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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.

Eileen Kugler, author of "Debunking the Middle Class Myth: Why Diverse Schools are Good for All Kids" will be speaking at South Lakes High School, Monday, March 28 at 7 p.m. A former Annandale High School parent, Eileen Kugler will be discussing her passion, the benefits of an education in a diverse school. Contact Shane Wolfe, shane.wolfe@fcps.edu or Terraset Elementary School 703-390-5600 For information about Eileen Kugler, visit

http://www.kuglercom.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, March 30 and 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.

Terraset Elementary Spring Carnival on Sunday, April 3 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. will include games, entertainment, silent auction, pizza, cake walk and prizes. Terraset Elementary is located at 11411 Ridge Heights Road between Soapstone Road and South Lakes Drive in Reston. Terraset Elementary, a Fairfax County Public School, is the educational home for over 500 Reston students. . For more information, or directions, please contact Terraset Elementary at 703-390-5600. Items available at the Silent Auction are featured at http://www.terrasetpta.org

On Friday, April 8, The Boyd School Herndon Campus will hold a bake sale to raise money for “The Rebuild Sri Lanka Solar Initiative.” We are asking residents and local businesses to take a moment to stop by and contribute to the cause. Contact The Boyd School, Herndon Campus at 571-203-8686. The Herndon Campus address is 13251 Woodland Park Road, Herndon. Visit The Boyd School website for information regarding school programs or information on Montessori at www.theboydschool.com.

A Spring Fiesta and Silent Auction will take place on Saturday, April 9 from 1-5 p.m. at Lake Anne Elementary School at 11510 North Shore Drive in Reston. The Spring Fiesta is a fun-filled community affair with games, crafts, music, and refreshments with a Spanish flair, to compliment the school’s Arts Focus and partial Spanish Immersion Program. Students in the program receive their math and science instruction in Spanish from teachers from Puerto Rico, Columbia, Costa Rico, Peru, and elsewhere. The annual event provides the major source of funds for the PTA, according to Marco Rando, Lake Anne Elementary PTA President. This year, the Spring Fiesta will feature carnival games with prizes, face painting, fortune telling, a cake walk, raffles, Latino food, and a silent auction with over 100 items donated by teachers, parents and local businesses. Admission to the Spring Fiesta is free. Tickets for games, food, and raffles prizes can be purchased at the event.

Three of the five students from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) named to the National Honor Band of America and Orchestra of America are from South Lakes High School. The South Lakes students selected for the Honor Band of America are Stephanie Winkeljohn, flute, and Evan Vockley, trumpet. Pam Daniels, flute, was selected for the Honor Orchestra of America.

The National Concert Band Festival is a non-competitive educational event that combines world-class performance and evaluation opportunities with camaraderie in music. Performances will receive evaluations by a panel of nationally recognized educators for high-school directors to use as tools for future improvement. Additionally, students receive instrument master classes from some of the top musicians in the field.

The 2005 Honor Band of America ensemble includes 96 students representing 28 states. Participants were selected by a panel of renowned educators after submitting audition tapes. Selected members rehearsed and performed under the baton of Scott O'Neil, associate conductor of the Utah Symphony Orchestra, during the 2005 BOA National Concert Band Festival, the nation's premier festival for outstanding high school wind symphonies, held March 9-12 in Indianapolis.

Both the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic bands at South Lakes High School recieved Superior ratings in their respective catagories at District Festival.

The 2005 Honor Orchestra of America is comprised of 49 high-school musicians selected through a taped audition process. All who apply will receive written evaluation of their audition tape. Selected members will rehearse and perform at the National Concert Band Festival.

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.