Happy February! Check out the information below for some wonderful opportunities for Arlington parents and families. Please spread the word, share, post, etc.
Thursdays, February 6- March 27. CHADD Parent to Parent (P2P): Family Training on ADHD. P2P is a seven week session that provides educational information and support for individuals and families dealing with ADHD and learning to navigate the challenges of ADHD across the lifespan. Participants receive extensive materials to support them, including articles, reference materials, and handouts. The curriculum is very structured and includes information on: Overview of ADHD, Assessment to Multimodal Treatment, Managing the Impact(s) of ADHD on the Family, Developing Parenting Strategies and Positive Behavior Interventions, Educational Rights for Your Child with ADHD,Building an Education Team: Bridging the Gap Between Home and School, andResiliency, Teen Challenges & Future Success. Spaces for this class are limited to the first 25 registrants. This course is available to parents of students who live in Arlington, VA, and parents are requested to register only if they can commit to attending all seven sessions: February 6, February 13, February 20, February 27, March 6, March 13, March 20 (and, if needed, an inclement weather make-up session on March 27). 6:45pm to 9:00pm. Syphax Education Center at Sequoia Plaza, 2110 Washington Boulevard. Registration is required. Please register online or by phone to the PRC at 703.228.7239.
Friday, February 7. Family Night @ The Mill. A free event for families of all ages taking place once per month at Arlington Mill. Join us for Wild Family Night @ The Mill from 7-9 pm at the new Arlington Mill Community Center! This fun, free program for families of all ages includes a live interactive ‘Raging Reptiles’ show, face painting, balloon artistry, moon bounces, wild make & take art projects, open game room, and more! Come by with your family and help us welcome the new Arlington Mill to the community! No registration required. Sponsored by the Arlington Department of Parks & Recreation.
Saturday, Feb. 8. Families Unplugged: ‘A Taste of Crossfit’. Come Crossfit With Us! Register TODAY for our February happening on Saturday, February 8th from 10am-12pm at Madison Community Center OR on Saturday, February 22nd from 3-5 pm at Arlington Mill! This Saturday of fun features a family-oriented Crossfit class brought to you by Athlete’s Global Inc., followed by a hands-on cooking tutorial: No Bake Energy Bites. Cost $8/person. All ages welcome, geared toward 6 & up. Register at registration.arlingtonva.us using Activity #730013. Sponsored by the Arlington Department of Parks & Recreation.
Tuesday, February 11. An Introduction to Understanding Special Education. Learn about programs and resources through the Arlington Public Schools Parent Resource Center. 9:30am to Noon or 7:00-9:00 p.m. Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Boulevard. Learn more and register online or call 703/228-7239.
Wednesday, February 12. Virtual Open House: Overview of the Virginia Family Network and its Programs for Families, Youth, and Communities. What is the Virginia Family Network? What do we do for families and youth? What types of training and resources do we offer for families and professionals? This webinar is an opportunity to learn more about what we do for families and youth and how we can work together to offer more supports for families and grow the family voice in Virginia! 12:00-1:00 p.m. This monthly webinar is for parents/caregivers/family members, advocates, and professionals. Register here! Free webinar. Sponsored by the Virginia Family Network.
Thursday, February 13. Supporting Your Child’s Transition from Preschool to Kindergarten. 10:00am to 11:30am. Integration Station at Reed, (Children's School Entrance, 1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington VA 22205. Learn more and register online Sponsored by the APS Parent Resource Center.
Thursday, February 13. Pre-K Registration Night. Families will have the opportunity to learn more about each Arlington Public School's preschool program, meet Pre-K staff and complete applications! This event is open to all parents interested in applying for either APS Pre-K programs: Virginia Preschool Initiative OR Primary Montessori. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Kenmore Middle School. Translators will be available. Sponsored by Arlington Public Schools. For more information, visit www.apsva.us
Saturday, February 22. Your Child's Development: Parent Resource and Information Fair. Parents and caregivers- Registration is open for "Your Child's Development 2014: Resource Fair for Arlington Parents and Caregivers of Infants and Preschoolers." This is the 6th annual FREE fair with resources and information from several County agencies and community organizations. This year's workshops (presented in both English and Spanish) are: "Healthy Parent and Child Relationships 101" and "Tell Me a Story! Language and Literacy with Young Children." Come for all or part of the event. Coffee and refreshments will be provided. 9:00 am-12:30 pm,,Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th St. South. Please register in advance for this FREE event! By Internet at http://arlington2014resourcefair.eventbrite.com By e-mail to email@example.com By phone at 703-228-1631. This event is sponsored by the Arlington Early Intervention Interagency Coordinating Council (AEIICC), comprised of Arlington County agencies, Arlington Public Schools, and other community organizations.
February 25. Growing Up Girl: Adolescent Development and the Unique Issues Facing Girls. The webinar is the first in a six-part series on adolescent girls’ behavioral health that is being sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). It provides an overview of girls’ development and growth during teen years as well as the opportunities and risks girls face. Topics include physical changes, socialization, roles and relationships, identity development, risks, and resiliency as factors affecting girls during this critical time. 3:00-4:30 p.m. Free.
Thursday, February 27. Parenting in the US/Ser padre en los EE.UU. Are you an immigrant family in Arlington? Would you like to understand more about parenting in the US? Join us in this workshop where we will discuss and answer your questions to help strengthen and support your family. Workshop will be offered in Spanish. Sera ofrecido en español. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 S. Dinwiddie Street, Room 120. Sponsored by the Parent Education Program. For more information, please contact Cheryl at 703/228-1551.
Teens Needed to Serve as 4-H Camp Counselors
Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax 4-H groups are looking for teens age 14 years or older to serve as camp counselors from July 13-17. Being a teen counselor for 4-H camp is a great way to develop leadership skills, gain community service and work experience, and to make new friends. Interviews for counselor positions will be conducted in March. Application forms are due to the local Virginia Cooperative Extension Office by February 28. Contact 4-H Extension Agent Reggie Morris for additional information.
Call for Nominations for 2014 Allies in Prevention Awards
SCAN is currently accepting nominations for its 2014 Allies in Prevention Awards. On April 1 five individuals will be honored for their work to protect children, support parents and strengthen families of the communities of Northern Virginia. Nominations are due February 10.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or need more information.
Thanks Cheryl Fuentes
Parent Education Program
2100 Washington Blvd., 3rd Floor
Arlington, VA 22204
March 31-April 10, 2014
The fifth annual Arlington-Reims sister city Middle School visit is scheduled for spring 2014. Eighth grade students from the Robert Schuman Middle School in Reims, France will be arriving in Arlington March 31st and departing April 10th. They will attend Arlington Middle Schools for three days with their host sibling and spend the remainder of the time sightseeing the Washington, DC metropolitan area with their chaperones. All six Arlington Middle Schools will be participating, with 4-5 students attending each school.
Please contact Melissa Cabocel firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and an application form. Deadline for applications is February 15th.
Hello Middle School parents,
Attached you will find the introductory article about National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) that is being delivered electronically to all of the middle schools and high schools. The article explains NDFW and also provides the names, school assignments and phone numbers for each of the APS Substance Abuse Counselors.
Next week, after this article runs, we will have the first of a series of information articles specific about drugs that we hope will be helpful to our APS parents. We are doing our best to provide articles and/or resources in English and Spanish.
It's time for the Gunston PTA Silent Auction! This is the PTA's major fundraising campaign that supports many wonderful activities for our students, teachers, and staff. The PTA helps finance classroom stipends, field trips, the Science Fair, SOL snacks, and a recently instituted Teacher Grant Program, and much more.
This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we need the support of everyone to make this year an even bigger success than last year! Remember - every Gunston student benefits from this fundraiser!
Enjoy a fun evening with parents, Gunston Staff and others from our community! Tickets include admission into the event and dinner. Drinks, including adult beverages, available at a small cost.
When: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Where: National Rural Electric Cooperative Assoc. (NRECA) Ballroom
4301 Wilson Blvd. (near the Ballston Mall)
Arlington, VA 22203
FREE PARKING IN NRECA GARAGE!!
We are still looking for corporate and family donations to auction off. Ideas include: donating a service (yard work, painting, tutoring, decorating, babysitting), donating tickets to a concert or sporting event, or donating a gift card to Starbucks, Barnes & Noble, Game Stop, iTunes, etc.
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer your time (we'll take any amount!) or make a donation, please contact me at email@example.com or any member of the GMS PTA executive board.