Alexandria Mom's Calendar of Events

Wednesday, August 22, 2012



Welcome to the 2012-2013 Town Crier!  Lots of info below, so take your time.  

As always, please email me with events and information  Don't forget to let me know about concerts, fundraisers, announcements, etc.  If you're the head of a boosters club, feel free to add me to your mailing list.

Dates to Remember 
August 28 at 11:30 am  Teacher Welcome Lunch

August 29  Senior Picture Day

August 29 from 6 - 8:30 pm  FACE Center Family Night

September 4  First day of school!

September 6  Underclass Picture Day

September 8  ACT

September 8 from 8 - 10 am  Fall Crew registration

September 19 at 7 pm  Back To School night at Minnie Howard campus
September 20 at 7 pm  Back To School night at King Street Campus

New!  PTSA news

Mark your calendars now:  the PTSA will be meeting on the followingMonday nights at 7 pm in the Rotunda:
October 29
November 26
January 28
February 25
March 18
April 22
May 20
Volunteers are needed for some upcoming events.  Contact Marianne Hetzer to volunteer, unless otherwise noted:
  • Tuesday, August 28:  Set-up/Serve/Clean-Up at Teacher Welcome Lunch at King Street (lunch starts at 11:30) - please contact Sally Murphy.
  • Tuesday, August 28:  Assist at PTSA table with teacher/staff membership and registering for Giant/Safeway/Harris Teeter, starting at 11:15am at King Street cafeteria
  • Wednesday, August 29 (4pm - 6pm):  Assist with membership and registering for Giant/Safeway/Harris Teeter at King Street Orientation 
  • Thursday, August 30 (4pm - 6pm):  Assist with membership and registering for Giant/Safeway/Harris Teeter at Minnie Howard Orientation 
  • Tuesday, September 4:  Greet students and distribute pencils,beginning at 7:45am.  At King Street - Main Office Door/Auditorium Door/Rotunda Door (two people each).  At Minnie Howard - Lower parking lot, Upper parking lot, Braddock Road entrance (two people each).  An added bonus if anyone can take a few photos at each location!
And here are some more volunteer opportunities!  Again, contactMarianne to volunteer:
  • Titan Expo:  Be the PTSA representative on the Titan Expo planning committee.  This is not a Coordinator/Chair position but a liaison to help coordinate volunteer needs.  Will work closely with Larry Trice and Mary Ellen McCormick (TC staff).
  • Teacher / Student Organization Grant Program:  The Coordinator publicizes program and distributes applications, collects applications, works with a committee to evaluate applications and determine awards.  Timeframe is November - January.
  • Translation / Interpretation:  We would like to publish more of our material in languages other than English - Spanish, Arabic and Amharic especially.  If you are fluent in English and another language, we would love to get you involved! 
New!  FACE Center Family Night

The Family And Community Engagement Center (FACE) invites you to Back to School Family Night on Wednesday, Aug. 29 from 6 - 8:30 pm at TC Williams High school!  See attached flyer for details.
New!  College and Career Center Volunteers

The PTSA is recruiting parent volunteers to help in the College & Career Center.  For the past 2 years parent volunteers have volunteered during the lunch hours and after school to help Patricia Braun and her staff work with students, mostly seniors, with the college information and application process.  No experience necessary!  Mrs. Braun will offer an orientation for new volunteers.    Parents will also be called upon for assistance during the evening informational programs during the upcoming months.  Please contact Nancy Carver at to sign up or for further information. 

New!  Bus routes

For security reasons, school bus routes will no longer be posted on the ACPS Web page. Letters will be sent home via students' back-to-school packets. Ninety-five percent of this year's bus routes feature the same buses, drivers, stops and times as last year's routes. Bus routes for special education students include changes, about which parents will receive notification from their children's schools. For additional information, contact the Pupil Transportation Office at 703-461-4169.

New!  Online tool for cafeteria

There is a new online tool for managing cafeteria This replaces cafeprepay, and is available now. To register you must have your children's student ID, which is NOT the same as the PIN. The student ID is more secure. This number is located on your child's report card or on a secondary student's schedule. You may also email us ( to request the information. Parentonline will provide more detailed information such as balances, purchases, etc. 

New:  Facebook Target promotion

Facebook users can help TC earn Target gift cards!  Visit Give With Target on Facebook and vote for TC Williams.  We can receive a $25 gift card for each 25 votes.  You can vote up to once per week until September 8.

New!  Marching Titans Color Guard

It's not too late to join the Marching Titans, especially if you are interested in being a member of the Color Guard. Marching Band Camp continues this week, 8am-4:30pm starting in the band room (get the full schedule on the Band Booster web site Calendar page)We really need Color Guard members--you can't be a great band without Guard. And with a Cirque de Soleil show theme, Color Guard is really important! You don't have to play an instrument to be in Guard; you don't need experience marching or twirling things--you'll have a chance to learn all you need to know. And you get to hang out with the band and go on those bus rides to away games and other great stuff!

New!  Sailing team

Attention High School Sailors!  Established in 2005, the DC Sail High School Sailing Team allows students from High Schools throughout the DC area to participate in our Varsity and Junior Varsity Interscholastic teams. We offer 10-week High School Programs in the Spring (March - May) and the Fall (September - November).  Practices will begin on September 4th following Labor Day weekend.  For information, contact Albie Dickson, or see DC Sail to register.

New!  Fall Crew

TC Fall Crew is gearing up!  For novices who want to learn the sport of rowing, and those who want to build on the skills they learned in Summer Crew.  Fall Crew registration is from 8AM-10AM on Saturday, September 8 at the Dee Campbell Boathouse, #1 Madison Street in Old Town, Alexandria. There will be a "walk through" Orientation and "row by" around 9AM for those interested. Practices are Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays from 4:15PM-6:15PM.  For more information contact Coach Patrick Marquardt

Alison Valtin
T.C. Williams High School PTSA

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