School Transfer Season

Parents who wish to request a transfer for their children from their assigned Montgomery County school may initiate the process during the transfer season, Feb. 1 through April 1.

Transfers are permitted only in limited circumstances, which are outlined in an information booklet to be distributed in schools the first week of February, along with transfer request forms. The process begins by contacting the home school principal. Non-English speaking parents can call the Spanish hot line (301-230-3073), the Asian hot line (301-230-5436) and the ESOL Parent Center (301-230-0674).

Renting School Space

Community groups planning to rent space in Montgomery County public schools for activities between April 1 and Aug. 31 should submit requests through Feb. 1. Classrooms, cafeterias, all-purpose rooms, gyms, high school auditoriums and athletic fields are available to rent for instruction, recreation, meetings and other community activities during non-school hours.

Requests for weekday use should be submitted directly to the school where space is being requested and should include a completed Building Use Form, check or money order payable to Montgomery County and a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Requests for weekend and holiday use should be submitted in person to the office of community use of public facilities in Rockville. Bring a check or money order for full payment and a self-addressed stamped envelope.

The office is at 600 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 300, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

Requests after Feb. 1 for any remaining space will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Building use forms and fee information are available at all county public schools and the community use office. For information, call 240-777-2706.

JCC Health Care

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington soon will offer health care to the public at its Rockville location.

According to a statement from the Washington Hospital Center, the service "brings together JCC, Washington Hospital Center and National Rehabilitation Hospital, with the shared goal of delivering health care in cooperation with an established community center." The opening date of the health care facility is projected for late this month.

The facility will promote healthy lifestyles with a lecture series, hands-on wellness workshops and fitness programs.

Rehabilitation services will be provided for those needing outpatient physical and occupational therapy. This service will complement Regional Rehab, an outpatient rehabilitation network.

Jay Snyder, who runs JCC's sports and fitness program, said the rehabilitation service will provide a "non-threatening" atmosphere for patients needing follow-up care after injuries or knee and hip replacement, adding that this is preferable to the often competitive surroundings of a fitness club.

For more information, contact JCC of Greater Washington at 301-881-0100; Washington Hospital Center, 202-877-DOCS; or visit their Web sites: and

Library Logo Contest

The Montgomery County Department of Public Libraries will change its logo next year to mark its 50th anniversary. A logo-design contest, open to all county high school students, is underway.

Officials ask that the logos reflect the theme "Finding Your Past, Present and Future at the Montgomery County Public Libraries." Cash prizes of $500 and $200 for first and second place, respectively, will be provided by Friends of the Library.

In a statement, library Director Harriet Henderson said, "We felt that our anniversary celebration was an appropriate time to reinforce the connection between libraries and our youth."

The deadline for submissions is March 1. Winners will be announced at the National Library Week reception in April. Logo contest rules were distributed to students at public and private schools; additional copies are available at all local public libraries and on the library's Web site at