What does BLM mean to you? Essay Contest 

Dr. Kennette Thigpen is host an essay contest where students age 10-18 of all backgrounds, races and ethnicities to share what Black Lives Matter means to them. In an effort to not forget our children, the essay contest allows children to share what they are thinking, seeing and experiencing. Let’s here from our young people, our future and allow them to express their perspectives. 

For essay contest details, please visit Dr. Thigpen’s website https://www.drkennettethigpen.org/contest and share with your friends, family and associates. 

Registration starts September 1, 2017 and ends October 15, 2017. 

The Anderson Girls Made it – The A Team

Kennedy and Olivia have made the Studio A Competition Dance Team again this year.Image
 We are hosting a fundraiser to help raise money to support the girls and the fees for the dance team.
Please support Kennedy, Olivia and STUDIO A COMPETITION DANCE TEAM by participating in the Claire’s Gourmet Fundraiser.  You may also make a donation directly to Studio A for Kennedy and Olivia.  Please contact me directly or send your check to:
The “A” Team – Studio A Dance Competition Team
c/o The Anderson Girls
5442 Brenbrook Drive
Randallstown, MD 21133
Claire’s Gourmet features yummy cookies, great snacks for after school and delicious desserts which are great for the Holiday. The kids can also earn some great prizes.
Follow the link below to see the selection of products Claire’s Gourmet offers.
You can either place an order through me by telling me what you want or you can order online. If you order online, and for Kennedy to get credit for your purchase, please enter the participant code 014023 on the home page.  You MUST enter the code for the Anderson Girls to get credit.
You will have an option to ship directly to you or ship to STUDIO A COMPETITION DANCE TEAM. When shipping to STUDIO A COMPETITION DANCE TEAM, your order will be packed and shipped to STUDIO A COMPETITION DANCE TEAM to the attention of Kennedy Anderson with NO shipping charge. In order to ship to the STUDIO A COMPETITION DANCE TEAM  your order must be placed no later than October 27, 2013. 
When shipping directly to you, SHIPPING CHARGES WILL APPLY.
Thank you for supporting Kennedy and STUDIO A COMPETITION DANCE TEAM.

What is Halloween?

what is halloween

During a time between autumn and winter, harvest and disposal, life and death, we celebrate Halloween with costumes and superstitions.  Halloween is one of the oldest holidays celebrated today with its origins in the 2,000 year old Celtic tradition of Samhain (pronounced sow-in).  Samhain was a celebration held on the night before their new year, November 1, characterized with bonfires, costumes, and fortune-telling. As the Celts became more influenced by Christian mores after being conquered by the Roman Empire and with the influence of Pope Boniface and Pope Gregory III, Halloween came to be celebrated on the eve of All Saints Day or All-Hallowmas, incorporating many of the traditions of Samhain and two Roman Empire traditions of Feralia – a Roman Empire custom marking the passing of the dead, and a celebration honoring Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruits and trees whose symbol is an apple.  So, that’s where the tradition of “bobbing for apples” was derived.bobbing for apples2

Over time, Halloween became a more secular and community-based observance.  With the first immigrants to America, Halloween was celebrated primarily in southern states, of which Maryland is included, due to the strict Protestant principles in colonial New England.  However, as the Irish fled from the great potato famine of 1846, Halloween became more popular blending Irish and English customs with Native American influences.  Overtime, the ritual of Halloween dropped most of its religious and superstitious traits, and it became a national holiday in the early 20th century in America. 

halloween bonfireToday, the American tradition of “trick-or-treating” and dressing in costumes have become a way of life dating back to the holiday’s Celtic, Irish and English origins.  While the holiday has been plagued with vandalism and negative connotations over the years, Halloween relied on the good will of spirits traditionally; now it relies on the “good-will” of parents and community leaders for children to have fun. So as the days get shorter, the weather grows chilly and winter begins, people around the world celebrate with parties, costumes, and sweet treats!

happy halloweenHappy Halloween!! Make it Great!


Our children will be accountable to new state standards in education. I have made the decision to learn more about this program, the standards, expectations and implementation in my children’s schools and throughout our area.

As news is reported and I complete some basic research, I will share it with everyone and anyone interested.
This article was recently published to state that most parents know little to nothing about Common Core. Well I plan to make sure that we know as much as possible in Randallstown and the surrounding area!
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