Western Salisbury column Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year
By: DIANE ROBERTS-TATUM
Special to The Press
Today, my son, Sam returned to college, his junior year. It seems like he just entered kindergarten with his buddy, Peter Cialkowski who is now in his junior year at the United States Air Force Academy.
As you read this, school will be in session for its second full day for all students. For a complete list of activities, news, and sports schedules, follow www.stsd.org.
Did your junior get their driver's permit this summer? Beware of all the new drivers on the road and always take extra caution with students and school buses traveling through our neighborhoods.
Juniors have an exciting and busy year as they prepare for the PSATs in the fall, SATs in the spring and an important academic and athletic year.
Seniors are completing their senior photos, taking ACTs in September and SATs in October as well as finishing their college applications. Others are still amazed their "baby" is entering college or high school or even middle school.
Although school has begun, Labor Day is next weekend. I am currently writing this while sitting in my freshly landscaped yard while my newly stained deck continues to dry. I look around and just enjoy the beauty of the sun, the blooming garden and the warm August breeze.
As many of you know, I love the summer but it is not just my quest for heat and swimming pools but I adore the long days. Sunlight is such an important part of our lives that it is so missed in the winter months. It is why I have never been a fan of Labor Day; it is the beginning to the end of our long days of light. So take advantage of this weather while we can still enjoy the sun.
The Great Allentown Fair opens this week.
Trident Swim and Tennis Club remains open until Sept. 9. Trident welcomes a new manager, Jim Hersh. The pool has reduced hours so check their website at www.tridentswimtennis.com to confirm when the club is open.
Salisbury Township School District will be closed Aug. 31 until Labor Day. All students return Sept. 4.
STSD will begin their open houses for parents the week of Sept. 10.
Salisbury Middle School will have portrait day Sept. 18 and Salisbury High School Sept. 19. Dress nicely and smile!
There will be a 1 p.m. early dismissal Sept. 21 for the elementary school students.
To view a sports schedule, go to http://schedules.schedulestar.com. You can view by day, week or season. You can view all sports or a particular sport and any team. Labor Day is an United States federal holiday that began Sept. 5, 1882 when the Central Labor Union of New York requested a day off for the working citizens.
In the 19th century, Labor Day was celebrated with great fanfare including city parades and community picnics.
This day has also become the official kick-off of political campaigns. Welcome to the 2012 political season, with this year including a presidential election. Did I mention I turned off my home telephone service? Some cynics may believe it is because I wanted to avoid all the political phone calls!
Labor Day, for many, is the end of the summer; a weekend to enjoy the beach, picnics, or a popular resort typically over-crowded with people also trying to soak in the final three day summer weekend. However summer does not officially end until the autumn solstice Sept. 22. So keep enjoying your sunshine until the beauty of autumn begins.
Rosh Hashanah starts Sept. 16. According to Chabad.org, The festival of Rosh Hashanah (the name means "Head of the Year") "is observed for two days beginning on 1 Tishrei, the first day of the Jewish year. It is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, and their first actions toward the realization of mankind's role in God's world."
The Jewish holiday ends Sept. 18.