I can’t believe that I’m already writing an article about back to school! Where has the time gone? Summer break is feeling short as it closes in on us fast; with the first day of school just around the corner, it’s time to start getting ready. Charles County students return to school September 5, 2017 and there are already events to put on your calendar coming up this week. Here is a resource guide that will help in preparing for a smooth transition back to the academic school year. I hope this list of back to school events and resources is helpful to your family. Please check back as the list will grow as resources are gathered. See bottom of article for GIVE-A-WAY details!


BACK TO SCHOOL EVENTS


BACK TO SCHOOL SALE
Date: July 10, 2017 – September 10, 2017
Location: St. Charles Towne Center (Waldorf, MD)
Details: Take advantage of the great back to school sales at our local mall. ***Don’t forget Maryland Tax Free Week 2017 is Sunday, August 13th, 2017 to Saturday, August 19th, 2017.***
Information: BACK TO SCHOOL SALE LINK

 

BACK TO SCHOOL BASH
Date: August 3, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM -1:00 PM
Location: Dahlgren FFR
Details: Join for one last party on the Dahlgren Parade Field before school starts! Activities for all ages. Open to all with base access.
Event Type: Family Event
Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE
Information: BACK TO SCHOOL BASH FFR LINK

 

BACK TO SCHOOL COMMUNITY FIESTA
Date: August 5, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM -2:30 PM
Location: Mattawoman Middle School (10145 Berry Rd, Waldorf, MD)
Details: Kick off the school year at the 3rd Annual “Back-to-School” Community Fiesta. “The Community Fiesta is a great opportunity for students to have fun while learning.” Raffles, giveaways, and light refreshments will be available. Remember to arrive early, as the first 200 students present will receive a backpack.
Event Type: Family Event
Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE
Information: BACK TO SCHOOL COMMUNITY FIESTA LINK

 

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD DAY
Date: August 12, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM -1:00 PM
Location: Capital Clubhouse (3033 Waldorf Marketplace)
Details: The 2017 Charles County Early Childhood Day is a free event that provides parents, caregivers, and early childhood professionals with resources to help children get a jump start on education.  Engaging activities for young children will be provided by the vendors in attendance.
Event Type: Family Event
Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE
Information: EARLY CHILDHOOD DAY LINK

 

HOP ON THE BUS

Date: August 14, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Location: Waldorf West Library (Waldorf, MD)

Details: The new school year is nearly here! Join us for a great opportunity for young children to get over their school jitters by hopping on the bus. We’ll read a school bus story, and then board a school bus for a ride to a local elementary school. Kids will be able to talk to the bus driver and learn what they will do on their first day of school!

Event Type: Kids Program

Age Group: 3-5

Information: HOP ON THE BUS WALDORF LINK

 

HOP ON THE BUS

Date: August 15, 2017

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: Potomac Branch

Details: The new school year is nearly here! Join us for a great opportunity for young children to get over their school jitters by hopping on the bus. We’ll read a school bus story, and then board a school bus for a ride to a local elementary school. Kids will be able to talk to the bus driver and learn what they will do on their first day of school!

Event Type: Kids Program

Age Group: 3-5

Information: HOP ON THE BUS POTOMAC LINK

 

KIDS BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT
Date: August 18, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Village Green Pavilion (Indian Head, MD)
Details: Come out and celebrate the start of the school year. There will be door prize drawings, loaded back packs and more. This event is for Pre-K thru 8th Grade for I.H. Elementary & General Smallwood Middle School students ONLY.

Event Type: Kids Night
Age Group: 5-14
Cost: FREE Admission includes dinner & snacks.
Information: KIDS BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT LINK

 

CHILDREN’S AID BACK TO SCHOOL BACKPACK GIVEAWAY
Date: August 19, 2017
Location: College of Southern Maryland (LaPlata Campus)
Details: This back to school party is sponsored by Children’s Aid Society and is a free resource to Charles County residents in need of assistance. Documentation of need is required to register for this event and other services.
Event Type: School Supply
Age Group: Pre-k- 12th Grade
Cost: FREE
Registration: Must Register for this event by calling 301-645-1561
Information: CAS BACKPACK LINK

KIDS NIGHT BACK TO SCHOOL BASH- ELITE GYM
Date: September 23, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM -9:30 PM
Location: Elite Gymnastics & Recreation Center, Old Washington Road, Waldorf, MD
Details: Join Elite Gyms fun filled kid nights include gymnastics, arts and crafts, and games based around a fun theme. Fee covers activities, pizza, and drinks.
Event Type: Kids Night
Age Group: 5-14
Cost: Residents: $15/Non-residents: $17
Registration: Register by August 18, 2017 12PM
Information: KIDS NIGHT BACK TO SCHOOL BASH LINK

BACK TO SCHOOL BLOWOUT!
Date: August 26, 2017

Time: 10:00 PM –  3:00 PM
Location: St. Charles Towne Center (Waldorf, MD)
Details: Come celebrate going back to school in style. Enjoy fun activities, crafts, games, refreshments, prizes and much more!

Cost: FREE
Information: BACK TO SCHOOL BLOWOUT 2017 LINK

 

COMMUNITY DAY

Date: August 26, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Israel Total Life Ministry (64 Industrial Park Drive, Waldorf, MD)
Details: Join in this fun celebration with free food, activities and school supplies for kids.
Event Type: Family Event
Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE
Information: COMMUNITY DAY LINK

BACK TO SCHOOL FAIR
Date: August 26, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: Bowie Baysox Stadium, Bowie, MD

The PGCPS Back-to-School Fair helps families prepare for the upcoming school year. The event features a free backpack giveaway (children must be present to receive a backpack), free immunizations, vendors and more. PGCPS representatives will be on hand to share information about a variety of student services. For details, view the Back-to-School Fair flyer>>
Event Type: FAIR
Age Group: Grades Pre K – 12
Cost: Residents: FREE
Registration: Register Required
Information: BACK TO SCHOOL FAIR LINK

 

BACK TO SCHOOL BLAST

Date: August 27, 2017

Time: 11:00 AM -1:00 PM

Location: LaPlata AME Church (9375 Chesapeake St., LaPlata, MD)

Details: Enjoy the video game truck, moonbounce, face painting, DJ Food, Raffle and more. Backpacks with school supplies will be given away.

Event Type: Family Event

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

Information: BACK TO SCHOOL BLAST LINK

 

BACK TO SCHOOL EVENT- BARBER SHOP FOR MEN

Date: August 27, 2017

Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM

Location: 3515 Stone Commons Waldorf, MD

Details: Barber Shop for Men is providing FREE basic haircuts and backpacks filled with school supplies while last to help lighten the burden for families that need assistance.

Event Type: Community Resource

Age Group: Grades Pre-K through 12

Cost: FREE

Information: BARBER SHOP FOR MEN LINK

 

HOP ON THE BUS

Date: August 31, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Location: LaPlata Branch

Details: The new school year is nearly here! Join us for a great opportunity for young children to get over their school jitters by hopping on the bus. We’ll read a school bus story, and then board a school bus for a ride to a local elementary school. Kids will be able to talk to the bus driver and learn what they will do on their first day of school!

Event Type: Kids Program

Age Group: 3-5

Information: HOP ON THE BUS LAPLATA LINK

 

SPORTS CLIPS- BACK TO SCHOOL

Date: August- September 2017

Details: Be on the lookout when you receive your value pack in the mail. There will be coupons for a discount on back to school haircuts!!!

 

Click here for a printable list: BACK TO SCHOOL PRINT OFF


FREE CHILD IMMUNIZATION CLINICS


  • Who: Children ages 4-18
  • What: Immunization clinic
  • Where: Charles County Health Department
  • How: By Appointment Only (301-609-6900 ext. 6024)
  • Dates: August 8 & 29  & September 3 (1:00 PM 3:00 PM) & September 7 (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

 


BACK TO SCHOOL DONATION DROP SPOTS


 

CHARLES COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Ongoing through August
Drop available at all branches

CHILDREN’S AID SOCIETY
Ongoing through August
3000 Huntington Circle, Waldorf, MD

SOUTHERN MARYLAND MARTIAL ARTS
Ongoing through August
50 Drury Dr, La Plata, MD
3047 Marshall Hall Rd, Bryans Road, MD
Donate to their school supply drive and receive a free gym day or martial arts class! 

UNITED WAY
Ongoing through September
10250 La Plata Rd, La Plata, MD 20646

 


BACK TO SCHOOL GIVE-A-WAY


One lucky fan will win a back pack filled with school supplies & goodies, as well as a gift card to the St. Charles Towne Center.

  • Like and share the post to spread the word about back to school events and resources.
  • Comment your favorite subject in school. Let’s see what the vote says the number one subject is!
  • Winner will be randomly drawn and announced at the Back to School Blowout August 26, 2017 at the St. Charles Towne Center. You do not have to be present to win.
  • This contest is not Facebook affiliated.
  • A big thank you to St. Charles Towne Center for sponsoring the giveaway.