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Western Salisbury Neighborhood Column

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 by DIANE ROBERTS TATUM Special to The Press in Columns

Getting ready for school; bus cards should arrive this week

I hope you had an opportunity to partake in all that summertime has to offer the pools, the community events, vacation, outdoor activities, outdoor movies, Musikfest, various fairs including the upcoming Great Allentown Fair. Because, do I dare say it, school is starting next week.

Parent letters, bus schedules and other pertinent information should arrive to homes this week. Superintendent and principal letters are posted on the website as well.

Parents of students in grades six through 12 are encouraged to visit, TL2014 to get information on the laptop program and download the appropriate forms which must be signed and returned to the school.

Students attending middle school in the fall can also visit the district website for a list of needed school supplies.

Western Salisbury Elementary School will welcome new families 9:30 to 11 a.m. Aug. 15.

The school board will hold their regular meeting 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at the administration building.

There is a student laptop orientation for middle and high school students new to the district 10 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 23 at the high school. Please respond to Mary Bishop at 610-797-2061 by Aug. 21 to ensure a laptop is ready for your student.

Monday, Aug. 27 will be school orientation for new students (kindergarten, first, sixth and ninth); all students will report for their first day of classes Aug. 28. All students will have school in the Salisbury School District Aug. 28, 29 and 30.

The schools will be closed Aug. 31 until Labor Day Monday. Labor Day is the final holiday of the summer season and all students and faculty return Sept. 4 for the 2012-2013 school year.

Fall sports began this week.

As soon as school is back in session, open houses will be held. Salisbury Middle School will host their open house 6:45 to 9 p.m. Sept. 11 and Salisbury High School will hold their open house 6:45 to 9 p.m. Sept. 13.

The two elementary schools will have their open houses 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 12 for grades three to five and 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 10 for parents of kindergarten through second grade students. Parents are asked to not bring their children to the open houses as the information is for parents only. For more information, go to

Salisbury varsity swimming welcomes their new head coach Jason Reinhard. Coach Jason will be replacing Ryan Humes who has moved out of the area. Varsity swimming is a winter sport. More information about the season can be found on the team's WIKI page, by speaking to a swim team booster member or a member of the team.

Did you watch the Summer Olympics? It was fascinating to view the amazing athleticism. Not only was I very proud of the USA swimmers but all the athletes, as usual. My family specifically enjoyed watching the women's beach volleyball, the gymnastics and the track teams.

Have you read any good books over the summer? I borrowed the Hunger Games trilogy from a friend. I liked the first book but enjoyed the second book much more. I am about to read the third, and cannot wait to watch the DVD that comes out this Saturday.

Speaking of movies, did you get to see a good movie this summer? Early on we traveled to Becky's Drive-In to watch Men In Black 3 with some friends and their families. It was a very good third movie of the blockbuster hits. My sons loved The Avengers and Batman. They have yet to see the new Spiderman movie.

Did you visit any local farmers, farmers markets or grow your own fruits, vegetables and herbs? I love fresh herbs topped on veggies from the garden. Food seems healthier and tastes better in the summer.

Remember, the Allentown Farmers Market will be closed during the Great Allentown Fair; however, the Emmaus Farmers Market remains open.

I welcome everyone to the new school year and wish, like most of you, that summer lasted longer then these quickly spun weeks.

So as we bid farewell to the beautiful sunshine, relaxing weekends, longer days and starry nights, I leave you with this quote from Henry David Thoreau.

"I pray that the life of this spring and summer may ever lie fair in my memory."