School Notes

School Notes

Some 24 Liberty Middle School theater students attended the T.A.D.A. workshop at Franklin Middle School on Oct. 26. The students participated in theater-related classes on makeup, improvisation, Broadway rhythm and stage combat, to name a few. A total of 350 middle school theater students from 14 Fairfax County middle schools took part in the program. Students from Liberty who participated were: Leana Ahmad, Cameron Berthelsen, Natacia Carter, Alyssa Dolny, Emily Falk, Paula Frady, Charlie Hall, Anne Henry, Deba Jenkins, Andrew Kaberline, Michelle Kim, Katie Lesniewski, Jordan Moore, Sevan Muhammad, Adeel Naseem, Maida Noreen, Mike Puckett, Jenny Riedel, Ali Robinson, Shiney Sharma, Drew Simmons, Conor Susi, Sydney Torbert and Brian Travi.

Centreville High is performing the Neil Simon's comedy, "Rumors." It takes the stage Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 14, 15 and 16, at 7:30 p.m. each night in the school theater. There's also a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Nov. 16. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Centreville resident Christopher Cain, a senior psychology major at Roanoke College, will be appearing in the school's production of "Twelfth Night" on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15 and 16, at 8 p.m. in the Olin Theater. Tickets are $5/general and $3/seniors and students. To order tickets, call 540-375-2333 weekdays from 1-4 p.m.

The Willow Springs Elementary School PTA is hosting a Family Fun Lip Sync Party on Friday, Nov. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Students in the Westfield High School music programs will be selling Indian River Grove oranges and grapefruit now through Nov. 15. The fruit will be delivered on Dec. 16 and may be picked up from 6 to 9 p.m. in the band room. Proceeds from the sale will be used to pay for musical equipment and travel expenses for spring competitions. Look for a music student near you or call Deb Leser at 703-968-7097 to place an order. Visit the Web site at

King of Kings Lutheran Preschool will hold its first Silent Auction on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. at 4025 Kings Way, Fairfax. Admission is free and includes complimentary refreshments. The auction will feature many items including health club trial memberships; Wizards, Redskins and Ravens tickets; quilts; a variety of gift baskets; and an autographed Capitals team hockey stick. Proceeds will benefit the preschool playground. For details, call 703-378-7419

The Westfield High School PTSA will present a program about SOLs on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Westfield High Lecture Hall. Judy Matlock, FCPS Coordinator for SOL and Remediation, will present information concerning recent changes in the SOLs and the appeals process. The SOLs affect all students — making this program important to parents. The program will follow the PTSA's regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m.

Chantilly High's drama department will present "Fiddler on the Roof" — the school's first musical production in several years — Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 20-23, at 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are $7 and are available during the week, from 2:30-4:30 p.m., in the school lobby.

Amanda Russcol, a 1990 graduate of Fairfax High School, will play the role of Mariane in an upcoming Randolph-Macon College Drama Guild production of "Tartuffe." The play will run Nov. 20-23 in the Cobb Theatre. A senior English/Theater/Spanish triple major, Russcol is the daughter of Michael and Linda Russcol of Clifton.

Westfield High School's theater department will perform "Hamlet," Nov. 22-24, in the school theater. Showtimes are Friday-Saturday, Nov. 22-23, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 24, at 2 p.m. Admission is $5. The new Web site about Westfield theater activities is Call 703-488-6430.

Centreville High School's band will be selling fresh H&S Florida citrus through Friday, Nov. 22. To place an order, call the school's band office and leave a message. The number is 703-802-5510. Fruit can also be ordered through a band student. Fruit will be available for pickup at the band room on Friday, Dec. 6 between 2 and 7 p.m. Prices are as follows: Naval oranges are $14/half case and $24/full case. Seedless pink grapefruits are $12/half case and $20/full case.

The Deer Park Elementary School Fall Clean Up will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon. Helping hands are needed to spruce up the school grounds. Bring your shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows, leaf blowers and a good pair of gloves. Local Boy Scouts will be on hand to help out. Contact Terri McKenzie at 703-830-8775.

<lst>Centreville Elementary School has a busy November ahead.

Nov. 14 — First grade stranger safety in first grade pod. Mad Science from 3:40-5:55 p.m.

Nov. 15 — Progress reports go home. Fourth-grade Colonial Day. Third-grade fire safety. PTA movie night. "Stuart Little 2." There will be two showings, between 5:30-10 p.m.

Nov. 19 — Make-up pictures (from October). Principal's coffee at 2 p.m. Neighborhood home. Meet Principal Jim Latt and other parents for coffee and conversation.

Nov. 20 — McSpirit Night from 5-8 p.m. at McDonald's (on Route 28). Ten percent of proceeds go to Centreville. Mad Science from 3:40-5:55 p.m.

Nov. 21 — Patrol meeting from 2:50-3:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Mad Science 3:40-5:55 p.m.

Nov. 22 — Thanksgiving luncheon will be served.

Nov. 26 — Virginia Opera from 2-3:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Planetarium pre-visit in fifth-grade pod. Homework Club from 3:30-5:15 p.m.

Nov. 27 — School closing two hours early. 2.

Nov. 28 and 29 — Thanksgiving Holiday, no school.

The PTA meets the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. in the library. The next PTA meeting will be Thursday, Dec. 5.

Clifton Children's Academy will hold an open house for kindergarten and morning and afternoon preschool classes on Monday, Dec. 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is for registration for winter 2003 and/or fall 2003. Call 703-968-8455. The school is at 14315 Compton Road in Centreville.

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.

The Westfield High School 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. The girls are raising money for new uniforms. To purchase cards, contact Cathy Voyten at 703-818-7033 or Jean Novak at 703-830-0954.

The holidays are fast approaching and the Westfield High School Cheerleading Squad is selling Yankee candles. With the budget cuts this year, this fund-raising activity is a way for the cheerleaders to 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.

The Westfield High School Art Department is selling White House Christmas ornaments again this year. Ornaments are $16 each and can be ordered through the end of October. To place an order, call Julia Hoffman, Art Department chairman, at 703-488-6569. All proceeds from the ornament sale will be used to purchase art supplies for student use.

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.