Alexandria Mom's Calendar of Events

Saturday, October 13, 2012

365 - Witches

Hooray for Books! Educator Evening


Hooray For Books! Educator Evening

Wednesday, October 17, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Please join us for an evening just for you. Learn about the latest titles and resources Hooray For Books! has to offer, get a 20% on all purchases, and enter our fabulous giveaways.  Be enlightened by two wonderful speakers: author Erica Perl(When Life Gives You O.J. and Chicken Butt), and our Random House representative, Nicole Dufort. You'll get tips from Erica on making author school visits a success. You'll also have an opportunity to win a free school visit from author Martha Freeman! Nicole will tell you about new & exciting books from Random House, and one lucky school library will win a set of the books she talks about! Shop­ping and social­iz­ing will round out this night of learn­ing and fun. Don't miss it!

So join us for a night that's all about educators! We'll have giveaways, goodie bags and a 20% discount for all with an official educator I.D.

Please R.S.V.P. via email or phone (703-548-4092).
Please forward this invitation to any principals, teachers, librarians, or home schoolers you know!
Thanks, and we hope to see you on Wednesday, October 17, 4:30-6:00 pm!
Trish Brown and Ellen Klein
Hooray For Books! Children's Bookstore

Friday, October 12, 2012

Alexandria Police Seek Public’s Help Identifying Suspect in Robbery


OCTOBER 12, 2012 #12-066

 Alexandria Police Seek Public’s Help Identifying Suspect in Robbery

Alexandria Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect involved in the robbery of the Dunkin Donuts, located at 4653 Duke Street.  On Thursday, October 11, at 11:15 a.m., the suspect entered the business, displayed a handgun and demanded an employee to open the cash register.  The employee complied and the suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the store.  He was last seen in a small blue vehicle heading westbound on Duke Street.  The victim was not injured. 
The suspect is described as a black male, in his mid-twenties, 5’10” to 5’11”, with a thin build.  He had short hair and was wearing khaki pants and a white plaid shirt. 
Surveillance video of the robbery and the suspect can be viewed on the Alexandria Police Department’s YouTube Channel:
Anyone with information about this case or who recognizes the suspect in the surveillance video is asked to call Detective Chris Whelan of the Criminal Investigations Section at 703.746.6884
Detectives would like to remind citizens that they may remain anonymous.

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Alexandria Police Investigate Sexual Assault Near Van Dorn Street


OCTOBER 12, 2012 #12-065

Alexandria Police Investigate Sexual Assault Near Van Dorn Street

Alexandria Police are investigating a sexual assault that occurred on Thursday, October 11, at approximately 11:30 P.M. near the intersection of Van Dorn Street and Courtney Avenue.  A 20 year-old female City resident was walking from the intersection of Eisenhower Avenue and Van Dorn Street, when she was approached by a man who displayed a knife and demanded money.  The victim told the suspect she didn’t have any money.  The suspect then grabbed the victim and pulled her over a guardrail and into the bushes where he sexually assaulted her.  The suspect then fled the area on foot heading north towards S. Pickett Street. 
The suspect is described as Hispanic, in his late twenties or early thirties, approximately 5’7”, weighing close to 150 pounds.  He had short black hair and was clean shaven.  The suspect was wearing a dark brown t-shirt, blue jeans, tennis shoes and black framed glasses.  The victim was not seriously injured.
Detectives do not believe that this incident is related to the prior assaults that occurred in the Holmes Run Parkway area.
Anyone with information about this incident or who might have been in the area is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Section at 703.746.6711.
Detectives would like to remind witnesses that they can remain anonymous.
For more information please call the Public Information Office at 703.746.6600.

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365 - brrr

my kids think it's cold enough for the hot water bottle.....

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

365 - Creepy

News and Info from the Parent Resource Center

October is Disability History and Awareness Month in Virginia and National Disability Employment Awareness Month 
During its 2009 session, the Virginia General Assembly adopted Senate Joint Resolution 321 designating October as Disability History and Awareness Month in Virginia.  The resolution specifically cites four principles on which the Americans with Disabilities Act, and its predecessor the Virginians with Disabilities Act, are based:  “inclusion, full participation, economic self-sufficiency, and equality of opportunity for all people with disabilities.” A copy of this resolution along with other resources have been provided to ACPS school to help celebrate Disability History and Awareness Month.

The Projected Image: A History of Disability in Film (October 9, 16, 23, 30)
Turner Classic Movies has dedicated the month of October to exploring the ways people with disabilities have been portrayed in film. On behalf of Inclusion in the Arts, Lawrence Carter-Long will join TCM host Ben Mankiewicz for The Projected Image: A History of Disability in Film. The special month-long exploration will air Tuesdays in October, beginning Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. (ET).



The Family Resource Center Thursday morning support group will meet this week  
10:00 am-Noon, Minnie Howard, Room 134, 3801 W. Braddock Rd, Alexandria
Please join us for coffee, bagels, and sharing.

October 13: "Practice Flight" program
7:00-10:00am, Dulles International Airport 
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) is pleased to announce the launch of its pilot “Practice Flight” program for individuals with special needs. This program is designed to give families an opportunity to practice checking-in for a flight, going through the security screening process, and boarding a plane in a controlled, yet realistic environment.MWAA is partnering with United Airlines, AirProjects, Inc., and the Transportation Security Administration for this event.
Families wishing to participate in this event must pre-register in advance.For more information:

October 13: Learning Disabilities Association of VA's 2012 Conference:
Learning Disabilities & Transition to Higher Education: What Students, Families, Professionals Should Know…
8:15am-2:00pm Marymount University, Reinsch Library
With the increasing numbers of students with learning disabilities seeking admission and being admitted to colleges and universities, it’s important for students and their families to be informed about the processes, legal information, and procedures that enable successful preparation for transition from secondary to postsecondary education. Keynote speaker: Elizabeth Getzel, director, postsecondary initiatives at Virginia Commonwealth University. For more information:

October 15: Access Community Lecture: What to Do Now? Resources for Those with Special Needs
7:30-9:00pm, McLean Bible Church, Tysons Campus, Community Room A, 8925 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA
When someone learns of a disability, often the first question is "What do I do now?" There is a great deal of information available on specific disabilities, services, education, supports and laws for individuals of any age.  In fact, there is so much information that it can be difficult to wade through it all.  Come learn what to look for, what questions to ask, and how to determine which information may be best for you. Guest Speaker Suzanne Ripley, Director, Accessing Disability Services. 

October 15: Rethink Autism's New Discussion Webinar Series
2:00 pm
Join us for our new discussion series that celebrates parents like you!  In the spotlight this month: Lisa B. from the Virgin Islands. To sign up:

October 16: Sexuality: Information for Parents of Children with Disabilities
6:30-8:00pm, Minnie Howard Media Center, 3801 W. Braddock Rd, Alexandria, VA
Young people with disabilities are no different from their peers in the need to understand their bodies and relationships. Parents will learn how they can help their child with a disability understand these important issues. Please join us for a healthy dialogue on this important topic. Presented by Carolyn Beckett, Project Coordinator, Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC). For more information contact Monica Sanjur at 703-824-0129 or
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October 16: Special Needs Trusts Free Informational Session:
7:15 pm, Tuckahoe Library, 1901 Starling Dr, Henrico, VA 23229
If you are a parent planning for the future of your child with special needs, or if you work with individuals with special needs, this event is for you! Special needs trusts allow funds to be set aside for the benefit of an individual with a disability in a way that will not jeopardize eligibility for SSI and Medicaid benefits.  Join us to learn more! For more information:

October 18: Los ABCs para Padres®EN ESPAÑOLLos jueves, 18 de octubre - 13 de diciembre, 
¡Prepare su familia para ser exitosos! SCAN of Northern Virginia los invita a una clase de 8 semanas para padres de familia con
hijos menores de edad en donde se discutirá: *Desarrollo Infantil, Elojio y Empatía *Construyendo el Autoestima de su niño *Reglas de familia y Disciplina Apropriada
para la edad del niño *Consecuencias y Premios *Manejo de Estrés de familia...y MÁS! Llame a la coordinadora de educación para padres al 703-820-9001.
¡Inscríbase pronto porque la clase se llenará pronto!

October 19-20: Insight Conference: Topics in AutismRichmond, VA
Insight 2012 is a collaborative effort between VDOE’s Training and Technical Assistance Center at VCU, Autism Society Central Virginia, and the VCU Autism Center for Excellence. We are very excited to be bringing in Brenda Smith Myles. Brenda has made over 500 presentations all over the world and written more than 150 articles and books on ASD. At Insight 2012, Dr. Myles will be speaking in depth regarding strategies for teaching the hidden curriculum as well as strategies for addressing difficult behavior moments.Friday is open to all audiences, including special educators, general educators, related service providers and family members. The Saturday session will be specifically geared towards parents and families. Register online at:

8:00am–12:30pm, Virginia Tech, Northern Virginia Center, 7054 Haycock Road, Falls Church, Virginia 22043
A half-day mini-conference for parents of children with ADHD, adults with ADHD, educators, mental health professionals. Each presentation geared to all audiences. CEUs and recertification points for professional counselors and teachers.To register and for more information:

SAVE THE DATE: Free Workshop: Life Planning ToolsOctober 27, 8:30am-1:00pm, Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road Burke, VA
These critical workshops are designed to give individuals with disabilities and their families an understanding of several important programs for future planning. Sessions will address Special Needs Trusts, Social Security Income, and Medicaid Waivers. RSVP by calling (703) 532-3214 x110 or email

SAVE THE DATE: ADHD Coaching Strategies for Parents
November 1, 7:00-9:00pm, George Washington Middle School, Room 348A, 1005 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA
The Office of Special Education Services is proud to present "ADHD Coaching Strategies for Parents" presented by Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, author of Empowering Youth with ADHD. As the creator of the ADHD youth coaching model used as the basis for a groundbreaking two year coaching research study (2010), Ms. Sleeper-Triplett is the foremost expert in the field of ADHD coaching for youth.This session will teach parents strategies to help their children at home and provide tips for a better home/school collaboration. All participants will receive a copy of Ms. Sleeper-Triplett's book. To RSVP for this event please contact Monica Sanjur 703-824-0129
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SAVE THE DATE: Pathways to the FutureNovember 10, 9:00am-4:00pm, Chancellor High School, 6300 Harrison Road, Fredricksburg, VA
A free conference and resource fair for youth with disabilities, their parents/guardians and the professionals who support them.
Vendor fair and information sessions to assist you in preparing for the move from school to adult life in the community-TRANSITION!
Sponsored by (FACT) Fredericksburg Area Council on Transition For information, contact the disAbility Resource Center (540) 373-2559 

Self-Advocacy Online Helps People with I/DD Take Charge (
The Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC) at The University of Minnesota and The Arc have partnered to support an innovative website specifically for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to help them advocate for themselves and take charge of their lives. Self-Advocacy Online  is a content rich, accessible online educational and networking tool developed by the RTC and promoted by The Arc.
Down & Up: The Journey of a Child with LD (
October is also Learning Disabilities (LD) Awareness Month! The National Center for Learning Disabilities created this animation about the struggles of students with LD that highlights the power of kind words. For more information and resources on LD:
Tips to Make Halloween Enjoyable for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders:
The very things that can be so exciting to neurotypical kids—wearing the costume of a favorite character, being outside with other kids who also have on costumes, knocking on doors to ask for treats, and getting treats from every house you visit—can be anxiety producing for children with autism spectrum disorders.Wearing a costume is unfamiliar, as is going from house to house to ask for treats. New routines and behaviors can be enjoyable for kids on the spectrum when they are approached with planning, and the necessary supports are identified and provided. The Autism Society shares tips for Halloween:

Read Aloud to A Child Week 10/21-10/27

October 21-27, 2012 is Read Aloud to a Child Week and this year’s theme is The American Presidents.

Parents are encouraged to read aloud to young children at least twenty minutes every night during this special week and throughout the year.

When reading aloud to a child, consider these ideas to make it even more engaging:
  • Set aside a specific time for reading that becomes a routine so kids look forward to it. Having a special time of reading really encourages children to become more interested in books.
  • Create the right atmosphere by finding a comfortable place the child enjoys. Maybe it’s a special reading nook, or a comfy chair, or on a favorite blanket or bean bag. You can read to children outdoors in a shady spot or anywhere that helps the child focus.
  • Give children a choice of books to read aloud – children love choosing their own books.
  • Children love repetition and reading the same books – and they enjoy memorizing them and pretending to read aloud themselves. But also make sure to introduce new books to spark imagination and expand the child’s vocabulary.
For more book ideas and information on reading aloud, visit the Read Aloud website. And remember to do something special during Read Aloud to a Child Week.

Fire Station Open Houses - Saturday, October 13, 2012


Fire Station Open Houses - Saturday, October 13, 2012

For immediate release: October 10, 2012
WHEN: OCTOBER 13, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
WHERE: All City of Alexandria Fire Stations
WHO: Alexandria Fire Department, Alexandria, Virginia
WHAT: On Saturday, October 13, 2012, all Alexandria Fire Stations will be open to the public from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Each station will open their doors to the community and provide a number of family oriented activities along with fire prevention educational materials. Fire apparatus and station tours will be available. Staff at each station will be available to answer questions about their facility, equipment and the department.  Free.

T.C. Crew Fundraiser at Homemade Pizza

Mark your calendars for a
to benefit our Rowers!

Tuesday, October 16th
1:00pm ˆ 9:00pm

On Oct. 16, HomeMade Pizza will donate to our rowing program:

Order online at,
then pick up your order & take home for dinner!

HomeMade Pizza is located at 2413 Avenue in Delray.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

365 - worms

OMG, these were some big worms! and there were a lot of 'em.

Monday, October 8, 2012

365 - Always

Be Like a Tree

5 Little Pumpkins

Here are the words to the favorite Halloween book.

5 Little Pumpkins

5 little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
The 1st one says, "Oh my it's getting late."
The 2nd one says "The witch is in the air"
The 3rd one says, "I don't care"
The 4th one says, "I'm ready for some fun"
The 5th one says, "Let's run, run, run"

Then came the wind
blew out the lights.
And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.