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Brief: Storytelling Night at SLES

Stratford landing Elementary School is hosting a Storytelling Night on Thursday, Nov. 13. Reading will start at 7 p.m.

Buzz Aldrin Elementary Named a National PTA School of Excellence

National PTA has recognized Buzz Aldrin Elementary School and the Buzz Aldrin Elementary School PTA as a National PTA School of Excellence for their achievement in building effective family-school partnerships.

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Saluting Veterans

The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Color Guard and a number of veterans attended the annual Patriotic Music Program at Primary Day School in Bethesda this year.

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‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at Churchill

Churchill High School will present “Little Shop of Horrors,” Nov. 14, 15, 21 and 22 from 7-9 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. Tickets, available at door, are $10 for students with ID and $15 for adults.

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Author Inspires Potomac Students To Write

Laura Krauss Melmed describes journey from idea to publication.

Students at Beverly Farms Elementary School learned about the writing process and how a book gets published from children’s book author Laura Krauss Melmed on Nov. 5 and 6. Melmed, who came to the school to read from her first picture book called “The Rainbabies,” is an award-winning author of 20 picture books including lyrical bedtime stories, original tales of magic, holiday books, and nonfiction books about cities and states.

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Halloween Party at Carderock Springs

Julie Stevens' kindergarten class dressed up for the Halloween parade and party at the Carderock Springs Elementary School.

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Haunted House and Carnival in Chantilly

Screams and laughter were both part of Westfield High’s Haunted House and Carnival

Screams and laughter were both part of Westfield High’s Haunted House and Carnival, Oct. 29-30.

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Homecoming 2014

T.C. Williams High School celebrated homecoming on Saturday, Nov. 1.

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Wicked Fun

ACPS students make Halloween visit to the White House.

Forget South Lee Street in Old Town. For 44 fifth-graders from Patrick Henry Elementary School, the White House was the place to be on Halloween.

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Langley’s ‘25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’

Six of Langley High School’s thespians will participate in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This is no ordinary bee, though: it is an improvisation musical with hilarious hijinks that will be shown by Saxon Stage at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 to 15 at Mclean Bible Church, and audience members will not be expected to sit in their seats for this one.

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And the Bands Played On

Two local high schools reach finals.

“I can’t say enough about how proud I am of the students’ efforts throughout the day. It was by far the coldest, windiest, and rainiest day they have had to perform in all year,” said Brian Bersh, band director of Yorktown High School in Arlington.

Patrick Henry Elementary Honored

The Virginia Board of Education recognized Patrick Henry Elementary School on Oct. 23 as a Title I Distinguished School.

National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists Named

Nineteen Arlington students are semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Competition.

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Hands-on Mathematics

Churchill Road first graders got in the Halloween spirit by learning about pumpkins and doing pumpkin math. Students measured the height, weight and circumference of each pumpkin.

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Arlington Votes

A morning with the election staff and voters at Arlington’s Madison and Marshal precincts

Arlingtonians lined up to vote on Election Day to choose between Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Warner and Republican challenger Ed Gillespie. At a more local level, they also chose a candidate to represent the 8th district in the House of Representatives, to vote on the candidates for County Board and School Board, and to vote on four bonds.