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Neighborhood: Seminary Valley

The results are in for the Brookville-Seminary Valley Civic Association election, held this past October. Your representatives include: President - Judy Cooper, 1st Vice President - Shirley Downs, 2nd Vice President - Keith Kruse, Treasurer - Yaneev Benno, Parliamentarian -Jordan Ortiz, Secretary - Katy Matthews, Membership Secretary - Beth Richardson. Members-at-Large include Emily Brown, Rob Chamberlain, Faith Holcombe and Amanda Kent. Thanks to all who served last year and who stepped forward to serving in 2012-13.

President Cooper plans to focus on involving more community members in West End development issues. The next general meeting will be Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Beatley Library.

In school news, the turf field at Hammond Middle School is just about completed (it is thrilling to see the green turf as you drive by the school). The projected completion date is Dec. 17.

Polk Elementary School is hosting a mobile dentist /Smile program on Dec. 12 and 13 for children who do not have a regular dentist. Contact Nurse Stefani Lailari if you can volunteer to help that day (Stefani.lailari@acps.k12.va.us). The Polk PTA’s Dec. 18 meeting will include a visit from Superintendent Sherman; contact PTA President Leslie Kruse with a specific question or concern for the Superintendent (leslie.kruse@yahoo.com).

Patrick Henry students got into the holiday spirit early by crafting holiday ornaments for U.S. Sen. Mark Warner’s office. Art Teacher Molly Knepper worked with Ms. Wyatt's third-grade class and Ms. Jones's fourth-grade class. The students made tie-dyed snowflakes inspired by glass sculpture artist Dale Chihuly, who specializes in bold colors and organic shapes. Go to www.flickr.com/photos/acps12 to see photos of their creations.

A few dates to keep in mind: ACPS schools’ Winter Break is pretty short this year … from Dec. 24 to Jan. 1. The city will resume its leaf vacuum efforts in our area on Dec. 10; bagged leaves will be collected through Jan. 4. Also, the City will start collecting Christmas trees at curbside right after Christmas as part of its normal recycling services.