St. Mary's Co. Public Schools News Briefs

St. Mary's County School Health Council to meet

A general meeting of the School Health Council will be held on Monday, November 25, 2013 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the St. Mary's County Public Schools Central Administration Building located on Moakley Street in Leonardtown, Maryland in the Board of Education Meeting Room.

The School Health Council functions as an advisory group to the Board of Education and is organized around the Centers for Disease Control's Coordinated School Health model which consists of eight components:

-- Nutrition Services

-- Health Education

-- Physical Education and Activity

-- Healthy and Safe School Environment

-- Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services

-- Health Services

-- Family/Community Involvement

-- Employee Wellness

The meeting is open to all interested parties and representation from all school worksites and departments, as well as from parent(s)/guardian(s) and community agencies, is encouraged. This meeting will initially focus on an overview of the Council's purpose, followed by reports from school sites and community agencies, and the identification of future goals and initiatives. Updates on the system's Wellness Policy and the inclusion of wellness goals in school improvement plans will be provided. Anyone wishing to have an additional item placed on the agenda should e-mail it to prior to the meeting.

Additional meetings are scheduled for February and May 2014.

Forrest Center hosting annual breakfast with Santa

Join the students and staff of the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center for their annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 14, 2013, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., at the school site across from the St. Mary's County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown. Santa will make his grand entrance at 8:30 a.m.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by the Forrest Center's Culinary Arts students. Admission to this event, which includes breakfast, is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 4 - 12. An omelet bar is available for an additional $2.

Santa's Workshop will be available for children to purchase small gifts (under $10). Forrest Center students will assist children. Gifts will be wrapped for the children.

Don't forget to get a photo of your child letting Santa know their holiday wishes. If you forget your camera, don't worry because students from the Forrest Center's Graphic Communications program will photograph your child with Santa for $5.

The Forrest Center's SkillsUSA chapter is hosting a Food Drive to benefit the Southern Maryland Food Bank. The students are asking everyone attending Breakfast with Santa to consider donating non-perishable food items or money to help the Food Bank as they help support those less fortunate this holiday season.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the holiday, enjoy some home cooking, and take advantage of the many holiday offerings the Forrest Center has for you. There are a variety of activities for children of all ages.

Proceeds will benefit the Forrest Center's student programs and SkillsUSA chapter. The event may be recorded and presented on SMCPS Channel 96, the school system's cable channel, and the Internet. For more information, contact the Forrest Center at 301-475-0242.

Middle school spelling bee

The Thirty-Sixth Annual St. Mary's County Middle School Spelling Bee will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2014, 6:00 p.m., at Leonardtown High School.

Students from the public middle schools, parochial schools, and private schools will compete for the opportunity to advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee later this year.

The St. Mary's County Middle School Spelling Bee, sponsored by The Enterprise newspaper, the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO), Chaney Enterprises, and the College of Southern Maryland (CSM), is open to the public. For more details, call Mrs. Michelle Gallant-Wall, Supervisor of Instruction for English Language Arts, at 301-475-5511, ext. 32119.

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