Northern Virginia Community Notes

Northern Virginia Community Notes

To submit community notes for any Connection paper, call 703-821-5050.

Those who have a bachelor's degree and an interest in becoming a teacher can earn a master of education and licensure to teach in 12-17 months. The FCPS/Marymount University PDS program offers students a full time program integrating a hands-on internship in PDS schools with graduate education coursework. The next PDS internship program begins in fall 2007 with graduation in May 2008. The programs include ways to earn an M.Ed. or licensure in elementary education (PK-6) and an M.Ed. or licensure in learning disabilities (K-12). There will be an information session Thursday, Feb. 22, 5 and 6 p.m. at Buzz Aldrin Elementary, 11375 Center Harbor Road, Reston. To RSVP, e-mail or Those who are interested by cannot attend can contact Debbie Jacobs at 703-284-5905 or

Girls in Technology welcomes participants representing high schools from across the metropolitan D.C. area to the annual Team Business Fund-raiser simulation program. Team Business is a hand-on business training workshop that teaches high school girls to make business decisions and helps them to understand how a technology-oriented company works. The event is free and will be held at Gannet, 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, Saturday, Feb. 24, 7:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Register at Registration is limited to 50 participants.

The Assistance League of Northern Virginia is a Herndon-based non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to promoting literacy and well-being through community based programs. The organization is hosting a raffle for which drawings will be held on Saturday, Feb. 24. The winner of the raffle will win a trip for two to the Masters Golf Tournament Finals. Prize package includes two passes to the event which will take place on April 7 and 8 in Augusta, Ga. The winner will also receive three nights hotel accommodations for two, April 6-8 and a three day car rental and clubhouse parking. Tickets are on sale for $100. Call 703-648-1822 or e-mail

Fairfax County Council PTA general membership meeting on the superintendent's proposed school budget: Monday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the lecture hall at Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church. Panel members for this FCCPTA presentation are: Jane Strauss, school board member; Mario Schiavo, director of budget services for FCPS; Ed Saperstein, FCCPTA budget chair.

The Welcome Club of Northern Virginia invites community residents to attend its monthly luncheon at Chantilly Country Club on Thursday, March 1. The speaker is Cici Williamson, an author and writer who will speak on Virginia's history and its foods in anticipation of the upcoming 400th anniversary of Virginia. Registration begins at 11 a.m. For reservations and additional information about the luncheon or the organization, call 703-281-6225 or e-mail

McDonald’s Family Restaurants of Greater Washington, D.C., willhonor high school seniors throughout the Greater Washington, D.C., area who have demonstrated leadership, character, exceptional scholastic skills and volunteerism through the McDonald’s Educates Scholarship Program.

At least 45 student honorees will each receive a $1,500 scholarship and will be recognized at an event in May. Recipients are chosen based on an application and a letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or community service leader. Students also submit two short essays detailing lessons they have learned through community service and the importance of education in relation to cultural diversity.

Call 703-741-7525 or visit for an application and additional details. The application deadline is Thursday, March 1.

The Northern Virginia Chapter of Trout Unlimited invites members of the community to attend its monthly meeting at the Vienna Volunteer Fire Hall, 400 Center St., S, Vienna, Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. This month’s meeting is a joint session of the Potomac River Smallmouth Club and Trout Unlimited. Those who are not members may still attend. Meeting topic is “What’s in your water?” presented by Vicki Blazer, a fish pathologist at the National Fish Health Research Laboratory of the U.S. Geological Survey. For more, contact John Hadley at 703-933-6629 or Visit for more on the group.

All schools are invited to enter the 2007 Best of the FCPS Web Awards program. The Best of the FCPS Web Awards program recognizes web-based communication efforts between schools and the communities they serve. Awards are given annually to the sites for three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school that best demonstrate the criteria: usefulness of content; clarity of design; frequency of updates; ease of navigation; adherence to FCPS web policies.

Deadline for entries is Thursday, March 1. For more information, visit or contact Nancy Moy at 571-423-1221 or

The Parent Resource Center, part of the Office of Special Education, is offering workshops for parents: Sensory Integration: Supporting Your Child’s Performance from a Sensory Perspective Framework, Friday, March 2, 9:30-11 a.m. in the Dunn Loring Center, Room 11; and The Nuts and Bolts of Medicaid Waivers, Wednesday, March 7, 7:30-9:15 p.m. in the Dunn Loring Center, Parent Resource Center. The Dunn Loring Center is located at 2334 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring. For information about these workshops, visit the and choose “Workshops” or call 703-204-3941.

The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology's Biology Society announces the sixth annual Hands-on Science Day 2007 to be held on Saturday, March 3. There will be three sessions: the first one will run from 10 a.m.-noon, the second, 12:30-2:30 p.m. and the third, 3-5 p.m. The first session will be reserved for those students with special needs while the second two sessions are open to student in grades K-6. Sign up at Parents are asked to attend this event with their children. Contact

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for the Preservation of Old Mills will meet at the Colvin Run Mill in Great Falls on Saturday, March 3. Persons interested in early American history are welcome to attend. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. with coffee followed by two talks on aspects of mill and mill preservation history.

The first talk will be given by Prof. Brooke Hunter of Rider University on milling in the mid-Atlantic region during the Colonial and early American period. The history of the reconstruction of the 1810 Colvin Run Mill will be the subject of the second talk by Michael Henry of the Fairfax County Park Authority. After lunch there will be a tour of the Mill arranged by the members of the Friends of Colvin Run Mill.

There will be a $5 registration fee for the meeting. Interested persons who would like further information or plan to attend should contact Robert Lundegard at 703-759-2626 or

Volunteers for Change, a Volunteer Fairfax program for adults, features a flexible calendar of weekend and weekday evening projects. A one-time orientation is mandatory. Upcoming orientations will be held: Sunday, March 4, 2-3 p.m. and Thursday, March 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

After orientation, volunteers can choose from any of the monthly community service projects throughout Northern Virginia. Volunteers for Change also does orientations “on the road.” Corporate, faith-based or civic groups of 10 or more people interested in the program can arrange orientations. Contact Ann Doyle to register for the next orientation at 703-246-3460 ext. 2, 2 or e-mail or visit

The deadline for nominating a support employee for the FCPS Support Employee of the Year Award is Friday, March 9. The award recognizes one school-based support employee and one non-school-based support employee. Any FCPS employee, teacher, administrator, student or former student, parent, or Fairfax County government employee or citizen may nominate an FCPS support employee for this award.

Each winner will be recognized and awarded $2,000. Packets are due to the Office of Employee Performance and Development, Gatehouse Administration Center I, room 2512, on or before March 9. Complete instructions and nomination forms are available at

For more information, contact Sherri Burris at 571-423-3252.

Reading Recovery is a short-term early intervention of one-on-one tutoring for low-achieving first grade students. Training is available for teachers with successful literacy experience at the primary level who can devote two and one-half hours each day to individual instruction. A principal's recommendation is required.

Interested applicants and/or administrators may want to attend a Reading Recovery Awareness session on Monday, March 12, 4-5 p.m. or on Monday, March 26, 3-4 p.m. in the library at Annandale Terrace Elementary. The application deadline is Friday, April 20. For information or to obtain an application, call 703-846-8635.

The Fairfax County Police Department is now accepting applications for its spring Citizens Police Academy. The Citizens Police Academy offers Fairfax County citizens a better understanding of the Police Department and a greater awareness of the daily challenges faced by its officers. Classes are a combination of lecture and interactive activities. Topics include SWAT and special operations, gangs, 911 communications center, patrol, crime prevention, crime scene and identity theft.

The spring Citizens Police Academy will be held on Thursday evenings from March 15 through May 19. Classes meet from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., with the exception of graduation which will be held on Saturday, May 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Class locations will be held at various police facilities throughout the county.

The program is offered free of charge. Applicants are required to live or work in Fairfax County, be 18 years of age and provide their own transportation to and from training. Acceptance is subject to review of the applicant’s criminal record and police contact history.

Armed Services YMCA is calling for entries for its essay contest, sponsored by Lockheed Martin. The essay contest asks children in grades 1-12 to submit essays about “Why My Military Mom/Dad Is My Hero.” Children of active duty and retired service members from all branches of the military, as well as National Guard and Reserve, are eligible. Essays must be submitted by March 16. Winners of the art contest will receive U.S. savings bonds worth $500; essay contest will receive $500 or $1,000 depending on grade level. Savings bonds will also be awarded to second place and honorable mention. Visit for complete rules and entry forms. Call 703-313-9600, ext. 10 or e-mail

The Alice Ferguson Foundation announces the 19th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup for March 31 and April 1, 9 a.m.-noon. Site leaders and volunteers are needed at hundreds of sites throughout Northern Virginia. To learn more about the sites call 301-292-5665 or visit

An introductory course in commercial investment real estate will be offered on a scholarship basis to minority real estate professionals in the greater Washington, D.C. metro area April 10-11 through CCIM Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors and a leader in commercial investment real estate education. The course, Introduction to Commercial Investment Real Estate, is part of the organization's Cultural Diversity Education Program. Candidates accepted will be admitted to the course free of charge, but will be required to pay a $30 application fee. Those who pass the course can apply for 8 hours of continuing education credit toward the Virginia broker/sales license renewal. Applications will be accepted up to April 3.

The course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors, Herndon Center, 520 Huntmar Park Drive, Herndon, 703-207-3228. It will be taught by Byron Smith, CCIM, president of Metropolitan Realty Group of Vienna.

Individuals interested in the Cultural Diversity Education Program can contact Colleen Loeffler, CCIM Institute Director of Special Programs, for an application at 312-321-4537 or by e-mail at Or visit

Leadership Fairfax Inc. announced that Verizon Communications is the tournament sponsor for its annual LFI/ELI golf tournament on May 21. Proceeds from the tournament benefit Leadership Fairfax’s scholarship fund.

This year’s tournament will be held on May 21 at Hidden Creek Golf Course in Reston. Other available sponsorships include Reception Sponsor (exclusive), Lunch Sponsor (exclusive), Individual Hole Sponsors (exclusive), Gold Sponsors and Contest Sponsors. If you are interested in sponsoring the event, contact Kelly Knolan at 703-752-7553 or

The American Diabetes Association will be hosting its annual Tour de Cure on Sunday, June 10, at Reston Town Center. The fund-raiser brings together 800 cyclists and volunteers in the greater Washington D.C. area. Riders travel on the W&OD trail across Fairfax and Loudoun Counties on 100-, 63-, 32- or 12-mile routes to raise money for diabetes advocacy, medical research, and awareness. Visit or call 1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383).

Fairfax County Public Schools offers two-week foreign language camps for elementary school students at several area schools this summer, from July 9 to 20, 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The school locations are: Centre Ridge, Colin Powell, Colvin Run, Great Falls, Mount Eagle, Ravensworth, Springfield Estates, Vienna, White Oaks, and Woodley Hills. Language offerings vary from school to school. For details, call 703-658-1293 or -1291. Visit in March for registration information.