School Notes

School Notes

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<lst>Works by Anne Hausman, an art teacher at Great Falls Elementary School, are on display as part of “… and They Teach,” an art show sponsored by the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRAC). Hausman’s work will be on display at the GRAC gallery at Reston Town Center until Wednesday, Nov. 12, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

A new select basketball team for sixth-grade girls is forming in the Great Falls area. The team will be coached by Jay Donegan, who believes in developing individual and team talent in a positive environment. Call Donegan, 703-406-2710, or Jim Gallagher, 703-759-3893, for additional information.

Ambleside School, a Christian K-8 school in Reston, will host an Open House on Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 7:30-9 p.m. All interested parents are welcome to come and learn

more about Ambleside. The school is located across from Home Depot at 1700 Reston Parkway (Oakbrook Church). For more information, call 703-435-3300, or see

Lorien Wood is a Christ-centered school with integral curriculum modeled after Rivendell School in Arlington. Lorien Wood will feature small, mixed-age classes, with emphasis placed on character development, community, and parental involvement. The school will open in the greater Vienna area in fall 2004 with grades kindergarten to four, expanding through grade eight over the next four years. Open houses will be Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m., and Monday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m., both at Bethel Baptist Church, 1130 Towlston Road, Great Falls. R.S.V.P. appreciated but not required, at "" or 703-281-1807. For additional information, contact

Dominion Christian School at 10922 Vale Road in Oakton, a classical Christian school with grades K-7, will hold an open house on Thursday, Oct. 23, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, see or contact Jan Pierce, principal, at 703-758-1055.

The annual Westgate Elementary School fall festival will take place Friday, Oct. 24, from 6-8 p.m. Sponsored by the school’s PTA, the festival is intended to be a safe alternative to trick-or-treating. Students, staff members and parents come in costume to enjoy a cake walk, trick or treat, a moon bounce and games.

The Falls Church High School Class of 1978 25th reunion will take place Oct. 24-25, Homecoming Weekend. Friday evening there is a happy hour scheduled at the Fairview Park Marriott at 7 p.m. Saturday evening there will be a party at the Marriott starting at 7:30 p.m. Contact Andrew Hendrickson at or Margaret Knerr at to register.

Starshine Theater Young Actors' Workshop will begin rehearsing an original musical drama, "The Honorable History Society Mystery," on Saturday, Oct. 25, at the School of Theatrical Dance in Great Falls. Written and directed by Patricia Budwig, the whodunit play is based on the lives of certain colorful characters found in paintings at the National Gallery of Art. The workshop is open to boys and girls 7-16. It is a full-production experience, offering a speaking role to every student, as well as lead singing, action/dance and assistant directing roles for those who are interested. A professionally produced CD soundtrack of the original musical score will include cast members' vocal talents. Performances will take place on Saturday, Jan. 31, at The Great Falls Grange. Call 703-790-9050 or e-mail for complete audition and rehearsal information.

Children's fun fair. On Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the Montessori School of Oakton, 12113 Vale Road, Oakton, will host a fun fair including a moon bounce, pony rides, costume parade, games and more. Rain or shine. For more information, call 703-352-4167.

Great Falls Village Green Day School will host an open house on Monday, Oct. 27, from 1-3 p.m. All families interested in preschool, Montessori, child care or after-elementary-school care are invited to attend. Call the school, 703-759-4049, to R.S.V.P.

Paul VI Catholic High School, located at 10675 Lee Highway in Fairfax, will host an open house for prospective students and their parents on Sunday, Nov. 2, 1-4 p.m., and Monday, Nov. 3, 9-10:30 a.m. For further information, call Eileen Hanley, director of admissions/student life, at 703-352-0925, Ext. 331.

Jim Weiss, a nationally recognized storyteller, will visit on Friday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m., at Churchill Road Elementary School, 7100 Churchill Road, McLean. Community members welcome. Free. Call 703-288-8400 for more information, or visit to learn about Weiss.

The Country Day School will host an Admissions Open House on the following dates: Nov. 17, 18, 24 and 25. Reservations are required. Call 703-356-9149 to reserve a space. The Country Day School is located at 6418 Georgetown Pike, McLean.

Great Falls Elementary School will host its Fall Book Fair on Nov. 17-21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., in the school library. Purchases help the students earn educational equipment. All are welcome. For more information, contact Megan Salas at 703-757-4701.

The Civitan Club of Tysons is seeking six local high-school students to attend its annual "Leadership in Freedom" conference Nov. 20-23. The long weekend will consist of workshops and presentations emphasizing the tenets of citizenship necessary to American democracy and the elements of a free enterprise system. Through discussion and debate, participants will examine major national/international issues and their responsibilities as good citizens.

Students attending Langley, Robert E. Lee, James Madison, Marshall, George Mason, McLean, JEB Stuart and Oakton high schools are eligible and need to contact the career center at their respective schools to express interest in participating. Each school will administer the selection process, and Civitans will pay the fees. The mission of Civitan, a nonprofit organization, is to build good citizenship by providing a volunteer organization of clubs dedicated to serving individual and community needs with an emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities.

Two Oakton High School students, Catherine Cho and Josh Wheatley, have been named winners of National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Achievement Awards in Writing.

Cho and Wheatley, who are both seniors, are part of a group of 22 students in Virginia who were honored for their writing skills. NCTE judged student entries for depth of thought in quality and presentation of ideas, skill in presenting the ideas as the writer’s own, clarity about the subject and audience, and demonstration of a command of vocabulary and sentence structure. Nominees submitted two pieces of writing: one sample in prose or verse and one sample on an impromptu theme designated by NCTE.

The students will be recognized with certificates of commendation, and their names will be included in a booklet and on the NCTE web site.

Great Falls Elementary School PTA is in need of used computer inkjet and laserjet cartridges. The PTA would be glad to name companies that help as corporate partners.

Send empty cartridges as often as possible. They can be dropped off at the school in a recycling box in the front lobby, or they can be picked up on a regular basis. Great Falls Elementary School can accept Apple, Cannon, HP, Lexmark and Xerox brands. It will receive $1 to $5 for each cartridge to be put toward educational purchases. For more information, contact Risa Sanders at or 703-759-1933.

Great Falls Elementary School raises funds all year by participating in various programs. To help Great Falls Elementary, designate the school code listed when shopping at these local retailers: Giant, 01943; Safeway, 6509980; Harris Teeter, 5220; Office Depot, 70103839.

Participation helps the school earn free educational equipment such as computers, printers, sporting goods, band equipment, software, books and more. For more information, contact Sharon Roman at 703-421-8878.

Lisa Mank has been promoted from assistant principal at Freedom Hill to principal at Cunningham Park.

Verniece Rorie has transferred from assistant principal at Groveton to assistant principal at Thoreau Middle School.

ABC News correspondent Sam Donaldson will speak to students at Oakton High School on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. Donaldson hosts, a live Internet news broadcast, and a daily news and talk radio program heard on ABC News Radio affiliates. He will speak to advance placement (AP) literature students and school newspaper staff members about his experiences as a White House correspondent.

Long & Foster Real Estate once again offers its annual Long & Foster $150,000 Scholarship Program for well-rounded graduating high school-seniors entering an accredited four-year college or university. The Long & Foster Scholarship Program will award $1,000 to each of 150 worthy recipients throughout its seven-state region for the 2004-05 academic year. The monetary scholarship award will be made payable directly to the college or university in the student’s name. The deadline for applying is March 1, 2004, and the scholarships will be awarded beginning May 3, 2004.

Eligible high-school seniors must have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, demonstrate financial need, indicate positions of leadership they held while a student and describe in which school groups they have been involved, community organizations in which they have served, and whether they have held a part-time job while in school, to be considered well-rounded applicants. Applicants will be asked to write a short essay on either their most significant high-school experience or their expectations for college.

Applications for the Long & Foster Scholarship Program can be obtained from any of Long & Foster’s residential sales offices, from high-school guidance counselors, or via Long & Foster’s Web site at Check the Long & Foster Web site for a list of service areas where applicants must reside to be eligible for the scholarship program.

A hard copy of the application and the required attachments must be mailed by March 1, 2004, to Long & Foster Corporate Headquarters at the following address: Long & Foster Scholarship Program, c/o Corporate Marketing Department, Long & Foster Real Estate Inc., 11351 Random Hills Road, Fairfax, VA 22030-6082, Attention: Colleen Park.

The Flint Hill Elementary Student Cooperative Association has begun planning its 11th Holiday Craft Fair, which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the school gym. This well-advertised event is eagerly anticipated by 700-plus students and their families! Crafters to sell and exhibit handmade crafts, ornaments, clothes, gifts, pottery, etc., are being sought. Contact Mary Minkler, 703-391-2949. The cost for participating is $40 for a single table and $60 for a double. Tables are approximately 6 feet long.