Memorial Garden

A flower garden at Waters Landing Elementary School in Germantown was dedicated Monday in memory of former student Luis Ruiz, who died while playing soccer last month at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown. The Luis Ruiz Memorial Garden features a park bench and plaque and was designed by students, parents and staff members. A medical examiner's report released by police said that Ruiz, 11, had cardiac arrhythmia, or an irregular heartbeat, and an "anomalous coronary artery."

Student Services Center

A public forum on construction plans for the new Student Services Center at Montgomery College's Takoma Park campus will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The meeting will be in the Bliss Room of the Commons Building, 7600 Takoma Ave.

Construction of the center, to be located at Fenton Street and New York Avenue, is scheduled to begin next month. It will house the school's offices of admissions and records, financial planning and career and educational planning as well as a cafeteria, conference rooms, a computer lab for students and student activity rooms.

For more information, contact Chahnaz McRae at 301-251-7374.

Parents' Guide to Schools

Montgomery County school officials have published a parents' guide to the public schools, providing information on programs and services.

Called "Navigating the System: A Parent's Guide to the Montgomery County Public Schools," the guide covers such issues as enrollment, specialized programs, graduation requirements, and school safety and security.

The guide has been translated into Spanish, Korean, Chinese, French and Vietnamese.

The English version is available at schools or by calling 301-279-3391. The guide also can be downloaded from the school system Web site at

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