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<lst>The Chantilly High School Music Boosters begins its annual Fresh Florida Citrus sale on Thursday, Oct. 24. Final orders are due on Nov. 8. Students will take orders throughout the community for fresh oranges and grapefruit. Fruit will be delivered on Dec. 6, just in time for the holidays. Buyers may choose from grove-fresh Florida naval oranges or pink grapefruit. Oranges are priced at $24/case or $14/half-case; grapefruit are priced at $20/case or $12/half-case.

Proceeds from the sales will be used for spring music competition trips for the Chantilly High School Band, Orchestra and Choral Department.

Call-in orders may be placed to Debbie Hobbs at 703-817-0180. Call-in orders will be available for pickup on Friday, Dec. 6, between 3-7 p.m. in the CHS Band Room.

Melissa Crespo of Centreville was honored with an academic achievement award at Ithaca College during its Professional Symposium Awards Banquet held during Homecoming Weekend, Sept. 20-22.

<lst>Centreville Elementary School has the following events scheduled for October:

Oct. 24: First Grade Read and Write Night at 7 p.m.

Oct. 28: End of the first quarter.

Oct. 29: Principal's Coffee at 7 p.m. in the library.

Deer Park Elementary will honor former Principal Lynn H. Pope with a library dedication and reception on Friday, Oct. 25 from 7-9 p.m. at the school. Friends and colleagues are invited to honor the educational career of Lynne H. Pope and the life and support of her husband Jeff. The foundation of the science section of the library was built through contributions at the time of Jeff's death. The library is being renamed The Jeffrey and Lynne H. Pope Library. Questions, call Carol Clement, librarian, at 703-802-5016.

The holidays are fast approaching and the Westfield High School Cheerleading Squad are 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 your 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 their music trips. Instead of a set fee, they are asking for a donation to Chantilly Music Boosters. To schedule a group to perform at your party, contact Gail Cope at e-mail gailcope@cox.net or call 703-631-2569.

A Read and Write Night for families of first-graders will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Centreville Elementary School. The school will be sharing strategies that help first-graders to read and write: word-building activities, interactive writing and shared reading. The first-grade class will open the evening with a song, followed by three sessions full of fun and creative ways to help your child master the reading and writing skills they need.

Westfield High School plans to begin its Bulldog Instructional Tutoring (BITS) program on Saturday, Oct. 26. Contact Trish Manghelli at 703-392-1270 or Carol Jasper at 703-830-3865.

A special education conference for parents of children who have special needs will be held Saturday, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at George Mason University's Johnson Center. Sponsored by a consortium of agencies in Northern Virginia, including the ARC, PEATC, Fairfax County Public Schools and the Virginia Department of Education. Visit www.peatc.org, or call Donna Martinez at 703-266-8391.

Chantilly High School Athletic Boosters will hold its 11th Annual Fair Show on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 100 crafters and artists will be represented. Reservations are still being accepted for 10x10' indoor spaces. All crafts are handmade. Among the many items to be shown are decorative birdhouses, wire angels, topiaries, wreaths, hand-painted furniture, doll clothes, calligraphy, personalized wooden plaques and more. Call Courtlyn Gorski at 703-378-5222.

Willow Springs Elementary will hold its Book Fair on Monday, Oct. 28 thru Friday, Nov. 1. Family Night is Monday so dress up in a costume and get a discount. Also on Monday will be the Joe Romano Magician Act. Tuesday, Oct. 29, author Pamela Duncan Edwards and author Henry Cole will be at the school. The Book Fair ends on Friday, Nov. 1 at noon. Willow Springs Elementary PTA will have a Family Night Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria.

The Chantilly High School Orchestra will present its annual "Spooked on Classics" Halloween Concert on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Chantilly High Auditorium.

This evening of fun, music and drama is appropriate for Halloween fans of all ages — tots, teens, parents and grandparents.

Student members of the orchestra will dress in Halloween costumes, and the audience is invited to do likewise. The Chantilly High School Drama Department will join with the orchestra to add to the excitement of the evening. Admission is $2 for those 12 and over. Tickets may be reserved by calling 703-222-7097. Concert proceeds will go to benefit the Orchestra’s competitive trip to Orlando.

The thirteenth annual Poplar Tree Elementary Book Fair sponsored by the PTA and the school library will take place the week of Oct. 31 to Nov. 8. Students will have the opportunity to purchase paperback books during school hours. The night Book Fair will be Friday, Nov. 1 from 7-9 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Poplar Tree School library.

A Kindergarten Open House for Clifton Children's Academy will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. for families interested in information for Fall 2003. There will be a presentation at 7:15 p.m. and parents are requested to RSVP to the enrollment director at 703-968-8455.

Clifton Children's Academy will be holding an Open House for kindergarten and morning and afternoon preschool classes on Sunday, Nov. 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is for registration for Winter 2003 and/or Fall 2003. Call 703-968-8455.

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 many 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.

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 High School's class of 1992 is holding its 10-year reunion on Saturday, Nov. 9. Contact Megan Garczynski for tickets and registration. Call 703-875-1306. E-mail to: megan.garczynski@capitalone.com.

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.