School Notes

School Notes

<lst>The Chantilly High School Band's Indoor Drumline is selling Christmas trees in the school's parking lot on weekends now through Dec. 22. The tree lot is open every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until dark. A wide variety of trees are available. Prices are $30 for white and scotch pine; $35 for Colorado blue spruce, white spruce and Norway spruce; and $40 for Fraser firs. Proceeds from the sale support the activities, including travel to competitions, for the CHS Indoor Drumline.

The Westfield High School Theatre Department presents "The Grinch ... and other Holiday Stories" on Thursday, Dec. 19 and Friday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m. at the Westfield High School Auditorium. Admission is $3. The program contains several favorite holiday stories acted out by Westfield theater students including "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas," "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," "A Christmas Carol" and "A Hanukkah Story." Also, Westfield's Guitar Ensemble will lead a sing-along of holiday songs. The one-hour show is perfect for toddlers and other young children. Directed by senior Bridgett Finley, the show features more than 25 actors including Kevin Pearson, Jon Lawlor, Derek Rommel, Kevin Knickerbocker, Jesse Leahy, Reaves McElveen, Ashley Ford, Emily Brown, Jennifer Henderson, Heather McGrath, and Ashley Dillard. Tickets are $3 and can be purchased at the door. Call the Westfield Theater Office at 703-488-6430.

Centreville High School senior Sarah Gibson has been accepted to Wellesley College in Massachusetts through its Early Decision program. She will be a member of the class of 2007. Sarah is the daughter of Bud and Mary Gibson of Tarn Hill Drive in Clifton.

Greenbriar East Elementary School will be hosting Grandparent's Day on Friday, Dec. 20. This is a time for children to share their school experience with their family during the holiday season. Grandparents, friends, and other family members are invited. The children will be singing holiday songs and sharing an activity with their special guests.

The Centreville High School After-Prom Committee is selling a "Four Season Wildcat Blanket" to raise money for the After-Prom Drug/Alcohol Free Event in May, 2003. It is 56 x 70-inches, black/charcoal w/blue imprint, water-resistant taslan nylon on one side that reverses to a cozy, non-pilling poly fleece. The hooded blanket folds up into a handy carrying bag with two pouches and a snap closure. Price: $30 during December; $35 after Jan. 1. Questions and orders, contact Liz Birk at 202-216-8607 or at 703-830-3513.

Learn a new tongue or improve your skills in a familiar one with one of the new language courses offered at Northern Virginia Community College's (NVCC) Annandale Campus. This spring, NVCC is offering Beginning Spanish, Intermediate Spanish and Intermediate French with honors options. These courses allow students to learn a new language at an accelerated pace. For more information on these courses and to find out about eligibility requirements, call the Annandale Campus foreign language department at 703-323-2129. In-person registration starts Jan. 2, 2003. Classes begin Jan. 13. Visit NVCC's Web site at for more information or call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site at

December at Centreville Elementary School:

* Each Tuesday, the Homework Club will meet from 3:40-5:15 p.m.

* Wednesday, Dec. 18 — Hollingsworth (4th) field trip to Sully Plantation.

* Thursday, Dec. 19 — The second grade will be meeting in the second-grade pod to discuss pedestrian safety.

* Friday, Dec. 20 — Interims will be going home. Last Day of School!

* Monday, Dec. 23 to Jan. 5 — Winter Break! There is no school.

* Monday, Jan. 6 — First day back to school.

Chantilly High School's class of 1993 is trying to locate alumni for its 10-year reunion. The date and location are still being decided. Contact First-Class Reunions at 888-327-1984 or visit the Web site at to update information.

The Candy Cane Connection is coming to Liberty Middle School just in time for winter vacation! Each day, beginning now through Dec. 19 at lunch, students and staff, can purchase a Candy Cane for $1, write a holiday message and have the candy cane sent to a friend, buddy, teacher, counselor, or anyone else in the school. The PTA will deliver the Candy Cane Connection during TA. Call Diane Belden at 703-830-5594.

Join all the Whos down in Whoville as the Westfield High School Theatre Arts Department presents "The Grinch" and other holiday songs, stories and poems. The performances will be held Thursday, Dec. 19 and Friday, Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. Admission is $3. For ages 3 and up. Call 703-488-6430.

Westfield High is conducting the following fund-raisers:

* The Westfield cheerleaders are selling Gold Cards for their first fund-raiser of the year. For $10 each, these cards will be good for discounts at Popeye's, Subway, Master Tuxedo, Modell's Sporting Goods, Domino's, Papa John's Pizza and others. To purchase cards, contact Cathy Voyten at 703-818-7033 or Jean Novak at 703-830-0954.

* The Westfield cheerleaders are also selling Yankee candles to help purchase new uniforms and other cheerleading accessories. Call 703-818-7033.

Chantilly High School will offer musical groups to entertain at holiday parties as a fund-raiser. Small groups of about eight carolers or small instrumental ensembles will be available to perform. The money will be used to offset the cost of music trips. Instead of a set fee, they're asking for a donation to the Chantilly Music Boosters. To schedule a group to perform at your party, e-mail Gail Cope at or call 703-631-2569.

A Chantilly High Alumni Club is being started by Debra Weeks Alexander and her husband Joe, co-presidents of the Chantilly Athletic Booster Club. They hope to reunite Chantilly grads, as well as their parents, and get them involved in school spirit to make Chantilly a real, hometown school. Call the Chantilly Booster Hotline at 703-912-4002 and leave a message. Or call the Alexanders at 703-620-3434.

Centreville Elementary is expanding its after-school, homework/activities club for grades three through six. It'll go from one to two evenings a week, from 3:45 to 5 or 5:30 p.m. The school provides a snack and transportation home, plus homework help and various leisure activities. Some 140 children are expected to participate, but community volunteers are needed to help staff it; call Principal Jim Latt at 703- 502-3500.