Category Archives: Education

The Reading Connection is Raising Funds for At Risk Kids in Arlington

The Reading Connection serves at-risk families and their children in Arlington by creating environments that encourage reading.  Tuesday, June 14th, between 5-8pm, Chick-Fil-A Ballston Commons Mall will donate 15% of purchases to TRC.  Just bring in the TRC Chick-Fil-A Flyer or tell the cashier when you order you are with TRC!

How they do what they do:
Volunteers read aloud to children at shelters and community centers,  donations provide children with free, new books to keep, parent workshops teach effective reading techniques, training for family support workers who promote the importance of reading.

Volunteers read aloud to children at 12 shelters and community centers throughout Washington DC and Northern Virginia. Continue reading

Wakefield HS Spring Band Concert with Special Performance by the Arlington Community Band (Tonight)

Enjoy the Wakefield Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Band, Concert Band and Symphonic Band at their last performance of the year. Following Wakefield’s performances,  listen to the Arlington Community Band. This is ACB’s adult community band that offers free concerts throughout the year.

TONIGHT – Thursday, June 2nd 7:30 pm
Wakefield HS Auditorium

TALK: Parenting – Putting the Pieces Together

Photo Credit: House of Sweden

Tonight, (6-8pm) the House of Sweden – Embassy of Sweden will host a TALK on the challenges families face in combining work and family life as family roles are reshaped.

Speakers will discuss parental leave, identify challenges and compare situations in the U.S. and Sweden. Have work force policies kept up with the needs of the modern family?

This evening talk is part of the Embassy of Sweden 2011 program “Fabric of Life”. Continue reading

A Flush of Insight: Local Mom Tours the Arlington Water Pollution Plant

I’m a sucker for a plant tour. Such a sucker, in fact, that a mild day in March had me suiting up in reflective vest, safety goggles, and a hardhat for an hour-and-a-half tromp around Arlington County’s sewage treatment facility, the Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP). (Also, I am the mother of a potty-training three-year-old boy. This is familiar territory.) My guide was Frank Corsoro, Operations Specialist. His job involves monitoring and controlling the processes that turn all the stuff that people flush down their toilets into clear water that is pretty darn clean. (Cleaner, in fact, than what much of the world is drinking.) Mr. Corsoro conducts tours of the plant to help educate the public about this facility that is so important to the health of Virginia waterways, including Four Mile Run, the Potomac River, and the Chesapeake Bay. If you like to eat crab cakes, you should care deeply about what goes on at the WPCP and places like it throughout the Ches Bay watershed.

Operations Center

Mr. Corsoro is a longtime sewage treatment process control guy. When he says he could talk about this stuff all day, I believe him. There is a lot to know. Raw sewage undergoes physical, chemical, and biological treatment processes. All the inputs and outputs of each process are constantly measured and monitored, to make sure the right levels of nutrients, oxygen, coagulants, bacteria, and minerals are present. Computers in the Operations Control Building keep all the systems running smoothly. Recent upgrades to the plant included a massive generator to allow business to continue as usual in case of power outages. Continue reading

Kennedy Center CETA Program Awards Arlington Teachers

Arlington teachers from Abingdon Elementary, Drew Model School and Kenmore Middle School were honored at the Kennedy Center’s Certificate of Study Awards Dinner on Friday, May 13th. The teachers were among the 69 D.C. Metropolitan area educators that have successfully completed the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program.

Through CETA’s courses and workshops, led by expert artists and artisans, teachers learn various ways to integrate the arts in their teaching of math, science, social studies and the language arts. Anne Sywilok, Abingdon Elementary Science teacher, has taught for 34 years. “This innovative program cultivates an active, fun and highly engaged learning environment for all students. Furthermore, second language learners communicate and understand at a higher level.” Her colleague, Carrie Abbott, Abingdon Elementary Communications teacher says, “CETA builds confidence in learning. Every year I witness shy students that blossom into open and expressive learners.”

Abingdon Elementary has the largest contingent of CETA certificate recipients. Under the leadership of Principal Joanne Uyeda, Abingdon’s partnership with CETA has fostered higher testing scores, a culture of engaged students and a loyal and dedicated teaching staff. Principal Uyeda commented after the event, “It was an honor to celebrate with 17 Abingdon teachers. This is another example of the staff’s continued commitment and dedication to their own professional learning and the education of our students.” Continue reading

Claremont Elementary School Honored as Immersion School of the Year

Embassy of Spain in the United States and Canada honored Claremont as Immersion School of the Year last week. The school was one of seven schools across the country that has been recognized for Content and Language Integrated Learning programs in English and Spanish. As part of the recognition, Claremont received $4,000 that will be used to support Spanish language instruction.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of immersion programs in the United States. Currently there are over 500 immersion schools in the country.

Immersion programs benefit students in many ways. Here are just a few.

  • Fluency in two languages
  • Positive effect on intellectual growth
  • Enhanced problem-solving skills
  • Increase future job opportunities
  • Early second language experiences provide greater opportunities for native-like pronunciation

In Claremont’s K-5 dual language immersion program, children learn a second language in a natural way through everyday conversation and content instruction.
(via APS)

Local Mom Starts Theatre Company: Education and Theatrical Shows for Young Children

Michelle Kozlak, an Alexandria Mother started  non-profit childrens theatre focused on education and theatre productions for children 0-6 years.

Art on the Horizon, performances are designed to take place in an intimate setting where children not only feel comfortable to learn and explore, but are also able to be an integral part of the performance. We have the utmost respect for children and want, what may be their first theatrical performance, to entertain them, challenge them, spark creativity and enhance the imaginative play in which many children this age engage.

Their inaugural show in late May, will be held at Landmark Mall in Alexandria. The show, called Drumming with Dishes is a world-premiere production. It’s a 30-minute interactive, non-verbal show, which features two adult actors and a musician. It is geared towards children ages 2-5.

About the production: Continue reading