Schools & Organizations

Schools & Organizations

Book sale. There will be a children's consignment sale sponsored by Spring-Mar Cooperative Preschool in Burke on March 25 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church, 10125 Lakehaven Ct., Burke. For more information, visit, e-mail or call 703-239-1213.

Life Through Art is taking registration for the Summer 2006 Art Camp for ages 5-13. Explore architecture by making a fort, Graphic Art by designing a T- shirt, cartooning and animation, drawing and painting and sculpture. Camp takes place July 10-14 and July 19-23 in Springfield. Cost is $150 per week. Call Maureen at 703-455-4473 or visit www.

Westfield High School Proudly Hosts the 2006 Jazz Festival featuring Lake Braddock Secondary School, Robinson Secondary School and Westfield High School on Wednesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. at Westfield Auditorium, 4700 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly. Tickets $5 Guests and $2 Students.

Terra Centre Elementary School Kindergarten orientation/registration for the 2006-2007 school year will be held on Monday, May 15 at 1:30 p.m. Those with a child who will be 5-years-old on or before Sept. 30 and will be attending Terra Centre School, 6000 Burke Centre Parkway, should call the office at 703-249-1400 or stop in the school office to pick up a registration packet.

Interested in hosting a child from Colombia this summer? Through its Summer Miracles Program, the nonprofit organization, Kidsave International, brings older children from orphanages around the world to the Washington, D.C. community to experience 6 weeks of summer camp, family life, and the chance to be adopted. Now in its eighth year, Summer Miracles has placed 95 percent of these children in adoptive families. Kidsave is currently seeking host families in the D.C. Metro area for this summer. Host families need not be interested in adoption; just provide room and board and a commitment to becoming that child's partner in helping them find a family. To learn more information, please come to the next orientation session on Monday, March 27 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. If you have any questions, please visit or email Alla Kamins at

The Fourth Annual Techstravaganza, one of Northern Virginia’s largest student-sponsored technology fairs, will be held on Saturday, April 1, from 1-4:30 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), a Fairfax County public school. The fair is sponsored by Tomorrow’s Women in Science and Technology (TWIST) and is designed to spark interest in the fields of science and technology for elementary and middle school students. Included in the day’s events are an in-depth program about the solar system in the school’s planetarium and opportunities for middle school students to meet current TJHSST students and teachers. More than 40 booths, hosted by science- and technology-related organizations such as Exxon-Mobil and NASA, will be open at the fair, along with booths manned by student organizations such as the Student Robotics Club. Labs will be available for interactive participation. Attendees can also discuss computers, science, and technology in a creative and relaxed atmosphere. For more information, visit .

The Fairfax Art League recognizes young artists in the community with a special exhibition featuring the work of school-age children. The month-long exhibition started Monday, March 6 at 7 p.m. at the Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. The Fairfax Art League is a membership organization of local artists who display their work at many Fairfax City locations. For membership information write to FAL, 4401 Sideburn Rd. Fairfax, Va. 22030, call 703-352-ARTS ext. 5., or visit our Web site at

Choral Concert. Lake Braddock High School will perform a choral concert on March 21 at 7:30at the Lake Braddock Secondary School Little Theater Auditorium. For questions regarding this concert, contact Stephanie Holmes, Orchestra Director, at 703-426-1074.

Northern Virginia Community College is taking applications for the Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship Program, which offers up to $3,000 for a full year of tuition, books and fees for 40 first year students at the 23 different community colleges. To be eligible, students must be enrolled full-time in an associate's degree program and attending college for the first time. The scholars must have plans to graduate from NVCC and agree to be part of a program that promotes community college education and become mentors to future Legacy scholars. Final selection of the merit-based scholarships will be determined by academic excellence and leadership during high school. The application deadline is April 3, at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Carol Mowbray in the NVCC financial aid office at 703-323-3014 or by e-mail at

Host families wanted. The Children's Friendship Project for Northern Ireland (CFPNI) is seeking local families to help further the peace and reconciliation effort in Northern Ireland where division continues. Consider hosting a Protestant and Catholic youth (ages 15 to 18) in your home for four weeks this summer. To be eligible, families must provide a safe, neutral setting for the teens to get to know one another, a single bedroom for them to share, and day-long supervision. The teens participate in various activities designed to build trust, encourage cooperation and break down barriers. The majority of their time is spent getting to know each other and joining your family in its normal routine. Applications to host must be submitted by April 8, 2006. To obtain a host family application or to learn about our fund-raising event on March 11, contact Tamera Drozd at 703-255-1628 or Melinda Grochowski at 703-478-6291 or e-mail at

CEP Preschool, a ministry of Messiah United Methodist Church, is accepting registrations for the 2006-07 school year. The program offers classes for children 17 months through 4 years of age. Most classes are four hours in length and all classes are staffed by loving, experienced teachers. The preschool is located at 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield. Call 703-569-3033.

Mainly Music, a weekly musical group for preschool children and their caregivers, every Friday, at 10:15 a.m., at Fairfax Community Church, 11451 Braddock Road, Fairfax. The cost for each Friday's group is $3. Call 703-745-1030 or visit

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 visit

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.

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 is accepting registrations for the 2006-07 school year. Classes at 9-11:45 a.m., are available for 3 and 4-year-olds and at 12:30-3:15 p.m., for 4-year-olds. TOT Preschool offers small classes, a loving staff of teachers with degrees who prepare the children for kindergarten. The school is located at Sydenstricker UMC, 8508 Hooes Road, Springfield. Call 703-644-6384 for additional information 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