Alexandria Mom's Calendar of Events

Thursday, August 2, 2012

DCI World Championship (Live Feed on 8/9)


Catch more amazing marching band action than you can believe (over 5 hours worth!) at the 
AMC Hoffman Theaters
Drum Corps International: Big, Loud & Live 9 show. 

Watch as the finest compete in the 2012 DCI World Championship Prelims, brought to you LIVE from the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. 

Experience the best of the best as they battle for the title of World Champion!

The event will be broadcast LIVE to movie theaters nationwide on Thursday, August 9, starting at 6:30pm ET. Tickets: $18 each. 
More marching than you can believe-5 hours and 15 minutes worth! Wow!

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a little broom for little ones for a little cleaning up.......

ACPS Superintendent Appoints New School Leaders

Aug. 2, 2012
CONTACT: Kelly L. Alexander, Director
Department of Communications and Public Relations
Alexandria Va.  —  Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) Superintendent Morton Sherman is pleased to announce that Ingrid F. Bynum has been appointed as the new principal of Patrick Henry Elementary School, serving nearly 550 students. Bynum, an experienced teacher and administrator, brings a vast knowledge of working with diverse students and collaborating with the community to obtain positive outcomes for kids. 
“I am excited about the opportunity to lead Patrick Henry Elementary,” Bynum said. I am looking forward to working with the entire school community to move the school forward toward greatness.” 
Bynum taught for eight years. She is fluent in both French and Spanish. Since 2009, she has worked as a principal in Prince George’s County, Md., where she has led both a Title I elementary school and a PreK-8 school. 
“Ingrid engaged the entire school community and significantly improved academic achievement at the schools under her leadership,” Dr. Sherman said. “She is dedicated to ensuring that all students at her school enjoy the experience of learning while achieving at high levels.” 
Bynum earned her Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Regent University and a Bachelor’s Degree in French from the University of Maryland at College Park. Bynum is originally from Richmond, Va. She currently resides with her family in Alexandria. 
Sara Schafer has been named the executive associate principal for T.C. Williams High School’s Minnie Howard Campus, serving nearly 700 students. Schafer’s career at ACPS spans 15 years. She came to the division in 1997 as a first-grade teacher at James K. Polk Elementary School. She taught at Polk, Matthew Maury Elementary School and Francis C. Hammond Middle School over a nine-year period before becoming an administrator. She most recently served as principal of Francis C. Hammond 3.
“I am honored to have this opportunity to serve our ninth-grade students and families in this capacity,” Schafer said. “I love being an educator and working with children of all ages, and look forward to working with our high school students and their families.”
 “The Minnie Howard Campus is fortunate to have Sara in this leadership role,” Dr. Sherman said. She is a compassionate educator who engages her families and never gives up on a child.” 
Schafer earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from George Mason University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Valley City State University.
For more information, please contact the Department of Communications and Public Relations at 703-824-6635

ACPS Back-to-School Family Night 8/29

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Back to School - I'm Ready

It's that time, the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! 

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Alexandria's National Night Out



National Night Out 2012

On Tuesday, August 7, from 5:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M., City officials will partner with Alexandria Police to celebrate the 29th Annual National Night Out.  The special celebration is part of a nationwide crime and drug prevention effort sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW).
To heighten awareness of crime prevention, residents in more than 30 Alexandria neighborhoods will turn on their porch lights, host neighborhood cook-outs and sponsor block parties in support of National Night Out.  Mayor William D. Euille, City Manager Rashad M. Young, members of City Council and Chief of Police Earl L. Cook will reaffirm the City’s commitment to fighting crime by visiting residents throughout the City.
McGruff the Crime Fighting Dog, K-9 Unit, Motor Unit, Bike Patrol, Command Bus, Armored Motor Carrier and the Crime Scene Mobile Lab will tour neighborhoods and offer special demonstrations.
National Night Out, a year-long community building campaign, is designed to:
• Heighten crime prevention awareness;
• Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs;
• Strengthen neighborhood spirit and law enforcement-community partnerships;
• Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

“National Night Out is an opportunity for the police department to strengthen our relationship with the community and thank the residents for their vigilance and their dedication to keeping Alexandria a safe place to live, work and visit,” says Chief Cook.

For more information on National Night Out 2012, check out our latest video on our YouTube Channel, AlexandriaVAPD, or call the Public Information Office at 703.746.6600.

ACPS Back to School Nights


Mark your calendars for the 2012-13 back-to-school nights, opportunities for parents to visit their children's classrooms, meet teachers and learn more about this year's classes. Here is the school-by-school list of upcoming dates, which start in August.
T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St., Alexandria, 703-824-6800 - Tuesday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m.
T.C. Williams High School Minnie Howard Campus, 3801 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria, 703-824-6750 - Wednesday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m.
Francis C. Hammond 1 Middle School, 4646 Seminary Road, Alexandria, 703-461-4100 - Tuesday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m.
Francis C. Hammond 2 Middle School, 4646 Seminary Road, Alexandria, 703-461-4100 - Tuesday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m.
Francis C. Hammond 3 Middle School, 4646 Seminary Road, Alexandria, 703-461-4100 - Tuesday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m.
George Washington 1 Middle School, 1005 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, 703-706-4500 - Tuesday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m.
George Washington 2 Middle School, 1005 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, 703-706-4500 - Tuesday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m.
John Adams Elementary School, 5651 Rayburn Ave., Alexandria, 703-824-6970 - Tuesday, Sept. 18, 6:30 p.m., for preschool-second grade; Wednesday, Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m., for third-fifth grades
Charles Barrett Elementary School, 1115 Martha Custis Dr., Alexandria, 703-824-6960 - Tuesday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m.
Patrick Henry Elementary School, 4643 Taney Ave., Alexandria, 703-461-4170 - Monday, Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m.
Jefferson-Houston School, 1501 Cameron St., Alexandria, 703-706-4400 - Thursday, Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m.
Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology, 3600 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, 703-706-4420 - Monday, Oct. 1, 6 p.m.
Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy, 530 S. St. Asaph St., Alexandria, 703-706-4430 - Wednesday, Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m.
Douglas MacArthur Elementary School, 1101 Janneys Lane, Alexandria, 703-461-4190 - Tuesday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m., for kindergarten through second grade; Wednesday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m., for third through fifth grades
George Mason Elementary School, 2601 Cameron Mills Road, Alexandria, 703-706-4470 - Wednesday, Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m.
Matthew Maury Elementary School, 600 Russell Road, Alexandria, 703-706-4440 - Wednesday, Sept. 12, 6 p.m., kindergarten through second grade; Thursday, Sept. 13, 6 p.m., third through fifth grades
Mount Vernon Community School, 2601 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, 703-706-4460 - Wednesday, Aug. 15, 6:30 p.m.
James K. Polk Elementary School, 5000 Polk Ave., Alexandria, 703-461-4180 - Thursday, Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m.
William Ramsay Elementary School, 5700 Sanger Ave., Alexandria, 703-824-6950 - Monday, Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m., for preschool through second grade; and Thursday, Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m., for third through fifth grades
Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School, 435 Ferdinand Day Dr., Alexandria, 703-933-6300 - Tuesday, Aug.21, 6:30 p.m., for kindergarten and fourth and fifth grades; Thursday, Aug. 23, 6:30 p.m., for first, second and third grades

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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Family Fun Day 5K 9/30

Family Fun Day and 5K - Adult and Youth
Sunday, September 30, 2012. 4001 Eisenhower Ave. Gates open 7 AM, Fun and Activities start at 7:45 AM.
Get ready! The 1st Annual Family Fun Day and 5K is Sunday, September 30, 2012. Four events: Timed 5K Open with Age Group awards, 1 Mile Kids' Course, Tot Trot for those under 5 (100 yards) and 5K Walk. Lots of fun: Ribbons for kids, random prizes, food, vendors, and activities. Tot Trot at 7:45 AM, Timed 5K Open at 8 AM, and 5K Walk/1 Mile Kids' Course at 8:45 AM. By participating in this great event, you are changing the world. 100% of race proceeds are donated to Alexandria, VA-based charities and African water-well projects. Jog-stroller friendly. No pets please.

for registration information and a waiver go to 

Alexandria Police to Conduct Business Compliance Checks


Alexandria Police to Conduct Business Compliance Checks Alexandria police will be participating in an alcohol compliance campaign this week. This awareness and enforcement campaign focuses on various retail business locations that sell alcohol. Officers are visiting businesses throughout the City and are providing education and awareness information for the businesses and their employees Chief of Police Earl L. Cook reminds business owners and employees that for a first time offense of selling alcohol to an underage customer, a licensee can be penalized up to $2,000 and/or have their ABC license revoked for violating Virginia’s minimum-age alcohol laws. The maximum penalty in Virginia for an employee who sells alcohol to minors is 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine. For further details, please call the Public Information Office at 703.746.6600.

City of Alexandria Begins Construction on Crystal City/Potomac Yard Transitway


City of Alexandria Begins Construction on Crystal City/Potomac Yard Transitway
For Immediate Release: July 31, 2012
The City of Alexandria begins construction on the first segment of the Crystal City/Potomac Yard Transitway, on Tuesday, July 31. The project will upgrade a 0.8 mile segment of Route 1 between Potomac Avenue and East Glebe Road with dedicated transit-only lanes, signal prioritization for transit, specialized transit stations, and enhanced passenger amenities. This construction, part of a joint project of the City of Alexandria and Arlington County for a five-mile planned transit corridor between the Braddock Road and Pentagon City Metrorail stations, is being delivered as part of a design-build contract, scheduled for completion in December 2013.
Initially, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) will operate in the transitway, offering higher frequency and reliable service, as well as additional transit capacity. The project supports the City’s Eco-City Alexandria initiative by providing residents, workers and visitors with high-capacity transit.
This five-mile segment, when operational in 2014, will be the first BRT service line in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  BRT service is planned in this region as the next generation of inter-jurisdictional transit networks to enhance mobility and thereby, address traffic congestion.
The City received $15.9 million in federal and state grant funding for the project, including an $8.5 million TIGER grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, as part of the federal stimulus program’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Project Overview
The Crystal City/Potomac Yard corridor runs north-south between the Pentagon City Metrorail Station in Arlington County and Braddock Road Metrorail Station in the City of Alexandria. Construction will begin in July 2012 and be completed December 2013.  Construction requires the widening of Route 1 northbound to the east (recently opened to northbound traffic). The existing northbound lanes from Potomac Avenue to East Glebe Road are rebuilt as bus-only usage (one lane in each direction). The existing southbound lanes will add concrete sidewalks across the southbound lanes as well as installing, updating, and improving pedestrian ramps, compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. Transit stations will be located in the median areas flanking the transitway at Potomac Avenue, Custis Avenue, Swann Avenue, and East Glebe Road.  It is the City’s plan to initiate BRT service in early 2014, and in 2014 begin to study the potential conversion of the BRT lanes into streetcar service.  Such a conversion would be a multi-year process that would entail required federal environmental studies, as well as application to the federal government’s Small Starts/New Starts program for capital funding.
For more information, maps and traffic impacts, visit

Monday, July 30, 2012

365 - panda

Democratic Caucus for 45th District Seat

Democratic Caucus to Determine the Nominee for the Special Election in the 45th House of Delegates District- For those in the 45th House of Delegates District, a special election has been called to fill the seat vacated by Del. David Englin.  That special election will be on Tuesday, September 4th.  However, we only have a few days to determine the Democratic nominee to run in that special election and this week there will be TWO opportunities to cast your ballot to determine that nominee (but you can only vote once!).  NOTE - those voting may vote only in person and at one of the following times and locations:

Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy
530 South St. Asaph St. (at Gibbon St.), Alexandria, VA

Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cora Kelly Recreation Center
25 W. Reed Ave. (at Commonwealth Ave.), Alexandria, VA 

Please make a note of these days and times and make sure you get out and vote!  For more information on this entire caucus nominating process, please visit the 45th House District Nominating Committee's website at: