Open Door Wins Door Decorating Competition
Open Door at Villa Cresta participated in Villa Cresta’s door decorating competition. After many days of hard work from the students and staff it was completed. The students of the school voted for the door they like the best. Open Door’s door won 1st place by a landslide. Congratulations!
Inclement Weather Policies
Please take an opportunity to get familiar with the inclement weather policies that are specific to each county’s school system. The policies for your child’s center can be found by clicking “Weather Policies” under the “Parents” tab on the home page.
Educational Apps at Open Door
Open Door provides Kindle Tablets in the centers for use as assistance with Homework or to play age appropriate educational games. Educational games/apps are selected through Amazon by the main office and distributed to each Kindle by Amazon’s Whispercast Software. With parental permission, children may sign up to use a Kindle Tablet for a specified amount of time and sign it back in when they are finished. Each Kindle has approximately 40 apps for the children to choose from ranging from pre-school memory and sight word games to eighth grade advanced math and learning Spanish.
Apps by Kevin Bradford are excellent examples of applications individually designed by grade level for Pre-K – 5th grade. Each provides dozens of learning games that include Language and Math.
Open Door Donates School Supplies
The supplies were donated by more than a dozen businesses as well as area residents and BCPS employees participating in the system’s first-ever school supply drive. The drive, conducted from Aug. 1-14 and coordinated by The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, was part of the ongoing Back to School Involves You, Too! campaign.
Open Door contributed $10,000 worth of school supplies to the drive. Karen Grannas, Open Door’s chief operating officer explained, “Our mission is to support working families, and we appreciate being able to support the Team BCPS community in this way. We’re happy to be able to ensure that all children feel the excitement of new supplies as they return to school.
Karen Grannas Appears on WJZ Morning Show
Karen Grannas, COO of Open Door Care appeared on the WJZ Morning Show on Sunday, July 26 talking about STEM activities and the importance of teaching children how to Care for the Earth through Recycle, Reuse and Reduce.