Camps & Schools

Camps & Schools

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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 The Sydenstricker United Methodist Church is located at 8508 Hooes Road, Springfield.

Grace Weekday Preschool, a ministry of Grace Presbyterian Church, is accepting registrations for the 2005-2006 school year for 2-4-year-olds, including Pre-K. The preschool is located at 7434 Bath St., Springfield. For more, call 703-451-3314.

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.

John Goodnow, Jason Dalal, Joe Camillo and Chris Glover represented Hayfield Secondary's Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at the seventh annual Children's Cancer Foundation Radiothon. The students helped set up the event, escorted guests, ran an arts and crafts table, and taught some basic military drill movements before holding an impromptu contest. Sponsored by WBIG 100.3, the event raised more than $132,000.

Chip Fowler, the son of Amanda Fowler of Springfield and Chip Fowler of Arlington, recently graduated from Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal. Fowler was selected as the Second Squadron Executive Officer in the Academy's Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). He plans to attend Virginia Tech this fall.

Michael Morgan, the son of John and Jennifer Morgan of Springfield, recently graduated from Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School in Front Royal. Morgan was active in band, earned first chair for tuba at the Military School Band Festival while competing against high school and college students, and received the Academic Achievement Award for Upper School Band.

Summer Cinema Camp begins June 20, for 11 weeks at 10 a.m., at University Mall Theaters, 10659 Braddock Road, Fairfax. For more, call 703-273-0876.

The Fairfax County Department of Community and Recreation Services sponsors RecQuest, a quality, affordable program for children in grades 1 to 6. The program begins Monday, June 27 through Friday, Sept. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $70 per week (sliding fee scale available). Space is limited. For more, call 703-222-9693 or visit The Department of Community and Recreation Services is located at 12011 Government Center Parkway, 10th Floor, Fairfax.

The Northern Virginia Community College Annandale campus offers the following programs for children during the summer. For more information on these and other continuing education programs or to register, visit For assistance with registration or payment, call 703-323-3168:

* Power Academy is an academic enrichment program for students in first through eight grades. From 9 a.m. to noon, students will receive English and math preparation for the upcoming fall semester. After a 30-minute lunch break, students will spend the remaining hours until 3 p.m., learning cultural history, art, basketball and soccer. Every Friday, students will go on a field trip to local historic sites and museums. Tuition is $690 per student for four weeks, or $1,250 per student for eight weeks. For more, call 703-658-3554.

Tiny Dancers of Fairfax offers week-long mini-camps for young dancers (ages 3-6). All camps include daily instruction in ballet, tap or jazz, a camp t-shirt, a snack, fine motor exercise through a theme-related craft and dress-up dance interpretation of favorite fairy tales. Sessions culminate with a recital and reception for family and friends. The final camp is "Enchanted Castles," Aug. 22-26. For more, call 703-425-3442 or visit

The Fairfax County Park Authority is responding to community changes with additional programming to meet the needs of youngsters who are educated at home. New daytime classes, ideal for homeschoolers, will be offered this fall at Providence and South Run RECenters. Some classes for the approaching school year include: Outdoor Science, which explores flight, weather, geology and space in an outdoor setting; Explorations in Chemistry; Explorations in Astronomy; and Explorations in Botany. Class discounts are available for each individual class with early registration which continues now through Aug. 19. Register at any time until the day the class begins. Classes will be canceled due to low registration. For more, call 703-324-8548 or visit

The Lake Braddock Marching Band hosts a series of car washes in August and September. The Aug. 20 wash is 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at King's Park Exxon, 5239 Rolling Road, Springfield. The Aug. 28 wash is 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Burke Mobil, 9414 Burke Lake Road, Burke. The Sept. 3 wash is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Burke Wal-Mart, 6000 Burke Commons Road, Burke. For more, call 703-426-1072.

TOT Preschool of Sydenstricker United Methodist Church is registering children from 3-5 years old for 2005-2006. Degreed, experienced teachers staff our half-day program at 8505 Hooes Road, Springfield. For more, call 703-644-6384 or e-mail

Girl Scouts. Two groups open to girls between 5 and 11, and 11 and 17 years old, all year round. Activities include high-adventure outings such as rock climbing, white water rafting and back packing, international and national travel, internship opportunities on capitol hill, theater, art, science, technology and making friends. For more information call Betsy Kiger at 1-800-523-7898, ext. 578, Sharon Fontanella at 703-451-4680 or Dale Hook at 703-866-1840. Visit or

Fairfax County Public Schools maintains a toll-free telephone hotline for emergency messages, with information in three languages. 1-800-839-FCPS (3277) is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In the event of school closings or delays or other emergency situations, information can be obtained by dialing the toll-free number from anywhere in the region. Messages are available in English, Korean and Spanish.

Fairfax County Public Schools has expanded support services for families of students with disabilities. Parents can now access the services of a special education ombudsman for guidance and support. The eight ombudsmen are part of a network that provides assistance to parents who are navigating the special education process and feel they could benefit from the advice and knowledge of a more experienced and specially trained parent. Parent ombudsmen can provide information about the special education process and services provided by Fairfax County Public Schools, as well as information about special education regulations, procedures, and policies. They may collaborate with parents to assist them in resolving problems. They may also attend Individualized Education Program (IEP) or school-based meetings to help parents and staff members reach consensus regarding the special education process. For more information, contact the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941. For a listing of the eight ombudsmen


Sign Up for Cub Scouts. Boy Scouting is available to boys who are 11 through 17 years old, or who have earned the Cub Scout Arrow of Light Award, or have completed the fifth grade. Boy Scouts camp, hike and fish in the great outdoors. They get together in troops and try out new experiences.

Venturing offers a program that is fun and full of challenge and adventure for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age. Learn more about Venturing's outdoor, sports, arts and hobbies, community service and Sea Scouting crews.

For more information about these programs, call Scott Romans at 703-455-2167.

The Fairfax County Park Authority offers a wide variety of summer camps. For more information, visit or call 703-222-4664.