Alexandria Mom's Calendar of Events

Saturday, March 2, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Here are two pics from the parade.
Some of the groups/bands were too loud for us :-(

We loved the Notre Dame Alumni Band!
The funniest was the Star Wars guys - why??
And the Mexican dancers made one ponder too.

We saw lots of dogs - Irish Wold hounds, Jack Russell Terriers, as well as other non-Irish dogs, but this was the only Irish Setter.  Go figure.  

Fundraiser for Officer Laboy 3/10

Friday, March 1, 2013

How you can help Officer Laboy and his family


The BSVCA extends thoughts of deep care and concern to our neighbor Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy who suffered life-threatening injuries during a routine traffic stop on Wednesday.

For more information about the tragic incident, see this article from the West End Alexandria Patch:

If you would like to donate a meal to help his family during this difficult time, check this site:

If you would like to make a financial contribution to the family, you can send a donation to:
Alexandria Police Association, c/o Peter Laboy, P.O. Box 1228, Alexandria, VA 22313
and scrolling down to You May Also Donate Online

From the Archives: Easy St. Patrick's Day Crafts

Leprechaun Hat 
use a paper plate bowl
paint green
wrap orange construction paper or felt around it.

Blarney Stone - 2 ways 
1.  paint rock(s) green

2. cover a rock with white glue
dip in green glitter or gold glitter

take 3 paper plates (any size), paint them green, staple together to form a shamrock.

Eleven to be Honored at Salute to Women Awards Banquet

Eleven to be Honored at Salute to Women Awards Banquet
Alexandria’s Commission for Women has announced the names of the honorees for its 33rd Annual Salute to Women Awards Banquet.  Eleven women will be recognized for their accomplishments in civic life and for the improvements they have brought to the well-being of Alexandria’s women.  The awards are presented for achievement in a wide range of private and governmental pursuits, including the arts, business, service to youth, public policy, health and safety, public service and civic leadership.
The 2013 Awardees, who were selected by an independent committee appointed by the Commission, are: Brooke Curran (Rising Star Award), Becky Davies (Making a Difference Award), Faye Gunn (Making a Difference Award), Monika Jones (Rising Star Award), Erika Kleiner (Women’s Health and Safety Advocate Award), Pat Miller (Susan Lowell Butler Lifetime Achievement Award), Karyn Moran (Youth Community Services Award), Monica Reid (Marian Van Landingham Legislation and Public Policy Award), Nina Tisara (Donna Bergheim Cultural Affairs Award), Elizabeth Todd (Leadership in Business and Career Development Award) and Robin Wallin (Vola Lawson Award).
“These women exemplify the true spirit of the mission of the Commission for Women,” said Elizabeth Johnson, Chair of the Commission.  “The City Council has charged us to eliminate discrimination because of gender, encourage equal opportunity for women in every aspect of life in Alexandria and to educate all Alexandrians about such issues as domestic violence and sexual assault.  Women, like our awardees, are instrumental in helping us achieve our goals.  The caliber of nominees this year was truly outstanding.  We wish that each of them could have received an award.”
The Banquet will be held on Monday, March 18, at the Westin Hotel Alexandria, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria.  The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and the dinner is at 7:15 p.m.  Tickets are $85.00 per person.  Sponsorships and ads in the Banquet program are also available.  Visit or call Sarah Watson at 703.746.3123 for details or to purchase tickets.  Proceeds of the Banquet benefit the Alexandria Sexual Assault Center

All Hands on Deck at Jefferson Houston School

from neighborhood listserv:

Dear Friends and Neighbors:
Jefferson-Houston is a school on the move. We have seen great progress since the Superintendent's Transformation was put into place in Summer 2011.
  • Principal Rice-Harris has come on board with a new school leadership team and many new staff.
  • We have added 90 minutes to the school day and started a new reading program.
  • We have hired an outside partner, American Institutes for Research, to review and enhance our math instruction.
  • Most important, we have created an environment of personalized attention for each student. And we are starting to see the benefits.
Even with our most energetic and focused efforts, some students are not where they need to be academically. To give our students the extra help they need to move forward, we are creating “All Hands on Deck,” a coordinated call to our community to support them.
We need you, our community members, to help our students in three areas:
  1. weekend academic support and contact for students
  2. mentors
  1. homework helpers and tutors
AND, we need the following specific help right now:
  1. Saturday morning tutors to help students in grades 3-6 with math and reading, 9:00 am to noon
  2. Before-school tutors to read and do homework with our students, 7:30-8:00 am weekdays
We would love for you to be part of “All Hands on Deck” at Jefferson-Houston! Please let us know what skills and energy you can volunteer for our students.
Mark Eisenhour, our principal on assignment at Jefferson-Houston, and Helen Morris, a JH parent and volunteer coordinator, will be our points of contact for the “All Hands on Deck” effort. Please contact Mark at: or Helen at: 703-739-1379 or
Mort Sherman, Superintendent of Schools
Rosalyn Rice-Harris, Principal, Jefferson-Houston
Mark Eisenhour, Principal on Assignment, Jefferson-Houston
Kelly Dresen, President, Jefferson-Houston PTA
Helen Morris, Coordinator, All Hands on Deck

Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Mount Vernon Community School Big Flea


The MV Big Flea is a massive flea market scheduled for May 4 to raise money for the Mount Vernon Community School PTA.

Every Saturday until the big day, we're hosting "Shop N Drops" from 2 to 4 p.m. at our storefront space, 3815 Mount Vernon Ave. in the MOM's shopping center. 

This weekend the Shop N Drop will feature cookie sales by adorable youngsters and raffle ticket sales by their slightly grizzled parents. 

We're raffling off a beautiful 2001 Toyota Avalon donated by Jack Taylor Alexandria Toyota, and you don't need to have Nate Silver's brains to know your odds of winning this unusually clean car -- seriously, you have to come see this thing on Saturday -- are quite good: Only 1,000 tickets will be sold, for $10 apiece or $25 for three. 

We're taking donations.  We're especially interested in getting furniture, electronics and jewelry right now. So if you're looking to get rid of a table, a Wii or a tennis bracelet please think of the Flea! 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

UPDATE: Alexandria Police Identify Officer

UPDATE: Alexandria Police Identify Officer and Suspect in Shooting The officer involved in today’s shooting is Officer Peter Laboy. Officer Laboy is a 45-year-old, 17-year veteran of the police department. He has spent the past six years as a motorcycle officer in our Motor Unit. The suspect is Kashif Bashir, a Pakistan male, 27 years-old, of Woodbridge, Virginia. He is in custody and has been charged with Malicious Wounding of a Law Enforcement Officer and Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony. Alexandria Police Officer Seriously Injured Today, at 11:44 a.m., an officer with the Alexandria Police Department issued a look out for a yellow cab regarding a minor offense. Almost immediately, a Motor Unit officer spotted the suspect vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. Shortly after, the Department of Emergency Communications began receiving 911 calls for an officer down. The officer was flown to Medstar with life-threatening injuries. A look out was issues for the vehicle involved, a yellow cab minivan. A patrol officer spotted the vehicle heading Southbound on Washington Street and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The suspect vehicle sped off. A pursuit ensued into Fairfax County where the Fairfax County Police Department took over. The suspect vehicle ultimately crashed. Fairfax County Police are handling that accident scene. The preliminary investigation revealed that the officer was shot and is listed in critical condition. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Section of the Alexandria Police Department at 703.746.6711.

Alexandria Police Officer Seriously Injured

Alexandria Police Officer Seriously Injured
Today, at 11:44 a.m., an officer with the Alexandria Police Department issued a look out for a yellow cab regarding a minor offense.  Almost immediately, a Motor Unit officer spotted the suspect vehicle and initiated a traffic stop.  Shortly after, the Department of Emergency Communications began receiving 911 calls for an officer down.  The officer was flown to Medstar Washington Hospital Center with life-threatening injuries.  A look out was issued for a yellow cab minivan.

A patrol officer spotted the vehicle heading Southbound on Washington Street and attempted to initiate a traffic stop.  The suspect vehicle sped off.  A pursuit ensued into Fairfax County where the Fairfax County Police Department took over.  The suspect vehicle ultimately crashed at Fort Hunt Road and Bellevue Boulevard. The driver was taken into custody. Fairfax County Police are handling the accident scene.

The investigation has revealed that the officer was shot and is listed in critical condition. 
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Section of the Alexandria Police Department at 703.746.6711.

Alexandria City Manager Announces $626.6 M Proposed General Fund Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2014

Alexandria City Manager Announces $626.6 M Proposed General Fund Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2014

For Immediate Release: February 26, 2013

News Highlights

  • On February 26, Alexandria City Manager Rashad M. Young proposed a $626.6 million General Fund Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2014.
  • The proposed Operating Budget includes property and personal property tax rate increases necessary to maintain funding for schools, transit, and capital investments.
  • The proposed budget includes a real estate property tax rate of $1.053 per $100 of assessed value, and a motor vehicle personal property tax rate of $5.00 per $100 of assessed value. The majority of this tax revenue will be used to pay for an increase in the Alexandria City Public Schools operating budget, capital investments (both Schools and general government), and transit expansion and improvement.
  • The budget includes the City Manager’s recommended real estate property tax increase of 2.5 cents; and an additional 3 cents in accordance with the City Council guidance to provide additional revenues to support an increase in capital investments.
  • The Capital Improvement Program proposes a $1.27 billion capital investment over the next 10 years; prioritizing Schools capacity needs, fire equipment and apparatus, facility maintenance, and transportation capital investments.  

More Information

The City has identified a projected $31 million budget shortfall. In order to address that gap in a way that moves the City forward, the City Manager balanced fiscal needs against affordability, and recommended increases and decreases based on their alignment with the City’s Strategic Plan.  Expenditures would be reduced by $13.8 million in the proposed Operating Budget in addition to other cost savings, while real estate property and motor vehicle personal property tax rates would increase to $1.053 and $5 per $100 of assessed value respectively, adding a combined $21.1 million in revenue. Much of this additional revenue would be used to fund Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS), capital investments, and transit expansion and improvement. The City’s benefits plans are being redesigned in an effort to better control long-term costs and ensure financial sustainability, and to pay for a full merit increase for employees as well as additional investments in career ladders as a part of the Manager’s pay for performance philosophy.
The City Manager is recommending a real estate property tax increase of 2.5 cents to balance the budget. In assembling the proposed budget document, the City Manager followed Council’s guidance to provide additional revenues to support an increase in capital investments.
In the proposed budget, the City Manager also followed Council’s guidance to:
  • use no more than 1% of the Fund Balance
  • maintain pay-as-you-go funding for capital projects at Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 levels
  • make ACPS funding changes based on student enrollment or cost-saving measures
  • align Capital Improvement Program funding with the Strategic Plan, and focus on education physical plant capacity; sewer and other basic infrastructure; public safety; and recreation enhancements in considering the requested unconstrained capital investments
In the proposed General Fund Operating Budget, total spending increases by 6.6% ($41.3 million) from the FY 2013 approved budget. Within that budget, the operating budget transfer to ACPS would increase by 3.3% ($6 million) from last year’s approved budget. The budget for City operations would also increase by 3.3% ($10.82 million).

“I have structured my proposed budget to meet three critical needs: to close our $31 million shortfall; to help support the education of Alexandria’s children; and to continue alignment of our fiscal goals and objectives with the City’s Strategic Plan,” said City Manager Rashad M. Young. “The majority of these proposed tax increases will help fund our Schools, which affirms our pledge to providing our youngest residents with the quality education they deserve. The increases also underscore our obligation to maintain our capital investments and our commitment to expand and improve our transit systems—all goals identified under the Strategic Plan.”
The $38.7 million increase in the City Manager’s proposed budget:
  • Allocates an additional $6 million for public schools (an increase of 3.3% from last year’s approved budget).
  • Provides an additional $12.1 million (a 17.3% increase) for capital projects already committed (debt service) or planned (cash capital).
  • Provides an additional $10.5 million for capital projects from the additional 3 cent real estate property tax rate increase.
  • Provides an additional $2.5 million for increased operating support for transit operations, including funds for the regional Metrorail and bus systems, and for the City’s local DASH bus system—a 13.6% increase.
City Council will host seven work sessions to review the proposed budget with City staff, and three public hearings. These sessions are open to the public and will be recorded and posted online. There will be a public budget presentation on Wednesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. The public may submit comments online, or speak at budget public hearings on Monday, March 11, at 4 p.m.; Saturday, March 16 at 9:30 a.m.; and a tax rate public hearing on Saturday, April 13, at 9:30 a.m. The Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program are scheduled for adoption by the Alexandria City Council on May 6 at 7 p.m. Details about the public budget presentation and public meetings, the proposed budget, and online comments are located at

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Lincoln Logs for big people

Summer Camp Guide - Revised and Updated

Having been to a few camp fairs over the last 2 weeks, I have updated the summer camp guide.
If you have a camp that you think should be included, please add a comment below.

I hope this helps you find the right camp for your child(ten).

American University Community of Scholars  day academic Washington DC
Fairfax Collegiate Summer Program  day academic Fairfax
Writopia day academic Falls Church VA
Animal Shelter Camp, Animal Welfare League day animals Alexandria VA
National Zoo day animals Washington DC
Alexandria Archeology Camp day archeology Alexandria VA
ArtStar Youth Camp  day art
Del Ray Artisans day art Alexandria VA
Institute for the Arts day art Fairfax VA
The Handwork Studio day art Alexandria VA
Torpedo Factory/Art League  day art Alexandria VA
Camp Creativity, Corcoron College of Art day arts Washington DC
Urban Evolution Parkour day athletic Alexandria VA
Virginia Baseball Club day baseball various VA
Griot Academy day chess Fairfax VA
Silver Knights Chess  day chess various VA
Sport Rock Climbing Center day climbing Alexandria VA
CyberCamp day computer VA
Dance Institute of Washinton day dance Washington DC
Jane Franklin Dance day dance Arlington VA
Tiny Dancers day dance Alexandria VA
Metropolitan fine Arts Studios  day dance, music, theater Alexandria-Kingstowne VA
Georgetown Day  day day  Washington DC
Synetic Theater  day drama Arlington VA
Play Well TEKnologies day eigineering Alexandria VA
Virginia Adventures Fishing Camp day fishing VA
Hilltp Golf Club  day golf Alexandria VA
Clio's Kids: History Mini Camp day history Alexandria VA
Kid Spanish  day language Alexandria VA
Language Stars day language Alexandria VA
Lnaguage Stars day language Alexandria VA
Fun Bot Lab day lego, build McLean VA
Math Tree day math Alexandria VA
Modeling Camp day modeling VA
Day Jams Music Camp day music
Levine School of Music day music Arlington VA
Opal Music Studio day music Alexandria VA
School of Rock  day music Alexandria VA
Discovery Creek  day outdoor Vienna VA
Adventure links day outdoor adventure
Potomac Overlook Park day outdoors VA
Wilderness Adventure day outdoors VA
Creative Playschool day preschool Alexandria VA
Infamous Robotics day robotics Fairfax VA
Sailing Camp  day sailing Alexandria VA
Washington Sailing Marina day sailing Alexandria VA
Living Earth  day science VA
Mad Science day science VA
Mad Science day science Alexandria VA
Rockville Skate Park day skating Rockville MD
Challenger Sports British Soccer day soccer Alexandria VA
Khary Stockton Soccer Camp  day soccer Alexandria VA
Challenger Space Camp day space Alexandria VA
Bishop Ireton Basketball  day sports Alexandria VA
Little Gym day sports Alexandria VA
TIC Technology Camp day technology Bethesda MD
Hank Harris Tennis day tennis Alexandria VA
Skyline Sport & Health  day tennis Falls Church VA
Arena Stage day theater
Camp Shakespear day theater Alexandria VA
Creative Cauldron Arts Adventure day theater Annandale VA
Educational Theater Company day theater arlington VA
Encore Stage & Studio day theater Arlington VA
Little Theater of Alexandria day theater Alexandria VA
Mt. Vernon Community Children's Theater day theater VA
Shakespeare day theater Washington DC
Studio Theater Acting Conservatory day theater Washington DC
TADA!  day theater Annandale VA
Theater Lab School of The Dramatic Arts day theater Washington DC
Traveling players Ensemble day theater McLean VA
Alexandria Country Day School  day traditional Alexandria VA
Browne Academy day traditional Alexandria VA
Burgundy Farms Day School  day traditional Alexandria VA
Calvary Road Christian School  day traditional
Chesapeake Academy Summer Session day traditional
Chinquapin Camp day traditional Alexandria VA
Congressional Camp day traditional Falls Church  VA
Episcopal High School  day traditional Alexandria VA
Flint Hill School, Summer on the Hill day traditional Oakton VA
Potomac School Summer Programs day traditional McLean VA
St. Patrick's day traditional Washington DC
Sports Broadcasting  day tv Washington DC
Fairfax County Park Authority day various Fairfax VA
Fairfax County Public School  day various Fairfax VA
Jewish Community Center of NoVa day various   VA
Northern Virginia Regional Parks Authority day various various VA
Renaissance Camps - Lego, American Girl day various Alexandria VA
St. Stephens St Agnes School  day various Alexandria VA
The Langley School  day various McLean VA
Computer Camp day writing Washington DC
CompuWrite day writing Fairfax VA
Arts on the Horizon day arts Alexandria VA
Civil War Kids Camp day civil war Alexandria VA
Ballet in the Grass day dance Alexandria VA
Arcadia Farm Camp day farm Alexandria VA
Beverley Hills Church Preschool camp day preschool Alexandria VA
Art League  day art Alexandria VA
Alexandria Soccer Association day soccer Alexandria VA
Baroody Camps  day sports Alexandria VA
Campagna Kids day traditional Alexandria VA
City of Alexandria day various Alexandria VA
ADDitude's Camp Directory  Guide
American Camp Association Guide
Camp Page Guide to Summer Camps Guide
Frost's Summer Camp Guide Guide
National Camp Association Guide
Washington Family Magazine guide
Shendoah Summer Camp overnight adventure Luray VA
4 Star Camps at UVA overnight sports Charlottesville VA
Digital Media Academy overnight technology Washington DC
Timber Ridge Camp overnight traditional High View WV
Camp Kooch - I - ching Overnight  Boys International Falls MN
Camp Sea Gull  Overnight  Boys Arapahoe NC
Sandborn Western camp  Overnight  Boys
Science Camp Watonka Overnight  Boys Hawley PA
Valley Forge Military Academy  Overnight  Boys Wayne  PA
Camp Conrad Weiser Overnight  co-ed Wenersville PA
Camp Flintlock Overnight  co-ed MD
Camp Friendship Overnight  co-ed VA
Camp Hidden Meadow overnight  co-ed WV
Camp Highroad Overnight  co-ed Middleburg VA
Camp Horizons Overnight  co-ed Harrisonburg VA
Camp St Charles Overnight  co-ed MD
Camp Stauton Meadows Overnight  co-ed Clover VA
Camp Tall Timbers Overnight  co-ed High View WV
Camp Twin Creeks Overnight  co-ed Marlington WV
CampHidden Meadows Overnight  co-ed WV
Capital Camps Overnight  co-ed Waynesboro PA
Chanco on the James Overnight  co-ed Spring Grove VA
Kamp A-Kom-Plish Overnight  co-ed MD
Kroka Expeditions Overnight  co-ed VT
National Young Leaders Conf Overnight  co-ed
Randolph-Macon Academy Overnight  co-ed Front Royal VA
SOAR Overnight  co-ed NC
Summer Camp on the River Overnight  co-ed Christ Church VA
Wilderness Adventure Overnight  co-ed New Castle VA
YMCA Camp Letts Overnight  co-ed Edgewater MD
YMCA Camp Silver Beach  Overnight  co-ed Jamesville VA
Camp Alleghany overnight  Girls Lewisburg WV
Camp Carysbrook Overnight  Girls Riner VA
Camp Rim Rock  Overnight  Girls Yellow Spring WV
Camp Seafarer Overnight  Girls Arapahoe NC
Hameau Farm in the Big Valley  Overnight  Girls Belleville PA
Hollinsummer overnight  girls Roanoke VA
Kroka Expeditions Overnight  Girls Newfane VT
Basic Concepts Special Needs Rockville MD
Camp Little Foot Special Needs Rockville MD
Capital Camps Special Needs
Kamp A-Kom-Plish Special Needs MD
Kids' Camps Special Needs
Oakland School  Special Needs Keswick VA
Oakwood School Special Needs Annandale VA
Over the Rainbow Camp Special Needs Bethesda MD
Paladin Academic Special Needs Sterling VA
Summit Camp Special Needs Honesdale PA
The Lab School  Special Needs Washington DC