Media Tips are listed in chronological order. December 4, 2013
Annie, the musical based on the “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip, will be presented by the McLean High Theatre Company on Saturday, December 7, at 2 and 7 p.m. This version of the classic Broadway play includes some unique twists by the McLean actors while following the story of Annie and her friends from the orphanage. Tickets are available online. Contact principal Ellen Reilly at 703-714-5700 or firstname.lastname@example.org or event liaison Amy Poe at email@example.com.
Fairview Elementary is set to launch its annual Warm Hands, Warm Hearts campaign December 9-13 to collect warm winter accessories for those in need. Students are asked to contribute mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves to the drive; a winter scene with baskets will be set up in the center of the school for the collection. Items will be donated to a local charity. Contact principal Lynn Mayer at 703-503-3700 or firstname.lastname@example.org or event liaison Lisa Tempalski at email@example.com.
Lake Braddock Secondary is hosting a compassionate approach to combating bullying during the week of December 9-13. This anti-bullying, anti-sexual harassment week will focus on empathy and kindness, and asks students to take an active stance in combating these behaviors via a new campaign called Compassion It, challenging them to take an active role by doing kind acts for others. Students will be able to purchase Compassion It bracelets, which have a black side and a white side; those wearing the bracelets will start their day with the bracelet on the black side and, once they complete a compassionate act, they flip the bracelet to the white side to signal that they have helped someone that day. All proceeds from the sale of the bracelets will be donated to charity to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The SGA is planning to collect student pledges during lunches, where students will pledge to end bullying and demonstrate compassion. Acts of compassion will be written on paper and turned into a chain that will be displayed in the school. Students are also encouraged to share their good deeds by tweeting with the hashtag #LBCompassionIt. The week is jointly sponsored by the Lake Braddock high school student services team, the SGA, and the Bruin Pride faculty and staff group. Contact principal Dave Thomas at 703-426-1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org or event liaison Dylan Hackbarth at email@example.com.
Fred Bowen, author and Washington Post Kids Post columnist, will visit Kent Gardens Elementary at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, December 10, to speak with all students in grades K-6. Bowen, the author of 19 books on sports, covers sports for Kids Post; he has written columns on Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and recently wrote a story on being thankful for sports. Bowen will host a small group of students for a personal conversation at lunchtime. Contact principal Holly McGuigan at 703-394-5600 or firstname.lastname@example.org or news liaison Rebecca Boyer at email@example.com.
As part of their study of The Lord of the Flies, eighth grade students at Rocky Run Middle will hold a mock funeral for a beloved character from the book on Tuesday, December 10, at 8 a.m. Students will design tombstones and write eulogies in honor of the character, whose identity will be revealed to them December 10. The following week, eighth grade English classes will conduct a white elephant gift exchange as a culminating activity for the book. Students will bring a wrapped gift for one of the boys on the island as a homecoming gift to help him adjust to life after the island. Contact principal Anthony Terrell at 703-802-7700 or firstname.lastname@example.org or event liaison Nishi Langhorne at email@example.com.
Union Mill Elementary and West Springfield Elementary have been selected to participate in this year’s Santa’s Ride for Children, sponsored by the Fairfax County Police Department’s Motor Squad along with participants from the County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police. Union Mill and West Springfield Elementary families and members of the community can drop off new toys, games, gifts, and books that will be distributed to children at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Georgetown Hospital, and other local charities. On Tuesday, December 10, students and staff will be treated to a special visit from Santa Claus and his elves, who will arrive riding on motorcycles escorted by the Fairfax County Police Motor Squad as they come to collect the donated presents from the school. Members of the community who want to donate can bring gifts to any Fairfax County Police station, the Fairfax County Government Center, or the lobby of the Pennino and Herrity Buildings. For more information, contact West Springfield principal Erin Jones at 703-912-4400 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or news liaison Karen Lathrop at email@example.com, or Union Mill principal Kathleen Case at 703-322-8500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holmes Middle will present Peter Pan and Wendy by Doug Rand at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11, Thursday, December 12, and Friday, December 13. Based on J.M. Barrie’s famous book, the play tells the story of Peter Pan, a mischievous boy who can fly, and his adventures on the island of Neverland with Wendy Darling and her brothers. Sixty Holmes students are involved in the play. Tickets are available at the door. Contact principal Roberto Pamas at 703-658-5900 or email@example.com or event liaison Patrick Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students at Daniels Run Elementary and Keene Mill Elementary will be introduced to computer programming—including how to write code—during Computer Science Education Week, December 9-15. During a visit to the computer lab December 11-13, Daniels Run students will receive a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code, and learn that anyone can be creative and innovative by writing code. Students will hear about this opportunity on the school’s news show. At Keene Mill Elementary, students will learn the basics of writing code while traversing mazes, creating holiday cards, running from zombies, and capturing that pesky Angry Birds pig. Students will use various technologies to complete their hour of code. Contact Daniels Run principal Adam Erbrecht at 703-279-8400 or email@example.com or event liaison Megan Godek at firstname.lastname@example.org or Keene Mill principal Renee Miller at 703-644-4700 or email@example.com or event liaison Eve Waring at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sounds of the season will fill the halls when the Vienna Elementary band, strings, and chorus present their Winter Concert on Wednesday, December 11, at 7 p.m. The chorus will perform “It’s All About the Bells,” “Jazzy Jinglin’ Bells,” “Winter Wonderland,” featuring a drum solo by Fletcher Davis, and “Shchedryk,” by Mykola Leontovych, a Ukranian New Year’s folk song. David Reynolds directs the chorus. Contact principal John Carmichael at 703-937-6000 or email@example.com or event liaison David Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Westgate Elementary welcomes Laura Murray, author of Gingerbread Man Loose in the School, on Wednesday, December 11, at 12:15 p.m. A former kindergarten teacher, Murray will speak to students in grades K-3 about the writing process and provide a sneak peek at what it’s like to be an author, work with an illustrator, and get a book published. Murray’s book is a Virginia Readers’ Choice title this year. On Friday, December 13, Murray will visit kindergarten students at Union Mill Elementary. Contact Westgate news liaison Michelle Scherbenske at email@example.com or Union Mill event liaison Ami Schroder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fifth and sixth grade strings students at Willow Springs Elementary will present their winter concert on Wednesday, December 11, at 7 p.m. Holiday favorites such as “Jingle Bells,” “The Dreidel Song,” and “Believe” from the Polar Express will be performed at this free concert. Contact principal Liz Rhein at 703-679-6000 or email@example.com or event liaison Michelle Fleischman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Franklin Middle will present its winter chorus concert on Thursday, December 12, at 7 p.m. Choirs include the Beginning Women, Intermediate Women, Beginning Men, Intermediate Men, Advanced Women and Men, and Advanced Women. Musical selections will include “Gloria Festiva,” “White Christmas,” “Bora Maisha,” “Lollipop,” “Silver Bells,” “Jabula Jesu,” “I Dream a World,” and “Carol of the Bells.” All choirs will combine to perform “Zol Zain Sholem” and “I Have a Dream” as the finale. Contact principal Sharon Eisenberg at 703-904-5100 or email@example.com or event liaison Naomi Schick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kilmer Middle orchestras will present their Winter Concert on Thursday, December 12, at 7 p.m. at Marshall High. Five orchestras will perform: Preparatory, Strings Ensemble, Concert, Chamber, and Symphonic. Musical selections will include holiday tunes such as “Skaters’ Waltz,” “North Pole Workshop,” music from A Charlie Brown Christmas, “The Three-Minute Nutcracker,” and music from How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Contact principal Bill Clendaniel at 703-846-8800 or email@example.com or event liaison Marci Swift at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rocky Run Middle will host its second Parent Teen Book Club meeting of the year on Thursday, December 12, at 7 p.m. For this session, students and their parents have been reading Little Princes by Conor Grennan, Within Reach: My Everest Story by Mark Pfitzer, Peak by Roland Smith, War Horse by Michael Morpurgo, and Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings. Club members read each book they have selected and on December 12, will meet in groups and hold a discussion on their book, led by a teacher. The discussions are often very lively and provide parents, students, and teachers an opportunity to share their experiences and insights about their book. A total of 130 parents and students are signed up for the December Book Club. The next Book Club meets March 26, 2014, and will feature Ben Mikaelsen, author of Touching Spirit Bear, as the guest speaker. Contact principal Anthony Terrell at 703-802-7700 or email@example.com or event liaison Anna Slevin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
South County High will present its annual Winter Concert on Thursday, December 12, at 7 p.m. Sounds of the season will be performed by the Chamber Singers and Symphonic Choir. Musical selections will include “Hanukkah, the Season of Light,” “Christmas Time is Here,” “Under Winter Moon,” “Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind,” and “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.” Contact principal Jane Lipp at 703-446-1600 or email@example.com or event liaison Jennifer Willard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several variations of the holiday favorite “Jingle Bells” will be performed during the Springfield Estates Elementary Winter Concert on Thursday, December 12, at 2 and 7 p.m. The chorus, advanced strings, and advance band students will all perform at the event. Band selections will include “Silver Bells,” “Rockin’ on the Housetop,” “’Tis the Season,” “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas,” “Spinning Game,” and “Sleigh Ride.” Contact principal Mary Randolph at 703-921-2300 or email@example.com or event liaison Debby Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dogwood Elementary second grade students recently learned about the connection between weather and erosion by using a hands-on model. The students blew through straws to create a wind storm and noticed that the soil was carried away by the wind. They then created a rainstorm by adding water to a small cup with holes in the bottom. When the rains came, the students watched the soil slide down and create crevices. While performing this experiment, the students made predictions before each step and discovered how wind and water can erode soil and make gradual changes in the landscape. Contact principal Terry Dade at 703-262-3100 or email@example.com or news liaison Linda Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Laurel Ridge Elementary, fifth grade students have been composting leftover lunch fruits and vegetables for the past two months. Each class has a bucket for uneaten vegetables and fruits, which they deliver to the composting bin on their way out to recess. The students are enjoying watching how the uneaten food decomposes over time. It is hoped that the compost will be ready to mix into the soil in time to plant the school’s vegetable garden in the spring. Contact principal Lora Adams at 703-426-3700 or email@example.com or news liaison Mary Lalande at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Third grade students at Colin Powell Elementary recently celebrated the end of a unit on economics by holding a Market Day, where they wereboth producers and consumers. Prior to Market Day, the students served as producers by creating a specific product, including flower pencils, bookworms, friendship pins, turkey dinner bells, stationery, and magnets. On Market Day, students served as consumers and went shopping in the other classrooms to buy their goods. Contact principal Linda Clifford at 571-522-6000 or email@example.com or news liaison Debra Wines at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neha Pattanaik and Maggie Luo, seventh grade students at Rocky Run Middle, captured the first place team trophy at the Mid-Atlantic Girls Chess Championship, held recently. Pattanaik won the individual first place trophy and Luo won fourth place in the Varsity section. Contact principal Anthony Terrell at 703-802-7700 or email@example.com or event liaison Lisa Dejo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
South County Middle students have been demonstrating their love of reading since mid-October, when the annual Mustang 3x4 Reading Challenge began, challenging students to read three books in four weeks. Since that time, 290 students completed the challenge, up from 199 students last year. Challenge participants submitted a brief book log for each book they read, and were treated to pizza, games, and door prizes as a reward. This year’s challenge was the sixth annual, and was sponsored by the South County Middle library. Contact principal Marsha Manning at 703-690-5500 or email@example.com or event liaison Anne Dougherty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FBI special agent William Woodson recently visited West Potomac High, where he spoke with students in the Junior Special Agents program. When they were in sixth grade at Bucknell Elementary, the same group of students were partnered with the FBI. Now that they are older, the FBI asked to touch base with them to follow up with a program for high school students called the Future Agents in Training program. West Potomac school psychologist Bethany Koszelak helped organize the event. Contact principal Bruce Butler at 703-718-2500 or email@example.com or news liaison Adriana Meeks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The kindergarten team at Westlawn Elementary incorporated prepositional words into their recent squirrel unit. This interactive lesson was taught in the school’s discovery area. Students were asked to “swim” across a river, travel over a hill, between the trees, through a tunnel, on and off a bridge, over a log, under an eagle, and in the drey to finally find the squirrel. Contact principal Linda Ferguson at 703-241-5100 or email@example.com or news liaison Sheri Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 4, 2013