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The second annual Greater Dulles Area Student Job Fair will take place Wednesday, April 20, from 2:45-6:30 p.m., at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly. Nearly 500 students seeking summer, part-time, full-time work or internships are expected to participate this year. Some schools plan on transporting students to this event. This entry-level job fair is organized by the Education Committee of the Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by FGM Inc. and Northern Virginia Tech Prep. Center/NVCC. Among the members of the committee are career center specialists from several high schools in Fairfax County as well as Northern Virginia Community College.

To register as an employer exhibitor, download an application form from www.HerndonDullesChamber.org (Events page) and fax the completed form to the Chamber as soon as possible to ensure your space. The fee is $35 for HD Chamber members and $55 for nonmembers. For questions, call 571-323-5307 or e-mail communications@HerndonDullesChamber.org. The Herndon Dulles Chamber has long partnered with Centreville High School, Chantilly Academy, Chantilly High School, Herndon High School, Northern Virginia Community College, Mountain View Alternative High School and Westfield High School on a variety of projects each year that are aimed at elevating the career options as well as ethical decision-making and financial management abilities of youths transitioning to adulthood. This chamber was the recipient of the Career Connections award in 2002 from Fairfax County Public Schools.

Forest Edge Elementary School will hold a Kindergarten Information Meeting in the school cafeteria Tuesday, May 3, at 7 p.m., to give a brief overview of the kindergarten program at Forest Edge and answer questions regarding immunization and health records, as well as other documentation, needed to register in Fairfax County Public Schools. Children must turn 5 years old on, or before, Sept. 30, 2005, to enter kindergarten in the 2005-2006 school year. This is state law and we can make no exceptions.

Bring with you: student registration form with part a completed; health information form; home language survey; your child’s original birth certificate; a copy of a physical examination (performed after Sept. 6, 2004); immunization record, photo id for the parent who is registering the child; and proof of residence (i.e., lease or deed to your home).

Virginia law requires that all immunizations be certified by a physician, and the month, day and year of immunizations must be indicated. Refer to the enclosed "Registration Requirements" sheet for immunization requirements.

They prefer that parents not bring their children with them to this meeting.

Call the office at 703-925-8000 to arrange a time to register if you are not able to attend. Forest Edge Elementary School is located at 1501 Becontree Tree Lane, Reston.

Now enrolling for the 2005-2006 school year is Chesterbrook Academy Elementary and Middle School. Small class sizes allow the benefit of individualized attention and foster academic success. Chesterbrook Academy Elementary and Middle School, 46100 Woodshire Drive, Sterling. Call 703-404-0202.

The Council for the Arts of Herndon is now accepting scholarship applications for students wishing to pursue an interest in the arts. To qualify for scholarships, students must be between the ages of 13 and 21, and either reside in or attend school in Herndon. Scholarships will be awarded based on:

* Merits of the program or curriculum.

* Demonstrated ability and sincere interest in the arts by virtue of his/her recent activities.

* Teacher/Instructor recommendation.

Applications are available at the office of the Council for the Arts of Herndon located in the old Town Hall building at 730 Elden St., on the second floor, in Herndon and online at www.herndonarts.org. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, April 29. Awards will be announced May 20 and presented at the Town Council meeting May 24. Call the Council for the Arts of Herndon at 703-689-9535.

The Paladin Program at Chesterbrook Academy is now accepting registration for the Paladin Academic Summer Camp. This program is for students in need of educational intervention, enrichment, and/or retention of previously learned concepts. It is a highly structured program with a small student-to-teacher ratio. The camp will run from June 20 through August 12 and students can sign up for two-week increments. Contact Katie McGahan, Paladin program director, at 703-397-0555 or 703-404-0202 or e-mail Katie.McGahan@nlcinc.com.

Clifton Children's Academy will be holding a registration Open House for school and summer camp for kindergarten and morning and afternoon preschool classes Wednesday, April 13, from 9:30 a.m.-noon This is for registration for Summer Camp 2005 and Fall 2005. Bring your child and tour the school, located at 14315 Compton Road in Centreville. Call 703-968-8455 or visit www.childrensacademy.com for details.

Council for the Arts of Herndon announces a new program sponsored by SAIC and Cox Communications. Additional support is being provided by Supervisor Joan DuBois, Dranesville District, Fairfax County BOS; Northern Virginia Technology Foundation; and the Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce. The program will highlight and reward the artistic talent and technology skills of students from eight Fairfax County High Schools in the arts technology area. Students in grades nine-12 are asked to submit art created with technology in the following areas: original digital image; film editing; animation; and original digital music. Schools included in the pilot phase of this program are: Herndon High School; South Lakes High School; Oakton High School; Chantilly High School and Chantilly Center; Fairfax Academy; Chantilly Academy; Centreville High School; and Westfields High School.

Scholarships will be awarded for best in competition $500, and in each category, first place $300, second place $200, third place $100. Art will be displayed at a reception at the end of the program, site to be determined. To submit artwork, fill out an entry form that can be obtained from your school or download an entry form from www.herndonarts.org. Contact Vicky Dorman, program chair, Council for the Arts of Herndon, 703-471-6174; or e-mail at info@herndonarts.org.

The Boyd School, Herndon Campus is offering the nationally acclaimed radKids program. This dynamic program teaches safety awareness to children of all ages. radKids is "a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to providing effective life-saving skills to children by teaching them to Resist Aggression Defensively." A course for children ages 4 to 7 years will begin on April 16. Your child will receive a certificate of completion after attending all five sessions. Contact The Boyd School, Herndon Campus at 571-203-8686 or visit The Boyd School Web site www.theboydschool.com.

Graduating seniors residing in or near Great Falls are invited to apply for two Alexander DeFilippis Scholarships being offered this spring. The Women's Association of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Great Falls is proud to award these college scholarships to young men and women who have served their community with their time and talent. Membership in St. Catherine of Siena Parish is not required. All college-bound seniors who are local residents — Great Falls, Vienna, Reston, Herndon, McLean, Sterling, Potomac Falls and or registered parishioners — should consider applying.

The selection process will place major emphasis on the student's development of Christian character and demonstrated service to others by involvement in school, church or community projects. The student must also have a 2.5 or higher overall high-school grade point average. Two scholarships of $3,000 each will be awarded again this year because of the generous community support for the St. Catherine of Siena Women's Association fashion show, luncheon and auction held at Riverbend Country Club.

Scholarship packages are available in the St. Catherine of Siena Parish office at 1020 Springvale Road, Great Falls. The applications must be returned by May 15. Strict adherence to the deadline, as well as to the completeness of the application is imperative.

The South Lakes High School Class of 1985, is looking for classmates for a 20-year reunion in October 2005. E-mail your name and mailing address to slhs1985@yahoo.com. Visit slhs1985.org. To volunteer to help with planning, indicate in your e-mail or contact Melanie Kirsch Colston at 703-476-0579.

The League of Reston Artists (LRA) announces it will offer $1,000 in scholarships to South Lakes High School and Herndon High School senior students who plan on pursuing further studies in the arts. The LRA will award a $250 scholarship to a graduating senior accepted to study art at an academic institution after graduation and a $250 scholarship to a graduating senior accepted to study photography at an academic institution after graduation from each high school. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on teacher recommendations, indicated interest in the arts, and review of a portfolio of work. The LRA scholarship application instructions and forms are available from South Lakes High and Herndon High schools.

* The candidate must be a graduating senior, spring 2005.

* The candidate must be an art or photography student at Herndon High School or South Lakes High School.

* The candidate must have been accepted to study art or photography at an academic institution after graduation.

* The candidate must submit a letter of recommendation from an art teacher at his/her school.

* The candidate must demonstrate artistic ability through the submission of a portfolio of works of art or photography for review by LRA selecting officials.

* The candidate will be judged on his/her sincere interest in the arts through the answers to the questions on the application form.

Application packets must include a completed application form, a teacher letter of recommendation, and a photocopy of acceptance to an art program. Students must also submit a portfolio of recent artwork for review by representatives of the League of Reston Artists. Selection of scholarship recipients will be at the sole discretion of the League of Reston Artists Board of Directors. Completed application and portfolios will be reviewed by appointment with the school art department in early May.

Contact James W. Bailey at 703-476-1474, e-mail JamesWBailey@comcast.net or visit http://www.leagueofrestonartists.