dash 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, September 30, on its Towson-area campus. Walk-in registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with the run/walk starting at 9 a.m. Proceeds from the 5K event will benefit NDP endowed funds and memorial tuition scholarships established at NDP.
To register, go to www.notredameprep.com and click on “Event Registration.” Awards will be given to the top male and female runners overall and in various age categories.
NDP’s Fall Festival Features Vendors, Wine Tasting
Vendors, children’s activities, magic acts, mascots, and a wine tasting are on tap for Notre Dame Preparatory School’s Fall Festival, to be held Saturday October 20, 2011, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Activities include: a visit from Poe, the Ravens mascot; Dave the Magician; wine tasting from Boordy Vineyards; moon bounces, an obstacle course, face painting, pumpkin painting, carnival games, prizes, art and food vendors. For more information about the day, go to www.notredameprep.com.
Key School 5K/10K and Family Fun Run
The Key School Parents’ Association will host its annual 5K/10K and Family Fun Run on Sunday, October 21, 2012. Runners will wind their way through the scenic community of Hillsmere Shores on paved roads, catching glimpses of the South River along this flat and fast route, certified for the first time by USATF (USA Track & Field).
Online registration is available at active.com or runners can sign up on the day of the race. Packet pick-up is from 8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. For additional information visit the race page on Key School’s website.
Friends School presents an evening with sexuality educator
Author and sexuality educator Deborah Roffman will be the guest speaker at Friends School on Monday, October 29, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm in the school’s Forbush Auditorium. Roffman will discuss her new book, Talk to Me First: Everything You Need to Know to Become Your Kids’ Go-To Person About Sex. The lecture is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7 pm. For more information, contact Barbara Buck at email@example.com.