Alexandria Mom's Calendar of Events

Saturday, July 7, 2012

365 - pink

Excessive Heat Warning

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for the entire Washington, DC metropolitan region, including the City of Alexandria, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today. The hot temperatures, combined with high humidity, will cause heat indices to reach 110 degrees, or more. Excessive heat is expected to last through tomorrow evening, and the combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a situation in which heat-related illnesses can occur. For information on City facilities available as cooling centers, City pools, and tips on remaining healthy in the heat, visit

Friday, July 6, 2012

365 - Blueberries

Change in Start Time for Alexandria's Birthday Celebration

City's Birthday Celebration to Begin at 7:30 p.m

The heat wave affecting the Mid-Atlantic is forecast to continue into the weekend, with a Heat Warning and temperatures of more than 102 degrees, and Code Red air quality expected for Saturday, July 7.  In order to protect the public health and safety of residents, visitors, and businesses, the City’s Birthday Celebration program will run as scheduled beginning at 7:30 p.m. instead of 4 p.m. Oronoco Bay Park will be open to the public all day, but the Birthday Celebration will not kick off until 7:30 p.m., and the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra concert will begin at 8:30 p.m., with fireworks to follow at 9:30 p.m.  Event Details >> 
The City advises that persons who are elderly, people with chronic health or fragile conditions, and infants and young children not attend, due to the potential for heat-related illness. If you are in doubt as to whether you and your family can handle the heat, stay home. Even young and healthy people can get sick from prolonged exposure if they do not adequately protect themselves. Air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death.
Residents who are planning to attend the Birthday Celebration should take the following steps to protect themselves from the excessive heat:
  • Drink 2 to 4 glasses of cool fluids each hour.
  • Wear loose, light-colored clothing and stay in the shade outdoors whenever possible.
  • Protect yourself from the sun’s rays by wearing sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and bring an umbrella for shade
  • Monitor people around you for signs of heat related illness.
  • Don't drink liquids that contain alcohol, or large amounts of sugar, which can cause you to lose more body fluid. Avoid very cold drinks, because they may cause stomach cramps.
For more information on staying cool—and safe—in extreme heat, visit the City’s web page on How to Beat The Summer Heat.

HEAT - Advisory & Watch

Heat Advisory - TODAY

Heat Advisory issued for today between 11am and 8pm. Heat index values expected around 105 degrees. Please make sure to stay hydrated and try to stay out of the heat if possible. In the event of extreme heat, you should take the following precautions:

Stay indoors as much as possible.
Turn on the air-conditioner or fan.
Visit one of the District's "Cooling Centers" located throughout the city, if you do not have access to a cool-temperature location.
DO NOT leave children or pets in vehicles.
Drink plenty of water.
Wear light-colored, lightweight and loose-fitting clothes.
Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going outside. SPF 15-30 is best.
Limit exposure to the sun, especially between 10 AM and 3 PM when it is strongest
Watch for symptoms of heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Heat Watch - TOMORROW 

NWS has issued an Excessive Heat Watch, effective from Saturday afternoon through Saturday evening.  Although tomorrow will once again be very hot, with highs near 100, Saturday is expected to be torrid.  Dewpoints are expected to remain the lower 70s all day (i.e. high humidity).  That will likely make the high temperatures of 100-103 feel like 115 degrees.  Citizens will need to take precautions to avoid getting heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke.    Further information on these conditions can be found at

Thursday, July 5, 2012

365 - too much

I feel like this is all I do..... laundry!

ACPS Seeks Input on Patrick Henry Principal Selection

ACPS wants to hear from parents, students and community members regarding selection of a new principal for Patrick Henry Elementary School. A parent meeting will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, in the school cafeteria, 4643 Taney Ave., Alexandria. A light dinner will be served. Superintendent of Schools Morton Sherman, Chief Human Resources Officer Kevin North and Chief Academic Officer GwenCarol Holmes will be on hand to answer participants' questions. For more information, visit . Provide input online at .

Storm Update

Residents who are still without power should call Dominion at 1.866.366.4357 (This number was inaccurate in the original eNews release earlier today). According to Dominion, residents who are given a restoration date of today will have their power restored today; residents who are not given a restoration time of today will be scheduled for restoration tomorrow.

The City of Alexandria continues to recover from the June 29 severe storms, monitor storm recovery efforts, and respond to public health and safety concerns. Dominion Virginia Power reports that as of 12:30 p.m. today, July 5, only 876 customers are without power in Alexandria and significant progress is being made in restoring power throughout the City.

Extreme Heat and Cooling Centers
The National Weather Service has forecast temperatures exceeding 95 degrees through this weekend, with high humidity. All recreation centers, libraries, and pools are open as cooling facilities and regular programming has resumed at recreation centers.
Tree Debris Removal
Residents who have not had storm debris picked up as part of this week’s refuse collection should call Solid Waste at 703.746.4410The relaxation of City guidelines for disposal of tree debris on private property ends today, July 5. After that, debris or brush will be picked up as part of normal weekly trash removal. Items should be no larger than 2 to 3 inches in diameter, 4 feet in length, bundled, and weigh no more than 75 pounds per bundle. Professional tree removal contractors should remove all debris from their worksites.
Verizon Mobile Trailer to Provide Internet, Telephone Services to Residents
Verizon will provide free Internet and international telephone service to Alexandria residents experiencing extended power, telephone and Internet outages as a result of the June 29 severe storms. These services will be provided in an air-conditioned mobile unit that is parked behind Chinquapin Recreation Center (near the tennis courts), 3210 King St., for the following days:
·         Thursday, July 5, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
·         Friday, July 6, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Residents can use public transit to get to Chinquapin Recreation Center by riding the AT5 or AT6 DASH bus routes. These services are being provided by Verizon as a courtesy to City residents so those without power, telephone or Internet services may escape the heat, charge their devices, make telephone calls, and connect to the Internet.
More Information
For updated information, visit or follow the City on social media and

What pisses me off - storm edition

Here are some of the things I found frustrating during the storm last week -----

People that weren't  very neighborly - they didn't check on their neighbors, they didn't offer to help cut down the branch on/over the sidewalk, didn't offer an extension cord to those who still were without power, they didn't even speak to neighbors when they are out cleaning up after the storm.  What's the matter with you??  It's a time for everyone to pitch in and work together.
So next time there is a storm or issue in the neighborhood,  I doubt anyone will come help you.

People who don't understand the 4 way stop.  Really!? It's an easy concept!  And I guess I should mention the people that don't understand that if a traffic light is out, you treat it like a 4 way stop.  So many people were just blowing through darkened intersections.  It was scary out there!

And how about the people that were getting gas (and it seemed like everyone was), and would leave their cars in front of the pump and go into the store/mini mart to make a purchase?  I'm not talking about the people who did this while the pump was going with the nozzle in the tank.... no, the people that actually finished pumping and then left their car and went into the store.  Those people caused many to be backed up onto busy roads.  Common courtesy is that you pump your gas, move your car and then go into the store.

I know it was hot, fuses were short, people were fed up, but come on it's no reason not to be civil and helpful to those around you.

I hope everyone has their power back and is enjoying life with AC again.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

365 - Dunkin'

Results of Last Weekends DWI Enforcement

JULY 3, 2012 #12-037

 Alexandria Police Roaming DWI Enforcement Results
Alexandria police conducted a roaming DWI enforcement effort to deter and apprehend intoxicated drivers from 8:00 P.M. on Friday, June 29, to 6:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 30.  Vehicles observed committing traffic infractions were stopped and drivers were checked to assure that their abilities to drive had not been impaired by alcohol or drugs.
The enforcement effort was suspended between 12:30 A.M. and 2:30 A.M. Saturday morning due to the severe storm that struck Alexandria.  Officers were pulled from the DWI enforcement effort to assist patrol officers with the large number of calls for service that came into the communications center due to the storm.  Officers returned to the DWI enforcement effort after the storm had passed and calls for service slowed down. 
During the roaming enforcement effort, 31 vehicles were stopped and two arrests were made for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).  One arrest was made for possession of marijuana.  In addition, 26 summonses were issued for miscellaneous traffic offenses.
Six Alexandria police officers, one Sheriff’s Deputy and one Emergency Communications Technician participated in the mobile enforcement effort.
For further details, please call the Public Information Office at 703.746-6600.

City of Alexandria to Open Recreation Centers and Pools on July 4

City of Alexandria to Open Recreation Centers and Pools on July 4
For immediate release: July 3, 2012
As the City of Alexandria continues to recover from the severe storm on June 29, thousands of residents remain without power. Due to the extended power outage many are experiencing, the City will open recreation centers as cooling locations from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the Independence Day Holiday on July 4. The only recreation center that will be closed is Patrick Henry Recreation Center, which remains shut down due to a power outage. Residents can visit the following locations on July 4:
·         Charles Barrett Center, 1115 Martha Custis Dr.
·         Charles Houston Center, 901 Wythe St.
·         Chinquapin Park Center, 3210 King St. (open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. only)
·         Cora Kelly Center, 25 W. Reed Ave.
·         Dr. Oswald Durant Center, 1605 Cameron St.
·         Mt. Vernon Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave.
·         Nannie J. Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St.
·         William Ramsay Center, 5650 Sanger Ave.
City pools will also be open on July 4:
·         The Memorial Pool at Charles Houston Center; open noon to 6 p.m.
·         Old Town Pool, 1609 Cameron St.; open noon to 7 p.m.
·         Warwick Pool, 3301 Landover St.; open noon to 6 p.m.
For information or status updates on power outages, residents must contact Dominion Virginia Power at 866.366.4357. For more information in the City-related information regarding storm recovery, visit

ACPS Committee Openings

Openings on School Board Advisory CommitteesThe Budget, Career and Technical Education, School Health, Special Education, and Talented and Gifted Advisory Committees are seeking members. Submit an online application or a printed copy to apply for membership.

Remembering Andy Griffith

Andy Griffith

The show I grew up with...

and I will forever have that whistle theme song stuck in my brain! 

Monday, July 2, 2012

365 - Sammich

what we were eating when the power was out ----
nutter fluffer sammiches

Storm Recovery Update


City of Alexandria Storm Recovery Update
For Immediate Release: July 2, 2012

The City of Alexandria continues its efforts to protect public health and safety, and to clear debris following severe storms on Friday, June 29. Dominion Virginia Power now reports 12,000 customers in Alexandria are still without power. Although Dominion does not have an estimate of when power will be restored to all customers, the City encourages residents and businesses to plan for the possibility that power may not be restored for many customers for several days, and a few may not have power into the weekend.
Government Operations and Facilities
Alexandria City Government will be open during normal business hours on Tuesday, July 3. All City of Alexandria employees are expected to report to work on time.
All City facilities normally open to the public will be open during their normal business hours, except the following facilities, which are still without power and will be closed until further notice:
·         Patrick Henry Recreation Center, 4643 Taney Ave.
·         Warwick Pool, 3301 Landover St.
Water Main Break Update
A major water main break that occurred on the West End near the Southern Towers apartments is being repaired; while water service has been restored to residents in the area, Seminary Road between Dawes Avenue and Beauregard Street will remain closed until at least tomorrow morning.
Extreme Heat and Cooling Centers
The National Weather Service has forecast temperatures exceeding 90 degrees this week, with high humidity. City facilities are available as cooling centers.  All recreation centers, libraries, and pools (with the exception of the Warwick Pool and the Patrick Henry Recreation Center) are open.
Recreation Programs
All City recreation and camp programs will operate this week as scheduled; however, programs at Patrick Henry, John Adams, and George Washington Middle School will be relocated. Participants should be dropped off at, and picked up from, the original locations because relocation may not occur if power is restored.

·         Children attending Patrick Henry Recreation Center summer camp should be dropped off there between 7 and 9:30 a.m., and they will be transported to Mt. Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave. They will be returned to Patrick Henry Recreation Center at 6 p.m.

·         The Patrick Henry National Junior Tennis League (NJTL) Program is being moved to George Mason Elementary School (2601 Cameron Mills Rd) tennis courts; children must report to the school directly.

·         Children attending the John Adams summer camp should be dropped off between 9 -9:30 a.m. and will be transported to Cora Kelly, 25 W. Reed Ave. Children will be returned to John Adams at 5 p.m.

·         Children attending the George Washington Power Up program should be dropped off between 9-9:30 a.m., and will be transported to Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St. Children will be returned to George Washington Middle School, 1005 Mt. Vernon Ave., at 5 p.m.

·         Camps at George Mason have been relocated to Hammond Middle School, 4646 Seminary Rd. No transportation is provided; children must report directly to Hammond Middle School at the back of the building, cafeteria entrance.
Food Safety
If your power has been out, it is important to take precautions to ensure food safety. For food safety tips, visit
Solid Waste Collection
Trash and recycling will be collected on a normal schedule during the week of July 2, including the Independence Day holiday on July 4. The City is relaxing its requirements for removal of tree debris on private property until Thursday, July 5. After that time, residents should prepare debris for pick up using the following guidelines: items should be no larger than 2 to 3 inches in diameter; 4 feet in length, bundled, and weigh no more than 75 pounds per bundle. No logs or stumps will be accepted. NOTE: Professional tree removal contractors should remove all debris from their worksites.
More Information
For updated information, visit or follow the City on social media and

School Board Elects Gorsuch Chair



Alexandria Va.  —  At its organizational meeting on July 2, the Alexandria City School Board voted to re-elect Sheryl Gorsuch as chairman and Helen Morris as vice chairman for the remainder of 2012. The current board will serve through Dec. 31, after which members elected by City of Alexandria voters on Nov. 6 will take office.
"I am honored to continue to serve as the board's leader during the remainder of my term," Gorsuch said. "We will move forward, working together as we have in the past, to ensure success for all Alexandria City Public Schools students."
"We are pleased to have this opportunity to continue our partnership on behalf of the children and families of ACPS," Morris added. "We will persist in addressing the many important issues involving the ACPS community."
In addition to re-electing Gorsuch and Morris, the board approved meeting dates for the 2012-13 school year, approved the Jefferson-Houston School's construction management contract with the Turner Construction Company and revised Superintendent Morton Sherman's contract to reflect changes required by the state for contributions to the Virginia Retirement System, but made no market rate adjustment. 
ACPS Director of Special Education Jane Quenneville and Chief Academic Officer GwenCarol Holmes discussed the Autism and Inclusion Plan. Dr. Holmes said that ACPS is in search of two additional classrooms to address the popularity of autism-related services. 
Morris was selected as the board's delegate to the Virginia School Boards Association, and Gorsuch was elected as the alternate.
The board also heard the Middle School Annual Report for 2011-12 and an Educational Facilities' report regarding summer construction projects.
For more information about these and other board items, view the agenda at

ACPS Student Liaisons


A One-Year Term Kicks Off Today for a Rising Junior and Senior from T.C. Williams High School
Alexandria Va.  —  Today marked the beginning of a one-year term for two new student non-voting members of the Alexandria City School Board. In early June, the board voted to appoint two student liaisons, who competed for the slots through an application and interview process. Due to their promising credentials, Charlotte Clinger, a rising senior, and Edom Tesfa, a rising junior, were chosen from a group of nine potential student candidates to take on this major commitment.
Including students as non-voting members of the school board will create a direct link between Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) students and the elected body that governs them. The approval of School Board Policy BBBB and BBBB-R ( established regulations supporting the appointment of student liaisons to the school board. The appointments reflect the long-held consensus that the opinions and concerns of the students enrolled in ACPS are important to the school board and they should be a welcome voice at meetings. Clinger and Tesfa were vetted for this position by members of the Superintendent's Student Advisory Group.
"We are extremely proud of these students for seeking to commit themselves to this position, and we look forward to their thoughtful contributions and regular reports at our board meetings," said School Board Chairman Sheryl Gorsuch. "This relationship will enable the student body to have input into the policies and direction of the school division."
The establishment of these positions will provide T.C. Williams High School students the opportunity to serve their community and to gain a more thorough understanding of city and school governance and its role in creating an effective learning environment for every child in Alexandria.
"We are so fortunate in ACPS to have many wonderful students who care not only about doing well academically, but also about serving the community," said Superintendent Morton Sherman. "Our new student liaisons to the school board represent the best of our school division. Charlotte and Edom are remarkable young people with strong voices on behalf of their classmates. I am looking forward to learning from them and working with them on behalf of all of the students in ACPS."
The Student Advisory Group is in its third year and is made up of 35 to 40 students who meet regularly. The Advisory Group is open to 10th-12th-grade students who can apply at the end of their 9th-grade year at the T.C. Williams High School Minnie Howard Campus or anytime thereafter. The group is headed by Minnie Howard Assistant Principal Michael Cohen and T.C. Williams Social Studies Department Chair Molly Frietag. A new addition is Dr. Margee Walsh, executive director for policy development, who is in her first year working with the group.
The student liaisons will learn how to write and present policies. They are expected to attend all regular, open meetings and complete assignments for research and data collection when requested by the school board. However, the liaisons will not be given any confidential information concerning the workings of the school division, nor will they be able to vote. ACPS is one of many public school divisions in Virginia that have student liaisons to the school board, including those in Loudoun and Fairfax counties.
The student liaisons represent not only T.C. Williams but the entire ACPS student body and hope to broaden parent awareness by making themselves accessible to all students. The liaisons will encourage their fellow students to make contact and share their concerns and opinions. The liaisons will work toward becoming a connection between secondary and elementary students to provide a meaningful student voice to school board discussions and decisions. 

ACPS for July 3


Partner Summer Camps and Enrichment Learning Programs Resume
Alexandria Va.  — In the wake of the weekend’s severe storms and widespread power outage, most Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) will reopen Tuesday, July 3. Summer programs run by ACPS partner organizations and operating in schools will open.
This includes Higher Achievement program activities and registration for the Adult Education program, which are set to resume at their normally scheduled time and locations. 
Campagna Center Summer Programs and all Campagna Center Early Childhood Programs, including Summer Safari, Early Learning Center, Early Head Start program and Building Better Futures, are also scheduled to begin tomorrow. However, work to restore power continues at Patrick Henry, John Adams and George Mason elementary schools. A separate announcement will follow when those schools are fully operational. Campagna Center programs that operate at Patrick Henry will be relocated to James K. Polk Elementary School until Patrick Henry reopens. Summer programs at John Adams will temporarily relocate to William Ramsay Elementary School. No partner programs are running at Mason.
All year-round and summer employees are expected to report at their normally scheduled time on July 3. Schools will close again on July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday and reopen July 5.
When ACPS experiences a status change, closing or delay, emergency announcements are made to the following:
ACPS emergency announcements also go out via email through the City of Alexandria’s Emergency E-News list. Subscribe at

ACPS Middle School Annual Report

Alexandria City Public Schools
Middle School Annual Report
June 2012

ACPS Autism & Inclusion Plan Update

The ACPS Autism and Inclusion plan update was presented to the School Board today.  

Here's a copy of the School Expectations Report

(interesting read!)

Warwick Pool CLOSED due to NO Power

The City of Alexandria's Warwick Pool, located at 3301 Landover St., has been closed due to a power outage.
The following City pools are open:
  • The Memorial Pool: Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St.,703.519.3759
  • Old Town Pool: 1609 Cameron St., 703.548.3776
  • Chinquapin Park Recreation Center Rixse Pool: 3201 King Street,703.746.5553

Another Summer Reading list for Students

There may be some repetition ( ) 
but I just found another one of my lists for summer reading.....

Anything by: 
Roald Dahl
Gary Paulson
Andrew Clements
Rick Riordan

Peter and the Star Catchers

100 Cupboards
The Book without Words

Classics/Award Winners: 
Of Mice and Men
Bud Not Buddy
The House on Mango Street
Out of the Dust
Roll Thunder, Hear My Cry
The Giver
Animal Farm
The Pigman
Things Fall Apart
To Kill A Mockingbird

6th/7th Grade 
 Maniac Magee, Spinelli
 Invention of Hugo Cabret, Selznick
Maze of Bones: 39 Clues, Riordan
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Kinney
Watsons Go To Birmingham, Curtis
The Egypt Game, Snyder
Walk Two Moons, Creech
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Lewis
The Acorn People by Ron Jones
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

by Gary Paulsen
Freak the Mighty, Rodman Philbrick
The Incredible Journey, Sheila Burnford
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
The Boy Who Dared by Susan Bartoletti
Seven Sons and Seven Daughters by Barbara Chen
The Iron Ring by Lloyd Alexander
Ordinary Magic by Malcolm Bosse
the Conch Bearer by Chitra Bannerjee Divakauruni
Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher
The Broken Tusk by Uma Krishnaswami
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Blizzard by Jim Murphy 

7th Grade 

The Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams
Crispin: Cross of Lead by Avi
Anna of Byzantium by Tracey Barrett
Year of Wonder: A Novel about the Plaque by Geraldine Brooks
Lady with an Alien by Michael Resnick 
Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopald
Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine

8th Grade 

 The Outsiders, Hinton
Taking Sides, Soto

Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer
The Young Man and the Sea, Rodman Philbrick
Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Carl
The Cay by Theodore Taylor
The House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton
Haveli by Suzanne Fisher Staples
Call of the Wild, London
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Night by Elie Wiesel 

9th Grade

 Fahrenheit 451 by Bradbury
Into the Wild by Krakauer
The Hobbit by Tolkien
Rebecca by du Maurier

10th Grade

Nickel and Dimed by Ehrenriech 
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Smith
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Kesey

11th Grade

The Picture of Dorian Gray byWilde
Invisible Man by Ellison
Catch-22 by Heller

12th Grade

Guns, Germs and Steel by Diamond 
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Pirsig
The Glass Castle byWalls