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Education Notebook - 09/10/03

Lunch Bunch

<bt>Fairfax County Public Schools Office of Special Education will be holding a "Lunch Bunch Video Series" for parents. The videos are by Mel Levine, a developmental pediatrician at the University of North Carolina.

"Feelings and Motivation" and "Getting Thoughts on Paper" will be shown Sept. 16, 18 and 25 at various locations throughout the county.

"Language" and "Mastering the Challenge of Reading" will be shown Oct. 14, 23 and 30.

To register for any of the sessions, call 703-204-3941 or e-mail Claire.Leftwich@fcps.edu. For a full description of the videos, times and locations, visit the Web site www.fcps.edu/DSSSE/prc/prcwksp.htm.

<sh>ARC Rally

<bt>The ARC of Northern Virginia will be sponsoring a "Call to Action: Building Communities for Citizens with Disabilities," a rally in Richmond Sept. 20. Participants will march from Mayo Island to the state Capitol from 11 a.m.-noon. Those interested in participating in the rally will meet at the Northern Virginia Training Center, 9901 Braddock Road, Fairfax, from 7-7:30 a.m., and the Warren Stambaugh Building, 3035 Wilson Blvd., in Arlington, from 7-7:30 a.m. The group will leave at 8 a.m. and return by 4:30 p.m. For more information call The ARC at 703-532-3214.

<sh>New Show for Non-English Speakers

<bt>Beginning Monday, Sept. 29, Fairfax County Public Schools will introduce a new news and talk television show for Fairfax County adults who are still learning English. "In Other Words," an informational program about the school system that is directed at adults who are not fluent in English — especially parents of FCPS children — will be shown on Red Apple 21 in five different languages and will expand the school system’s TV That Counts program block.

The show will be broadcast on cable Channel 21 every day at 5:30 p.m. Five languages will be represented on the show: Arabic, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese. The five languages chosen represent the languages other than English that are most commonly spoken by FCPS families.

Each language group has been given a specific weekly air date. The air dates are: Sunday, Farsi; Monday, Arabic; Wednesday, Spanish; Friday, Korean; and Saturday, Vietnamese.

For more information about "In Other Words," contact Jay Garant in the Office of Community Relations at 703-246-3661.

<sh>FCPS Events Calendar

<bt>Wednesday, Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee meeting. Leis Center, 7423 Camp Alger Ave., Falls Church.

Thursday, Sept. 11, 8 p.m.

School Board regular meeting. Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

Monday, Sept. 15, 8:30 a.m.

School Board work session. Burkholder Center, 10700 Page Ave., Fairfax.

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Gifted and Talented Advisory Committee meeting. Lacey Center, 3705 Crest Drive, Annandale.

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m.

* Student Health Advisory Committee meeting. Devonshire Center, 2831 Graham Road, Falls Church.

* Human Resources Advisory Committee meeting. Burkholder Center, 10700 Page Ave., Fairfax.

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m.

* Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities meeting. Belle Willard Center, 10310 Layton Hall Drive, Fairfax.

* Adult and Community Education Advisory Committee meeting. Marshall High School, 7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church.