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School Notes

Oct. 11-17

Know something that should be featured in School Notes? Awards? Special events? School fairs? Fax a brief write-up to Lea Mae Rice at 704-913-0911, e-mail fairfax@connectionnewspapers.com, or call 703-917-6459.

Paul VI Catholic High School hosts "PVI Day at Macy’s" Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Macy’s department store at Tyson’s Corner Center. From 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Macy’s will sell 20 percent discount shopping cards for $5, with proceeds going to the Catholic school. Paul VI’s Dance and Cheerleading teams will be on hand to perform throughout the day. Consumers also receive 10 percent savings on all regular, sale and clearance furniture, mattresses and rugs. Everyone who purchases a discount card may also enter a drawing to win a $500 Macy’s gift card. For more e-mail Karen Gallagher at kgallagher@paulvi.net or call 703-352-0925 ext. 363.

Truro Preschool and Kindergarten hosts "Running for the Kids," a 5K run and one-mile family fun run Oct. 20 at 9 a.m. at the preschool, 10520 Main St., Fairfax. Silent auction, refreshments, door prizes. For information or to register see www.truropreschool.org.

Jimi Gibson, the Comedy Hypnotist, brings "Hypnosis, The Show" to Fairfax High School Sunday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. A hilarious must-see performance for the entire family, hosted by the Fairfax High School 2008 All Night Graduation Committee. The school is located at 3500 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. $8. E-mail FHSANGFundraiser@verizon.net or visit www.fcps.edu for more.

Paul VI Catholic High School celebrates its 25th anniversary with a Gala dinner and auction Nov. 9 at Westwood Country Club, 800 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Proceeds from the event will help to equip each of the school’s classrooms with Smart Boards as well as raise money for the school’s Options Program. Cocktails, food, live musical entertainment, raffles, and live and silent auction segments. For more visit the school’s website at www.paulvi.net.

The City of Fairfax Hot Spot teen center is 6:30-10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights at 4401 Sideburn Road., Fairfax. Registration is free for all sixth through ninth graders. Advance payment of two weeks for all trips and activities. Call 703-591-3360.

Gym for teens open Friday and Saturday from 7-10 p.m. In order to attend field trips, participants need to register and an emergency care card needs to be completed and on file. All trips depart from Green Acres, 4401 Sideburn Road. Fairfax. Visit www.fairfaxva.gov.

The Little Run Elementary Preschool Parent Group meets once a month to provide a supportive learning environment for families of preschoolers with special needs, community integration preschoolers, and preschool children participating in the Family and Early Childhood Education program (FECEP) and the Preschool Autism program (PAC). Each meeting focuses on a topic that families have indicated an interest in learning about, along with time to share and learn from each other.

On Thursday, Aug. 30, Providence Elementary School teachers and administrators welcomed students back to school with an Open House. Parents had an opportunity to meet teachers and pick up supplies while students explored their new learning environments. Supporting the orientation were volunteers from the Assistance League of Northern Virginia (ANLV), a nonprofit volunteer organization that promotes literacy and well being through community based programs. As a Partner in Education, Assistance League of Northern Virginia has teamed up with teachers, reading specialists and administrators at Providence Elementary since 1999 through their Operation School Bell programs. This year, in addition to offering volunteer hours, implementing and maintaining the Reading Express and Reading Readiness programs, the Assistance League of Northern Virginia has, at the request of the teachers, donated 200 take-home book bags for every first grade student.

The City of Fairfax Parks & Recreation Department offers new dance and nutrition courses designed to compliment studies for local pre-school, school or homeschool students. Classes include Dance and Tumbling for boys, Boys and Girls Dance Combo, Kiddie Combo, Teen Dance, Creative Dance, Nutritional Eating for Weight Loss and Healthy Habits and Survival Party Dance. Contact the department at 703-385-6090 for a full brochure and more information, or visit www.fairfaxva.gov.

Dennis Shiraev of Robinson Secondary School earned National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Achievement Awards in Writing for 2007.

A yard sale will benefit Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology’s nationally-recognized crew team is Saturday Oct. 27 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. in the school cafeteria, 6560 Braddock Road, Alexandria. For information call 703-207-9239.

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.

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 offers 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. Contact the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941. For a listing of the eight ombudsmen visit www.fcps.edu/DSSSE/ombudsmen/index.htm.

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. For more information, visit the Web site at 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.