Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008

Area schools to hold annual fundraising mulch sales

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Several area high schools are holding annual mulch sales.

The Albert Einstein Booster Club’s hardwood mulch sale is in its final weeks. This year’s profits will help remodel the school’s gym. Orders should be sent in by March 1, for delivery or pick up on March 8. Price is $4 per bag or $3.50 for pickup. The order form is on the Einstein Web site at: http:⁄⁄⁄uploadedFiles⁄schools⁄einsteinhs⁄parents⁄MulchSale2008.pdf.

Mail orders and checks to AEHS Booster Club, c⁄o 1112 Woodside Pkwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Montgomery Blair High School’s mulch sale is taking place March 8 to 15. Three-cubic-foot bags of Dennison shredded hardwood will cost $3.75 if ordered and paid for by Feb. 29. Otherwise, for delivery within five miles of Blair, each bag will cost $4 and outside that radius, each bag will cost $4.25. For more info, contact Jimmy Short at 301-649-2808

The Springbrook Booster Club’s mulch sale will be held April 5 at White Oak Middle School. High-grade shredded hardwood mulch will be sold for $4 pick-up or $4.25 delivered (delivery for Northeast Consortium only, 10-bag minimum). All proceeds to benefit Springbrook athletics. An order form can be found at http:⁄⁄⁄boosters⁄index.html.

James Hubert Blake High School will hold its mulch sale 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 17.

Grant pays for Georgian Forest ES aquarium trip

Nsombi Davis, a teacher at Georgian Forest Elementary School in Silver Spring, recently received a $1,000 grant from the Target Field Trip Program to pay for charter buses to take first- and second-grade students to the aquarium.

The Target field Trip Grant program distributes 1,600 grants each year to teachers that apply nationwide. The application process requires a description of the field trip and its objectives, benefits to the students, connection to curriculum, number of students involved, cost of transportation, fees, supplies and equipment.⁄teachers will have applications for 2008⁄2009 Target Filed Trip Grants Program beginning in September 2008.

Einstein student given jazz honors

Elijah Balbed, a senior at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington, was named outstanding jazz soloist Dec. 8 at the Montgomery County Public Schools Jazz Festival. He also represented Einstein and MCPS at the All-State Jazz Ensemble held in Baltimore Jan. 25 and 26.

St. John’s students to enter American Math Competition

Silver Spring and Burtonsville students at St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C., were scheduled to participate on Tuesday in the American Math Competition.

Two tests will be administered for the contest, including multiple choice questions and a 75-minute test containing problems that can be solved with pre-calculus concepts. High scoring students will have the opportunity to qualify for the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad. Awards are given to the top scoring student at the school and students who score in the top 1 percent.

Seniors Gery Brownholtz and Teresa Yao; juniors Haley Crock and Kelsey Sullivan; sophomores Victor Pomary and Patricia Timi; and freshman Yacob Yonas are eastern Montgomery County residents who will be part of the competition.

Students competein Brain Bee

Several local students competed Feb. 6 in the National Capital Area Brain Bee, a live question-and-answer contest that tests students’ grasp of neuroscience, in Washington, D.C.

Michael Hsu of Montgomery Blair High School won third place. Other participants included Hareesh Ganesan of Montgomery Blair and Nicholas Schmedding and Menal Modha, seniors at Paint Branch High School.

‘Little Shop of Horrors’at Northwood

Northwood High School’s production of ‘‘Little Shop of Horrors” will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the school, 919 University Blvd. W., Silver Spring. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Call 301-649-8088.

Little Shop of Horrors is a 1982 musical by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman. It tells the story of a flower shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on humans.

Events at Calvary Lutheran

Calvary Lutheran School students will participate in a Black History Month Trivia Jeopardy Game with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 21 at the auditorium at NOAA at 1325 East West Highway, Silver Spring. This is the second year that Calvary students have entered this event.

On Feb. 29 Calvary Lutheran School will end its studies for Black History Month with ‘‘Movin’ to Motown” at 2 p.m at the school, 9545 Georgia Ave.

For more information call 301-589-4001, ext. 201 or visit

Calvary Lutheran to host silent auction

The Parent Teacher Council of Calvary Lutheran School will host a silent auction and Hawaiian party 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 8 in the Fellowship Hall, located in the basement of the church and school building at 9545 Georgia Ave. Admission tickets for adults may be purchased in advance for $10, or at the door for $1. Proceeds will benefit the school by raising funds for items not included in the regular budget. For more information or to buy tickets in advance, call Donna Clark at 301-589-4001, ext. 202.

Lecture on parentingat Springbrook

Kay Kosak Abrams will speak on the importance of parenting according to a child’s needs and how to exert authority without arguing 7 p.m. Tuesday in the media center at Springbrook High School, 201 Valley Brook Drive, Silver Spring. All are invited.

Valentine Bingoat Jackson Road ES

Valentine Bingo will be held 6:30 p.m. Friday at Jackson Road Elementary School, 900 Jackson Road, Silver Spring. This is a family-friendly school fundraiser. Light dinner fare will be available for purchase. Call 301-989-9650.

Good Counsel High School to present ‘‘Forum”

Good Counsel High School will present ‘‘A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Feb. 22 and 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 23 at Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney.

Tickets will be sold at the door and are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Call 240-283-3200.

Pizza sale to benefit Springbrook music students

The Springbrook High School instrumental music students are selling Joe Corbi pizza kits to defray the cost of a trip in April to the Chicago Band and Orchestra festival. The sale lasts until Feb. 22. To place an order, e-mail Tammy Ripley at

Marine jazz band to perform for Springbrook students

A performance clinic and lecture featuring the United States Marine Band Jazz Combo will be held March 5 at Springbrook High School for music students.

Entrepreneur contesttaking applications

Junior Achievement of the National Capital Area is accepting applications for the Fifth Annual Youth Entrepreneur of the Year award until April. The competition is open to any student in the 9th through 12th grade who has started and is running his or her own business.

The winner will be recognized at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards banquet on June 19 and will also receive a $1,000 scholarship and an opportunity to meet many of the region’s top business leaders.

To learn more and download an application, visit or contact David Bing, Manager of Research & Evaluation at 202-777-4475 or

‘Swing into Spring’at Springbrook

Springbrook High School will hold its seventh annual ‘‘Swing into Spring” dinner-dance 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 8. The event is sponsored by the school’s music booster club. Proceeds benefit Springbrook’s music program.

Local singer⁄songwriter Patty Reese, a Washington Area Music Award winner and Springbrook graduate, will perform. Members of the Springbrook Instrumental Music Program will serve dinner with music provided by the school’s string ensemble, followed by a performance by the school’s jazz band. Attendees can participate in a silent auction and free dance lesson.

Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased through the Springbrook High School Instrumental Music Department at 301-989-6062. Reservations must be made by March 1.

The event will be held in the Brook Café at the school, 201 Valley Brook Drive in Silver Spring.

Create a short story

Maryland Public Television invites kindergarten through third-graders to create and illustrate a short story for the 14th annual PBS ‘‘Reading Rainbow” writing contest.

The contest runs through March 21. Entry forms and contest information are available at⁄FamilyCommunity⁄

For more contest information, call 410-581-4246.

MPT will award prizes to the top three winners in each grade level and four winners will advance to the national competition.

Reading Rainbow airs at 2 p.m. weekdays on Maryland Public Television.

For more information on Maryland Public Television, visit

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