School year 2011-2012: Grab your pencils, get your books…

School has its moments—like this Dr. Seuss storytime at Commodore John Rodgers School in Butchers Hill.

The Harry Potter water wings and boogie boards are on the sale rack. The Harry Potter binders and notebooks are on the store shelves. The unofficial end of summer—that is, the first day of school is Monday, Aug. 29. Here are some quick facts about upcoming events, resources and more.

All the Facts: The Baltimore City School System website,, has a one-stop-shop page, accessible from the home page, with downloadable calendars, meal information, rules and codes of conduct, immunization reminders and more. The direct link is and information is available in English and Spanish. The school headquarters phone number is 443-984-2000.

Shots: Schools will require an array of vaccines before children can start the year. The TIKE van (the mobile unit To Immunize Kids Everywhere) will be in the following locations. For information on other locations and other times, call 410-396-4454, or go to

Wednesdays, Aug. 24 and 31, and Monday, Aug. 29, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., the van will be at the BCHD Immunization Office, 1800 N. Charles Street, Suite 600.

On Thursday, Aug. 25 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., the van will be at the Eastern Health District, 620 N. Caroline Street.

Bookbags: St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7834 Eastern Avenue, has a blessing of the backpacks on Saturday, Aug. 27, 5 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 28, 10 a.m. Info: 410-288-0537.

Back to Sunday School: St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7834 Eastern Avenue, has a welcome-back-to-Sunday School rally for ages 3 and up, preschool to adults, on Sept. 11, 8:45 a.m.-9:45 a.m. Info: 410-288-0537.

ACT Deadline: Students who want to take the Sept. 10 ACT achievement college admission and placement exam must register to do so before Friday, Aug. 26. Students who qualify may apply for a fee waiver through their high school counselor. Info:,
Register Kids Now: St. Casimir Catholic School, 1035 S. Kenwood Avenue, is currently accepting new registrations for grades PreK 3-8. Info/to schedule a tour:, 410-342-2681.

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