Camps & Schools

Camps & Schools

Know something that should be featured in School Notes? Awards? Special events? School fairs? Fax a brief write-up to 703-917-0991. Or call Jon Whiten at 703-917-6422.

The West Springfield High School Symphonic Strings will perform at the Virginia Music Educators Assocation conference, Nov. 17-19, in Norfolk.

Lee High's yearbook, "The Shield," recently won a first place award from the Virginia High School League.

Lee High's magazine, "Troubadour," recently won a first place award from the Virginia High School League.

Lake Braddock Secondary's yearbook, "The Lair," recently won a first place award from the Virginia High School League.

Lake Braddock Secondary's newspaper, "The Bear Facts," recently won a first place award from the Virginia High School League.

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.

The Lee High School Library needs a few volunteers who can come once a week, twice a month or once a month during the school day to help shelve books. No experience necessary. Call Marj Lohmann at 703-924-8370.

The Lee High School Library welcomes used book donations throughout the year for their annual book sale. Call 924-8370.

TOT Preschool, a ministry of Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, has openings in its morning three-year-old classes and the afternoon four-year-old class. Visit or call 703-644-6384. The Sydenstricker United Methodist Church is located at 8508 Hooes Road, Springfield.

"Riding the Wave: Tools for Adults and Youth to Safely Surf the Elementary through High School Years," a free conference, is offered on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Lee High School, 6540 Franconia Road, Springfield. Check-in, late registration and the serving of a complimentary continental breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. The conference is open to everyone who lives within Fairfax County Public Schools' Cluster V boundaries for Lee, Edison, Hayfield and South County schools.

The conference will concurrently present programs in three tracks: one in English for adults, another in English geared to youth ages 12 to 18, and a third presented in or translated to Spanish. Topics to be covered include anger management, bullying, discipline, drugs and alcohol, gangs, teen nutrition and self defense for women.

Registration brochures are available at or can be received by mail by contacting Lisa Adler at 703-690-6808 or Forms are due by Nov. 4.

Immanuel Christian School, located at 6915 Braddock Road in Springfield, presents a Fall Preview Open House for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The curriculum stresses critical thinking, problem solving, and writing skills, integrated with a Biblical worldview. Call 703-941-1220 or visit

The Commission on the Arts supports both established and developing arts organizations by providing grants to qualified applicants. The commission also has an active school arts program that supplements and enhances regular school activities. Some of the performing groups that have benefited from grants this year include the City of Fairfax Band, the Fairfax Art League, Happy Feet Cloggers Lanier School, Acting for Young People, and Theater of the First Amendment. The commission is considering grant applications for any qualifying groups, schools or individuals.

Applications are now being accepted, closing date for applications is Nov. 15. To apply for a grant or for more information call at 703-352-2787 or e-mail Grant application forms can be downloaded from our Web site

Messiah United Methodist Church's Child Enrichment Program has openings in the 2- and 4-year-old classes for this fall. Four-year-old classes are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and the 2-year-old class is on Mondays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more, call Betsy Findley at 703-569-3033.

WyzAnt, Inc. provides free tutoring to deserving students through its charity, WyzAide. WyzAnt is looking for students who have demonstrated dedication to their studies, have high aspirations for their academic and professional futures, and who sincerely desire assistance. Visit, call 703-945-1835 or e-mail

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. 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

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

The Air Force Officers' Wives Club of Washington, D.C. has scholarships available for high school seniors, continuing education students and non-military spouses who are dependents of United States Air Force members (active duty, retired, POW/MIA or deceased, officer or enlisted) residing in the area. Applicants will be judged on both academic and citizenship achievements. Judges will not consider financial need in their selections. High school seniors may contact the counseling officer of their school for a copy of the application and eligibility requirements. The application is also available by sending a stamped, self-addressed business size envelope to: AFOWC Scholarship Committee, 50 Theisen St., Washington, D.C. 20032-5411. All applications must be received by Feb. 17, 2006.