If your second- or third-grader is excited about science, now's the time to get them registered for the 2009 Bresnahan Elementary School Science Fair, scheduled for Thursday, April 2. The PTO-sponsored event encourages students to undertake a scientific project of their choosing, then in a question-and-answer format provide their answer by using the Scientific Method. It's that simple.
This year's voluntary fair will be at the Bresnahan School, and due to space limitations will be limited to the first 150 participants. Registration closes Feb. 6 or when a maximum of 150 registrations have been received. After the 150 limit is reached, entrants will have to partner with a previously registered student in order to participate. Parents can register online at www.newburyport.k12.ma/bresnahan.
The next meeting of the Newburyport High School Parent Alliance will be held Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. at the high school. Parents are welcome to come hear school counselor Mike Nesson speak about adolescent development and various issues typical of this life stage. Ask questions and seek additional information by contacting Melinda Crossman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There may be 2 feet of snow on the ground, but if you're interested in finding the perfect summer camp for your children, now's the time to start thinking about summer vacation. A great opportunity to find information on all that's offered in our area is coming up on Saturday, Feb. 7, when the 21st "SummerScape" camp fair is held on the campus of Glen Urquhart School in Beverly. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Braemar building, 70 camps from all over New England will be on hand to share information about their programs.
The event is free and open to the public. Glen Urquhart School is at 74 Hart St., Beverly Farms — one mile from Exit 17 off Route 128.
Children in grades 2, 3 and 4 don't have to be bored during February vacation. Newburyport Youth Services is offering a Young LEGO February Vacation program, featuring a four-day Lego Engineers club that helps children construct a variety of motorized machines, including cars, cranes and other vehicles.
Kevin Husson will provide instruction from Tuesday to Friday, Feb. 17 to 20, from 9 a.m. to noon for a cost of $80.
Husson will also work with students interested in a more advanced Lego Robotics Club for fourth- through sixth-grade students, which provides opportunity to construct robots using the NXT and RCX versions of LEGO Mindstorms. Many new projects have been added since the summer. The program takes place from Tuesday to Friday, Feb. 17 to 20, from 12:15 to 3:15 p.m. The cost is $80 to participate.
If you're interested in enrolling your kindergarten-aged child at the Brown School, registration will be held Feb. 5 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Parents with questions about school procedures and curriculum are welcome to attend an informational Brown School Annual Community Coffee Hour on Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
The event is a great opportunity for parents to meet with the school principal, Margo Perriello; the special needs coordinator, Maureen Merta; and the Community Partnerships for Children coordinator, Marion Rizzo. And it's a great opportunity to meet other parents with children of the same age.
Want to help out your elementary school PTO? Consider sending a candy gram to someone special this Valentine's Day. The assortment of candy plus a personalized message costs $5, with all proceeds going to pay for programs that directly benefit students of all three Newburyport elementary schools. Orders may be passed in to the Molin, Bresnahan or Brown school offices or to your child's teacher, but must be submitted by the deadline of Feb. 6. Candy gram deliveries will be made on Feb. 13.
Lynne Hendricks covers Newburyport schools for The Daily News. She can be reached at email@example.com.