BCPS school libraries offer summer hours, activities

baltimore-county-public-schools-bcpsNOTTINGHAM, MD — School is out for summer (mostly), but many Baltimore County public school libraries are still in.

This year, several local Baltimore County Public Schools elementary school libraries are offering special summer hours during which students can check out books, write stories, use computers, and engage in makerspace and other activities.

Here are summer hours at BCPS school libraries on the Nottingham area (please contact the schools for more information).

Essex Elementary School, 100 Mace Ave., 21221
Tuesday, July 3, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Glenmar Elementary School, 9700 Community Dr., 21220
Tuesday, July 10, from 1 – 3 p.m.
Thursday, July 12, from 1 – 3 p.m.
Tuesday, July 17, from 1 – 3 p.m.

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Halstead Academy, 1111 Halstead Rd., 21234
Friday, June 29, from 9 – 11 a.m.
Tuesday, July 31, from 9 – 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 14, from 9 – 11 a.m.

Joppa View Elementary School, 8727 Honeygo Blvd., 21128
Wednesday, June 27, from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Friday, June 29, from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Martin Boulevard Elementary School, 210 Riverton Rd., 21220
Thursday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Seneca Elementary School, 545 Carrollwood Road, 21220
Thursday, July 5, from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 19, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 2, from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Vincent Farm Elementary School, 6019 Ebenezer Rd., 21162
Wednesday, June 27, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Wednesday, July 25, from 1 – 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 15, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Vehicle registered to sex offender spotted outside White Marsh elementary school

Vincent Farm Elementary SchoolUPDATE: Officials have issued a follow-up statement indicating that the vehicle in question did NOT belong to a registered sex offender…

“Dear Parents and Guardians,

This is Principal Bender calling from Vincent Farm Elementary School.

Earlier this afternoon, parents were notified of an investigation into a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot at Vincent Farm Elementary School. It was initially believed that the owner of the vehicle was on the sex offender registry. Through their investigation, Baltimore County Police have determined that the vehicle owner is not on the sex offender registry. Baltimore County Police continue to investigate this incident and if more information becomes available, it will be shared with you.

The safety and security of students and staff is a top priority of Vincent Farm Elementary School and the Baltimore County Public Schools. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at 410-887-2983.

As always, thank you for your continued support of your student and of Vincent Farm Elementary School.

Thank you.”

Original story below…

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Police are investigating after a vehicle registered to a sex offender was spotted outside a White Marsh elementary school on Friday.

The message below was sent to Vincent Farm Elementary School parents and families regarding the suspicious vehicle in the school parking lot.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This is Principal Bender calling from Vincent Farm Elementary School.

Earlier today, a suspicious vehicle was identified in the parking lot at Vincent Farm Elementary School. Out of an abundance of caution, students and staff who were outside in the area were brought into the building while an investigation took place. At that time, the vehicle left school property and Baltimore County Police were immediately notified. In coordination with Baltimore County Police, the owner of the vehicle has been identified as a person listed on the sex offender registry. Baltimore County Police are actively investigating and as more information becomes available, it will be shared with you.

The safety and security of students and staff is a top priority of Vincent Farm Elementary School and the Baltimore County Public Schools. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at 410-887-2983.

As always, thank you for your continued support of your student and of Vincent Farm Elementary School.

Thank you.


Proposed boundary hearing scheduled for new Northeast Elementary School

BCPS Boundary Change Perry Hall 2018As NottinghamMD first reported earlier this month, the Baltimore County Board of Education will hold a public hearing to seek input concerning proposed boundary lines for the new Northeast Elementary School on Joppa Road.

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The hearing will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. at Perry Hall Middle School, 4300 Ebenezer Road, Baltimore, Maryland, 21236.

In the event of inclement weather, the hearing will be moved to February 22, 2018.

Sign-up for persons wishing to speak at the hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the day of the hearing. Each speaker will be allotted three minutes and is welcome to bring a written copy of any remarks or to provide any remarks to the Board by e-mail at boepublichearing@bcps.org.

The Board is expected to approve the proposed boundary on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.


BCPS to hold public boundary study hearing in Perry Hall

BCPS Boundary Change Perry Hall 2018Could it be time for the boundaries for public elementary schools in northeastern Baltimore County to change?

On Monday, the Board of Education of Baltimore County will receive, for consideration and approval, a report from the Northeast Area Elementary Community Boundary Study Committee recommending boundary changes to schools in the region to help relieve overcrowding.

The recommendation, known as “Option C,” includes Carney, Chapel Hill, Gunpowder, Joppa View, Kingsville, Oakleigh, Perry Hall, Seven Oaks, and Vincent Farm elementary schools.

The Board public hearing on the recommended boundary change is scheduled for Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at Perry Hall Middle School at 6:30 p.m.

Perry Hall Middle School is located at 4300 Ebenezer Road (21236).

The Board will vote on the recommendation at its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

See the full study recommendation by clicking here.

Public meeting to be held to discuss new Northeast-area elementary school boundary options

baltimore-county-public-schools-bcpsThe committee charged with considering boundary change options for the new Northeast-area elementary school community will host a public information session to share options for revised attendance boundaries.

Meeting attendees will learn about the boundary change process, review data used to develop the options, and speak directly to committee members. The options for revised attendance areas will be shared online, and all members of the public are invited to participate in an online survey.

The online survey will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, and end at midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017.

The public input meeting will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Perry Hall High School, located at 4601 Ebenezer Road in Perry Hall.

The Northeast Area community boundary review/change process involves the following elementary schools: Carney, Chapel Hill, Gunpowder, Joppa View, Kingsville, Oakleigh, Perry Hall, Seven Oaks, and Vincent Farm.

With the support of the Board of Education of Baltimore County, Baltimore County government, and the state delegation, Baltimore County Public Schools is in the midst of a $1.3 billion capital plan, Schools for Our Future. This initiative will add seats to address increasing enrollment and improve existing facilities.

The construction of a new Northeast-area elementary school is underway, and the school is scheduled to open in September 2018. Since Sept. 6, 2017, a committee of parents, community members, school officials, and representatives of the new Northeast area elementary school community has reviewed a variety of boundary options.

The committee will use input from the public information session and from the online survey to help make a boundary change recommendation to the Board of Education on Feb. 6, 2018.