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Support Lunch Out of Landfills!

This fall, Mountainside Education and Enrichment (MEE) and Frederick County Rotary Clubs are rolling out the Lunch Out of Landfills! initiative in 14 Frederick County Schools. They need volunteers to help make this school lunch waste sorting and composting program a success.

Several Frederick County schools, including Urbana Elementary at Sugarloaf and Urbana High School, have demonstrated that 83 to 88 percent of lunch waste weight can be diverted from landfills by waste sorting, composting and recycling.

On Thursday, Aug. 8, 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Urbana Elementary at Sugarloaf, you can learn about the Lunch Out of Landfills! initiative.

Come for a program orientation conducted by MEE and the Frederick County Office of Recycling. Prospective volunteers, teachers, school administrators, PTA participants and interested students can learn how to guide students on proper recycling and waste sorting for the two weeks following the Lunch Out of Landfills! roll-out in each school. For updates, visit www.facebook.com/MEEgreen.org.

Photo | Submitted Urbana dance students Haley and Taylor DeGirolamo were winners at the Believe National Talent Competition.

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Urbana dance students Haley and Taylor DeGirolamo were winners at the Believe National Talent Competition.

Urbana Dance Students Excel at National Competition

Haley and Taylor DeGirolamo, students at Urbana Dance and Performing Arts, became Believe National Talent Competition champions on July 2 in Ocean City for their duet performance, “I Will Wait.” Haley DeGirolamo also placed seventh overall for her lyrical solo, “I Will Be,” and Taylor DeGirolamo placed fourth overall for her open solo, “Silence.”

Storybook Celebrities Visit Kiddie Academy

Kiddie Academy, located in Landon Crossing, hosted Curious George and Pinkalicious on Saturday, July 13 for a fun day of activities for families in Urbana.

Carol Moody, director of operations, said, “Kids loved it, loved it, loved it!” She noted that about 40 families visited the school, most of whom were new to the school.

Photo | Submitted Curious George visited with children at Kiddie Academy’s Curious George Storytime Live on July 13.

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Curious George visited with children at Kiddie Academy’s Curious George Storytime Live on July 13.

“The children enjoyed storytime, making wands, and playing on the soccer field outside,” she said. After reading “Pinkalicious Soccer Star,” children created wands. In another classroom, children enjoyed a reading of “Curious George Goes Camping” and then explored an indoor tent.

Kiddie Academy opened in fall 2018 and has seen robust enrollment. They currently have 23 teachers. “We hired two more teachers this week,” Moody said. “We’re growing and ramping up for fall enrollment.”

Kiddie Academy focuses on developmentally appropriate curriculum that includes character education, STEM development, and health and fitness. Moody said what’s important is that the children are being educated while having fun. On Saturday, Curious George and Pinkalicious helped see to that.

—Kari A. Martindale

Fall Sports Begin Aug. 14

Fall sports registration for high school students is open now at www.fcps.org/athletics. Student physical exams cover one school year only. To participate in fall sports, students must submit verification of a medical examination that occurred on or after April 1, 2019.

Next Steps in LOU Redistricting

Superintendent Theresa Alban will present Linganore-Oakdale-Urbana (LOU) redistricting recommendations to the Board of Education on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 6 p.m. at 191 S. East St. Frederick. Public hearings will follow on these dates:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 17, 7 to 9 p.m. at Urbana High School
  • Thursday, Sept. 19, 7 to 9 p.m. at Linganore High School
  • Tuesday, Sept. 24, 7 to 9 p.m. at Oakdale High School

The Board is expected to reach a final decision in October. Visit www.fcps.org/facilities/linganore-oakdale-urbana-area-redistricting-study for the latest community feedback survey results.

School Start Around the Corner

Teachers report back to work on Friday, Aug. 23 to prepare for the opening day of school for students on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Frederick County public schools will open their doors to more than 42,000 students this school year.

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