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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 Lea Mae Rice at 703-917-6459.

The West Springfield High School class of 1981 will host its 25-year reunion on Saturday, Sept. 16. For more information, e-mail wrgibson@fcps.edu.

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 tot@sumcdisciples.org.

Grace Weekday Preschool, a ministry of Grace Presbyterian Church, is accepting registrations for the 2006-2007 school year for 2-5-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 2006-07 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 accepts book donations for the book sale through March 2007. Call Marj Lohmann at 703-924-8370.

The Lake Braddock Senior class of 2006 and their families thank the following businesses, organizations and individuals for their support of the All Night Drug and Alcohol Free Graduation Celebration on June 20:

* Virginia Eyecare Center

* Roger F. Vorcheimer, D.D.S.

* Wal-Mart, Burke

* Washington Sports Clubs, Springfield

* Wegman's, Fairfax

* White Oaks Elementary PTA

* Dan Williams/Re-Max Elite

* Carol Wooddell, D.D.S.

* www.fairfaxautomile.com

TOT Preschool at Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, 8308 Hooes Road in Springfield, has openings in their half-day program for the fall. Morning and afternoon classes for 4-year-olds and morning classes for 3-year-olds are taught by degreed teachers. Call Shirley Edwards at 703-644-6384 or e-mail tot@sumcdisciples.org for more information or to arrange a tour of the school.

Edison High School's class of 1976 offers its 30th reunion Oct. 13-15. For more information, e-mail tvcf98@yahoo.com.

Preschool Registration. Adat Reyim Preschool is accepting registrations for the 2006-2007 year. Adat Reyim Preschool runs from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and offers a variety of programs for different ages. Adat Reyim Preschool is located at 6500 Westbury Oaks Court in Springfield. For more information call 703-455-PLAY (7529) or e-mail preschool@adatreyim.org.

The Accotink Academy Preschool is now taking registration for children ages 3 to kindergarten-age for the 2006-07 school year. Classes are offered from 8:45-11:45 a.m. and from 12:30-3:30 p.m. All day kindergarten is also available from 8:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Classes include tumbling, music, Spanish, drama and phonics. Accotink is located at 6215 Rolling Road in Springfield. For more information call 703-451-5797 between 10 a.m.-2 p.m or visit www.accotninkacademy.com.

Robert E. Lee High School's class of '81 celebrates its 25-year reunion on Saturday, Oct. 14 at The Wyndham in Washington, D.C. Doors open at 9 p.m. with an open bar and menu of hors d'oeuvres all included in the reunion price. An informal gathering is Friday, Oct. 13 at The Bungalow in Manchester Lakes and a family picnic is Sunday, Oct. 15 at Occoquan Regional Park. To register for the Silver Reunion party, visit www.Lee81.com.

In the fall and spring, Sangster Elementary School provides a time for any non-profit agencies to send fliers or announcements home to families. The school provides the envelopes for inclusion in the student backpack. Non-profit agencies must send a person over to the school to include their fliers and information in the individual envelopes. There are approximately 750 envelopes to fill with material. Days available for collating the information are Sept.18, 19 and 20. The envelopes are sent home with the students on Sept. 21. Anyone who wishes to avail themselves of this opportunity must call the office at 703-644-8200 to make an appointment.

Adat Reyim Preschool, 6500 Westbury Oaks Court, Springfield is accepting registration for the 2006-2007 school years. The school offers classes for children aged 21 months through 5 years. School hours 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with an optional lunch bunch from 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Enrichment classes offered on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 1:30-2:15 p.m. and a Mommy and Me program on Mondays. For information call 703-455-PLAY (7529) or e-mail preschool@adatreyim.org.

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 www.fairfaxcommunity.net.

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 www.fcps.edu/DSSSE/ombudsmen/index.htm.

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. Call Scott Romans at 703-455-2167.

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 www.wyzant.com, call 703-945-1835 or e-mail wyzaide@wyzant.com.

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.

George Mason University’s professional theater in residence, Theater of the First Amendment, offers a mentoring program and playwriting contest for local students. Selected applicants can work with a professional playwright, director or dramaturg on play development during the fall. At the end of the mentoring period, the students submit their final plays to TFA’s First Light Festival competition for high school playwrights. The winning entry receives a professional five-day workshop and public reading at the Seventh Annual First Light Festival on Saturday, March 17, 2007. To apply, print the application form from the TFA website at www.gmu.edu/cfa/tfa and mail it with a 2-page writing sample to First Light Festival, Theater of the First Amendment, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, MS 3E6, Fairfax, VA 22030-4444. All applications must be received by Oct. 2.

Girl Scouts. Two groups open to girls between 5 and 11, and 11 and 17 years old, all year round. Activsities 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 www.studio2B.org or www.gscnc.org.

The Virginia Business and Professional Women’s (VA BPW) Foundation offers a variety of scholarships, grants and fellowships to assist women to re-enter the job market or further their education and careers, as well as to support the study of women's issues. Visit www.bpwva.org.

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) offers SAT preparation, study skills, and other enrichment courses for secondary school students at several area schools including South County Secondary, West Springfield High School and Hayfield Secondary this summer. For more information, visit the web site at http://www.fcps.edu/DIS/OACE/prek12.html. Current FCPS students may submit registration and payment by mail, by fax or walk-in at any Fairfax County adult education registration center. For information about the courses, call 703-227-8453 or 703-227-8472 Monday through Friday during regular business hours.

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.