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TWOS in Town at Grace Preschool

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2020 was a strange year, I think we can all agree, but 2021 is looking up – especially at Grace Preschool! January has been a special month at Grace. We were thrilled to welcome our newest group of little learners to the building.

The Twos class spent the first four months of the school year participating in socially-distanced, outdoor, school-sponsored play dates. Tuesday and Thursday mornings provided a time for our youngest students to feel comfortable at Grace. We have thought long and hard about what it must have been like for these children. Nothing has been quite normal for them. Playdates did not happen, babysitters were not on call for Friday nights, and, for most of them, Mom and Dad were with them all of the time. 

Parents did not have a normal start to sending their child to Preschool, either. Most of them were not able to come into the building for tours, so we knew that it might be difficult to go from a constant connection to a quick drop off at Preschool.  Weekly playdates seemed to be the best way to ease the transition for our Twos, as well as their caregivers!

Tonight! Join The Park School of Baltimore for a Virtual Middle and Upper School Admission Drop-In Conversation

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The Park School of Baltimore
Middle and Upper School Admission Drop-in Conversation
Monday, December 28 • 7-8 p.m. (Tonight!)

Via Zoom, join a conversation with Associate Head of School Priscilla Morales, Middle School Principal Josh Wolf, Upper School Director of Admission Ruthie Kalvar ’85, Middle School Director of Admission Cheveé Taylor ’01, and other Park community members. Park’s Middle and Upper School application deadline for the 2021-22 academic year is January 1! Registration: www.parkschool.net/events2020

Baltimore Center Stage announces its 36th Annual Young Playwrights Festival will be virtual

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Image via Baltimore Center Stage’s Facebook page.

Baltimore Center Stage announced today its 36th Annual Young Playwrights Festival will take place virtually. This year’s program also includes free virtual residencies for multiple classrooms, an online residency that Maryland students can join, and an expansion of the types of work in the festival, in collaboration with DewMore Baltimore.

Join The Park School of Baltimore for a Virtual Middle and Upper School Admission Drop-in Conversation

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The Park School of Baltimore
Middle and Upper School Admission Drop-in Conversation
Monday, December 28 • 7-8 p.m.

Via Zoom, join a conversation with Associate Head of School Priscilla Morales, Middle School Principal Josh Wolf, Upper School Director of Admission Ruthie Kalvar ’85, Middle School Director of Admission Cheveé Taylor ’01, and other Park community members. Park’s Middle and Upper School application deadline for the 2021-22 academic year is January 1! Registration: www.parkschool.net/events2020

Celebree to open school in Glen Burnie in June 2021

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Celebree School is planning to open a new school in Glen Burnie’s Cromwell Business Park in June 2021, the early childhood education franchise announced Monday.

Friends School of Baltimore Announces the Blackburn Merit Award

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Friends School of Baltimore recently announced the creation of the Blackburn Merit Award. The merit award is made possible by generous donors who believe strongly in Friends’ mission to provide an extraordinary education for students of all genders. This award is named for Louisa Powell Blackburn, the first woman to hold the position as Head of School at Friends. Blackburn was responsible for founding the Nursery School, which is the forerunner of the current PrePrimary and Lower School.

Older children in Baltimore asked to take on child care, housework in pandemic

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Katherine Banegas-Bonilla, a high school student at Baltimore City College, has much more to do at home since classes went virtual. Photo by Megan Sayles for Capital News Service.

Capital News Service – A year ago, Katherine Banegas-Bonilla, 17, had to worry only about managing her classes at Baltimore City College, one of Baltimore’s top high schools. Now, the pandemic has forced her to be a short-order cook, housekeeper, laundry supervisor, tutor, translator, tech consultant, babysitter — actually, a third parent.

Most days, she’s fine with the work. It’s just how her life is these days.

Mercy High School Honors Distinguished Alumnae at Foundation Day Celebration

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Dynamic. Compassionate. Generous. Driven. These are apt descriptions of three Mercy High School alumnaeLaura Wontrop Klauser ’04, Dr. Kia Myrick McDaniel ’95, and Mary Agnes Myers Votta 68, P’10honored at the school’s Foundation Day ceremony earlier this month. Commemorating the establishment of the Sisters of Mercy on December 12, 1831, Foundation Day is observed annually by Mercy schools and other ministries around the worldIn that spirit, Mercy celebrated three outstanding women from among its more than 8,000 alumnae for their contributions to their alma mater, their professions, and the world.

Philanthropist Mackenzie Scott, ex-wife of Jeff Bezos, gives $40M to Morgan State University

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Photo courtesy of Morgan State University

Venture philanthropist and author Mackenzie Scott, ex-wife of Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, donated $40 million to Morgan State University, the largest single private donation in the university’s history.

Keeping the Holiday Magic Alive at Grace Preschool

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We’re all feeling it- the fatigue that comes with nine months of uncertainty due to COVID 19. With the holidays rapidly approaching, it’s easy to let the magic of the season slip away. 

The never ending feeling that you’re stuck in the movie, Groundhog Day, and the wish that everything would go back to normal- we’ve all felt it in one way or another.

The holidays don’t seem exactly the same, and finding ways to keep the celebrations alive has proven to be tricky.

There has been one surprising place that we’ve found the magic is still alive and well, full of sparkle, wonderment, creative energy, and celebration:

Grace Preschool Baltimore.

The faces entering the building each day- the giggles, the wide-eyed wonderment and excitement for what each day will hold, the anticipation of finishing that last gift to share with family members, and the never ending enthusiasm for Festive Fridays have helped to (as they say) “Make the season bright…”.

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