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TOT Preschool, a ministry of Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, is accepting registrations for three- and four-year-old children. For more, call 703-644-6384 or send an e-mail to tot@sumcdisciples.org. The Sydenstricker United Methodist Church is located at 8508 Hooes Road, Springfield.

Springfield’s Hidden Pond Nature Center offers various summer camps for youngsters. Registration opens on April 13, at 9 a.m. For more, call 703-451-9588.

* Pond Pals, open to ages 4-5; children explore Hidden Pond Park’s forest and wetlands through hands-on activities, nature crafts and games. The session takes place from July 6 to July 8, from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $60 per child.

* Pohick Peepers Camp, open to ages 5-6; children take part in field study, crafts, games and stories. Session takes place Aug. 1 to Aug. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost per child is $60 for the three-day session.

* At the five-day Junior Naturalist camp, open to ages 9 to 11, children can participate in a variety of outdoor activities designed to stimulate their interest in the natural world and breathe life into history. The camp takes place July 11 to July 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $85 per child.

* Pohick Ranger camp allows children ages 9 -12 to explore the park’s wetlands and forests in search of all that lives there. This will be an active, hands-on program, with the emphasis on outdoor field study. This camp takes place from July 25 to July 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $85 per child.

Students in the band programs at Robert E. Lee High School sponsor a car wash on Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Brookfield Plaza Shell gas station on Backlick Road across from Outback Steak House in Springfield.

Rolling Valley Elementary School hosts its annual Kindergarten Orientation for the 2005-06 school year on Monday, April 25, at 2 p.m., at the school, 6703 Barnack Drive, Springfield. Prospective kindergartners and their parents are invited to come and learn about the program and to make an appointment for registration. Children whose fifth birthday falls on or before Sept. 30, 2005, is eligible. For more, call 703-923-2700.

West Springfield High School’s Class of 1980 celebrates its 25-year reunion on June 25, at the Hyatt Arlington. For more information, visit www.greatreunions.com.

St. John's Center for Early Childhood Education is taking registrations for the 2005-06 school year. St. John's offers classes for 2,3 and Pre-K 4 year olds, and before and after school care for K-5. St. John's is located at 5312 Backlick Road, Springfield. Call 703-256-7748.

The following Hayfield teachers recently won Fort Belvoir Grants: Denise Stephanos for the “Student of the Month” program; Chaiki Rochkind for the “Japanese Cultural Festival;” Sharon Quick for the “Algebra SOL Cram Session” and Leslie Rodriguez for the “STAR Tutoring” program.

At the regional leadership conference for the Future Business Leaders of America, Hayfield Secondary's Nithya Jayakumar campaigned for and won the office of Vice President for the Northern Virginia region. Hayfield also had winners in Banking and Finance, Arthur Banian, second place; and Marketing, Michael Puterbaugh, third place.

Cadet Allen Hackett recently received a Student of Excellence Award for Spanish 3 at Massanutten Military Academy. Hackett is the son of Gordon and Yumi Hackett of Springfield. Student of Excellence Awards are given in each subject taught and represent the highest grade in that particular class as recommended by the teacher.

The following Hayfield Secondary students were winners of individual Gold Circle awards at the 81st annual Scholastic Convention at Columbia University:

* Kathleen Grice and Sadia Latifi, “Trips Gone Wild: Non School Sponsored Trip Poses Risk,” The Orange Peal, certificate of merit in News Publications, In Depth News Feature, Feature Story.

* Tricia Sangalang, “The Orange Peal Front Page,” The Orange Peal, first place in News Publications, Page One Design, Broadsheet Black and White.

Kimberly Parillo of Lake Braddock Secondary School, was recently recognized at the Washington Performing Arts Society’s 34th Annual Joseph and Goldie Feder String Competition. Kimberly, who plays bass, was declared a tutorial study award recipient.