School Notes

School Notes

Centre Ridge Elementary School is offering an Active Parenting class this fall. Active Parenting focuses on important topics such as discipline, self-esteem, communication, and family enrichment. The six-week course is free, with a $14.50 charge for the Active Parenting Today book. Classes will be held on Friday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., and will begin on Friday, Oct. 11, at Centre Ridge Elementary School. All parents are invited to attend.

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.

For more information, call the Chantilly Booster Hotline at 703-912-4002 and leave a message. Or call the Alexanders at 703-620-3434. People may fill out membership forms Friday, Sept. 27, during Chantilly's Homecoming game. An Alumni Club tent will be on the grass by the concession stand.

A huge multi-family yard sale will take place on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Centreville High School Parking lot, 6001 Union Mill Road, Clifton. The proceeds will benefit the Centreville High School cheerleading program. Furniture, baby items, household items, toys, books and clothes will be for sale. For information, call Susan Culin at 703-266-7266.

An orientation/training session will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 for those interested in being tutors and mentors for STEP, a community nonprofit tutoring and mentoring program for elementary, middle and high schools. Could you give one hour and 45 minutes of your time per session, and three Saturdays per month? Tutoring sessions start at 9:30 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. If you are knowledgeable in the following areas, call and volunteer today: calculus, geometry, algebra, general math, chemistry, physics, biology, social studies, Spanish, French, reading, elementary math and reading and Language arts.

The orientation/training session will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Chantilly High School media center. The first tutoring session is Saturday, Oct. 5. Call Barbara Tyler at 703-830-8039.

<lst>Kathy Smith, Sully District's new School Board Representative, will be the speaker at the Virginia Run PTA meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Also in attendance will be Charles Woodruff, FCPS Assistant Superintendent for Financial Services. Smith will discuss the Fairfax County Public School's budget process and other school board-related topics.

Centreville High will hold its back-to-school night on Wednesday, Oct. 2 for students in grades 9 through 12. Entertainment will begin at 6:45 p.m. in the school's auditorium followed by a brief PTSA meeting at 7 p.m. Parents will then have the opportunity to visit with their children's teachers.

The Westfield Theatre Boosters will sponsor a Comedy Cabaret on Friday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the school's auditorium. The audience will sit on the auditorium stage to create a club-like atmosphere as students, teachers, and parents perform funny scenes and songs. The show features an excerpt from Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" starring Scott Pafumi, Westfield's theater arts director, as Felix, and Jim Mitchell, local businessman, as Oscar. Other performers include chorus teacher Jessica Lardin and students Kevin Knickerbocker, Derek Rommel, Jesse Leahy, Barry Armbruster, Megan Henry, Courtney Reed, Tara Mitchell, Megan Meadows, Natalie Chicas, Allison Conte, Jackie Hansen, Carl Calabrese, Scott Quigley and Karen Woolley. Suzanna Lynne Rommel is the accompanist. Tickets are $3 in advance; $4 at the door. All proceeds from cabarets will be used to fund the Westfield Theatre Boosters scholarship fund. Call the Westfield Theatre Arts Department at 703-488-6430.

Open your doors to Westfield High School music students during Tag Day, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5. Students from band, chorus and orchestra will be visiting their neighbors' homes requesting donations for the music program for the 2002-2003 school year. Donations will be used to cover the costs related to instructors, instruments, uniforms and costumes, and competitions which are not covered by Fairfax County.

All freshman, sophomores and juniors at Westfield High School will take Preliminary Scholastic Achievement Test (PSAT) on Tuesday, Oct. 15, during school hours. The PSAT is excellent preparation for the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT), which is required for admission by many colleges. Freshmen and juniors who want the test scored can pay a $14 registration fee for a test scoring report; the school district pays for sophomore test reports. Students who are on free or reduced lunch can obtain a fee waiver through the guidance department. Call Candy Constristan at 703-488-6300.

Robinson Secondary's Class of 1992 will hold its 10-Year Reunion on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington. Call First-Class Reunions at 888-327-1984 or visit the Web site at to update information.

<lst>A College Fair presented by Fairfax County Public Schools will be held on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Fair Oaks Mall, followed by its College Night program on Monday, Oct. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hayfield Secondary School. The fair features representatives from 400 colleges and attracts approximately 15,000 students and parents. Information about college admissions, testing, financial aid, and college life will be available at the College Fair. For a list of participating colleges, complete with links to the colleges' home pages, visit

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.

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:

William Axtell Arnold, the son of Karen and Mac Arnold of School Street in Clifton, recently began studies as a first-year student at Hamilton College.

A graduate of Robinson Secondary School, Arnold was selected from a pool of 4,565 applicants to the college, and joins a class of 491.

Hamilton College is located in Central New York.

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.