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The Parent Resource Center and the Office of Special Education is offering three new events for parents in May and June.

May 13 — A ‘film festival’ at the Parent Resource Center. Join staff members as they watch and review four highly recommended new videos about social skills and sensory integration.

May 18 — Supporting Your Child’s Reading Development: Part 2. This is a continuation of the well-received workshop that parents attended in January. It is not necessary to have attended Part 1 for Part 2. The presenters will further the discussion about the basics of early reading instruction, focusing on phonics as well as comprehension. Learn what teachers do to help children who are having difficulty in these areas and more ways that you can support your child's progress.

May 4 and June 1 — The PRC and the Oakton Pyramid will present two additional Mel Levine videos, "Attention" on May 4, and "Behavioral Complications" on June 1, at Waples Mill Elementary School. A discussion among parents and staff members will follow.

To learn more about these events, visit the Parent Resource Center Web site at www.fcps.edu/DSSSE/prc and go to ‘Workshops.’

Herndon High School classmates and teachers, from classes 1920-1964 will celebrate at the 14th annual all-class picnic and reunion, on June 5, at Pavilion No. 1 in Algonkian Regional Park, Sterling, from noon-5 p.m. Rain or shine. Contact K. Farrar at kayfar@bigplanet.com or 703-430-3975.

South Lakes High School junior Mei Christensen has won a National Scholastic silver award for her mixed media artwork “Identity.” She will be recognized at the National Scholastic Award Ceremony June 2, at Carnegie Hall in New York. Selection process for the award is very competitive. About 500 individual works of art are chosen to receive awards on the national level from 15,000 works found eligible for national judging. National qualifiers, in turn, were selected from a field of 200,000 works of art submitted in regional competitions.

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.

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.

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.