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.
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
Finally…. a Yoga class for Mothers and Daughters that is focused toward tweens.
Mondays beginning on April 25th from 3:30-4:30pm Dream Yoga, located in McLean, VA will begin a 5 week session of classes called “Mother Daughter Yoga”. It’s for girls ages 8 and above. A great way for moms and daughters to connect.
A gentle yoga class that will include breath work, stretching, and individual and partner poses in a relaxed atmosphere. Each class will end with a relaxation meditation. This is a special time that is meant to honor each other and create an atmosphere of physical and emotional health together. If moms aren’t available, other female family members or close friends are also welcome as partners for the girls.
The class is taught by Judi Eskovitz who specializes in yoga for kids.
Dream Yoga offers a wide variety of classes and workshops for Adults and Children.
Arlington Education Center will host a Parenting Event focusing on children’s mental health next week.
What are the signs of depression? Anxiety?
Estimates of the number of children in the U.S. who suffer from mental illness range from 7.7 to 12.9 million. Of those, 70-80% do not receive services.
The purpose of this course is to increase awareness of mental health concerns in children. Learn the signs of the most frequently occurring childhood psychological disorders and how to communicate effectively with school and medical professionals about mental health concerns. This presentation will also suggest interventions for the home and increase your awareness of resources within the schools.
Mental Health Concerns in Children and Teens
Date: Wed, Jan. 26
Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Education Center, 1426 North Quincy Street, Board Room, 1st floor
Please register or request additional information by calling the Office of Pupil Services at 703-228-6061. Spanish translation will be available.
Arlington Public Schools, Parent Resource Center provides classes, meetings, courses and special resources to parents and caregivers of children in Arlington.
Just out, a list (via APS) of programs coming up.
Understanding Special Education (USE) Course
Thursday, January 13, 2011: 9:30am to Noon
Clarendon Education Center, 2801 Clarendon Boulevard,
Join us to learn about the special education process, including referral, evaluation and eligibility, and the important role that parents play in their child’s education. All participants will receive a free Parent Manual. Registration is requested. Register online.
For additional information, please contact the PRC at email@example.com or by phone: 703.228.7239.
Supporting Your Child’s Transition from Kindergarten to Preschool
January 21, 2011: 10:00am to 11:30am
Parents of preschool students with disabilities are invited to join us for a session on how families can support their child’s transition from preschool programs to kindergarten. The session will be presented by Bernadette Charlton, Pre-school Special Education Coordinator, and Kathleen Donovan, Special Education Coordinator at the Parent Resource Center. Registration is requested to ensure adequate materials. Register online.
Put away the change and pay online.
New this year, APS is offering via My School Bucks, payment not only for school lunches but also, Extended Day and Montessori fees.
Parents are able to make payments online for these services using a secure online payment portal that accepts VISA® or MasterCard®. Your child’s Arlington Public Schools Student ID Number or Birthday is required when registering.
What else can parents do through their “My School Bucks” account?
There is a $2.00 fee for the transaction but my thought is two bucks is worth the time and hassle you wont have to deal with by going old-school.
Learn more or register here.
Beginning THIS SUNDAY, Boys and Girls 1st – 5th grade and 6th – 12th grade can attend free and fun drop-in soccer this Winter (weather permitting) at Washington -Lee High School on Sunday afternoons this January and February.
Players should bring a ball, something to drink, wear shin-guards – and dress appropriately for the weather. See the Arlington Soccer website for times and additional info.
Don’t miss registering for those Winter classes. You know how fast they fill up fast. Arlington Parks and Recreation is opening registration online at 8am EST on Tuesday, December 14th.
Get the Winter catalog of offerings here (PDF).
Register here (on Dec. 14th).
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