Western Salisbury Column
September is halfway over already! The schools have been in session for two weeks; fall athletic games are underway and the summer is slipping by as a distant but wonderful memory. Already we are thinking about the autumn season, putting away the bright summer colors and transporting to the orange hues. One of my favorites this time of year are the beautiful changing colors on the trees and the return of apples, pears and pumpkins. What is not to love about pumpkin coffee, apple pie or a slice of pear topped with cheddar cheese? I hope you too can find something special about the upcoming fall season.
With school back in session, there are many new and inexperienced drivers on the road, going to and from school, as well as many young children walking to their bus stops or to school. Please take special caution - slow down - and do not ever pass a school bus when their lights are flashing.
PennDOT is asking all young drivers and parents alike to properly buckle your children. It is a state law that requires all passengers under the age of 18 to wear their seat belt. "Children under eight years old must be properly restrained. This is a primary law, which means police will pull you over, write a ticket and if convicted, you'll have to pay a fine." To learn about recommendations on child safety seats as well as the state's law for wearing seat belts over age 18, go to www.JustDrivePA.com. Remember their slogan, "Click It or Ticket."
The Salisbury Athletic Booster Club is hosting its annual Falcon clothing fundraiser. The deadline to order is Sept. 28. Order forms and photos of available merchandise can be found on the school's website at www.stsd.org. Your order form and check can be mailed to the athletic office at Salisbury High School, 500 E. Montgomery St., Allentown, 18103. For questions, contact SABC President Paula Ackerman.
The Salisbury schools begin their open house schedule this week. From 6:45 to 9 p.m. Sept. 11, Salisbury Middle School will hold their open house. Tell Susan Quigg, Sean Recke, Matt Tobias, Robert Cassidy and all of SMS that Diane says hello!
The elementary schools will conclude their open house for grades third through fifth 7 p.m. Sept. 12.
There will be an operations committee meeting at the administration building 7 p.m. Sept. 12.
A curriculum and technology committee meeting will be held 7 p.m Sept. 24.
Sept. 13 will be the final open house at SHS, 6:45 until 9 p.m.
Salisbury's Music Association will have a meeting at SMS 7 p.m. Sept. 18; they will meet in the library.
SMS will have their portrait day Sept. 18 and SHS will have their photos taken Sept. 19.
The Salisbury school board will hold their meeting in the administration building 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19.
Western Salisbury Elementary school will hold hearing tests for students in kindergarten through third grade during the day Sept. 20. Students in kindergarten will also have height, weight and vision screenings Sept. 20. Students in grades one through five will have their height, weight and vision screenings Sept. 26.
The WSE PTA will sponsor a pot luck dinner 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20.
Picture day for WSE students will be held Sept. 28. Volunteers are always needed to help the photographer.
There will be a 1 p.m. dismissal for elementary school students Sept. 21.
A presentation on GIEP development will be held 7 pm. Sept. 27. The PAGE organization will host this presentation in the SMS library. Kelly Wetherhold will facilitate an open discussion on gifted support, developments and current research. All are welcome, including children who are invited to work quietly during the meeting.
On Sept. 28, Salisbury will host their annual family football fun night for elementary school students at the SHS stadium. I remember fondly going to family fun night, seeing friends, watching the younger students run around, getting hot chocolate and hot dogs for them to enjoy while the stadium was filled with cheering high school students. Take your family and enjoy this fun evening while supporting our Falcons football team, cheerleaders and band.
And believe it or not, mid-marking for the first quarter is Sept. 28.
Looking for a great cause to support and something fun to do on Sept. 15? Join the Catherine Boulay Foundation 5K, being held in the Lehigh Parkway. The "Fight Like a Girl" race will begin 10:30 a.m. For more information, go to www.catherineboulayfoundation.org.
If you or a loved one has cancer, you may want to visit, www.journeythroughcancer.com.
Considering I work at Westfield Hospital, I would be remiss if I did not mention that September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. For information on how to better prepare yourself, your family and your home for any disaster or emergency, go to www. ready.gov. "Today is the day before...are you ready for tomorrow?"
Was anyone really prepared for the snow storm last October 2011 that left much of Salisbury without electric for almost a week?
The World's Largest Earthquake Drill will be held Oct. 18. To find out more, go to www.shakeout.org.
I am going to segue into a more somber topic, the anniversary of Sept. 11. This will be the 11th year since that awful day in American history. You may choose to visit the memorial in New York City; for more information, go to http://www. 911memorial.org.
A national tribute of remembrance to the men, women and children killed in the terror attacks will be held, as it has for the past 10 years. Sept. 11 is designated as Patriot Day. I will never forget that day. Will you?
"Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve." -George W. Bush