This Friday is the 4th of July and Jing Ying will be closed (no PE or Tai
Chi classes). However, all Jing Ying families should participate in the
Severna Park Independence Day Parade.
We will meet at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church on Benfield Rd (400 Benfield
Rd) between 9:00 am and 9:30 am. Please allow time for traffic delays as
parts of Benfield Rd will be closed to traffic, and you will need to park on
a side street and walk over (the church parking lot will only be for
vehicles driving in the parade). We recommend that some people park across
the street from Cypress Creek park (the final destination of the parade) and
ride with another family to the church. That way there will be some vehicles
at the end of the parade that can be used to ferry people back to their
vehicles parked near the church.
The parade starts at 10:00 am. We need people to march, hand out candy, pour
water on people to help keep them cool, play the lion, hold the banner etc.
Remember, if you are handing out candy or trinkets, DO NOT throw them to the
crowd. You must hand them to people. Wear comfortable walking shoes. You may
also want to bring sunscreen, a towel and a bathing suit. We will have a van
in the parade to allow little ones to ride if they get too tired and we will
have cold water in the van to drink and pour on people to cool off. Students
should wear their uniforms and other family members can march with us, wave
to the crowd, hand out items, carry the banner and help keep an eye on the
We will finish at Cypress Creek Park and will do a demonstration for the
festival there at 12:30. Anyone who would like to perform needs to be sure
to wear their uniform and bring their own weapons if they plan to demo a
weapon. There will be lots of activities and food and entertainment at the
festival to provide fun for the whole family.
After our demo, we will go to the Community Center Pool to cool off and have
fun. The pool will be free and open to the public to celebrate the 4th. Info
on the parade is at http://www.severnaparkchamber.com/july4wfireengine.html
FINAL TEST TO BLACK SASH ON JULY 26:
The last time a Jing Ying student was promoted to black sash was one person
in January of 2007. It's a long road to achieve black sash at Jing Ying, but
in July we have 3 candidates who will have their final test. Jose Vega, Lane
Greer and Samuel Hokanson are all set to earn their black sash on Saturday,
July 26. This will be a special occasion and a good event to bring friends
and family to see. Testing will start at 11:00 am and will be followed by
refreshments and a celebration for those who pass. Please bring a dish to
share if you can.
The celebration will continue with a pool party in the evening at the North
Severn Pool of Naval Support Activity Annapolis. The party will be from 7:00
pm to 9:00 pm. The pool is about 5 miles from Jing Ying.
Directions to pool:
From Jing Ying, go to Route 2 South. Stay in the left lane and take exit for
50E/450S then immediately go right at fork for the 450S/Naval Academy exit.
Turn Left at light (450S) and continue for just over a mile
Turn left at light onto MD-648/Baltimore Annapolis Blvd (just before the
Naval Academy Bridge) and continue for 1/2 mile (road may change name to
Greenbury Point Rd)
Turn right at Kincaid for less than 1/2 mile (pass Exchange/Commissary/Gas
Station) and go through gate (currently unmanned). **SPEED LIMITS ARE
STRICTLY ENFORCED!** Even one mile over the speed limit can get you in
Turn left onto Alder Rd (after guard shack) and continue for less than 1/2
mile. **Housing area speed limit is 10 mph!**
Turn right onto Holly Rd (just before baseball field) and park where you
can. The pool is straight ahead at the intersection of Holly and Eucalyptus.
Link to map: http://tinyurl.com/3m6lew
Happy 4th of July!