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 4, 2018 and there are already events to put on your calendar coming up this weekend. 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.

***GIVEAWAY DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE ARTICLE***


ORIENTATIONS AND OPEN HOUSES


Charles County Board of Education – The Charles County School orientations schedule lists all details on each schools orientation date and time. Open houses are also already set for September see the Open house schedule.

Calvert County Board of Education– Calvert schools have published there CCPS Calendar which shows orientation for teachers & students, as well as start dates for each grade.

St. Mary’s County Public Schools- St. Mary’s has a great back to school planning guide for parents & students on their site that list all the information you need to know for preparing for back to school.


BACK TO SCHOOL EVENTS


 

EARLY CHILDHOOD DAY
Date: August 4, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM -1:00 PM
Location: Capital Clubhouse (3033 Waldorf Marketplace)
Details: The 2018 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

BACK TO SCHOOL BASH
Date: August 8, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Dahlgren FFR
Details: Pick up a few school supplies, enjoy crafts, inflatables and snacks at this back to school party! Open to all with base access. For more information call the School Liaison Officer at 540-653-2070.
Event Type: Family Event
Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE
Information: BACK TO SCHOOL BASH FFR LINK

BACK TO SCHOOL COMMUNITY FIESTA
Date: August 11, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Mattawoman Middle School (10145 Berry Rd, Waldorf, MD)
Details: Kick off the school year at the 4th 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

HOP ON THE BUS

Date: August 14, 2018

Time: 2:00 PM

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, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM

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 POTOMAC LINK

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BACK TO SCHOOL BASH

Date: August 15, 2018

Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Location: Andrews JBA (BASE ACCESS ONLY)

Details: Enjoy an evening of activities and giveaways.

EVENT LINK

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BACK TO SCHOOL & ANNUAL HEALTH FAIR
Date: August 18, 2018 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Word For Life Church Ministries
Details: Join in a fun event for the entire family. Food, Games, activities, giveaways and contests. Event Link
Event Type: School Prep
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: FREE

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BACK TO SCHOOL BASH
Date: August 18, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: St. Charles Towne Center (Waldorf, MD)
Details: St. Charles Towne Center is hosting its Back To School Bash in conjunction with JCPenney’s Back To School Safety Event. JC Penney will be giving out $10 off coupons to guests in attendance. JCPenney Salon & Sephora Inside JCPenney will also be distributing gift bags for guests in attendance (while supplies last). There will be a face painter and bounce house on-site for children to enjoy. ***Don’t forget Maryland Tax Free Week 2018 is Sunday, August 12, 2018 to Saturday, August 17, 2018.***
EVENT LINK

BACK TO SCHOOL PARTY

Date: August 18, 2018

Time: 5:00 PM

Location: Regency Stadium

Details: Fun, food, activities and supplies.

Event Link

HOP ON THE BUS

Date: August 22, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: PD BROWN 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 PD BROWN LINK

Charles County Children's Aid Society
CHILDRENS AID SOCIETY- SCHOOL SUPPLY DISTRIBUTION
Date: August 25, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: College of Southern Maryland
Details: To register please call the Childrens Aid at to sign up 301-645-1561. Those registered will receive a backpack of supplies, distribution day is at CSM La Plata campus. This event is for children going to a Charles County Public School between the grades Kindergarten – 12th. This event requires pre-registration and proof of the child/children going to CCPS.

KIDS BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT
Date: August 23, 2018
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

BACK TO SCHOOL POOL PARTY
Date: August 22, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: NSF Indian Head (Base Access Only)
Details: Food, fun and prizes. Followed by the final Dive-In movie of the year at 7:30 PM.

BACK TO SCHOOL FAIR
Date: August 25, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Bowie Baysox Stadium, Bowie, MD

Details: 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 BOWL

Date: August 25, 2018

Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: Lexington Park Library

Details: Celebrate back to school with games and giveaways!

Event Type: Kids Program

Age Group: 4-17

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BACK TO SCHOOL BLAST

Date: August 26, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: La Plata AME Church

Details: Come Out for a day of family fun. Lots of great activities: game truck, moon bounce, face painting and more!

BACK TO SCHOOL  PARTY
Date: August 28, 2018
Location: Indian Head Base (Base access only)
Details: Back to school bash and ice cream social.
Event Type: School Supply
Age Group: Pre-k- 12th Grade
Cost: FREE

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BACK TO SCHOOL MEET & GREET
Date: August 29, 2018
Location: Eva Turner
Details: The PTO would like to start the 2018-2019 school year off by introducing ourselves to the community and welcoming new and old students back. We will have Food, Games, Vendor tables and FREE BACKPACKS while they last.
Event Type: School Prep
Age Group: Pre-k- 12th Grade
Cost: FREE

BACK TO SCHOOL BOWL

Date: August 31, 2018

Time: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Location: STARS & STRIKES (Base Access Only)

Details: Celebrate back to school with a free game!

Event Type: Kids Program

Age Group: 5-18


FREE CHILD IMMUNIZATION CLINICS


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Charles County Health Department

  • Who: Children ages 4-18
  • What: Immunization clinic
  • Where: Charles County Health Department
  • How: By Appointment Only (301-609-6900 ext. 6024)
  • Dates: August 7, 21 & 28  & September 3 (9:00 PM 4:00 PM) & September 11 & 25 (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM)
  • For more information: Link

Calvert County Health Department

  • Who: Children ages 4-18
  • What: Immunization clinic
  • Where: Calverty County Health Department
  • How: By Appointment Only 410-535-5400
  • Dates: August 28, 2018 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • For more information: Link

St Mary’s County Health Department

  • Who: Children ages 4-18
  • What: Immunization clinic
  • Where: St. Mary’s County Health Department
  • How: By Appointment Only 301-475-4419
  • Dates: call for dates
  • For more information: Link

BACK TO SCHOOL DONATION DROP SPOTS


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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

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


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